Sunday, August 2, 2009

2,000 Pound Bullet

Practice, practice, practice. Some actions should be done without thinking. How long does it take you to get out of your police car? How quickly can you get the shotgun out of the rack or the patrol rifle? At the beginning of each shift you should check these weapons to see that you can get them out quickly.

If you conduct a traffic stop and the driver pulls over rapidly and jumps out and starts shooting, what do you do? You have several options. Jump out and return fire with your handgun. Jump out and seek cover behind your unit or some other close location. Stay in the car and return fire. Put the car in reverse and jam the accelerator to the floor. Put the car in drive and jam the accelerator to the floor.

Jump out and return fire, by then the attacker could be at your door. Same problem with seeking cover. Stay in the car and shot out the side window or even through the windshield. The engine block provides some cover but you are a stationary target. Driving backwards could get you out of the kill zone, but driving backwards into traffic may not be a good idea. Driving forwards will put you closer to the attacker, but most people will not stand in front of a car coming right at them; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Not sure if you remember Sarge,but that happened in Long Beach a while back. The cop followed a guy on a bike into an alley. The guy on the bike turned around on the bike and started shooting at the cop. The Officer floored it and tagged the bad guy. Problem solved.

Bunkermeister said...

Thanks for the reminder P&S!