Friday, May 9, 2014

Perimeters

On a major incident it is easy to overlook the physical limitations of the officers involved.  Too often officers sit on a perimeter or work an incident without relief until they collapse from exhaustion, or if the incident explodes they may not be at full alertness to handle the problem.

Everyone should get a ten minute break every hour.  The stress of constant alertness on a perimeter needs relief to keep every officer at his peak.  It's very tiring to stay focused on a closed door for hours at a time, knowing that the suspect might burst out of the door at any moment.  At some point the officer becomes more concerned with going to the bathroom or getting a drink of water than with watching the door.

To do this requires a ratio of one officer for every four or five on the perimeter to give breaks.  He moves into position with the officer and the officer then withdraws to a secure location for a break.  Once his break has ended he then returns to is original location.  Keeping your people sharp is an important task; that's what the SGT Says.

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