DENVILLE TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
POLICY & PROCEDURES
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SUBJECT: PURSUIT & FORCIBLE STOPPING GUIDELINES
BY THE ORDER OF:
ACCREDITATION STANDARDS: 3.5.2, 3.5.3
Chief of Police Christopher Wagner
SUPERSEDES ORDER #: V5C6 (05/11/98) w/amendments
The purpose of this policy is to establish this department’s procedures concerning vehicle
It is the policy of the Denville Township Police Department to utilize procedures that are
consistent with those provided by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines and the
Morris County Prosecutor. Citizen and officer safety is the paramount consideration.
Because it is impossible to anticipate every possible circumstance, this policy is intended
to serve as a guide for police officers in the use of discretion regarding matters relating to
Rigorous compliance with this policy should help to mitigate life-threatening situations for
members of this department and the citizenry at large, and should help sustain the
general health, safety and welfare of the community. It will further help promote public
confidence in the police department.
Deciding whether or not to pursue a motor vehicle is one of the most critical decisions
made by law enforcement officers. It is a decision that must be made quickly and under
difficult and often unpredictable circumstances. In recognition of the potential risk to the
public safety created by vehicular pursuits, no officer or supervisor shall be criticized or
disciplined for a decision not to engage in a vehicle pursuit or to terminate an ongoing
vehicular pursuit based on the risk involved, even in circumstances where this policy
would permit the commencement or continuation of the pursuit.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit shall be immediately notified if a
collision resulting in any injury occurs during the course of a police pursuit.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit shall be notified by the next
business day if a motor vehicle pursuit results in property damage.
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Officers participating in any pursuit must consider road conditions, weather
conditions, and the nature of the offense, the safety of the officer and the safety of
the general public.
A police officer has the authority, at all times, to attempt the stop of any person
suspected of having committed any criminal offense or traffic violation. It is clear
that while it is the officer who initiates the stop, it is the violator who initiates the
pursuit. The officer's decision to pursue should always be undertaken with an
awareness of the degree of risk to which the law enforcement officer exposes
himself/herself and others. The officer must weigh the need for immediate
apprehension against the risk created by the pursuit.
It is impossible to describe exactly how a law enforcement officer should pursue a
fleeing violator of the law except to state that it must be in accordance with existing
law and with due regard for the safety of all persons. Each pursuit has certain
different and unique aspects. Accordingly, the provisions set forth in this policy are
intended to assist personnel when operating an authorized emergency vehicle to
determine what standard of care is reasonable, commensurate with the various
circumstances under which the officer has a duty to inform and enforce the law.
Attempt to Close Distance
is an action by officers to close the distance gap
between the police vehicle and the violator vehicle. The use of audio and visual
emergency equipment has not yet been employed at this phase.
Authorized Tire Deflation Device
is a device designed and intended to produce a
controlled deflation of one or more tires of a pursued vehicle.
Avenue(s) of Escape
is a gap in a roadblock that requires the violator to decrease
the vehicle’s speed to permit them to bypass the roadblock.
is a willful attempt to entice or lure a police officer to engage in a pursuit.
is a motor vehicle, often a law enforcement vehicle, which is
placed perpendicular to a roadway or angled in such a way as to create a
is the surrounding of a violator’s moving
vehicle with moving pursuit
that are then slowed to a stop along with the violator’s vehicle.
refers to this department’s Computer Aided Dispatch system.
includes public safety telecommunicators, and police officers assigned
to the communications center.
is a road that includes a physical median between traffic
traveling in opposite directions.
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is an attempt to terminate a pursuit by pulling ahead of or towards a
violator’s moving vehicle to force it to the side of the road or to otherwise come to
is driving a police vehicle on a street parallel to a street on
which the pursuit is occurring.
is a deliberate offensive tactic by one or more patrol vehicles
to drive alongside the pursued vehicle while it is in motion.
is an active attempt by law enforcement officers, operating a
motor vehicle and utilizing simultaneously all emergency equipment, to apprehend
one or more occupants of another moving vehicle when the driver of the fleeing
vehicle is aware, or should be aware of that attempt, and is purposely, knowingly
or recklessly resisting apprehension by maintaining or increasing their speed,
ignoring the officer, or attempting to elude the officer, while driving at speeds in
excess of the legal speed limit.
is the police vehicle that initiates a pursuit or any unit that assumes
control of the pursuit as the lead vehicle (the first police vehicle immediately
behind the fleeing suspect).
is any police vehicle that becomes involved as a backup to the
primary unit and follows the primary unit at a safe distance.
is a restriction or obstruction used or intended for the purpose of
preventing free passage of motor vehicles on a roadway in order to affect the
apprehension of a violator.
