Monday, July 22, 2013

2 Shootings

Recently LAPD had two shooting incidents in one day.  The first one was an ambush, attempted murder of two police detectives as they were in the station parking lot.  The other was a shooting and barricaded suspect that started with a check on a parolee.  No officers were killed in the incidents.

This is a great reminder that if you are on duty, you are a target.  Even in the station parking lot, even in the station lobby, you have to be aware of your surroundings and be prepared to respond to an attack.  In the ambush LAPD responded two hundred officers to the location to search the neighborhood.  That's a huge number of officers to try and coordinate and control.

In the second incident the officers were inside the suspects home and the shooting started.  The officers returned fire and withdrew.  Again a large number of officers surrounded the building to contain the suspect.  Multiple police shootings on the same day for the same agency.  That requires massive police resources and interagency cooperation.  The time to plan for that is months, even years before it happens; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

LA city has about 3.8 million residents (not counting unknown thousands of illegals) and the LAPD has about 10,000 officers about a third on duty at any given time. So, at about 1 cop for every 1265 residents. Assuming only 5% of the population causes most of the trouble, every Cop has 65 "bad guys" to deal with per shift. The fact that LAPD gets in so few shootings shows their level of training, professionalism, caution, and restraint.

Mike Creek said...

In some parts of LA I think that ratio is about 30%.