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Searching for Help in Washington DC

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Searching for Help in Washington DC

by Jonathan Farris, Chief Advocate, Pursuit For Change
October 2018

 

Police chases kill hundreds of people every year. At least one third of those killed are innocent bystanders. Additionally, law enforcement officers (LEO) are always at risk while chasing or while en route to a pursuit.

In 2017 five (5) law enforcement officers were killed in pursuits. This year through September, four (4) officers have fallen in chase-related incidents.

And because Federal and State statistical tracking is so weak, we have absolutely no idea how many innocent bystanders and LEOs have been injured as a result of pursuit-related driving incidents.

Although there are not many organizations focused specifically on reducing dangerous police chases, there are some.

US Capitol 2018. Photo by Jon Farris. All rights reserved.

During October of 2018, members of the PursuitResponse group, of which Pursuit For Change is a member, visited Washington DC to meet with legislators once again.  PursuitResponse’s core members are technologists offering advanced tools designed to reduce active police chases and to increase LEOs’ hands-on training designed to help them remain safe during high-risk vehicle events. The orgainzation has also partnered with and are supported by advocates and law enforcement.

So we continue to meet and work with legislators who are interested in and support our mission to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries of citizens and law enforcement officers. We will accomplish this through training, advocacy, and additional legislation.

  • Mandatory Federal statistical tracking of pursuit injuries and deaths
  • Greater (and specifically earmarked) grant funding for utilization of pursuit reduction technology and high-risk vehicle driver training
  • Pursuit policy modifications, focusing on movement toward violent felony-only chases

Creating legislative partnerships and new legislation is always a slow process. But please know that we will not give up, because it is so important.  This is especially true for those of us who have personally suffered a direct pursuit-related loss. We want to reduce the liklihood that it isn’t you who receives a life-changing 4:00AM call…

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial 2018. Photo by Jon Farris. All rights reserved.

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Too Many Police Chases End This Way

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We know there are so many safer means for apprehending drivers who flee from police. We need law enforcement to embrace new technology and safer tactics.

POLICE PURSUIT STARTS IN LEHI, ENDS WITH ROLLOVER OF BLUFFDALE OFFICER’S AUTO

Author Deanna Wagner
30 April, 2017

A Bluffdale police officer suffered minor injuries after his auto crashed and rolled on Interstate 15 in Sandy during a vehicle chase on Saturday.

Sgt. Todd Royce of the Utah Highway Patrol said the pursuit began in Lehi and the suspect fled north on I-15 at high speeds.

Only minor injuries for the Bluffdale officer. “But it looks like the Bluffdale officer rolled down through a lower area of I-15 and ended up being on his top in the emergency lane”.

The Bluffdale officer, who Royce said only suffered minor injuries, was transported to a hospital as a precautionary measure. It was not clear why police initially attempted to stop the vehicle. And we don’t know exactly what happened.

The suspect is still outstanding, he said, but Lehi police believe they know who the suspect is and they are now looking for him.

The pursuit was terminated immediately after the crash in order to render aid to the Bluffdale officer.

 

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:
http://appsforpcdaily.com/2017/04/police-pursuit-starts-in-lehi-ends-with-rollover-of/

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Too Many LEO Deaths

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Last night yet another police officer was gunned down by a man using children as a shield. http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/01/us/tacoma-officer-shot/

This officer represents the 132nd LEO killed in 2016, and there is still a month left in the year. I really hope more people begin to get riled up about the loss of police officers’ lives, too, because it and they truly matter.

So, just in case you don’t know how bad it is, take a moment to read the names of the WAY TOO MANY officers killed in the line of duty in 2016 (listing from www.ODMP.org as of this morning). Please visit the Officer Down Memorial Page website to learn much more.

Pray for their families and friends, whose lives will NEVER be the same…

@Below100 @Pursuit4Change #StopTheViolence #ODMP

 
Arlington County Police Department, Virginia
Corporal Harvey Snook, III
Arlington County Police Department, VA
EOW: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness
 
Danville Police Department, Ohio
Police Officer Thomas W. Cottrell, Jr.
Danville Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
Police Officer Douglas Scott Barney, II.
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, UT
EOW: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois
Correctional Officer Adam Conrad
Marion County Sheriff’s Office, IL
EOW: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Government
Special Agent Scott McGuire
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, US
EOW: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Seaside Police Department, Oregon
Sergeant Jason Goodding
Seaside Police Department, OR
EOW: Friday, February 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
Deputy Sheriff Derek Geer
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, CO
EOW: Monday, February 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, California
Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, CA
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
 
Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
Senior Deputy Mark F. Logsdon
Harford County Sheriff’s Office, MD
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
Senior Deputy Patrick B. Dailey
Harford County Sheriff’s Office, MD
EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Riverdale Police Department, Georgia
Major Gregory E. Barney
Riverdale Police Department, GA
EOW: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Fargo Police Department, North Dakota
Police Officer Jason Moszer
Fargo Police Department, ND
EOW: Thursday, February 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Mississippi Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi
Special Agent Lee Tartt
Mississippi Department of Public Safety – Bureau of Narcotics, MS
EOW: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Park County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
Corporal Nate Carrigan
Park County Sheriff’s Office, CO
EOW: Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Prince William County Police Department, Virginia
Officer Ashley Marie Guindon
Prince William County Police Department, VA
EOW: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado
Deputy Sheriff Travis Russell
Las Animas County Sheriff’s Office, CO
EOW: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Euless Police Department, Texas
Police Officer David Stefan Hofer
Euless Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
South Jacksonville Police Department, Illinois
Police Officer Scot Fitzgerald
South Jacksonville Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, March 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
New Jersey State Police, New Jersey
Trooper Sean E. Cullen
New Jersey State Police, NJ
EOW: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Deputy Sheriff John Robert Kotfila, Jr.
Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, FL
EOW: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
California Highway Patrol, California
Officer Nathan Taylor
California Highway Patrol, CA
EOW: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Prince George’s County Police Department, Maryland
Police Officer I Jacai D. Colson
Prince George’s County Police Department, MD
EOW: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
 
El Paso Police Department, Texas
Patrolman David Ortiz
El Paso Police Department, TX
EOW: Monday, March 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
West Virginia State Police, West Virginia
First Sergeant Joseph G. Portaro
West Virginia State Police, WV
EOW: Monday, March 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts
Trooper Thomas L. Clardy
Massachusetts State Police, MA
EOW: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Greenville Police Department, South Carolina
Police Officer III Allen Lee Jacobs
Greenville Police Department, SC
EOW: Friday, March 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana
Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz
Howard County Sheriff’s Office, IN
EOW: Sunday, March 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
Police Officer Susan Louise Farrell
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
Police Officer Carlos Puente-Morales
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
Trooper Jeffrey Nichols
Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Highway Patrol, TX
EOW: Saturday, March 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Virginia State Police, Virginia
Trooper Chad Phillip Dermyer
Virginia State Police, VA
EOW: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Columbus Division of Police, Ohio
Police Officer Steven Michael Smith
Columbus Division of Police, OH
EOW: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
Border Patrol Agent Jose Daniel Barraza
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Monday, April 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Florida Department of Corrections, Florida
Sergeant Jorge Ramos
Florida Department of Corrections, FL
EOW: Sunday, May 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Investigator Anthony “TJ” Freeman
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Thursday, May 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
 
Kansas City Police Department, Kansas
Detective Brad D. Lancaster
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Monday, May 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Phoenix Police Department, Arizona
Police Officer David Van Glasser
Phoenix Police Department, AZ
EOW: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Hilliard Division of Police, Ohio
Police Officer Sean Richard Johnson
Hilliard Division of Police, OH
EOW: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
Auburn Police Department, Massachusetts
Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, Jr.
Auburn Police Department, MA
EOW: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Branch County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan
Deputy Sheriff Michael Arthur Winter
Branch County Sheriff’s Office, MI
EOW: Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Animal related
 
Winnsboro Police Department, Louisiana
Sergeant Derrick Mingo
Winnsboro Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Memphis Police Department, Tennessee
Police Officer Verdell Smith, Sr
Memphis Police Department, TN
EOW: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Natasha Maria Hunter
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Government
Deportation Officer Brian Beliso
United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations, US
EOW: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
Pearland Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya
Pearland Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
San Jose Police Department, California
Police Officer Michael Jason Katherman
San Jose Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
Gainesboro Police Department, Tennessee
Police Officer Zachary Tyler Larnerd
Gainesboro Police Department, TN
EOW: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Patton Village Police Department, Texas
Sergeant Stacey Allen Baumgartner
Patton Village Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
 
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
Deputy Sheriff David Francis Michel, Jr.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee
Deputy Sheriff Martin Tase Sturgill, II
Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office, TN
EOW: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
Sterlington Police Department, Louisiana
Sergeant David Kyle Elahi
Sterlington Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 3, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri
Deputy Sheriff Paul Clark
St. Francois County Sheriff’s Office, MO
EOW: Monday, July 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Calvin “Mark” McCullers
Southern Methodist University Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned
 
