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The use of a police baton

Updated February 21, 2017

The police have many self defence tools for their use. One of the most common devices they use is the baton. The police baton has a history of hundreds of years, and has been used in dozens of countries and cultures around the world. However, the police have specific requirements on the use of the baton.

How to use the baton

There are many types of police batons, but most are the same basic design. They are generally about 60 cm (2 feet) long, with a small handle for your hand. Holding the handle will pull the length of the baton parallel to your arm. Twisting your wrist will swivel the baton and allow it to be used to bludgeon the body. One of the most common ways to use the baton is to ram it into the stomach of a suspect after catching him. This will knock the wind out of him and force him to the ground. Police often use their baton to strike the head, arms or legs of fleeing suspects, which helps to slow them down. You can also grab the end of the baton furthest from the handle and use the handle to trip or catch any part of the body, especially the arms, legs and neck. You can use it in this position as a striking weapon for self defence. Most batons are made out of heavy plastic, but they have also been made out of wood in the past and even metal.

Legal Use

Baton use is illegal, for anyone other than the police. The police can only use their batons to subdue a fleeing or resisting suspect or for self defence. If you have a police baton, you may have to obtain a concealed weapon permit, depending on your state's laws. Never ever use your baton to attack or harm other people aggressively. Only use it to protect yourself from aggressors. Never use too much force. If you kill someone who is attacking you, you may be charged with manslaughter or even murder. It is also possible that you could be charged with assault or battery. You will have to prove the person you attacked was a true threat to your personal safety.

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About the Author

Eric Benac began writing professionally in 2001. After working as an editor at Alpena Community College in Michigan and receiving his Associate of Journalism, he received a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in writing from Northern Michigan University in Marquette.