LAPD policy change over lights, sirens?

LOS ANGELES Councilman and former LAPD chief, /*Bernard Parks*/ opposes the plan. He calls it "very, very dangerous." Parks voted against the aspect of the policy that would change when officers would be allowed to go "code three." Code three is a serious public hazard, an immediate pursuit, the preservation of life or a serious crime in progress. Officers responding code three can speed, run red lights and break other traffic laws.

Under current policy, only one unit can respond code three, leaving others stuck in normal traffic. The revised policy would allow /*LAPD*/ officers to respond code three to any emergency.

The /*Los Angeles Police Protective League*/, which represents rank and file officers, supports the new policy.

Since 2006, the city of Los Angeles has paid out $11 million in cases where officers were responding to emergencies without their lights and sirens on to warn other motorists.


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