Local Law Enforcement Policies Regarding Car Chases
Jul 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM CST
Jul 16, 2013
Border patrol agents found themselves in a car chase this past weekend which ended badly. What are border patrol's policies on car chases? We contacted border patrol here in Laredo and they said, they could not comment at this time and to contact Washington, D.C. However, we did find their policies on-line . This packet has information for B.P officers detailing procedures for emergency driving and vehicular pursuits. Since this packet is ten pages long, we wondered how difficult it is for all law enforcement agencies in deciding on pursuing a chase. First, we visited the Laredo Police Department who responds to anything in the city. They told us every pursuit is an individual decision. "It changes depending on how determined the person is to evade the officer. Certain split decisions have to be made." Baeza says they have to assess the safety and risk posed to the community. The sheriff's department says the same. "We don't want to pursue in areas that are heavily populated that we know we're not going to have ultimate goal of capturing an individual." Both the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff's Office say many factors go into deciding if they're going to pursue a suspect in a car chase. "Road conditions, the age and experience of the driver whose fleeing from the officer, weather conditions, time of day." LPD and the Sheriff's Office says they have constant communication with the officers when they are in a car chase. The sheriff's office says when any pursuit is going on, people need to pay attention for their safety. "Also watch for marked units with lights when they're pursuing somebody. always be listening." He goes on to say, they tell their officers to obey traffic laws while in pursuit.