into, and/or a surveillance of, the objective area.
Information can also be
obtained from informants, accomplices of the subject, and undercover agents.
Photos, maps, local residents and civilian agencies can also provide
Other sources include blueprints or diagrams, utility and
telephone companies, transportation agencies, and public records.
(3) Subjects. The raid commander should have certain basic data about
the subjects and their capabilities.
He should do so to devise a plan that
will cover all contingencies. The commander's information should include:
(a) The exact location and strength of the subjects. The strength of
the subjects may indicate the way they may defend the objective area. It may
also indicate the force necessary to overcome their resistance.
(c) The location and number of any persons who may come to the aid of
the subjects before, after, or during the raid.
(d) The location of lookouts and warning devices.
(e) The capabilities of the subjects to defend their location. Their
abilities also to escape, to obtain hostages, or to receive outside help should
(f) The attitudes, personalities, and past histories of the subjects
involved. Are they prone to resist or fight? What were their past crimes? Do
known to be violent? What crimes are they wanted for now?
(g) Information about the subjects can be obtained from various
These include surveillance activities, informants, police records,
friends and subject accomplices.
a. Based on the intelligence data developed about the weather, area, and
subjects, a raid is planned. It is formulated to achieve the desired results
It is planned with an eye toward minimum property damage and
personal injury. The raid plan should be concise, simple, and flexible. It
should be based on sound tactical concepts. Lastly, it should be adaptable to
any contingency. Whenever possible, the plan should be in writing and produced
in a minimum number of copies; it should be staffed with only those officers
who have a need for the information.
Only key personnel will ever need a
complete copy of the raid plan. However, all members of the raiding party are
given an orientation on the plan's contents. That way they can know