By: Andy McKeever, iberkshires.com
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When two men came whipping into the city with police on their tail in March, residents didn’t see Pittsfield Police officers hanging out the window trying to shoot out the tires. That only happens in movies. In fact, residents didn’t see Pittsfield Police on the suspect’s tail at all. Chief Michael Wynn told his officers not to pursue because the policy of the department is that if a pursuit comes into the city from another jurisdiction, Pittsfield officers don’t join unless they are asked to. Residents didn’t see a “parade” of vehicles on the suspect’s tail either. That type of action is a thing of old. Now if a car chase happens, Pittsfield Police will have two or three vehicles following it — the primary pursuit officer, a backup handling communication, and maybe a supervisor overseeing and calling the shots.