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42 ALL YOU'LL EVER NEED DAVE DOUGLAS
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50 TERRIBLE TURF BATTLES BOB PILGRIM
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62 DANGEROUS DENIMS BOB PILGRIM
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65 WORKING GUNS AND CRAPPY PLACES DAN WIDGER
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67 INTRODUCING THE CONTRAPTOR MIKE LOW
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20 CORRECTIONS BRIAN DAWE
22 HIGH TECH BOB DAVIS
24 OFFICER SURVIVAL SAMMY REESE
26 EVOC ANTHONY RICCI
30 HARD TOOLS PAUL MARKEL
32 PRIVATE SECURITY PAUL MARKEL
34 STREET LEVEL JOHN MORRISON
36 REALITY CHECK II CLINT SMITH
38 RESERVES CHARLES E. PETTY
40 CARRY OPTIONS MARK HANTEN
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demanded returned, your magazine with
my brother and sister ofcers and cor-
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magazine. Its been a tremendous
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been a tremendous morale
booster, as well as a way
for us to stay somewhat
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up the good work!
From The Sandbox
Dear Sir, Im a police officer cur-
rently deployed with the National Guard
to the Al Anbar province, AKA the
Sunni Triangle, Habbaniyah to be exact.
The fall of 2005 I asked my father to
include some police magazines in the
next care package he was to send me.
My father, a retired police lieutenant,
included several as well as a new one I
think youll like. That was a gross
understatement. I sent him an e-mail
demanding he send the next issue as
Ft. Livingroom! Thanks again. Your
audience is truly worldwide. Keep it up!
Wendy Hibser, Patrolman
Peoria Park Dist Police Dept.
Peoria, Ill.
Staff Sergeant US Army
Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq
Wendy, Great to hear from you and
thanks for the nice comments about the
magazine. Im having a ball doing this
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together the magazine. I get to say all
the stuff I wanted to say before but was
prohibited by Department Policy.
I cant tell you how warm and fuzzy
it makes me to think serving military
men and women are enjoying our mag-
azine. My hat is off to you folks and I
couldnt be prouder of you and your
fellow soldiers. You folks take bravery,
commitment and honor to levels others
cannot fathom.
Again, thanks for your comments
regarding the magazine and especially
thanks for your service. The great
majority of people here truly appreciate
what you are doing. Dave
Sniveling And Cajolery
Charl es Pet t ys art i cl e on
Reserves, ent i t l ed Unpai d Scut
Work (Reserves, Mar/Apr 2006) was
right on target. I spent 21 years as a
reserve officer (Lieutenant) with Met-
ropolitan Police in Washington, DC
and I couldnt have written a better
description. I especially enjoyed the
situation he described for officials
who are trying to persuade reserve
officers to do something begging,
sniveling and cajolery.
I look forward to other articles that
will focus on the contributions made,
other than just the hours of service the
city administration tends to brag about.
Reserve officers experience hours of
boredom with moments of terror just
like the paid ofcers experience.
Lloyd Reese
Lloyd, Yup, Charlie can turn a
phrase or t wo cant he? Havi ng
someone wri t i ng f or us who has
worn those shoes is invaluable. But
then thats part of the premise for
COP. Roy and I decided early on we
wanted real cops writing for real cops
and then took that to writers who
have worked in the disciplines they
write about. Ive forwarded your e-
mail to Charlie so he can use some of
your suggest i ons. Thanks f or t he
letter. Dave
Suicide Holsters
I am sorry this isnt one of the angry
letters you love so much, but more of a
confused one. I am writing for enlight-
enment about suicide holsters topic
from the Letters to the Editor column
from your last issue. Although your con-
tributors to this section normally
bewilder me, this did so to a level not
yet attained. I must have fallen asleep at
the wheel, but I am lost as to where and
when security-retention holsters have
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made a transition to so-called suicide
status, and almost appear condemned. I
have used for many years and currently
use the SSIII model from Safariland,
and if I am not mistaken, this retention
holster probably dates back 20 years and
was among the first introduced. Now,
Im among the fortunate few to have
never had a takeaway attempt yet,
but know and work with those who have
and testify to their living today due to
their holster. I dont personally know the
numbers, near 400-500 if memory
serves correctly, but recall an article
from Mas Ayoob referencing lives saved
by the SSIII in particular and it also
advocated on safe carry where avail-
able making mention of certain agencies
who mandate this carry status.
