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Pursuit Directives

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Leaked memo reveals officers were told to 'take their time'

A leaked memo from Victoria Police has revealed officers were told to take their time intercepting vehicles.

The directive was sent to all officers prior to Friday's horror on Bourke Street.

On Monday, chief commissioner Graham Ashton told Neil Mitchell the pursuit policy did not need to be reviewed, despite evidence police had the chance to intercept the stolen Holden Commodore in heavy traffic on Chapel Street.

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They also had requested clearance to ram the vehicle.

The Herald Sun has published a memo, issued to all officers on September 13.

Police command told officers not to shoot at moving vehicles and that "time was on their side" when it came to pursuits.