The purpose of this policy is to establish a balance between protecting the safety of the public and police officers during police pursuits on foot and law enforcement’s duty to enforce the law and apprehend suspects.
Foot pursuits are inherently dangerous police actions. It is the policy of this department that officer and public safety shall be the overriding consideration in determining whether a foot pursuit will be initiated or continued. Foot pursuits occur in a wide variety of circumstances. Therefore, this policy is intended to provide overall direction and guidance to officers when deciding if such pursuits are warranted and how they should be conducted.