Courtesy of Better Half’s far too hyperactive, realistic, and highly-detailed unconscious, I have a somewhat interesting question for all of the police officers, former police officers, friends of police officers, and folks who have gone through similar circumstances themselves.
Say you are at home, in bed, when your home alarm system goes off / you hear breaking glass / some other occurrence alerts you to an illegal presence in your home. You and your wife (if applicable) take up arms, fall back to your defensive position (in our case, the doorway between our master bedroom and bathroom), and have the alarm company connect you to the police / call the police. The police manage to arrive before the home invader(s) come up/back to investigate the bedrooms.
So here is the question: how do you identify yourself to the police, and identify the police in turn, without one of those parties getting shot, while still maintaining an alert for whomever might be illegally in your home? Even better, bear in mind that home invaders disguising themselves as police is not unheard of.
I know what my general intentions are for such a scenario, but I was wondering if there was any specific standard operating procedure that would streamline the initial interaction. Lord knows I do not want to shoot anyone, much less someone responding to assist us.