Anatomy of a Motor Vehicle Stop: Essentials of Safe Traffic Enforcement

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Looseleaf Law Publications, 2006 - Law - 176 pages
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Traffic stops are one of the most potentially dangerous responsibilities an officer can face. This step-by-step guide helps officers of all ranks approach a wide variety of stop scenarios safely and avoid complacency. Includes low- to high-risk stop tactics, one-officer & multi-unit response protocols, call-out techniques, approach strategies and discretionary issues.
 

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Contents

The Basic UnknownRisk Motor Vehicle Stop
1
Importance of Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Laws
2
Officer Safety
4
PrePatrol Preparation
5
Discretion
7
Racial Profiling
11
Reasons to Stop a Motor Vehicle
16
Where to Conduct a Stop
18
Highrisk stops
71
Approaching Unusual Vehicles
87
Tractor Trailers SemiTrucks
91
TwoOfficer Stops
97
General Safety Guidelines
103
Written Exercises
107
Discussion for Traffic Stop Location
110
Discretion Exercise
112

Exiting the Patrol Unit
26
Approaching the Vehicle
27
The Initial Point of Offender Contact
41
Securing Pertinent Paperwork
44
Drivers Reaction to Being Stopped
48
Issuing a Summons
51
Service of the Summons
54
Clear the Scene
56
Variations of the Basic UnknownRisk Stop
57
The Call Out
60
Removal of Passengers
66
Basic UnknownRisk Stop Elevates to a HighRisk Stop
70
Discussion for Discretion Exercise
113
General Knowledge Exercise
116
Picture Test
118
Practical Exercises
125
General Ground Rules
126
Physical Layout of Practical Exercises
128
Scenarios
130
Final Thoughts
161
Appendix
163
References
167
Index
169
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