6 reasons tactical disengagement and redeployment is not ‘running away’

Tactical redeployment is a strategic tool that should be in our tool kit


Cops are mission-driven. When they engage they are in it to win it. They hate an order to stand down. Our heroes hold the line, damn the torpedoes, and say “nuts” to surrender. 

Retreat is not an option. Or is it?

Completing any mission – whether it be a field contact of a suspect, a hostage situation, or a lengthy investigation – means not only winning but also depriving your target of a victory. One strategic move is to disengage. 

Thinking about a retreat brings to mind the famous attack rabbit scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the knights scatter at the frantic command "Run away! Run away!" Running away and tactical disengagement and redeployment are polar opposites because one is a result of poor planning and the other is a winning strategy.

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