I dont see how this equates to sui-
cide, unless one does not practice with
their carry gear. And thats clearly stated
about the SSIII, or any other model
requiring more than a thumb break
release. Maybe Im wrong to attribute
fault to operator error, but this also
seems to be something that goes back to
academy muscle memory training and
familiarizing oneself with gear opera-
tion as well as its placement. Ive recog-
nized the trend, call it keeping up with
the Joneses, whereby everyone seems to
be coming out with something newer,
greater better than the next guy with
more buttons, keys, levers, retinal rec-
ognizers, secret switches, thumbprint
scanners, and DNA decoders on their
retention holster and maybe thats the
topic of discussion and I just failed to
make the connection.
I am a charter subscriber and con-
tinue to be a strong supporter of your
magazine, from which I routinely
share training information with my
agency, I just got a little lost on this
topic and maybe you can shed a little
light my way. Keep doing what youre
doing its working!
Sgt. Kevin McCall,
San Manuel Indian Reservation
Kevi n, Whi l e f i ni shi ng up my
career as a rangemaster I was amazed
at how many officers had no level of
competence with even a level II hol-
ster let alone a level III. The entire
range staff discussed at length the
problem of our cops not being able to
get their gun out in time to engage a
suspect or just a turning target. We
referred to this as the holster dance. It
was somewhat similar to the hot brass
down t he col l ar dance but di dnt
involve turning around toward the
range officer and pointing a loaded
gun at one of us. I truly believe if you
were to spend a lot of time observing
at qualifications youd see it too.
We had a few guys that, like you,
actually did practice with their holsters
and they were quite good. But the
majority of officers with level III rigs
would take between 2.75 and 3 seconds
to get the rst rounds down range and
it would probably be too late by then. I
got to the point where I was requiring
an officers sergeant to come to the
range when their performance with
their holster was below standard.
Take a look at the article by Mike
Lowe. It discusses this situation and the
overall background of retention rigs.
Hopefully it will bring some attention
to this issue we all know exists. Dave
Not For Administrators
May God Bless you and yours and
keep up the great job you do, speaking
out for the cops in this great country.
We can get lots of BS from all the other
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me wrong. And for all the chickenshit
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cops, not supervisors.
Its a very sad situation that after
having read the books, they forgot what
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At the end of the day, what they are and
do means nothing, all that matters is
we, the real cops go home safe.
Bomber, 24 years and still at it,
Niagara Falls P.D.
Bomber, I think we run the risk of
making all administrators and man-
agers the subject of our disdain. Giving
credit where credit is due; there are
some who take their administrative
duties and obligations with police work
very seriously. And do a damn ne job
of it too. Do you have any idea the level
of commitment necessary or how much
writing it takes to justify the purchase of
vests that dont stop bullets or buying
duty pistols that dont t our hands. Its
truly Herculean. As normal everyday
road grunts we cant appreciate it. Just
ask them, theyll tell you. But across
America there are those administrators
and managers who remember and more
importantly dont forget where they
came from. Both those guys are great to
work for. Dave
Finally
You guys hit the nail on the head for
street cops; finally! I read your latest
issue from front to back. Thats some-
thing that never happens with the other
LE oriented magazines. As a firearms
trainer and 21 year veteran I applaud
your efforts. Some of your articles may
save a life. Keep it up. Thin Blue Line.
Ofc. D. Dawes
Stow, Ohio
Zap, Pow And Crunch
I just got the May/June 06 issue
today and only had the chance to flip
through it a little so far, but what I
have seen is outrageous. Your staff
seems to have gone off the deep end.
