Research: Understanding suspect movement patterns while clearing a building

Is a suspect more likely to go to the blind corner or somewhere else in a room in an attempt to ambush an officer?


By Hunter Martaindale, Ph.D., and J. Pete Blair, Ph.D.

Your department tasks you with creating training scenarios to practice clearing a building where a fleeing suspect may have run. The suspect doesn’t want to go back to prison so he decides he’s going to ambush any law enforcement officers who come looking for him.

As part of the scenario, your officers will likely perform some sort of threshold evaluation and enter the room utilizing whatever room entry technique your department uses.

While there are many things to consider when setting up scenarios, we’d like to draw your attention to two aspects:

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