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Tire Deflation Devices: Is Ending a Pursuit Worth Ending a Life?
How To…Communicate During a Pursuit
Focusing on Officer Safety

Focusing on Officer Safety

This June's issue of POLICE focuses on officer safety, from how to cope with stress to practicing safer pursuit methods.

June 16, 2017

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

Managing High-Speed Pursuits

To reduce the dangers of high-speed vehicle pursuits, law enforcement agencies need to understand the causes of high-speed pursuits, the legal issues involved, the problems behind such pursuits, and the strategies for reducing high-speed pursuits.

June 15, 2017

Shots Fired: Westbrook, Connecticut 04-08-2013

Shots Fired: Westbrook, Connecticut 04-08-2013

The Impala's driver side window shattered. Bullets slammed into the car's cockpit. And Det. Wisner felt a searing pain in his left shoulder. There would be no foot pursuit.

January 13, 2015

Pursuit Tracking

Pursuit Tracking

The StarChase system uses a patrol car-mounted launcher to shoot a GPS tracking device at a fleeing vehicle. Officers can catch up to the vehicle later without speeding after it.

March 14, 2014

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Shots Fired: St. Croix, Virgin Islands 08/18/2012

Howell leaned forward in pain, his ballistic vest rode up on his torso. A second round tore through his driver's side door, passed through his seat, and struck him in the back. Like the first, this round passed through Howell before striking Jones in the face.

July 16, 2013

Florida Officers Take Down Armed Bank Robbery Suspect
Shots Fired: Boynton Beach, Florida 06/12/2012

Shots Fired: Boynton Beach, Florida 06/12/2012

Reynolds saw the muzzle flashes from Wallace's .45 and darted to his left, sprinting across the blacktop and onto a gravel road. Bullets ricocheted off the ground at his feet. He ran for the cover of a telephone pole and returned fire, laying down six rounds of suppression fire. Munro opened fire, too. Wallace shot back.

November 20, 2012

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

N.J. Detective Back On the Job After Shooting

Detective Rachel Morgan's psychological recovery has been helped by her membership in the "Swiss Cheese Club," a group of officers shot in the line of duty who provided timely support. 

September 2, 2012

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Shots Fired: Pinellas County, Florida 10/28/2009

Kentin Dion Brooks' life had spun out of control long before his car did. Pinellas County Sheriff's Sgt. Raymond Fleming's only misgiving about the tactics of the incident was the relative proximity of Brooks' vehicle to the deputies' cars at the terminus of the pursuit. But even this is understandable given the speeds and the officers' needs to react to its sudden conclusion.

March 23, 2011

Rethinking Traffic Stop Interrogations

Rethinking Traffic Stop Interrogations

Every year there are newspaper and television accounts of police officers who've made life-threatening mistakes and found themselves being dragged by automobiles. With proper training, mental preparation, and a little common sense, you can avoid many of these scenarios and take your suspects into custody without incident.

September 1, 2008

Shots Fired: Pueblo, Colorado 12/23/2004

Shots Fired: Pueblo, Colorado 12/23/2004

It was two days before Christmas 2004, and Sgt. Randy Wills of the Pueblo (Colo.) Police Department was a case study in sleep deprivation. It had been a busy holiday season with very little peace on earth and even less good will toward men. Wills needed rest.

June 2, 2005

How to Conduct a High-Speed Pursuit

How to Conduct a High-Speed Pursuit

As you wait at the intersection a woman zooms past you, running the red light going 50 mph, 25 miles over the speed limit. Should you drive after her?

April 1, 2003

In Hot Pursuit

In Hot Pursuit

While police pursuits are a necessary part of police work and should not be banned, officers should be aware of the potential danger and terminate pursuits when the risk of injury outweighs the benefit of catching the suspect.

July 1, 2002

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