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The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits

The Police Entrance Exam - Vehicle Pursuits

Sergeant George Godoy

The information presented here is meant to be used as a rule of thumb guideline for vehicle pursuit questions on police entrance exams. Both the police written test and the oral board interview may include judgment questions regarding vehicle pursuits. Police agencies do not want to hire someone who disregards the safety of the public in order to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation.

Vehicle pursuits are always regulated by jurisdictional policies and applicable city, state, and federal laws. This article is intended to provide a common sense approach to vehicle pursuits based on a compilation of different police policies from several jurisdictions.

Decision To Initiate A Vehicle Pursuit

The officer intending to stop a vehicle will make every effort to avoid a vehicle pursuit. Activation of lights and siren are delayed whenever possible, until the officer is close enough that the opportunity to flee appears to be unavailable to the operator of the suspect vehicle.

If the operator of the suspect vehicle chooses to avoid being stopped and attempts to flee, the decision to initiate a vehicle pursuit lies with the individual officer.

Certain actions taken by the operator of the fleeing vehicle may escalate the danger to the public, the suspect operator, and the pursuing officer(s). In these cases, jurisdictional policy will prevail in determining whether a pursuit is continued or called off.

Any officer involved in a vehicle pursuit must drive with due regard for the safety of all persons concerned and any exemptions granted the officer, as an authorized operator of an emergency vehicle, do not include protection from the consequences of that officer driving with reckless disregard for the safety of others.

A vehicle pursuit study, covering 800 municipal and county agencies, indicated that two factors were likely to determine support for a vehicle pursuit:

1. The severity of the offense committed by the suspect

2. The risk to the public (traffic, road, and weather conditions)

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    almost 7 years ago


    I agree, it is too easy.

  • Recruiting_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    wow, that is to easy to be the exam!

  • Cot_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    chase them until the wheels fall off!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago

    Love to get examples of things to be seen on the exam or in the oral interview! Thank you for the break down of factors to consider.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    very very good i have allways wonder why and how a pursuit starts

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 7 years ago


    this will come in handy in case if I do ever get a job as a officer and this is Danny Watson reporting from Pratt Drive oneida castle N.Y. 13421

  • Dcp_4111_max50


    about 7 years ago


    Since when does it truely matter what the offense was. Thats liberal BS. The truth is we don't KNOW why they are running just that they are. The problem we face is that they could be running because of the kidnap victim tied up in the back seat or the body in the trunk and yes because they don't want a traffic ticket. The other factors mentioned should absolutely be taken into consideration but WHAT WAS THE VIOLATION should in my ever so not humble opinion not be included

  • 1470392_10205607568942018_1213501835514947434_n_max50


    about 7 years ago


    The quiz is to basic.

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