Standard of Care
: N.J.S.A. 39:4-91 sets forth the standards of right of way for
emergency vehicles that reads in part:
“…This section shall not relieve the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle
from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall it
protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of
shall mean the duty shift commander, or other sworn officer of
supervisory rank in the absence of the shift commander.
Vehicle Contact Action (Ramming)
is any action undertaken by the pursuing
officer intended to result in contact between the moving police vehicle and the
is any person who a law enforcement officer reasonably believes:
Has committed a crime of the first or second degree or a crime enumerated
in subsection III.A.2 of this policy, or
Poses an immediate threat to the safety of the public or other police
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Authorization to Pursue
A police officer may only pursue:
When the officer reasonably believes that the violator has committed an
offense of the first or second degree; or
Has committed any crime/offense listed below:
Death by Auto
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact
Theft by Extortion
Manufacturing, Distributing or Dispensing CDS
2C: 35-5b; or
When a police officer reasonably believes that the violator poses an
immediate threat to the safety of the public or other police officers.
Eluding the police where the actor creates a risk of death or injury
to another generally constitutes a 2nd degree crime, but the fact that
an actor is eluding the police does not provide personnel with the
automatic authority to pursue. A pursuit based upon a 2nd degree
eluding, without any other authorizing criteria should not be
Pursuit for motor vehicle offenses is not authorized under the above
criteria unless the violator’s vehicle is being operated so as to pose
an immediate threat to the safety of another person.
Just because one of the authorization requirements is satisfied, a pursuit should
not be automatically undertaken. Officers and supervisors must still consider the
Likelihood of successful apprehension.
Whether the identity of the violator is known where later apprehension is
Degree of risk created by the pursuit in relation to:
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Volume, type, speed and direction of vehicular traffic; or
Nature of the area: residential, commercial, school zone, open
highway, etc.; or
Population density and volume of pedestrian traffic; or
Environmental factors such as weather and darkness; or
Road conditions: construction, poor repair, extreme curves, snow,
Police officer characteristics relative to:
Familiarity with roads;
Condition of the police vehicle.
Terminating a Pursuit
Pursuing officers shall terminate the pursuit when:
Instructed to do so by a supervisor; or
The officer believes that the danger to the pursuing officer or general public
outweighs the necessity for immediate apprehension of the violator; or
The violator’s identity has been, or can be, established to the point where
later apprehension may be accomplished, and where there is no serious
immediate threat to the safety of the public or other police officers; or
The pursued vehicle’s location is no longer known or the distance between
the pursuing vehicles and the violator’s vehicle becomes so great that
further pursuit is futile; or
There is any person injured during the pursuit requiring medical care and
there are no police or medical personnel able to render immediate
There is a clear, present and unreasonable danger to the police officer or
the public. (A clear, present and unreasonable danger exists when the
pursuit requires that the vehicle be driven at excessive speeds,
against the flow of traffic for a sustained period, or in a manner that
exceeds the performance capabilities of the pursuing vehicle or the
capabilities of the police officers involved in the pursuit.)
Advised of any unanticipated condition, event or circumstance that
substantially increases the risk to public safety inherent in the pursuit, or
Upon termination of a pursuit, officers shall immediately notify communications of
such, giving the location of the termination.
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When a decision is made by a supervisor or the pursuing officer to terminate the
pursuit, all involved vehicles will immediately deactivate all emergency warning
devices and resume normal speeds.
Pursuing units shall immediately acknowledge by radio that they have
received the order to terminate.
