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.orgTraining, 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 Discussion
Deaths 1979 – 2015
Every Year – USA Today
Killed Every Six Weeks
In Liability Costs
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.