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.
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: