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NYPD Retraining Focuses on Talking Arrestees Into Handcuffs

May 04, 2015  | 

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The Associated Press got an exclusive look at the New York Police Department's three-day course that's aimed at discouraging verbal abuse and needless physical force. The message to every one of the department's 35,000 officers is, quite simply, keep cool.

"We want to talk people into their cuffs," said Lt. Suzanne St. Jacques, NYPD commanding officer for physical training and tactics. "We want to talk them down into compliance, de-escalate the situation. ... The emphasis right now is the talk down before the takedown."

Over the three days at the department's new $750 million police academy, officers start in the classroom with instruction on verbal techniques for calming down a combative suspect. The course emphasizes the human side of the job, reminding officers that policing is about helping people.

An entire day is spent in a gymnasium where instructors teach the latest tactics for taking down uncooperative suspects without putting pressure on the neck or chest.

Soon the academy will also introduce role-playing exercises, like the one with the drunken driver, using elaborate sets made to look like a grocery store, a subway station or a street scene.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 5/5/2015 4:47 PM

They need to take this Lt. Jacques along for a shift on the street and have her demonstrate how to "talk" some bad gangbangers into her cuffs. You might even have to have some popcorn for that one

kevCopAz @ 5/5/2015 8:02 PM

This is silly. Any cop worth his or her salt knows how (or should) to talk to people if they are good cops and have any experience at all. We all should be able to talk to those that are willing, but this is not an "ask" situation, its a "tell" situation and and its not a debate. If the person is the type that will not submit within a few momments to a responsible request then hands on and just cuff them. I have found if you put hands on and cuff them as you explain, you are safer, they are unable to run and if done quickly and politely they have that split second of thinking what to do and by that time they are cuffed and yours. In 32+ years of arrests (every single day on average) I only had one subject break away as I cuffed them and we got him later. 99% of the others submitted, a few fought but were subdued since I already had a arm on them and they lost the fight. If a cop does not know how to work people like that they should be a fire fighter, not a crime fighter! Face it.

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