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OCT 2018

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40 POLICE OCTOBER 2018 ficers per arrestee. is principle not only helps if the arrestee resists, but also means that arrestees are less likely to resist if they know they are out- numbered. If an arrest is made and three officers are on scene, two of the officers can control and handcuff the arrestee, while the third officer stays with the victim, keeping the situation safer. While it may seem strange to the layperson, officers know that victims of domestic violence often jump in and attempt to prevent the ar- rest of the persons who battered or assaulted them. Upon arrival, stop, look, and listen. Don't rush into the situation unless abso- lutely necessary. You should gain as much knowledge as possible before making contact. Pay attention to the environment as you approach the residence. Here are some things you need to note. Are there any dogs? If there are dogs, are they big enough to be a threat? Where are the doors? Can you see in a window? What do you hear coming from the resi- dence? By listening as you ap- proach the residence, you may learn valuable infor- mation about the dispute, which can become evi- dence in your report. You may also realize that there are exigent circumstances, in which case you may de- cide to gain entry immedi- ately. However, if there are no exigent circumstances, stand to the side of the door, knock loudly, and ask permission to enter. It is always more profes- sional to, when possible, introduce your- self and your department and to request to come inside (instead of demanding). Also, provide context by explaining why you are there. Sometimes you will get compliance by explaining that you are just there to make sure everyone is OK and that you cannot leave until you have done so. For example, you might say, "Good evening, ma'am. I'm Officer Schlosser with the Rantoul Police Department. I am just here The Winning Edge Once the parties have been separated, interview everyone involved. Do so from a safe distance, with your hands above your waist and weapon side back. Arrestees are less likely to resist if they know they are outnumbered.

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