From the earliest days of our training, we're taught the importance of
spotting the danger signs. Unfortunately, after the police
academy, the training in this and related areas falls off almost
completely in some agencies.
The video below is an excellent centerpiece for a squad discussion on
tactics and spotting the danger signs. It would take just 15
minutes and would really get everyone thinking tactically. (It's
also featured on our main page as the Video-of-the-Week)
It also raises the question of, "What would you do?"
Now, answering this question from the comfort of your home or squad room
is much different than being alone and outnumbered as the officer was
here, so keep that in mind.
After watching the video, ask yourself the following questions:
Would you have drawn your weapon?
When the suspect kept reaching, would you
have fired your weapon or gone to pepper spray?