MPD releases statement on vehicle pursuits
MPD says the department takes pursuits very seriously and understands they are dangerous, however, they will continue the practice to keep the community a safer place overall.
The department says each pursuit is subject to oversight. If a supervisor or officer believes the pursuit is too dangerous, it may be terminated at any time. After a chase, it is reviewed by members of the department.
MPD says without an expansive pursuit policy, many criminals could avoid apprehension by driving away. MPD says they believe the current pursuit policy is a major factor in a reduction of crime from 2017 to 2018. According to the department, homicides decreased 16 percent from 2017 and nonfatal shootings dropped 15 percent.