May 18, 2011
10-43: Be Advised...
with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
Tip: Don't assume safety in numbers
Having more than one officer involved when dealing with a potentially challenging subject is ideal, whether they’re present at the outset of the contact or they arrive as backup. However, be vigilant in resisting any temptation to let your guard down just because there are other officers with you. A study that explored assaults on U.S. Fish & Wildlife officers found that 47 percent of those who were attacked were working with at least one other officer at the time of the assault. In Canada, that number rose to 62 percent. Having multiple officers involved can help prevent a lot of things, but it can’t completely eliminate the potential for an attack. Never let your guard down, even when you’re with others.