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Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS should have the ability and confidence to be more hands-on with people they interact with. When Law Enforcement immediately go to their belt, it escalates the situation in the minds of the subject and the viewing public. That's when the cell phones come out to record.
Fire and EMS are typically first on the scene for non-criminal interactions and the individuals they come in to contact with do not necessarily have the intent to be combative. Because of the nature of their situation, they are sometimes hysterical, on medication, and/or completed disoriented, which makes them combative.
Our professionals need to be able to confidently perform techniques to control or de-escalate individuals without the need for punching, kicking, slamming, choking, or breaking their joints. During our training, I always tell students, "Aggressive Actions Get Aggressive Reactions". If someone acts aggressively, it's very easy for people to discern, blame, and only recall the dynamics of the situations in the end, which typically leans against our professionals.
With solid control techniques and strategies, our professionals can be effective without the perception of being "aggressive" or "crossing the line" on video. This is why our philosophy is unique when compared to other Martial Arts or training styles. We not only want our professionals to be effective, but to also function in a manner that doesn't misrepresent them on video or in the eye of the public.
With the saturation of private surveillance camera systems and cell phone video streaming live or recording Law Enforcement interactions, our Law Enforcement professionals are under more scrutiny than ever before.
Limited time and exposure in the police academies doesn't seem to fully prepare our professionals once they graduate. This is not necessarily the fault of those organizations because there is typically a budget and time line that needs to be met to get new officers trained on the "basics" and out on the street.
The unfortunate side effects of this are Law Enforcement professionals that are interacting with the public with a heavy reliance on the tools on their belt. Because there is no significant hand-to-hand training after the academy, this leads to a confidence issue that leaves the officer under extreme stress which is heightened by a situation. Because they are a limited with their hand-to-hand experience, they are genuinely afraid. This leads to a very heavy reliance on the tools on their belt.
OC Spray is difficult because there is incidental contact, transfer, and it effects everyone differently. There are a lot of cases where OC Spray has zero effect on the subject. This puts the officer at risk because the stress level is heightened and there is a significant loss of time while the subject is functional.
The Taser is also limited in it's effect. At close range, there isn't proper dart separation, which means the officer has to close the distance enough to Drive Stun. Certain types of clothing also prevents the darts from making proper contact, which also reduces the effectiveness of the Taser.
The Gun. This really should be a last resort, but it seems to be more and more officers pulling their weapon when not really needed. With that said, there is also a Reflex and Reaction Time that needs to be accounted for. Overall... Officers seem to do a good job because the nature of the situations and circumstances are extremely difficult and everything happens in fractions of seconds. There are some bad shootings, but they are really few and far between in terms of interactions and in comparison to overall officer involved shootings.
With the popular media outlets not always being open and fair about how information is presented, there is a dishonesty about events and situations that take place. This leads to perceptions being skewed because the released cell phone or surveillance video is typically edited down to only show the hands-on interaction. Because officers don't have extensive or continued hands-on training, their actions are viewed as aggressive and over reactive because they visually look that way on video.
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