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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

PSP Corporal Murray Sends Information On Police Pursuits


I understand that there was a debate on your
blog relative to police
pursuits. While not
seeing this myself, I thought I would send you
some
articles gathered relative to police pursuits.

While having my own
opinions relative to
pursuits, I will not go into any of them.

The best
way to prevent pursuits is to punish
the offenders so that the it deters
future pursuits.

Click to read this
information on
Police Pursuits In Pennsylvania...


Cpl. Michael D. MURRAY

Crime Unit Supervisor

Pennsylvania State Police

3140 E. Second St.

Coudersport, PA 16915

Phone: 814-274-8690

Editor's note: While I have been critical of recent police chases reaching speeds of 130 and 180 miles per hour for traffic violations, I would heartily agree with Corporal Murray that anyone caught fleeing police in a high speed chase should be severely punished. As evidenced by the 13 deaths of violators in 2007, any punishment for a traffic violation would not include the death penalty. However, I also strongly feel that a policeman should think hard about the danger to himself and others before continuing a high speed chase for any distance.

Anonymous said...

No disrespect meant to the Corporal, but I would assume anyone fleeing the police and caught will be charged with the crime of fleeing and any other applicable charges, as they should be.
The increase in penalties can be debated as to their ability to deter future fleeing.

The debate should start with a reading of the evidence by all involved, (the blog archives are available, along with much other data) and a discussion should take place in the minds of all involved as to the potential high cost involved to ordinary everyday citizens verses the benefits of the apprehension of a possible criminal.

If it is a possible criminal who is fleeing, a crime has already taken place and cannot be prevented.

Will the criminal commit another crime before caught?

What if the officer has the car plate #, can they be tracked down?

Is it a killer in the car?

I know I would trade any crime against my personal property for the life of my family.
Would You?

It's easy to grandstand (and I do not mean the Corporal) and say lets get them all at any cost until it happens to you or someone you know.

It's a life devastating event to go through, especially when the only shallow solace is to know a car theft or doper was caught.

An open discussion needs to take place, rather than spouting policy or aimless platitudes.

Thank you to the state police who do good work.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

No disrespect meant to the Corporal, but I would assume anyone fleeing the police and caught will be charged with the crime of fleeing and any other applicable charges, as they should be.
The increase in penalties can be debated as to their ability to deter future fleeing.

The debate should start with a reading of the evidence by all involved, (the blog archives are available, along with much other data) and a discussion should take place in the minds of all involved as to the potential high cost involved to ordinary everyday citizens verses the benefits of the apprehension of a possible criminal.

If it is a possible criminal who is fleeing, a crime has already taken place and cannot be prevented.

Will the criminal commit another crime before caught?

What if the officer has the car plate #, can they be tracked down?

Is it a killer in the car?

I know I would trade any crime against my personal property for the life of my family.
Would You?

It's easy to grandstand (and I do not mean the Corporal) and say lets get them all at any cost until it happens to you or someone you know.

It's a life devastating event to go through, especially when the only shallow solace is to know a car theft or doper was caught.

An open discussion needs to take place, rather than spouting policy or aimless platitudes.

Thank you to the state police who do good work.