When the termination occurs outside of the boarders of Denville Township
all police vehicles involved in the pursuit will immediately return to the
When the termination occurs within the Denville Township:
The pursuing officer(s) will immediately take action to place
distance between the pursued vehicle and their police vehicle.
The pursing officer(s) will not make any effort to follow the pursued
vehicle after the pursuit has been terminated.
Role and Tactics of the Pursuing Officer(s)
To diminish the likelihood of a pursuit, police officers intending to stop a vehicle for
any violation of the law shall, when possible and without creating a substantial
threat to the public safety, close the distance between the two vehicles prior to
activating the emergency lights and audible device.
Personnel shall recognize that while attempting to close the distance
and prior to the activation of emergency lighting/audible equipment,
they are subject to all motor vehicle laws governing the right of way
(e.g. NJSA 39:4-91 and 92).
Officers operating MVR equipped police vehicles in a pursuit must activate the
video recorder and microphone and maintain activation from the initiation of the
pursuit through the subsequent apprehension of the suspect. The subsequent
report must indicate that the MVR was used and the recording must be secured as
Upon commencement of a pursuit and regardless of the time of day, the pursuing
officer shall immediately activate emergency lights, audible device, and headlights.
Once the pursuit has begun, the primary unit must notify communications and
provide as much of the following information as is known:
Reason for the pursuit; and
Direction of travel, designation and location of roadway; and
Identification of the violator’s vehicle; and
Year, make, model, color, registration and other identifying characteristics
of the violator’s vehicle; and
Number and description of occupants; and
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The speed of the violator’s vehicle; and
Other information that may be helpful in resolving or terminating the
pursuit. Examples include road conditions, traffic density, weather
Officers will provide continuous updates of location, direction, speed and
other important information (e.g., objects thrown from the vehicle, etc.).
Failing to adequately provide any of the above information may cause the
supervisor to consider ordering the termination of the pursuit.
The primary unit shall be responsible for the immediate radio transmission at the
initiation of the pursuit and the decision to abandon or terminate the pursuit until
relieved of this responsibility by the supervisor.
The secondary unit shall report by radio as soon as possible that it has joined the
pursuit. This provides the supervisor with the information that the pursuit team is
Secondary units shall maintain a safe distance behind the primary unit in
order to assist when necessary or take control if the primary unit is unable
Additional units are generally prohibited from joining the pursuit without the
expressed permission of the authorizing supervisor, but these units shall
remain alert to the progress and location of the pursuit.
Secondary units must exercise maximum radio discipline and refrain from
making unnecessary transmissions.
Any decision to permit additional units to participate in a pursuit should be
based upon the number of persons in the pursued vehicle, the crime for
which the vehicle is wanted, or whether the actor(s) are armed or
If it becomes necessary for pursuit officer(s) to leave their patrol vehicles to
continue the pursuit on foot, they shall immediately notify communications of their
location and announce that a foot pursuit has commenced, including the general
direction of flight.
When the pursued vehicle comes to a stop, pursuing officers should not
immediately approach the vehicle, especially if the occupant(s) are suspected of
committing a serious crime or of being armed. Whenever possible, officers should
wait for back-up officers prior to approaching the vehicle and when doing so,
Avoid standing between the stopped vehicle and any fixed objects;
Avoid standing in front of or behind the suspect vehicle;
Avoid standing in any other officers line of fire;
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Order the driver to turn off the vehicle and toss the keys from the driver’s
side window (if able);
Order the driver and passenger(s) to exit the vehicle one at a time and lie
face down on the ground with arms extended, palms up in order to be
taken into custody;
Approach the vehicle with extreme caution being aware of sudden
movement by either the driver or passenger(s);
If handcuffed, as soon as practicable, sit the subject(s) upright to minimize
positional asphyxia. Provide/supply medical aid when applicable.
Vehicle Pursuit Restrictions
Unmarked police vehicles shall not participate in a motor vehicle pursuit unless
equipped with emergency lights and an audible device other than the standard
horn. Unmarked vehicles shall immediately relinquish primary unit status upon
participation of a marked vehicle.
No pursuit shall be conducted:
In a direction opposite to the flow of traffic on a divided highway.
