Scene Size Up / Assessment

Take Full Advantage of Time before Going Hands-On

 
My partner and I were dispatched for a domestic complaint where a husband had physically assaulted his wife. My partner and I had been working a two-person car for about two years. We arrived on scene and met the wife outside of their apartment. She said her husband was inside, had been drinking, and had physically assaulted her.

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Domestic Suspect Could Have Ambushed Officers at Any Time

 
We were sent to a domestic in a small studio apartment. My partner was talking to the female and I stood cover. The female said the male subject had left the scene.

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Pre-Planned Ambush Foiled at Fair

 
I was working at the county fair when I was flagged down by a concerned citizen. She stated there was an intoxicated male sitting on the back of my patrol unit and gave me a description. I went into the parking area and saw a white male sitting on my patrol unit.

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Shootout with Kidnapping Suspect

 
At 0445, one of my patrol officers was on patrol in a supermarket parking lot and noticed a vehicle backed up near one of the doors with a subject inside the vehicle screaming and acting very agitated. The officer called it into dispatch, and I responded to the call.

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Never Assume the Scene is Secure, Even if You’re the 5th Officer on Scene

 
Two of my partners were riding two-man one night and stopped a car for a brake light violation. When they walked up to the car, they smelled the odor of marijuana and had the occupants exit the vehicle while they performed a search. The officers keyed up on the radio saying they had 5 detained.

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Staggering Drunk Conceals Firearm

 
I stopped and arrested a staggering drunk in a parking lot. As I searched him, he leaned up against and partly over the hood of my car. He also kept squirming, so I had a hard time with the search, especially around the crotch. I thought, “Whatever.”

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Murder Suspect Nearly Stopped

 
I work at an agency that borders another state. We have a major interstate highway that runs north/south through the middle of our jurisdiction. One night last June, I was driving down the interstate looking for traffic violations, and I observed a white mid-2000’s Chevy vehicle in front of me going 5 MPH below the posted speed limit.

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Officer Shot on EMS Call at Transit Center

 
Fire, EMS, and police responded to a medical emergency at a bus terminal around 1730 for a 47-year-old male who was arriving on a bus from out of the area. Initial call notes indicated the man was having a seizure.

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Officers Ambushed Responding to Shooting Inside Local Business

 
Officers responded to a report of shots fired inside a local business. The first two arriving officers immediately entered the building, having information on an active shooting.

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Trooper Hit while Helping Stranded Motorist in Inclement Weather

 
A state trooper stopped to assist a motorist stranded on the side of a busy state highway. Weather conditions were poor with heavy rain, ice, sleet, snow, and high winds, causing poor visibility. While the trooper was talking to the motorist outside of the motorist’s vehicle, the trooper’s patrol SUV was struck from behind, forcing the patrol vehicle into the trooper and the motorist.

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