POLICE UNDERGO PURSUIT TRAINING TO ENHANCE SPECIALIST SKILLS

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Police on the Isle of Wight have been undertaking specialist training on how to pursue drivers who fail to stop for officers.

A number of response and patrol teams set off from Godshill earlier this morning (Tuesday) in pursuit of a Ford Focus ST – but on this occasion, the vehicle was actually being driven by a highly trained Police officer.

Using a mix of country lanes and fast open roads between Godshill and Chale, Police carried out a pursuit exercise before then practising how to deploy a stinger.

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The training, which is vital to Policing on the Island, was conducted safely but as realistically as possible, as it is important officers can put their skills to use in a live environment.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

“We put a lot of work in to disrupting crime and where necessary we will look to take vehicles off the road, even if this means pursuing a vehicle that will not stop when asked to do so.

“There are not many places to go on an Island…

“If you do try to make off or ditch your car, expect to be followed by a police officer and/or a police dog and/or the helicopter with its heat-seeking, night vision camera. We have various tools at our disposal”.

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Recently, Police were involved in the pursuit of 2 vehicles in East Cowes and Lake. The first was called off on safety grounds and the second ended with a decamp and collision.

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Jiffi
Jiffi
1 month ago

Wow what a load of crud

Good news
Good news
1 month ago

A great idea. Maybe deter a few of the anti-social idiots who use vehicles as weapons and aids to criminal activity. The more the Police catch the better for us all
Go for it.

Miss sensible
Miss sensible
1 month ago

Wow would have loved to be a passenger they are so brilliant the skills needed ooh wow what a buzz that would be .
Total RESPECT for their skills .

Martin Shoebridge
Martin Shoebridge
1 month ago

What the IOW police need is a couple of EVOs and a trials bike- go anywhere.

Ed Down
Ed Down
1 month ago

Does this mean they are going to give chase now instead of just giving up straight away?

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