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Police Vehicle Pursuits, 2012-2013

NCJ Number
250545
Date Published
May 2017
Length
18 pages
Author(s)
Brian A. Reaves Ph.D.
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics, Report (Technical Assistance), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Legislation/Policy Description, Issue Overview
Annotation
Based on the 2013 Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics (LEMAS) survey sponsored by the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, this report presents data on pursuits conducted by State and local law enforcement agencies in 2012.
Abstract
General purpose State and local law enforcement agencies conducted an estimated 68,000 vehicle pursuits in 2012. From 1996 to 2015. An average of 355 persons (about 1 per day) were killed annually in pursuit-related crashes, according to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As of January 2013, all State police and highway patrol agencies and nearly all local police departments and sheriffs' offices had a written vehicle pursuit policy. In jurisdictions with fewer than 10,000 residents, 4 percent of the local police departments and 10 percent of the sheriffs' offices did not have a written pursuit policy. In jurisdictions with fewer than 10,000 residents, 4 percent of the local police departments and 10 percent of the sheriffs' offices did not have a written pursuit policy. Most agencies had pursuit policies that used specific criteria that defined when a pursuit was permissible. An estimated 2 percent of local police departments and 1 percent of sheriffs' offices prohibited vehicle pursuits. No State police or highway patrol agencies prohibited pursuits. During 2012, the rate of vehicle pursuits was highest among agencies with a policy that left pursuit decisions to an officer's discretion. From 1997 to 2013, the percentage of sworn personnel working in agencies that left pursuit decisions to an officer's discretion decreased from 17 percent to 11 percent. 26 tables and 7 figures
Date Created: May 9, 2017