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2003256 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2010-02-23 19:44:56.0 UTC 2010-02-23T14:44:56.000-05:00 content/bill-foster-it-not-game-st-petersburg published 2010-05-26 16:26:20.0 UTC 2010-05-26T12:26:20.000-04:00 drupal 50985 ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Bill Foster, who was the star of Tuesday's Tiger Bay luncheon, spent much of the time talking public safety. Forgoing the traditional speech format, Foster choose to take on one-word topics shouted out by the audience. Up first: the police chase policy. Foster and Police Chief Chuck Harmon recently announced a change in the police pursuit policy that would allow officers to chase burglars, which, in certain circumstances, would include car thieves. The St. Petersburg NAACP recently came out against the change, saying it would endanger the public. In a letter to the editor, Ray Tampa criticized Sgt. Karl Lounge for using the phrase "game on" in a Times' story about the changes to the chase policy. (Read that story here.) Foster said he agreed with Tampa, in that chases should not endanger the public and police should not be engaged in high-speed pursuits through neighborhood streets. He, too, took Lounge to task for his word choice. "It is not game on. We're not going to have recklessness in the city of St. Petersburg," Foster said. However, he defended the change, saying the ability to pursue more criminals was a needed tool in the department's tool box. The department's policy, even with the change, is still among the most restrictive in the Tampa Bay area, he said. "It will not make our citizens less safe," he said. "It will make the criminals less safe." Foster also talked about his proposal to put security cameras in high-crime areas and returning to a less manpower-intense form of community policing. Times Editor baybuzz St. Petersburg City Council,st. petersburg Bill Foster: "It is not 'game on' in St. Petersburg" templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/baybuzz/2010/02/23/50985-bill-foster-it-not-game-st-petersburg BlogArticle ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayor Bill Foster, who was the star of Tuesday's Tiger Bay luncheon, spent much of the time talking public safety.St. Petersburg City Council,st. petersburgSt. Petersburg City Council,st. petersburg 2264140 2016-02-04 17:24:51.0 UTC 7 Months Ago st-petersburg-city-council-approves-south-st-pete-tif-programs baybuzz St. Petersburg City Council approves South St. Pete TIF programs BlogArticle 2259947 2016-01-04 20:42:51.0 UTC 8 Months Ago rays-deal-might-come-before-st-pete-city-council-this-week baybuzz Rays deal might come before St. Pete City Council this week BlogArticle 2279540 2016-05-30 15:25:10.0 UTC 3 Months Ago st-pete-council-member-wants-city-to-oppose-bear-hunt baybuzz St. Pete council member wants city to oppose bear hunt BlogArticle <p>ST. PETERSBURG -- <strong>Mayor Bill Foster</strong>, who was the star of Tuesday's Tiger Bay luncheon, spent much of the time talking public safety.</p> <p>Forgoing the traditional speech format, Foster choose to take on one-word topics shouted out by the audience. Up first: the police chase policy. </p> <p>Foster and <strong>Police Chief Chuck Harmon</strong> recently announced&nbsp;a change in the police&nbsp;pursuit policy that would&nbsp;allow officers to chase burglars, which, in certain circumstances, would include car thieves.</p> <p>The St. Petersburg NAACP recently came out against the change, saying it would endanger the public. In a <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/letters/monday-letters-dont-shut-the-door-to-school-options-for-poor-children/1074585?comments=legacy">letter to the editor</a>, Ray Tampa criticized Sgt. Karl Lounge for using the phrase &quot;game on&quot; in a <em>Times'</em> story about the changes to the chase policy. (Read that story <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/proposed-change-to-st-petersburg-police-pursuit-policy-would-allow/1073913">here</a>.) </p> <p>Foster said he agreed with Tampa, in that chases should not endanger the public and police should not be engaged in high-speed pursuits through neighborhood streets. He, too, took Lounge to task for his word choice.</p> <p>&quot;It is not game on. We're not going to have recklessness in the city of St. Petersburg,&quot; Foster said.</p> <p>However, he defended the change, saying the ability to pursue more criminals was a needed tool in the department's tool box. The department's policy, even with the change, is still among the most restrictive in the Tampa Bay area, he said.</p> <p>&quot;It will not make our citizens less safe,&quot; he said. &quot;It will make the criminals less safe.&quot;</p> <p>Foster also talked about his proposal to put security cameras in high-crime areas and returning to a less manpower-intense form of community policing.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:52:20