Monday, May 4, 2009

Have A Plan

Sometimes police work can be slow. Driving around with little traffic on the streets and no calls coming over the radio. That's a good time to develop plans. Think about what you would do and say in various situations that could happen in your beat. If the bank got robbed, if there was a liquor store hold up in progress, a shooting in an alley, an active shooter at the high school.

Where would you deploy, what other units would you need, what would you say on the radio? Think it over as if it were happening, from start to finish. How many units would it take to secure your local high school on a Tuesday afternoon? Where would you get them? What resources are available? Is there a SWAT team, K-9s, helicopters? How many patrol cars could arrive in one minute, five minutes, ten minutes, an hour? What would you do in those time increments?

Can you locate a command center near potential trouble spots in your beat? Low income housing, rowdy bars, and schools? Are there political or terrorists targets in your beat? Abortion clinics, Muslim or Jewish centers, power plants, Federal buildings are all potential terror targets. Are there transportation hubs, buses, trains, airports that may be disaster scenes due to a crash or terror attack? Think about how you would respond to the potential incidents in your beat, a poor plan is better than no plan; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Police work has been described as 90% bordom and 10% terror. If we spent 90% of our time planning for the 10% it would be a lot less terrifying when it happened.

Bunkermeister said...

Quite so!