Conducting Stakeouts

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Stakeouts are an important police tactic to use in anticipation of enforcement actions against criminal suspects who may be armed and have a propensity for violence. Stakeout operations are inherently dangerous, and officers assigned to these duties should be familiar with and adhere to department policy and procedures designed to ensure the safest possible environment for officers and the public alike.

These documents provide guidelines for conducting stakeouts that will facilitate safe, effective enforcement.

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