3 ways to improve your Terry searches

Allowing complacency to set in during this common procedure puts you and your partner's life at risk


A Terry search is a critical task every officer should perform safely and effectively. Unfortunately, as is often the case with frequently conducted tasks, complacency can set in, placing officers at a greater risk when checking a suspect for weapons.

Since your intent is to locate any unseen weapons, the task should be accomplished with a heightened sense of situational awareness. Here are three ways to improve your Terry searches.

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