A content review of campus police vehicle pursuit policies at large institutions of higher education

Max L. Bromley (Associate Professor, Criminology Department, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA)

Policing: An International Journal

ISSN: 1363-951X

Publication date: 1 December 2000


Campus crime and related issues have received considerable attention from the various legislative bodies, the media and social science researchers over the last two decades. Much of the attention has been focused on campus police with regard to their ability to protect the campus community. Civil liability lawsuits against campus police departments and their host institutions are not uncommon today. As campus policing has evolved from a watchman/security orientation to more of a full‐service model, it is incumbent that policies used to guide officers in high liability areas be comprehensive. Having comprehensive policies in the high liability areas may also aid in the defense of civil liability lawsuits. One such high liability area is vehicle pursuits. While the general policing literature has focused considerable attention on this topic, campus police guidelines have not been collected or systematically reviewed. The present study examines the content of the vehicle pursuit policies from 67 of the largest 100 campus police departments, serving communities with high student enrollments and often a substantial number of roadways throughout their boundaries. It is certainly foreseeable that from time to time campus police will become engaged in vehicle pursuits. While pursuits by campus police may be relatively infrequent events, policies governing officer decision making are none the less critical. A profile of these policies is developed for review by practitioners and researchers alike. It is believed to be the first such examination of this important policy area within the context of campus policing.



Bromley, M. (2000), "A content review of campus police vehicle pursuit policies at large institutions of higher education", Policing: An International Journal, Vol. 23 No. 4, pp. 492-507. https://doi.org/10.1108/13639510010355576

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