No pursuit policy refers to the use of alternative methods of arresting criminals. According to the experienced police officers who have followed no pursuit policy, when the criminals get a signal that they are being followed by the police, they take evasive action. The police can arrest the criminals by not giving any indication that they are being watched by the police. Therefore a few police agencies have succeeded in arresting criminals by following no pursuit policy, which have saved lives of large number of people.
(Thompson 2005) Many police officers have sacrificed their lives in their attempt to arrest law breakers. They were mostly killed as result of their shooting by the criminals or due to accidents, thereby showing that police need to be prepared to face the challenge of criminals. Therefore, police officers may put their own life in danger while chasing the offenders. According to pursuit statistics, 40 percent of pursuits lead to crashes, 20 percent end in personal injuries, and 1 percent leads to death of individuals. (Thompson 2005 p. 6)
This shows that pursuits are dangerous for both police officers as well as the general public. When the family members lose their relatives, they do not blame the criminals, but they approach the police for justice because the people have confidence in the police and it is the duty of the police to sustain this public confidence by adopting policies in order to save the lives of many innocent civilians who unfortunately get involved in pursuit crashes. (Thompson 2005) It is found that most of the pursuit policies were introduced in the 1970s.
Obviously, these policies are not effective for the modern society, which has undergone several changes during the span of more than thirty years, thereby indicating that there is a need for introduction immediate changes in the pursuit policies. However, in the recent years many police agencies have introduced changes in their policies. These policy modifications have resulted in more restrictive policies, restricting the freedom of the police officers to chase each and every criminal. This shows that police officers have realized that unrestricted pursuit policy has failed to achieve their objective of protecting the interest of the people.
Such restrictive policies have not affected the law and order situation as they have not contributed to increased criminal activities. (Thompson 2005, p. 7) Police follow different types of pursuit policies such as discretionary, discouraging, and restrictive policies. Discretionary policy has given greatest power to the police officers as they have been able to chase all the suspected vehicles. However, discretionary policies have not allowed the police officials to make rational decisions during tense situations.
Total discouraging policies are also not preferred because such policies may encourage the criminals to flee the crime scenes without any fear of being chased by the police. Therefore many police agencies have preferred restrictive policies as this policy is the best method of maintaining the balance between protecting lives of people and punishing the serious criminals. (Thompson 2005, p. 8) Above details indicate that due to police pursuits there have been deaths of large numbers people including police men and civilians. There is a need to find solution to the problem of police chase.
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