Watch the hands... and feet... and eyes...

Submitted by:
PoliceOne Senior Editor Doug Wyllie


There’s no doubt the age-old adage, “watch the hands” is a life-saving survival tip. But don’t stop there. Remember that a kicking assault can pose a very real threat to you as well. Stay mentally and visually mindful of the leg and foot movements of a subject you’re dealing with. Further, a subject’s incremental — and, at times, even unconscious — shifts in foot positioning can telegraph his movement toward a ‘bladed stance’ from which an attack may be launched. A targeted stare at your gun is like a warning beacon, but even a casual glance beyond you can indicate an attacker’s intentions.

While watching the hands, be sure to stay alert for potentially threatening movements you catch in your peripheral field of vision as well.

Doug Wyllie is Editor in Chief of PoliceOne, responsible for setting the editorial direction of the website and managing the planned editorial features by our roster of expert writers. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community.

On a daily basis, Doug is in close personal contact with some of the top subject-matter experts in law enforcement, regularly tapping into the world-class knowledge of officers and trainers from around the United States, and working to help spread that information and insight to the hundreds of thousands of officers who visit PoliceOne every month.

Doug is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Even in his "spare" time, he is active in his support for the law enforcement community, contributing his time and talents toward police-related charitable events as well as participating in force-on-force training, search-and-rescue training, and other scenario-based training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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