Many police officers are at a great disadvantage because of overly restrictive departmental policies regarding the use of firearms. I won't mention departments names because they get a little annoyed about that kind of info being release to the publc, so I'll just stick to exampes. Keep in mind that just drawing it from its holster constitutes being used. The policy that I liked was the one that stated "A member of the service may draw his/her weapon whenever they believe that their safety is endangered." Here's a bad policy: "A weapon may not be removed from its holster unless it's immediate use is necassary" That's the type of departmental policy that is going to get someone killed. Sergeants and the lieutenants at the range always seemed to agree that it was too restrictive but the civilians in charge would not change it. Most cops did what they had to do but they always had you over the barrel if they decided to hang you out to dry.