Police’s “cops and robber” approach to pursuits is a failure and the government needs to ban them unless there is a serious crime happening, a lawyer says.
Yesterday, national road policing manager Superintendent Steve Greally told Morning Report the pursuit policy was fit for purpose.
He made the remark after a 15-year-old boy being chased by officers in Palmerston North crashed and was killed, along with a 12-year-old female passenger.
A 15-year-old female passenger remains in Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.
Mr Greally said the pursuit policy was “the best it could possibly be” and more liberal policies used in others countries did not work.
He said police were committed to doing things better.
Lawyer Deborah Manning today told Morning Report she did not understand why police were defending what she called a failed policy.