Atlanta Police authorizes expanded suspect pursuit policy

- Some criminals know they can commit a crime and make a clean getaway. Sliders, the name given to car thieves, have had a field day.

But now, that will change. So says Atlanta Police’s commander of the field operations division.

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Chief Jeff Glazier is overseeing an expanded pursuit policy that deploys a couple dozen specially trained officers who are authorized to perform the pit maneuver. The police cars used for stops are reinforced and the officers must master nearly 100 hours of pursuit techniques.

A motorist, Matthew Rummage, favors law enforcement going after the lawbreakers. But Rummage is concerned about safety.

Glazier says all pursuits come with some danger. He says a supervisor is brought in and must approve the action.

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