Police take to runway for PIT refresher course - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police take to runway for PIT refresher course

SPOKANE, Wash. - It wasn't airplanes but police cars speeding down the runway of Deer Park Airport today. The Spokane Police Department is in the process of testing and re-certifying officers to perform PIT maneuvers when chasing suspects in cars.

Police say PIT stands for Pursuit Immobilization Technique and can be used to spin a suspect vehicle and confuse the driver long enough for officers to intervene.

Officers are required to be certified by the department before they are allowed to perform the maneuver on the street.

"There are people in the department who are not allowed to do PIT because it's a finesse technique," said Craig Bulkley of the Spokane Police Department. "We don't want damage done to the violator's cars, we don't want damage done to the police cars."

Department authorities started by certifying drivers who have not received training before.

"We have had people on the department for three years who haven't had the ability to come out and be trained yet," said Bulkley.

Officers who have previously been certified will be re-tested in May.

Bulkley says certification lasts 3 years and drivers need to be re-tested after that.

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