Decision Making

Prisoner Steals Patrol SUV and Rams Deputy

 
Two deputies were investigating reports of a stolen vehicle at the end of a rural county road. The deputies arrived and found two cars parked at the end of the road, one of which was reported stolen, with a male and a female subject standing between the cars.

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Suspicious Persons in DMV Parking Lot

 
I was in the parking lot of the local DMV office in the afternoon. I typically patrolled the lot as I came or went from the office due to concern of illegal activities in the lot, such as selling fraudulent identification to get a real driver’s license. I was flagged down by an employee, who said she thought two individuals in a parked car were trying to sell stolen merchandise.

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Officers Nearly Run Over as Suspect Attempts to Flee

 
An anonymous person called 911 to report a man using drugs in a car parked in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The complex was in a high crime neighborhood known for heroin and meth use.

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Arrestee Fights for Control of Officer’s Firearm

 
I was working a commercial sex investigation, and I stopped a female impersonator. This person was very large, and I was trying to make a plan for how to tell him he was under arrest and gain compliance immediately.

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Bad Habits Create Bad Circumstances

 
While working a delayed family disturbance call in a grocery store parking lot, an emergency tone-out sounded over our primary radio channel. Dispatch advised that an unarmed security guard working the exterior night watch at a bank on the outskirts of our town had been shot.

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Officer Shot Responding to Subject Who Was Reportedly Unarmed and Nonviolent

 
At approximately 1630, a woman called 911 out of concern for her son, whom she felt was emotionally disturbed. The mother stated that her son was not armed or violent. Two officers arrived at the scene and made contact with the mother.

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Non-Compliant Subject Drags Officers during Traffic Stop

 
Around 0230, an officer on patrol initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was traveling without its headlights on. The officer utilized a driver side approach and contacted the driver. When the officer asked the driver for his driver’s license, insurance, or any form of identification, the driver replied that he did not have anything with him.

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Wrong Side of the Element of Surprise

 
As a proactive patrol officer on the midnight shift, I routinely used pretextual stops to make DWI and drug arrests. In my assigned area, I often parked on a side street with my lights off to monitor a four-way stop intersection on a state road. Traffic was infrequent on this road during the overnight hours as it passed through several miles of residential neighborhoods.

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Close Call with Vehicle while Responding through Intersection

 
Two officers were responding to a violent assault call for service. The lead officer was passing through an intersection against a red light and failed to clear the intersection.

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Foot Pursuit and Fight with Wanted Felon

 
A deputy observed a male sleeping in a truck parked at a Transit Park and Ride lot. The deputy recognized the male as a felony warrant suspect and requested a second unit to come to his location. The deputy did not wait for backup, however, and opened the driver’s side door of the truck to take the male into custody.

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