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Senior Corporal Lorne Bradley Ahrens
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Michael Leslie Krol
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Sergeant Michael Joseph Smith
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Dallas Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa
Dallas Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Brent Alan Thompson
Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Town of Salem Department of Public Safety, Wisconsin
Public Safety Officer Michael Joshua Ventura
Town of Salem Department of Public Safety, WI
EOW: Friday, July 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan
Security Supervisor Joseph P. Zangaro
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, MI
EOW: Monday, July 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan
Court Officer Ronald Eugene Kienzle
Berrien County Sheriff’s Department, MI
EOW: Monday, July 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Bellaire Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Marco Antonio Zarate
Bellaire Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
 
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas
Corrections Officer Mari Johnson
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, TX
EOW: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault
 
Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana
Corporal Montrell Lyle Jackson
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald
Baton Rouge Police Department, LA
EOW: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Luzerne County Correctional Facility, Pennsylvania
Correctional Officer Kristopher D. Moules
Luzerne County Correctional Facility, PA
EOW: Monday, July 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault
 
Kansas City Police Department, Kansas
Captain Robert David Melton
Kansas City Police Department, KS
EOW: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
San Diego Police Department, California
Police Officer Jonathan M. DeGuzman
San Diego Police Department, CA
EOW: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
West Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
Sergeant Shawn Miller
West Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
Police Officer Justin Scherlen
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee
Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, TN
EOW: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas
Corporal Bill Cooper
Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office, AR
EOW: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Thursday, August 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
Hatch Police Department, New Mexico
Police Officer Jose Ismael Chavez
Hatch Police Department, NM
EOW: Friday, August 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Eastman Police Department, Georgia
Police Officer Timothy Kevin Smith
Eastman Police Department, GA
EOW: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Fenton Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Shannon Brown
Fenton Police Department, LA
EOW: Saturday, August 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Maryville Police Department, Tennessee
Police Officer Kenneth Ray Moats
Maryville Police Department, TN
EOW: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police
Senior Police Officer Leander Frank
Navajo Division of Public Safety, TR
EOW: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Alamogordo Police Department, New Mexico
Police Officer Clint Corvinus
Alamogordo Police Department, NM
EOW: Friday, September 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Austin Police Department, Texas
Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq
Austin Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, September 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Lieutenant Waldemar Rivera-Santiago
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Monday, September 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
Eastland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Hubert Maltby
Eastland County Sheriff’s Office, TX
EOW: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Kansas
Master Deputy Sheriff Brandon Collins
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, KS
EOW: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Shelby Police Department, North Carolina
K9 Officer Timothy James Brackeen
Shelby Police Department, NC
EOW: Monday, September 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
McCrory Police Department, Arkansas
Police Officer Robert Aaron Barker
McCrory Police Department, AR
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, Illinois
Patrol Officer Jason Gallero
Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, IL
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
 
Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio
Trooper Kenneth V. Velez
Ohio State Highway Patrol, OH
EOW: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Alabama Department of Corrections, Alabama
Correctional Officer Kenneth Bettis
Alabama Department of Corrections, AL
EOW: Friday, September 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Stabbed
 
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
Sergeant Kenneth Steil
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Saturday, September 17, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, New York
Sergeant Kerry Winters
Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, NY
EOW: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned
 
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Agent Edwin Pabón-Robles
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Friday, September 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania
Corrections Officer David M. Weaver
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Monday, September 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Fall
 
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, North Carolina
Deputy Sheriff John Thomas Isenhour
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, NC
EOW: Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
Corporal Robert Eugene Ransom
Gregg County Sheriff’s Office, TX
EOW: Friday, September 30, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California
Sergeant Steve Owen
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
New York State Police, New York
Investigator Paul R. Stuewer
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: 9/11 related illness
 
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Agent Victor Rosado-Rosa
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Cause of Death: Motorcycle accident
 
St. Louis County Police Department, Missouri
Police Officer Blake Curtis Snyder
St. Louis County Police Department, MO
EOW: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Palm Springs Police Department, California
Police Officer Lesley Zerebny
Palm Springs Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Palm Springs Police Department, California
Police Officer Jose Gilbert Vega
Palm Springs Police Department, CA
EOW: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Puerto Rico Police Department, Puerto Rico
Sergeant Luis A. Meléndez-Maldonado
Puerto Rico Police Department, PR
EOW: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Chesapeake Police Department, Ohio
Police Officer Aaron J. Christian
Chesapeake Police Department, OH
EOW: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, California
Deputy Sheriff Jack Hopkins
Modoc County Sheriff’s Office, CA
EOW: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California
Sergeant Alfonso Lopez
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Monday, October 24, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
New York State Police, New York
Trooper Timothy P. Pratt
New York State Police, NY
EOW: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Fairbanks Police Department, Alaska
Sergeant Allen Brandt
Fairbanks Police Department, AK
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Chester Police Department, Illinois
Police Officer James Brockmeyer
Chester Police Department, IL
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
 
