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Standoff Situations

The Standoff Situations topic page offers a variety of tactical tips and strategic concepts to make sure the innocents are spared, the subject is secured, and the officers go home safely. When a suspect is barricaded in place, many things must happen for a successful resolution, such as setting up outer and inner perimeters, and making contact with the subject.

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Stamford police, EMS, behavioral health members and firefighters worked together to end a 6-hour standoff
The career criminal with 58 felony convictions threatened law enforcement and bail bondsmen in a tense standoff that ended in gunfire
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Officers talked with the man with help from negotiators; after a nearly six-and-a-half-hour standoff, he agreed to surrender