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  • Got in trouble for chasing a guy for a tpo

    Allright, so we tried to serve a tpo on a guy yesterday afternoon, the guy wasn't home, well later on yesterday, the other party called the city police and said the guy was trying to break in her house. I arrived shortly after the city and was told that the guy had ducked off into the woods do I left, when I drove around the block I came across the guy walking down some railroad tracks directly behind the house. At that time I got out of the car and began to walk behind him. I told him that I was a deputy and had to serve him some papers twice, he looked back but continued walking. I began to run to try and catch up with him at which time he also began to run. I told dispatch I was 10-80, but he ducked into the woods and into the projects where he got inside a house before I could make it thru the woods. I got told that chasing him was totally wrong. Why I don't know

  • #2
    For starters what a "tpo". I'm guessing Temporary Prot. Order but could be wrong.

    If that's the case I cant say I'd get on the radio and make a deal about it. If I caught him I caught him it's not like he's commited a crime (atleast not in MD).

    10-80 to us is a vehicle pursuit...I imagine for you guys it's just a pursuit.

    From a supervisor's stand point the risk to fellow officers responding to such pursuit either on foot or in a vehicle over a civil court order is not worth the risk. That's probably where they are coming from.

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    • #3
      Y'all have to serve protective orders?? That has to suck, that's what the courts are for.... You should have tased his ***.

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      • #4
        If the guy was trying to break into her house would there not be an attempted Burglary in play? Were they married or dating or what? As a Sergeant I wouldn't have got inot an uproar over you foot pursuing him anymore than I would if you just let him go and went 10-8. Now back to my previous if there had been a possible burglary going on it would change the game.
        "I would rather live one day as a Lion, than a thousand years as a Sheep."

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        • #5
          Yea we serve TPO's, we serve all the courts paperwork, its the sheriff thing to do. This was a family violence TPO, so until he got served they couldn't do to much for him unless of course he actually broke in, we don't answer calls for service, period, we only serve warrants and civil papers, etc. However, i feel as though once i told him who i was and what i wanted he was temporarily detained for the duration of me serving him, and that he committed obstruction by running, and he also committed loitering and prowling, and criminal trespass for being on the train tracks.

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          • #6
            Attempting to break into a home? That's a crime; pursuing him would probably be just fine in my department UNLESS there was a jurisdictional issue. Which there seems like maybe there was???

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            • #7
              Oh we have jurisdiction in the whole state, its a politics thing.

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              • #8
                In MA walking on any train tracks is arrestable.

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                • #9
                  Whats TPO and whats 10-80?

                  Why are you chasing him to just serve him paperwork?

                  Unless I'm missing something
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                  • #10
                    If he hasn't been served the papers, he very well could be breaking into his own home....not even a burglary charge. If he has been served and the order restricts him from going to the residence, then you have a charge.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Xerious View Post
                      Whats TPO and whats 10-80?

                      Why are you chasing him to just serve him paperwork?

                      Unless I'm missing something
                      a TPO is a temporary protective order, this one was a Family Violence TPO, a 10-80 is a chase.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Taylor1430 View Post
                        If he hasn't been served the papers, he very well could be breaking into his own home....not even a burglary charge. If he has been served and the order restricts him from going to the residence, then you have a charge.
                        naw he lives somewhere else, but I looked at it as, hes going to continue tormenting this girl, let me get him served so they can arrest him for aggravated stalking if he does it again.

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                        • #13
                          I guess you work in one of those counties with a county police department?

                          What made the incident a FV case?
                          Was he previuosly arrested for battery FV etc and out on bond?

                          Is it your SOP not to chase?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by westside popo View Post
                            I guess you work in one of those counties with a county police department?

                            What made the incident a FV case?
                            Was he previuosly arrested for battery FV etc and out on bond?

                            Is it your SOP not to chase?
                            I am unaware of the past charges, it was Family Violence because the judge issued it as such.
                            Yea we have a county PD, but this was in the city
                            No, we chase.

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                            • #15
                              regardless, obstructing, if someone runs, i chase, there's probably a reason

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