Sunday, February 28, 2010

Plan To Survive

Officers were serving a search warrant on a suspect who had been firing random gunshots. This is a very dangerous suspect. A search warrant on a known armed suspect requires tremendous planning and a lot of resources to do correctly. The officers involved have to look at the worst case scenario and be ready if the suspect meets you with a hail of gunfire.

Observe the location with undercover officers for a time. A suspect like this might be best taken when he is not inside his house. Wait until he leaves to go to the supermarket or to work. A simple traffic stop can catch him off guard and away from his arsenal, away from cover and away from others who may fight alongside him.

If you need to take him in his home because you are serving a search warrant, rather than an arrest warrant, be ready for an attack. Take plenty of help. If you have an armed suspect, have a SWAT team make initial contact. If you don't have a SWAT team, make contact with plenty of officers, including some with patrol rifles. Plan on the worst, plan to survive the worst; that's what the SGT Says.

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