Information is Ammunition
I've been going through a BUNCH of the LULZSEC file released and found a simple rich text file called a new breed of suspect. Probably Sunday suppliments to you cops, but I thought it might be interesting to drop in the public arena. The only details I can find on its origin is the author- "scccpoa" with date of creation "7/10/2009"
A NEW BREED OF SUSPECT
A recent robbery suspect was arrested after trying to kill his arresting officer. In the suspect car was a notebook labeled, "23 rules for winning shootouts with police."
The list included:
Park where the least detectable know your exits.
Recognize plainclothes cops Predict cop's movement to gun Choose locations police cannot easily surround.
Move to confuse
These "rules for survival" are very inclusive and cannot be labeled anything less than formal training. Whether he knows it or not, this suspect's list covers the following concepts:
Rules for engagement Lag time
Cover and concealment
This type of preparation should not surprise us, but remind us. Many of today's suspects are tactical thinking, some are military trained, they read police periodicals, they share information and practice.
In the last 18-24 months, we have seen a visible increase in suspect tactics. Body armor, radio communications and fully automatic weapons are an example of the type of equipment that has become more and more popular. The use of lay-off suspects, (crime partners posing as customers), has become common. When we engage a suspect, these silent crime partners will usually engage from behind, with deadly consequences. Last year, 55% of the officers killed were the victims of head-shots. This is partially because of a trend on the rise. Suspects are now more likely to execute a downed officer before leaving a crime scene.
Gang members have joined the armed forces only to gain the combat firearms and tactics training. After training, they take a dishonorable discharge and return home. When asked about their unfortunate discharge they proudly explain how they "infiltrated the military." There were 791 gang-related murders in Los Angeles County last year.
Most suspects we encounter are not this prepared. But what about the one who is? He's out there. He's in EVERYTOWN, USA. We have stopped him in the street and in his car.
Since 1990, over 100,000 officers have been assaulted. On the average 10 cops a day are shot at. This year there have been too many cop funerals, all resulting from felonious killings. Over 50% were while attempting arrest and over 50% were caused by handguns at less than 10 feet. Many of these resulting from bad searches. Today's suspect is committed and has the mindset of a soldier going into battle. We are his enemy. He's ready for us. Let's be ready for him.
Stay Alert, Stay Alive, Stay Safe and KEEP the FAITH!