Saturday, February 27, 2010

More Chasing

What do you do if you do chase the bad guys? First off, don't lose sight of the bad guy. If they go around a corner, slow down. Pie the corner. Stand off from the corner and move slowly around the corner. A bad guy standing around the corner is in a perfect place to ambush a cop chasing after them. Even an unarmed suspect can clothesline an officer as he blindly runs around the corner.

Keep in mind that when you catch up to the bad guy, you still have to deal with the bad guy. Don't chase so far and so fast that you can't fight if you need to do so when you catch the suspect. A suspect who does not want to go to jail, so badly that he will run from the police, is likely to fight when you catch him. Be ready to deploy your arrest control techniques, and even weapons.

Keep your dispatch informed that you are chasing someone. They need to know where you are and what you are doing. On a foot pursuit it is difficult to run and talk on the radio. It is hard to know exactly where you are when you are running around some big apartment complex at night. Foot pursuits are dangerous, bring plenty of help; that's what the SGT Says.

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