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high-speed car chases

Discussion in 'Personal' started by inky, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Why did the police pursuers in the recent tragic case take such a risk over a stolen vehicle? The poor policeman who was killed would still be alive if the situation had been handled differently. I'm not suggesting that the police should be blamed for causing their colleague's death, just that the chase wasn't worth it.
     
  2. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Which one?
     
  3. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    The case that came to court recently. The culprit went down for a long time, deservedly so.
     
  4. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    And if the drugged up car thief had lost control & crashed into a group of pedestrians....? What would we say about the police failure to stop him?
     
  5. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    Surely chasing a drugged-up thief at high speed increases the likelihood of somehting awfyl happening.

    The stat re civilian deaths in these circumstances don't make easy reading.
     
  6. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    stats
     
  7. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Its a no win situation for the Police. They would be criticised if they allowed the crooks to go free unchallenged but criticised if they gave chase and an accident happened.

    Teaching might be a hard job but being a Copper is far tougher.
     
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  8. bonkers 704

    bonkers 704 Lead commenter

    Punishments are too light. In our local paper a drunk man drove at 130 mph and drove erratically and dangerously at high speed (wrong way round roundabouts, running red lights etc). When finally pulled over he failed a breathalyser test. His punishment? A suspended prison sentence only, with the judge saying he was saved from prison because it was 1 in the morning. When will judges start protecting the public?
     
  9. inky

    inky Lead commenter

    I don't disagree.
     
  10. Eureka!

    Eureka! Lead commenter

    So what should the policy be?
     
  11. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    That was the one where the policeman was deploying a Stinger device and the drugged up burglars in the stolen car car drove straight at him.

    The police have procedures to reduce risk, but it impossible to de-risk a dangerous situation like this. Sometimes emergency services have to put themselves in harms way to protect others, but it is not likely that the policeman would have been performing that job at that time if anyone thought that there was a greater than 'normal' risk of him being hurt. Thankfully they put the scum that did it away for good long time.
    http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-21/teenage-car-thief-found-guilty-of-police-officers-murder/
     
  12. jacob

    jacob Lead commenter

    Ok the one in Wallasey. I know the road, it was closed when I tried to get to work the following day.

    The road it happened on is a section of two lane dual carriageway and it was in the early hours. The road is a "slip" road to get off the M53 to Wallasey/Birkenhead or join in the opposite direction. Between on and off roads is a central reservation with a high kerb that looks like it is about six inches plus high. That is where the constable was with his colleague trying to deploy the stinger. The two policemen probably thought that they were relatively safe as the kerb may deflect an ordinary car, but the pickup did cross and hit the policeman. The police have a right to be safe doing their jobs to protect us (person and property) and it seems that in this case an unfortunate set of circumstances were against them and there was loss of life. What could be done is to put armco barrier down this central reservation which would bounce any striking vehicle back into the roadway, but it is too late now. Every eventuality cannot be planned for and we all feel sorry for the two little girls who are left without a father.
     
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