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Police Pursuit Policy

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by Twocky61, Jun 2, 2014.

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  1. Twocky61

    Twocky61 Banned Member

    Gloucestershire Police here in the uk have published online their Police Pursuit Policy Document which governs police pursuits and defines when such pursuits should continue or be aborted on public safety grounds

    http://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/foi/Information Classes/Policies/item11954.pdf

    In the US the police have more options at their disposal to terminate a pursuit than we in the uk have

    In the uk we have stingers which pierce the tyres and the T-PAC manoeuvre where preferably three police vehicles (this manouever can be achieved with two police vehicles & with the help (not recommended by the police) of a helpful member of public positioning their vehicle in front of the vehicle it can be done, but it easier with three) instigate a forced stop preferably on a motorway/freeway. One police vehicle positions in front of the bandit vehicle, one to the offside and one to the rear and the three police vehicles 'sandwich' the vehicle forcing it to stop. These are the only two options available to uk police. I am aware in the us there is also the PIT manouver where a police vehicle shunts the rear corner of the bandit vehicle putting it into a spin. Very occassionally the commanding officer in the force control room will allow this option when the bandit vehicle is being driven so recklessly it is a serious threat to other road users such as being driven against the traffic the wrong way on the motorway, but only on a motorway with a rolling road block in operation behind the pursuit. There is another option yet to be approved for use by police and that is a net stinger. Whereas a stinger pierces the tyres the vehicle can still be driven on wheel rims thus making the vehicle difficult to control and thus a danger to other road users. The net stinger has been tested and claimed to stop a 7 ton truck immediately as the net wraps around the wheels and axles
  2. Hatshepsut

    Hatshepsut Guest

    We were on organ donation opt-outs yesterday. I don't know too much about high-speed chase tactics, but can suggest that U.S. law enforcement policy is driven by constitutional requirements and fear of litigation. A block from my room about 9 years ago, police were chasing a suspect vehicle they had followed from a nearby drug house. The vehicle made a run for it but crashed into another car while running a red light, killing the occupants. The resulting lawsuit cleared police of liability despite the disregard for cross-traffic as the chase blew through intersections at freeway speeds:

    Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705344497/Jury-clears-Ogden-in-womans-death.html?pg=all

    To aid police departments in making sure juries and judges don't go against them in court after police pursue or discharge firearms into moving vehicles, we offer a brief primer on the issues here--although you'll have to negotiate getting access by purchase or library loan:

    Wendy Hicks: http://www.worldcat.org/title/polic...ality-liability-and-negligence/oclc/654029445

    ~ :yawn:
  3. Twocky61

    Twocky61 Banned Member

    Thanks Hatshepsut :hug:
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