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Vehicle Pursuit & Pursuit Tactics Survey Results

Public Agency Training Council and the Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute periodically conduct surveys through the E-Newsletter for the purpose of establishing generally accepted practices in Law Enforcement.

In November and December of 2006 a survey was conducted that addressed vehicle Pursuit Policy and Tactics, with specific emphasis on Ramming and Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T.). Over 1000 surveys were taken from all accross the country.

Survey Results:

1. Does your agency have a written policy relating to vehicle pursuit?

Yes
980
95%
No
48
5%

2. On what basis may an officer pursue?

Officers in my agency have complete discretion while weighing need for arrest versus risk of pursuit
329
34%
Officers in my agency may pursue any time a suspect flees from an officer
94
10%
My agency has a policy that prohibits the use of vehicle pursuit
15
2%
My agency only allows pursuits for violent felonies
177
18%
My agency allows pursuits for violent felonies plus reckless (endangering) conduct which does not include pursuit conduct
151
16%
My agency allows pursuit for violent felonies plus reckless (endangering) conduct including conduct during pursuit
139
14%
gave "other" stipulations for response
68
7%

3. Ramming: (check all that apply)

My Agency allows ramming a vehicle during a pursuit
51
6%
(Where allowed) My Agency limits ramming to deadly force circumstances
478
61%
My agency considers a suspect’s continued flight as a serious danger to other motorists - i.e. suspect is outrageously driving toward a crowded location - and thereby is included as justification for the use of deadly force
101
13%
My agency requires supervisory authorization prior to ramming
108
39%

4. Precision Immobilization Technique - P.I.T. (check all that apply)

My agency allows the P.I.T. maneuver
161
26%
My agency limits the P.I.T. maneuver to deadly force circumstances
334
53%
My agency considers a suspect’s continued flight as a serious danger to other motorists - i.e. suspect is outrageously driving toward a crowded location - and thereby is included as justification for the use of deadly force.
125
20%
(For those who allocate the P.I.T. maneuver) My agency has a strict speed restriction on the P.I.T. maneuver
69
11%
(For those who have a speed restriction) My agency has a provision which lifts the speed restriction when deadly force is justified? [E.G.: P.I.T. may not be used at speeds in excess of 40 MPH unless deadly force is otherwise justified.]
73
12%

 

 


 

Ramming During Pursuit Viewed As Deadly Force

As a result of the survey, Jack Ryan, Co-Director of LLRMI released an article with the legal precedent for Ramming during vehicle pursuit.

View Article Here


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