The captions on the photos for the
article about gun disarms and take-
aways look like something that belongs
in an episode of Three Stooges or
Batman and the write-up on Loose
Sights Training Center & Lodge, as
well as several other things are just
crazy. You really need to have better
ventilation in the gun cleaning area or
it will only get worse!
Seriously, I subscribed to American
COP before it was out and enjoy the
fun way you put things and the some-
times warped and twisted sense of
humor you display. I find the product
information and articles helpful as well
as entertaining. Not only do I not want
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Okay Doug, you had me going for a
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work is serious as foot fungus at a clog-
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ness certainly has its serious side, I cant
remember any other job Ive had where I
laughed so much. Its one area the other
magazines miss. Thanks for subscribing
and Im sure the circulation department
can handle the three-year subscription.
We dont offer a lifetime subscription but
its worth considering. Dave
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Since the first issue of American
COP, Ive been impressed with the
quality and subject matter of the maga-
zines articles and the credibility of the
people who write them. Outstanding job
by all concerned! In the future, I would
like to see some articles geared towards
detectives; were cops, too! And we
came from patrol, a fact most of us never
forget. Doubtless, theres a detective or
three in your circle of former colleagues
who could pass on his or her wisdom via
your magazine. Again, thanks for putting
out a great magazine.
Greggory E. Correll
Detective, Olive Branch PD
Greg, I was a detective too at one
time but then the department found out
my parents were married and Just kid-
ding. You make a great point about
including some investigative articles. We
are planning to do just that in up-coming
issues. Many of our writers are working
detectives and some retired from inves-
tigative assignments. As you know and
the writers will attest also; when the
feces hits the air circulating device,
detectives are put back in uniform and
hit the streets like anyone. Thanks for
being there when needed and for your
kind words about American COP. Dave
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choices, we are forced to use the only option available in such
a situation deadly force.
Cop bashing by groups like the ACLU and Amnesty
International doesnt just harm
police officers, it endangers public
safety, as well as the very criminals
these groups so often defend. Deci-
sions about the use of force, police
training and equipment should be
left to experts in the field, not polit-
ical interest groups and certainly
not politicians. It should be based
not on media hype or political
attacks but on safety of cops and
law-abiding citizens, not just the
criminals whose reckless actions
endanger everyone including them.
Anal note, at press time, much
attention was being given in the
media to an incident involving a
Congresswoman who is a legend
in her own mind and a hard-
working member of the U.S.
Capitol Police. Perhaps the
media and the politicians
debating the issue need to
remember the names of two
U.S. Capitol Police Of-
cers who gave their lives
protecting Congress the
last time a crazy person
ran around the secu-
rity checkpoint at the
Capitol Building
Ofcer Jacob J. Chesnut
and Special Agent Dan
Gibson. The men and
women of the U.S.
Capitol Police put
their lives on the line
to keep the public
safe, and everyone,
even a mighty
Member of Congress,
can respect that com-
mitment to service by
politely and respectfully
adhering to the rules in
place for their
own safety.
T
heres nothing new about groups like the ACLU
and Amnesty International bashing cops in order
to get press and raise money. But this time their
cop bashing is
proving to be dangerous even
for the criminals they so dili-
gently work to protect. The
ACLU of Northern California
(go figure) recently came out
with an attack on police use of
TASERs. These criminal cod-
dlers tried to blame police use
of TASERs for in custody
deaths and called for a ban on
their use.
The Law Enforcement
Alliance of America (LEAA)
doesnt take kindly to cop
bashers, and we eviscerated
the ACLUs phony claims
with a report exposing their
wild exaggerations. We
warned the press and the public that if the ACLU got their
way, and cops were robbed of options for less lethal force,
the outcome would be more dead suspects. Sure enough,
barely a month later, officers from a Northern California
law enforcement agency responded to a residence where a
man was threatening others with a knife.
The suspect lunged with the weapon and the officers
rightfully used deadly force to protect themselves. In press
accounts following the incident, the law enforcement
agency indicated their department had TASERs but
removed them from service due to the political
controversy surrounding their use.
