13.030 - Emergency Vehicle Operations

Effective Date:  11/21/2012


1.   Defining Emergency response

Emergency Response: When an officer operates an authorized police vehicle in a manner that is substantially outside of a normal traffic pattern.

2.   Officers May Drive in an Emergency Response Only When the Need Outweighs the Risk

The preservation of life is the highest priority.  Criminal apprehension and the preservation of property are secondary.

Misdemeanor or property crimes generally do not justify an emergency response.

3.   Officers Shall Use Emergency Lights and Siren for Emergency Response -See RCW 46.61.035

4.   Officers Are Responsible for the Safe Operation of Their Police Vehicle

Officers are not relieved of the obligation to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons.  Officers shall drive no faster than reasonably necessary to safely arrive at the scene.

5.   Officers Shall Not Escort Private Vehicles in an Emergency Response