Making custodial arrests is one of the most dangerous job requirements in law enforcement. The proper control, handling, and searching of suspects has been shown to be a critical factor when officers are assaulted or killed. Statistics show as officers get more experienced, more “seasoned”, they actually drop in their officer safety skills. When enforcement activities, even arrests, become a near daily event, officers tend to drop their guard as the majority of their experiences tend to reflect a repetitive activity rather than the dangerous and potentially life-threatening event they are. It’s just human nature.
And that’s what happened to me one sunny afternoon, when I confronted a 6’4″ wanted felon in a car load of mopes. My bad guy radar was on, which led me to stop the car the felon was traveling in, but as I recount my story in this new installment of Tales From the Street (TFS) you’ll see where just a little bit of complacency could have become a major catastrophe.