Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Foot Pursuit Policy?

  • There's a new foot pursuit policy in the Austin, Texas Police Department. From now on, officers in that agency will have to ask themselves a long list of questions before chasing criminal suspects by foot. According to a report in the Austin American Statesman by Tony Plohetski, Austin police officers must evaluate the immediate danger, consider whether a suspect is known and can be arrested later, and ask themselves what would be gained from pursuing the suspect before beginning foot chases.

    The change in policy resulted in part from an incident last year where an Austin sergeant was fired after it was determined that he acted inappropriately when he shot and killed a suspect during a foot pursuit last year.

Great. A "balancing test" for foot chases. We can rank this one right up there with this bright idea from England:Yes, that's a camera. We think it's stapled to the guys head.

Hat tip to SecondCitySarge for spotting this article.

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44 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

No car chases, no foot chases, no more driving to hot calls with ligths and sirens. This war is lost the criminals have won everyman for himself.

12/23/2008 12:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This country IS going to shit.

12/23/2008 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Chuck Noris said...

There is a little J-fed in every department trying to make policies without having experience on the streets. Yeah the officers in austin will want to be proactive after that policy takes effect.

12/23/2008 12:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that "crooks & criminals" have invaded our law enforcement agencies ! OOPS !!! We've suspected that for quite a while now.

Do ya think hizzoner gets a cut from crime in Shitcago ? aka "Street tax" ?????????

12/23/2008 02:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's actually a camera so the "boot" crews can locate vehicles. It's a pilot program initiated by shortshanks in the UK. Gotta get that loot for 2016 !!!!!!!!!

12/23/2008 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't lily crump-hale on her way to Texas when they found the gun? Maybe she was heading there to give them advice on their new policy...

12/23/2008 05:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT--Saw a thing on Fox News yesterday--David Spade contributed $100K to the Phoenix Police Dept. to buy better weapons, after he heard the officers were asking the dept. to let them buy their own high-powered weapons. He said something like he didn't think the officers should be outgunned.

He also contributed a lot of money last year to a family who lost a son on the job.

So "Thanks David Spade."

12/23/2008 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

wow

I ASK MYSELF A FEW QUESTION TOO.

DO I WANT TO TYPE AN ARREST REPORT?

IS THE VICTIM A GOOF?

DOES THE OFFENDER RUN LIKE A GREASE LIGHTNING?

DID I JUST EAT LUNCH?

WORSE CASE SCENARIO I TELL THE VICTIM TO CALL 311 IF THE OFFENDER COMES BACK.
MY FAVORITE IS SENDING THEM TO THE OLD DOMESTIC BUILDING B-CUZ THEY R TO LAZY TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE REPORT!

12/23/2008 07:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The foot chase policy is silly, silly, silly.

Cameras with audio recording would be a good thing. They are being used in some departments in the US of A. Limited results so far seem to show it as being effective. It would certainly come in handy during a civil suit involving a shooting. Offender says he was shot for no reason. Video shows offender pointing a 9mm at officer. End of lawsuit.

Now the cameras look ridiculous, but since few of us are sexy beasts such as Jody Weis or Phil Cline I think we can live with the added equipment.

I'd also like a shotgun/rifle in every vehicle and a free puppy for every officer. Then I'd like to enlist the services of NBA cheerleaders to work out some muscle tension I have.

12/23/2008 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have already asked myself those questions---thats why i dont run after anybody---it aint worth it

12/23/2008 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Shit! Is that John Krupa?

12/23/2008 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Sir Robert Peel said...

Is it true that the bosses in England station the Bobbie-Cam's outside of nudie bars and women's restrooms?

The live feed makes for stimulating TV viewing.

12/23/2008 09:07:00 AM  
Anonymous J. Weis said...

That's a great ideal, I must implement this policy in Chicago...........................

12/23/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW ! Can you imagine if they put one of the those Hat Cams on Watch Commanders?!

12/23/2008 09:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For all you hear and know about Texas being conservative and gun-friendly, Austin is totally different. It's a college town and a hippie haven, not to mention the state capital, so it's probably the most liberal place in Texas.

12/23/2008 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

That guy in the picture is cute.

12/23/2008 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Austin aint Texas-you have to drive 20 miles out of Austin to be in Texas

12/23/2008 11:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the unstated rule with CPD=no police activity! Until all the GOs are rescinded that punish the POlICE for being the POLICE!

12/23/2008 12:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the European Cop in the pic will probably have brain cancer in a few years.

12/23/2008 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It isn't stapled. It is velcro

12/23/2008 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped foot chases 100 lbs ago

12/23/2008 12:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW, Who'd of thunk that David Spade, of all people, would be on our side in the War on Crime. Poor guy will probably be banned from Hollywood after they find this out. Kudos to David for being a stand-up Guy.


Wheelgunner

12/23/2008 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no policy for foot pursuit with a segway, SPECIAL K rides again....

12/23/2008 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Failed Model Approach

12/23/2008 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's actually a camera so the "boot" crews can locate vehicles. It's a pilot program initiated by shortshanks in the UK. Gotta get that loot for 2016 !!!!!!!!!

12/23/2008 02:04:00 AM

They've had that for almost 10 years now. Kinda like the plate readers.

12/23/2008 03:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT--Saw a thing on Fox News yesterday--David Spade contributed $100K to the Phoenix Police Dept. to buy better weapons, after he heard the officers were asking the dept. to let them buy their own high-powered weapons. He said something like he didn't think the officers should be outgunned.

