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Different Scenarios Determine How Long SWAT and Officers May Be at a Scene

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Law enforcement said the situation determines how long they respond to the situation and when they make certain moves. Law enforcement said the situation determines how long they respond to the situation and when they make certain moves.

TRI-CITIES, WA- With two recent standoffs in the Tri-Cities that resulted in no on being inside after hours of waiting, law enforcement explains why the process may take so long. 

Law enforcement said the amount of time they are responding to a call depends on the situation.  They have to look at the situation and figure if the person is a danger and decide if others around could be harmed in the process.

Overall, it takes a lot of analyzing before even calling SWAT out, and once SWAT does get there, that takes up a good amount of time too because law enforcement wants to make sure everything is handled as safely as possibly. 

"So if they're a threat or we have a known threat by this person, we're going to take different precautions rather than if it's something that isn't much of a threat.  Each scenario is different.  We're going to base our response on the totality of the circumstances.  We just have to look at everything before we determine how we're going to proceed with that," said Officer Shirrell Veitenheimer with the Kennewick Police Department.

Some of the standoffs this year did not have anyone inside.  The standoff earlier this week in Kennewick lasted a couple of hours before officers realized no one was inside.  Friday night's standoff took nearly seven hours before it was determined the person they were looking for was not there as well.

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