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The diamond formation starts with at least 4 “operators”, hence the name. Depending on the layout of the area and the circumstances, a diamond formation can be “tightened” or “opened” as the  “operators” position themselves to obtain the best safety, speed and vantage point for their team. The ideal goal is to have 360 degrees of view covered while the team works in unison to ensure each person does not obscure their teammate’s view or firing ability. Distance between “operators” is maintained to minimize casualties.

4 Man Diamond


The Diamond Formation is generally used for moving down hallways; the Serpentine Formation is a relative of the Diamond Formation. The Diamond Formation often tranforms into the Serpentine Formation depending on the width of the passageway travelled and if there are obstructions encountered during movement.

5 Man


*Operator: Officer/Troop member

(Image from WWW.Af.Mil) A Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team monitors as Senior Airman Mark Cayer, Airman 1st Class Ronald Ashley, Airman 1st Class Edwin Torres and Senior Airman John Reed to learn methods for neutralizing an active shooter Aug. 6 at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. Massachusetts State Police Special Tactical Operations Team members educated Airmen on moving into and within the threat space using a diamond formation, where each member of the four-man team monitors a quarter of the 360-degree view around them. The Airmen are assigned to the 66th Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Rick Berry)

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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