To pursue or not pursue? That is the question: modeling police vehicular pursuits

Jeffrey D. Senese (University of Baltimore)
Thomas Lucadamo (University of Baltimore)

American Journal of Police

ISSN: 0735-8547

Publication date: 1 December 1996


Studies incident‐level pursuit data collected by a large metropolitan police department in the USA over the past decade. Demonstrates that accidents are the outcome of about one‐third of pursuits. Urges that pursuit police should continue to evaluate a pursuit that proceeds into another jurisdiction. Finds that pursuits over borders are more likely to result in an accident; that training may be the most important preventative measure; that accidents are more probable when there is more than one police unit and the pursuit is on a non‐express roadway. Supports past evidence that speed is not a probable indicator of accidents.



Senese, J. and Lucadamo, T. (1996), "To pursue or not pursue? That is the question: modeling police vehicular pursuits", American Journal of Police, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 55-77.

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