Police Pursuit Driving

Policy and Research

  • Geoffrey P. Alpert
  • Cynthia Lum

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Translational Criminology book sub series (BRIEFSTRANSLAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Cynthia Lum
    Pages 1-12
  3. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Cynthia Lum
    Pages 13-27
  4. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Cynthia Lum
    Pages 29-42
  5. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Cynthia Lum
    Pages 43-51
  6. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Cynthia Lum
    Pages 53-60
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 61-68

About this book


Police pursuits, often receiving a lot of media attention, have become a topic of concern and priority for both law enforcement and the communities they serve. They often come with high risks for the well-being of community members and for both the police officers involved in the chase as well as for the fleeing suspects. In this brief, we summarize what is known about police pursuits, from both legal decisions and criminological research. We then discuss the impact of this research on police pursuit policy, court decisions, and media reports. We offer suggestions about the need for more development and use of research, and the challenges for research to be integrated into police policies, training, supervision and accountability systems.


Criminal Justice Administration Evidence-Based Policy Police Organization Police Studies Policing Research Use of Deadly Force

Authors and affiliations

  • Geoffrey P. Alpert
    • 1
  • Cynthia Lum
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminology, Law and SocietyGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA

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