the whole operation. Each participant commits the requirements of his specific
mission to memory.
For this reason, the plan should contain detailed
instructions for each team or detail.
These instructions must be simple to
understand and easy to execute. Alternate plans must be prepared to meet any
possible change in the situation. For example, the basic plan presumes that a
subject will obey the order to surrender when given; an alternate plan is
prepared to put into effect if he refuses to do so.
b. Although some raids must be staged with a minimum of planning and
preparation, certain basics cannot be overlooked. These are basics essential
to all raids. To start with, they include the mission, the opposition, and the
composition of the raiding party. They include the position and role of each
member, signals, and weapons. Transportation, chain of command, administrative
support required, and coordination required are also basics to be included.
When selecting a time for the raid, consideration must be given to a time when
minimum interference from the general public can be expected. Also, the time
of the raid should occur when all the subjects will be present.
The mission is usually stated as a clear, concise
statement of the tasks to be done.
The mission statement contains the who,
what, when, and as appropriate, the why and where.
subjects, their strengths and possible weaknesses should be presented.
addition, their possible course of action, and weapons available should be
In the conduct of a raid,
superiority in manpower and firepower are two prime factors. Manpower alone is
not enough; by the same token, neither is firepower. The manpower requirements
for a raid include a raid commander, an assistant raid commander, a recorder,
and six basic teams.
These are (1) entering team, (2) security team, (3)
prisoner team, (4) medical team, (5) specialty team, and (6) reserve team.
(a) The raid commander is normally a special agent/investigator. If
the need for a raid is determined by a member of the field office, then their
commander usually appoints the special agent or investigators. There will be
those persons who have had successful raid experience as the raid commander.
The raid commander must know the number of personnel he will require. They in
turn must understand their precise responsibilities, positions, and actions.
The raid commander is in complete charge of the raid.
He has the
responsibility for its success or failure. He is responsible for all phases of
planning and executing the raid.
(b) The assistant raid commander is appointed by the raid commander.
He is second in command of the raid and is normally the leader of the reserve
(c) The recorder is also appointed by the raid commander.
responsible for the maintenance of the events journal. He must record