Police pursuit policy ‘successful’ despite its limits

Darling Downs Inspector Mike Curtin said the force’s current restrictive pursuit policy, which permits a chase in some cases, had “measures of success”.
Darling Downs Inspector Mike Curtin said the force’s current restrictive pursuit policy, which permits a chase in some cases, had “measures of success”. Bev Lacey

A TWO-DAY search for a stolen vehicle whose driver hurled objects at police is no closer to being successful.

The red Mitsubishi Lancer was stolen from Herries St overnight Wednesday and its driver has evaded police multiple times, wilfully damaged another vehicle and thrown softdrink cans at police.

Despite being spotted around the city on a number of occasions, officers have been powerless to take up pursuit due to the Queensland Police Service's policy.

But Darling Downs Inspector Mike Curtin said the force's current restrictive pursuit policy, which permits a chase in some cases, had "measures of success".

"Our people on the Darling Downs treat pursuits extremely seriously and there are some very defined guidelines on when we can and can't pursue," he said.

"If it is a pursuable matter and there is an imminent need to apprehend the person, we will consider pursuing."

He said risk assessments were done, weighing risks to police and public.

"The current policy in relation to evade police offences, and some of these offences which have come to pursuits, have had a measure success to ensure the safety of our own police safety and the community," Insp. Curtin said.

Police pursuit guidelines were introduced in 2011 after a coronial inquest into several chase-related deaths, the last of which occurred in 2009.


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