When an individual is present in the police vehicle who is not a law
No more than two police vehicles (primary and secondary unit) shall become
actively involved in a pursuit unless otherwise specifically directed by a supervisor.
Throughout the course of a vehicular pursuit, pursuing officers shall not attempt to
overtake or pass the violator’s moving vehicle.
Upon approaching an intersection controlled by traffic signals or signs, or at any
other location where there may be a substantial increased likelihood of a collision,
the operator of any pursuing vehicle shall, prior to entering the intersection, reduce
their speed and control the vehicle so as to avoid collision with another vehicle,
pedestrian or fixed object. Officers shall observe that the way is clear before
cautiously proceeding through the intersection.
At all other times including an attempt to close the distance prior to the
initiation of the pursuit, officers shall observe the applicable laws governing
the right of way at intersections and other locations.
Officers involved in a pursuit shall not engage in vehicle paralleling.
There shall be no street paralleling along the route unless the pursuit passes
through an officer’s assigned area. A patrol unit that is parallel street pursuing
shall not join or interfere with a pursuit and shall stop all pursuit related activity at
the boundary of its assigned area.
Officers involved in a pursuit shall not fire any weapon from or at a moving vehicle,
nor engage in any vehicle contact action except as a last resort to prevent
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imminent death or serious bodily injury to any person where deadly force would
otherwise be justified.
Forcible Stopping and Roadblocks
Boxing in or heading off a violator’s moving vehicle is permitted only under
extraordinary circumstances. These tactics substantially increase the risk inherent
in the pursuit and shall only be employed:
At low speeds; and
With the approval of a supervisor; or
In response to an imminent serious threat to the safety of the public or a
Prior to boxing in or heading off a pursued vehicle, the officer wishing to initiate
such action shall notify all other units involved in the pursuit.
Involved officers shall maneuver their vehicles in such a manner as to minimize
vehicle contact action and danger to other vehicles or pedestrians.
Upon coming to a halt, officers shall be guided by this department’s procedures
established in subsection V.I of this policy.
Roadblocks may only be employed as a last resort in circumstances where deadly
force would otherwise be justified.
A supervisor must authorize all roadblocks.
At no time will a roadblock be established until all pursuing law enforcement
vehicles are made aware of the roadblock, its location, and have acknowledged
this awareness. Once a roadblock has been established and a vehicle or
barricade has been positioned in the roadway, the following must apply:
There must be adequate distance to see the roadblock.
There must be an avenue of escape.
There must be no one in or near the blocking vehicle(s).
Following any forcible stopping incident and upon coming to a halt and
approaching the suspect vehicle, officers shall follow the instructions in subsection
V.I of this policy
Authorized Tire Deflation Devices
Tire deflation devices shall be stored in the trunk.
Supervisors may choose to utilize tire deflation devices during the course of a
vehicular pursuit consistent with the authorizations and restrictions in this policy.
The use of such devices is subject to the assessment of the inherent risk balanced
against the need to apprehend a fleeing offender.
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Only personnel trained in the use of these devices are authorized to deploy them.
Use of the tire deflation device:
A tire deflation device may be utilized only after supervisor approval.
A tire deflation device shall not be used to stop motorcycles, mopeds, or
A tire deflation device should not be used in locations where specific
geographic features (e.g., sharp curves, alongside of rivers, steep
embankments, etc.) increase the risk of serious injury to the officer,
violator, or the public.
Deployment locations should have reasonably good sight distances to
enable the officer to observe the pursuit and other traffic as it approaches.
The officer deploying a tire deflation device shall not attempt to overtake
and pass a high-speed pursuit in order to position the device.
Tire deflation devices shall not be used on Interstate Route 80.
Deployment of a tire deflation device:
The shift commander must coordinate the efforts of all law enforcement
units involved in the pursuit.
To maximize safety, a team of 2 officers is preferred to deploy the device.
The officer deploying a tire deflation device should do so from a position of
safety. Do not deploy the device if an officer’s safety is questionable.
The officer deploying a tire deflation device should be in position to allow
sufficient time for deployment. A rushed deployment is often ineffective
The officer deploying a tire deflation device shall notify communications of
the location of the device.
The shift commander, through communications, shall notify all units of the
location of the device.
