Suicide Bombers: What new IACP "training keys" say you need to know

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series

If you encounter a subject you reasonably believe is a would-be suicide bomber, a recently issued and unusually aggressive set of guidelines published by the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police recommends that you:

  • shoot to kill the suspect,
  • deliver your round(s) to his or her head as the surest means of inducing instant de-animation,
  • rely on your "reasonable basis to believe that the suspect has the capability to detonate a bomb" as justification for using deadly force, rather than waiting for any overt indication of imminent threat, and
  • "fire from cover to avoid the effects of a potential explosion."

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