BREACHING 101: If the initial breach fails, have pre-planned contingency plans to move to the second or third entry point. If that is not an option, prepare for surround and call-out, and establish a chemical agents and negotiations plan as well.
During this training video the BlueSheepDog Crew will analyze a home-made video of a police SWAT team’s failed breach attempt. As the video will clearly show, the wet weather and narrow front door landing made this particular breach dangerous from the beginning. However, there are several other important factors to consider in the decisions to breach, the method used to breach, and the number of personnel available and needed to safely make a breach.
Making a forced entry into a structure suspected or known to have a dangerous suspect inside is one of the most dangerous activities police are required to perform. The old saying, “a man knows his own castle, and how to defend it” has a lot of truth in these circumstances. Police are often required to enter structures with little or no intelligence on the layout, obstacles, and fortifications of the structure inside. For those reasons, these police actions must be extraordinarily planned and