When Is A Chase Not A Chase?

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When it’s a flee.

Or rather, a chase is not a chase, neither may it be called a pursuit.

In New Zealand its been re-branded “fleeing.”

Leaving aside the obvious grammatical difficulties this will cause, its little more than a game of semantics when the outcomes of a police pursuit policy twenty years out of date are the same – 16 people dead after 11 police chases so far this year.

Police have been told to stop using the words “pursuit” or “chase” and instead refer to “fleeing drivers” in media communications.

The change in terminology was a recommendation from a review this year of police pursuit policy and intended to clearly convey who was responsible for the chases.

Southern police district road policing manager Inspector Andrew Burns said the change was a national policy introduced about six weeks ago, the Otago Daily Times reported.

Debate over the police policy has escalated this year with 16 people dead after 11 police chases, the worst toll on record.

The previous highest annual total was six deaths, in 2008.

The review found there was not enough evidence to support banning police chases but instead recommended more training for staff, limiting the number of vehicles involved and abandoning pursuits once an offender’s identity was known. (NZPA report)

In September this appeared in the Herald

An international expert in police pursuits says New Zealand’s policy which enables high-speed chases for minor offences is 20 years out of date. A police review of pursuit policy this year – the fourth in six years – ignored key recommendations of the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) and made only minor changes.”

“Road safety campaigner, the Candor Trust, says police pursuits have increased five-fold in the past seven years to 2500 last year.” read the full report in the NZ Herald

Update 5 December 2010

A least one news outlet has decided to ignore the instruction and ‘call a spade a spade.’

The NZPA article “Fatal crash after police pursuit in Auckland

One man is dead and another in critical condition after a car crashed following a high speed police chase in south Auckland last night.

The crash happened at about 11.20pm on Kirkbride Road in the suburb of Mangere after a high speed chase reaching speeds of “well over 100kmh”, a police spokesman said.
The car crashed approximately 30 seconds after a police car began chasing the allegedly speeding vehicle, the spokesman said…” read the full report here

The driver died and the passenger was seriously injured in the chase. This brings the number of deaths in police pursuits in New Zealand to 17 so far this year.

The NZPA report also mentioned that on Friday police were cleared of blame over two separate pursuits that resulted in the deaths of three people earlier this year and that

The Independent Police Conduct Authority found no aspect of police officers’ conduct could be faulted over the deaths of Steven John Gorrie and in Dome Valley, near Warkworth, north of Auckland, on April 4 and Ricky Allan Forbes near Murchison, 130km southwest of Nelson, on February 21.

For more about police and crime read our Crime facts and stats page, all links open in a new window.

For more about media restrictions on the reporting of crime see our Hype, Spin and Restrictions on Freedom of Information page and our blog

No crime in Gisborne – it’s official:

See also – Teen arrested for fleeing police

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One thought on “When Is A Chase Not A Chase?

  1. WHEN IS A CHASE NOT A CHASE ??? WHEN THE POLICE STOP CHASING, I THORT THAT, IS THE REASON FOR CCTV. COME ON ARE YOU NOT HUMAN ??? DO YOU NOT HAVE FAMILY AND FRIENDS.WHY DON’T YOU STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU ACT POLICE-OFFICER YOU ARE KILLING OUR/GODS CHILDREN,DOES’NT MATTER IF THEY IN THE BAD BOOKS OR NOT COZ EVERYBODY CHANGESIF YOU GIVE THEM A CHANCE THAT IS ???,IS’NT THAT WHY WE HAVE SUPPORT PEOPLE OUT THEA IN THE COMMUNITY.LOVE THY PEOPLE NOT HATE.DO U THINK U HAVE EARNED YOUR STRIPES ??? WHAT IS THIS WORLD BECOMMING.??? STOP THE POLICE CHASING NOW BEFORE YOU ALL GET HURT.IT COULD BE YOUR OWN YOU CAN’T TELL ME YOUR CHILDREN ARE SANITS.COME ON !!! TO THE POLICEMEN THAT WAS INVOLED WITH THE CHASE ON KIRKBRIDE MANGERE THAT KILLED OUR BROTHER,SON,UNCLE AND FRIEND 😦 😦 😦 YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE ??? UZ KNOW DAMM WELL IT WAS NOT A POLICE CHASE AND YOU KNOW DAMM WELL YOU HIT THEM FROM BEHIND Y NOT TELL THE TRUTH ??? THERE IS SO MANY QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ANSWERED AND UZ NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITYS FOR YOUR ACTIONS YOU BOTH AND YOUR FAMILYZ WILL SUFFER SLOWLY THOU,U WILL FEEL THE SAME PAIN WE ALL WENT THRU, IF NOT WORST.HAV’NT YOU HEARD OF KAMA ??? SHE’S A BITCH !!!U WILL DO DID ON YOUR OWN!!!
    ,JUST BECOZ UZ WEAR A POLICE UNIFORM YOU THINK YOU HAVE THE POWER ???I THINK NOT!!!YOUR SHIT STINKS JUST LIKE OUR’S. I AM SURE IF SOMEBODY WAS CHASING U ,YOU WOULD BE SCARED AND LOSE CONTROL AND IF THEY COULD’NT GET YOU THEY WILL HIT YOU FROM BEHIND.WHY BCOZ THEN THEY HAVE GOT YOU AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT UZ HAVE DONE.I WAS THERE WHEN POLICE INTERVIEWED MY CUZ,TELL THE TRUTH NOW !!!BEINGING A POLICE-OFFERCER YOUR MEANT TO BE HONEST AND TRUSTING !!! WHERE IS THE LOVE ??? UZ LIED AND UZ THINK YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ITI SAY IT AGAIN…I THINK NOT !!! .APII AUE,(R.I.P) WAS A LOVING GOOD MAN WHO CARED FOR EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY,QUITE ,CHARMING FULL OF AROHA (LOVE)ALWAYS SMILING FROM WHEN HE WAKES UP TILL ITS SLEEP AGAIN,HE NEVER HURT NOBOBY NOT EVEN UZ THE POLICE AND UZ TOOK THAT AWAY FROM US.NOT TO FORGET THE OTHER LIVES POLICE HAVE KILLED R.I.P.. ALL .UZ WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN WILL ALWAYZ LOVE YOU APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE APII AUE XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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