Detroit Police Department, Michigan
Police Officer Myron Jarrett
Detroit Police Department, MI
EOW: Friday, October 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin
Deputy Sheriff Dan Glaze
Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, WI
EOW: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, California
Sergeant Rod Lucas
Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, CA
EOW: Monday, October 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
 
Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Deputy Sheriff Scott Williams
Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, FL
EOW: Monday, October 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Miami Police Department, Florida
Police Officer Jorge Sanchez
Miami Police Department, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Urbandale Police Department, Iowa
Police Officer Justin Scott Martin
Urbandale Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Des Moines Police Department, Iowa
Sergeant Anthony David Beminio
Des Moines Police Department, IA
EOW: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
New York City Police Department, New York
Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo
New York City Police Department, NY
EOW: Friday, November 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Sergeant Patrick Michael Sondron
Peach County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
West Valley City Police Department, Utah
Police Officer Cody Brotherson
West Valley City Police Department, UT
EOW: Sunday, November 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
 
Show Low Police Department, Arizona
Police Officer Darrin Reed
Show Low Police Department, AZ
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Peach County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Deputy Sheriff Daryl Smallwood
Peach County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana
Police Officer Jude Williams Lewis
New Orleans Police Department, LA
EOW: Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Canonsburg Borough Police Department, Pennsylvania
Police Officer Scott Leslie Bashioum
Canonsburg Borough Police Department, PA
EOW: Thursday, November 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, California
Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Newton County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
Deputy Sheriff Justin White
Newton County Sheriff’s Office, GA
EOW: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
Border Patrol Agent David Gomez
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Heart attack
 
South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, Texas
Assistant Commander Kenneth Joseph Starrs
South Texas Specialized Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, TX
EOW: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by train
 
United States Department of Justice – United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government
Deputy Commander Patrick Thomas Carothers
United States Department of Justice – United States Marshals Service, US
EOW: Friday, November 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
San Antonio Police Department, Texas
Detective Benjamin Edward Marconi
San Antonio Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, November 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
Deputy Sheriff Eric James Oliver
Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Utah Highway Patrol, Utah
Trooper Eric Dale Ellsworth
Utah Highway Patrol, UT
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Wayne State University Police Department, Michigan
Police Officer Collin James Rose
Wayne State University Police Department, MI
EOW: Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
Trooper Cody James Donahue
Colorado State Patrol, CO
EOW: Friday, November 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, California
K9 Jojo
San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Cause of Death: Asphyxiation
 
Canton Police Department, Ohio
K9 Jethro
Canton Police Department, OH
EOW: Sunday, January 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Norfolk Police Department, Virginia
K9 Krijger
Norfolk Police Department, VA
EOW: Monday, January 11, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, Texas
K9 Ogar
Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, TX
EOW: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department, California
K9 Jag
Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Omaha Police Department, Nebraska
K9 Kobus
Omaha Police Department, NE
EOW: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, Vermont
K9 Betcha
Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, VT
EOW: Friday, January 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, Pennsylvania
K9 Aren
Port Authority of Allegheny County Police Department, PA
EOW: Sunday, January 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Stabbed
 
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee
K9 Vigor
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, TN
EOW: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Drowned
 
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, Washington
K9 Reefer
Chelan County Sheriff’s Office, WA
EOW: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
 
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada
K9 Nicky
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, NV
EOW: Thursday, March 31, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
 
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, Utah
K9 Aldo
Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake, UT
EOW: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Anaheim Police Department, California
K9 Bruno
Anaheim Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Westchester County Department of Public Safety, New York
K9 Suki
Westchester County Department of Public Safety, NY
EOW: Friday, May 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
K9 Ledger
La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, TX
EOW: Sunday, May 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
K9 Duke
Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office, LA
EOW: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
San Juan Police Department, Texas
K9 Rex
San Juan Police Department, TX
EOW: Thursday, June 2, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Cherokee County School District Police Department, Georgia
K9 Inca
Cherokee County School District Police Department, GA
EOW: Friday, June 10, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Amarillo Police Department, Texas
K9 Bruno
Amarillo Police Department, TX
EOW: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Cause of Death: Accidental
 
