Vallejo Police Department Releases First-Ever Vehicle Pursuit Analysis Report

Vallejo Police Department Releases First-Ever Vehicle Pursuit Analysis Report

The Vallejo Police Department has recently published its inaugural vehicle pursuit analysis report, providing a comprehensive examination of pursuit data collected through the department’s BlueTeam software in 2023. The report aims to strike a balance between the necessity of apprehending criminals in Vallejo and the potential risks posed to officers, suspects, and the public during pursuits.

According to the report, the VPD conducted a record-high 197 vehicle pursuits in 2023, representing a 33 percent increase from the previous year. This surge can be attributed to various factors, including the implementation of Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) camera technology in Vallejo and the prevalence of large sideshow street activities.

Out of the 197 pursuits, 41 incidents (21 percent) resulted in collisions. Among these, 27 concluded with property damage only, 13 involved injuries, and one ended in a fatality. Speed was identified as the primary collision factor in 34 out of the 41 accidents, followed by unsafe turning in four cases.

Of the 41 pursuits resulting in accidents, 24 initially appeared to involve felony offenses, while 11 appeared to be misdemeanor crimes, and six were vehicle code infractions. Notably, 36 of these pursuits resulted in felony arrests.

Weather conditions during the pursuits were predominantly clear, with 36 incidents occurring under such circumstances. Four pursuits took place during cloudy weather, and only one occurred in rainy or wet conditions.

The analysis revealed that stolen vehicles accounted for 37 percent of pursuits, while reckless driving accounted for 34 percent. The majority of pursuits (66 percent) occurred between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m., with weekends being the most common days for pursuits to take place.

In 2023, pursuits were called off 49 percent of the time, either due to concerns for public safety or when officers lost sight of the suspect. Of the 97 pursuits terminated, 38 were halted for public safety reasons, and 59 were discontinued after officers lost visual contact.

Based on the findings, the VPD has launched the 2023 Pursuit Collision Reduction Initiative, aiming to reduce pursuit-related collisions by 20 percent in 2024. The department plans to adopt an evidence-based and data-driven approach to achieve this goal.

Vallejo Police Department officials emphasized the importance of considering high-risk factors, such as pursuing on weekends, officer tenure, speeding, erratic driving, and pursuits involving felony suspects when deciding whether to continue a pursuit. Supervisors and managers are urged to reflect on these factors to mitigate the number of collisions in the upcoming year.

Author: CrimeDoor

1 Response

  1. Great post! I’m really interested in learning more about the findings from the Vallejo Police Department’s vehicle pursuit analysis report. Could you please expand on some of the key points or insights highlighted in the report?

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