Criminals fleeing from the police in motor vehicles have a number of options when they are confronted by a roadblock. Depending on the circumstances and on the skill and nerve of the driver, the suspects may take evasive action, try to break through the blockade, or resort to firearms. By viewing the roadblocks as a form of ambush, police can more safely and effectively cope with this type of incident. A basic knowledge of the military concepts of surprise, cover, and fields of fire can also be an aid to police charged with stopping a vehicle driven by armed and dangerous persons. Finally, the ambush formations of the L and V types are offered as tactical alternatives.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20535
  • Authors:
    • Pockrass, R M
  • Publication Date: 1984-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: p. 20-23
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Police; Roadblocks; Safety
  • Subject Areas: Highways; Operations and Traffic Management; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies; I73: Traffic Control;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00391827
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-037 305
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1985 12:00AM