Police Chief Dan Isom told the St. Louis Globe Democrat that wearing one's seat belt is mandatory for officers in patrol cars, particularly when faced with a pursuit, as both officers had been at the times of their accidents. While appearing at the St. Louis Board of Police Commissioners meeting this past week, Isom called for stricter regulations for officers in the field.
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Isom hopes to instill other regulation changes to pursuit procedures, including lowering an officer's speed when passing through an intersection and ending the procession of patrol cars closely following one another, or caravanning.
"[We] recognize that pursuits are extremely dangerous, a lot of factors have to be weighed," Isom told the news provider. "Unfortunately, tragically, despite the best of intentions, sometimes we don't get the result we expect."