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Leave No One Behind: Downed-Officer Rescue and Risk Perception

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 79 Issue: 5 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 9-14
Matthew D. Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D.; Bill Lewinski, Ph.D.; Scott Buhrmaster
Date Published
May 2010
5 pages
This article examines law enforcement officers' perceptions of risk and uncertainty in the context of downed-officer rescue.
Results indicate that half of the respondents reported having participated in formal training on downed-officer rescue in the previous 5 years. Ninety-nine advised being personally involved in a downed-officer rescue during the same time frame. The majority of those involved in a downed-officer rescue (44.4 percent) described their primary assignment as patrol. Only nine identified their assignments as a full-time SWAT team member. Law enforcement professionals openly acknowledge the dangers inherent in the performance of their sworn duties; they have come to expect that should they find themselves in life-threatening circumstances, their fellow officers will respond with maximum effort to rescue them. Data were collected from 1,703 law enforcement professionals surveyed over a 1-month period. 1 table and 13 endnotes