Suspects in cars who flee from law enforcement place themselves, the officers, and bystanders in hazardous situations. High-speed
pursuits often result in property damage and may result in injury or death.
About half of all high-speed pursuits last less than 2 minutes and most last less than 6 minutes. Officers must act instantly,
weighing the need to protect public safety against the need to apprehend fleeing suspects.
NIJ's research and evaluation portfolio on pursuit management helps make high-speed pursuit safer. An effective resolution
to any pursuit is first and foremost defined in terms of the safety of the individuals involved or in immediate, close proximity
to a pursuit situation. It is also defined in terms of, when appropriate, the timely apprehension of individuals involved,
recovery of property (e.g., a stolen vehicle or goods), and minimization of property damage.
An ideal solution would:
- Pose no threat of injury to the pursuing officers, bystanders, and occupant(s) of the pursued vehicles.
- Have near instantaneous effect (e.g., full stop or idle speed operation).
- Have consistent results across a wide range of pursued vehicles.
- Not permanently damage vehicles.
- Not require proximity to the pursued vehicle to work.
- Be able to stop a specific vehicle in traffic without affecting others.
- Be portable and able to be operated by a single officer.
- Be used by the average officer with minimal training.
- Be easy to maintain.
- Be priced to be affordable by State and local law enforcement agencies.
- Have no adverse environmental effects.
Date Created: October 31, 2007