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Opinion: Don’t Advertise The ‘No Pursuit’ Policy

Fr. Kevin Dillon is St Mary’s parish priest in Geelong writes:

“(…) how should police respond if they see a quick U-turn by an approaching driver who observes the roadblock? Do they follow the car at a safe speed, hoping to pull it over, then test and perhaps apprehend the driver? And if the driver “steps on it”, do they pursue and increase their own speed — and if so, at what speed should they abandon the chase?

This week, a new policy regarding police pursuits was announced. News reports stated that police “must not initiate or continue a pursuit unless they believe that there is an urgent need to apprehend the vehicle occupant/s

While the reasoning behind the policy is plausible and very much focused on the safety of all, it may nonetheless create significant difficulties for the police “out there” day and night, in a wide variety of circumstances.

Drivers who wish to evade the police don’t deserve the comfort of knowing they can quietly drive above the speed limit and not be pursued.”

Read more in Geelong Advertiser.

Source: www.geelongadvertiser.com.au

Rotorua Police Pursuit Complied With Policy – IPCA Finds

In a report released today the New Zealand’s Independent Police Conduct Authority found that Rotorua Police officers involved in a pursuit, in order to apprehend three dangerous and threatening men, followed Police policy and were justified in their actions.

On 26 May 2014 Police received a call from a member of the public who reported three men acting suspiciously in a Mazda MPV. This vehicle matched that of a car that was reported stolen two days prior following two aggravated robberies. Police suspected the three occupants of the stolen car were those who had committed the robberies in the days before.

Read more on Yahoo News.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

Chicago Fraternal Order of Police To Fight Tattoo and Baseball Caps Bans

The Chicago Police Department has quietly made changes to its uniform policy, requiring that on-duty officers cover up any tattoos and banning them from wearing baseball caps.

The department’s largest union, which represents rank-and-file officers, quickly voiced its opposition, saying the department should have first negotiated the changes before making any announcement. A number of officers also spoke out against the move, saying their tattoos are part of their identities. The department was sympathetic to officers with tattoos commemorating their military service but ultimately decided it was too “difficult to draw a line.”

“Too many uniform variations became available, making Chicago police officers less immediately identifiable to the public,” said police spokeswoman Jennifer Rottner.

But the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 said Tuesday it plans to file an unfair labor practice complaint with the Illinois Labor Relations Board over the new directive.

“It remains the lodge’s position that the dress code policy is a mandatory subject of bargaining, especially when it impacts current officers who have visible body tattoos and/or body brandings,” FOP President Dean Angelo wrote to union members in a letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Tribune.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Source: www.chicagotribune.com

Victoria Police Force Rejects Ex-Chief Kel Glare’s Claims On Terror Tactics

A former Victoria Police chief commissioner who claims the force has let terrorists win by shifting security policies towards a “fortress mentality” has received a forceful rebuke from the top brass.

Acting Chief Commissioner Tim Cartwright said he would not apologise for the new approach and would not accept policing was an inherently dangerous job which would inevitably create risk. “It’s not giving in to terrorism, it’s keeping my people safe while we keep the community safe,” he said.

Mr Cartwright, who will hand over to Australian Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton next month, also hit back at Mr Glare’s claim that police had stepped back from community engagement and should reintroduce initiatives such as regular school visits.

Read more in The Australian.

Source: www.theaustralian.com.au

Does Queensland Police Pursuit Policy Discriminate Against Good Motorists?

When honest citizens obey a police directive to pull over when in breach of a traffic regulation it appears they are being discriminated against.

Why? Because the police pursuit policy allows the bad guys, who know the system, the opportunity to escape punishment. Police don’t want adverse publicity.

However, standing down Chris Hurley and Barry Wellington, two dedicated police officers, who take their job seriously in catching criminals, does nothing for public safety.

They would not now be in trouble if they had ignored the dangerously driving motorist who had attacked a cab driver with an axe.

Read more in The Chronicle.

Source: www.thechronicle.com.au