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South Bend FOP discusses SBPD vehicle pursuit policy at public safety meeting

NOW: South Bend FOP discusses SBPD vehicle pursuit policy at public safety meeting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Inside the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreational Center, small groups focused on the vehicle pursuit policy at the South Bend Police Department. 

On Tuesday, the groups went through scenarios allowing people to decide if officers should pursue or not pursue a suspect. SBPD Sergeant and FOP #36 President Harvey Mills applied his real-life experience to the made-up scenarios. 

“It’s important for us that they understand why those policies are in place and how they work,” Mills said. 

According to the policy, a vehicle pursuit is an active attempt by an officer in an authorized emergency vehicle to apprehend a fleeing suspect who’s actively attempting to elude the police. The policy states officers will place a priority on public safety and end the pursuit when the danger to the public outweighs the reason for the stop. 

On Western and Kaley in South Bend, a memorial remains for Erica Flores, a young mother who was killed in a crash involving a former SBPD officer. The officer was not chasing anyone at the time, but the incident did raise concerns. 

After the death of Flores, the community demanded accountability, diversity, and improvements on the police force. Mills said with the current policy, officers are held accountable. 

“Yes, officers are held accountable for any mistakes they make,” he said. 

At Tuesday’s meeting, people said they want the policy to be less vague and outline corrective measures. A city official said the policy was last updated in 2018. 

Mills, who has been on the force for more than 20 years, said the policy is not vague. He said he wanted people and the Board of Public Safety to know why the policy is the way it is. 

“Every situation is different it really depends on the seriousness of the crime,” he said. 

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SteveWestlake 183 days ago
This is what we know. Little PeteY is done. He will be gone to hopefully a socialist country far far away! BUT!! I see it this way. As his bid to be king slowly dies, he will leave his hometown with this legacy. A city on the edge of becoming Chiraq. The double AA team for Chicago gangs. Drugs are everywhere. Gangs own the streets! The boy mayor continues to throw law enforcement under the Transpo! Little by little, small groups are formed to discuss what actual job a cop should do. Soon there will be little use for cops in da bend! As a last gasp, a multi flashing kiosk will be erected right square in the middle of smarts streets downtown. Manned by 2 unarmed police officers, the bad guys will be asked to "self arrest" @ the kiosk. Boomer will play $650,000 music and free fireworks for all. It will be a grand happening. There must be plenty of funds left. Even PeteY could not spend $368 million budget! Or could he? Hmmm!!!
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