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Included among the weapons often carried by law enforcement officers are police batons. These have been around for many years and are often used to break up riots. An advantage of police batons is that they are considered a less lethal weapon to carry and use then a gun. These are still dangerous though and can inflict serious injury. A disadvantage of the police baton is that if you don't know how to use it, you run the risk of having the attacker grab it and use it against you.