Kansas Speedway hosts Lenexa Police Department Training

Just like race teams practice at Kansas Speedway, the Lenexa Police Department held their own practice at the facility on May 20.

The entire department practiced the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), which is a restrictive precision policy that will be used when an officer needs to chase another car for safety reasons.

“By matching up your front bumper with the car in pursuit, the car can be turned 180 degrees,” said Lenexa Police Captain Tom Hongslo.

This maneuver is designed to reduce danger for both police officers and the general public. Master Police Officer Gale Swihart said that practicing the maneuver is simple.

“A couple of touches on each side so you know where to strike the vehicle, and then turn your wheel,” said Swihart.

Once implemented, Swihart believes this will be an effective policy because it will allow police officers to safely stop a car being pursued without damaging either vehicle.

“You have full control of the situation, and they are not able to get away from you,” said Swihart.

Swihart also emphasized that when using the PIT maneuver, an officer must be aware of his or her environment and surroundings, taking into account the size of the car in pursuit and possible obstacles.

The PIT maneuver should start being used by the Lenexa Police Department in the next few weeks, pending finalization of the policy.

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