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    I'm almost done with my Fto and I feel like I'm ready to be on my own, but my FTO told me the other night I need to be less aggressive during an arrest. I'm not doubting his opinion, but in my mind I was using officer safety to control an individual who was showing signs of aggression ( clenching jaw, fists, and looking around). He said since our backup is sometimes 40 min away, I need to be less authoritative otherwise I will have a fight...now I'm sort of confused...How do I know if I'm being too aggressive?

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    Originally posted by Profisher View Post
    I'm almost done with my Fto and I feel like I'm ready to be on my own, but my FTO told me the other night I need to be less aggressive during an arrest. I'm not doubting his opinion, but in my mind I was using officer safety to control an individual who was showing signs of aggression ( clenching jaw, fists, and looking around). He said since our backup is sometimes 40 min away, I need to be less authoritative otherwise I will have a fight...now I'm sort of confused...How do I know if I'm being too aggressive?
    That's really up for you to decide in that moment. I can say for myself if I made the choice to make the arrest I'm definitely going to have control over the offender while doing it, especially if I know backup is nowhere close to me.

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      Most young people will feel they are always ready,Thats why a FTO is there to slow your roll. Experience is a wonderful teacher.You cant run 150 miles a hour on everything.

      My question is why was he clenching his fist and jaw.Was it how you first handled the call that got it to that phase ? Could that be what your FTO is talking about ?

      Aggressive doesnt always have to be physical. Some times older officers can defuse a bad situation just by their body language and how they talk to someone.

      Sometimes rooks tend to rub some wrong without meaning to,sometimes they do it on purpose trying to show whos in charge.Im going to guess by reading your post where you say your not doubting him,( yet you came here doing that ) that this is what hes referring to.

      If all else fails ask your FTO to clarify.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jdthor View Post
        Most young people will feel they are always ready,Thats why a FTO is there to slow your roll. Experience is a wonderful teacher.You cant run 150 miles a hour on everything.

        My question is why was he clenching his fist and jaw.Was it how you first handled the call that got it to that phase ? Could that be what your FTO is talking about ?

        Aggressive doesnt always have to be physical. Some times older officers can defuse a bad situation just by their body language and how they talk to someone.

        Sometimes rooks tend to rub some wrong without meaning to,sometimes they do it on purpose trying to show whos in charge.Im going to guess by reading your post where you say your not doubting him,( yet you came here doing that ) that this is what hes referring to.

        If all else fails ask your FTO to clarify.
        Yeah I know he has my best interest, and he is there to observe what I do. And I will be sure to ask him to explain how I could have handled it differently..

        The situation started when I began conducting sfst's to check if he was able to drive. When he failed every test, he became upset and started to raise his voice and walk around while moving his arms around. At that time, I directed him to put his hands behind his back and he was being detained....He then began to question why I was arresting him and turned my direction. I advised him that he needed to face away from me and I will explain that to him. He then clenched his jaw and tensed his body, so I pressed him against the car and placed him in cuffs and escorted the subject to the cage of my patrol vehicle.

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        • #5
          Assertive is a balance and it comes with experience and confidence. Too much passive isn't good, too much aggressive isn't good.

          “Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.”

          Miyamoto Musashi

          “Life Is Hard, But It's Harder When You're Stupid”

          George V. Higgins (from The Friends of Eddie Coyle)

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