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Motor Units Are Resource Multipliers
How To Work With Aviation Units

How To Work With Aviation Units

There is no substitute for some type of aircraft in the air to support your operations. It's imperative that the coordination between ground units and flight crews be seamless and problem free. But this is easier said than done.

June 10, 2017

Barricaded Suspect, Mutual Aid

Barricaded Suspect, Mutual Aid

The suspect has advised that if anyone comes near his mother he "will take them out." You also know the sergeant asking for help uses poor tactics and will count heavily on his personal relationship with the suspect.

February 23, 2016

Hostage Held in Barricaded House

Hostage Held in Barricaded House

The victim advises she has been held captive along with her roommate (who is still at the residence) for a week. She tells you she was let out only to buy groceries. She is terrified. You have about 20 minutes before the suspect starts wondering where she is.

June 18, 2015

Warrant Arrest Runner

Warrant Arrest Runner

You're asked to help arrest a known felon with an active warrant for burglary. Since the suspect is a known runner you have to consider how to limit his mobility, among other things, as you begin your planning.

April 28, 2015

Movement to Contact

Movement to Contact

For us, the purpose of MTC is stop the threat, deny the suspect movement, deny an advantageous tactical position, or collect information to be used in critical next-step decision-making.

November 14, 2013

Quicker Response to Active Shooters

Quicker Response to Active Shooters

Despite its traditional mission, I always thought our motor unit could assume a more tactical posture and play less of a support role, especially when responding to school shootings. Since motors are such a specialized unit, it is easier to pull them off of their primary missions and redirect them whenever necessary.

October 16, 2013

Bringing Back Bicycle Patrol

Bringing Back Bicycle Patrol

The main advantage of using a police bicycle is stealth. Everyone is looking out for sirens in the distance and preparing for police cruisers to roll up. However, unless the bad guys are covering all access points with lookouts, the police bicycle can sneak in through what would ordinarily be considered inaccessible vehicle entry points.

August 12, 2013

Getting the Most Out of K-9 Units

Getting the Most Out of K-9 Units

K-9 teams are considered force multipliers. One K-9 team can do the work of many officers, which frees up officers for other duties. A K-9 team is an effective tool if its use is understood by those that call on them to support their operations.

December 19, 2011

Major Special Events Planning

Major Special Events Planning

Once the event starts, anything can happen. In other words, don't fight Murphy's Law but instead, embrace it as your credo; anything that can go wrong, will. The best time to handle a problem is before it ever starts, so incorporating contingency planning is critical to a successful event.

April 25, 2011