Friday, July 10, 2009

Unusual Patrol

While some shifts are back to back to back calls, there are other shifts that are pretty boring. On twelve hour shift my partner and I worked had no dispatches, and we did not observe anything that needed our attention. Those slow shifts can be as challenging in their own way as the busy ones.

When the shift is slow there are some things you can do. Patrol those areas where police cars seldom visit. Drive down those back alleys, cruise the schools, check out the transportation hubs, buses and trains and trucks and any government facilities. Since the usual locations are not giving up any bad guys, then check the unusual places.

The unusual locations may show criminal activities that might otherwise go unnoticed by law enforcement. Homeless people, gangs, tagging crews and other criminal groups may be using those places and since they are not frequently by police may continue their criminal actions undetected. If the usual is not working for you, try the unusual; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

This should be a basic of patrol technique. Vary your routine or the bad guys will know right where to put the ambush.

Bunkermeister said...

After being on the streets for a while it can be easy to fall into a routine. Most of the best training involves back to basics.