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DEC 2018

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46 POLICE DECEMBER 2018 I t is stressful for officers to conduct a high-risk arrest. However, training and repe- tition will give officers confi- dence when such a situation arises. Tactically, if possible, officers should be behind cover, and ideally three or more officers will be pres- ent. Two officers can man- age a high-risk situation, if necessary. Officers must communicate with each other so they know their individual roles. Even better, officers who work together should train together to help avoid confusion. Since high-risk arrests may re- quire the use of deadly force, you should draw your pistol, keeping your finger on the locator along the side of the frame of the pistol. Hold the pistol at the high ready, with line of sight just above the sights of the pistol; focus on the suspect, with the sights in secondary vision. At this point in the arrest, the sus- pect is not an immediate threat, so keep the suspect, and not the pistol sights, in primary vision and sharp focus. Should the need arise, you can quickly raise the pistol slightly, ad- just your focus to the sights, and at- tain a sight picture for a shot. If you keep the pistol within your line of sight instead, you will be focused on the front sight and the suspect will be blurred, and you will lose attention on the suspect or their movements. THE COMMANDS To eliminate confusion, one officer should give all com- mands, which you should practice repeatedly to make them instinctive during the stressful situation of a high-risk arrest. Com- mands should be spoken loudly, clearly, and concise- ly. Loud, clear, and concise commands are imperative in today's society, where everything is being recorded; take away all doubt should deadly force be required. While you may choose your own commands, here are some recommendations to practice. 1. "Get your hands up." ("higher," if necessary) a. With the suspect's arms extend- ed, you will more likely spot a weapon at the beltline or some- where on the upper body. b. You may also choose to have the subject slowly turn completely around into view of the entire beltline and upper body. c. e arrestee should be facing the officers prior to your asking the arrestee to drop to the prone po- sition. 2. If there is a weapon visible, say, "I see the weapon. If you reach for it, I will shoot." 3. "Keeping your hands away from the weapon, away from your waist, go down to your knees." 4. "Keeping your hands away from Two officers can manage a high-risk situation, if necessary. But three or more officers should be present if possible. HIGH-RISK ARREST TACTICS Work as a team with at least one other officer to apprehend a high-risk subject as safely as possible. The Winning Edge MICHAEL SCHLOSSER AND KEN PALMER

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