Local police chiefs talk new rules for police chases

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TOLEDO - (WTVG) - Ohio's governor is asking for recommendations from the Advisory Group on Law Enforcement Vehicular Pursuits.

Mike DeWine is trying to create minimum standards for Ohio police departments.

Toledo police officers engage in car chases roughly six times a month.

Dashcam video often shows a suspect driving fast through neighborhood streets and running red lights.

Toledo's police chief says if conditions are right let the chase continue.

But over the last six years, Toledo has reduced it's pursuits by 38-percent because of increased focus on safety and stress officers face.

Chief George Kral says, "You're on the radio with one hand. You have s steering wheel in the other hand, you're calling out the streets as you pass. You're trying to let people know the description of the car, who's in it, while looking for people on the side of the street."

Officers do not want bad guys getting away.

Yet, Maumee's police chief says while ending a pursuit may be wise criminals should be left guessing.

Chief Tullis says, "If bad people know that we would never pursue them, they would never stop."

Officers in both Maumee and Toledo consider factors such as the seriousness of the offense, road conditions, time of day, whether the chase is in a neighborhood or highway and naturally the speed.

It's a difficult call when to let a suspect drive off but chief Tullis believes uniform statewide rules created by the governor's advisory council are necessary.

Tullis says, "You have to have a strict policy and the policy helps you with training and the policy gives you guidelines to make your decision easier to make."

Ohio law requires every police department to have a pursuit policy.

The governor wants to create at least a minimum standard that every department can use.

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