Bill Potts Talks Police Pursuits On Today Tonight

Bill Potts is interviewed by Today Tonight’s Damien Hansen as to whether police should be banned from pursuing offenders in high speed pursuits.

Aired on Today Tonight – Channel 7 was a report by Damien Hansen as to whether police should be banned from pursuing offenders in high speed pursuits. “If we are not watching the guards who are watching them, then quite often both the police and the people they’re chasing may equally bear that same label…”

A response from the Queensland Police Service can be seen here:

Statement from Queensland police


Queensland Police responds to a Today Tonight request for an interview in relation to a police chase.

Letter from Today Tonight to Queensland Police
We are covering the issue of police pursuits tonight on Today Tonight and I’m seeking comment from the police in relation to the issue in general.

We have vision from inside an unmarked police car that is following three motorcyclists.

I would like to interview someone from the traffic branch who could look at the vision and comment on what is standard police procedure.

The story is up tonight and I need to interview someone this morning.

I appreciate your assistance on this matter.

Statement from Queensland Police
The Queensland Police Service has a comprehensive safe driving policy in relation to police pursuits.

While this matter was not a police pursuit, inquiries indicate the officers involved acted within QPS policy.

The QPS vehicle followed the motorcycles at a safe distance, and infringement notices were issued after the officers had found a safe location to stop the motorcyclists.

The motorcyclists were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices for failing to keep left of double white lines and exceeding the speed limit.

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