How to buy police batons
Batons are more important than most officers give them credit for. The baton is the only tool on an officer’s duty belt that provides less lethal to lethal force options, without hesitating or having to transition to another tool beforehand.
Batons should be a mandatory carry for all detectives and patrol, and, on that note, here are the most important factors to consider when purchasing a baton:
Target placement is everything when it comes to a firearm and the same is true with baton target placement-and this can only occur through control.
A baton that’s too long has some built in concerns (i.e. difficult to wield in close quarters or crowd control and difficult to control leverage wise if the suspect grabs it). And a baton that’s too short has some built in concerns also (i.e. having to get too close to the suspect and the inability to strike the lower extremities).
Selecting the proper weight is also extremely important. I call it “The Three Bears Theory:” not too big or heavy, not too small or light, but just right!
If it’s too heavy it will slow you down and wear you out quickly. If it’s too light it won’t have the desired muscle penetration affect.
3. Deployment: But most important is the deployment method. What does it matter if you have the best baton if you can’t access it and deploy it efficiently enough, with lightning speed -with either hand?
Do you have any other suggestions for officers purchasing and evaluating handguns? Please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback.
Robert “Bob” Hindi, a 22 year veteran police officer of the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department, contributed to this report. Hindi is the developer of two revolutionary life-saving developments recognized around the world- The Hindi Baton (retention) Cap and the Hindi Duty Belt S.A.F.E.T.Y. System. Watch for officer Hindi's book spring 2010 with noted trainers Robert Willis and Dave Grossi. A DVD explaining the system is available now.
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