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NCJ Number: 152720 Find in a Library
Title: Realistic Firearms' Retention Training: A Necessity for Enforcement Agencies
Journal: Gazette  Volume:56  Issue:10  Dated:(1994)  Pages:2-8
Author(s): G Puder; D Brindle
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 7
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The authors discuss assaults against police officers by individuals who have disarmed the officers, the need for firearms retention training, and legal considerations in police risk management.
Abstract: Data on assaults against police officers in Canada indicate that police disarming is a significant phenomenon that will not likely dissipate. In most Canadian jurisdictions, police authorities are responsible for use of force standards and policies. When considering evidence of what a reasonably competent police officer would or would not do in a given situation, courts can be expected to look to the existence and content of firearms retention training as a primary indicator of proper standards of care. Police agencies that recognize firearms retention as a training requirement should select appropriate instructional methods. Training programs should teach simple, easily learned skills that can be retained under the stress of a critical incident. Training should focus on firearm retention techniques and movement control. A training strategy is recommended that encompasses techniques to lock, shock, and neutralize. The bottom line is that police officers who carry firearms should be prepared to defend against assailants who attempt to disarm them. Legal considerations in firearms retention training are examined that include civil liability and duty of care. 9 references and 8 photographs
Main Term(s): Police firearm training
Index Term(s): Armed vs unarmed police; Assaults on police; Canada; Foreign police; Lawful use of force; Police legal limitations
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