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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

Five Things That Can Get You Killed or Sued

Five Things That Can Get You Killed or Sued

With the tax base shrinking in many of our jurisdictions and that depleting our budgets, all of us have been told to do more with less. The trick is to know what corners to cut and what corners might cut you back. Here's a look at five things you absolutely positively don't want to do on the job.

June 6, 2012

Shots Fired: Scottsdale, Arizona 04/23/2006

Shots Fired: Scottsdale, Arizona 04/23/2006

This month, you're receiving an enhanced "Shots Fired" from POLICE Magazine. In addition to the usual gripping storytelling, we've also embedded links to the radio dispatch traffic, overhead thermal-image view from the helicopter and photos from the crime scene. Enjoy.

September 27, 2010

Should You Chase or Contain?

Should You Chase or Contain?

So should you chase or contain? It depends on the situation and what agency you work for. Just as there are a variety of threats to consider about suspects in flight, so too are there differences of opinion as to how to address the problem.

July 31, 2010

He Flees: To Pursue or Not To, That Is the Question

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision shielding police officers from being sued in federal court for deaths and injuries to innocent citizens resulting form high-speed chases should not be viewed as an invitation to law officers.

September 1, 2008

Federal Liability for Vehicle Pursuits

Any officer who's been involved in a vehicle pursuit that resulted in property damage, bodily injury, or death should be concerned with at least three levels of liability. Departmental discipline may be imposed if the pursuit violates agency policy. Tort liability may be imposed through a lawsuit filed in state court. And plaintiffs may file a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages.

July 1, 2007

The Thrill of the Chase

The Thrill of the Chase

One of the most canine-like drives I have ever felt is the urge to chase, to pursue, to catch. I must confess to an odd primal thrill I always felt when a miscreant took off running. I wish I could say my mind thought "Tally ho!" in a thick British accent.

May 1, 2007

Know Their Flight Plans

When it comes to apprehending fleeing suspects, understanding the tactics being used by those suspects is as important as understanding the tactics practiced by law enforcement. The criminal element has learned how law enforcement operates and criminals have adjusted their tactics.

July 1, 2006

Perimeter Concerns

Working perimeters can be tedious, but it's important that we remember the basics of this role.

April 1, 2006

The Power of Association

The easiest and most common way associates are used in police investigations is to locate suspects. While this seems like routine information that everyone knows, only a few people put it into practice in each department.

February 1, 2006

Think Before You Run

Think Before You Run

Running after a suspect can place you in a situation where you can be easily attacked, injured by accident, or even have a heart attack.

July 1, 2004

Draw The Line

Draw The Line

The art of establishing perimeters can mean the difference between success and failure.

January 1, 2004

Cutting Out the Chase

Cutting Out the Chase

If you want to know all the arguments for and against police pursuits, all you have to do is look at a recent case that culminated in a fatal accident on Georgia 54 just outside of Atlanta.

April 1, 2003

The Hot Prowl

The Hot Prowl

One of the first things a rookie cop learns is not to ignore a citizen’s report, no matter how weird.

March 1, 2003

Making a "Routine" Pedestrian Contact

Tragically, examples of police killings are no longer rare. In all too many instances, a simple request for identification and com­pliance with lawful instructions has led to the murder of a law enforcement officer.

January 1, 1996

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