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Safe Driver Call Backs

Richard B. Weinblatt

Everyone who’s been in the popo business for any amount of time knows that the two most dangerous activities law enforcement officers engage in are (I’ll give you a moment to guess)… domestic disturbances and traffic stops. With traffic stops, you just don’t know whom you are stopping. The person could be an emotionally disturbed person (the politically correct phrase for a crazy psycho type), a bank robber, or a little old lady on the way to church. You just don’t know.

Traditionally, police academies and employing law enforcement agencies have taught the driver’s side approach. Slowly, the passenger side approach has also been broached. Now there’s a new trend afoot in the traffic stop lexicon.

The driver call-back, or no approach, is gaining traction as officers come to grips with the dangers of roadside traffic stops. Many progressive law enforcers, such as the 1,500 sworn patrol deputy sheriffs of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, FL, now use this approach.

By the way this is not be confused with calling the driver back while you are firmly ensconced in the driver’s seat. This is a lazy and dangerous way of doing a driver call-back that I would never advocate.

The safer (notice it is “safer” as nothing in this business is safe or a guarantee) approach involves calling the driver back and changing positions to have a tactical advantage.

There are many advantages to using this tactic. Here are a few of them:

1) Divide and conquer. By calling the driver or occupants back to your marked vehicle, you have taken away any strength in numbers advantage that they might have had otherwise. If you had approached their vehicle, you would be confronting all of them together.

2) Sizing up. Bringing them back to your world allows you to assess them before walking into uncharted waters.

3) Distance from Weapons. When you call the driver back, you remove him or her from the proximity of any weapons that he or she may have stashed in the passenger compartment.

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    LAPDLEO

    over 6 years ago

    1776 Comments

    Well, I know it's thought provoking, but not a good idea having the subject/suspect get out of the car then go back into the car to retrieve his documents. Maybe we just deal with more armed suspects as a whole, but even with two Officers, it's tactically not a good idea, the suspect might have the advantage of knowing what he has in the car, but you have the advantage of having him in some form of containment! Sorry can't get on board with this one, it's tacticaly unsound. No offence meant but it wouldn't work in LA! Stay Safe!

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    LawdawgTRAV

    over 6 years ago

    832 Comments

    Another option for a car stop, especially with multiple occupants=multiple hands. However, once we stop a car, that person(s) are now our responsibility, so safety is paramount for both them and us. Which sucks, because yeah, some of those are goin to turn out to be badguys. No matter what way or how we conduct a traffic contact, we all just have to remember to never let our guard down, because we never know who we are dealing with. Again, another good option for a contact though. Stay safe guys/gals!!

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    bsmedmpa

    over 6 years ago

    254 Comments

    I developed these tactics on my own 12 years ago. What can I say, I'm progressive. Also, read how I employ them in Tactics thread, Traffic stops. It's not perfect but damn sure better than walking up to a car. As the cover officer, communicate what the primary officer wants you to do. Take over security on the driver, set back and cover completely etc...not hard, just communicate. I know old habits die hard but this system works. In fact, I think whoever wrote the article stole my ideas from this site!!! LOL

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    bsmedmpa

    over 6 years ago

    254 Comments

    I developed these tactics on my own 12 years ago. What can I say, I'm progressive. Also, read how I employ them in Tactics thread, Traffic stops. It's not perfect but damn sure better than walking up to a car. As the cover officer, communicate what the primary officer wants you to do. Take over security on the driver, set back and cover completely etc...not hard, just communicate. I know old habits die hard but this system works. In fact, I think whoever wrote the article stole my ideas from this site!!! LOL

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    ltprose

    over 6 years ago

    88 Comments

    How would another officer arriving on scene square this one up? If I show up and a driver is pulled from a vehicle I automatically think more than just a traffic stop. How is the second officer supposed to act as an overwatch? Is he watching the car and other occupants or is he watching the subject standing next to you? This seems like it would bring up too many what ifs, especially if working with inexperienced officers.

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    rwhite

    over 6 years ago

    728 Comments

    I can see where this could be useful with a vehicle that has multiple occupants. I guess this like anything would have to be practiced in order for it to work for each individual officer.

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    TPRTORRES

    over 6 years ago

    116 Comments

    Key Word: "choices". Never forget that there are no "routine traffic stops" and treat them as such. I used all three ways and is always going to depend on when, where, who and how... This may not be particularly a good practice by the side of a busy Interstate (when is tricky to even get out of a car watching out for traffic) or when your back-up is miles and miles away! Always keep your guard up!! Good article.

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    LSpiveyA24

    over 6 years ago

    206 Comments

    Useful information, I think I will try using this technique. It makes a lot of sense

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