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Pursuit for Change is a Wisconsin-based national police pursuit victims’ advocacy group. The organization works with legislators, media and law enforcement. We are primarily focused on departmental pursuit policies (EVO), laws related to pursuits, pursuit reduction technology and increased officer driving training (#PursuitReductionTech / @PursuitResponse). Each of these actions will reduce unnecessary police chases (#PoliceChase) and prevent innocent citizen and police officer deaths and injuries.
We're working toward the following goals:  
Photo by Jon Farris
 
  • Mandatory Federal Statistical Tracking of pursuit injuries and deaths
  • Greater grant funding to support law enforcement usage of pursuit reduction technology
  • Law enforcement funding for pursuit driving training
  • Pursuit policy modifications including greater inter-jurisdictional policy consistency and movement toward violent felony-only pursuits
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At least 416 people were killed nationwide in police chases in 2017 — a 22% increase from 2013, according to an analysis of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data by FairWarning, a nonprofit news organization.

At least 13,000 people died in police pursuits from 1979 to 2017. A person is killed in about one out of every 200 chases. Courier Journal

Jonathan Farris, advocate for public safety, with his son Paul

Jon’s son, Paul Farris, was killed on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. A fleeing driver, being chased by a Massachusetts State Trooper, struck the cab in which Paul and his girlfriend Katelyn were riding. Paul died. The cab driver, Walid Chahine, died. Kate was critically injured, but miraculously survived. The offending driver was being pursued for a simple illegal u-turn violation.

Please visit The Paul Farris Memorial Website to learn more about our story.

To learn more about our advocacy and for questions, law enforcement support, media requests, speaking and training, please contact us.

Please see this November 2019 update about Paul and recent legislative actions.

Below is a listing (Twitter) of recent dangerous police pursuits. The volume of chases is truly astounding, and seemingly is rising. This list can be expanded by clicking “Load More” at the bottom of the list.

Beginning on 3/8/2019 all new pursuit-related postings will be at the @JoFarris2 Twitter handle and on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/PursuitForChange/).

SO MANY BAD DECISIONS. #PoliceChase driver hits multiple vehicles and a pedestrian. @8NEWS #Insurance @PursuitResponse #PursuitForChange #ThereAreOtherOptions #PursuitReductionTech https://buff.ly/33ekcmi

Thank God there were no deaths and no kids injured. Recover quickly officers. #Chicago #PoliceChase on West Side injures 5 officers, 2 critically. #Insurance @PursuitResponse #PursuitForChange #ThereAreOtherOptions #PursuitReductionTech @ABC7 https://buff.ly/2riw8Gi

The justice system is totally messed up. They released this idiot on a $2500 personal recognizance bond??? #PoliceChase Car In Wrong Lane #AmieSchaenzer #Insurance @PursuitResponse #PursuitForChange #ThereAreOtherOptions #PursuitReductionTech https://buff.ly/2D5TTUM

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DEAD 2-year-old. Killed in #Chicago #PoliceChase for a traffic misdemeanor violation. #heartbreak @PursuitResponse @Pursuit4Change #ThereAreOtherOptions @FAACsimulators @StarChaseLLC @OnStar @pursuitalert http://bit.ly/2tT66rf

900 dangerous and (now we know) unsafe #PoliceChases. How safe are the squad cars driven by Milwaukee police officers? @CBS58 @PursuitResponse @Pursuit4Change #ThereAreOtherOptions http://bit.ly/2HcDVvf

2 innocents KILLED in FL #policechase. Again and again and again. If you "arrive in 15 seconds" then you were pursuing. @PursuitResponse @Pursuit4Change #ThereAreOtherOptions http://bit.ly/2IQf3vR

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Estimated Deaths 1979 – 2018

50,000

Estimated Injuries 1979 – 2018 (FBI interpolated)

1

Estimated LEOs Killed

1

Pursuits per Year (BJS)

1,000,000

Billions In Liability Costs

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The National Issue of High Speed Traffic Pursuits

Police chases are a national issue with staggering local impacts. Pursuits kill hundreds and injure thousands every year, including law enforcement officers. Yet this topic falls on deaf ears. This national issue destroys families in an instant. It deserves a national outcry for meaningful change and to give a voice to those who are no longer here to call attention to this travesty.

Vehicle pursuits, on average, kill a person each day, injure thousands annually, and are the second most deadly event a police officer faces, second only to death by firearms. Considering this is a national issue, one would assume that there are state and federal funded programs for law enforcement to enhance training, to adopt the newest technology and driver training to reduce chases – yet the stark reality is that no designated funding exists.

Please see our petition to the Attorney General, that allows YOU be a voice for the countless innocent victims and families who have been torn apart by these events, by finally creating federal legislation to create positive change and save innocent victim and LEO lives.

You can use this format to ASK YOUR LEGISLATORS, Federal and State, to support our important cause.

Your voice is needed! Contact your legislators to let them know you support legislation that will:

  1. Demand state and federal policy changes guiding law enforcement agencies to adopt significantly safer pursuit policies, smarter pursuit practices and more consistent procedures to reduce innocent victim and law enforcement injuries and deaths.
  2. Demand mandatory reporting for all Federal, State and Local police pursuits to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  3. Legislate dedicated funding for increased pursuit safety. This funding will support needed law enforcement training programs and technology which will improve decision-making, police coordination, police conduct and outcomes.
  • I hear people say that time heals the pain. Well, it doesn’t. Not even a little bit. Time does strengthen me. Time does allow me to hide the hurt so you need not live with it as I do – every day of my life.

    Jon Farris, Dad
  • The uncertainty about the death and injury tolls obscures the danger of police chases.

    Toyota Prius crash
    Unknown Author
  • Police pursuits, for the most part, are merely a passing newspaper story or television headline, forgotten by readers and viewers a few minutes later. But for the hundreds of relatives and thousands of friends of these innocent victims, the pain is real and never goes away. Never.

    Chief Advocate Jon Farris
  • A pursuit is probably the most unique and dangerous job law enforcement can do.

    Tulsa Police Maj. Travis Yates

Saving Lives by Advocating for Safer Police Pursuits

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