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Old 02-02-2009, 11:21 AM   #8
Michael Hackett
Dojo: Kenshinkan Dojo (Aikido of North County) Vista, CA
Location: Oceanside, California
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 1,233
Re: When entering a room.

At least from a veteran police officer's perspective, scanning a room to look for things out of the ordinary, prospective dangers, and general layout was my practice. I specifically did not make eye contact with the inhabitants unless I perceived a challenge; physical, oral, or visual. After the scan revealed no obvious dangers, I would make eye contact with the bartenders, and wait staff.

The down side is that it is very hard to turn off the practice. I got "burned" my first time undercover when I scanned the bar as I entered. The bartender recognized the cop behavior and loudly asked "What can I get you officer?"

"Leave the gun. Bring the cannoli."
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