Every potential use of
force situation is unique,
and the ofcers at the
scene deserve
the best
training and
equipment
possible.
When polit-
ical attacks on
training or
use of
force
equip-
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BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
CO Dawe reporting for duty.
Dawe you got unit 4-3. You know
how to get there?
Yes, sir, but what do I do?
Do you know how to use a phone?
Yes, sir.
Youll be ne.
SAFETY And SECURITY
I
t was 1982 and my rst day as a Correctional Ofcer
working at the largest medium-security prison in Massa-
chusetts. I had just completed two weeks of training, the
majority of which centered around not getting red; dont
take sick leave, dont come in late, dont ask stupid questions,
read your post orders and policies, obey orders, keep youre
gig line straight and your uniform sharp. There was little else
except for the mandatory rearms qualication, half a day of
self-defense training and an hour or so on working with
restraint equipment. Primarily we studied policy and procedure
so as to not expose the state to any unnecessary liability.
Here I was going into a profession where everyday 88 of-
cers are assaulted, where communicable disease is three to
ve times higher than on the streets, where I was to be in con-
trol of 44 convicted felons with no weapon and not even a
radio to call for help. I remember thinking when that huge
metal door slammed shut behind me as I went through the
sally port, What the hell am I doing here?
T
o address some of these inconsistencies members of
Corrections USA a national nonprot coalition of
the nations corrections professionals sought to
establish guidelines for an Apprenticeship Training
program. In 1997 after months of negotiating with the
United States Department of Labor (DOL), the program
was announced. As fast as their hopes had risen they were
dashed. Even though the program merely established vol-
untary guidelines, the DOL received numerous complaints
from state Departments of Correction the guidelines where
too stringent and the program was shelved.
Undeterred, members of Corrections USAestablished a
National Training Committee, the purpose of which is to
seek out practical hands-on training, test the latest in equip-
ment and to make those results available to Correctional
B
ack in 1982 the Massachusetts Department of Correc-
tion had a four to seven week training academy
except the trainees didnt get to go. The Department
wanted to see who washed out before theyd invest
the $10,000 to $15,000 cost to train an ofcer. I wonder how
many potentially good ofcers they lost who might have
stayed on and made a career of corrections if theyd been
properly trained from the onset? Thankfully in most jurisdic-
tions around the country today, scenarios like this are rare.
Although many issues impact the level of safety and secu-
rity behind the walls of our nations prisons and jails, three
components are critical to maintaining control; inmate-to-
ofcer stafng ratios, the level of experience of security staff,
and the amount and quality of training they receive. There
may be other elements that also play substantial rolls in
securing our facilities but from an ofcers viewpoint none
are more important than these.
One of the biggest problems faced in correctional training
is a lack of consistency. For instance pre-service training
hours, the amount of hours provided before an individual is
allowed unsupervised control, custody and care of an inmate
ranges from 640 hours in Michigan to 80 in Maine, with the
average being 280 hours. Annual In-Service training ranges
from 80 hours in Kansas to a mere 8 in Wyoming, with a
national average of 37 hours per year.
Apprenticeship Training
A General
Lack Of
Consistency
Corrections ofcers may nd themselves in the eld at times.
Take-down training is critical for any
cop especially corrections.
J-A section 1 6/5/06 3:34 PM Page 20
Ofcers across the country. All products
and training endorsed by Corrections
USAare only done so after line ofcers
have done the testing or participated in
the training. CUSAalso has a policy of
not accepting any funds or other com-
pensation for any product or organiza-
tion they endorse. Too many times
endorsements are tainted with self-
interest making them meaningless.
Compliance & Takedown
One area needing attention is
assaults on staff, the number and
severity of which continues to rise. We
decided to take a look at what was
available in terms of self-defense
training. We were looking for some-
thing innovative, relatively easy to learn
with limited liability exposure that had
a practical application behind the walls.
