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SEP 2017

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22 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2017 "Fading" right/left. It is a 45-degree rearward movement to di- agonally. e practice is, you step off shoulder to your rear at a 45-degree angle, and when your first foot touches the ground you have already unsnapped your gear from the carrier, and before your movement has stopped you have drawn your gear from your belt. PRACTICE e last third of an effective draw is practice. Here are a few prac- tice drills to improve your skill in accessing and drawing your gear, with and without a partner. Approaching Subject Exercises: As you approach your location, practice access- ing your gear and going to a low-profile carry. Start 10 feet from the subject. You can do this exercise by yourself using a chair to stand in for the subject. Place the chair in several different environments while you practice the drill in all possible positions like standing, kneeling, sitting, ground, prone, su- pine, etc. With a partner you can either approach the partner or have them walk toward you to help you gauge at how fast a pace someone may be walking toward you. When You Make Initial Contact: When you are verbally engaging your subject for an interview, statement taking, or while gathering information, start 5 feet from the subject. Practice drawing your gear in this situation. Again, you can do this exercise using a chair to stand in for a sub- ject and place the chair in several different envi- ronments while in all of your positions like stand- ing, kneeling, sitting, ground, prone, supine, etc. When conducting this exercise with a partner you can either have them move toward you or you can move toward them to help you gauge at how fast a pace someone may be moving toward you. When You Make Contact: When you are operating, as in patting down a subject, receiv- ing their identification, or making an arrest, start 2 feet from the subject. Use a chair again as a subject and place the chair in several different environments while practicing drawing gear from your duty belt in all positions: standing, kneeling, sitting, ground, prone, supine, etc. With a partner you can either have them move toward you or move toward them to gauge at how fast a pace someone may be moving toward you. Suggested Environments for Exercises: • Inside your home so you can simulate a domestic situation • Outside on different types of terrain to simulate a traffic stop or approaching a subject • Sitting inside your car or office chair • Wearing a cold weather jacket and gloves as you approach • Wearing rain gear, poncho, or rain coat as you approach • Taping your index finger, thumb, or pinky finger to simulate a broken finger or injury • Alternating your eyes open and closed to simu- late debris or impaired vision • Change your foot placement to simulate being on uneven terrain ACCESSING AND DRAWING UNDER CONTROLLED STRESS When building a skill you first must define the goal. If accessing and drawing your gear under stressful and ever changing conditions is your goal, then you will need to place more mind and vision dis- DUTY GEAR RESOURCES 5.11 Tactical www.511tactical.com Boston Leather www.bostonleather.com CopQuest http://copquest.com/ DeSantis www.desantisholster.com First Tactical www.firsttactical.com Gould & Goodrich http://gouldusa.com Hogue www.hogueinc.com Safariland www.safariland.com Strong Leather www.strongleather.com Tru-Spec www.truspec.com Uncle Mike's http://unclemikes.com/ Vertx http://vertx.com ACCESSING AND DRAWING THE TOOLS ON YOUR BELT ACCESSING AND DRAWING THE TOOLS ON YOUR BELT Train to know where your baton and other tools are by feel and get comfortable drawing them while interviewing a "subject." PHOTO: ANTHONY SHERMAN, PRESIDENT OF GENESIS GROUP

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