Officer Safety

The Other Side of the Coin


Michael Warren

April 21, 2022

April 21, 2022

A long, long time ago, in a land far, far away, I went to the police academy. Ok - it was a long time ago but not far away. But even as long ago as it was, I still remember defensive tactics training.

And one of the things that I remember that we were taught involved two choices we were given when it came to use of force.

Penetrate or disengage.

Yet the training focused almost exclusively on one of those options - penetrate. To be honest, I can only remember one or two times that emphasis was given to disengaging.

And that continued to be the case throughout the bulk of my career. My hands-on training was just that - hands-on. We might would discuss disengaging, but we didn’t practice it.

If there truly are 2 options for you to consider, then you have to practice both. You must include in your preparation disengaging to gain discretionary time.

It is said that there are two sides to the coin - and there are. Be sure to be prepared for both sides of the coin.