LEO Near Miss: Always clear the house

Taking a homeowner's word that a house was clear after a break in could have been a fatal decision for this officer

Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect fellow officers in similar situations.


An officer was dispatched to a break in that had already occurred.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the complainant and homeowner and asked if the homeowner had already cleared the house. The homeowner said yes. The officer then proceeded to take the report. The report consisted of property damage, stolen firearms and miscellaneous items. The officer finished the report and cleared the call.

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