Law Enforcement Policies and Procedures Thesis

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Hot Pursuit Policy

The hot pursuit policy to be used by this department will follow the definition established by the Model Policy published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for vehicular pursuits which defines hot pursuit as: "An active attempt by an officer in an authorized emergency vehicle to apprehend fleeing suspects who are attempting to avoid apprehension through evasive tactics" (quoted in Kenney & McNamara, 1999 at p. 158). The steps to be followed pursuant to this definition and policy are as follows.

1. The use of hot pursuit in this jurisdiction will be authorized when the apprehending officer has reason to believe that the suspect(s) involved represent a danger to the public irrespective of the seriousness of the originating offense involved. This approach is congruent with the findings of a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of large law enforcement agencies (e.g., those with more than 100 officers) in the United States that found that almost half (48%) allowed hot pursuits for any offense.

2. It is the policy of this jurisdiction that only officially marked law enforcement vehicles properly equipped with sirens and light bars will be permitted to engage in hot pursuits.

3. Although there are no speed limitations placed on law enforcement officers engaged in hot pursuits, all officers are expected to exercise discretion in the decision to engage in such hot pursuits in the first place and in sustaining them depending on traffic conditions. Therefore, officers engaged in hot pursuits are also empowered to make the decision to call off the pursuit at any time if circumstances require the discontinuance of the chase for whatever reason.

4. Law enforcement supervisory personnel have the authority to call off a hot pursuit at any point as well, but in most cases, this authority will remain within the sole discretion of the pursuing officers.

5. Pursuing officers may elect to terminate a hot pursuit once the identity of the suspects has been confirmed and the license plate number of the fleeing vehicle is recorded (Kenney & McNamara, 1999).

6. As part of this department's hot pursuit policy, supervisory personnel may assign a number of assistive tools to help the law enforcement officers who are in pursuit. Besides dispatching a sufficient number of back-up units to maintain surveillance of the fleeing vehicle, the supervisory personnel may:

(a) elect to assign other patrol units in creating a roadblock,

(b) engaging in a pursuit intervention technique (PIT maneuver) or (c) the deployment of barrier strips to stop a fleeing vehicle.

Sheriff Department Rank Structure and Insignias

This department will use the captain position at the highest authority, as well as deputy, sergeant, and lieutenant, in ascending order of authority. The types of insignia to be used by the sheriff's departments are shown in Figure 1 and 2 below. Appropriate headgear, badges and sheriff department patches will also be worn by all departmental personnel as illustrated in the uniform handbook.

Figure 1. Deputy and Sergeant Rank Insignia for Sheriff's Department

Source: CopQuest, 2009

Figure 2. Captain and Lieutenant Insignia for Sheriff's Department

Source: Smith & Warren Outfitters, 2009


Kenney, D.J. & McNamara, R.P. (1999). Police and policing: Contemporary issues. Westport,

CT: Praeger.

Ramsey, K. (2006, October 4). Sheriff candidates talk costs, staffing. Daily Herald (Arlington

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Rank insignia - Los Angeles sheriff's department. (2009). CopQuest. [Online]. Available: http://

Simmons, K.C. (2008). The politics of policing: Ensuring stakeholder collaboration in the federal reform of local law enforcement agencies. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology,…

Sources Used in Document:


Kenney, D.J. & McNamara, R.P. (1999). Police and policing: Contemporary issues. Westport,

CT: Praeger.

Ramsey, K. (2006, October 4). Sheriff candidates talk costs, staffing. Daily Herald (Arlington

Heights, IL), 1.

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