Thursday, February 12, 2015

End It

Using force never looks good.  No matter how justified, how legal, how much of a last resort, it always looks bad to the general public.  That's one reason why if force needs to be used, it should be used swiftly, and be done right away.

Don't prolong the incident.  Use enough force to end it, as quickly as possible.  It's better to have ten officers swarm a suspect, knock him down, grab his harms and be done with it in ten seconds than is it for two officers to strike the suspect with batons for five minutes.

Ending the incident quickly actually reduces the likelihood that the suspect, the officers or civilians will get hurt.  If you can overwhelm the suspect it is harder for him to deploy a counter-move or go to a weapon.  You are less likely to have the incident continue so that passers-by become involved.  End violent encounters quickly if reasonable; that's what the SGT Says.


Protect_and_Serve said...

Great advice but "ten officers" is a luxury that 80% of the departments in America don't have. We don't field ten officers in the entire county at one time.

Mike Creek said...

We usually field three or four. But given that it's LA County we could get 1,000 in less than an hour.