Wow, I have internet problems for a couple days and people think I went on strike or died. I’m back in the saddle now, scouring the country for local government issues and news.
It is never easy for a Mayor to make Police Department decisions. No matter how insignificant the decision, it could eventually have unintended consequences.
The mayor of a small South Carolina town says she banned her police officers from chasing suspects on foot after an officer was hurt running after a man.
Wellford Mayor Sallie Peake said Monday she issued the order in August after the city had to pay for an officer who missed work after chasing a “guy who had a piece of crack on him.” She said a drug possession charge was not worth the cost to taxpayers. But her written order said she did “not want anyone chasing any suspects whatsoever.”
The decision came after two town-issued cars were totaled within a month, although her order applies only to foot chases.
And, keep that bullet in the shirt pocket too!