On Sept. 2, Mayor Sallie Peake issued a memo to all of the city's officers that read: "As of this date, there are to be no more foot chases when a suspect runs. I do not want anyone chasing after any suspects whatsoever."
Peake told the news station that she issued the mandate because several officers have been injured during chases, driving up insurance costs for the town.
The city is paying $20,000 annually in workers' compensation claims, much of which goes to the police force, she said.
According to Wellford Police Chief Chris Guy, three officers have been injured during foot chases in the last two years
Guy has told his officers to abide by the policy and says they can still protect the public.
"Just because a suspect may run does not mean we can't identify them, sign warrants, and catch them later," he said.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright disagrees with Guy's assessment, telling WSPA-TV that when a suspect gets away, there is always the chance he could hurt someone before officers catch up with him.
"If a bank robber or a drunk driver or a shoplifter or somebody with a warrant runs on foot, it's our obligation to do what we can do to bring them to justice," he said.
Wow....wonder if the Mayor just opened pandoras box for anyone and everyone to just run away
-An unnamed Sgt. Major
BIRD BIRD BIRD. BIRDS THE WORD!!!
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I can't see this mayor getting elected another term...unless theres noone else that wants the job.....
"Its not enough to just talk about it"
TorontoCopper wrote:Our dispatches have called off foot pursuits before.
I can understand having a pursuit called off....but to be told flat out not to bother in the first place seems a tad counterproductive to me
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