Monday, March 8, 2010

A Tie is Not a Win

An suspect tries to run down some people with his car. Two officers are dispatched to his home to arrest him. One officer is murdered and the suspect is killed by the second officer. A tie is not a win. Two officers were sent to capture a dangerous attempted murder suspect.

One officer had his Taser ready while taking the suspect into custody, yet the suspect was able to draw his gun and fire. A suspect this dangerous should not be approached by only two officers. This type of contact should have been made by at least a dozen or more. He tried to murder people with his car. He has shown poor judgement, and the willingness to attack others in a manner likely to produce death.

A suspect this dangerous is too dangerous not to be confronted by a group of officers. Officers should not walk up to the door and knock. They should surround the house and then phone him. Order the suspect to leave the house with his hands up and prone him out on the lawn. All the while the officers should have had their patrol rifles and shotguns trained on him. Think about the worst case scenario when you respond to a call, and plan for it; that's what the SGT Says.


Momma Fargo said...

Yep, I agree. That is how our department operates.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bunkermeister,
Not in your profession, but the first rule is to protect your people. That's the way I see it, even at a lowly Dairy Queen or upscale shop. The boss has to put his people's safety first.

The boss is also supposed to hold the umbrella that keeps the rain from upstairs off so that staff has an unfettered field to work. Third thing, the boss gets them the tools to do the job.

Well, I had no idea I would write this much. But stuff like this bothers me in principle. And then the good Corporal Searcy died.

It's not just the guys on the ground that have to take proper tactics to heart. It's the people upstairs. Servant leadership.

Thanks for the chance to vent, un-LEO and all.

Ann T.

Protect_and_Serve said...

It's a nice thought but 80% of departments in the U.S. have less than 50 Officers. My department falls into that group and we simply don't have the man power to send more than two Officers to serve a warrant. Most calls are handled by a single Officer. Because this is normal for us, I believe we (small Depts) practice better Offiecr safety because we never get to rely on one, two, or ten back Officers to watch our backs.

Bunkermeister said...

My agency has 36 officers. We use mutual aid and reserve officers to make up for our shortcoming. I understand using two officers to serve a warrant when it is non-violent, but not for a potential attempted murder charge.