This notification shall be made over the Denville Police, SPEN and
MIRS radios systems.
All pursuing units shall be told to reduce their speed while in the
Activation of a tire deflation device:
The officer operating the tire deflation device should take a position of
safety as the pursued vehicle approaches.
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The officer shall deploy the tire deflation device immediately before the
pursued vehicle arrives at the point where it would impact the device.
The officer shall remove the tire deflation device immediately after the
pursued vehicle goes over the device.
The officer shall immediately notify communications:
If the pursued vehicle impacted the device;
If he/she observed any signs of deflation; and
The direction and operation of the pursued vehicle after impact.
Upon coming to a halt and approaching the suspect vehicle, officers shall follow
the instructions in subsection V.I of this policy.
The deployment and/or use of a tire deflation device shall be reported in
accordance with §XIII.
All deployments and/or use of a tire deflation device are subject to the meaningful
command review requirement in §XIV.
Role of the Shift Commander/Supervisor
Upon being notified or becoming aware of a vehicular pursuit, the shift
commander/supervisor shall take immediate control and provide directions to the
field units. The primary consideration of the shift commander/supervisor is to
acknowledge and authorize a pursuit to continue. The shift commander/supervisor
shall decide as quickly as possible whether or not the pursuit should continue.
Supervisors shall permit a pursuit to continue only if:
There is reasonable belief that the violator has committed an offense of the
first or second degree, or a crime/offense listed in subsection III.A,2 of this
There is reasonable belief that the violator poses an immediate serious
threat to the safety of any person.
Supervisors shall order a pursuit terminated at any time they conclude:
That the danger to the pursuing officers or the public outweighs the
necessity for the immediate apprehension of the violator.
The actor’s identity is established to the point where later apprehension
may be accomplished, and
there is no immediate continuing threat to
That a pursuit is of a protracted duration, recognizing the overall population
density and volume of vehicular traffic and the increased risk attached to
prolonged vehicular pursuits, unless the supervisor determines that a
furtherance of the pursuit is justified to respond to an immediate continuing
threat to the public safety. No precise formula can be used to determine
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when a pursuit has become of a protracted duration. This decision must be
left to the common sense and sound judgment of the supervisor in light of
all of the attendant circumstances.
Role of Communications
Upon notification that a pursuit is in progress, communications personnel shall
immediately advise the shift commander/supervisor of essential information
regarding the pursuit if the shift commander/supervisor has not already been
Communications personnel will keep the shift commander/supervisor
current on the duration and progress of the pursuit.
Communications shall ensure that an incident number is generated so that each
pursuit is traceable through the CAD system.
Shift commanders/supervisors shall determine whether there is a need to assume
control over and coordinate pursuit related communications.
All radio channels shall remain open for pursuit related transmissions and all
necessary information shall be made available to officers involved in the pursuit.
Communications personnel shall carry out the following activities and
responsibilities during the pursuit:
Receive and record all incoming information on the pursuit and the pursued
Control all radio communications and clear the radio channels of all non-
Obtain criminal record and vehicle checks of the pursued vehicle and any
Coordinate and dispatch backup assistance and air support units under the
direction of the field supervisor;
Notify neighboring jurisdictions, where practicable, when pursuit may
extend into their locality;
Ensure that the necessary data entries are made;
Acknowledge all radio transmissions from field units;
Rebroadcast pertinent radio transmissions to field units, if necessary;
Perform other duties as directed or required.
Reinstating a previously terminated pursuit shall only be undertaken consistent
with the authorization criteria for originally initiating a pursuit.
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A unit wanting to reinstate a pursuit must request and receive specific
authorization from the shift commander to reinstate the pursuit based on any
Inter/Intra Jurisdictional Pursuits
This department shall provide timely notification of a pursuit to any other
jurisdiction, into which the pursuit enters or may soon enter. Communications
personnel must make the determination based upon the information provided by
the pursuing units or the authorizing supervisor.
