Urgent duty driving and pursuits
ACT Policing officers and Special Constables in the ACT (NSW Police) must abide by Australian Federal Police (AFP) protocols when it comes to urgent duty driving and pursuits.
This includes complying with the AFP National Guideline on urgent duty driving and pursuits, which outlines the criteria in which AFP officers are authorised to engage in pursuits as well as an initial and on-going risk assessment required in order to pursue a fleeing driver.
The pursuit of a fleeing driver:
- will not be authorised in ordinary circumstances for traffic and property offences;
- will be limited to circumstances where there has been or is, an immediate or ongoing risk to life or serious injury posed by occupant/s of the fleeing vehicle, and
- may only be conducted where the risk posed by pursuing the fleeing driver is less than the risk posed to the community by not attempting to immediately apprehend the driver and/or occupant/s.
Part 3.17 of the National Guideline details governance in the event of cross border pursuits.
In April 2014 the Chief Police Officer for the ACT established a working group and approved terms of reference to conduct a review of police pursuits conducted by ACT Policing in the ACT.
The review was completed in 2015 and later provided to Cabinet to inform the drafting of legislation to underpin the introduction by ACT Policing of a limited pursuit policy that came into effect on 18 March 2016.
At the commencement of the pursuits review the Chief Police Officer for the ACT Rudi Lammers undertook to release the review publically and subsequently the Review of police pursuits conducted by ACT Policing in the Australian Capital Territory is now available.