Review finds Norwalk police pursuit policy should remain

An internal review into the police pursuit policy of the Norwalk Police Department has ended with a decision to keep what's in place.



Two Common Council members questioned the department's policy following a pursuit that ended with a deadly crash two months ago. In that case, police say they pursued Vincent Fowlkes because he sped away from a drug bust. It turned out that he wasn't involved in the drug bust.



State police are still investigating the crash, however, an internal review determined that the officer followed protocol. 



Norwalk Police Chief Tom Kulhawik says there is no reason to change the policy. He says when there is a pursuit the incident is reviewed and so is the policy to see if anything needs to be changed.



Two council members have suggested that officers should meet a higher standard to pursue a driver and possibly have probable cause. Kulhawik says that would just encourage more suspects to flee.


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