01 August 2017

Response to criticism in the media of APP on pursuits

The College issued the below statement to BBC Radio 5 Live as part of a programme looking at the impact crime involving mopeds is having and one former Met Police officer who claimed the Authorised Professional Practice covering this area was too rigid.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall, College of Policing CEO, said: "There are circumstances when police can and will catch criminals using mopeds and motorcycles. High speed pursuits of motorcycles carry high risks and there will be times when these risks of serious injury or loss of life outweigh the benefits of immediate pursuit. The arrest of such criminals may follow later when the risks are lower.
"The police have always had to balance the risks of an immediate action with safer action later on. The important thing is that the public are not put at unnecessary risk and criminals are caught and brought to justice."

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