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Candy Priano—founder, board chair and victim services director of PursuitSAFETY, a national nonprofit organization—is committed to saving lives, the lives of innocent bystanders and police officers. Candy shares many stories with officers and the public. She says, “I was helpless to save my daughter Kristie’s life, but I believe Kristie's story will save the lives of others.”
Her presentations and articles cover the inherent risk of deaths of and injuries to innocent bystanders and police officers as a result of crashes due to police chases and police response calls. Watch Candy Priano present at Family & Friends Connection 2011.
Candy’s research includes nine years of analyzing thousands of deadly pursuit stories, and she is adept at identifying how the outcome of these chases could have ended in a safer way—without the death of an officer or innocent bystander. Candy credits her extensive knowledge to officers who share their expertise with her. She is well-versed with information found in government and law enforcement studies and reports.
• Member of the Driver Behavior, Education and Training Committee (D-BET) of the International Road Federation (Washington Program Center) Road Safety Working Group
• Associate member of IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police)
• Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Valparaiso (Indiana) University.
As a panelist, Candy discusses this important public safety issue with officers, politicians and safety officials. She speaks to civic and law enforcement groups, to media outlets, and at educational conferences. She spoke at California Senate hearings on behalf of “Kristie’s Law,” a proposed measure named after her daughter that would reduce the number of innocent bystanders and officers killed as a result of vehicular police pursuits in the state of California. The measure addressed the need for officers to follow their pursuit policy and conduct chases only when there is no other way to apprehend a fleeing driver who poses an imminent threat to public safety, i.e., to prevent future injuries and deaths. You can read Kristie's story here.
As with other advocates for public safety involving vehicular police pursuits, Candy wants to make sure the benefits of a chase justify the risk. These deaths and injuries not only affect the law-abiding people who are killed or injured, they affect their immediate and extended families, friends, neighbors, and have a rippling effect throughout the community.
Deaths of and injuries to innocent bystanders continue to climb.
“My most important role as victim services director of PursuitSAFETY is one of listening and helping others,” Candy says. “I speak with people from around the world and welcome their phone calls and e-mails. Life is precious, unlike a piece of property. The sense of unfairness and never-ending pain does not fade away as some people want us to believe.”Anyone who has experienced the tragedy of pursuit (the death of an innocent loved one(s) or someone who now requires 24/7 care) is encouraged to call or send an email to Candy.
Candy customizes every presentation to the audience. No two presentations are exactly the same, although she does follow an outline, which is modified to meet the needs of the audience. Call Candy at 530-343-9754 to talk about your presentation needs and to receive an outline.
The Other Side of the Windshield. This narrated PowerPoint presentation with pictures and three videos (the videos total 4 minutes, 30 seconds) gives officers insight about police pursuits that they don't receive from their general orders manual. This presentation gives concerned citizens a way to understand this public safety issue from The Other Side of the Windshield.
International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, Highway Safety Committee, Chicago
After Candy’s presentation, the Highway Safety Committee agreed
to judge the annual PursuitSAFETY Safer Way Award®.
Southern Illinois Criminal Justice Summit, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
County Safety Officers Organization of California, Anderson, California
ALERT International Training Conference, Oklahoma City
More (links no longer exist):
St. Louis, MO: KMOX Radio, April 2010 (No longer available online)
Women's Radio: Safe Speeds to Protect Innocent Bystanders, February 2010
The Cincinnati Enquirer: Family wants to cut deaths from police pursuits, A news article about the family of Johnny Kallmeyer, December 25, 2009
Philadelphia Daily News: Police pursuits can be costly — in money and lives, December 18, 2008
The Chronicle Telegram: Police: Chases looked at by case, April 22, 2007
The Berkeley Daily Planet: Priano family continues fight for chase limits, February 27, 2007
USA Today, Police pressured to call off chase, January 5, 2003
Injury Board Magazine, Spring 2010, "The Unwritten Policy" by Nora Profit. Candy Priano contributed to this article.
San Francisco Chronicle and the L.A. Daily News: “Police-pursuit bill requires teeth,” by Candy Priano, July 2005
Ventura County Star Op Article: “Pursuing justice for 'lost’ crime victims,” by Candy Priano, May 26, 2004
Letters to the Editor
The Chico Enterprise-Record: Lenient judge isn't clairvoyant, October 23, 2008
Posted April 12, 2008
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