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Police Association: Tighter age rules won't work in pursuits

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Newstalk ZB staff,
Section
National,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 4:14p.m.
There are calls for tighter age rules around police pursuits (File photo)
There are calls for tighter age rules around police pursuits (File photo)

The Police Association doesn't think tighter rules around age in their police pursuit policy would work in practice.

There are calls for a place in the fleeing driver policy around not undertaking pursuits when occupants or drivers of a car are under a certain age.

The calls come after a 15-year-old and 12-year-old died fleeing officers in Palmerston North yesterday.

READ MORE: Second death in Palmerston North police pursuit

Those deaths follow another 15-year-old dying after a pursuit in Tawa earlier this month.

Police Association vice-president Craig Tickelpenny says it's difficult to identify the age of drivers and that there are many risk assessments already in place before a pursuit - which means having age as a factor wouldn't necessarily work.

"Quite often when police turn to follow a vehicle for whatever reason that may be, they haven't actually been able to work out the age of [the] people [in the car].

"If we have young people fleeing every time they see a police car, the concern of that would be they're actually going to drive off and put other members of the public at risk."

 

 

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