Recent NYPD alert serves as reminder to stay alert for improvised weapons
by P1 News Editor Lindsay Gebhart
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Vigilance and education about unique, difficult to spot weapons is key for officer safety. Smith suggests going to gun fairs when they are in town to check out what is out there. He also recommended that you search the Internet and hit up your street sources so you consistently familiarize yourself with the kinds of weapons that may surface on the street and how they are used.
Smith said the two things to focus on when you approach a suspect are to:
1) make sure suspects their hands out of their pockets and,
2) if they are holding something, have them to put it down. In these situations, Smith suggests "selling" the idea to them rather than going into full commando mode. He suggested using phrases like: Just put the phone down, I want your full attention or Put it down so we can protect you and me and not have any problems or A pen can be used as a weapon, so please put the pen down.
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