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
K9 Lazer
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection – United States Border Patrol, US
EOW: Monday, June 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Fountain County Sheriff’s Office, Indiana
K9 Tyson
Fountain County Sheriff’s Office, IN
EOW: Monday, June 27, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Long Beach Police Department, California
K9 Credo
Long Beach Police Department, CA
EOW: Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Accidental)
 
Emmett Police Department, Idaho
K9 Roscoe
Emmett Police Department, ID
EOW: Friday, July 1, 2016
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
 
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania
K9 Totti
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, PA
EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Arlington Police Department, Texas
K9 Mojo
Arlington Police Department, TX
EOW: Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma
K9 Bak
Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, OK
EOW: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
Kingman Police Department, Arizona
K9 Amigo
Kingman Police Department, AZ
EOW: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Cause of Death: Heat exhaustion
 
California City Police Department, California
K9 Ty Vom Friedrichsfelder Eck
California City Police Department, CA
EOW: Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault
 
Alaska State Troopers, Alaska
K9 Helo
Alaska State Troopers, AK
EOW: Sunday, September 25, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
Boise Police Department, Idaho
K9 Jardo
Boise Police Department, ID
EOW: Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
K9 Thor
Wethersfield Police Department, CT
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Assault
 
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
K9 Forest
Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, FL
EOW: Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
 
K9 Payne
Pembroke Police Department, NC
EOW: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Cause of Death: Gunfire
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Thank you, Officer

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Saying Thanks

by Jonathan Farris

I’m an advocate. I work to reduce bystander and officer injuries and deaths caused during pursuits. As a result I typically focus on pursuits gone wrong or those I consider to be dangerous or unnecessary.

However, please do not think that I harbor ill will to the law enforcement community. I do not. In fact, it’s just the opposite of that.

Over the past several years I’ve had a chance to work with a number of amazing law enforcement professionals. These folks  are dedicated to saving law enforcement officer (LEO) lives, which in turn will save innocent bystander lives.

Weapons-related incidents and shootings are most often picked up by the media, but in a typical year more officers are injured or killed while in their squad cars. That often happens due to lack of seatbelt usage, driving faster than is reasonably safe, police pursuits of all types, and more.

Even though there are still too many unnecessary pursuits in which innocent bystanders or LEOs are hurt or killed, this represents a minuscule percentage of total miles driven by officers annually.

So let me simply say “THANKS” to law enforcement professionals across the globe. I could not do your jobs; but know I am personally grateful that you can and do.

 

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Officer and K9 injured in wild Miami car chase

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A suspect was taken into custody following a police pursuit in Miami Friday afternoon.

VIDEO: Officer, K-9 Hurt in Wild Miami Vehicle Pursuit

The chase, which started in downtown Miami, involved a red 4-door Nissan Altima that was seen speeding on Miami streets.

The car was eventually stopped in a driveway, and the driver, later identified as 34-year-old Keith Michel, was taken into custody, NBC Miami reports.

Footage showed officers surround the car with guns drawn as a K-9 approached. The car went in reverse and bumped a police car before it stopped and Michel got out.

One officer was injured and a K-9 was hurt, officials said. Officers from the City of Miami and Miami-Dade Police took part in the pursuit and arrest.

Police said Michel was wanted on serious felony charges in Lauderhill. Lauderhill Police said he was wanted for stabbing his girlfriend Thursday night. She’s in the hospital with multiple stab wounds.

UPDATE: Police dog injured ‘doing great,’ fugitive not so well

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Challenging the rules of the road during high speed chases

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(WXYZ) – They are always dangerous. They are always controversial.

Dozens have been killed in high-speed police pursuits. Now one Michigan lawmaker is fighting to slam on the brakes, but state police are fighting back.

While they can have a bad outcome, police say the chases are necessary.

“I’d like to say I can end every pursuit and no one would ever get hurt,” says MSP Lt. Mike Shaw. “But that’s not something we can do right now.”

Earlier this month, a family of five was devastated in a high-speed pursuit crash. It turned out the driver was chased only because he had no drivers license.

Malaysia, 6, was seriously injured.

“We later found out at the hospital she had a brain injury, she was bleeding in the brain,” says her mother Mary.

Mary has a cracked rib. Her one-year-old niece was also injured. The infant’s father also sustained severe internal injuries.

“Kidney failure, bleeding inside. He had to have his spleen removed. He’s on a ventilator still,” says Mary.

The trouble peaked in 2014, 27 people were killed in pursuit crashes, according to state police. Last year, 21 were killed, nine were in Wayne County.

