Friday, June 11, 2010

Don't Take Chances

Don't give the bad guys a chance to kill you. Dress well in your uniform, shined shoes, sharp leather gear, clean shaven and well rested and alert. Look like you know what you are doing and you have won half the battle. If you can't shine your shoes, why would a killer think you can shoot?

When you arrive at the scene, take charge. If it is a traffic collision, traffic stop, suspicious person, robbery, or any other incident. People call the police because they can't deal with the problem and they want someone to come and fix it for them. You are a peace officer, restore the peace. Too often officers are murdered because they allow the suspect to run around out of control. They let the suspect get to a gun or other weapon, the fail to control the suspects hands.

When I am on a traffic stop, I make the occupants stay in the car during the whole procedure. It keeps them together and it means they have to move quite a lot in order to make an attack on me or my partner. I check the trunk, and the back seat as well as the floor. Suspects sometimes hide in the trunk or modify the vehicle to shoot out the back. Some suspects are using rear facing cameras now to observe the police on traffic stops. While running the plate and writing the ticket, make sure to observe the occupants. Approach the car the second time, with just as much caution as you did the first time. Don't give the bad guys a chance; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
Many times, citizens fail to realize that an officer is "on scene" to PROTECT...and that means EVERYONE, especially himself/herself (first).
But they are there to protect those being stopped..or even caught in the act.

Everyone gets "equal treatment" unless the situation warrants otherwise.

Besides, you're no good to anyone if someone else is "running the show".

VERY Well said.
Have a safe weekend!

Bunkermeister said...

U2 Bob G.