By Terry Kovarik
The Kewaunee County Sheriff says his department’s policy on high-speed pursuits by deputies is simple: if others in the path of an offending driver are at risk, end the pursuit. The Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission Department reinstituted a policy of officers chasing non-violent felony drivers last year. Now Milwaukee Police are using billboards to deter high-speed pursuits. They highlight prison terms for those who flee from police and cause a fatal crash. Madison-based “Pursuit for Change”, which advocates safer pursuit policies, protested that approach as ineffective. Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says a recent chase shows his department’s pursuit policy is working with public safety in mind.
Joski says his department trains annually in high-speed pursuits and uses non-lethal efforts such as stop sticks to bring offending vehicles to a halt without risking public safety.