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Breaching Doors Critical for Police

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RICHLAND, Wa.,--For most people, getting a door open usually doesn't carry life and death consequences. But for police, opening or breaching a door is critical to surprising and catching criminals. And a three-inch deadbolt lock can serve as a challenge, but not for long.

"I'm gonna come here, bam hit the hinge, bam hit the hinge, and i'll probably take the whole door with it," says Ofc. Al Jenkins."

According to Richland police Captain Mike Cobb, doorways attract bullets. That's why the mission depends on a quick breach. However, the sheer force of a 35-pound Ram can sometimes complicate matters.

"Usually what goes in a door is not the door, it's the door jam, often times when our guys go in, they'll have a strip of wood about that wide..STUCK somewhere," says Cobb."

Speed is the name of the game for Breachers. If their routine is sound and perfected, it's likely the door will open.

"It's a mechanical thing," says Jenkins. It's the way your mechanics are and how you move this Ram. If you do it mechanically sound, your gonna get through that door. Now, strength obviously does help."

Which is why officer Jenkins says anyone on the force could be called out to breach if necessary. In situations where SWAT is requested, it might take up to an hour for them to arrive on scene. A lot of officers are cross-trained as a result.