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Title: 10 Things for Patrol

10 Things for PatrolWhen SWAT is on the way.
  • Presented by the Foothills Special Enforcement
    Team (FSET)

First Responder Obligations
  • Its easy to become overwhelmed by events (EOB),
    prioritize what needs to be accomplished first
    based on the circumstances.
  • Active shooter-immediate response
  • Officer/citizen down-requires a rescue plan
  • Hostage Situation-Immediate containment to
    control suspects movement. Formulate a hasty
    rescue plan in case suspect initiates a deadly
    assault on victims.

First Responder Obligations
  • As additional resources arrive, set larger
  • Assign a supervisor to oversee the overall
    effort, who will become Swat's point of contact.
    Ensure they have a solid understanding of what
    the situation is and what goals you are trying to
  • Be mindful that these situations can last many
    hours. Remember to care for the needs of the
    personnel involved.

Types of SWAT Responses
  • Barricaded Suspects
  • Hostage Situations
  • High Risk Search Warrants
  • Executive/Witness Protection
  • Events that require an immediate resource of
    tactical personnel.

Lesson 1Cover and Concealment
  • Vehicle Positioning- Dont park too close or
    directly in front of the location. Be conscious
    of ingress and egress for quick escape.
  • Cover- Start looking for cover from potential
    rifle/handgun fire. Cover is any object that
    will stop a bullet or at least slow it down,
    protecting your vital areas, and not limiting
    your chance to observe the situation and return
    fire if needed.

Lesson 1 (Continued)
  • Example of Cover Brick/stone wall, large tree
    trunks, Engine
  • Example of Concealment Thick hedges, bushes,
    wood, fences, nighttime.

Lesson 2Evacuate Potential Hostages/Neighbors
  • Any person that you can safely get out of area,
    do so immediately.
  • The ultimate goal is to isolate the armed
  • Create a safety zone for SWAT.
  • If situation is too dangerous, advise citizens to
    stay in their homes until the incident is
    resolved or the police can safely remove.

Lesson 3Cover Areas of Escape
  • Good chance the suspects may know SWAT is
  • Tactically cover areas of possible escape.
  • Avoid allowing gunman on the move, setting up an
    ambush from a new position.
  • The goal is to contain/isolate the threat.

Lesson 4Set up a Perimeter
  • Block off areas with crime scene tape.
  • Stop all pedestrian and traffic flow into the
  • Perimeter determined by type of incident and
    weapons involved (handgun, long rifle, etc).
  • Outside of perimeter is for CP and for
  • Inside of tape for SWAT, CNT, and first
    responders until relieved by SWAT.

Lesson 5Pick a suitable staging area
  • The staging area is a safe place where SWAT can
    suit up, get together and prepare strategy.
  • Usually place where CP is located.
  • Area should not be too far from the incident, but
    definitely out of the line of sight of the
  • If the crook can see you, they can shoot at you.
  • The area should be a place to freely go over
    options and plan tactics in a secure environment
    that is large enough to accommodate personnel,
    vehicles, and resources.

Lesson 6Gather Intelligence
  • Talk to friends, family, and neighbors.
  • Try to ascertain if the subject is really armed
    and what type of weapon(s) they have.
  • Gather intelligence (Age, race, clothing,
    home/cellular phone, statements, etc.)
  • Be ready to pass info along to SWAT

Lesson 6Gather Intelligence (Continued)
  • Alcohol/Drugs
  • Suicidal
  • Medication/Mental
  • Talk to Family/Friends
  • Layout of Property
  • Floor Plan
  • Dogs

Lesson 7Keep Lanes of Traffic Open
  • The first officers on scene should transmit over
    the radio to other responding officers safe areas
    to park.
  • Keep a clear path from the staging area to target
  • Numerous types of vehicle may be moving into the
    area (Fire Trucks, ARVs, Ambulances)
  • It may be necessary to remove and transport
    injured officers, hostages, or even the suspect.

Lesson 8Bring order to Chaos
  • Patrol officers are the ones that must deal with
    all the confusion and chaos at a scene.
  • Keep crowd back and out of the way.
  • SWAT has main task of dealing with the
    barricade/hostage/etc, while attention to any
    distractions is patrols responsibility.
  • Patrols coordination is in dire need to deal
    with various new supervisors, new media, fire
    department/paramedics, and the growing audience
    of bystanders.

Lesson 9Know your role
  • When SWAT arrives, brief them as clearly as
  • Use radio and let other patrol officers SWAT is
    arriving and what role they are playing.
  • Let SWAT officers where patrol officers are
  • SWAT may call on you to move people back inside
    their homes, out of the line of sight, or to get
    away from their windows.

Lesson 9Know your role (Continued)
  • Know your limitations.
  • SWAT has heavy ballistic protection, weaponry,
    chemical agents, breaching equipment, and tactics
    to deal with the situation.
  • This is what SWAT trains for!
  • Once the weapons team arrives, your role changes.
    Your new position will most likely be at the

Lesson 10Use your common sense
  • As the crisis unfolds, usually at breakneck
    speed, take a deep breath and plan your actions
  • As the situation develops, you are the first one
    to deal with the danger and make the initial
  • To quote General Patton, A good solution applied
    with vigor now is better than a perfect solution
    applied ten minutes later.
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