Acting Commissioner Dave Owens
Victor P Taffa
Acting Commissioner Dave Owens has defended the performance of his officers as an investigation gets underway into the Police pursuit of two armed and dangerous men on 31 December 2009 at Ingleburn.
Community concerns about the safety of a Police pursuit may seem founded however without the ability to pursue persons who are determined to break the law Police would simply cease to be able to do what they are trained to do.
When Police are unable to carry out duties that protect the public is when law and order will simply collapse.
“We have very strict guidelines in place which our officers adhere to and last night (31 December 2009) these guidelines went from General Duties vehicles to Highway Patrol vehicles engaging in this pursuit.” Acting Commissioner Dave Owens said.
“They (Highway Patrol) are our highest trained officers to a level above General Duties officers and the Polair Helicopter was over the top of the vehicles.”
“These armed and dangerous men were determined to get away.” Acting Commissioner Dave Owens said.
“The safety of the community comes first in Police pursuits. It has to.”
There will be a full investigation into the Police pursuit that involved the death of a two year old.