Editor’s note: What are your thoughts on a decision like this? On the one hand, two-officer units require more personnel and can be a budgetary strain. In smaller jurisdictions, a two-officer policy may also result in some areas not being patrolled as consistently, or at all. On the other hand, two-officer units that work as a team can be a safer tactical option, allowing for contact/cover techniques to be employed and allowing for immediate back-up if things go bad, like they did in Kansas City. Two-officer units can also help deter an offender from attacking when he otherwise might have if only one officer was on the scene.
A decision like this can be a difficult one to make sitting in the Chief’s chair. What are your thoughts? Share your comments below.
The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Police Chief Jim Corwin says he's rethinking the department's policy of 1 officer per car, after 1 of his men was wounded in a shootout.
Corwin says that shooting and two other violent attacks on officers since March have prompted him to reconsider the 54-year-old single-officer rule. Police released audio and video of the June fifth gunbattle in which an officer was shot in the foot.
Are one-officer squads acceptable? PoliceOne Poll Results
No, officers should always be partnered. 32% Yes, unless it's a high-risk district. 51 % Only if budget/personnel availability leave no option. 17 % Total 816
Corwin praised the officer for using his radio to give instructions to other cars, even though he had been shot by a nine-millimeter semiautomatic machine gun. The officer returned fire, causing the gunman to flee.
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The chief says he wants to gather information and decide whether officers in pairs could be more effective than those riding alone.