Sunday, June 19, 2011

Unusual Response

It is impossible to train officers to deal with every different situation they will face in the field. Situations change from moment to moment and each incident is unique. When faced with an unusual use of force situation, consider some outside the box thoughts. You agency probably has the Taser, bean bag shotguns, batons, long riot batons, OC spray, ballistic shields. Consider if any of these may be useful. Some agencies have other resources like police dogs, Pepper Balls, rubber bullets and other devices. Perhaps a call for mutual aid could be in order.

I have seen officers use equipment from the fire department to subdue a suspect. Officers had a suspect standing near a building wall with a knife in his hand. They took a twelve foot long ladder and two officers pinned the suspect to the wall with the ends of the ladder. Other officers could then move in and subdue him. I have also known of officers using a fire hose to blast a suspect off his feet. A fire hose can be very dangerous and so needs to be used with caution.

In any of these types of situations it is important to do several things. First, devise a plan of action and brief your people on what to do to implement the plan. Next, don’t be in a hurry unless there is immediate threat to human life. Don’t be afraid to back off or revise the plan if it is not working. Try and have plenty of help available so you can implement the plan. Make certain that one person is in charge so everyone does not give commands to the officers and the suspect. Unique situations often require a unique solution, that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

Nice to know that NECESSITY is STILL the mother of "invention".

Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Your brain is your best weapon.