Friday, April 16, 2010

Hands

Watch the hands. It's is generally those hands that will attack you. Years ago I remember reading an article about police tactics that said to stare your opponent in the face and back him down with your fierce glare. Maybe in snake charming, but in law enforcement, watch the hands. Not just the hands, but the fingers, palms and thumbs are all critical.

Suspects can palm a weapon and so you need to see the palms of the hands. Suspects can curl one finger under and hold a weapon with only one finger. Suspects will generally move their thumbs towards the center of their body if they are reaching for something in a pocket or waistband. That's because the fingers curl back towards the body to grasp the weapon they are after.

Suspects who seem initial cooperative may suddenly become hostile, seemingly without reason. A person who is mentally disturbed, on drugs or just having a bad day may lash out when they find out you are going to give them a ticket. Suspects know if they are bad guys, and if they think you have figured out that they are wanted for some crime, they may attack once your guard is down. Treat every person with dignity and respect, but be prepared to defend yourself if attacked; that's with the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
GREAT advice, especially with the types of clothing we're seeing on a lot of people these days.

I'd much rather be wary of someone with VERY loose and hanging clothes on them (than those with properly fitting clothes)...way too many places to "go" for something.
Not to mention, if you LOOK like a slob(or a thug), that's how you're gonna be initially "perceived".

Of course, with clothing like THAT, their ability to rapidly elude is considerably diminshed...lol.

Have a safe weekend.

Bunkermeister said...

Gangsters actually wear loose clothing so they cannont be seen as unarmed. They want their enemies to have the perception that they are armed all the time. Even when they are not.

Concord Carpenter said...

Great advice Sarge.

I always taught my recruits to visually frisk everyone and watch the hands - "hands kill"

Bunkermeister said...

Yes, they do. Hands kill.