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Does your Agency Train on Foot Pursuits ?

9/4/2015 12:00:00 AM

When the dust settles over the Fox Lake tragedy and people begin to talk about the how could this have been prevented, foot pursuits and foot pursuit policies will very likely be the topic discussed.In August, the July 2015FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin's Article on "foot pursuits" was one of the first reference articles "linked to" from the MTU1 website. It is still in the MTU1 website's Resources sectionalong with a few other articles and reference materials for foot pursuit policies.The author states "Foot pursuits are nothing new to law enforcement; neither is the fact that they end in deaths or critical injuries for many officers each year."Instructors for the FBI's Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program begin each class addressing foot pursuit by asking students, How many officers received some form of foot-pursuit training from their respective agencies? On average only 1 to 3 percent of class participants give an affirmative answer. In courses dealing with facing a drawn gun, trainers ask, How many officers' agencies provide training for drawn-gun scenarios? Approximately 10 to 20 percent of students answer that they received this type of instruction.Statistically, an officers' chance of becoming involved in a foot pursuit greatly exceeds their likeliness of ever facing a drawn-gun scenario. Yet, how many foot pursuits could end with an officer encountering a drawn gun? If proactive training is a key to reducing risk to law enforcement personnel, agencies should train for foot pursuits beforehand to minimize the chance of officers facing a drawn gun while on duty. 
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