Saturday, March 13, 2010

No Toe

In deadly force encounters, officers often under react to the cues that they need to either use force or use more force. A suspect comes at you with clenched fists, threating to attack you and disregarding your commands to stop. Many officers in this situation fail to react quickly or firmly.

A command to "Stop! Don't come any closer!" should cause the suspect to do just that. If they don't the officer needs to escalate his force levels. An officer at this point needs to implement an arrest control technique, go to his OC spray, baton, or Taser. The suspect is by word and body language threatening the officer. He is failing to stop when ordered to stop.

This is a significant series of danger cues. Many officers would simply stand there and allow the suspect to walk right up to them and perhaps even strike the first blow. Officers don't have to take punches from suspects. At this point if the officer is in a good position, he can take the suspect into a control hold and arrest him. If the officer is not in a good position to do that, he should deploy another weapon. Officers should not go toe to toe with suspects, that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

"Shoot first"

Bunkermeister said...

Sometimes officers do have to shoot first. One reason to train to be quick on the draw.