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After reading Emergency Driving and Pursuits: The Officer’s Perspective (pp. 1-7), explain the importance of establishing pursuit policies at the local or department level. In your discussion, address the following:

  • What must the department or agency do to limit liability in the event of injury or death resulting from a police pursuit-related collision?  
  • What actions are necessary for establishing a pursuit training program?
  • Who are the stakeholders for such a program?  
  • Should law enforcement agencies place more significant restrictions on police-related vehicle pursuits?  Why or why not?  
  • How would these restrictions impact vehicle pursuit training?

A Code of Conduct is a set of principles and expectations that are binding. Policies and Procedures are put in place to make sure they in compliance with Federal and State laws.

A code of conduct is s set of rules that are binding and everyone must adhere to. Although there is a “vast majority of departments do not require their officers to complete a written report when they use emergency equipment or become involved in general emergency (code 3) responses” (Schultz, Hudak, & Alpert, 2009, p. 1).

Policies are put in place to “provide clear and concise direction ensuring employees lawfully, effectively and ethically carry out their duties” (Integrity, Accountability, Community, 2012, p.4). They also guide the actions of personnel  reduce liability, and address the needs of society.

Liability arising from pursuits are similar in all agencies but with small variations in the degree of the application of faults to a pursuit. There may be limitations to cases where the pursuing officer is involved in an accident or caused a collision. Some other states would welcome suits where an officer using an emergency vehicle causes another driver to clash and even those caused by the fleeing criminal. The departments can therefore limit liabilities by controlling the criminal’s driving behavior if they started the pursuit.

  Lack of training can increase the risks emanating from pursuit related injuries. A classroom-training program should therefore involve tactics, policy, and liability issues. Previously the training did not involve classroom training and officers learned how to pursue but not when not to pursue. The training program was inadequate or inapplicable with officers rarely following what they were trained. Appropriate training should therefore be provided to recruits and veteran officers.

Such training programs’ stakeholders are the agencies themselves, the officers, the media, criminals and the public at large.

  Policing is dangerous and law enforcement agencies should put more restrictions on police-related vehicle pursuits for a number of reasons. This is because aggressive or reckless suspects are putting their own lives and that of the officers to danger. The placing of restrictions therefore would protect the officers from injuries or death and thereby saving their families, agencies, and public from needless tragedies. This would call for a modification of existing approaches with law enforcement agencies promoting the welfare of officers without increasing the cost to society.

Such restrictions would affect negatively on vehicle pursuit training if it only pertained to violent felons. This is because effective training can prevent dangerous situations but policy largely constitutes another aspect of pursuits by police.

According to Fischbach 2015) “The answers to the risks of pursuits are out there, perhaps in the form of James Bond–style technology solutions, but in order to build a case for alternatives, which cost money and take time to build, law enforcement needs data” (p.5). With this data a police officers live can be saved. Additional information is needed when it comes to the safety of a police officer. There have been to many officers that have died or have injured trying to stop a suspect they are there to protect. Imagine if they did not show up at a emergency scene or one of their own needs assistance.


Fischbach, T. (2015, January). Finding Solutions to the Challenges and Perils of Pursuits. Retrieved from www.policechiefmagazine.org/magazine/index.cfm?...id..

[PDF] Integrity, Accountability, Community - Maricopa ... (2012). Retrieved from www.mcso.org/.../2012-Integrity_Accountability_Community.pdf - Similar

Schultz, D., Hudak, E., & Alpert, G. (2009, April). Emergency driving and pursuits: The officer’s perspective. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 78(4), 1-7. Retrieved from http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services

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