Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Power Patrol

When power goes out there are several police challenges that should be addressed. While the regular telephones will continue to work, many people have cordless phones that don't work without electricity. That means that some people may not be able to call the police. It will be dark and people may trip and fall. People will use candles and that may lead to fires.

Alarm systems may send in false alarms and low power alarms. This can tie up police units responding to bogus calls. Burglars may take advantage of the power outage to burglarize stores and home, knowing the police will be busy and that alarms, security cameras and phones may not be working.

Power outages must be handled as an emergency. Reserves and off duty officers should be called in to help with the call load. Units should extra patrol the affected area. They should watch for citizens flagging them down or suspicious people who don't belong in the area. Police supervisor should keep in touch with utility company representatives to keep informed of the duration of the power outage. Lights off, cops on; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
I know full well about alarm system "falsing",,,LOL.

And a lot of people either aren;t USED to such occurances, or are just uneducated about HOW to handle it until the lights come back on.

EVERYONE neds to have a plan...that makes it easier for all citizens involved, and the police can concentrate far better on the more immediate situations as a result.

Good post.

Bunkermeister said...

Be ready to survive for two weeks at home without electricity, food, water, or any outside help. Every American should plan to do this.