Thursday, April 16, 2015

Talking and Shooting

When training firearms, encourage your officers to issue verbal commands before or during their shooting.  It's okay to shoot and issue verbal commands at the same time.  Officers might miss and the commands would be important.

Officer might hit the suspect, but may not be stopped by gunfire alone.  Giving them a verbal command may be enough to push them over the edge to obey.  Verbal commands should be clear and short.  Commands should be usable in several types of scenarios.

Drop the weapon.  Stop.  Don't come any closer.  Put your hands up.  These are four good, clear, short phrases to use when confronting an armed suspect.  They are easy to shout and easy to understand.  Drop the weapon works for a gun, knife, club or any other kind of weapon.  It makes training more useful; that's what the SGT Says.

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