Saturday, June 19, 2010

Rough Neighborhoods

Are America's officers at war?

In some cities the police are almost universally disrespected. When the police show up, a crowd will always gather. They pull out their cameras and cell phone cameras and start taking pictures of everything the officers do at the scene. When something happens, they scream and yell and taunt the police and after the event they will complain about everything that happened.

When faced with policing these types of neighborhoods there are several tactics that can be effective. The first thing to remember is that even in the worst neighborhood in the world there are good people, cowering in the corner, afraid to do anything, but praying that the police will restore order. They are too afraid to help, they have to live there, and they don't belong to a gang or carry a gun.

Go into those areas and bring plenty of back up. Take charge of the scene and do the same good police work that you always do. If you know there is likely a confrontation, bring your own video unit. Suspects and bystanders always show the cops hitting the suspect, but they never capture the suspect hitting the cop first. Make sure you use plenty of verbal commands, and make them clear and concise. Video works against the suspects if the suspects fail to obey your lawful orders, given two or three times prior to your use of force.

Your enforcement should not be any less than in any other area. Often bystanders will double park their cars and yell out the car windows. Write then tickets for blocking traffic, open containers, and don't be afraid to tow cars. Suspects hate to have their cars towed. Some neighborhoods are difficult, but just do the job and you will be fine; that's what the SGT Says.


Texas Ghostrider said...

yes at times it seems like we are at war. I concur with your post. Use loud verbal commands and then act. Do not be afraid and do not show fear. Once you show fear you lose and you will never be respected in the neighborhood. The video camera idea is good, especially with the small video cameras that there is now days. Film the crowd, most don't like that and they will back off. There are the pen video cameras that you can put in your pocket, those are nice to get the candid video of the turd being a turd.

Concord Carpenter said...

Spot on Sgt.

Bob G. said...

Sage advice from a real PRO.

When YOU roll into an area like this, it's YOUR show...NOT THEIRS.

And yes, there ARE good people in those areas (I do speak from 1st hand experience). Only difference is I'm not in the corner cowering.I'll tell it like it is to ANYONE.
They don't like it...THEY can move, NOT me.
My backstory is one of a neighborhood that changed ARUND me. I stayed while so many good folks bugged out.
But my blog speaks to that in depth.

Again, you're right on target - couldn't have said it better.
Have a great Father's Day.
Stay safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

I have had the neighborhood go south on me twice over the years growing up. I lived in the 'hood and then did private security there. Good people will snitch out the crooks when you are alone. They will also feed you and call the cops for you, when things go bad.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bunkermeister,
I also agree with all of this--not that my opinion on LEO procedure is based on experience. I watch some of the videos of confrontations and think we ARE at war.

The good people in the rough neighborhoods (I also have lived in two or more of those) want the police to show in force and they want them to take control.

They will do things to tip the balance for the police, sometimes only out of sight. Because they have to live there.

It may be considered by some as cowardice, but really they are ensuring one less call on their behalf, trying to live in a difficult balance.

Often I wish they'd all stand up. However, the networks in these neighborhoods are extremely complicated. That frequently works to disadvantage in law and order, but sometimes to advantage.

It is well to know in advance, and plan, just as you advise. My amateur two cents.

Ann T.

Bunkermeister said...

It's very hard for an old person, or single woman to stand up to ruthless street gangs. They end up victimized as soon as the police are gone.