Police in New Zealand have been advised against
using words like ‘pursuit’ or ‘chase’ when speaking to the media. Instead, they are encouraged to refer to the runaway criminals as ‘fleeing drivers.’ The renaming was part of a review of police policy, and is meant to convey who is responsible for the chase. This new national policy was introduced about six weeks ago. Police chases can be a dangerous business. Sixteen people have died in eleven police chases this year, surpassing the previous highest annual death toll of six people, in 2008. Police are implementing new safety procedures including improved training, and limiting the number of vehicles involved. A new policy also requires police to cease a chase once an offenders identity is known.