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No Real Alternative to Police Pursuits

April 01, 2002

I read, with much dismay, "Allow Cops to Chase Only if the Crime Warrants," Django Sibley's March 28 commentary regarding police pursuits.

He, and all others who share his view of virtually outlawing police pursuits, should simply come forward and tell the police their magical secret in being able to identify dangerous criminals on sight.

This would allow me and my fellow police officers to do away with "needless" pursuits, as we would now know whom to arrest prior to their committing crimes. Or in the event of a pursuit, we would now know that it's a dangerous suspect worthy of our attention.

The next pendulum swing will occur when we don't pursue someone for a "minor" traffic issue who turns out to be a murder suspect who kills again.

Would you care to guess who will get publicly crucified when that happens? You already know the answer--the officers who didn't pursue.

Sgt. Scott Anderson

Maywood Police Department

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