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On Friday, August 8, another meeting of the Orange County Sheriff's Office pursuit policy committee took place. While I cannot reveal the details of the new policy, I can reveal some of the larger concepts involved in the policy. A lot of effort has gone into making the policy clearer and more precise, with extensive oversight and review of pursuit incidents, and with accountability of deputies, supervisors and management. I have significant differences with most on the committee concerning the crimes that deputies may pursue for, as well as some other issues. These issues, I believe, prevent the OCSO policy from becoming the "world class" policy I had hoped for, but at the same time I do not want to diminish the effort that OCSO has put forth. The new policy will be more restrictive and more responsive to public safety and it will be a vast improvement on the old. I would also like to thank the members of the committee for the respect that they have afforded me, and my views, and for thinking outside-the-box. Even the good-looking Italian guy.

James Phillips

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