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SEP 2018

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L L L L L L L L L E E E D E 94 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 you? Are there crowds outside? Do you hear machines? Do you hear cars, trains, planes, buses, or boats? Do you hear any nature sounds? Do you smell anything? A PHYSICAL ORDEAL What you will experience as a hostage will depend on who has taken you and why. You may be physically abused. Even if you are not abused, certain aspects of being a prisoner may take a physical toll on you. e first piece of advice I have is control your breathing, no matter what happens. If you are hit, always lean in the di- rection of the strike and exhale if being kicked, punched, or beaten. After one hit, try to limit the beating by going motion- less, if possible. ey want to punish you, not kill you (at first anyway). Being bound and sitting in one position for a long time can cause physical prob- lems. Try to open and close your hands to keep your circulation flowing. When sit- ting with your feet bound, try to alternate your legs from straight to bent every once in a while and wiggle your toes. Having a hostage also puts some de- mands on the captors. If they want to keep the victim alive, they have to provide food and water. If they don't want the person to wet or mess themselves, they have to pro- vide for elimination of bodily waste. You can use this to your advantage. By asking to use the bathroom, you may get a feel for where you are. By asking for water, you may be able to identify the leader because the others will look to this person for their orders. One of your goals is to survive long enough for your fellow officers to find you and attempt a rescue. But if a rescue at- tempt takes place, you don't want to get shot or killed in the process. Get down on the floor or ground and sit as close to the wall or a cover position as possible. e only time you should get up and move is if you are in a position to use the rescue at- tempt as a distraction to escape. I know this is a lot to remember. But my goal is to get you thinking about it. Run the possible scenarios through your mind and visualize what you would do to gain a positive outcome. Remember, the num- ber one goal is survival: emotional, men- tal, and physical. Dave Young is the co-founder of Vistelar and director of ARMA Training, which offers training to law enforcement, cor- rections, security, and military personnel worldwide. He is a long-standing mem- ber of the POLICE Magazine Advisory Board. Young has developed a detailed course on surviving hostage situations for law enforcement and corrections professionals. The Winning Edge Be wary off duty. If you become a hostage, make note of any details you can, including sounds and smells. LED L E E E E E E E D D D D D D D LED 80 Lowell Street, Rochester, New York 14605-1831 (800) 538-0022 • (585) 546-7143 • FAX: (585) 546-6157 • www.tele-lite.com For optimum performance and safety, we recommend you read the Owner's Manual before operating your Honda Power Equipment. Connection of generators to house power requires transfer device to avoid possible injury to power company personnel. Consult a qualified electrician. NEW Product Spotlight • Available for the NEW EU2200 and EU1000 Honda Generators • Less Power, More Light - Draws Only 1 Amp • Robust 15,000 Lumens • Brighter, crisper White Light Output • Designed for Dissipating Heat Efficiently • Corrosion Resistant Aluminum Housing PORTABLE POWER & LIGHT

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