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Are you going the extra mile

When you do your route planning for your primary and secondary routes are you doing anything else or just familiarizing yourself with the lefts and rights, the lights and stop signs?

Are you planning for route security?  Do you know the safe havens along the route?  Along the secondary route?  Have you visited the hospitals along the route?  What about police stations?  If something goes awry, do you have the numbers to both along the route?  As I have blogged before, if you experience vehicular malfunctions along the route, what is your emergency plan for principal transfer?

These very questions and responses I teach in TheMTMS course in the module Mark calls PDROPS (protective driving operations).  Too often in corporate or domestic private protection many specialists and even their companies overlook these vital ingredients.  In high threat/PSD it is not taken for granted.  Every inch of the road and route is taken in consideration because the threat is real and it can go south at any moment.  Dynamic response is a matter of life and death.  Domestically, everyone should get in the habit of making this part of their forte.  Not doing so can be considered as doing half the job.

Safe havens along the route are just, if not more important, as a hard room or hold room in a venue.  Getting to a safe location is far better than just driving until you find something.  That’s a shot in the dark.  In our hot wash after our FTX (Final training exercise) we query each team about their safe havens throughout the night.  In larger cities these may change becuase of the amount of people a precinct or police station may have to cover as well as the hospitals that are often close in proximity.  The key with hopsitals is knowing if they are a full trauma or not.  In some cities they have ambulatory centers that are for the sole purpose of immediate care and stabilization purposes.  Depending on the injury they will transport them to a more full service location.  The list of applicable safe havens are not limited to police stations or hospitals but you should know what your options are from every point on the route, even if it means that you may have to go in the opposite direction.

Havving a route book is a preferred option for details that incorporate multiple movements.  Directions from one location to the other as well as any other variables that could occur.  For instance, your itinerary says you are going from RON (return over night) to location-A.  After the meeting at location-A you are going to Location-B, then to Location-C.  If location-B is cancelled and plans change that you will proceed from Location-A to location-C you don’t have the luxury of planning that route on the fly.  The route book should have those variables readily available.

I can’t imagine how many of my readers don’t do this but it is something you should start practicing.  Riding in the front right seat looking cool with your Oakleys on can quickly go bad if you haven’t planned accordingly.

 

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