Councillor Alastair Majury on M9 Police Training Exercise

Part of the Training Exercise

Motorists on Thursday (5th December) morning had some excitement as part of their usual journey as they witnessed a training exercise by staff from Road Policing Division from Scottish Police College, Tulliallan Castle training college near Falkirk.

On the northbound M9 heading towards Dunblane near the Keir roundabout, what motorists witnessed was part of the pursuit management course, the course’s primary endgame tactic, ‘containment’, by pursuing and confining a target vehicle. The police now prepare for a pursuit before it happens and take control of the situation, bringing it to a conclusion quickly and safely. The police avoid inducing pursuits, but if one does materialise, they give the subject every chance to stop.

Such preparation is orchestrated by a control room, assembling pursuit-appropriate vehicles and drivers when a chase is anticipated by a patrol that’s tailing a suspicious car. The patrol paints a picture of the scene: location, traffic, weather, surface conditions, subject’s manner of driving and speed. The subject is encouraged towards certain roads: quiet, narrow single-carriageways that allow easier containment, or motorways, where one direction of traffic and ample manoeuvring space aid safety and control.

Once the subject takes to the motorway, another unit acts as ‘feeder’ by taking a slip road in plain sight. The subject “takes the feed” and stays on the motorway to avoid him. Then the feeder immediately re-joins via the on-ramp, becoming ‘safety car’ to focus on civilian welfare. If the subject fails to stop when prompted, the control room may choose to authorise pursuit tactics. At this stage, the first patrol car (ideally carrying one officer to use the radio and one to drive) assumes control as operations commander (‘ops comm’), and a pursuit begins.

At the end on the M9 the three police vehicles swooped in to surround the target vehicle, tightening their formation, treating the crash barrier as a fourth wall, until all four vehicles slow smoothly to a halt as one six-tonne, 16-wheeled unit.

Witness and Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:

“Police drivers need to be able to pursue suspects and respond quickly to emergency calls as part of their duty, but it’s not without risk. This includes risks not only for the police and the driver of any pursued vehicle, but for passengers, bystanders and other road users. Pursued drivers bear responsibility for their own actions, but police officers should also consider the risks to the public and only undertake a pursuit where it is safe to do so, and where authorised. The pursuit management course training part of which was witnessed helps ensure that officers make the right decision when weighing up these risks.”

Images from the training

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.




I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

Alastair Majury

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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