Cops Told to ‘Close Eyes’ During Volatile Situations

NYPD Cops are being told to  “take a deep breath’’ — and close their eyes — when dealing with angry people, according to a recent report from the New York Post.

The advice is one part of a $35 million “smart policing’’ training program introduced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

There are wide reports that the mandatory training is seen as “useless….not realistic….and pretty silly.”

One officer reported that in the training “they said if you find yourself in a situation that’s getting heated, take a step back, close your eyes and take a deep breath.”

The Post reported last week that many cops have been falling asleep in their seats as they listen to the lectures at the brand-new, $750 million Police Academy in Queens, and that about 80 percent gave the program negative reviews afterward.

One high-ranking NYPD source said the lectures were “boring” and a “big disappointment.”


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  1. Hal Kiah SSgt, USAF Security Police, 1976-1988

    Thjis is what happens when Liberally minded, overly Politically Correct, pansies are put into office. I have seen and heard some really stupendously Stupid crap in my life, but, “Take a step back, close your eyes, and take a deep breath?” You gotta be kidding! That will be the perfect opportunity for some jack-wad to stick a knife in your chest, or a gun to your head and pull the trigger! Deblasio and the commissioner are outright MORONS. Leave the force alone to do their jobs. Hell, they know better how to handle the situations, and who to call in if they need the additional help to take care of a situation. No, I don’t want to see any officer go off the deep end and make a crucial mistake that could cost someone, or that officer, dearly, but I also do not feel that giving the most ironic and foolish advice like this is just plain foolish, and such an idea should be thrown in the trash, and what the heck even laughed at!

  2. Paul Brooker

    That’s real good advice closing your eyes. The police will no doubt kill less angry people but more of their children will be single parent homes.

  3. Thomas Kamakani

    i was always trained to never take your eyes off the person you are involved in an altercation with. More police officers are dying while doing their jobs.
    I do not understand this approach of a closed eye.

  4. Renee Gallion

    Close your eyes and take that “last” breath. The Mayor and commish are idiots!

  5. Mike O

    de Blasio is one stupid fucker

    • MikeAT

      Mike, don’t hold back man, tell us what you think, let it out 🙂

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