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Don't unknowingly 'present' your holster side to the subject


I was recently speaking with a law enforcement friend of mine about an observation each of us has made more than once when watching dash cam video — and in my most recent case, an encounter happening live, right in front of me, on a sidewalk in a Bay Area city — which can potentially cause problems. 

Most times, when an officer has the mic clipped to the epaulette on his or her shoulder, it’s on the “support side” of the body — the holster is on the opposite side.  Often, it seems, in an effort (it seems) to have slightly more covert radio communications during the contact, an officer will turn his or her head away from the subject somewhat in order to speak into the mic. 

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