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NCJ Number: 136127 Find in a Library
Title: Contact and Cover: Two-Officer Suspect Control
Author(s): S Albrecht; Morrison J
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 162
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05773-7
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents the procedures and techniques of "contact and cover," which is a concept and a set of operating tactics for use any time and every time two or more police officers deal with one or more suspects.
Abstract: This includes field interviews, traffic stops, arrests, radio calls, and on-scene investigations where suspects are present. One officer assumes the role of "contact" officer initiates and conducts all the business of the contact itself. The contact officer talks to the suspect, writes all of the suspect or incident information, performs all pat-downs and searches, gathers any evidence, writes all citations, and notifies the dispatcher of any relevant information. The cover officer's primary role is to protect the contact officer from a position of surveillance and control of the suspect and the scene. After discussing the contact and cover officers' roles and duties, the book explains the cover officer's approach and observation techniques as well as position and intervention. One chapter addresses officer-to-officer communication; five chapters on tactics cover procedures and techniques for two-officer/one suspect situations, suspect positioning, assault situations, multiple officers/multiple suspects, and "counter-instinctive" feelings. A chapter on special circumstances discusses ambush tactics, the challenge ambush, communication errors, arrest errors, handcuffing errors, the tactical retreat, and fatal errors. Supervision and training for contact and cover are considered in two chapters. Subject index
Main Term(s): Police safety techniques
Index Term(s): Arrest and apprehension; Police defensive training; Police policies and procedures; Vehicle stops
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