Shane Rattenbury wants an inquiry into police pursuits


GREEN MLA Shane Rattenbury is pushing for an Assembly committee inquiry into ACT Policings policies surrounding police pursuits.

“Police pursuits are clearly a difficult area of policy, requiring a balancing of community safety and the need to enforce the laws,” Shane said.

“However, the very sad reality is that police pursuits are implicated in a surprising number of deaths in the Australian community: an average of 15 crashes and 18 deaths each year.

“Other jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally, have introduced more restrictive policies, such as a policy of only pursuing when a serious crime is committed. These have achieved positive outcomes, with no increase in crime or in people fleeing, and with significantly improved community safety.”

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