Saturday, September 26, 2009

Mayor Issues No Chase Policy To Save On Insurance

The mayor of 14 years said she issued the order after a city officer suffered a foot injury while chasing a "guy who had some crack on him" and had to be out of work for several days on workers' compensation pay.

Noting the suspect wasn't stealing or breaking into a home at the time, she said she didn't consider the drug possession a crime, and said the town of 2,100 couldn't afford the increased insurance costs. Though the ban applied only to foot chases, she said officers also totaled two town-issued cars in a month.

Well, what can I say when such an order is issued? The police's job is to go after criminals and bring them to justice.

Just because of a foot injury and insurance claims, the entire police force is being hampered in their work by this bizarre order.