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LEO Near Miss

Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Near Miss is a voluntary, non-disciplinary officer safety initiative that allows law enforcement personnel to read about and anonymously share stories of close calls or “near misses,” which provide lessons learned that can protect fellow officers in similar situations. If you would like to share your near-miss story to improve the safety of your fellow officers, visit LEOnearmiss.org.

Using lessons learned from near misses to prevent injuries and fatalities from felonious assaults, missed firearms, ambushes and unprovoked attacks
‘I got lucky that day that he decided to toss the gun instead of lying in wait with the gun drawn on me as I stepped through the gate.’
Resist the adage, “I’ll request backup if I need it,” because by the time you need it, backup will likely arrive too late
“I could see the grip of a pistol in his waistband and saw he was reaching for it with his right hand while backing away from us.”
If a prisoner is transitioned from one officer to the next, it’s always appropriate to re-search the prisoner
‘From the sound of the bullets passing by my head, I would say I was inches from injury or death that evening.’
‘I held my breath for a moment, but the sound of breathing continued. My heart sank and my stomach tightened.’
If given the option, always choose to slow things down until backup arrives
‘Had he wanted us dead, we would be.’
Operators must be given detailed and consistent instruction to always stay in their lines of fire
Responding officers demonstrated excellent use of the WIN principle throughout the call