With little consistency from department
to department relative to what equip-
ment is provided, we wanted a program
that was hands on and could be univer-
sally applied regardless of the ofcers
issued equipment. After watching an
amazing demonstration at a CUSAcon-
ference in Albany, New York twelve
ofcers from around the country went
to New Jersey to be trained in CDT.
CDT (Compliance, Direction and Take-
down) is non-deadly, self-defense
training any ofcer can learn and master
with relative ease. CDT is used by
numerous law enforcement agencies
and thousands of police and correctional
ofcers have been trained to use it.
There may be other methods as effec-
tive, but we doubt there are any more
effective than CDT for a correctional
environment. I know during my 16
years as a state CO I wish we had been
trained in CDT, there would have been
a lot fewer staff and inmate injuries if
we had all been properly trained.
Training needs to be constantly
upgraded as new techniques and ideas
come to the forefront. Hands on self-
defense training is all too often
reserved for elite response teams. It
should be part of the annual In-Service
training requirement. When an ofcer
receives quality practical training they
feel condent in their abilities when
they go to work each day. That con-
dence shows, and the inmate population
feels it too. Its unfortunate that today
in corrections so many advances in
training will never see the light of day
as a result of the proprietary interests of
less insightful department heads. We
should be sharing training
ideas not hiding them.
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Whats It Do?
Night Surfing?
IS IT TIME
TO GO
INTO THE LIGHT?
T
heres no doubt Hollywood has glamorized the art
and science of police forensic work. Each week the
intrepid CSI investigators solve another felony
who-dun-it using solid police work and loads of
technological gadgets all in 42 minutes. Mostly its because
they have a good script. Trouble is, real police work isnt
scripted and most beat cops, like you and me, dont get access
to the toys I mean tools. Were told the gadgets are too
expensive and we dont have the necessary training to use
them properly. Instead, specially trained lab personnel collect
trace evidence on the important cases, while other cases are
ignored. Well I say thats a bunch a crap and heres why!
In the past, forensic lighting devices cost a bundle and
only the very gifted could gure them out. Today technolog-
ical advances have made many forensic tools inexpensive to
the point agencies can afford to equip and train eld cops to
exploit the electro-magnetic spectrum for evidence collec-
tion. Exploit what? Thats right, the electro-magnetic spec-
trum. More specically the portion we see as visible light.
Now with the use of LEDs or light emitting diodes, theyre
very affordable, easy to use and, more importantly, durable
enough for eld use.
A
forensic light source is a tool for enhancing observa-
tion, photography and collection of evidence. It
includes latent ngerprints, body uids, hair, bers,
bruises, bite marks, wound patterns, shoe and foot
imprints, gun shot residues, drug traces, questioned docu-
ments, bone fragments, and so on. It provides more sensitivity
than traditional methods thus increasing the amount of evi-
dence uncovered and the quality of the evidence photographed
and collected. Simply said, it lets us do our job better so more
crooks are caught
using forensics.
To the unaided eye,
bodily uids, latent
prints and bers can be
elusive. But casting
specic color bands or
wavelengths of visible
or infrared light onto a
surface can cause some
trace evidence to be
magically revealed.
Techniques used
include uorescence
(the evidence glows),
absorption (the evi-
dence darkens), and
oblique lighting (small
particle evidence
revealed by shadows).
Once discovered, its
just a matter of care-
fully collecting what
you see for lab analysis.
22 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
O
ne of these light source manufacturers is FoxFury,
a Southern California company who created a
hands-free lighting device for nighttime surfing
(go figure) and turned it into a cool tool for
fighting crime.
FoxFurys headlamp series forensic lights are
molded from high impact plastic and waterproof to 20
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color bands such as white, ultraviolet (360-400nm), cyan,
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FoxFury offers individual units or a custom made full
forensic kit including a ruggedized carrying case. Included
are the forensic headlamps, a pair of lter goggles, and a
handheld Scout LED tactical lighting system. FoxFurys
forensic headlamps allow eld ofcers to nd trace evi-
dence they werent able to see before.
