Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade: Disengagement & Special Relationships

Response to the Non-Criminal Barricade

Disengagement and Special Relationships

October 13, 2023

Charlotte Fire Department Headquarters

500 Dalton Ave.

Charlotte, NC 28206

8am - 5pm

Hosted by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department


The way law enforcement officers respond to a mentally ill person in crisis is a topic of intense debate. If you are like a lot of law enforcement professionals you've considered these questions:

  1. What should officers do with a suicidal person alone in their own home who refuses to exit?
  2. Do officers have a legal duty to take action to try to save the subject from harming themselves?
  3. When is it appropriate to disengage from a non-criminal barricaded suspect and will officers be found liable if the subject harms a third party?

In this course, we'll first answer each of those questions and discuss the relevant laws about liability, the "special relationship doctrine" and the "public duty doctrine". We'll examine several case studies, and why some officers and agencies were found liable. Through dramatic body-cam debriefs of actual non-criminal barricade incidents, you'll learn why things went wrong. You'll walk away with modern tactics your agency can use to both limit liability and prevent violent confrontations.

Each student will receive:

  1. A simple three-page decision making cheat sheet to help guide your decision making regarding when to engage, disengage and re-engage.
  2. A collection of non-criminal barricade policies from progressive police agencies around the U.S.
  3. The specific laws for your state that you need to know to limit liability. That's right, each course is customized for the state we're presenting it in.
Scott Savage

Your instructor, Scott Savage, is a recognized expert in the response to non-criminal barricades. Scott is an experienced law enforcement officer who has not only commanded these types of incidents in the field, but also trains officers throughout the country how to do the same. His study of the subject has included gathering response protocols from agencies across the United States. Scott is a dynamic speaker who is passionate about bringing this important information to the law enforcement community.

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