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NCJ Number: NCJ 171376     Find in a Library
Title: Helicopters and Their Use in Police Pursuit: A Final Report to the National Institute of Justice
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): G P Alpert ; J MacDonald
Corporate Author: University of Maryland
Dept of Criminal Justice and Criminology
United States of America

University of South Carolina
Dept of Criminology and Criminal Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 58
  Annotation: An analysis of the use of helicopters in police pursuit operations used data from observations and empirical analyses of the aviation units in the Baltimore and Metro-Dade (Fla.) Police Departments and a survey of citizen attitudes; the study concluded that helicopters provide a useful and important service to police and to the pursuit function.
Abstract: Data were collected in 1996-97 from interviews with police personnel, participation in flights, a review of forms and flight logs, and a survey of 169 Baltimore residents. Results revealed that helicopters can track vehicles and alert ground units to the suspects' direction, location, and activities. This information allows the ground units to turn off emergency equipment and move more slowly to protect public safety while maintaining visual contact with the fleeing vehicle. The financial requirement remains a major obstacle to the maintenance and operation of a helicopter unit. Citizens support the police use of pursuit for serious crimes, but support decreases for minor offenses and when information about the dangers of pursuit is presented. Findings suggest that policies to guide the use of helicopters in pursuit are important, that ground units that are assisted by a helicopter should be required to terminate their active involvement in a chase and return to the speed limit, and that both flight crews and ground personnel need training. Overall, the use of helicopters in pursuit provides an excellent way to protect the public and apprehend suspects. For details on survey responses, see NCJ-171375. Tables and study instruments
Main Term(s): Police pursuit driving
Index Term(s): Helicopters ; Arrest and apprehension ; Police equipment ; Science and Technology ; Public Opinion of the Police ; Police policies and procedures ; Police vehicular accidents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
United States of America
Grant Number: 93-IJ-CX-0061
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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