Orange County Pursuit Policy adopted                                        Back
In a press conference Wednesday, October 8 Sheriff Kevin Beary introduced the new Orange County Pursuit Policy. Some of the changes include:
  • Deputies will no longer be able to pursue for property crimes (including arson, burglary, grand theft auto), DUI, misdemeanors, and traffic offenses.
  • Deputies will only be able to pursue for Forcible Felonies and only if other risk factors are minimal.
  • All pursuits will be reviewed by the chain of command.
  • The reporting procedures were tightened and expanded to better track pursuit activities and the decision-making process.
  • Tighter supervisory control of pursuits.

Jim Phillips
October 12, 2003                                                                            

Local 6 story about the new policy
Orange County Pursuit Policy adopted 10/6/2003 (opens in a new window)
PowerPoint presentation of changes to the policy (zip file)
Text of a letter by Chief Steve Jones, Orange County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE! In many of the interviews and conversations after the press conference (see story above) I was asked how the Orange County policy differs from the Orlando policy. The policies are similar in nature and, in fact I brought many ideas and things I had learned in the Orange County review to the Orlando Review. Similarly there were several ideas that originated with the old Orlando policy that were incorporated into the Orange County policy adopted last year. There is no competition here. I am proud of the work done by both committees and both policies are very good policies.

There are two major differences:
1) The Orange County policy allows officers to chase for a wider range of Forcible Felonies.
2) The Orange County policy allows for exigent circumstances not defined in the policy.

The Orange County Sheriff's Pursuit Policy is a very good policy-the Orlando Police Department Pursuit Policy is a great policy. I can also say that Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary assured me that he is willing to review his policy when any deficiencies arise and he will never hesitate to do the right thing.

James Phillips



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