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Yes, we do. Absent an exigent circumstance (such as a hostage rescue), our team follows a matrix that dictates when we will actually respond to a scene, be it a warrant or an in-progress callout. A major section of that matrix asks if there is Probable Cause to arrest or an actual arrest or search warrant that is being served. An entry into a location may be triggered by terrain ( the inability to surround the location with armor), events (an HR), or after other steps have failed (such as gas insertion with no effect). Entries are never done just for the sake of doing an entry.