As a patrol officer, you must be aware of existing threats and risks at every moment while on the job. At KIMTEK Corporation, we know that perimeter security is one of the most important aspects of keeping people safe and secure. From establishing protocols to understanding proper communication practices with higher-ups and utilizing technology, here are five tips to help you ensure success.
5 Key Tips For Patrol Officers
- Know The Area & Establish Protocols
- Evaluate, Update, & Communicate Accordingly
- Maintain Visibility
- Practice Constant Vigilance
- Use Up-To-Date Technology, Like Side-By-Sides
1. Know The Area & Establish Protocols
First and foremost, you must familiarize yourself with the perimeter, including entry and exit points, vulnerable areas, and potential hazards. Knowing the surrounding area’s geography will also allow you to more accurately assess potential threats, formulate better plans, and carry out activities with minimal disturbances or delay.
Meanwhile, setting up protocols can help keep both officers and civilians safe, as it allows for a swift response in the event of an emergency. Establishing these limits also helps ensure that the rights of citizens are respected, as officers know when and where they are allowed to patrol and which areas require special permission.
2. Evaluate, Update, & Communicate Accordingly
Real-time system updates and the ability to adapt to new information are vital in an emergency situation. Make a habit of regularly assessing the effectiveness of your perimeter control measures and making the necessary changes to improve security before an intrusion happens so that your staff will be better prepared to handle the breach. Maintaining a clear line of communication and sharing up-to-date information with other officers, dispatchers, and supervisors is necessary to coordinate a rapid response.
3. Maintain Visibility
Establishing and maintaining a clear line of sight from a sheltered area is incredibly important for safety during perimeter control operations. Such visibility ensures that any disturbances near the site can be spotted immediately and dealt with speedily, making it easier to stop potential threats from getting close or entering the premises. Having eyes on the perimeter also allows for quicker response times if something were to go wrong and increases the likelihood of safely quelling any issues without escalating into more significant problems.
4. Practice Constant Vigilance
It is critical to be aware of your surroundings at all times, especially when patrolling the perimeter. What was initially just another boring night on the job could quickly turn dangerous if an intruder catches you with your guard down. By listening for alarms, footsteps, rustling noises, and other suspicious activity, you can increase the odds of catching a perpetrator before they escape.
5. Use Up-To-Date Technology, Like Side-By-Sides
Utilize high-tech cameras, alarms, long-range communication devices, and other essentials to enhance your ability to monitor the perimeter. Coupled with an ATV, UTV, or police side-by-side, this technology can help you share vital intel with other officers and coordinate a rapid response in real time if a situation unfolds. With the right features, versatility, and power, these tools are excellent options for controlling crowds or keeping an eye on potential threats, even on rough terrain or in packed venues.
Introducing LEOLITE Skids For Perimeter Control
Our LEIOLITE Skids come in 5 different models to help with all your tasks in off-road medical and fire/safety scenarios.
- LEOLITE Transport — Two Seats
- LEOLITE Transport — Seat With K9
- LEOLITE Transport — Seat With Patient Carry
- LEOLITE Transport — Two K9
- LEOLITE Transport — Patient Carry With K9
Be Prepared & Well-Equipped With LEOLITE
Officers can maintain control during even the most chaotic situations by being aware of the environment and having the proper tools. LEOLITE Transport skid units provide a mobile perimeter security solution that can be quickly set up and taken down as needed anywhere in the nation. With their easy-to-use design and variety of features, these units are essential for any department looking to improve its security. For more information on our police UTV skid units, contact KIMTEK Corporation today.