enough data so a patrol is not needed. Some complaints can be referred to other agencies. Many of the
security checks can be done by the requesting unit.
k. Not every call is an emergency. About three percent of the calls need an emergency
response. Patrols are authorized to use emergency warning equipment by the desk sergeant. Make sure
that the desk sergeant is using this authority correctly. If the incident is serious, ensure prompt
emergency response. Patrols dispatched to a serious incident must be supervised. You can maintain
control by direct communication with them. You must send the patrol supervisor to the scene of a
serious incident. This ensures experience and leadership are on the scene.
Initial Response to Incidents.
a. The operations officer is responsible for MPs initial response to an incident. The goal is a
timely, effective response. MPs first at the scene play a vital role. Their performance can have a major
impact on the outcome of an incident.
b. MPs on the way to a serious incident should be in contact with the desk sergeant. He should
provide them as much information as possible. This allows MPs to plan their actions before arriving at
c. Upon arrival at the scene, the MP unit will evaluate the situation. MPs base their initial
actions on this evaluation. The responding unit will inform dispatch about the situation. They may
request more equipment or support.
d. Potentially explosive situations can also be defused through accurate evaluation and careful
actions by the responding unit. Thorough training in emergency situations and cross intervention help
MP patrols react effectively.
Special Threat Situations.
a. At an increasing rate, special threat situations, such as hostage taking, sniping, and political
terrorism, confront law enforcement agencies. One or two MP patrol teams have neither the manpower,
training, nor equipment to cope with such offenders. Reports of action taken in response to special
threat situations have been studied. It has been determined that, offenders can be neutralized with a
minimum risk to bystanders and law enforcement personnel. This must be through the application of
well prepared contingency plans by specially trained personnel.
b. All special threat situations pose a grave danger to hostages, bystanders, and law
enforcement personnel. The extent of the danger depends on the actions, training, and personnel used to
neutralize the threat. Locations, motivations, responses, and other circumstances will differ. Special
threat situations must be dealt with on an individual basis. However, the maximum safety of all
concerned and the swift apprehension of the offender can generally best be accomplished through clear,
decisive, and coordinated