Pursuit Policys In Illinois Essay

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Pursuit Policies of Illinois Martin Alexander Joliet Junior College Abstract The primary vehicle is one that initiates the pursuit, this vehicle also controls the pursuit. Any vehicle to join the pursuit is called a secondary vehicle. The secondary vehicle keeps a safe distance from the chase and maintains radio contact with dispatch to inform them on the developing situation. During the pursuit, there shall be no more than two police vehicles, a primary and backup, active during the chase unless told otherwise by a shift supervisor. Never at any point in the chase shall the pursuing vehicles travel into oncoming traffic unless they are told to by a shift supervisor. A motorcycle may start a pursuit if justified but has to forfeit primary unit status once a marked police vehicle joins in the pursuit. As for unmarked or departmental vehicles they are not allowed to pursue a vehicle unless told so by a supervisor. If a chase of a vehicle leaves the officers jurisdiction it becomes the supervisor’s decision if they shall continue the chase or call it off. If the chase continues it is up to the telecommunicator to notify the jurisdiction that a chase has entered their area. The pursuing police officer is to follow their guidelines and tactics only while in any other jurisdiction. Police officers of inter-jurisdiction are to hold off on becoming active in the chase unless requested by pursuing department. When should an officer end a pursuit? Is the safety of the public and police officer in danger? Are the weather conditions to hazardous to continue? Is traffic getting to heavy, is the reason for apprehending the suspect worth continuing the chase? These are the things that determine if a chase is to continue. If the police officer has lost all visual contact with the fleeing vehicle the chase should be called off. If the distance between the cars

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