- Associated Press - Sunday, March 13, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock police are tightening the department’s vehicle pursuit policy after the number of police chases increased for the second straight year.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (bit.ly/1P6IM9Z) the revised policy says officers “may be authorized” to chase suspects who have committed or will soon commit “a felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence.”

The previous policy allowed officers to begin chases at their discretion under broad circumstances.

The department recorded 162 chases in 2015 - higher than the 112 chases logged in 2014.

Chases that involved crashes in 2015 increased to 37 from 27 in 2014. Officers crashed in five of the chases; the pursued vehicles crashed in 32 chases.

One of those crashes left a woman dead and her 18-year-daughter severely injured.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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