Driver inside or out: Six trainers offer tactical suggestions

What do you do if a subject gets out of his vehicle before you get out of your cruiser?


How would you respond to this inquiry from a Canadian officer, Cst. Jeff Forster, a four-year member of the Morden (Manitoba) Police Service?

“While conducting traffic stops I’ve always been taught that if a subject gets out of his vehicle before you get out of your cruiser it’s best if you order him back into his vehicle. Recently some instructors advised us that you should not order a subject to get back in his vehicle as he may retrieve a weapon and return to attack you. I believe both ways have merit, but I’m not sure which is safer. What do you think?”

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