Metter Police changing policy on how, when to chase suspects

Published: Jan. 23, 2019 at 7:03 PM EST
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CANDLER COUNTY, GA (WTOC) - A deadly chase, and legal fight afterward, have Metter Police changing how they pursue suspects.

Metter’s mayor and council approved the policy change for how and when police chase a suspect. They say it’s about changing with the times.

The chase in question happened last year in downtown Metter. The officer followed the SUV back and forth through busy intersections and parking lots. It likely wouldn’t happen under the department’s new policy.

It’s evolved over the years. It used to be “chase them until the wheels fall off” to now, nobody wants to chase due to the liability," said Chief Robert Shore, Metter PD.

The city recently closed a lawsuit over a police chase that ended with a crash and the suspect’s passenger being killed.

“We need to be cognizant of the ramifications of chases and other policies that are written for our law enforcement community to follow,” said Mayor Edwin Boyd, City of Metter.

Chief Shore says things like the severity of the suspect’s crime will go into whether they chase or not.

“It boils down to whether the need to capture somebody is greater than the risk they pose to the general public,” Shore said.

Shore says opting not to chase doesn’t mean they’ll let a driver get away with a crime. It just means they’ll keep the risk to public in mind.

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