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This week, regular columnist Barry Evert offers what he’s learned regarding how people can decipher another’s body language, and then use their own to protect themselves from a possible aggressor. The report examples he provides should prove invaluable to anyone caught in these situations.

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Know your body language

By Barry Evert

Converting self-protecting actions to the written word

Many people have attempted to decipher body language as a means of predicting human behavior. Many of these people are self-proclaimed professionals who have never spent a day in a job where reading body language can be a life saving skill. Many of us in corrections and related law enforcement careers already possess the skills to “read” a person based on their physical behavior, but have a hard time articulating it in a report or in court.

Many of us have faced an inmate or suspect that we know has violent tendencies. We can usually base this on the first five seconds of contact. We’ll assess the environment, and ask if we have a tactical “out” - is there a way for me to get out of the situation should the inmate or suspect gain the upper hand on this situation? Second, we should look at how the person is standing. Commonly we associate a “bladed” stance (one foot in front of the other, standing sideways to your adversary) as an aggressive posture. The person will be standing partially sideways, commonly with his hands above his waist. More

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The 4th Annual Correctional Security Conference is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th--Wednesday, October 3, 2007 at the Millennium Hotel in Cincinnati, OH. This annual conference is designed to specifically address correctional security issues and is tailored for correctional supervisors, correctional services administrator, intelligence officers, wardens and superintendents. The theme for this year's event is:

"From Towers to Technology: Safety and Security Through Technology and Training".

For more information on the conference or to register as an exhibitor, please visit our website at www.correctionalsecurity.org to download the conference registration brochure, or contact Becky Ritchey, Conference Director at 859-622-6163 or ekutrc@aol.com

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ACA 137th Congress of Correction

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Physical Surveillance

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