St. Pete Police Department changes pursuit policy

12:55 AM, Jan 10, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Effective Jan. 9, St. Petersburg Police Officers are changing the rules regarding when officers can pursue vehicles.

The new policy authorizes police officers to pursue vehicles only when the driver or occupants have been involved in a "violent felony."

Interim Chief David Dekay said "This change in the pursuit policy will still allow officers to be effective in apprehending violent fleeing felons while minimizing risk to the public."

Mayor Rick Kriseman also played a role in the new policy and released this statement: "During the campaign, I made my concerns about this policy clear. Today, I am glad to stand with Chief DeKay, who is in agreement with me, as the police department reverts to the previous policy regarding high speed pursuit."

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