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Yes. One of the questions we ask on barricades, for instance, is how likely is it that the suspect is still even at this location? Could he have slipped out before patrol locked down a good perimeter? After that, we will use anxiety manipulation tactics such as NFDD’s on the exterior, sirens/PA’s and SWAT rocks to keep the suspect’s attention. Once we have a signed search warrant at the command post, and the command group has read and verified the warrant, we will escalate to more intrusive means, such as breaching a door or windows.