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NCJ Number: 70028 Find in a Library
Title: Domestic Disturbances - Officer Safety and Calming Techniques
Author(s): F B Schreiber
Corporate Author: MTI
United States of America
Project Director: P Elde
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: MTI
Northbrook, IL 60062
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: MTI
3710 Commercial Avenue
Northbrook, IL 60062
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film reviews some important officer safety procedures concerning domestic disturbance calls and presents some practical alternatives for calming agitated disputants.
Abstract: Because of their mobility, relatively short response time, and ability to deal with violence, law enforcement officers are often called on to answer domestic dispute calls. However, such calls are disliked by most law enforcement officers because of the physical danger involved and the unpredictable behavior of the disputants. The film suggests that police officers receiving such calls obtain as much information as possible from the dispatcher. When arriving at the location, officers should maintain a low profile, park at least one house away, and, unless faced by a life-threatening emergency, wait for their backup to arrive. They should listen and look for clues to the situation, use a triangular approach to the front door, knock matter-of-factly, and wait until the door is opened. Officers should also look for the presence of weapons and other dangers before entering the room. Officers may calm disputants by creating distractions, such as asking to use the telephone; getting the disputants seated to reduce physical tensions; and focusing on the immediate problem. Suggestions are also given for making a safe exit. A manual accompanies the film.
Index Term(s): Crisis intervention; Family crisis intervention units; Police safety; Police training
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