The folks were sworn to serve and protect are
becoming more sophisticated everyday. Juries believe sci-
ence can solve most crimes and expect to see and hear
information about the collection of trace evidence. When
they dont get it, doubt , reasonable or not, begins to enter
their minds. We can no longer say its Hollywood science
ction its not. As cops its our job to nd the empirical
evidence and let the juror decide guilt or innocence. Tech-
nological innovations and companies like FoxFury have
made those tools available at reasonable costs
so lets get out there and get the job done.
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tunate fact of
life we must
face. Due to circum-
stances beyond our control,
some individuals are put into posi-
tions by the powers that be and to voice concern
well, you know how that usually goes. A myriad of
other factors come into play. They range from ammo
allocations, amount of range time available, to
shooters who just dont care. Yes, they actually do
exist and are currently working with guns everyday.
This line of thinking is leading the charge in what I
have dubbed the Water It Down Until Everyone
Qualifies syndrome.
I
m one
of the lucky
few who gets to
teach shooting to cops,
trainees in the academy, military
personnel and private citizens. Over the past eight years
this passion for teaching firearms skills is one I dont
take lightly.
Im noticing very disturbing trends in the world of LE/Mil-
itary qualications. The most dangerous trend is the students
are consistently not meeting the minimum qualications.
You could point the finger at the quality of instruc-
tion. Ill admit there are some wearing the hat and t-shirt
who dont belong anywhere near students. Its an unfor-
24 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
W
hat is the answer you say? Start holding people
accountable. If you cant pass your qual, you lose
your weapon. The concept of remediation
You will work with them until they pass on
watered down courses of re makes my hair turn grey.
There are no do-overs in a spontaneous deadly force situa-
tion, so why do we allow so many of them in qualication?
I am not saying the rst time you fail, youre riding a desk. I
am talking about the shooter who doesnt pass the shoot and
the subsequent remediation. Give them (pick a number)
more tries. After that, provide additional one-on-one
training. After all reasonable efforts have been exhausted
without a passing score. YOU LOSE YOUR GUN. And
since you cant go out on the street without one, you lose
your job. My old SWAT commander use to say, Some
people are just meant to sell shoes.
If an ofcer was continuously turning in poorly investi-
gated and written reports hed be put on some type of per-
formance plan and would receive counseling that would end
up in his le poorly written reports wont get them killed.
What about the shooter who always takes 500 rounds to
pass? Have they ever gotten paper for their poor perfor-
mance? Remember, these people are covering you and they
may be standing behind you
with a gun in their hand.
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m still trying to find out who they are. I think
they are related to some dude. They say X-
percent of shootings occur at ranges of 0 to 15
yards, so its foolish to waste ammo shooting at 25
yards. If the shooters cant successfully complete the
25-yard line portion of the shoot, just take it out all
together. Ive seen it in both the Military and law
enforcement communities.
Ive had some very frustrating conversations about
how accuracy at 25 yards will make shooters much
better at closer ranges and how its much easier to show
errors in technique.
Shooters who take a case of ammo for every qualifi-
cation shoot are a thorn in an instructors side. Theyre
the ones who only show up at the designated qualifica-
tion shoots. They know the problem exists, but do
nothing in between shoots to help. Sad to say, but these
multi-remediated folks are out there protecting the city
streets of our communities. They are your cover.
Making qualications less difcult is a disservice to
all of us. Some can barely squeak by on these watered
down qualications. They leave the range signed off as
Qualied and are almost as bad as the shooters who
take 500 rounds to pass.
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T
he saying position is everything in life holds true even
when behind the wheel of your cruiser. Taking the correct
driving position will help you remain focused and alert for longer periods
of time not to mention the added command of the vehicles controls,
especially in potentially dangerous trafc scenarios.
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
Position Is Everything
Even In A Cruiser
Position Is Everything
Even In A Cruiser
L
ets take a look at the position of your
feet on the pedals. Your left foot
should be placed on the fake pedal or
oorboard all the way to the left of the
pedals, unless of course youre using a
clutch. Your left foot should be pressed
against the oorboard forcing your hips
to stay wedged into the seat. For set-up
purpose only, place your right foot under
the brake pedal so its against the oor.
