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Many of the criminals now being released have learned to use small edged weapons in prison. Some of these inmates are very skilled at using these blades to slice and kill. Job one for a police officer is to not get cut and to stop the attack. After viewing these photos, read our full article, "Defending Against Small Edged Weapons."
In many cases, the victims of stabbings never knew the knives were in play. Their first indication that something was wrong was when they saw blood. And that's often too late.
A rape investigation presented immediate barriers for Fort Smith PD's Det. Jeff Carter, such as a reluctant victim and informant with a criminal record and chemical dependence.
Al Giusto of Combined Combatives demonstrates the edged-weapon defensive tactics he'll be teaching at POLICE-TREXPO East 2011 from Aug. 10-12 at the Dulles Expo & Conference Center, South Hall, Chantilly, Va.
Gang members on the street and inside prisons acquire edged weapons to use in close-quarter attacks on rival gang members or law enforcement officers. Street gang members typically will use fixed-blade knives, daggers, folding knives, butterfly knives or other utility tools, while inmates fashion their own jail-made shanks and other weapons from boot reinforcements, bed wiring, and other materials. Don't miss POLICE gang expert Rich Valdemar's "Edged Weapons and Gang Culture" blog post.