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SEP 2017

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18 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2017 O VER THE YEARS, the number of tools on an officer's duty belt has vastly grown from just a baton swinging from baton loops to over 12 different items we need to be safer and more efficient in our jobs. Quickly accessing these tools and getting them in our hands to be effective is an impor- tant part of any training program. We will address a few key points in making this action possible, including three essentials. You need to know where your gear is, effectively use movement, and practice. KEY DEFINITIONS First, let's address a few definitions used in training. "Fine Motor Skills" are needed when using conscious thought (thinking about it) to draw an item out of your holster, carrier, or pouch. An example of this is drawing from a holster that re- quires you to use your thumb to press a lever downward, before you can move it forward, then use your middle finger to push the lever back as you grab the firearm to rock it back before you can remove it. at is a lot to remember under stress and most often in our training we see officers struggling with "double dipping." Double dipping means the officer must retry the drawing pro- cess, so from the outside looking in it appears the officer is just pulling on the firearm to get it released from the holster. "Gross Motor Skills" are needed when using unconscious thought (not having to think about it) to draw an item out of your holster, carrier, or pouch. An example of this is drawing from a holster that uses one action as if you were shaking a person's hand before you can remove it. Gross motor skills support the PHOTO: ANTHONY SHERMAN, PRESIDENT OF GENESIS GROUP WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DUTY BELT, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION IS WHETHER YOU CAN GET TO WHAT YOU NEED WHEN YOU NEED IT. ACCESSING AND DRAWING THE TOOLS ON YOUR BELT H DAVE YOUNG

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