When Should Police Officers Chase Vehicles?

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Car chases are among the most dangerous operations of police work. Nationwide, one person a day was killed in a police chase from 1979 through 2013. Pursuit policies have trended toward more restrictive, said Chuck Wexler of the Police Executive Research Forum. “Police departments have recognized that a stolen car or someone who commits a traffic violation, it’s not worth engaging in a high-speed pursuit that could tragically kill some innocent third party," he says . . .

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