Raid Planning


Every raid operation must be treated with maximum respect to be ready to counter a variety of possible types of resistance. There are many different types of warrants to serve. It could be drug, failure to appear, child trafficking, and the list goes on and on. The checklist planning introduced in the course will help team leaders plan and all team members comprehend how the raid action may go and be prepared accordingly.

The course will detail the basics of using standard operating procedures along with checklists to establish a comprehensive raid plan. Checklists such as critical information, risk assessment, and raid planning will be introduced and thoroughly explained. The material is geared toward law-enforcement leadership and SWAT operators. There are many different types of raid operations conducted by different types entities. A special forces raid, or a military raid usually involves much more fire power than a standard law enforcement raid operation. For example, an army raid definition is more of a quick surprise attack and withdrawing when sufficient damage is inflicted on the enemy. In law enforcement, the raid is securing the area, securing any victims, securing suspects, interviews, and finally searching, and seizing items for evidence as allowed by law or warrant. A successful law enforcement raid is usually one where no shots have to be fired and most go that way thankfully. However, It is still as in the military raid intended to be a surprise wake up call and violence is lurking. It is crucial to know the targets patterns, methods, moods, and levels of the suspect’s sobriety when planning a raid. Knowing the street or area vibe at all hours of the day and if there are cameras, sensors, or lookouts present. The entry and exit route must be secured and potential community reaction must also has to be gauged in order not to get pinned into a stand-off situation. This is where the checklist approach helps fill in the important gaps to make sure medical and other support plans are in place. Good intelligence on the suspect is the best predictor on what can happen but be prepared for anything. Especially when a suspect on a fugitive warrant may be going away for a long time in prison, have a violent resisting arrest record, for carrying weapons, or propensity to take hostages a good plan is necessary. Having a negotiator that understands the suspect along on the raid to de escalate the situation is a plus if available. The raid course will make the entire team more confident on the next operation.

Erik Lawrence

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