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Practical defensive tactics: Tactical scratching


How can you get your hands up to a close-quarters combat level without tipping a suspect that you’re preparing for defensive or preemptive action? Try scratching, suggests Stephen Cliffe, founder and chief instructor of Imminent Threat Defense Systems www.itdsystems.com in Ransomville, NY.

“Try to use deception whenever you can in getting ready to be pro-active or reactive,” Cliffe told PoliceOne after a presentation at the latest ILEETA training conference. “You want the suspect not to be thinking that you’re ready for imminent contact. You want to be prepared but not appear threatening or alarming to him.

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