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SEP 2017

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PoliceMag.com 15 the loop. It may have to go higher even than them. Don't threaten with arrest un- less it's your last recourse and you have a very good reason to back it up. Even when justified, doing so is never received well in the public eye. Be prepared to justify your actions. As for being blocked in, pay attention to where you park. Stay away from fire res- cue vehicles unless you are part of a stag- ing area. When you arrive, try to antici- pate where they will park their vehicles, and avoid that area. Your best tool in these circumstance is to think ahead. Include it as part of your response decision-making and save yourself a headache. WHAT TO DO AT A CRIME SCENE Fire rescue personnel need to understand that maintaining the integrity of a crime scene is as important as anything they do. Everything they arrive on has the poten- tial to be a crime scene. ey should be mindful and preserve as much as they can. Hopefully through training and ex- perience, they learn best practices with law enforcement in mind. ey also have to realize their observations can be criti- cal to an investigation. At the risk of oversimplification, you need to communicate and get to know who you are working with. Talk to fire res- cue personnel when you are not on a call and tell them what you need during one. If it's not great this time around, maybe you can make it better for the next. Joint training or workshops are a great idea. It seems the only time we train together is in some type of incident command class or the rare joint exercise. During your investigation of the in- cident, make sure you include the fire rescue personnel's names and respond- ing units in your report. Ask them if they disturbed anything in the performance of their duties and have them explain what. Ask them if they heard anything from wit- nesses or anyone they came in contact with. If they are transporting victims, ask them to save any clothing until you or a detective can get to the hospital. In es- sence, all rules of interviewing and evi- dence preservation apply. WITH THEM, NOT AGAINST THEM During my law enforcement career, I had very few problems with fire rescue. When I did, it was handled at the scene, except for one instance. I was the guy who got blocked in between two trucks. I parked behind one of their trucks and never thought that another would pull in behind me. If you work with fire rescue, instead of against them, you will have an easier time. Amaury Murgado retired a senior lieuten- ant from the Osceola County (FL) Sheriff's Office with over 29 years of experience. He also retired from the Army Reserve as a master sergeant. He holds a Master of Po- litical Science degree from the University of Central Florida. garrett.com Tel: 800-234-6151 ® Proudly Made In The USA TRUSTED by law enforcement THD TM Hand-Held Metal Detector (Silent operation with 360˚ detection and pinpointing tip.) Garrett's THD (tactical hand-held) metal detector is the most rugged and compact unit available. Includes holster and built-in LED flashlight. freeinfo.policemag.com/747856

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