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Policy Considerations: Shooting at or from Moving Vehicles

Jack Ryan

Through agency policy many departments have considered restrictions on officers with respect to shooting at or from moving vehicles. The recent revisions of the IACP Model Policy on Use of Force (2001), indicates increased dangers of shooting at or from a moving vehicle. IACP model policy does not prohibit such uses of force per se, but would prohibit their uses where the shooting would present an unreasonable risk to the officer or others. An increased number of agencies have incorporated provisions in their policies discouraging or prohibiting officers from placing themselves in the path of a motor vehicle, since such action by the officer may create the need for deadly force. These policy provisions are particularly important in those jurisdictions that examine the events leading up to the need to use deadly force in the reasonableness inquiry. Policy Language: “Officers shall not shoot at a moving vehicle in cases where the instrument of the threat is the motor vehicle.”


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    DetSgtDarryl

    over 6 years ago

    1824 Comments

    I have worked for several agencies and all the of their policies were different. This was a hot front screen news topic here a couple of years ago. I had friends loose their jobs and were scarred for life and cant get another LEO job now. The news only showed 5 to 10 seconds of the video tape. A leo would be hard pressed not to shoot into the vehicle if it stuck in the ditch and violently spinning its wheels trying to come straight at you. The problem is le agencies try to set "ONE catch all" policy to cover all types of firearm discharges. It can't be done. If you violate it "doing the right thing" the media will say you violated policy and usually heads will roll.

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    DetSgtDarryl

    over 6 years ago

    1824 Comments

    I have worked for several agencies and all the of their policies were different. This was a hot front screen news topic here a couple of years ago. I had friends loose their jobs and were scarred for life and cant get another LEO job now. The news only showed 5 to 10 seconds of the video tape. A leo would be hard pressed not to shoot into the vehicle if it stuck in the ditch and violently spinning its wheels trying to come straight at you. The problem is le agencies try to set "ONE catch all" policy to cover all types of firearm discharges. It can't be done. If you violate it "doing the right thing" the media will say you violated policy and usually heads will roll.

  • Photo_user_banned_big

    DetSgtDarryl

    over 6 years ago

    1824 Comments

    I have worked for several agencies and all the of their policies were different. This was a hot front screen news topic here a couple of years ago. I had friends loose their jobs and were scarred for life and cant get another LEO job now. The news only showed 5 to 10 seconds of the video tape. A leo would be hard pressed not to shoot into the vehicle if it stuck in the ditch and violently spinning its wheels trying to come straight at you. The problem is le agencies try to set "ONE catch all" policy to cover all types of firearm discharges. It can't be done. If you violate it "doing the right thing" the media will say you violated policy and usually heads will roll.

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