No Foot Chases

I read an article over at PoliceOne.com where a mayor of a town in South Carolina made it policy that her officers not be allowed to pursue suspects – either by vehicle or on foot.

Vehicle pursuits are a heated topic with many pros and cons to both sides of the argument on whether or not to engage in one, so I’m going to leave that topic alone for now.

But to tell your officers they are not allowed to run after a person who is attempting to evade arrest?

I was so taken aback by the video of an interview with the mayor about her decision that I simply could not help commenting (as could over three dozen other people as seen in the comments section of the article).  I’ll let you come to your own conclusions about the mayor’s professionalism.

In a nut shell, the mayor says insurance rates go up if an officer gets hurt running after a suspect.  Funny, that.  Policing is an inherently dangerous profession. 

After consulting with a prosecutor, the foot-chase ban was lifted when the prosecutor believed such a policy would prevent officers from upholding the law.

Thank goodness for common sense.

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