By Mark Hanna 28/05/2018 2


Despite a repeated cycle of calls for change, people keep dying in police pursuits in New Zealand. Just today, a teenager and a child died as the result of a police pursuit in Palmerston North.

News stories like these keep appearing. In February this year I asked NZ Police to release a number of statistics regarding police pursuits so I could examine what, if anything, has changed. I began to write about it in March but didn’t end up publishing it, having intended to put it on a new “features” subdomain I’ve been working on where I’ll be able to do some more complicated stuff than WordPress will allow.

One of the statistics I included was the number of people who have died as a result of police pursuits since the most recent review began. I’ve gotten very sick of having to update that number. So out of that frustration, I’ve published my article. You can read it here: NZ Police pursuits keep killing people


2 Responses to “NZ Police pursuits keep killing people”

  • To develop an appropriate policy, we need to know how many people are killed and injured by drivers of stolen cars, including the subgroup of those that are or could be pursued by Police.

  • My position is that the solution is not having fewer (or more) chases, it’s have more effective (hopefully shorter) chases. If policy becomes “police don’t chase”, there will be more crims doing a runner, because they know they are likely to get away (unless we get more police helicopters to follow that way…).
    Rather, if police become better at chases, “doing a runner” becomes less likely, because crim both gets caught for the reason they were chased, AND done for avoiding arrest.
    HOW to stop a fleeing car quickly (and safely) is the hard part. Road spikes are reasonably good, but require “planning ahead”.