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
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(Am) In order to limit the liability of injury or death, agencies
could redraft their policies and procedures, along with making it a requirement
that officers attend classroom training for vehicle pursuits. Officers should
not only be educated on how to pursue a vehicle, they should also know when to
pursue (Hill, 2002). The training should include the new officers and those who
are veterans. It was mentioned earlier that officers needed to be educated on
when to pursue a vehicle. They also need to be instructed on the pursuit
tactics, policy, and liability (Hill, 2002). In addition, officers should be
aware of the statistics regarding vehicle pursuits. This way they know how
often situations happen when there is a pursuit. The stakeholders for a
pursuit-training program would be the police department, the public, and
elected officials. Each of these stakeholders has an interest in the community
and keeping the officers and the public safe. I do believe that law enforcement
agencies should place significant restrictions on police-related vehicle
pursuits. I say this because a fleeing individual not only puts himself or
herself at risk; they also put other citizens and the pursuing officers at
risk. There are some recommendations that can be put towards vehicle pursuits.
Agencies could certify their officers after completing the training, time how
long it takes to get to a call, and could only chase those who are considered
to be violent felons (Schultz, Hudak, & Alpert, 2009). Any restrictions
that are put on vehicle pursuits would enable officers to make better decisions
and to keep themselves and others safe.
(2002, July). High Speed Police Pursuits: Dangers, Dynamics, and Risk
Reduction. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 71(7), pp. 14-18.
Hudak, E., & Alpert, G. (2009, April). Emergency Driving and Pursuits: The
Officer's Perspective. FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, 78(4),