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Road Accident Deaths Involving the Police

As far as I am concerned, this is a very worrying piece of news. We know that the police have a difficult job but it seems that they must find a better way to apprehend 'get aways' other than adrenalin fuelled high speed chases.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49592840


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  • Don't run, don't die.
  • smiffyboy said:
    Its a no win situation, chase them and catch them with the risks of death involved or don't chase them and crime will increase because the culprits know they can drive away safe in the knowledge they wont be chased.
    I was thinking more along the lines of using helicopters .. but of course that would involve a lot more copters, pilots, technology and of course MONEY .. I am sure that this will happen in the future though
  • I read somewhere that Police helicopters cost over £1000 a minute they are in the air. Must be another way? drones? trackers?
  • edited September 5
    I read somewhere that Police helicopters cost over £1000 a minute they are in the air. Must be another way? drones? trackers?
    drones ! .. of course .. and this piece from the Mirror newspaper suggests that the recent tragic death of PC Andrew Harper was possibly or partially caused by a police vehicle …, QUOTE .. 

    A newlywed PC killed in the line of duty was struck by a police vehicle after being dragged by a van, it is claimed.

    Tragic PC Andrew Harper, 28, died while responding to reports of a burglary and 10 people, including a 13-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    The hero cop, who married partner Lissie just four weeks before his death, is believed to have been hit by a 'getaway' van and dragged several hundred yards along the road.

    According to The Times, he was thrown clear from the undercarriage of the vehicle and then struck by a police vehicle, thought to be a dog unit chasing the suspects.

    The tragedy happened at the village of Sulhamstead in Berkshire at 11.30pm on Thursday. UNQUOTE


  • Aren’t helicopters (or drones) only able to track the suspects to aid the officers on the ground who are giving chase? How would they be a solution in apprehending the suspects (unless they were armed with missiles !)?
  • edited September 5
    I read somewhere that Police helicopters cost over £1000 a minute they are in the air. Must be another way? drones? trackers?
    I doubt that figure is correct......though I agree they are obviously going to be expensive.
  • There must be some sort of realistic risk assessment training given. I think high speed chases are so dangerous, to those involved and to bystanders and should only be undertaken where the risks to life and limb are manageable and minimal.
    If a chase can't happen then it's surely not beyond the police to use other forms of work to identify the miscreants and then arrest them.
  • An RPG fired at the escaping vehicle should do the trick.
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  • edited September 5
    Pedro45 said:
    Don't run, don't die.
    I kind of agree... More 'Don't run, don't increase your and others risk of death'.

    If one of my loved ones were to die as a result of a police chase, then I would fully blame the suspect/criminal as they caused the chase.


  • iainment said:
    If a chase can't happen then it's surely not beyond the police to use other forms of work to identify the miscreants and then arrest them.
    Really? you're assuming they're in their own car, face uncovered, kind enough to leave DNA or finger print evidence, already have a record... etc

    There's a reason a chase occurs already. 
  • I have no issue with those that are on the run who end up dead, but obviously innocent bystanders I do, wonder how many are killed by the culprits each year. 
  • edited September 5
    Dazzler21 said:
    iainment said:
    If a chase can't happen then it's surely not beyond the police to use other forms of work to identify the miscreants and then arrest them.
    Really? you're assuming they're in their own car, face uncovered, kind enough to leave DNA or finger print evidence, already have a record... etc

    There's a reason a chase occurs already. 

    There might be but if it endangers innocent bystanders recklessly then other forms of police work need to be used.
  • Easy one this.

    Don't commit a fuckin crime then the police won't have to chase after you and you won't risk dying.

    Any criminal killed running from the police is natural selection in my eyes.

  • Easy one this.

    Don't commit a fuckin crime then the police won't have to chase after you and you won't risk dying.

    Any criminal killed running from the police is natural selection in my eyes.

    And if the chaser or chasee kills someone because of the chase?

    Acceptable collateral damage?
  • Let's put this quote out there.

    "According to the IPCC, over the last 10 years 252 members of the public have died following road traffic incidents involving the police in England and Wales.

    In London alone, there were 498 crashes involving a pursuit by Met officers last year." 


  • And what about this story as food for thought? Half a mile from where I live, and I have crossed this road many times with my kids. It's a residential area with fairly narrow roads, vehicles parked on both sides, lots of side turnings and plenty of pedestrians. What could possibly go wrong with engaging in a high speed car chase in those circumstances?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39234086
  • What is the alternative, let the criminals drive off?
  • Depends on what the stop is for.  Armed robbery - go ahead.

    But if it’s speeding or similar, then the risk is greater than the offence.  Even here they know to back off from a chase in a heavily populated area if it’s not a serious crime.  It’s not about the person being chased, it the bystanders that need protection. 

    The info about the crime that initiated the chase is not in the report. 
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  • I'm fairly certain that consideration will already happen.
  • smiffyboy said:
    Its a no win situation, chase them and catch them with the risks of death involved or don't chase them and crime will increase because the culprits know they can drive away safe in the knowledge they wont be chased.
    Already the case with the scooter mobs from what I've learnt on documentaries. Who'd be a copper in this day and age...?
  • Depends on what the stop is for.  Armed robbery - go ahead.

    But if it’s speeding or similar, then the risk is greater than the offence.  Even here they know to back off from a chase in a heavily populated area if it’s not a serious crime.  It’s not about the person being chased, it the bystanders that need protection. 

    The info about the crime that initiated the chase is not in the report. 
    If they don't pull over there's an extremely high chance that their speeding wasn't their only crime.
  • And what about this story as food for thought? Half a mile from where I live, and I have crossed this road many times with my kids. It's a residential area with fairly narrow roads, vehicles parked on both sides, lots of side turnings and plenty of pedestrians. What could possibly go wrong with engaging in a high speed car chase in those circumstances?
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39234086
    Think you'll find being spaced out on crack cocaine was the issue there.

    Could quite easily have hit others before that point.
  • rina said:
    smiffyboy said:
    Its a no win situation, chase them and catch them with the risks of death involved or don't chase them and crime will increase because the culprits know they can drive away safe in the knowledge they wont be chased.
    Already the case with the scooter mobs from what I've learnt on documentaries. Who'd be a copper in this day and age...?
    The Met changed the rules on this a couple of years ago and are now allowed to run down scooters even when the rider doesn't have a helmet. Moped crime dropped by about 40%
    Good
  • I'm fairly certain that consideration will already happen.
    Programmes in the UK about police have shown on many occasions that Police will call off chases if they deem it too dangerous, i.e. residential areas.
  • edited September 6
    I'm fairly certain that consideration will already happen.
    Programmes in the UK about police have shown on many occasions that Police will call off chases if they deem it too dangerous, i.e. residential areas.
    Get your stinkin facts out of here, this is for is a hugacrim wokeoff ok.

    We can't be blaming criminal for stuff, have you considered their feelings?
  • iainment said:

    Easy one this.

    Don't commit a fuckin crime then the police won't have to chase after you and you won't risk dying.

    Any criminal killed running from the police is natural selection in my eyes.

    And if the chaser or chasee kills someone because of the chase?

    Acceptable collateral damage?
    If left to continue their chosen career they later select you/yourhome/your loved ones as victims how do you feel then, knowing the police maybe could have stopped them last week?
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