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JAN 2019

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Winning is much more than surviving conflict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Nancy Fatura & team. 60 P O L I C E J A N UA R Y 2 019 ter briefly losing sight of the subject, it's important to remember to never jump over walls or fences exactly where the suspect did, and to "pop a peek" around corners from an unexpected height— whenever practical. It's also important to remember that darkened backyards offer a wide variety of hazards—vicious dogs, swimming pools, clotheslines, and fixed objects in the ground like sprinkler heads—all of which can ruin an officer's day. Anoth- er consideration is the terrain itself. Is there snow, ice, standing water, sand, mud, or other traction issues that can cause an injury? Finally, a foot pursuit will ideally in- volve at least two officers. For this rea- son, it's important to call for backup as soon as you get the sense that a contact might beat feet. It's recommended that in the event that two officers are giving chase that they not separate unless they remain in sight of each other and main- tain communication. FIVE QUESTIONS e recent incident in Chicago presents an opportunity to ask—and answer— several important questions that merit consideration before a police officer gets into their next foot pursuit. 1. "Am I in good physical health?" Because a substantial number of foot pursuits end in some use of force to bring the fleeing subject into custody, it's fair to ask, "Do I have the cardio and strength conditioning to engage in a physical struggle with a resistive sub- ject after running at top speed for sev- eral minutes?" It's important to have a very accu- rate—and recent—assessment of your health and fitness. Too many officers die from heart attack or other medical emergency during or immediately fol- lowing a foot pursuit. Further, there's no point in continuing a pursuit only to have a subject—who has done nothing much more than physically train while behind bars—get the best of you in a fight, potentially disarming and killing you. 2. "Have I observed any pre-attack indicators prior to the subject flee- ing on foot? Have I seen any behaviors Bring the best in law enforcement training to your agency: CLASSES: The Winning Mind The Winning Mind for Women Career & Officer Survival For Dispatchers The Winning Edge (NEW 2-day class) Developing Successful Staff Skills (630) 399-1645 Winning is much more than surviving confl ict. Be completely prepared for your challenges with our inspiring and world-renowned classes with Dave "JD Buck Savage" Smith, Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, Sgt. Nancy Fatura & team. THE WINNING EDGE A foot pursuit in full gear on the street is very different than running on a treadmill in comfortable clothes in the gym. PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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