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Why police departments are reconsidering high-speed pursuits

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A veteran Rockport police officer has come under scrutiny after a high-speed chase he led in Union last December ended with a car crash that left two teenagers dead.

See dashboard camera footage of deadly high-speed chase in Rockport

High-speed chases make for great adrenaline-soaked Hollywood action flicks; however, a growing body of research shows that the risks in real life to the officer, suspect and bystanders from pursuits often outweigh the potential benefit of a suspect’s immediate apprehension.

In response to this growing body of research and public concern about safety, a majority of police departments in Maine and nationally have adopted more restrictive policies governing when an officer may engage in a high-speed chase.

The risks

One of the more comprehensive studies of trends in high-speed chases is a 2008 report by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a Chicago-based law enforcement advocacy group. Researchers working with the association examined records of 7,737 pursuits between 2001 and 2007 that 56 police agencies submitted to an online database.

The authors found that a quarter of all high-speed chases ended when either the pursuing officer or suspect crashed. Suspects were most at risk for injury, accounting for 65 percent of all chase-related injuries. The next most at-risk group wasn’t police officers but bystanders, who accounted for 21 percent of chase-related injuries.

Agencies reported that 81 percent of chase-related injuries were minor, while 16 percent of injuries were serious. While fatalities occurred in only 3 percent of chase-related crashes, suspects and bystanders were most at risk for dying as a result of a high-speed chase.

Unlike their long-lasting Hollywood counterparts, most high-speed chases end within five minutes after an officer turns on the blue lights. So the pursuing officer has only a small window in which to resolve the chase safely.

Half of all crashes happen within the first two minutes of an officer engaging in a pursuit, and 83 percent happen within five minutes, according to a 1998 report by the National Institutes of Justice. The fatal chase in Union last December lasted about four minutes before the fleeing suspect crashed.

Some 72 percent of high-speed chases end for reasons beyond the control of the pursuing officers, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police report. By and large, the suspect has the most control over the situation, with pursuits ending because the suspect willingly stopped, crashed or successfully eluded the officer. Only 9 percent of pursuits ended because the officer discontinued the chase.

“When police agencies consider the costs and benefits of pursuits, they should also note this high level of uncertainty and lack of control that they often have during pursuit situations, which can certainly increase the ante for choosing to pursue,” the report reads.

Restrictive policies

Given the high risk of injury or death for an officer, suspect or bystander during a chase, a majority of departments nationwide since the 1990s have adopted more restrictive policies to limit pursuits. Half of those policies allow pursuits only for more serious offenses, such as violent felonies, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy’s model pursuit policy that serves as the baseline for Maine police departments, for instance, advises officers to pursue a suspect only when he or she poses an imminent threat to the public or if the suspect has committed a violent crime.

Minor offenses such as traffic violations are a no-go for high-speed chases under most circumstances.

“Under many conditions, abandoning a pursuit may be the most prudent decision a law enforcement officer can make,” the policy reads.

It advises further that an officer abandon a chase once the suspect has been identified and the officer is confident the suspect can safely apprehended later.

Even though policies discourage high-speed pursuits for minor violations, only 9 percent of pursuits reviewed as part of the International Association of Chiefs of Police report involved suspects who committed a violent felony.

Police in 42 percent of pursuits were chasing people suspected of violating a traffic law. In another 18 percent of cases, police chased people suspected of driving stolen cars, and another 15 percent of cases involved people suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Pursuit policies, including the state’s model policy, give officers flexibility to determine whether the risks posed by chasing a suspect outweigh the benefits of apprehension. Because officers can easily get wrapped up in the chase, a supervisor has the authority under Maine’s model policy to call off a pursuit at any time if the conditions become too hazardous.

In some cases, pursuing a suspect for a traffic violation may be the most prudent decision. But once an officer switches on the blue lights and gives chase, what began as a routine traffic stop becomes far more dangerous and unpredictable.

Counterintuitively, suspects concerned about the punishment from running from the police are five times more likely to take extreme risks to evade police, according to a 1998 study in the journal Criminal Justice and Behavior, one of the only studies to examine high-speed chases from the suspect’s perspective. Of the suspects surveyed for the study, more than two-thirds who reported they were concerned for their safety during a chase were willing to take extreme risks to evade police. About half of suspects were willing to run at all costs.

“Rather than providing a deterrent effect, thinking about the punishment apparently acted as an incentive to try harder to escape,” the study reads.

