Situational Awareness

Maintain Situational Awareness to Prevent an Ambush

 
At approximately 04:00, I was dispatched to a report of an assault on campus. The location of the assault was at an apartment complex on the main campus, but it was not accessible by the main campus road. As I was responding, I had to drive through a moderately wooded portion of the road immediately before the parking lot of the area I was called to.

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“Routine” Business Check

 
I was checking businesses in a strip mall, after one of the businesses had reported being burglarized three times in the previous two months. I found the back door to that business unlocked, and I set off the alarm when I opened the door.

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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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Officers Surprised by Suspect during Shots Fired Call

 
Officers received a call for shots fired in the area. They responded to a house for a disturbance involving the individual who fired the shots. Officers were checking the yard while another officer went to the front door to meet the complainant. One officer observed the suspect in the corner of the back yard.

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Handgun Missed on Multiple Patdowns

 
An officer [with a local police department] conducted a traffic stop for a minor traffic violation. There were two occupants in the vehicle. Upon contact, the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and was immediately backed up by a state trooper.

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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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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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Accidental Discharge of Firearm during Foot Pursuit of Burglary Suspect

 
Officers responded to a male subject reportedly involved in a series of burglaries. When officers confronted the subject, who was carrying a 50 inch flat screen TV in his hands, the subject threw the TV at officers and fled on foot.

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