What Not to Do If You Find Yourself In Pursuit of a Suspect

Below is an excerpt of a conversation that you should not have with dispatch if you are in pursuit of a suspect.

  • “Headquarters, I’m in foot pursuit!”
  • “10-4, what is your location?”
  • Keys up…. Heavy breathing…”I’m on”…..”I don’t know?!”…. “Headed east on”….”What the hell is this road?”….

If you are a police officer, it is very likely that you will, eventually, find yourself in pursuit of a suspect. It will be fast. It will be intense. It will be chaos. It is essential that you keep your head, or pay the consequences; those consequences could result in death.

RadioHere is a list of five important things that you should not do if you are in pursuit of a suspect.

  1. Don’t start screaming incoherently whenever you find yourself in a chase; believe me, I have heard grown men shouting in a high-pitched voice over the radio and expecting people to be able to know what they are doing and where they are heading. The dispatcher will most likely raise their eyebrows thinking “come again?” and sit up a little straighter expecting something to be going down.
  2. Don’t forget everything you’ve ever learned about the layout of the city you are in. Knowing your street names and cardinal directions are kind of essential if you want anybody to come help you.
  3. Don’t leave your keys in your patrol car and the door unlocked. Someone may take that car. I won’t say whether that happened once or not.
  4. Don’t pursue alone if at all possible. Sure you can chase the bad guy. But he gives you the slip. You are looking around in the dark park. Suddenly he lunges out at you, fighting you for your gun. No, I wouldn’t want to be that guy. Call for back up and wait for them if you can.
  5. Don’t forget to exercise frequently. This one is more of a preventative measure so that you aren’t keeled over from hyperventilation as your suspect outstrips you by miles.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Sam Milam

Sam Milam

Sam Milam has been writing and running her own businesses for several years. She was a police and fire emergency 911 dispatcher for four years. She has received training for handling responses to active shooters, suicides, kidnappings, structure fires, motor vehicle accidents, tactical incidents, natural disaster emergencies and so on. Knowledge is power, and by passing on that knowledge she hopes to provide tools for others to avoid and protect themselves and those around them.
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