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Seven rules can police can use


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 05, 2018 - 11:54 PM

Most of us have seen videos of police appearing to use excessive force on citizens who appear to be resisting arrest.

I was a police training officer for six years with a large, Atlanta metro police department. The following rules I used to help keep rookie officers out of trouble:

#1. Don't let your mouth get your a-- in trouble.

#2. He who remains silent wins in the end.

#3. He who loses his temper has lost half the battle.

#4. He who loses his balance has lost the other half.

#5. When in doubt, write a report.

#6. When really in doubt, DON'T DO A DAMN THING.

#7. When all else fails, revert back to rule #1.

I am 78 years of age, retired since 1996, and none of those I trained, to the best of my knowledge, have ever been suspended or fired for excessive force.

My nephew joined the Springfield, Oregon police force a few years ago and I asked him if he remembers my seven rules. He said he does, and has the rules taped to his briefcase.

God bless this country and those who serve.

C.E. Thacker
Newnan