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It depends. If the EDP is a suspect in a crime and that is why the team is at his residence, then a gas plan is par for the course and a very necessary part of planning. However, if the police have contacted the EDP only due to a mental health issue, our team will not respond at all, absent some violent violation of law. IN these cases, even on patrol, our department policy is to attempt to get the EDP to voluntarily leave his residence but we will simply pack our bags and walk away at some point if the subject is non-compliant.