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
- What actions are necessary for establishing a pursuit
- 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
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.
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.
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
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
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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