Different types of police pursuits

Posted on:November 28, 2020


Police officers need to decide if a situation falls within the definition of a pursuit, so they would need to decide where a pursuit is justified, proportionate and conforms to the principle of least intrusion. They may be spontaneous or part of a pre- planned operation.


Pursuit prevention means to try and prevent a pursuit from taking place and should be the primary consideration, as they are more than likely to place members of the public as well as police officers under risk to a significant degree.

The key consideration is to ask if the pursuit is actually necessary, and should be balanced against threat, risk, and harm. It is also important to take in to account the surrounding risks, topography, and surroundings and should be calculated to justify the legitimacy of the actions.


Pre- planned operations mean a situation could more than likely occur where a pursuit will need to take place. If this is the situation, there has to be time to develop a strategy, identify tactics, and produce contingency plans, and so this then refers to a pre- planned pursuit. The degree and depth of the pre- planning taking place depends on the time available for the pursuit or before the suspect may become aware of police presence.


Spontaneous pursuits can happen anywhere, at any time. For example, a suspect may illegally enter someone’s backyard or jump on the roof to evade arrest, and in some cases, this may cause damage to objects on the roof such as TV aerials. TV aerial repair Gloucester company Steve Unett Aerials can help with repairing needs.

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