In fact, the study suggests the safest way for an officer to end a high-speed chase is slow down and turn off the blue lights. Once the suspect sees the officer isn’t in pursuit, the suspect will resume driving at safe speeds within 2 miles, removing the risk to the public.

After all, a suspect can usually be safely arrested a little further down the road.

Reposted from www.bangordailynews.com by Christopher Burns

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Police chase goes through golf course

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – A man fleeing police was arrested after he took the officers on a chase through a St. Paul golf course.

According to St. Paul Police, a 50-year-old man was driving north on Western Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, near Sherburne Avenue when he failed to make a complete stop at a stop sign.

View pictures of the golf course damage

Officers in a fully marked squad car turned on their emergency lights and sirens in an attempt to pull the man over. But that’s when police say he took off.

A short police chase ensued into the Phalen Park golf course, resulting in damage to holes 11 and 13.

Golfer scattering car chase under police review – ABC News

Officials say the damage wasn’t too extensive — mostly just tire tracks and ruts.

The suspect was eventually arrested inside Phalen Park.

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Keeping the public safe during a high speed chase

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SHAWANO, Wis. — – A 29-year-old Pulaski man was taken into custody early Friday morning after leading law enforcement on a high speed chase through three counties. His name has not been released.

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office was carrying out an attempt to locate from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and found the vehicle around 11:30 Thursday night, according to the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department. They tried to stop the man, but he did not stop and proceeded to drive 86 miles through Shawano, Waupaca and Marathon Counties, the Sheriff’s office said.

The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department eventually stopped the vehicle and arrested the 29-year-old.

The number of high speed chases is on the rise in Wisconsin, according to the USA Today Network. It found the number reported last year was a record high.

However, that doesn’t mean the public is at risk. Law enforcement has specific protocol to determine whether or not to pursue a high speed chase.

“The amount of traffic on the roadway we have to consider, the demographics of the area of the pursuit,” said Wisconsin State Patrol Officer Scott Reignier.
“Is it happening in a city, in a residential area, out in the country?”
The Shawano County Sheriff’s department, involved in the chase overnight, knows how dangerous those chases can be.
“We lost a deputy a couple decades ago, he was responding to a high speed chase,” said Adam Bieber, Shawano County Sheriff.
“So our officers, our deputies, our administration know full well the dangers of high speed chases.”
Safety of both officers and the public is the number one priority for law enforcement.
“There are a lot of things to consider when being involved in pursuit, the most important being the danger to the public and reasonable safety,” said Scott Reignier, Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper. “At what point does the pursuit become more dangerous to the public than the actual behavior of the violator.”

The man involved in the overnight chase will be charged on a few different counts in Shawano and Marathon Counties, according to Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber.

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Jon speaks on NPR’s All Things Considered

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Listen to the story HERE.

In Hot Pursuit of Public Safety, Police Consider Fewer Car Chases

Police officers have to make complicated, split-second decisions every day — and whether or not to chase a fleeing suspect is no exception. And they often have to make this decision while driving a car at very high speeds.

Kansas City area police chief Steve Beamer says they don’t make it lightly. “We have to continually balance the need to apprehend that individual who chooses to flee against the safety of the public that may be at risk because of the pursuit,” Beamer says.

The risk is that the pursuit will cause a crash, killing police and innocent bystanders. Based on data from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kansas Department of Transportation and an analysis of news articles from the last 10 years, there have been at least 706 pursuit crashes that have killed at least 23 people in the Kansas City area in the last 10 years. Hundreds more were injured, including 11 police officers. Police consultant Chuck Drago says nationally between 300 and 400 people are killed each year because of pursuits.

“As far as we can tell, it’s pretty much been stable for many, many, many years, and the numbers are sometimes difficult to pin down,” Drago says. It’s difficult because the reporting is voluntary.

Aaron Ambrose is a former Kansas City area police chief who says most of the time, pursuits just aren’t worth it. But there are exceptions.

“Now, if somebody’s grabbed a little kid and they’re holding them hostage — some guy went into the neighborhood and snatched up a kid and they’re driving around — I say we follow them until the wheels fall off. You’re never going to let that vehicle out of your sight regardless,” Ambrose says.

Technology could help cut down on the number of pursuits. Police already use helicopters and may use drones in the future. There’s also StarChase, a system that shoots a GPS-tracking dart from the front of a police car onto a fleeing vehicle.

Police agencies also have policies in place spelling out who officers are allowed to chase and how fast they can drive. But in Kansas City there are two states, six counties and dozens of municipalities — and all have differing policies. Some allow chases for a minor traffic violations. Others only allow pursuits of violent felons.

