Saturday, August 15, 2015

Two Officers

I often work patrol with a partner.  It's a little different than working alone.  If the two of you work as a team, it's much safer and you can see a lot more of what's going on.  It takes some practice, but it's well worth it.

The driver drives, the passenger navigates and talks on the radio.  That keeps the driver focused on operating the car.  It allows the passenger to contribute, rather than just sitting there.  The passenger also can look to the right as they approach an intersection and warn the driver if it is unsafe to continue.

If there is only one long gun in the vehicle, the one who is best with it should take it, if needed.  If there are two, then each of them should take a long gun as needed.  I like the passenger to get out first on traffic stops.  I actually open the door as the vehicle is stopping.  I get out and approach the vehicle first, while the driver is putting the car in park and adjusting his spotlight; that's what the SGT Says.

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