Monday, April 18, 2011

Deputy US Marshall Killed The US Marshall Service is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. They often are sent to recover fugitives from the Federal court system. These are often some of the most dangerous criminals faced by law enforcement. The past year has not been a good one for the US Marshall Service, they have lost several officers.

When making a raid on a location to serve an arrest warrant, proper planning is essential. The first issue is to make sure you have enough people to make the raid. You need to cover all exits and have enough officers to deal with any situation. Have the paramedics standing by in case someone is injured. Any dynamic entry can result in injury to an officer or a suspect just by the nature of crashing into a door and perhaps deploying a flash bang and rushing into a property. If nothing else, people stumble over furniture, or have to force suspects into a prone position to handcuff them. Minor injuries can be treated on scene by paramedics and you can avoid a trip to the hospital.

At least one member of the team either making entry or near the entry point should be at least an EMT and should have medical supplies on their person to provide immediate treatment to any injuries. Prompt, even immediate treatment to injuries often means the difference between life and death. Most gunshot wounds are survivable and rapid treatment is a major key to that. Dispatch should know you are planning an entry and there should be an evacuation plan to get the injured to the emergency room. Hope for the best and plan for the worst; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Amen to that.
Always bad to hear about a raid gone wrong.

STay safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Too little planning, too much hurry, too much pride often presage a raid gone wrong.