Jonathan Farris, former head of the group PursuitSAFETY, says there need to be more consistent policies. Even though he lost his son in a pursuit crash near Boston eight years ago, he thinks banning all pursuits is not realistic.

“I think it’s a reduction in police pursuits, not an elimination of police pursuits, and that reduction, again, the simplest way to do that is to say the only thing that is important enough to put other citizens in danger is to pursue violent felons only,” he says.

Of course, an officer might not yet know who’s running away, and that’s why activists like Farris want policy reform that will make police pursuits both more efficient and safer for everyone in in their paths.

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USA TODAY: Police chase deaths are up in 2014

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The number of people killed in high-speed police chases surged in 2014 to its highest level since 2007 despite efforts by police departments to reduce the risks of people getting killed and injured, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

A total of 385 people died in motor-vehicle crashes in 2014 that occurred while police were chasing a vehicle, up 16% from the 333 people killed in 2013, the USA TODAY review of federal records shows.

“A huge percentage of these deaths are unnecessary,” said Jonathan Farris, former chairman of PursuitSAFETY, which advocates to restrict police chases and improve reporting of chase-related deaths and injuries. Farris’ son Paul, 23, was killed in 2007 near Boston by a motorist being chased for a traffic violation.

Approximately 73 of the people killed in 2014 were bystanders — mostly people in their own cars that were hit by a fleeing motorist — and 77 were passengers in the fleeing vehicles. Twelve of those killed were children age 14 or younger, including an infant who had not yet turned one. Five were police officers.

Thousands more people were injured in the chases, which usually begin for minor infractions such as traffic violations. Although the federal government does not count injuries in police chases, five states that do keep track reported that a combined total of 1,764 people were injured in 2014 in their states.

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High-speed chases: Police make life-or-death decisions on the run

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Police chases of suspects at high speeds can quickly turn deadly for the pursuer, the pursued and bystanders — one reason law enforcement officers are taught to use caution before hitting the gas pedal.

Tuesday’s NYPD pursuit from New York City into Yonkers ended with a head-on crash along the Saw Mill River Parkway in Yonkers and one of the two suspects shot dead by police. The state Attorney General’s Office is now investigating the circumstances.

A little over two weeks earlier, Yonkers police chased a stolen van through busy city streets before the van crashed into an oncoming car. The car’s driver, 46-year-old Sharlene Stinson was killed; a 16-year-old boy inside the van died later and a girl, 14, suffered critical injuries. The youths were suspected of trying to steal parking meters.

Police say common sense should be used when officers are in hot pursuit. Speed, location, time and the alleged crime should be taken into consideration by ranking officers monitoring the chases as well as the officers involved.

Rockland Sheriff Louis Falco said supervisors shouldn’t be afraid of being second-guessed when cutting off a pursuit to protect civilians and officers.

He said a chase at 3 a.m. along empty streets deserves different consideration than one at high noon along congested roads in busy area.

“If you have a bank robbery or act of terrorism, a person shot, you treat the pursuit differently than someone who runs a light or is wanted on a non-violent crime,” Falco said. “These factors play into whether to maintain a pursuit.”

Officers have the option, at times, of blocking off a road and placing specialized equipment on the road that punctures tires. At least one company is marketing newer technology that allows pursuing officers to shoot a GPS tracking device onto the vehicle being chased, then track its whereabouts in real time, allowing the pursuit to be discontinued.

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USA TODAY: FBI vastly understates police deaths in chases

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has drastically understated the number of police who have been killed in high-speed chases, counting only 24 deaths since 1980 despite records showing more than 370 officers killed in vehicle pursuits in that time span, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

At least 371 police officers were killed in chases from 1980 through 2014, according to a USA TODAY analysis of the U.S. Transportation Department database of fatal vehicle crashes and records of officer deaths maintained by two private police-memorial groups. That’s more than 15 times the number of chase-related deaths than the FBI counts, and makes chases the fifth-leading cause of police deaths, USA TODAY found.

The undercount is one of the most extreme examples of the federal government’s inability to accurately track violent deaths, and has led the FBI to minimize the danger of police chasing motorists, often at high speeds and in dangerous conditions, at a time when many police departments are restricting or considering restricting vehicle pursuits.

“The fact that these numbers have been undercounted further emphasizes the magnitude of the problem and the need for sensible restrictions on pursuit driving,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a think tank on law-enforcement issues. “This is important for the safety of officers and citizens alike.”

The FBI did not dispute USA TODAY’s findings and said it started taking steps in 2010 to improve its count of officers killed in police pursuits, but has yet to publish new information.

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