At a minimum, a description of the violator’s vehicle, number of units involved in
the pursuit, location and direction of the pursuit and the reason for the pursuit must
Notifying the other jurisdiction that a pursuit is in progress is not a request
for them to join the pursuit
. A request for assistance from that other agency
must be specifically made. Whenever the pursuing officers are unfamiliar with the
roadways and terrain of the other jurisdiction into which the pursuit has entered,
the pursuing officers must be prepared to seek the assistance of and be prepared
to relinquish the pursuit to the other agency.
Pursuits initiated by another law enforcement agency might enter into the borders
of this Township. Being notified by that other agency that a pursuit is entering this
Township is not a request to join the pursuit. Prior to engaging in a pursuit that
enters Denville from another jurisdiction, dispatchers must specifically ask the
pursuing agency, via radio or recorded phone line, if the agency is requesting
assistance from Denville Officers. That information will then be broadcast to the
supervisor who will authorize the assistance of Denville officers. Denville officers
shall not become directly involved in any outside agency’s pursuit in this Township
unless otherwise authorized by the shift commander.
Communications personnel shall coordinate all communications between the
outside agency and patrol units. Shift commanders may direct patrol units to
position close by the pursuit route in order to be quickly available to render
assistance, when needed.
The outside agency may opt to relinquish control of the pursuit to this department.
The shift commander shall determine if the pursuit falls within the parameters set
forth in this policy and order a continuation of the pursuit or a termination of the
Assisting another agency in a foot pursuit following any crash or abandonment by
the violator(s) is authorized at the discretion of the shift commander.
All officers who operate agency vehicles in vehicular pursuit, forcible stopping, or
tire deflation device deployment situations are required to file a Pursuit Incident
Report. These reports are required in all cases when a pursuit takes place,
regardless of the duration or whether it results in an apprehension or not. The
report form is self-explanatory and is mandated by the Attorney General.
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Additionally, in all cases, a standard Investigation Report is also required. This is
especially helpful in instances when a pursuit is not already a part of an existing
investigation. The Attorney General’s Pursuit Incident Report lacks the necessary
information to conduct follow-up investigations into what may be a 2nd degree
crime and to provide intelligence for other agency members.
After deployment or use of a tire deflation device, the officer shall include at least
the following information in the narrative of the Investigation Report:
Date, time, and location of deployment and activation;
Officer who deployed and activated the device;
Results of the use of the device:
On the pursued vehicle;
On other vehicles, property or people; and
On the authorized device itself.
The shift commander or designee shall ensure that these reports are completed
prior to the pursuing officer(s) reporting off duty.
The Internal Affairs Commander or designee will prepare an annual agency
Vehicular Pursuit Summary Report for submission to the county prosecutor. The
annual report shall contain the following information.
Total number of pursuits
Number of pursuits resulting in accident, injury, death and arrest.
The number and type of vehicles involved in accidents (police, violator, and
A description of individuals injured or killed (police, violator, third party).
The number of violators involved and arrested in pursuit incidents,
All pursuits, roadblocks, forcible stopping, and tire deflation device deployment
incidents are subject to a meaningful command review. The division commander,
Captain, and the Chief of Police will normally conduct the meaningful command
review. The review shall ordinarily involve a review of all documents, available
evidence and an interview of any available persons who may have information
regarding the incident.
The purpose of the meaningful command review is to determine if the actions
taken during the pursuit comply with statutory law, current criminal procedure,
Attorney General’s Guidelines, Prosecutor’s Guidelines and this policy regardless
of the outcome. Further purposes are to identify equipment needs, training needs,
and to determine if modifications to this policy are necessary.
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The meaningful command review shall normally be completed and submitted
within two weeks following the pursuit.
The Chief of Police or designee may cause further review of the incident.
If an agency vehicle collides with another vehicle or any other object during the
course of a pursuit, the Internal Affairs Commander or designee shall conduct an
The investigation shall determine whether the collision could have been
A copy of the investigation shall be forwarded to the Chief of Police or
In every case where the collision could have been prevented, the
investigation shall set forth the actions taken by the agency to address the
cause(s) of the collision including, but not limited to:
Revision of agency policy or policies;
In the case where serious bodily injury results to anyone involved in the pursuit or
any bystander, operator, or occupant of any vehicle not involved in the pursuit, or
in the event of a death occurring as a proximate result of the police pursuit
incident, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit must be notified
immediately so that a review may be conducted on the county level. This agency
shall provide all reasonable assistance to the Prosecutor’s Office, as required.
