Friday, May 16, 2008
Police officers in Pennsylvania were involved in nearly 200 fewer pursuits last year than in 2006. The State Police issued their annual pursuit report which shows the total number of pursuits at 1,931--down from 2,115 in 2006--with 1,387 of the suspects being apprehended. Corporal Linette Quinn says the decrease is a result of more stringent police policies on pursuits and better public education about compliance with police officers. Quinn also says that the public is becoming aware of the dangers of pursuits. In 2007, pursuits resulted 652 crashes, 218 injuries, and 13 deaths. The report is available on the State Police's website under the Uniform Crime Report (UCR).