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NCJ Number: 152121 Find in a Library
Title: Officer Safety: Why It Isn't Working
Journal: Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine  Volume:18  Issue:9  Dated:(September 1994)  Pages:53-55,83
Author(s): G W Garner
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Many police deaths result from preventable errors that police need to avoid by unlearning the misinformation they may have obtained from television and from recognizing and using several basic safety techniques.
Abstract: Errors that have led to fatalities include failure to maintain proficiency with equipment, poor handcuffing and searching techniques, failure to notice danger signs, failing to maintain control of police weapons, failure to make proper use of backup, making false or dangerous assumptions, and poor positioning. To avoid these and other errors, police should assume that all calls may be unsafe, watch for danger signs, watch a person's hands, use teamwork, make contingency plans, apply tactical withdrawal where indicated, wear body armor, handcuff and search properly, use cover correctly, be conscious of light and noise, and gather information before deciding on a course of action. They should also regularly become involved in survival training. Photograph
Main Term(s): Police safety
Index Term(s): Police deaths; Police defensive training; Police weapons training
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