Police Ambush – Research Papers

These are two research papers put together to build a knowledge base on the topic of ambush assaults against law enforcement.

In light of the present conditions in this country, both for Law Enforcement Community and those who supply Secure Transportation, these studies would be a good read. Although meant for Law Enforcement, there are sections in both reports that would apply to those who supply Secure Transportation.

Ambushes and Unprovoked Attacks: Assaults on Our Nation’s Law Enforcement Officers

Ambushes and unprovoked attacks

The first is a rather lengthy study concerning Police Ambushes. (148 Pages). If you are a trainer, we suggest taking a look at the table of contents and selecting the sections that could serve as teaching points.

This is an excerpt you will find on page 87 – “Training often determines which persons survive and which ones suffer injury or death.”

For those supplying training, there is a section devoted to training needs.

Some of the data relates to Secure Transportation, such as the information on page 92 about “Ambush Cognitions.”


The Police Ambush Fact Sheet

This is a report produced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police – US Department of Justice community Oriented Policing Services – CNA Analysis and Solutions.

Ambush Fact Sheet IACP

The report represents the findings from the FBI and the Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA). This report was put together to build a knowledge base on the topic of ambush assaults against law enforcement.

Their findings indicated a commonality that defines an ambush:
Element of surprise

  • Concealment of the assailant, their intentions, or weapons
  • Suddenness of the attack
  • A lack of provocation

The report classifies ambush in two ways:

  • Entrapment ambushes are premeditated.
  • Spontaneous ambushes – an unprovoked attack without long term planning

The report includes a geographical outline of where the ambushes occur, an analysis of the officers and assailants, and the type of weapon used.

Police Ambush Fact Sheet

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