Friday, February 19, 2010

More Ambush

Ambush is on the rise in the US. If you are concerned about an ambush, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk. Sometimes a suspect will fake a call to try and lure you into a kill zone. Dead end streets are good places for an ambush. Caution is in order when you think there may be an ambush.

Stop before you enter the dead end. Observe the location and look for possible suspects, or even just people who are out of place. Rendezvous with other officers at a parking lot or other open space a few blocks away. Go in with force, so your back up is right there with you.

The other option is to go in quiet. Get out of the patrol car and walk in. Move slowly and move from cover to cover if possible. Stop and observe, think of it almost as a military patrol looking for a sniper, because that is essentially what you are doing. The patrol rifle is a good companion to have with you; that's what the SGT Says.

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