Responding to the launch of a consultation into the law, guidance and training governing police pursuits, APCC Road Safety Lead, Alison Hernandez PCC said:
“The Government’s decision to consult on proposals to amend the standards that a police officer is judged against when in pursuit of suspected criminals and responding to emergencies is to be welcomed. I am pleased that the Government is listening to matters that affect front-line officers.
“It is right that police officers should have the confidence to pursue suspects and the new measures, if agreed, would give better assurance for officers who have expressed concerns that in applying the same legal test to police officers and the general public alike, they have had to rely on CPS discretion to avoid prosecution, often facing lengthy investigations only to be cleared.
“I am also pleased that the Government plans to introduce comprehensive road safety legislation and I will continue my engagement with Government Departments and policing and road safety partners to ensure the views of Police and Crime Commissioners and the public are fully considered.”