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John Farnam's reminders to officers in wake of Wash. ambush

Reminders for avoiding an ambush

When can an on-duty police officer relax? Never. What is "routine"? Nothing.
Ambushers in the past have called in false "routine calls," and deliberately triggered "routine traffic stops." They have (as in the Lakewood tragedy), targeted locations where their officers go to relax. Officers have been ambushed at gas pumps, in department parking lots, at restaurants, inside police stations, and sometimes in front of their homes. In the most recent attack in Washington, the ambusher struck officers seated in a coffee shop owned by a retired police officer just before the beginning of their shift.

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