POLICE Magazine

NOV 2018

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44 POLICE NOVEMBER 2018 flanking, and directed fire should all be included in your active threat response program. Interior tactics have also changed. No longer can you just run into the building and try to process the information your eyes are observing. You have to decide what mode you're in upon your arrival to the incident. Are you in contact, search, or rescue mode? Is the suspect or threat eliminated? Or is the threat still in the process of committing violence? You must decide what mode you are in and formulate your plan once you make that decision. GOING IN If entry is what you decide to do, there are many ways to complete this task. Some are better than others, and you must seek out those tactics and implement them into your training program. Your OODA loop and just how fast your brain can process what you are actually The Winning Edge seeing has to be factored into the tactics you are employing. e threshold assess- ment is superior for this very reason and can be implemented by any number of of- ficers that enter the facility. No matter if you're a single officer, or a member of a four-officer element, the threshold assessment will give you the time you need to properly process what is in the room prior to entering it, if needed. If you need to enter the room, it is only to clear potential threats that you cannot clear from the threshold. is allows you and your fellow officers to get through the task of room clearing much more efficient- ly and effectively. Hallway movements have gone back and forth as well. If your agency is hap- py with some sort of center of the hall formation and it works with your room clearing tactics, then continue with it. I have found that the students I teach prefer a stack type of formation. It allows better cross-angle coverage, easier room clearing and entry, and it keeps the mass of human beings from the middle of the hallway. e formations are up to you, but work through them all to see what works best for the situation and the terrain you deal with. I have also become a huge fan of the Exterior tactics such as bounding, staggered columns, wedges, peels, flanking, and directed fire should all be included in your active threat response program. PHOTOS: FRANKLIN RAU Many officers prefer a stack type of formation because it allows better cross-angle coverage and easier room clearing and entry. But use what works for your situation.

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