To make unbiased decisions about whether to pursue a fleeing vehicle, officers must understand both the costs and the potential benefits of a pursuit. This manuscript describes an approach that identifies and assesses the impact of pursuit characteristics on pursuit costs. Data from official pursuit forms generated by officers in the Miami-Dade police department were used as a basis of the study. Log-linear models were used to identify direct and interactive effects of the pursuit characteristics. Upon finding significant effects, odds ratios were calculated. The findings indicate that there are certain pursuit characteristics, including number of units and speed, that significantly increase the likelihood of pursuits resulting in a cost to society including personal injury or property damage.
Published in Justice Research and Policy, Volume 1, Issue 2, Fall 1999, pages 23-41.
Madden, T.J. and Alpert, G.P. (1999). Toward the Development of a Pursuit Decision Calculus: Pursuit Benefits Versus Pursuit Cost. Justice Research and Policy, 1(2), 23-41.
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