2022 VEHICULAR PURSUIT REPORT
Since vehicular pursuits create the potential in which officers, members of the public, and/or the suspect may be killed or seriously injured, pursuits shall only be initiated and continued in accordance with the provisions set forth by Division policy.
The decision to initiate a pursuit is a difficult one. The decision to terminate a pursuit is even more difficult. Professional judgment and common sense are the determining factors.
Pursuits decreased significantly from 2021 to 2022. However, the number of pursuits exceeded the previous four-year average of 60.25 pursuits per year.
The modification of employer reporting requirements, due to changes in COVID protocols, has resulted in less remote work schedules and increased traffic volume. Traffic congestion is a possible factor in the decreased distance traveled during pursuits. The increased traffic volume limits pursuit speeds and evasion opportunities.