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June 14, 2009

Using the passenger side of your cruiser

Submitted by:
Ofc. Sam Hemingway, Five Rivers Metro Parks (OH)

We train society through TV and our own applied tactics, what our movements are during a traffic stop. They know that we typically return back to our cruiser and sit in the driver’s seat to conduct our business. To avoid being dangerously predictable, consider this:

After conducting a passenger side approach, sit in the passenger side of your cruiser to conduct your license and criminal history checks and to writing citations, warnings etc. While the violator is sitting in his car he may be contemplating an assault. If the violator does decide to lauch one, he is going to exit his car and his first place of attack is probably going to be towards the driver's seat of the cruiser (where they expect us to be sitting). Sitting in the passenger seat may give you the one moment you need to gain a tactical advantage.

Sitting on the passenger side to conduct our business also gives officers a tactical advantage in case they have to quickly exit the cruiser. In this position, he or she doesn’t have to be so concerned with passing traffic and can concentrate on the threat from the violator. This tactic works during the day or at night.

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