Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Verbal Commands

When you are faced with a confrontation, use verbal commands.  State the obvious.  It may be obvious to you, but it might not be obvious to the suspect or to the people watching on video.  Witness need to be able to testify that you shouted "Police officer." "Drop the knife."  "Don't move."  "Don't come any closer."  "You are under arrest."

When you go to the range or perform arrest control techniques practice using verbal commands.  Verbal commands should be simple.  They should be clear.  They should be easy to remember.  Have a short list of commands that work for several types of incident.

Drop the weapon, drop the knife, drop the gun, are all good, clear, simple commands.  Identify yourself as a police officer.  If you have police powers, you are a police officer.  Mentioning your agency may be a bit long in an emergency.  Verbal commands can help make a situation clear to the suspect and to witnesses; that's what the SGT Says.

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