How to prepare for a fight for your life

A well-placed impact can take a fighting suspect mentally and sometimes physically out of the fight


“Stop or I’ll say stop again,” was Robin Williams’ laughter-provoking description of how British police deal with resistive suspects. But as all of you know from personal experience, dealing with resistive and combative suspects is no laughing matter.

The vast majority of people contacted by police officers do not resist the police, and even fewer actually attack police officers. Because a significant amount of time often passes between violent attacks experienced by officers, many cops have to fight the tendency to become complacent. Such complacency can result in an officer being caught off guard when an attack does happen, with potentially fatal consequences. 

Sometimes words will fail

You can’t properly prepare to defend against a vicious assault if you have no sense that it might happen to you. You will fare better if you are alert to the possibility of an attack, and possess not only the desire to win (which all officers have), but also the skills and intensity to win a fight.

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