Victoria Police are remaining silent over the specifics of a new pursuit policy which may result in more car chases.
The new policy was implemented on Wednesday, after more than a year of criminals knowing when police will give chase.
While the details of the policy cannot be revealed for fears it will benefit people who wish to break the law, Victoria Police are convinced it will mean an increase in pursuits.
Road Policing assistant commissioner Doug Fryer said: “We have described to our members…what they need to assess when they’re considering a pursuit.
“When they apply that level of thinking, it’s our belief that there will be more pursuits,” he told 3AW.
The new policy comes after Victoria Police announced last July the circumstances in which they would pursue a vehicle. This included when the driver or passenger had committed – or was about to commit – a criminal offence that involved a person being seriously injured.
Police Association Victoria chief executive Ron Iddles told 3AW the new policy had been simplified.
“Members considered it (the former rules) as a no pursuit policy when in fact it wasn’t,” he said.
Mr Fryer defended police pursuits and said the decision on whether to pursue or not is never taken lightly.
The Newsroom asked the state-owned road safety promoter, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC), what safety concerns there will be for other road users if there’s an increase in pursuits. Media adviser Hamish Heard said the TAC doesn’t comment on “public policy”. – Report and photo by Matthew Male