There are immense dangers when entering a suspect’s “lair,” where he lives and intimately knows the layout. The smoother these operations can be conducted and the more practiced a team is in conducting multiple-officer entries, the safer the operation can be.
“If you can’t do it slowly, you won’t be able to do it fast!” When adrenalin is coursing through your bloodstream as a result of a Sympathetic Nervous System (fight or flight) reaction, you tend to move too fast. The result can be rushing into a dicey situation. Smoothness is what we are striving for, not “speed” per se. Yes, dynamic entry is composed of certain elements: speed, surprise, violence of action and accurate shooting — but this does not necessarily mean running, which may place you into the hostile environment faster than you can perceive and respond to the threat. What we are striving for instead is economical and coordinated movement, which is first learned in slow and methodical movement training. Slow down and master the techniques, then gradually pick up speed.
After a team has mastered the basics of room entry, obstacles such as stacks of clothing, furniture or other debris should be placed into the room so that the operators practice dealing with the types of cluttered rooms they will likely find in actual operations. Add role-players (in appropriate protective gear) inside the rooms so that the team must deal with human roadblocks to their smooth entry. The best way to prepare for actual operations after basic movement patterns have been mastered is to engage in force-on-force room entry scenarios. The adage that, “seldom does a plan survive first contact” must be taken into consideration in your training programs. No matter what happens once the door is breached, the team must win the encounter. Here are various entry techniques for differing mission and personnel scenarios.