Scott Savage on police disengagement following calls from barricaded subjects

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You respond to a call for a barricaded man with a gun at a single family home in your town and set up a perimeter. After a few minutes, your sergeant tells an officer to dismantle the perimeter and everyone on the scene is to return to patrol. Wait what? Is this the policy of your jurisdiction?

Our guest today investigated this practice and developed training on the pros and cons of disengaging police on a barricaded subject call.

Scott Savage is an active duty law enforcement officer in California. His previous assignments include SWAT, full-time assignment to a terrorism/intelligence task force, team leader in a crisis negotiation team, field supervisor and incident commander. He is the founder of the Wild Training Groupa private law enforcement training organization, which offers an online and in-person course on Response to the non-criminal barricade: disengagement and special relationships. Scott’s main area of ​​interest is how the police respond to critical incidents and crisis situations.

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