POLICE Magazine

SEP 2018

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90 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 I n all my travels as a Marine and a police trainer, I have entered some of the most dangerous places in the world and have often thought about the "what if" scenario. What if I was taken as a hostage? What would I do? As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you also have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage? After talking with many different federal, local, and state agencies, I have come to realize that only a select few law enforcement officers receive hostage survival training. Be- ing a Marine, I have worked as a role player several times in training exercises and have seen many of the best crack under the smallest amount of pressure. I want to discuss a few things that I found are very impor- tant if you are ever taken hostage. In this situation you face not only the physical hardships and danger but also mental distress and emotional trauma. MOVES AND COUNTERMOVES First, I'll talk about what goes on behind the scenes before the actual capture. Now do not get me wrong, officers have been taken hostage by street criminals who had no plan. But if the kidnapping is planned, it typically happens in phases. Let's look at each and how you can counter it. ENEMY PHASE ONE: INTELLIGENCE GATHERING 1. ey need to know what you look like. So they will col- lect current photos of you that show your height, weight, complexion, color of hair and eyes, and the typical cloth- ing you wear on and off work. If they dive deep into who you are, they will also collect similar photos of your family and co-workers. ey will also want photos of your vehi- cles, home, and places you frequent. So think about what you are putting out on social media. 2. Your schedule before work, during work, and after work is another key piece of intel for anyone seeking to take you. ey want to know your routine. ey will especially want to discover things you might do that you don't want any- one else knowing such as a romantic relationship outside Create reasons to casually scan your surroundings for threats. If abducted, note any details about how they grab you. SURVIVING AS A HOSTAGE Being taken as a captive is a nightmare scenario for law enforce- ment officers, but there are ways to maximize your chances of being rescued and of identifying your kidnappers after you're free. The Winning Edge DAVE YOUNG PHOTO: ANTHONY AND TRACY SHERMAN FROM GENESIS GROUP Someone planning to abduct you will follow you to gather information that will aid in your capture.

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