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(a) The identity of the suspect has been determined and it does not reasonably appear that the need for immediate capture outweighs the risks associated with continuing the pursuit.

(b) The distance between the pursuing unit(s) and the eluding vehicle is such that continuing pursuit would require speeds endangering either public, deputy(s), or suspect(s).

(c) Pursuit driving maneuvers exceed performance capabilities of the police vehicle or pursuing deputy(s).

(d) The pursuing vehicle sustains damage or a mechanical failure that renders it unsafe to drive or the pursing vehicles emergency lighting equipment becomes partially or completely in operable.

(e) The pursuing deputy(s) is unable to notify dispatch of the reason for the pursuit; the suspect vehicle description and occupant information; the deputy(s) own unit identification, location, speed, direction of travel, traffic and road conditions, and other vital safety information necessary to enable the supervisor to make timely decisions about continuing or terminating the pursuit.

(f) The suspect goes the wrong way on a freeway, freeway ramp, divided highway, or one way street.

(g) The primary pursuing deputy advises the radio dispatcher of termination.

(h) The primary unit loses communication with dispatch or the pursuit supervisor.

Once a decision has been made to terminate a pursuit, deputies are to pull their vehicle over and stop. The primary deputy shall notify dispatch that the pursuit has been terminated and broadcast his or her stop location and last known suspect vehicle direction of travel. As soon as practical, grid searches may begin in an attempt to locate the vehicle.
a) The seriousness of the known or reasonably suspected crime and its relationship to community safety.

b) The importance of protecting the public and balancing the known or reasonably suspected offense and the apparent need for immediate capture against the risk to deputies, innocent motorists and others.

c) The safety of the public in the area of the pursuit, including:

Type of area (rural, urban, residential, retail, commercial, etc.)
Time of day
The volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
Vehicle speeds
Road and weather conditions
Visibility and illumination
Road and weather conditions
The speed of the pursuit relative to these factors
d) The pursuing deputy's familiarity with the area of the pursuit.

e) The quality of radio communications between the pursuing vehicles and the dispatcher/supervisor.

f) The driving capabilities of the pursuing deputy, and their police vehicles, under the conditions of the pursuit.

g) The likelihood of successful apprehension.

h) Whether the identity of the suspect or vehicle registration has been verified and whether there is comparatively minimal risk in allowing the suspect to be apprehended at a later time.

i) The safety of passengers in the suspect's vehicle.

j) The suspect's threat to the life of others.

k) The availability of other resources, such as air support assistance.

Once the decision has been made to engage in a pursuit, these factors shall continue to be given careful consideration in determining the maximum safe speed at which the deputies' vehicle may travel throughout the pursuit and whether to continue the pursuit. The need for apprehension must be constantly weighed against the potential danger created by the pursuit.

All deputies participating in a pursuit shall immediately advise dispatch that they are in a pursuit.
1. A deputy may request the use of stop sticks when a deputy is engaged in a pursuit, consistent within the guidelines outlined in this policy, to shorten the pursuit and assist in the apprehension of the suspect.

2. The use of stop sticks does not require prior supervisor approval.

3. Only deputies trained in the use of stop sticks may deploy them.

4. The stop sticks should only be used to stop a fleeing motorcycle, or other two-wheeled vehicle, when deadly force is authorized.

5. When deploying stop sticks:

a. Appropriate locations must be selected. Deputies should be aware of:

· Good sight distance

· Safe location for deputy deploying the stop stick

· Bridges

· Curves

· Pedestrians

· Major obstacles on road sides

· Oncoming traffic

b. The deputy deploying the stop stick should do so from a position of safety.

6. The deputy deploying the stop stick must advise the pursuing units of the exact location of the deployment.

7. Pursuing deputies must leave enough distance between themselves and the suspect vehicle as to allow time for the deploying deputy to remove the stop sticks (if needed) and pass the deployment location safely.

8. Every effort should be made to prevent uninvolved motorists from running over the stop stick.

a. If an uninvolved motorist does run over the stop stick, the driver should be contacted as soon as possible to explain the situation and explain the procedure for filing a claim against the county.

9. The use of stop sticks is permissible to disable an identified suspect from fleeing, such as part of an operational plan (e.g. placing them under the suspect's vehicle tires prior to the service of a search warrant).