Quote: Originally Posted by Cobalt_Kid
It means center of mass, police aren't trained killers.
My brother-in-laws brother is a Mountie and has been for over 30 years. According to him the training is;
Shoot at the center of whatever part of the body you can see, if you can only see his arm you shoot at the center of that. They aren't trained to kill, they're trained to react in defense of themselves and the public.
You're thinking of death squads in places like Central America.
btw, I don't know many people who have their hearts in their solar plexus. The heart is slightly above and to the left of the center of mass.
Location of the heart.
You should then clarify the situations. I worked for an RCMP Officer who was on their Tactical Response Team for 9 years.
Police training: â€˜You shoot until the threat has stopped,â€™ use-of-force trainer says | Toronto Star
“You shoot until the threat has stopped,” Valois said. Officers are not trained to shoot a weapon out of someone’s hand — something Valois said is next to impossible. They also aren’t trained to shoot out knees or other extremities. Officers aim for the largest “centre of mass,” generally a person’s torso.
“The concept is to incapacitate the threat,
” said Rick Parent, also a former police officer of 30 years in B.C. who now teaches in the police studies program at Simon Fraser University. That usually takes a least a couple of rounds, Parent said, possibly four or more. “That’s what they’re trained to do.
Though officers don’t intend to kill the person, they often do, Parent said, because the centre of mass is home to vital organs and arteries.
Both Valois and Parent said officers in Toronto and elsewhere in Canada are trained that within six to nine metres, a person armed with a weapon can close in on them before they have time to draw their weapon — a concept first developed by Utah police Sgt. Dennis Tueller and aptly named the Tueller Drill.
Parent said there is no set distance for when an officer should or shouldn’t choose to shoot someone, especially once their gun is drawn. That is up to the officer’s judgment.
“If they do move, then they’ll probably discharge their firearm,” Parent said.
He added: “Sometimes it’s a judgment error . . . They’re human beings first, police officers second.”
Last edited by Goober; Aug 21st, 2013 at 05:15 PM..