Thursday, May 02, 2019
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF FORTÉ SHIFTS POLICE CHASE POLICY!!!
Credit where it's due, locals have been demanding this one for quite some time . . . And this local law man is the first to work toward change based on community concern . . .
Fox4: After deputy faces charges, Jackson County Sheriff announces changes to vehicle pursuit policy
The statement . . .
From The Jackson County Sheriff Via Facebook:
Upon my appointment as Sheriff in May of 2018, I reviewed several policies of the Jackson County, MO Sheriff’s Office including the vehicle pursuit policy. Controlling factors and outcomes can become challenging due to rapidly evolving circumstances when a Deputy initiates or becomes involved in a vehicle pursuit. It is imperative that a vehicle pursuit policy clearly defines how Deputies initiate or become involved due to the risks associated. I became concerned after careful review of the vehicle pursuit policy that was placed in effect eight months before my arrival. After hearing the concerns of members of the Sheriff’s Office who also shared similar views, I immediately suspended all vehicle pursuits pending a policy review.
In March 2019, the commanders of the Sheriff’s Office met to review the vehicle pursuit policy. After their review, the commanders recommended modifications to the vehicle pursuit policy. The pursuit policy was modified to include guidelines that specify the criteria for Deputies to initiate or become involved in a vehicle pursuit.
Terminology in the pursuit policy was clearly defined to ensure compliance. The commanders reviewed the modified vehicle pursuit policy with sworn personnel after making the necessary modifications. Furthermore, Commanders and Deputies discussed tactics and reviewed options that can be used to produce successful and safer outcomes during vehicle pursuits. After legal review from the Jackson County Counselors, a restrictive vehicle pursuit policy was established on April 13, 2019.
The value of life and property must remain at the forefront of what we do, especially during vehicle pursuits. Vehicle pursuits are necessary to apprehend some felonious criminals who pose a serious threat to the general public. The current vehicle pursuit policy of the Jackson County, MO Sheriff’s Office places a priority on the life of the general public, the Deputy and the suspect. Failing to train and failing to supervise are two paramount areas of concern in the law enforcement profession. I am confident that our restrictive policy addresses those areas of interest and will be useful in protecting life and property.
Developing . . .