Situational Awareness

Suicidal Man Approaches Officers with Knife

 
Four officers were standing outside of their patrol vehicles talking after clearing a traffic stop. A suicidal and possibly mentally ill individual approached them on foot and started whispering. One of the officers heard the man saying, “Kill me.”

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Subject Tries to Disarm Unsuspecting Officer at Gas Station

 
Two officers were exiting a gas station convenience store around 0200. While the officers were exiting, Officer #1 held the door open for a male subject who was approaching the door from outside.

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Deputy’s Vehicle Hit by Train while Responding to Infant in Distress

 
Two deputies in separate patrol SUVs were running code to an EMS call for an infant having difficulty breathing. On the way to the call, both of the deputies were stopped by a slow-moving freight train crossing the tracks in front of them.

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Drunk Driver Almost Strikes Officer during Traffic Stop

 
An officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle for making a left turn on a red light. The vehicles were pulled off to the right shoulder of a 4 lane road, two lanes in either direction. Traffic was light on the road given the time of night.

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Officer Ambushed after Pursuit from DWI Enforcement

 
A patrol officer was working an evening DWI enhanced enforcement program. The officer was positioned to observe an intersection when a pickup truck stopped and then accelerated away, reaching an excessive speed. The officer attempted to catch the white truck, but was unable to do so.

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Teen Pulls Gun as Officers Attempt to Go Hands On

 
Patrol officers were investigating a male subject matching the description of an individual wanted for truancy. The subject was sitting in the back of a car parked on the side of the road in a residential area. The windows of the vehicle were down, so Officer #1 approached the rear driver side door and asked the subject for his name.

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Officer Almost Struck while Tying Boots

 
I was backing up my partner on a traffic stop along a busy stretch of road, parking offset behind his squad car and back about 15 feet. I pulled up behind his squad and briefly made contact with him. He told me he was 10-4 and I could clear if I wanted to. I told him I would stick around because you never know what may happen.

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Officer Investigates Suspicious Teens with Possible Weapon

 
Our patrol officer was on routine patrol on New Years Day and observed several young males walking across a parking lot at a local mall. One of the subjects displayed what the officer thought to be a weapon, but the subjects did not see the officer. The officer drove his vehicle to approach the subjects and activated his in-car camera.

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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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