What's your opinion on PIT maneuvers? Does your agency authorize them? Do you think every agency should be allowed to do this? Or is it too dangerous?
They are not too dangerous if done properly. Unfortunately all too often we see cops attempting to do it at too high of speeds and having never been trained on how to do it. That is a recipe for disaster. Some cops obviously don't even understand what is and what isn't a PIT. It is not ramming, especially from behind!
My agency does allow them but only at speeds under 40 mph. Anything higher than that would need to be a situation which justifies the use of deadly force. We have had great success and train every Patrol/Traffic officer on how to do it properly.
It is a great tool for ending pursuits and every agency should allow and train for it in my opinion.
I feel that the PIT maneuver is a great tool to have to put an end to a dangerous situation. Only trained officers are allowed to PIT. PIT can only be done at speeds of 40 mph or less (unless deadly force is justified).
A semi-related note, what about the Police rated Chevy Tahoes? Can they/should they be used to PIT? Comments?