Pursuit Policy Workshop For Law Enforcement Officers

September 25, 2013
8:00AM-12:00PM & 12:00PM-4:30PM

In an effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from law enforcement vehicle pursuits, the Association of Law Enforcement Response Trainers International (ALERT) and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) have partnered to provide a comprehensive pursuit policy training program.

This effort addresses law enforcement vehicular pursuit policy issues, including factors to consider when initiating, conducting, and terminating a vehicular pursuit. Techniques discussed in pursuit policy workshops are consistent with the International Association of Chiefs of Police guidelines. This training provides information and issues beneficial to your department's highest executive officer, chiefs and sheriffs, to your first-line supervisors. To ensure that your agency's pursuit policy is up to date and that officers are aware of the requirements of your agency's Vehicle Pursuit Policy send your officers to a workshop in your area.

Facts About Pursuits

Due to the growing number of police pursuits and related injuries and deaths in the past two decades, there has been extensive research on the risks and benefits of pursuits. According to a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) study:

91 percent of agencies have a hand written pursuit policy; however, more than half of these agencies have not modified their policy within 2 years prior to the study.

Training that focuses on skills and procedures regarding pursuits is limited. According to the NIJ study:

60 percent of agencies provide entry-level driver training during academy, for officers in service, agencies offer approximately 3 hours of continuing education focused on the mechanics of pursuit driving.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports that between 1987-2006,

vehicle-related incidents were the most likely cause of law enforcement officer deaths while on-duty, which account for almost 37 percent. There were 968 law enforcement deaths as a result of an automobile, motorcycle, or aircraft accidents.

The NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates that,

in 2007, there were more fatalities as a result of police pursuits than any other year, reaching a total of 424 deaths.

Recognizing that pursuit driving is a very dangerous activity, police departments around the United States have begun to change their perspective of pursuits and their understanding of pursuit policy and training. This research has prompted programs such as this, which encourage departments across the country to analyze current pursuit policies and training requirements.

Register for this Training

To register for a FREE 4-hour workshop being held in your area go to http://training.pursuitpolicy.org/workshopsignup.aspx and click on "register for a workshop" then complete a search by "city" for one of the following:

  • Harford Co. Sheriff, Edgewood, Maryland – September 25, 2013 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Harford Co. Sheriff, Edgewood, Maryland – September 25, 2013 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM

If you would like additional information or have any questions please contact Albert L. Liebno, Jr., Deputy Director, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions at alliebno@dpscs.state.md.us or (410) 875-3602.