It is so important to me that I provide the best possible care for my patients, to improve their overall health with the goal of restoring them to their pre-acute illness condition. My job is demanding, but restoring patients to their baseline health provides me with great pleasure and fulfillment. I take my inspiration from […]
By Officer David Pienta I remember the first time I had someone run from me on a traffic stop. I was still a rookie. I was partnered up with a full-time deputy, waiting for my FTO training to begin formally. It was a clear night. My partner was driving. The department’s chase policy was not to […]
Life can change in an instant. One day, I’m married to a beautiful, healthy man named James “Awesome” Williford, and the next minute, he’s gone, killed instantly by a police chase. What? How does this happen? What exactly happened? Chaos ensues, and I am catapulted into a world of darkness and despair. James is gone […]
If you are not familiar with the term PIT, it stands for Precision Immobilization Technique. The first large law enforcement agency to teach PIT as a technique to halt fleeing vehicles was the Fairfax County (Virginia) Police Department, which modified the program for police use. The video below shows a PERFECT example of the PIT being […]
We watch movies and video games that glorify the ultimate police chase. Everyone is on the edge of their seats hoping the protagonists ditches the police, dodges the busy streets and comes out victorious! It’s simple, in Hollywood movies, video games, simulations, etc. you can always walk away. In real life, police chases often end […]
PursuitSAFETY is fortunate that David agreed to blog for us. He, too, wants to save lives. David represents many in law enforcement who sign up for this challenging profession to help people in their time of need. He has worked in the criminal justice industry for eleven years as an application developer and has served […]
After a number of fatal police chases in New Zealand resulting in the loss of one or more innocent victims, the world is starting to question whether or not police need to change their pursuit policies? Retired Police Captain, Tom Gleason of Tallahassee, Florida, helps us answer this question during a New Zealand podcast. Gleason […]
By Officer David Pienta We all want to get the bad guy. We want to make the arrest. We want to be first on the scene. However, in this video of an officer-involved chase/shooting, I see a lot of things done wrong. If the decision is made to continue with the pursuit, we can not afford […]
Brenda never bragged about all she did for PursuitSAFETY, so I will do that now. The phone rang one morning, and it was clear the caller lived in the South. I noticed her determination to keep Steven’s life in the forefront so others would not have to endure the same pain caused by an unnecessary police response call.
If only we had more law enforcement officers like Larry Trent, director of the Illinois State Police. He not only has the insight to understand the issues PursuitSAFETY is bringing to the public’s attention, he has the courage and ability to call for a stop to a behavior that has cost too many precious lives already. If we had such a “top cop” in my state of Alabama, my son Steven might still be with me.