LESSON 3/TASK 1
before announcing your presence. Before knocking, check the screen/storm door to see if it is locked.
Such doors, if not checked, can create an unexpected barrier between MP and the disputants. This is
a particular problem if some sort of immediate action is required. Do not sound aggressive when
knocking. If there is no response at the door and the dwelling appears quiet, verify the address with the
desk. If correct, check the sides and rear of the dwelling for indications of the presence of the
occupants. Neighbors may also provide useful information.
To ensure coordinated activity, patrol partners will decide before gaining entry what action each will
take upon entry. In other words, determine ahead of time what action each will take in separating the
disputants and mediating the disturbance. When someone answers the knock, MP identify themselves
and state why they are there. If not invited into the dwelling, request to move the interview inside, out
of the view of the neighbors.
To avoid walking into an unknown situation, avoid entering the dwelling after being told to come in. Ask
the resident to open the door for you. When entering, the senior partner positions himself on the side of
the door that affords the greatest observation of the interior. This is usually the hinge side of the door.
The senior partner will direct who enters the dwelling first, based on his observation of the situation.
This provides for better command and control.
If entry is initially denied and the situation is temporarily calmed, the MP remain on the scene. They
work through the chain of command of the disputant to gain entry. If the situation appears violent, or if
the MP have probable cause to believe a person is injured or in imminent danger, they have a lawful
right to enter the dwelling.
Upon entry, MP should be prepared for anything. Of particular importance is to observe the area for
potential weapons. MP should also be alert for evidence of alcohol, drugs, or abused dependents.
Initial contact with the disputants is critical. MP should display a calm, positive, and helpful manner.
Initial impressions will set the tone for the interviews and have a calming effect on the situation.
Introduce and identify yourself and state why you are there.
Once inside, the MP separate the disputants. It is a good idea to have the disputants out of the direct
line of sight