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  • Tackling someone without getting hurt?

    I've seen a few videos where an LEO tackles a suspect to the ground on asphalt/cement/pavement. How do they not hurt their hands/arms/legs in the process? Is there a technique involved?

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    It all depends on the situation. Most of the time, if you're tackling someone they have committed a somewhat serious offense or they have ran from you. If it's a running situation, then alot of the times you just do it the best way you can. Sometimes, you get a little scuffed up. It goes with the job. There are techniques, but much of the time technique goes out the window when you're dealing with a rapidly evolving situation. Short answer... if the guy stands still and doesn't fight back or run, then there are a number of simple techniques to save yourself from injuries. If they're not compliant, you do the best you can.

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    • #3
      Land on top.

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      • #4
        Don't tackle? I remember getting a rock shoved under my finger nail tacking someone at the academy. It hurt for a long time, so I remember and try and avoid tackling people if I can.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Item9 View Post
          Land on top.
          Worked for me so far.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by quadwing View Post
            I've seen a few videos where an LEO tackles a suspect to the ground on asphalt/cement/pavement. How do they not hurt their hands/arms/legs in the process? Is there a technique involved?
            Unfortunately there is no perfect technique where the LEO is not injured. This job has one of the highest number of injured on duty percentages of any other job out there...there is no other job out there, where on a weekly basis you might have to get into a physical confrontation with someone, even if it is not an all out fight, you might still be struggling to pull someone's hands behind their back, or have someone pulling away from you.....after years and years of that, it wears on your body eventually.

            So far for me, two shoulder dislocations and one surgery, all from this job. Just keep that in mind, and always have a back-up plan when you come into Law Enforcement. Because it could be that one call you go to, and next thing you know you are injured and have to medically retire.

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            • #7
              Personally, I like the land on top option.It's pretty effective, and looks good when the "media wonks" are looking.

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              • #8
                Stay in excellent physical condition, land on top and let your rookie do the work!
                Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

                [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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                • #9
                  I always let my Sgt. do the tackling.
                  Retired

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                  • #10
                    Taser em first

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                    • #11
                      Cause we all played football, it's a job requirement.
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                      • #12
                        Go to you tube and search "Terrell Suggs", "Brian Dawkins", or "Brian Orakpo" and do EVERYTHING they do.
                        Errare humanum est, sed perseverare diabolicum
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                        • #13
                          I will only tackle my wife when shes standing by the bed...everyone else gets zapped.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by TheTick
                            Excuse me, I played rugby...

                            To OP: You kind of just try to "ride them down", but nothings perfect. If it's a foot pursuit and I am catching up to them, I usually just try and push them, it generally makes someone fall forward.

                            Nothing's perfect.
                            It's okay, he just needed the extra pads for protection.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SgtCHP View Post
                              Stay in excellent physical condition, land on top and let your rookie do the work!
                              Shouldn't the rookie being doing the tackling and you putting the cuffs on??
                              I'd rather be judged by 12 rather carried by 6.

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