Dont drive with your right foot in this
position its only for measurement pur-
pose. If you can reach the oor under the
brake pedal, youll be able to use 100%
of your brakes when necessary.
After measuring the correct amount
of legroom, place your heel at a com-
fortable pivoting point between the
brake pedal and the gas pedal. Your right
foot should control these two pedals. For
maximum brake control your right knee
and big toe should be in a straight line
over the brake pedal. Pivoting from the
brake pedal to the gas pedal starts at the
knee not the ankle. You have much more
control, leverage and strength if you
pivot your knee left and right.
26 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
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he headrest should be positioned
evenly with the back of your head at
eye level. This safety device is very
important in helping prevent whiplash
and various eye injuries in an accident.
T
he steering wheel should be adjusted
so the 12 oclock position would be
approximately at shoulder level.
Place both arms straight out over the
steering wheel, the bend in your wrist
should be directly over the top of the
steering wheel. Your shoulder blades
should be touching the seat back while
your wrists are in this position.
N
ow bring your hands down to the 9
and 3 position on the steering
wheel. This position allows the
greatest steering wheel rotation. The
back of your hands should be facing
you, allowing you to push gently on the
wheel. Its quite important since in an
emergency it allows you to push gently
against the wheel pressing yourself back
into the seat. This position allows your
hands and arms to steer and permits
smooth wheel control. In a panic situa-
tion, many drivers pull themselves
toward the steering wheel, which results
in stiff arms and forces you to move the
steering wheel with your shoulders.
When drivers tense up theyre not
helping the situation at all. The worst
performing vehicle in the world is engi-
neered to perform three basic functions,
go, stop and turn. When your arms
tighten up you loose control and dex-
terity resulting in jerky and abrupt
driver inputs. Steering a vehicle doesnt
require much muscle. Power steering is
a wonderful thing and can be controlled
with smooth movements initiating from
the forearms. Remember to keep your
thumbs pointed straight up while
resting them against the steering wheel.
In a frontal impact or airbag deploy-
ment its possible to dislocate your
thumbs since theres such a violent and
sudden weight transfer forward.
A
t the start of every shift, before you
even start your patrol car, check
your hand and seat position. And
before driving away, properly fasten your
seat belts. One study showed the risk of
death was 2.6 times greater for unbelted
occupants of police vehicles than for
belted. What are seatbelts really meant to
do for us? To stop you before hitting the
windshield in a crash is what most would
say. But a seatbelt also holds you in place
so you have the opportunity to properly
utilize the vehicles controls. Doing so
will hopefully help you avoid
the accident all together.
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28 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
W
hen you get
checked out
on Taser oper-
ation, youre rou-
tinely briefed on the
possible results
suspects dropping
like a box of rocks,
going into Grand
Spaz mode,
incontinence,
projectile
hurling, and
so on. But in
Daytona
Beach, a team
of our brothers and
sisters in blue got one
they never expected.
Our Taser-target
du jour, 53-year old
Dennis Crouch, had
already had an eventful evening. Following an
episode of drinking and dwelling on his nancial and
medical problems at a friends place, he grabbed a knife
and stabbed himself in the chest and stomach. When
his pal phoned the police, Dennis ed to his home,
where he promptly got into a beef with his wife over
plans to go change his luck in Las Vegas. He
grabbed a kitchen knife and the fun began again.
This time his wife bailed out and dialed 911.
When ofcers kicked in the door, Crouch was
across the living room, clutching an eight-inch
knife pointed at his tummy and playing the old game
of, Dont come any closer or Ill mutilate the moron. After Crouch repeatedly
ignored commands to drop the knife, Ofcer Betsy Cassidy reluctantly but resolutely
raised her Taser and popped him. Asecond later, all the gathered ofcers could say
was, Wow! The instant the darts hit Crouch, his chest seemed to burst into ames.
