Verbal changes made in police pursuit policy

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Several changes have been made to a regional police pursuit policy, following that chase in which a Richmond pastor was killed.

A summit to revise the seven year old policy is expected soon. But one verbal change, according to Richmond city leaders, involved technical problems that occurred during that deadly chase last month.

Richmond's police chief and chief administrative officer met with the mayor and city council members for a luncheon. One topic: public safety and more specifically, the police chase and crash that ended the life of beloved Pastor Anthony Taylor. Police say suspect Darryl Harris slammed his car into Taylor's truck in Church Hill last month. Richmond CAO, Byron Marshall says there were problems with the pursuit channel during that chase.

"They had a problem with communication. It was actually a technical problem, so they've got their technicians together and fixed that," said Marshall.

Marshall says it's one of three changes that have already been made verbally among area police chiefs. Another requires police to tell neighboring jurisdictions about a checkpoint within a mile of the city or county line. That didn't happen when Henrico police chased Harris into Richmond.

Marshall also says area chiefs have voluntarily agreed to meet once a year to talk about the 2003 regional police pursuit policy. Chief Bryan Norwood says he's had conversations with Henrico and Chesterfield police about an upcoming summit.

"The conversations are positive thus far in revealing some of the policies already implemented," said Norwood.

Chief Norwood says he's also reached out to Virginia State Police and Hanover County authorities. A date has not been set for the summit.

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