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DEC 2018

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PoliceMag.com 49 ' | 410-744-2400 | events@ipmba.org | www.ipmba.org low a safer transition should they need to bring their pistol up for use. is will help keep them from covering their partner with the pistol and keep the control officer from being shot should the cover officer swing their pistol too far side to side. e control officer must maintain con- trol by placing the first cuff on the arm they are controlling. After the first cuff is on, while maintaining control, the control officer should ask the arrestee to slowly place their other hand behind their back. e control officer should then grab ahold of the arrestee's hand before it reaches the arrestee's body. After handcuffing the suspect, the con- trol officer should search the area near the arrestee's hands to make sure no other weapons are within reach. e control officer should then ask the arrestee if they are OK and can breathe. Even though the suspect is under ar- rest, their safety is the responsibility of the arresting officers. e officer should then check the cuffs for proper fit and double- lock them. e officers can then retrieve the weap- on safely. As a rule of thumb, secure a sus- pect prior to taking a weapon from them. However, circumstances dictate tactics, and sometimes officers need to change strategy and tactics. ere is no such thing as a "never" or "always" when it comes to police tactics. After the weapon has been secured, the contact officer should complete a thor- ough and systematic search. is can be done with the arrestee prone, kneeling, or standing, or all three to be sure. OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Make the arrest at the safest possible lo- cation. Ideally, officers would find cover and then order the arrestee to the location behind cover. If there is another threat, the cover of- ficer will have to focus their attention both on the other possible threat and the arrestee. Ideally, a third officer would be available to focus on other potential threats while two officers perform the high-risk arrest. 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. Sgt. Ken Palmer of the Livingston County (IL) Sheriff's Office works as the master fire- arms instructor and master control tactics instructor at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. Contact and cover officers should work together so the control officer can safely control and cuff a suspect.

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