P1 First Person: Should suspects remove their hands from their pockets?


By Sergeant Anthony Ciampi
Westbrook (Maine) Police Department

Over the years, I have noticed that we police officers tend to be creatures of habit and routine. It’s understandable that habit is a part of what we do; from shift schedules, to break time; to the manner in which we conduct certain investigations; and too many others to list. We’re logical thinkers who like predictable actions and outcomes and seek to find solutions to problems. We like to know-and want others to know-that we’ve “taken care of it” and that the task was done right. Even in our courtroom testimony, we proudly answer, “Because that’s the way I always do it,” when our performance and integrity are in question.

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