Monday, April 20, 2009

Pursuit

YouTube - Crazy Orange County Police Pursuit

Police pursuits are very dangerous and dynamic events. By their nature, the situation changes rapidly as vehicles speed down streets and highways. It can be difficult to keep dispatch and other officers informed about what is happening. At the very least you need to start the pursuit with a general overview to dispatch about what is happening.

The reason for the pursuit, the nature of the offense, the number of people in the vehicle, the license number and description of the vehicle are all important. The location the pursuit started, the direction, speed, and general driving of the suspect are critical. Also include the nature of the weather, lighting, roadway surface conditions, and traffic conditions.

The second unit in the pursuit can be the unit calling off the pursuit. That will allow the primary unit to watch the suspect and their driving. An air unit can be essential, and they can also call the pursuit if they are familiar enough with the area. The termination of the pursuit can be chaos. Watch cross fires and generally officers should not rush up to the vehicle. Stay in cover behind your unit and order the suspects out. Take your time; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

Most of our pursuits involve only one patrol car and no helicopters. By the time back up arrives the pursuit is usually over. Some tacics are similar but most of what we do has to be adapted to our rural department.

Bunkermeister said...

Being alone does change a lot of things. The main thing is don't take chances, don't hurry and don't trust the bad guys.