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Ventura County Star
Lucas Aragon (below, left), PursuitSAFETY's media representative in Los Angeles provided great input into this excellent article:

Police say pursuit policies are a balance between need and public safety

by John Scheibe

One of the most dangerous things law enforcement officers engage in is pursuing a motorist who refuses to stop.

At least 11,506 people were killed during police chases across the nation from 1979 through 2013, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. ...For the rest of the story, click here: Ventura County Star.

CBS KEYE TV in Austin
PursuitSAFETY's executive director Esther Seoanes speaks out on how police departments can save lives: chase for only violent felons.
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Clicking on the video below will take you to the broadcast on FOX 43. FOX News with Tom Gleason

Esther Seoanes on AirTalk

Esther SeoanesEsther Seoanes, PursuitSAFETY's executive director, shared her expertise about the dangers of vehicular police pursuit as a guest on AirTalk.

Click on her picture to listen to the 17-minute show. She comes on at about the 10:20-minute mark.

First Thomas Frank, reporter at USA Today, speaks about his national analysis on police chases. Then Travis Yates, commander with the Tulsa (OK) Police Department and director of SAFETAC training for law enforcement, discusses the need to debate this issue.

Esther stated, "Overall technology is good, however, I think that officer training needs to be at the forefront. Officer education and training have to be number one. Also, the change to restrictive pursuit policies, so officers don't have to pursue for nonviolent, nonfelony crimes is important. That's very important."

She talked about how research proves that most suspects can be apprehended without pursuit. She listed several ways to keep the public safe. They included: Many suspects are arrested because of good detective work, rather than a chase. Police officers have other options. They can capture suspects by using:

  1. unmarked cars to follow offenders and apprehend them when they are no longer in the vehicle, i.e., when it's safer for the officer and the public
  2. two-way radios and interagency communication, and
  3. variations of "auto trap" to catch drivers in stolen cars.

Travis Yates stated that Esther "is onto something being done in other countries." He said law enforcement in Canada, for example, use unmarked vehicles to follow suspects inconspicuously, and they pursue for only violent crimes.