Monday, October 26, 2015

Respond Or No?

When trying to determine if you should intervene in an incident carefully assess the risk involved to yourself versus the likelihood of your success.  In an active shooter situation, the shooter will usually flee, surrender, or kill himself when threatened by an armed responder.  In that case, your prompt intervention, even alone, will usually result in stopping the active shooter.

In a gang fight of dozens of gang members fighting each other in the street, they will often turn against the officer rather than flee.  It may be better in that case to make your presence known by the use of siren, air horn, and lights from a safe distance, instead of jumping out of your car and rushing in to stop the fight.

If you can't be effective in an incident, then use your time to coordinate and wait for back up.  That is more important then rushing in without enough manpower to do the job, only to get yourself hurt.  Then you become part of the problem; that's what the SGT Says.

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