Police Vehicle Handbook
Police Department
An Officer's guide to pursuits and traffic stops
By David Boulton
   Initiating a stop
  1. Safely manoeuvre to the rear of the vehicle
  2. Turn on lights and sirens
  3. Record drivers license plate with radar gun (Don't initiate a stop without this, seriously.)
  4. Direct vehicle to the nearest safe section of road
  5. Radio in situation, example: "Traffic stop on a white aston, Elmwood farm. No additionals required.
Once they have been stopped, inform them of the following:
  • Your name, provide ID
  • Your station/department
  • Why they have been stopped
Ask for: MOT Certificate, Drivers License, insurance certificate.
It is not an offence to not carry these on you, they must present it within an allowed time frame to you at a later date.
If you cannot confirm identity and suspect them of an offense, detain suspect until an identity is confirmed. (Use biometric data like fingerprints, RP it.)
Check database for any warrants, tickets or points on the drivers license. Inform them of your course of action (Ticket, impound, etc) and let them know they are free to go. (Unless you arrest them, obviously.)
Pursuits on a suspect are inevitable, in an ideal world you would employ a variety of tools and tactics, though the usual approach is to ram the car until they die. This isn't the greatest idea, however.
  • If the pursuit becomes exceedingly dangerous, unless the occupants are a serious risk to public safety, cease the pursuit.
  • Gather their name, and place a warrant at the nearest convenience. It's easy to run from Police, but you can't hide your identity.

Try to stay near the rear of the vehicle, radio in for backup and keep them informed of where the vehicle is headed. Once you have multiple officers one should take Primary which means they will be focusing on pursuing the vehicle and bringing it to a stop. The officer taking Secondary will mainly focus on giving information over the radio.
Hard Stop
The hard stop is usually performed when there is a high risk of the occupants being armed, multiple units will box in a vehicle and prevent it exiting, armed officers then issue commands and detain all occupants.
  • Performed by multiple units simultaneously
  • Presence of Armed Officers
  • Stern and aggressive commands given, weapons pointed at suspects
  • Manoeuvre is performed quickly and without warning
  • Vehicle can be stationary or in motion when stopped
Pit Manoeuvre
The pit manoeuvre is perhaps the most widely known tactic. The Officer performing the PIT will drive behind the suspects vehicle, and when the time is considered right will turn to the side slightly and ram into the rear side of the vehicle. This will force the vehicle to lose control and swerve into the roadside.
  • Considered to be very risky as it is forcing the driver into a high speed crash
  • Effectiveness increases with the speed of the pursuit, the faster the driver is going the less control he has
  • Should never be done in an area with heavy pedestrian traffic
  • Requires only a single vehicle
  • Only possible when vehicle is in motion

TPAC (Boxing)
The term TPAC refers to a wide variety of tactics and procedures, but most commonly refers to the boxing tactic. In this, two, three or four vehicles match or surpass the speed of the vehicle and as the name suggests, boxes it in. This is done with one vehicle in the front, one in the rear and two on either side. Less Officers may be required depending on which features of the environment can be utilised to block the vehicle in, for example trees and walls.
  • Low risk, generally performed at low speeds
  • Guaranteed to stop a pursuit if executed, unlike the PIT
  • Performed at slow speeds, or when stationary 

Now with two final pieces of advice:
  • Buddy up! A lone officer is a vulnerable one. Nearly all situations I've witnessed of an Officer being killed or kidnapped on patrol would have been avoided, or at least have had a follow-up of the situation by Police if there was another Officer on scene.
  • Procedures and laws will change all the time, they will vary with your Sergeant, President and the Police team as a whole.
I'll try and keep this updated in the future too, here's some other guides that are related:
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