In the wake of last year's anti-police demonstrations, politicians made a lot of promises to "fix" policing and retrain officers to use force more sparingly. Now that some of these programs are being implemented, we are seeing the training may be sacrificing real world common sense about violence in favor of politically correct ideology.
NYPD brass insists the program was always going to be a centerpiece initiative for the department’s new commissioner, Bill Bratton. But they also acknowledge that it became critical -- and was sped up -- after last summer’s death of Eric Garner. More Here.
It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?
Even a well-trained officer can find him- or herself on the ground when initiating an arrest. Things happen quickly and things can get ugly quickly. Be sure that you are ready to counter any grabs for your weapons.
While mass shootings are most prominent in the nation's mind, mental illness is often part of the common calls officers face, including domestics, substance abuse, emotional distress, armed persons, and suicide by cop.
The carotid restraint control hold is a valuable force option. When applied by a competent end-user, the hold is quick and highly effective and is absent of any evidence of traumatic injury.
Can we ever stop law enforcement officers from being killed? I don't think so, but we don't have to make it any easier for it to happen either. There are things we should be doing that are well within our reach, but we don't.