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    How many officers would respond to a home invasion?

    Hello there. Merry Christmas to all you fine officers, and I hope all is well!

    I was wondering for my story that I am writing, if a homeowner calls the police to report a break in, how many officers would be radioed to respond to that location? This is a large city setting as well.

    Like if a few officers are available and call in to respond, is there a limit, where they stop calling to say they are available, cause a certain number is enough, as a general rule or anything?

    The homeowner is also a witness who is testifying in a felonious kidnapping case too, which has gotten a lot of media attention. Not sure if that makes any difference to the priority the officers would give it, I am just saying. But any input or advice on that would be great. I appreciate it. Thank you for any responses.
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    You need to clarify the question-

    A "home invasion" is generally seen as a situation where one or more persons force their way into an occupied home with weapons, immobilize the residents, and then steal items. That brings into play the crimes related to robbery, kidnapping, assault with a weapon, etc. in addition to the stealing of the property.

    So that kind of call will get a larger response than a call where someone broke in through the back door while no one was home and took some items.

    So, for a rough estimate in a larger department, you might have responses like this:

    Home break in (no one home):

    1-4 officers/detectives (depending on how busy the rest of the area is)- maybe the supervisor stops by. If there is a crime scene unit in the department, they will come by as well, otherwise, the officers/detectives will collect the evidence/photograph the scene, etc.

    Home Invasion:

    3-4 police officers, at least 1-2 detectives , the crime scene unit for sure (if there is one) and a supervisor.

    If the Home Invasion is still in progress, then every single car in the area that's not already doing something else is going to head that way. You could wind up with SWAT/Detectives/Supervisors/and guys from the other end of the city there if it turns into a barricaded subject/hostage situation.
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    Okay thanks. Well what if the homeowner calls 911 to report that she can hear someone breaking in, but she wants to hide and cannot go out to look to see if they have weapons, since she wants to hide from them. So what would it be then, situation wise?

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    Nearly the same deal. A burglary in progress is going to bring cops from all over the area that aren't otherwise occupied.
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    Okay thanks, that's what I thought. I was wondering... In my story, the woman who owns the house is a witness, that is testifying in a case, and that's why her house is being broken into, cause the people she is testifying against are coming after her to keep her from doing so.

    Let's say the police get there, and a stand off/chase, happens, with the villains getting away, perhaps with some gunfire exchanged. Now the crooks have gotten away for now and the witness is safe. Obviously the police cannot afford to give her protection like you see in a lot of movies, cause the police cannot afford all aroune 24 hour protection in real life, I am guessing right?

    So after her house is broken into, with a stand off and chase, perhaps even with some gunfire exchanged even, how long would it be before the police would leave her to be on her own again after, till they could not afford to keep on watching her?

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    What kind of case is she testifying in?
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    A case involving kidnapping, and kidnapping related charges. She was the victim in the kidnapping.

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    It seems pretty certain then that despite the expense, the police are going to have to do something.

    Someone tried to kidnap her, and then friends of the arrested suspect tried to kill her to keep her from testifying. The police aren't just going to leave her on her own after that. They may contact the county/state/feds for help, but they will have some sort of ongoing security or protection for her at this time I would imagine.
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    Okay thanks. Where would they take her too to stay, after the attempt on her life, like literally, hours after, for the rest of the night, till they can arrange something? Would the police take her over to one of the officers' houses and watch her there for the night, till they figured out what to do or something?
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    Nobody is taking her to their personal house.

    She would stay at the station or at a hotel temporarily.
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    Okay. How officers would be at the hotel on such short notice, do you think, bare minimum?

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    Bare minimum?

    Zero.

    She gets checked in under an assumed name. Her cell phone and computer are left with the police, they give her strict instructions not to use the phone or open the door for anyon
    e she does not personally know.

    Of course, there could be more than that. There could be an officer in the room with her, or one outside or more outside, or both.

    But there might not be any depending on the exact circumstances.
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    Okay thanks, that helps a lot!

    So since she needs protection and something has to be done inspite of the budget, who make this decision? Is it the police or the prosecutor, for example?

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    It could plausibly be either one.

    Once again, we've left the area for which there are standard procedures and entered "this is such an unusual situation that they are winging it to some degree" territory.
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    Okay thanks a lot, that makes sense! Let's say that only 1 officer is assigned to watch the woman. Would he be positioned outside the hotel room to make sure no one comes in, or would be stationed inside? What if it was a motel instead, would that make a difference? Or would the police not use a motel at all, unless they had to cause of available inns to stay at?


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