POLICE Magazine

JUL 2018

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36 POLICE JULY 2018 cle, who will cuff and search the suspect or suspects, and who is responsible for main- taining cover while observing the vehicle for any other movement. Giving Commands—e officer giv- ing the orders should give loud and clear commands or use the PA system, ensur- ing the instructions are coherent and con- cise in order to guarantee that they are understood by the suspect or suspects. As soon as possible, it is important to set con- text. For example, after asking to see the driver's hands or asking the occupants to exit the vehicle with their hands up, it is important to be clear about the situation in its entirety by saying something like, "I have reason to believe that you are armed. If you make any sudden movements other than those that I tell you to make, I will consider that a direct threat to my life. Do not make any sudden movements or fail to follow any commands that I give you." Suspect Management—e officer should then order the suspect toward the passenger side of the squad car. Once the suspect is about halfway back, order them to stop and turn around, while you are looking for weapons. en, have the suspect continue to the back of your ve- hicle or to a designated location where officers can handcuff the suspect, check for weapons, and place them in a squad car. No more than one suspect should be dealt with at a time. If there are other oc- cupants, the same procedure should be followed, one at a time. Officers should always assume there are others in the stopped vehicle. Commands should be given several times before approaching or attempting to clear the vehicle. Here are the basic rules of thumb for suspect management during known risk vehicle stops: • No more than one suspect unsecured out of the vehicle at any time • Make them come to you while you re- main behind cover • Move them to a tactically advantageous position for your arrest team to secure and search them (think about lighting) The Gunshot Residue Experts » ASCLD/LAB accredited to perform primer gunshot residue analysis & distance determination » Experts qualifi ed in 29 states, plus Bermuda, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos, & New Zealand » 5 - 10 day turnaround time » Competitive pricing - Call for more information! 724.519.9068 go.rjlg.com/criminal-forensics NEW BOOK JUST RELEASED $19.99 First book to ever examine the Unsolved Homicides of America's heroic LE officers. Order from author for a signed copy or Amazon www.Policehistorybyjamesbultema.com 928.607.1210 • Cuff then search the suspects before placing them in the squad car • Designate officers to maintain control of the vehicle while suspects are in custody • After all known suspects are completely secured, tactically approach the vehicle and search for additional suspects (see one, think two) As with all tactics in police work, there is never a definitive method of action, as there is always more than one way to ac- complish the same goals safely. We should also keep in mind that circumstances dic- tate tactics, and we must have the ability as police officers to think on our feet and use all of our training, experience, and common sense to accomplish our goals and remain safe in every situation. Dr. Michael Schlosser, Ph.D., is the director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, and the Institute's lead control and arrest tactics instructor. He retired from the Rantoul (IL) Police Department as a lieutenant. The Winning Edge

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