Apprehending Fleeing Suspects

Jack's BookA review of this book originally appeared in the May/June 2005 issue of Air Beat Magazine, Journal of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association. Read the review.

As the tactics and technologies of law enforcement change, so do the tactics being used by criminals to evade capture. Apprehending Fleeing Suspects© was written to provide law enforcement with the knowledge and tools required to safely contain, search, and capture suspects who attempt to flee from the police. This book addresses the trends and tactics criminals are using, and examines proven techniques in how to efficiently and effectively contain and capture suspects on the run. The focus is on whether to chase or contain, how to set up perimeters, management of the incident, search tactics, use of airborne resources, canines, communications, tactical deployment, training, and most importantly debriefing techniques.

Following this, the criteria of the decision to contain, foot pursuit versus containment, responding officers, hiding locations, and training to meet the challenge are discussed, including the need for a team effort from start to finish. This knowledge along with training and practice, gives the advantage to the officer, particularly during critical incidents where the capture of the suspect is paramount.

The foreword was written by a 38 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Deputy Chief Mike Hillmann. Chief Hillmann writes, “This book is one of the most comprehensive and to the point manuscripts that I have had the pleasure to review in my 38 years of law enforcement. Apprehending Fleeing Suspects is the how to, nuts and bolts of field enforcement tactics and is not only focused on suspect apprehension, but on officer safety. A must read for the professional police officer.”

The audience for this book begins with the police, all field personnel from local, state, and federal agencies including the United States Military. This book is an excellent text for academy tactics training. In addition, the book would be an excellent supplementary text in criminal justice college courses on policing, policymakers, and comparative policing.

"After thirty years in law enforcement I realize some instructors and authors operate strictly from an academic background. Jack Schonely has a wealth of quality tactical experience and a desire to share that knowledge. Now law enforcement personnel can read his book or attend his class. I have done both and the experience was fantastic. He should be part of any officer survival program."

Art Ruditsky
Lieutenant, Los Angeles Police Department, Retired

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