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NCJ Number: 156679 Find in a Library
Title: Police Pursuit Driving: An Empirical Analysis of Critical Decisions
Journal: American Journal of Police  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:23-45
Author(s): G P Alpert; T Madden
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 23
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on the methodology and findings of a study designed to elicit attitudinal information on pursuit driving from police recruits (n=46), police supervisors (n=27), and a group of citizens of similar age to those who typically flee from the police (n=139).
Abstract: Each subject was provided a questionnaire that included chase scenarios. The scenarios encompassed various factors that typically influence the decision to pursue a suspect; factors were related to the broad categories of need to apprehend (severity of offense and dangerousness of suspect) and risk factors (chase area, weather conditions, and traffic conditions). Subjects were asked to imagine that they, or a police officer, initiated a traffic or felony stop and that the suspect refused to pull over and actively attempted to flee and avoid apprehension. Respondents answered with a "yes" or "no" regarding whether pursuit should be undertaken. The police supervisors were most likely to initiate pursuit under a given scenario, and the students (citizens) were least likely to begin a pursuit. The police recruits were more likely than the students to undertake a pursuit, but they were less likely than the police supervisors. Police supervisors emphasized the need to enforce the law immediately and apprehend the suspect; whereas, the students gave higher priority to public safety that might be endangered by a high-speed pursuit. Police agencies must take into account public perceptions of public safety priorities as well as the need to apprehend suspects when they adopt pursuit policies. 4 tables, 2 figures, and 14 references
Main Term(s): Police pursuit driving
Index Term(s): Police attitudes; Police policies and procedures; Public Opinion of the Police
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