I was talking to a young police officer the other day. He’s stationed in a very small district with just 3 or 4 officers on duty at any one time. This in quite a change from his previous station in a much larger district of 80-90 officers. When I asked him what the biggest difference was, he said that because they’re so small, backup might be 5 or 6 minutes away, if not farther, so they have to use their words more, trying to defuse situations.They were extra careful to not let things escalate. I couldn’t help but wonder how things might be different in the larger districts if they adopted the same attitude, regardless of backup. Use your words.