After-dark traffic stops
Submitted by Mike Benton
Fargo PD, North Dakota
Here are two tactics for after-dark traffic stops that I have found useful:
- When doing a passenger-side approach, walk behind your squad—never in front of it—to get there. Walking in front of your squad will silhouette you with the spotlight, take-downs, and headlights, and the occupants of the stopped car will know where you are. Try these with a fellow officer in a parking lot some night like I did. I was instantly sold on both tactics, and I use them on every stop.
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