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Pursuit Immobilization Training for Pasco Police

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Several Pasco officers were out at Hanford's HAMMER training facility on Saturday. Officers were learning how to stop a car chase quickly and safely.

Officers say they first have to match the speed of the car they're chasing, which in this case was a white car. They did that at 20 to 35 miles per hour.

Once the officer matches the speed, they can bump the car. This makes the car spin and come to a stop.

"For a long time we were taught that contact between vehicles is basically lethal force, this is not hitting this is a gentle technique we use, the longer the pursuit goes on the longer the chances are that someone's going to get hurt," said Kevin Erickson, Emergency Vehicle Operation Instructor.

Erickson says inside each car there's always an instructor. Other than Pasco police, Washington State Patrol is the only other agency in the Tri-Cities trained in the technique.

In eastern Washington, Spokane is the only other city where the technique is used.