Low-Light Conditions

Warm Breaths on a Frozen Night

 
The night was chilly, maybe high 20s. I had been on shift for about three hours at the time of the incident. My eight-officer patrol team was manned by newer officers with a high drive. Officer safety was more of an idea we knew existed somewhere else.

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Passing Car Crashes into Officer’s Door on Traffic Stop

 
I was conducting a night time traffic stop on the right shoulder of a major divided highway in my jurisdiction. As I prepared to exit my patrol vehicle after finishing the citation, I checked my mirror quickly to make sure there were no cars approaching in the lane next to me (the right lane).

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Missing Information Leads to Identifying Wrong Person as Threat

 
I was out on patrol with my K-9 partner when I was dispatched to a burglary in progress. The dispatcher noted that the reporting party was the next-door neighbor who was watching the house. Upon arrival, I entered the house with my K-9 through the front door that was ajar.

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Driver Pulls Concealed Handgun as Officers Attempt Arrest

 
A patrol officer conducted a nighttime traffic stop on a driver operating a motorized scooter. The officer knew the driver from previous encounters, and he knew the driver had a suspended license for a prior DWI. The officer contacted the driver and explained to him again that his license had been suspended and he cannot be operating any motor vehicle on the roadway.

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Officers Nearly Ambushed in Construction Site

 
Another patrol officer got a call for a suspicious vehicle in a construction site at the beginning of our midnight shift. Staff at a restaurant connected to the site thought it was odd that the vehicle was there so late, as there was no construction going on. As my co-worker started heading to this call in his zone, I decided it sounded suspicious enough that I would respond with him.

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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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Prisoner Escapes Patrol Vehicle and Attempts to Ambush Pursuing Officers

 
My partner and I stopped a possible DUI driver for a red-light violation. There was a male driver and a female passenger. My partner performed a DUI investigation, which seemed to be routine.

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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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Officer Nearly Struck while Running to Stop Fight in Progress

 
While directing traffic at a sporting event, officers observed a fight breaking out across a busy 5-lane road. Instinct kicked in to get to the fight and stop it. The two officers ran across the street through traffic.

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Almost Struck during Traffic Control at Crash Scene

 
I was directing traffic around a crash scene. An ambulance was partially blocking the travel lane. I did not have a traffic vest on and I was in a dark uniform. It was dark out and it was snowing.

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