POLICE Magazine

JUL 2017

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38 POLICE JULY 2017 W hen making an arrest, you should always be looking for an advantage you can use against the suspect, so that you can bring him or her under control quickly with reasonable force using techniques permitted by your agen- cy's policy. One advantage you can leverage against suspects is to use what they are wearing against them. ink of the things a suspect wears on his or her body as "cloth handles" for ar- rest and control. Cloth handles include sleeves, collars, belts, pockets, baseball caps, backpacks, and watchbands. (Technically, most watchbands today are plastic, leather, or metal, not cloth. But watchbands are useful "handles" so I include them in the category of "cloth handles.") As we dive into this topic we're assuming the suspect is both aggressive and wearing clothes. Also, remember he or she may try to use what you are wearing against you. OK. Let's start our discussion on how to approach and ar- rest suspects. en we'll talk about how to use cloth handles. And then we'll wrap it up with a look at how to use hinge points. THE APPROACH Approach the suspect in a field interview stance. Have a good posture with one foot slightly behind the other with your gun side away from the suspect. Both of your hands should be together up in front of you. is gives you easier access to your tools. (Avoid putting your hands in your pock- ets or leaning against something unless you are undercover and want to avoid looking like a law enforcement officer.) Project a confident command presence with intermittent eye contact and keep checking for concealed weapons. Stand 10 to 12 feet away from the suspect and begin sizing him or her up. Look for signs that you may be in for a fight. ese include nervousness, hands moving, eyes that keep looking to- ward a certain location, and indicators of mental illness. TALK THEM INTO JAIL Talk to a suspect calmly, seriously, yet friendly enough for him to accept being handcuffed. You want to set him at ease so he doesn't make any sudden moves. Here's some sample one-liners to help you talk the bad guy into your handcuffs. • Do me a favor, keep your hands down at your side, out of your pockets where I can see them. • I don't want you scaring me. • I just want to have a polite conversation. • Nobody's going to jail. • I'm just trying to see what's going on here. • How's it going? • What brings you out in this mean, dark alley tonight? (make him laugh) If you're outnumbered use brain not brawn. Take some deep breaths. Don't let your ego get you into a dire situation just because you didn't call for backup. Just contain and control as you call and wait for backup to arrive. Usually time is on your side. CLOTH HANDLES FOR ARREST AND CONTROL If you know how to take advantage of what a suspect wears, you can use these handles to help get him or her into handcuffs. The Winning Edge AL ABIDIN AND GREG MCNAMEE Sleeves

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