Briefing on Police Pursuit: Nationwide Trends and Policy Recommendations

September 1st, 2007

Prepared by Patrick Parsons (Univ. of Pittsburgh, School of Law, Intern, Fall 2007).

Much of the work done on police chases is derived from a 1997 National Institute of Justice Study. The Study was conducted by Geoffrey P. Albert and focused on police pursuit policy and the effects of either restrictive vs. permissive policies on pursuit. The NIJ study, along with subsequent studies first view national pursuit policy in abroad categorical way, deriving statistics from analysis of over 737 law enforcement agencies.