About

Pursuit for Change is a national police pursuit victims’ advocacy group based in Wisconsin. The organization is focused on policy, legislation, technology and training to reduce unnecessary police chases and save innocent citizen and police officer lives.  
  We're working towards the following goals:
  • Mandatory Federal statistical tracking and management
  • Designated grant funding for law enforcement's utilization of Pursuit Reduction Technology
  • Additional law enforcement funding for pursuit driving training
  • Pursuit policy modifications [consistency between departments; violent felony-only pursuits; beginning with Federal agencies]

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Advocacy and Media Activities

Jonathan Farris, Advocate for Public Safety and Public Speaker, with his son Paul

Education: University of Wisconsin-Madison, BA, Liberal Arts, Madison, WI

Jon's son, Paul Farris, was killed on Memorial Day weekend in 2007. A fleeing driver, being chased by a Massachusetts State Trooper, struck the cab in which Paul and his girlfriend Katelyn were riding. Paul died. The cab driver, Walid Chahine, died. Kate was critically injured, but survived. The offending driver was being pursued for a simple illegal u-turn violation. Please visit The Paul Farris Memorial Website.

To learn more about our advocacy and for questions, law enforcement support, media requests, speaking or consulting opportunities, please contact: Jon@PursuitForChange.org

Training, Consulting, and Speaking Topics:
  • Law Enforcement and Continuing Education Presentations and Training
  • Vehicular Police Pursuit Policies (Emergency Vehicle Operating SOP)
  • Legislation Governing Police Pursuits
  • National Police Pursuit Statistical Analysis
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Deaths 1979 – 2013

Thousands of Injuries

Every Year – USA Today

One Police Officer

Killed Every Six Weeks

Billions of Dollars

In Liability Costs

Act

The National Issue of High Speed Traffic Pursuits

Police chases are a national issue with staggering local impacts. Pursuits claim hundreds of lives and injure thousands each year, yet this topic continues to fall on deaf ears. This national issue destroys families in an instant. It deserves a national outcry for meaningful change and to finally give a voice to those who are no longer here to call attention to this problem.

Vehicle pursuits, on average, kill a person each day, injure thousands of people annually, and are the second most deadly event a police officer faces, second only to death by firearms. Considering this is a national issue, one would assume that there are state and federal funded programs for law enforcement to enhance training, to adopt 21st century policing and technology and to reduce the number of chases – yet the stark reality is that no designated funding exists.

Please see our 2015 petition that allowed you be a voice for the countless innocent victims and families who have been torn apart by these events, by finally creating federal legislation to help end these tragedies.

Your voice is needed! Contact your legislators to let them know that you support legislation that will:

  1. Demand state and federal policy changes guiding law enforcement agencies to adopt significantly safer pursuit polices, smarter pursuit practices and more consistent procedures to reduce innocent victim and law enforcement injuries and deaths.
  2. Demand mandatory reporting for all Federal, State and Local police pursuits to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  3. Legislate dedicated funding for increased pursuit safety. This funding will support much needed law enforcement training programs and technology to improve decision-making, police coordination and police conduct.

  • Police pursuits, for the most part, are merely a passing newspaper story or television headline, forgotten by readers and viewers a few minutes later. But for the hundreds of relatives and thousands of friends of these innocent victims, the pain is real and never goes away. Never.

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    Jon Farris
  • The uncertainty about the death and injury tolls obscures the danger of police chases.

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    Jon Farris
  • A pursuit is probably the most unique and dangerous job law enforcement can do.

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    Tulsa Police Maj. Travis Yates

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