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Keep up to speed with a good foot pursuit policy

[From the Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline]

Chasing suspects on foot can -- and does -- result in serious injury or death to officers every year, causing some LE agencies around the country to rethink their foot pursuit policies or reinvent them to help keep officers alive.

According to research presented in the FBI LE Bulletin, many LEOs develop a false sense of security about their safety when chasing suspects because it is something they "do everyday." Officers giving chase often do not recognize that suspects can "turn threatening," or may lead them into "prearranged traps," if they are not careful. Both officer complacency and the lack of statistics on the number of officers killed or injured while pursuing suspects on foot, reveal the need for departments around the country to establish and implement specific foot pursuit policies and procedures, the Bulletin states.

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