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Brrr, It's Cold Outside

NCJ Number
Law Enforcement Technology Volume: 32 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2005 Pages: 84,86-88,90,93
Duke Speed
Date Published
October 2005
8 pages
This article presents a number of priority issues that should be addressed and planned for by law enforcement during the training and implementation of tactical operations in cold weather.
Many tactical law enforcement teams are disastrously unprepared for the complexity of cold weather operations due to the lack of training within this environment. Departments often fail to learn anything about their geographic regions and the tactical considerations that can be derived from this data. When it comes to cold weather scenarios, there are a number of considerations that should be addressed and planned for during training and eventually implementation into tactical team standard operating procedures (SOPs). This article features those considerations that are viewed as at the top of the list, such as knowing your environment, cold weather medical conditions, evaluating the right individual/team for the job, and the ability to adapt clothing to rapidly changing weather conditions and dramatic temperature shifts. The bottom line to successful cold weather operations is training.