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post #441 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 01:36 PM
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My neighbor commited suicide... THAT was scary. We were in lockdown all night while they were looking for him, the SWAT team and dogs and rifles were here.

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post #442 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 01:41 PM
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Far out Almond, what on earth did they think had happened to him to send the SWAT team?!

Aus cops are nowhere near that extreme, we have the TRG (tactical response group), which is basically like SWAT, but they cost a lot of money to mobilise so they don't get used very often... only if there's a situation that the normal cops can't cool down, or that's just too dangerous for them to even try. Or an arrest that has to be made and the person being arrested is armed and desperate.

My old riding coach was an ex-mounted-cop and the mounties have to spend 3 years as a normal cop before they're even considered... plus they have to go back to normal cop work every so often. And he quit because he just couldn't handle it any more. He's a really tough guy, so if HE quit because he couldn't handle the heat, then what hope does anyone have?

...and that's in Aus, we have some pretty bad crime but nothing on what the poor US coppers have to deal with :( I feel for them, I really do.

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post #443 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 01:46 PM
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My neighbor commited suicide to we werent allowed to go to school that day because the cops wouldnt let any cars through it was scary and they had the rifle and brought it out and it was scarey but no SWAT tht would hve made it even more

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post #444 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 01:50 PM
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Wow... is that just what the cops do in the US when someone takes their own life? I have NEVER heard of it ever happening here in Aus...

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post #445 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 01:51 PM
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Yah I geuss I don't know why they make such a big deal out of it though

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post #446 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 02:00 PM
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Well if they don't KNOW that a person has taken their own life, there might be a suspicion of foul play, particularly in a country with very free gun laws and a very high homicide rate per capita (cough, USA), and if foul play is involved and the person who did it is still in the area it can be very dangerous for police and civilians.

The other thing might be, they want to keep the general public from seeing the person's body. Suicides can be ugly... particularly men, interestingly men seem to shoot, gas or hang themselves and women seem to overdose on things. It's a generalisation but just something that my ex-cop former riding coach commented on.

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post #447 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 03:18 PM
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Wow! That's pretty scary!! (to all of you!) I've been very fortunate and haven't had to deal with anything like that. The scariest thing that's ever happened to me was having to ride my horses (yes, RIDE the horses. We had no horse trailer and five minutes to get out.) away from the fire that was threatening to jump the interstate and burn our house down... Luckily, the fire didn't jump the interstate and a neighbor (who had several horse trailers and a place to take his animals if the fire were to chase them out) kept our horses until it was put out. Now, of course, I am knocking on wood...not that I am a superstitious person

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post #448 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 04:02 PM
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^ that is exactly why it's vital to have a plan in case of fires!!!! (even if it's only to ride the horses away from the area - we would do that, and go to the beach, or the local sporting grounds)

You kept a level head, but too many people just panic, and the real danger of fires is when people just freak out and don't know what to do. Having a plan in place prior to such an event can help keep panic under control.
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post #449 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 04:15 PM
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^^That's a true story! If you don't have a plan in place, I suggest that you get one - and fast!! That was a HUGE wake up call to me and my family. Now, we ALWAYS have a trailer ready to go and try to keep our lawn as green as possible.

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post #450 of 1628 Old 08-05-2012, 06:53 PM
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Im glad that I don't live anywhere near a place that's threated with fire the worst done here is a wind storm 5 years ago
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