Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seated In the Patrol Car

A civilian found an officer dead of gunshot wounds, seated in his patrol car.  The officer had been investigating a shots fired call in the area along with other officers.  There were empty shell casings outside the patrol car.

If possible, don't let people walk up to your patrol car.  It's a very dangerous position for you to be in because it's hard to get your gun out and it's hard to move away to cover.  The car door and car window are poor cover.

If you have to stop your car and work on paperwork, consult your map or otherwise look down for a few minutes, try and do so where you can see around you and see people approaching you.  If someone walks towards you either drive away or get out of the car.  If you have to look down, then look up every few seconds so you are not surprised; that's what the SGT Says.

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