Search and cuff reminders

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Managing Editor Scott Buhrmaster & In the Line of Duty


In Line of Duty’s 10th training program in Volume 7 of their extensive training tape series leads off with footage related to the killing of three officers; two in Kansas City, KS and one in St. Louis, MO. Each officer was killed by a cuffed suspect.


As you watch this clip, keep these points in mind:


1. Even a cuffed suspect can be deadly, particularly if he is cuffed in the front.


Never let your guard down…ever.


2. When searching, take your time and do so diligently and methodically.


Remember to search ALL areas, including waistbands, hat rims, shoes, the groin, all pockets, etc.


3. If you find one weapon, don’t assume it’s the only one the suspect has.


Keep searching. There’s a strong chance you will surface more.


4. Remember that a suspect search shouldn’t be limited to his/her body.


As you’ll see in the tape, seemingly harmless things they’re carrying can harbor weapons as well. In this case, you’ll see instances of secret compartments in hollowed out soda bottles.

Related Video:
Duty Sheet and Lesson Plan
accompanying this video.

The video footage and duty sheet/lesson plan are from the "In the Line of Duty" video Volume 7 Program 10 - "Missed Weapons Lead to Officer Deaths/ Backup: Usual Concealment Areas" Part 1

See all of the In the Line of Duty videos at

Scott Buhrmaster is a longtime contributor to, as well as former Publisher of Police Marksman magazine. He has also served as Contributing Editor for Law Officer magazine. Scott has been a member of the law enforcement training community since 1989, when he began work as Director of Research with Calibre Press, Inc., producers of The Street Survival Seminar.

Throughout his tenure at Calibre, Buhrmaster was involved with virtually every aspect of the company’s officer survival training efforts, from the planning, creation and marketing of the organization’s award-winning textbooks and videos to developing and securing training content for the Seminar. In 1995, he was named Director of the Calibre Press Street Survival Newsline®, an Internet-based officer survival training service he helped found. In less than five years, Newsline readership grew from 25 officers to more than 250,000 in 26 countries, making it one of the most popular training vehicles in law enforcement history. His efforts now focus on providing training and information to the nearly 400,000 officers worldwide who visit every month.

Prior to joining PoliceOne, Buhrmaster, who also serves on the National Advisory Board of the Force Science Research Center and stands as an active member of the American Society for Law Enforcement Training and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, was President of The Buhrmaster Consulting Group, an international consulting practice for the law enforcement training sector and the publishing industry.

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