The Internal Affairs Commander or designee shall prepare an annual documented
analysis of all pursuit incidents in the prior calendar year.
This analysis is a structured process for dissecting pursuit events into their
basic parts to identify any patterns or trends that could be predictive or
could indicate program effectiveness, training needs, equipment upgrade
needs, and/or policy modification needs. Examples of some summary
categories to analyze include, but are not limited to:
Pursuits by time of day
Pursuits by shift
Pursuits by officer(s) involved
Pursuits by reason
Location of pursuit initiation (business, residential, or industrial)
Location of pursuit termination
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Pursuits resulting in injury to police personnel
Pursuits resulting in crashes
Pursuits resulting in crashes to police vehicles
Pursuits from other jurisdictions
Unless otherwise authorized by the Chief of Police or designee, this
analysis is due by March 15th of the prevailing year.
Training in the application of this policy shall be conducted semi-annually. This
training may be held concurrent with the semi-annual use of force training and
weapons qualification. All training shall be documented. This training may be
At a minimum, pursuit training shall consist of the following:
A review of applicable statutes;
Familiarization with Attorney General and Prosecutor Guidelines;
A review of this policy;
Forcible stopping & roadblock techniques;
Training with this department’s tire deflation devices must include actual
hands on practice with the device at least annually.
Decision making skills (if available)
All police personnel, prior to operating any police vehicles on patrol or participating
in any forcible stopping or roadblocks, must be provided with this mandatory
Nothing contained within this policy shall preclude supervisors from conducting
additional training in the responsibilities and procedures set forth in this policy.
Supervisors are encouraged to openly discuss the provisions of this policy with
their staffs to gain their commitment.
The Chief of Police or designee shall file an annual report with the Morris County
Prosecutor confirming in-service pursuit training of all police officers.
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POLICE PURSUIT INCIDENT REPORT
2. Incident No.
3. Pursuit date
5. Badge No.
6. Car No.
7. Supervisor notified
8. Badge No.
10. Initiating Agency
11. Initiating officer
12. Location officer became involved
13. Time officer became involved
14. Highest speed
15. Location officer terminated
16. Time officer terminated
17. Approx. distance in pursuit (miles)
19. Road Surface
Ice or snow
21. Reason pursuit initiated
Traffic Violation (describe)
Assisting other agency (name)
Suspected criminal involvement (describe)
22. Tire Deflation Device
Tire deflation used
23. Reason pursuit terminated
Pursued voluntarily stopped/surrendered
Pursued stopped in accident
Pursued voluntarily stopped/attempted flight on foot
Pursued escaped in vehicle
Officer vehicle in accident
Pursued forced to stop/vehicle disabled
24. Number of people injured
25. Number of people killed
# Pursued vehicle
# Police Vehicles
# Pursued vehicle
# Police vehicles
# Third party vehicles
# Third party vehicles
26. Number of vehicles in accidents
27. No. of people in pursued vehicle
28. Number of people arrested
# Police Vehicles
# Third party vehicles
29. List charges for driver
32. Reviewed by
The shift supervisor shall review this report for accuracy and completeness and promptly address any issues as they relate to policy
changes, training, equipment, or discipline. Recommendations to modify policy and/or procedures, or to apply training beyond his/her
capability or available resources, or to purchase or modify equipment, or to apply discipline shall be reported to the appropriate commanding
POLICE PURSUIT SUMMARY REPORT
Person completing report
1. Number of pursuits initiated
2. Number of pursuits resulting in accidents
3. Number of pursuits resulting in injuries (NO DEATHS)
4. Number of pursuits resulting in death
5. Number of pursuits resulting in arrest
6. Number of vehicles in accidents
a. Pursued vehicles
b. Police vehicles
c. Third party vehicles
7. Number of people injured
a. Pursued vehicles
b. Police vehicles
c. Third party vehicles
8. Number of people killed
a. Pursued vehicles
b. Police vehicles
c. Third party vehicles
9. Number of people arrested
10. Number of pursuits in which a tire deflation device was used