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Lesson #40: Vehicle and Foot Pursuits

Category
Training Material
Subject
Policing

Description

Material for a 3-hour lesson, part of the Basic Training Program of Macedonian Police, developed by the Police Development Unit of the OSCE Spillover Monitor Mission to Skopje.

Subject
Policing
Target group
Cadets
Region
South-Eastern Europe
Keywords
arrest, detention, firearms, patrol enforcement, patrol methods, police safety, vehicle, suspects

Summary

Pursuing suspects, whether in a vehicle or on foot, is a very dangerous procedure that can easily escalate into a life-threatening situation. Physical conditioning, tactical planning, good observation skills, and good safety techniques are all essential elements to ending the pursuit both safely and successfully.

The pursuit techniques introduced in this lesson are not normally used as a standard procedure by the Macedonian police. They are presented here to provide future police officers with a general knowledge of the possible actions that can be taken in order to take a fugitive into custody. In practice, however, these techniques are reserved for extreme cases in which the suspect’s immediate apprehension is mandatory in order to avoid a serious violent crime and/or serious harm to others. In addition, should these necessary requirements be met, the safety of the people at the scene and on the street and the safety of the officers should be the utmost priority.

The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to various tactics involved in vehicle and foot pursuits.

At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  1. Outline the “good practice” procedure for pursuit of a suspect vehicle.
  2. List six (6) reasons to terminate a vehicle pursuit.
  3. Name and describe the three techniques that can be used to force a suspect vehicle to stop during a pursuit.
  4. Identify five (5) tasks an officer must constantly carry out when involved in a foot pursuit.

Information

Added on
30 Mar 2003
Origin
OSCE Mission to Skopje, North Macedonia
Target group
Cadets
Region
North Macedonia
Keywords
arrest, detention, firearms, patrol enforcement, patrol methods, police safety, vehicle, suspects
Rights
OSCE