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09-22-2006, 02:00 #1
The Ten Deadly Errors
Iâ€™m sure that a lot of the members on this board have probably seen this or something similar like it before but for those of you who have not I figured this was the perfect place to post it. Good Luck!
THE TEN DEADLY ERRORS
10 Deadly Sins 10 Deadly Errors of Law Enforcement or Police work
1. LACK OF CONCENTRATION: If you fail to keep your mind on the job while on patrol or carry home problems into the field, you start to make errors. It can cost you and your fellow officers their lives.
2. TOMBSTONE COURAGE: Just what it says, if time allows wait for backup. There are very few instances where you should try and make a dangerous apprehension unaided.
3. NOT ENOUGH REST: to do your job you must be alert. Lack of sleep or being sleepy can endanger yourself, the community and fellow officers.
4. TAKING A BAD POSITION: Never let anyone you are questioning or about to stop get in a better position than you are. THERE IS NO SUCH ANIMAL AS A ROUTINE STOP!!!
5. NOT HEEDING DANGER SIGNS: As a cop you will get to recognize "danger signs". Movements, strange cars, warnings that should alert you to watch your step and approach with caution. Know your beat and watch for what is out of place.
6. FAILURE TO WATCH THE HANDS OF A SUSPECT: Is he or she reaching for a weapon or getting to smack you? WHERE ELSE CAN A KILLER STRIKE FROM, BUT FROM THEIR HANDS!!!!
7. RELAXING TOO SOON: YES, the rut of false alarms are accidental or whatever. Still, observe the activity. NEVER take any call as routine or just another false alarm. It could be your ass on the line.
8. IMPROPER HANDCUFFING: Once you have made the arrest, handcuff the prisoner CORRECTLY! See that the hands that can kill you are safely secured.
9. NO SEARCH OR POOR SEARCH: There are too many places to hide a weapon that if you fail to search you are guilty of committing a crime against other officers that will have contact with your prisoner. Many people carry weapons and are able and ready to use them on you. Never assume that the next guy or the jailer will do a "GOOD" search.
10. DIRTY OF INOPERATIVE WEAPON: Is your sidearm clean? How about the bullets? Did you clean your weapon since the last range? Or have you even shot or practiced drawing your weapon recently? Can you hit your target in a combat situation? You must practice faithfully and religiously.
* Remember to practice safe gun handling at all times when cleaning or drawing for practice. Also, remember the 1 + 1 rule, if you find one weapon during a search, there is another, or if there is one suspect, there is another. NEVER STOP WHAT IFING!
09-22-2006, 12:11 #2
Great post, Ryan. All stuff no one can hear too many times when working in LE."All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." -Edmund Burke
"Society prepares the crime; the criminal commits it." -Chinese proverb
09-22-2006, 13:45 #3Officer
- Join Date
- Jan 2001
For us old dinosaurs, there was film of these sins made by
Motorola and show to us at the academy.
There is also a book about them out there.