Situational Awareness

Don’t Fixate on Addressing a Traffic Violation

 
I’m a motor officer with over 10 years of experience in motors. One day at the end of my shift, I was riding home after sundown, and I noticed a vehicle traveling without its headlights activated. The vehicle was ahead of me and one lane to my left.

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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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Biker Bar Booking Gone Bad

 
On an October evening at approximately 2030 hours, several units were dispatched to a biker bar for a fight in progress, weapons involved. We were advised by the watch commander to stage at a location near the bar to assess the real nature of the call and confirm, as best as possible, the number and nature of weapons involved prior to responding to the scene. Fights at the bar were not uncommon, but we were rarely called.

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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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Juvenile Nearly Strikes Officer on Roadway

 
I conducted a late night traffic stop with a fully marked cruiser (front/rear blues illuminated) and a green high-visibility jacket.

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Suspect Reaches for Weapon as Officers Go Hands On

 
An off-duty officer working security at a housing complex spotted a disorderly suspect who was wanted for threatening residents with a handgun, as well as an outstanding bench warrant. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect immediately fled on foot.

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Car Drag Near Miss

 
I observed a suspicious vehicle driving slowly through several alleys. I followed the vehicle briefly and obtained PC for a traffic stop. I approached and spoke with a single white male driver. He gave me his DL and insurance. He seemed extremely nervous.

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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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Suspect Hides and Shoots at Officers Responding to Assault

 
I was dispatched for a suspect reportedly assaulting his neighbor in the driveway of a vacant house. This suspect was known by the department due to many past alcohol and domestic violence related incidents. I had personally arrested this suspect twice on prior cases.

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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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