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Family training for off-duty safety



September 09, 2005

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Scott Buhrmaster Topics & Tactics for Law Enforcement
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Tip: Family training for off-duty safety

You may be trained to handle an off-duty encounter wisely, but have you trained your family? One way you can help keep your spouse and children safe in an off-duty encounter is to explain ahead of time how crucial it is for them to listen and act immediately--no questions asked--when you tell them to leave an area.

You can let them know that you've eyed trouble that may require your intervention and their full cooperation by creating a special phrase that will be used only in these scenarios… something like, "I've got a situation," or "It's time to listen and act."

If you have planned ahead, they will immediately follow your directions and know where to go (a place out of the line of potential fire, a heavily trafficked intersection where patrol units may drive by, a place with a phone) and know what to do (call 911 or flag down a squad and remember to alert the emergency operator or responding officers to the fact that there is an off-duty officer on the scene wearing whatever you're wearing.)

 

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If you have tactical information, compelling incidents, general comments or topics you would like to share, please contact Scott Buhrmaster, Managing Editor for PoliceOne.com and the Director of Training for the PoliceOne Training Network, at: buhrmastergroup@comcast.net






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