Tactical Traffic and Weapons Tips(Secure - Login Required)
- Bic Lighter Gun
This gun looks exactly like a small bic lighter that people carry all of the time. It fires a single shot, and I could not really tell the difference between the gun and the real thing.
- Wallet Gun
This gun is carried in the suspect’s pocket and is a 25 cal gun. It has the gun inside of the wallet. A hole is cut in the center of the wallet for the trigger. The person is able to pull the trigger without opening the wallet.
I bring these two up because during a pat down, if I feel what I believe to be these items, I always remove them from the suspect's person. I can articulate, through training, that these could be a weapon used against me. Our legal department says as long as you can articulate that this could potentially be a weapon, you are golden. This may seem like a small thing, but I have seen the guns, and they are very real.
Next, we were told to air our stops and tags prior to actually stopping the vehicle. This is something I have started doing and I can tell you it has helped me greatly on two fronts.
First, I anticipate where I am going to stop the person (within a street or two). I air the tag and any other pertinent info needed. Then I initiate the stop. If I have to adjust my location a little, I can do that after everything is going ok. If I have already aired my info prior to stopping the car, I am able to cut 10-20 seconds off of the beginning of my stop. This allows me a greater opportunity to observe the suspect and I am able to quickly get to his car before he can do anything, (ie: destroy narcotics, get a weapon.)