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This paper examines how law enforcement officials, as well as other agencies, have begun to examine the impact of police pursuits on society at large, the officer, and the offender, and how it is a volatile topic that has received much attention from the media and the public. It debates whether we can justify the need for high-speed chases to catch a speeder or car thief when, too often, the result is a fatality of an innocent victim who happens to be in the line of pursuit. It discusses how policies need to be defined and officers need to be educated about making the decision to pursue or not pursue and how, without clear and concise policies, negative outcomes can result, which can prove costly to the department and the municipality.
From the Paper:"Pursuits are a necessary evil; in order to protect society and the officer, there needs to be more public awareness of the issues involved in trying to escape or flee the scene of a crime. Public safety advocates would argue that there are no circumstances that merit putting a human life in danger. Unfortunately, if you are the victim of a crime, your attitude might be different about doing whatever it takes to apprehend the offender. If laws were enacted that would discourage this behavior, pursuits would not be as necessary as they are today. In all cases, human life is jeopardized and casualties are a great possibility."
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