“Ten Deadly Errors”
What I am writing should NOT be perceived as police officers being criticized after being killed or injured.
It is the examination of their actions. The examination of their tactics may save other police officers from being killed or injured. A very high percentage of police officers killed or injured in the line of duty commit one or more of the “Ten Deadly Errors”. The “Ten Deadly Errors” are listed below.
Please remember that a police officer has to make only one of these errors to be killed or injured. In some cases these errors do not apply when a police officer is injured or killed. An example of this would be the Las Vegas police officers being shot and killed while have lunch. Or a police officer who is killed by a person driving the wrong way on a freeway or highway off ramp.
TEN DEADLY ERRORS
1. Sleepy or asleep
2. Fail to handcuff
3. Taking a bad position
4. False assumption
5. Relaxing to soon
6. Poor or no search
7. Failure to recognize danger signals
8. Tombstone courage
9. Failure to watch the hands
In deadly police encounters, frequently training does not take into account “Hormonal Induced Stress” that occurs in life and death situations. (see and Google Below)
Stress Effects on Heart Rate and Perceptual & Motor Deficits http://www.wildlandfire.com/docs/2004/stress_heart.htm The fear-related stress hormone … were brainstorming
correlations between fear-induced stress, … Some really good books by Lt Col Grossman are On …
Keeping the above information in mind; a critical examination of RCMP training and equipment must be examined. Deadly encounters where multiple RCMP members are killed and the shooter survives and escapes, cannot be explained away by simply saying ” The police officers were ambushed”. “The shooter was a brutal killer”. Immediate access to effective proper firearms and vehicles should be a priority. This is not the case in the RCMP which has come to light in Moncton and Mayerthorpe.
Could poor equipment, poor supervision, poor moral, poor tactical training, and political optics, in active shooting encounters, play a part in the sad outcome of these deadly situations?
Could the performance bonus, if still being paid to Commissioned RCMP Officers be better spent on equipment and training for front line officers?
Yes, we have to mourn police officers deaths; but we also have to examine why police officers are losing these deadly encounters.
SOMEBODY KILLED A POLICEMAN TODAY:
“Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of Canada died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The area that he worked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he’d gone off to war.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie’s side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of Canada died.”