Tactical Positioning


When an officer has a citizen encounter they should consider their "tactical position." We all have been trained to maintain some distance from the citizen/suspect. This is to allow reaction time in the event of an attack. Typically six feet is a good distance or the two-arms-length rule should be employed for an unarmed encounter.

I think we should go beyond this and train our officers to consider other factors.

The environment is a key consideration.

Conducting the encounter in the safest location is overlooked frequently. Unfortunately officers get wrapped up in the moment and forget to move out of harms way.

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