Tactics and Issues of Police Pursuits Term Paper by Master Researcher

Tactics and Issues of Police Pursuits
An overview of the tactics of and issues surrounding police pursuits.
# 39470 | 2,150 words | 15 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 09, 2003 in Law (General) , Criminology (General)

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The paper describes police pursuits and outlines their complex legal status. The paper shows how while they are inherently dangerous, they are equally unavoidable in some circumstances. The paper considers alternatives to these vehicular pursuits but points out their limitations.

Police Pursuits: The Process
Police Pursuits: The Legal Context

From the Paper:

"In 2001 law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania reported engaging in 2,314 vehicle pursuits. A total of eleven persons, three not being in the pursued vehicles were killed. On November17, 2001 three teenagers died in St Louis when the stolen vehicle they were traveling in crashed while being pursued by police. On January 11, 2002 another man died while being pursued by police in St Louis.
"In Seattle, on December 22, 2001 two innocent bystanders were killed by a person fleeing police vehicles that were in pursuit. It was the second police pursuit to result in injuries in Seattle that week. On January 4, 2002 The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that 9 police pursuits had ended in accidents in the previous month. In the first week of this month Atlanta area police forces were involved in two pursuits that ended in death. In the first instance an innocent bystander, Dr. Jason Andrew Trotman was killed in the second the suspect, Damien Lamont Harrison died.
"These contemporary examples of the outcomes of police pursuits are clear evidence of their potentially fatal consequences. In many instances the drivers and passengers of the vehicles being pursued die or are injured. In the most tragic situations police officers or innocent by-standers become the victims. Moreover, it is a nationwide problem that is documented throughout the nation. However, to some extent it is an unavoidable problem. Even, Jerry Sheehan of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) admits, "A high-speed chase is certainly necessary at some times.""

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