Journal Article

Police Pursuits: A Case Study of ‘Critical Friendship’?

P. A. J. Waddington

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 4, issue 2, pages 119-126
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI:
Police Pursuits: A Case Study of ‘Critical Friendship’?

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This article examines the role of the ‘critical friend’ to the police by focusing upon a particular issue—police pursuits. The outward-facing role of the ‘critical friend’ defends this police tactic from ill-founded criticism. The inward-facing role is to alert police officers to the gross discrepancies between the way that officers justify pursuing at high speed on public roads that inevitably places the public (and their property) at risk, on the one hand, and the caution they exhibit in dealing with firearms incidents. It recommends that police worldwide should re-consider pursuit policies and adopt tactics that reduce risks. The use of static road-checks is offered as a viable alternative.

Journal Article.  4558 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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