Sunday, August 30, 2015


Use of force can sometimes be avoided if the officer can maintain control from the beginning.  Stay focused on the issue.  If the contact is due to a traffic violation, don't get distracted by the suspect saying he does not have to comply.

If the suspect says he does not have to comply, that's a danger cue.  A foreshadowing that the suspect is unlikely to comply with other instructions.  That means you may need to insist that he complies with the traffic violation protocols or you need to move on.

The officer would do well to call for back up.  He should have his less lethal weapons ready to hand.  Too often we see videos of officers wrestling around on the ground with people, their pepper spray, their baton, their Taser unused.  Be ready to escalate if needed, that's what the SGT Says.

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