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Physical Confrontations

How Martial Arts Training Benefits Law Enforcement Officers

Included in the benefits to participating in any form of martial art are the increased fitness and flexibility one gains, as well as the psychological effect of enhanced self-awareness and self-assuredness.

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Pre-Attack Indicators

Learn how to tell someone is about to assault you long before they make their first move.

Cloth Handles for Arrest and Control

If you know how to take advantage of what a suspect wears, you can use these handles to help get him or her into handcuffs.

Fla. Deputy Attacked by 400-Pound Man

A roughly 400-pound man was taken into custody Wednesday after he allegedly pushed an undercover deputy into something sharp and cut his arm in a neighborhood north of Orlando International Airport.

Video: Ind. Officer Tackles Man In Hotel Lobby

An Indianapolis Metro Police officer is facing an internal investigation after he tackled a business traveler in the lobby of the JW Marriott hotel. Video surveillance footage published by WISH-TV shows Brian Hudkins' Sept. 6 confrontation with Officer Michael Wilson.

Video: Officer Safety Training Tips

POLICE Magazine has teamed up with The MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., to offer a series of training videos demonstrating defensive tactics officers may need to use.

Texas Cop Shoots, Kills Suspect Who Choked Him

A Conroe (Texas) Police officer fatally shot a suspected shoplifter who had choked the officer in a fight in a wooded area outside a Wal-Mart on Wednesday.

S.C. Man Attacks Deputy, Patrol Car

A Beaufort County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputy subdued a handcuffed suspect who attacked his patrol car and lunged at the deputy on Saturday.

Handcuffing Suspects: 3 Techniques

Too many officers try to handcuff a suspect while he or she is still fighting. Before you can handcuff a suspect, you must obtain control. Here are three techniques for when you're on your own (rear leg sweep), with a partner (rear takedown), or with a group of three or more officers (the swarm). Read our feature, "Closing the Gap," for the full story. Photos by Amaury Murgado.

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Closing the Gap

The reactionary gap is the distance you must keep between you and the suspect in order for you to respond to any sudden threat. That distance tends to be six to nine feet if you can see the suspect's hands, and 25 feet if you can't. The danger zone is anywhere inside the reactionary gap.

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