He also contributed a lot of money last year to a family who lost a son on the job.

So "Thanks David Spade."

12/23/2008 05:43:00 AM

I wonder if this IS true? If it is...what a great guy! Isn't it sad though that my first thought is I hope he never gives money to Chicago...CPD beat guys would NEVER see a dime of it. Shortshanks would steal it for sure!

12/23/2008 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAAAAAAAA! Well, we all know this policy will be coming to Chicago very soon! I'm sure J-feds "think tank, never been the police" policy group is working on it now. Chicago leads the nation in stupid policies and ideas and I'm acutually suprised chicago didn't come up with it first.

12/23/2008 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I christen it.... "The Asshat". UK is a jagoff country. Unfortunately, we're only about 10 years behind them. Pace to be accelerated 20 January.

12/23/2008 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A dept. in Arizona has the same policy. Its stems from one partner running over the other during the foot chase and killing the partner. On another note, the actor David Spade donated 100,000 to the dept. for the purchase of Ar-15's. He did this after hearing that the individual officers had to buy their own.

12/23/2008 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

every time you guys do anything you ought to think first, rather than just rushing in.

i realise it is a lot harder to do than to say, but these days where everyone has a video camera and is unafreaid to use it, doing something that might better have not been done in the first place does not get you any brownie points.

and like it or not, you need to get brownie points, or at least not lose some, especially in chicago after years of problems with the police department.

it really does not matter much the bad rep the CPD has with most of the outside world is deserved or not, it just is and there is only one way to improve it. and it will not be something that is painless or quick.

12/23/2008 07:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed with Texas!

There are goofs there too!

Basically don't chase anyone!

12/23/2008 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now this is absolutely ridiculous and I bet it's coming here. A foot chase policy, you have got to be kidding! Well where do we go from here? Stay in the station all day and watch training video's? The few of us left that do actually work can't possibly put up with this nonsense and that's exactly what it is NONSENSE. I can't be expected to second guess myself at every turn and hesitate when action is required at the moment. I remember when the vehicle chase policy was new and
you would immediately be told to terminate the chase. No sergeant would allow any chase whatsoever and more than a few times the sergeant called off a chase only to find out it was a FOOT CHASE.This is nonsense and it will be the final nail in the coffin for the few remaining workers.

12/23/2008 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous westside, inside do-nothing said...

My "balancing test" goes as follows:

Did the mutt that gave me the "fish eye" while at work, miles and miles from where I and my family reside, just commit a crime against me, an immediate family member, my partner or any of his immediate family?

In a nanosecond I can ascertain with 100% certainty that the "perp" did NOT do any of the aforementioned things. So when he's "asshole and elbows" over a fence, through a brezeway and scaling gutters to leap from rooftop to rooftop to make good his escape, it's all good in my book. 10-1's and assists for the police being the only exceptions. Other than that, the only time you'll see me pick up the pace is when I have a "10-1 Shit" knockin' at the back door to get out.

You younger lads that are still out there playing/trying to be the "real police" need to follow suit; your longevity depends on it. Figure it out, guys. They don't want you to be the police anymore, and haven't for quite a while. Protect yourself, your partner and your families - that's it. Fuck this City and double-fuck this department; neither could care less about you.

May a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year be had by all.

12/23/2008 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

david spade tried to do that here but the $100,000 had to be divided up between the mayor and his aldercreatures, so by the time they split the pot, there wasn't even enough left for a squirt gun...

12/23/2008 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I stopped foot chases 100 lbs ago

12/23/2008 12:35:00 PM

Now that's funny.

12/23/2008 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
HAAAAAAAA! Well, we all know this policy will be coming to Chicago very soon! I'm sure J-feds "think tank, never been the police" policy group is working on it now. Chicago leads the nation in stupid policies and ideas and I'm acutually suprised chicago didn't come up with it first.

12/23/2008 04:38:00 PM

Hey is tommy byrnes daughter still making her own hours "no show job" with the company car? "hello Casper"!

12/23/2008 10:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our commander wrote a to/from to the unit declaring a footwear policy. True shit. Piece of shit.

12/24/2008 04:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of mine is in special ops in the marines and has already done 2 tours. He just left for another. When he was showing me pics form the war zone they had cameras just like those England officers. I figure this, if the cowards watching the footage on screens aren't brave enough to come out to the war zone and see the action for themselves, they shouldn't be privy enough to see me cleaning up there shit.

12/24/2008 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"he is the fasted kid alive"

12/24/2008 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our commander wrote a to/from to the unit declaring a footwear policy. True shit. Piece of shit.

12/24/2008 04:06:00 AM

If a commander is concerning himself with such trivial matters the war on crime must be very close to won in that district. which one is it so I can bid in?

12/25/2008 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fact: Terry Hillard is already trying to sell Taser's version of this device to CPD.

12/25/2008 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what happens in the first Domestic or bar fight, when the police have to step in, and the camera gets knocked off, stepped on, smashed and broken? Who pays, the P.O; I'm sure.

12/26/2008 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Mayor Waddler idea to give a B.S. contract to one of his cronies, with the obligatory kickback to Shortshanks, as usual.

12/26/2008 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that I am a huge foot chase guy but on the few occasions I do the last thing I would need to do would be go through a check list before I started running. Good thing we have all these rules heaven forbid any real criminals go to jail and everyone wonders why our crime rate skyrocketed this year.

12/31/2008 02:21:00 AM  

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