Pursuit Intervention Technique: Myth vs. fact
Police Pursuits pose extreme danger to law enforcement officers and citizens. It is one of the few police acts that places direct danger to a third party, the innocent civilian. Due to this danger, police agencies have looked for methods to reduce the danger in police pursuits.
The Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) or Tactical Vehicle Intervention (TVI) has gained wider acceptance in recent years as a viable solution to ending pursuits safely. This technique is not new to law enforcement. Originating over two decades ago with the California Highway Patrol, the Pursuit Intervention Technique has a long history of success.
State Police Agencies have been more apt to add the technique and have subsequently led the way in training to other departments. Today, there are more law enforcement agencies than ever before utilizing the PIT to safely end pursuits. The pursuit related death following the maneuver in Georgia last month has brought renewed controversy and debate to the Pursuit Intervention Technique.
Often, police administrators have the wrong impression of this Technique and are hesitant to approve its use. These impressions typically arise from a lack of information. The remainder of this article will attempt to separate the myth from the fact as it relates to the Pursuit Intervention Technique.
The Pursuit Intervention Technique is a valuable tool in combating dangerous police pursuits. Like any law enforcement method, it will only bring success if done correctly while utilizing sound judgement. Police administrators have a duty to the public and their officers to understand the facts as they relate to the Pursuit Intervention Technique.
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