Use of Force Trends & The Value of Verbal Tactics

Hi Everyone. Robert Whiteside here.

In an August 3, 2015 Police One article, it was shared, in reference to an online questionnaire by Dr. Michael Schlosser, Director of the University of Illinois Police Training Institute, and statistical analyst Michael Gahan, that:

“Most officers said they are ‘most likely to gain cooperation using only their verbal skills.’ According to 96 percent of respondents, arrestees ‘frequently or very frequently cooperate’ with their voice commands alone.”

Go here to read this article, which is associated with The Force Science Institute:
http://www.policeone.com/force-science-institute/articles/8695064-does-your-agency-reflect-these-use-of-force-trends/

There were other interesting findings. The one above stands out, however, as highlighting just how tactically valuable words, tone of voice, body language, and the entire totality of one’s communicative demeanor can be to manage potentially volatile situations, including, for instance, arrests. The last sentence in this article states:

“…the importance of verbal tactics should continue to be emphasized as one of the most important training skills for law enforcement officers.”

Perhaps these recent findings represent a national trend of law enforcement personnel looking to evolve their art of policing due to the obvious needs of improving community relations. Regardless of the reason, it’s nice to see this manifesting from within the ranks of law enforcement.

Let’s continue to look for safer and saner means of doing our jobs, serving our communities, and living in harmony with all other human beings!