In the Street Smarts column in the upcoming February 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, author David Bahde writes, “It is always dangerous to approach any suspect lying on their hands.” He goes on to discuss some current training dogmas that endanger brothers and sisters in blue, citing a Force Science Institute study that proved just how quickly a suspect in a prone position could draw and fire a concealed weapon.

Bahde offers several methods to counter this, however, including, “it may be a good idea to change things up and do whatever you can to keep the suspect’s focus in question. Have one officer give commands while another approaches. Maybe have more than one officer approach at different times—anything to keep them off their intended movement and unable to focus. If at all possible, have the officer who is approaching be able to do so without the suspect knowing where they are coming from. Anything you can do to accomplish that task is better.”

For more training tips to keep your fellow officers safer, check out the February 2014 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, available on newsstands and digitally November 26, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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