Friday, August 7, 2015

Danger Cues

Every traffic stop is a potentially life changing experience.  You might get killed.  You might kill someone else.  You might stop a major criminal and take them into custody.  You might get in a fight and get permanently injured.

Watch for danger cues.  Anything that is outside normal behavior is a potential danger cue.  A lack of cooperation is a major danger cue.  Every danger cue is a sign for you to be more careful.  As the danger increases, you should consider increasing your safety.

Back off and treat the traffic stop as a barricaded suspect.  Call for backup.  Prepare to use or increase your force level.  Tactically retreat.  Let the suspect go and follow them.  There are always options you can use, don't just bumble along without taking some action; that's what the SGT Says.

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