Ludicrous Police Policy

What may be more problematic for police professionals than crafty criminals?

Meddling politicians of course:

Perhaps, Wellford Mayor Sallie Peak's heart is in the right place and Chief of Police Chris Guy does do an admirable job by not laughing out loud at his boss' policy on camera, but forbidding foot pursuits by officers as a method to reduce injuries is simply ridiculous.

When I saw this initially posted on the General Blog of Crime, I tried to make a humorous comment with this:

As the mayor of Slamdunkville, I now realize that my officers are involved in way too many vehicle collisions. As a result, I just issued a memo informing all officers here that driving on patrol will no longer be permitted. Instead officers will be issued Heelys for use during the course of their official duties.
Ok, I tried, but a funny comment that definitely hit the mark was by a commenter named "Trailing Spouse":

City Jail is going to be full of fat criminals.


Note: Under pressure, the mayor evidently reversed the no chase policy.


angelcel said...

What!?! Nuts. Completely nuts.

I'm afraid she doesn't come across as exactly the sharpest knife in the box.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Is that, like, the smallest town in the world? Just curious.

And yes, what is meant by "chasing"?

I can understand the concern about insurance, but CLEARLY this is NOT the way to address it! Bizarre.

Slamdunk said...

Katherine: The reporter seems to be asking the same question: do you mean all chasing of suspected criminals? For a mayor to forbid police officers from running after offenders for fear of injury has to be the near the top of craziest ideas ever.

Some jurisdictions have issued policies that do not allow police officers to chase offenders in vehicles due to the high liability that goes along with pursuits. I am not a fan of no vehicle pursuit strategies, but I think it can at least be defended.

With no foot pursuit policies, the police department may as well be disbanded.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Interesting! I've never heard of cops forbidden to make high speed chases, either. Does the same thing go for cops on horseback of bicycle, I wonder?

Expat From Hell said...

So, does that mean that all future car chases have to be like OJ's? I mean, they did catch the guy in the end. Didn't they? Oh, wait a minute...

How do you find this good stuff, SlamDunk? Glad to be here again.


chuckmullis said...

Too Funny! Wellford must be so proud of their mayor. I think her interview should be grounds for removal.

Stephanie Faris said...

I always laugh on Cops when the officers have to get out of their cars and chase on foot. You can tell they hate having to run!

Slamdunk said...

Good question Katherine. There is a small number of agencies that forbid all vehicle pursuits, the Sparta (IL) Police Department being among them. I think it is a much better practice to restrict pursuits but let officers and supervisors use discretion as opposed to forbidding them (one can never predict all of the factors in a pursuit).

Regarding mounted officers, the agency I worked for did not permit officers on horseback to chase subjects. Those animals simply cost too much money, were not built for speed, and the chance of injury was too great to go racing through the streets.

With bicycles, my thought is the agency administrators would not have much to say to officers wanting to pursue those fleeing on foot.

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