Officers are trained to manage emergencies foremost, before safeguarding the crime area, even if treasured evidence could be misplaced or ruined.
This is serious since some citizens could have been severely injured, thereby demanding first aid or immediate treatment. The trained officers could also save the lives of victims or help to get them to nearby hospitals. If officers have been trained on how to handle fire outbreaks, they will help to prevent the destruction of property by the fires.
Training officers also ensure that the proper protocols are followed in case of an emergency. The one who is in charge can delegate duties to officers in accordance with their training. The officers are able to rescue victims who are underground or at heights. Training of officers is critical since they learn how to deal with hazardous material and even fire-fighting equipment.
When the responding officer realizes that he is in a potentially dangerous situation, the factors that he should consider include the number of victims which he could help get out of the scene, ease of escaping, availability of safety equipment and the possibility of calling out for help. The responding officer should also consider the possibility of his self-defense skills to protect himself from a dangerous situation.
The factor which played the biggest role in my decision making is the number of victims which the responding officer could help get out of the dangerous situation. It would be wrong if the officer left the victims in a dangerous situation. According to Christianity, one should help the needy even if they have nothing to pay back.
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