July 09, 2008
Buying space with your spotlight
Patrol Sgt. Tom Simonds, South Portland (ME) PD
During traffic contacts on multi-lane avenues or highways, I often aim my spotlight down on the ground to create a circle of light on the asphalt just beside my front fender. Passing motorists, who normally give no second thought to driving within inches of a police car with blue lights on, always seem to drive around the spot of light on the ground, giving me an additional few feet of clearance.
I only do this when I don't need to illuminate the suspect vehicle, or when I am the second unit on the scene.