New Border Patrol policy 'restricts pursuits' of suspects

Customs and Border Protection has issued a new policy that "restricts pursuits in certain circumstances" and "prohibits" certain driving procedures that are deemed dangerous when tracking suspects.

The policy, set to go into effect in May, "restricts pursuits in certain circumstances that are considered especially dangerous and also prohibits specific emergency driving procedures that have proven unsafe or ineffective," the border agency announced Wednesday.

The policy comes after record numbers of illegal migrants came to the United States last fiscal year.

"This updated policy does not prohibit vehicular pursuits," but it encourages officials to "consider other available means of apprehending suspects," the agency also said in the announcement.


 
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