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Over the years I have seen many variations on "deadly errors" officers make to get themselves hurt but the version that is still my favorite is the first one I learned, and I think it is time to do a quick review.

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Handcuffed Suspect Fires at Texas Officers

A suspect arrested for riding a stolen motorcycle was shot and killed after he fired a concealed handgun at officers from inside a police SUV on Tuesday. The suspect had concealed a handgun from the arresting officers.

Video: Intoxicated Man Pulls Loaded Gun In Cruiser

A rookie Metro Transit police officer didn't fully search an intoxicated man who pulled a revolver out of his waistband while riding un-handcuffed in the rear of a patrol car.

Minn. Man Pulls Gun In Squad

An intoxicated Minneapolis man pulled a loaded gun from his pants while in custody in the back of a patrol car that officers eventually wrestled away from him. Read the full story here.

NYPD Begins Testing Handgun Scanners

The NYPD will soon deploy new technology allowing police to detect guns carried by criminals without using the typical pat-down procedure, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Wednesday.

Student Who Shot Self In Cruiser Wasn't Fully Searched

A deputy performed only a brief pat down, not a full search, on a handcuffed teenager who shot himself Wednesday in the backseat of a patrol car on the campus of North Shore Senior High School, officials admitted Thursday.

Chicago Gang Funeral Goers Get Police Pat Downs

Chicago Police will begin patting down attendees of gang funerals to prevent violent attacks, Mayor Rahm Emanuel told CBS News.

NYPD Cop Jams Finger In Gun's Hammer, Stops Assault

A quick-handed NYPD sergeant likely saved his own life when he stopped a man's revolver from firing by sticking his right ring finger between the hammer and cylinder.

Accent on Officer Safety

Given the ever-present risks to your survival, it's important for you to know that in numerous decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court has created special rules to allow you to investigate crimes and apprehend suspects without undue restrictions that jeopardize your safety. Being aware of these cases can help you avoid taking chances you don't have to take.

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5 Fundamentals of Making an Arrest

Always remember we need to Immobilize, Control, Handcuff, and then Search. Once handcuffed, search the subject's immediate area where he or she can retrieve a weapon while handcuffed. This includes the waist area, the groin area, pants pockets, and the small of the back-all favorite spots that criminals like to hide their firearms and other weapons.