Agencies get together on chases, abductions

May 2, 2008 3:15:44 PM PDT
More than 50 local law agencies in Houston and across southeast Texas on Friday signed a new agreement on how to handle high speed chases and child abductions. The agreement simply calls for agencies to create high-speed chase guidelines, including notifying each other when crossing boundaries, restrictions on joining other agencies' chases and limits on the number of police vehicles involved in the chase.

"Chases are never a good thing. Pursuits are never a good thing for law enforcement agencies in our communities," said HPD Chief Harold Hurtt. "But we want to make them as safe as possible."

The law agencies also created the Southeast Texas Child Abduction Response Team. The team sets responsibilities for the lead agency in child abductions and the role supporting agencies will play in the search.

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