Beaver Dam Police Explain High-Speed Chase Policy

(Beaver Dam) Beaver Dam Police say they have to use their best judgment when engaging in a high-speed chase. Dodge County has recently seen an uptick in the number of felony fleeing charges. Sergeant Erik Smedema explained Beaver Dam’s pursuit policy Friday on WBEV’s Community Comment. He says their policy is discretionary and it is on officers to make the correct decision if the pursuit is more dangerous than why they are trying to catch the perpetrator in the first place. Other policies include permissive which eases the restrictions for law enforcement, restrictive which limits the grounds officers have to engage suspects who are feeling, or a no pursuit policy which Smedema says Milwaukee County had a short while ago. He says varying changes to pursuit policy across county lines can have a negative impact in deterring runners. Two weeks ago, Milwaukee native Patrick Angelo Neal-Brown allegedly led Beaver Dam police on a high-speed chase through the city. Smedema says a passenger in the vehicle was surprised when local authorities initiated a pursuit. The female passenger made a comment to police asking why they chased her because they do not in Milwaukee but he says they do now. Smedema adds that it does make a difference if an individual knows that if they have a warrant out for their arrest they can avoid jail time if they are able to get away. He says but if officers can pursue and there is the threat of a felony eluding charge it can prevent people from running. Beaver Dam Police Sergeant Craig Retzlaff says officers stay in constant communication with other departments while pursuing a suspect. He notes that the radio is faster than the car, so if someone does get away odds are they will eventual be caught. The Beaver Dam Police Department’s high-speed pursuit policy is similar to that of the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office.