Responding to crimes in progress are different than the routine “see the lady” calls we normally get when a crime is discovered.
When entering police work, most of us assumed that responding to crimes in progress was the standard call. Of course, most of us were also disappointed to discover that of all of the calls we respond to, only a fraction of them involve an actual criminal complaint, and of those, only a small number are “in progress.”
In progress calls may be infrequent, but they are the most dangerous for the simple reason that the suspect is still on scene. Below are a few things to keep in mind while responding to an active call.
Radio Traffic – Depending on the nature of the call, many people may be responding to the event. It is important to allow the dispatchers to give you updated information as it comes in.