Twin Cities police chases highlight policy differences

Multiple recent high-speed police chases in the Twin Cities area are drawing attention to the varying policies police departments have when it comes to pursuits.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that court documents allege one fleeing driver crashed his vehicle into a Minneapolis playground last week and injured three kids. The State Patrol is investigating whether troopers followed a policy that discourages pursuing nonviolent offenders.

Cmdr. Rick Gabler is with the Brooklyn Center Police Department. He says his officers heard of the speeding incident but didn’t engage because the department’s policy says traffic offenses don’t meet the requirements for a pursuit.

Bloomington Police Department Deputy Chief Mike Hartley says one of his officers stopped pursuing a vehicle last week. He says pursuits can be dangerous, so knowing when to engage is important.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org

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