A vehicle pursuit is an event involving one or more law
enforcement officers attempting to apprehend a suspected or actual violator of
the law in a motor vehicle while the driver is using evasive tactics, such as
high-speed driving, driving off a highway or turning suddenly and failing to
yield to the officer’s signal to stop.
The decision to engage in a pursuit to immediately apprehend a fleeing individual requires a careful weighing of the risks to the safety of officers,
motorists, bystanders, and the public versus the benefit to public
The Oakland Police Department documents all pursuits
conducted by its officers and tracks relevant information for each pursuit to
include; if the pursuit resulted in a death, injuries, property damage, and the
initial violation the subject vehicle was believed to be involved in.
Injuries for pursuits range from minor complaints of pain up to severe injury or death, and can include injuries sustained by the officer, the pursued individual, or an uninvolved community member. Property damage includes damage, however slight, to any of the involved vehicles, uninvolved vehicles, or any other type of property (i.e. light pole, fence, etc.).