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Road policing APP contains references to the following: ACPO Speed Enforcement Guidance ACPO (2005) National Call Handling Standards ACPO (2006) Guidance on the Seizure, Retention and Disposal of Uninsured Motor Vehicles/Motor Vehicles Driven by Unlicensed Drivers ACPO (2013) Motorcycle Safety Strategy 2014-2018 ACPO (2010) Guidance/Practice Advice on the Movement of Abnormal Indivisible Loads ACPO (2011) […]

Road policing

Managing incidents, pursuits and investigating road deaths.

Last modified: November 2021

Police pursuits

Road policing

A police driver is deemed to be in pursuit when a driver/motorcyclist indicates by their actions or continuance of their manner of driving/riding that: they have no intention of stopping for the police, and the police driver believes that the driver of the subject vehicle is aware of the requirement to stop and decides to continue […]

Police driving

Road policing

Each year, the police service responds to many incidents or requests for urgent help from the public or police colleagues. Police officers respond to these incidents and requests using different types of vehicle, and are required to negotiate challenging road environments and conditions. Introduction Marked police vehicles, whether being driven in a response mode or at other times, […]

Partner agencies

Road policing

Involving partner agencies in road incidents and deploying their specialist equipment should be considered. Formal partnership strategies should be negotiated, jointly monitored and regularly updated. The police maintain primacy for incidents involving: injury or death criminality threats to public order and safety significant coordination of emergency responders. Forces should identify a minimum level of equipment […]

Management of incidents

Road policing

Forces are responsible for determining the structure and resourcing of their road policing capability so as to enable roads to be policed effectively, based on their strategic aims and targets. Incidents should be managed in accordance with Highways England et al. (2019) CLEAR: Keeping Traffic Moving principles. Decisions should be made in accordance with the National […]

Investigation of fatal and serious injury road collisions

Road policing

The police are the lead agency for collision investigation, and have the primary duty to investigate and establish the circumstances that have led to road deaths and life changing injuries. They must discharge their responsibilities to the coroner, the wider judiciary and family members. The investigation provides an explanation to family and friends of what […]

Disrupting criminality

Road policing

Criminals’ use of roads ranges from minor motoring offences to international organised crime. Forces should use intelligence and enforcement to disrupt criminality. Police may be called to assist with road checks being conducted by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and be associated with national and seasonal campaigns. Powers to stop and seize vehicles […]

Road policing index

Driver training 1 Emergency response 1.1 Speed limits 1.2 Keep left/right signs 1.3 Complying with traffic lights 2 Health and safety 3 Vehicle livery Disrupting criminality 1 Powers to stop and seize vehicles 1.1 Powers to stop vehicles 1.2 Seizing vehicles 2 Arrested persons 3 Dynamic risk assessment 4 Anti-social behaviour 5 Technology 6 Automatic […]