Policy on Vehicle Pursuits _ Rahway, New Jersey

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Rahway Police Department

Course Summary

It is the policy of the Rahway Police Department to utilize procedures that are consistent with those provided by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Guidelines and the Union County Prosecutor.

Citizen and Officer safety is the paramount consideration. Because it is impossible to anticipate every possible circumstance, this SOP is intended to serve as a guide for police officers in the use of discretion regarding matters relating to vehicular pursuit.  

Rigorous compliance with this SOP should help to mitigate life-threatening situations for members of this department and the citizenry at large, and should help sustain the general health, safety, and welfare of the community. 

Throughout this training it is critical to remember the Standard of Care Provision NJSA 39:4-91 which sets forth the following:  “… This section shall not relieve the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall it protect the driver from the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others.”

This training covers:


Officer Decision Making Process

Pursue or Not Pursue

Eluding the Police

Pursuit on Foot

Using Firearms

Conditions Where NO Pursuit Will be Conducted 

Role of Secondary Units

Techniques of Pursuit and Stopping a Vehicle




Course Syllabus

  • Rahway Vehicle Pursuit S.O.P.

    • Introduction to Vehicle Pursuits S.O.P.
    • To Pursue or NOT to Pursue
    • Eluding and Initiating a Pursuit
    • Pursuit on Foot and Use of Firearms
    • Termination of Pursuit
    • Vehicles and Techniques
    • Roadblocks
    • Supervisors
    • Pursuit and Jurisdiction Boundary
    • Reports
    • Crash Investigation and S.O.P. Pursuit Rules
    • Headquarters' Responsibility
    • Module Assessment