Handling vehicles with tinted windows

Submitted by:
Scott Buhrmaster, PoliceOne Managing Editor, and In The Line Of Duty


Video:  Broadband  Dialup
Duty Sheet and Lesson Plan

This clip from the In the Line of Duty video training series illustrates a tactically challenging and potentially dangerous situation; a stop on a vehicle with tinted windows. The LOD program, “Tinted Windows Shooting/Tinted Windows Training (Vol. 3, Program 12), shares numerous tips and tactics for safely navigating stops involving tinted windows.

Among them, as detailed in the video’s accompanying lesson plan, are:

  1. Before approaching the vehicle, instruct the driver through the PA system to lower all car windows and turn on the interior light.
  2. Have the driver exit the vehicle and approach the front of your patrol unit.
  3. If you do approach the subject vehicle, approach from the passenger side and place your flashlight on the rear window in an effort to illuminate the back of the car so you can see inside from a side window.
  4. Use moments when the headlights of on-coming traffic illuminate the interior to your advantage.
  5. When approaching a darkened car, use your hand to detect movement inside. Placing your hand on the trunk, for example, will not only ensure that the trunk is closed but it will help you feel rocking and jerking of the car body that could tip you off to noticeable subject movement inside….like someone shuffling around trying to hide contraband or retrieve a weapon.
  6. If back-up is arriving from the opposite direction, ask them to shine their spots into the front of the vehicle, thus blinding the subjects inside.

The video footage and duty sheet/lesson plan are from the "In the Line of Duty" video Volume 3 Program 12 - "Tinted Window Vehicle Stops"

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Scott Buhrmaster is a longtime contributor to PoliceOne.com, 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 PoliceOne.com 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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