National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Revision of Police Pursuits, ACC Steve Barry said:
“The rise in pursuit-related fatalities and incidents comes after many years of the numbers remaining consistently low. As the IPCC have said, these figures should be treated with caution as it is not clear whether they represent a spike or trend. We’ll work with the IPCC to try and understand the causes of the increase.
“We are continually looking to improve safety standards in police pursuits. We operate and encourage an open and transparent process; when harm is caused we immediately report the incident to the IPCC.
“We are collating national pursuit statistics to inform and improve driver training and are considering with the Home Office how new technology can improve safety standards.”