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Look at pursuit policies

Dave Stambaugh

A local senator introduced SB 1866, in an attempt to regulate police pursuits. He cited a pursuit in an area that he represented as a driving factor for the bill. If what was printed about the pursuit is true, then it sounds like there was a breakdown in common sense and proper supervision.

Instead of tying the hands of law enforcement agencies throughout the state, why not take a look at policy and procedure for individual departments? Look at resources available to each department (i.e. air units, training, etc.). You cannot compare a large agency that has hundreds of pursuits a year to an agency that may have five a year. There is no substitute for experience, training, tactics and policy.

The pursuit by Grass Valley P.D. and their attempt to get in front of a suspect vehicle showed inexperience and lack of proper tactics. A bad guy got away again, during one of their pursuits, thus another stat for Mr. Senator’s cause.

The introduction of SB 1866 is not going to address the real problem, which is the lack of proper training and tactics by some departments. To use these departments to base this bill on is wrong.

Dave Stambaugh

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