Monday, September 12, 2011

More Kansas City

If you have to move a dangerous, high profile prisoner, don’t take chances. Set up a safe corridor between any transfer points. That means an area that is as secure as you can make it between buildings and vehicles. Officers should be stationed with the suspect, and at your vehicle and several places in between. You also should have a overview officer, that is, someone who can lay off and observe as much as the route as possible and intervene with direct fire. Essentially a sniper team on a roof who can see the whole scene and provide cover fire if needed.

All officers should be armed and there should be a team that is heavily armed with tactical body armor, helmets and patrol rifles. There should be an exit plan and alternate routes to follow if there is any disruption. The prisoner should be shackled, not simply handcuffed. The timing of the move should be confidential as much as possible. Any vehicle movement should consist of at least three cars, with the suspect in the middle vehicle.

Uniformed officers in marked vehicles can clear intersections and other traffic, at least in the initial stages of vehicle traffic. An armored vehicle for transportation is also a good idea. It is part of the responsibility of the officers to safeguard the life of the prisoner even if they are unsavory. Plan for an ambush, transfer points are the most vulnerable spots, that’s what the SGT Says.

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