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

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Joseph Petrocelli; Matthew Petrocelli
Date Published
190 pages
This book presents theories and tactics designed to improve officers’ survival during motor vehicle stops.
This step-by-step guide helps officers of all ranks to safely approach a wide variety of traffic stop scenarios. The guide includes information on unknown or high-risk stop tactics, response protocols, step-by-step call-out techniques, approach strategies, discretionary issues and decisionmaking, and tips for using a vehicle as cover and/or concealment. The book provides officers, instructors, and students of criminal justice with methods and practices that will help ensure officer safety. It illustrates the very real danger of this common law enforcement practice. The intent is that officers will read the book and understand the theories, implement the techniques, and find the ones that work the best for them. Appendix and references