The subject, reported police Sergeant Al Tolley, Immediately dropped the
knife. Well, Duhhh. He needed both hands to beat out the re on his chest, of
course. It was later learned that Crouch had a disposable plastic butane lighter in his
shirt pocket. One of the Taser darts punctured the lighter, and ignited the butane. We
expect to see this scenario added to Taser training, titled the
Marshmallow at a Campre Effect.
T
ry to gure out how a crooks
mind works, and youll wind up
talking to telephone poles and
understanding when they answer.
In Big Oak Flat, California, a woman
reported a rather unusual theft. Someone
had unbolted and stolen the entire
exhaust system off her car. Ofcers con-
rmed; yep it was gone, from the
manifold past the mufer and they
led a case on it. Cops were trying to
develop a lead when the victim called
back and said the exhaust system had not
only been returned, but the thief had
done a pretty professional job of re-
installing it, with all necessary hardware.
Again, they went out, and again, they
conrmed. Sometimes you just have to
shrug and let it go ... .
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Sometimes Youll Never Know
They Never
Mentioned This
In Training
him until after hed taken the pills.
The bruises were the result of him
repeatedly running across the room and
slamming himself into the walls, trying
to set off his internal mini-bombs and
blow himself up. All he got was ham-
mered and tired. Hey, we cant make
this stuff up, you know? Were thinking
this guy is so dense that light waves
bend when they approach him .
when he found a bottle of nitroglyc-
erine pills. These little micro-blasters
are given to some cardiac patients to
dilate coronary arteries, and yeah, they
do contain minute amounts of nitro-
glycerine, but we think it would take
several thousand of em to equal a re-
cracker. We guess he didnt know that.
And the question of how was he going
to detonate that nitro didnt occur to
I
n San Diego, ofcers called to an
unknown disturbance arrived to
nd a 28-year old male alone in
his apartment, knee-walkin
fallin-down toilet-huggin drunk,
depressed, frustrated, and looking
like hed just lost a ght with a rhino.
The guy was covered in fresh but
deepening bruises, and the walls
appeared to have been impacted by
thrown furniture.
But the place was otherwise
pretty neat and tidy, and there was no
evidence at all anyone else had been in
the apartment that night. All the neigh-
bors had heard were the sounds of run-
ning feet, followed by collisions with
the walls. The whole story came out
after they got him to the hospital.
It seems our mental midget had
decided to render himself null and
void, but didnt want to use any of the
inconvenient, sometimes painful, con-
ventional means of suicide. Then he
had a bright thought: Hey, how bout
alcohol poisoning? Wouldnt you just
get really plastered and then kinda
peacefully nod off to sleepy-bye? So
he chugged a bottle of vodka.
Apparently, he didnt wait long
enough for the booze to work its
magic, and he got impatient. Thats
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the cop as well and ran to the front
door. Instead of opening it, he punched
his fist through a small window; then
continued to punch each one of the
other dozen or so.
domestic calls
at the address
in past months.
With backup only a minute or two
behind, the officer walked to the porch
from the side steps and looking
through a window, he spotted the sus-
pect inside the house. The man saw
T
he guy was absolutely
freaking out. We had to get in
and get him under control,
the ofcer stated, But, the
door was locked and we couldnt bust it
in. The patrolman arrived to check on a
noise complaint from the neighbors. He
knew the residence well from at least two
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he door was locked and attempts to force it
failed. The boot didnt budge it. One man ran
back to his cruiser while the other covered
the house and returned with a short-han-
dled three-pound sledgehammer. They
gained entry after pounding with the
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trick just to end up hurting your foot,
knee or ankle.
Or, maybe its not an active domestic or ght. Have
you ever gone to a welfare check and gotten that funny
smell but cant get in?
We cant call SWAT every time we need to make a
crisis entry. In the case of an active domestic or a medical
call, every second we waste could mean someones life.
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A
great deal of what we do
is reactive. We get a
complaint and we follow
up on it. You get a call
about a suspicious car in a neigh-
borhood and you check it out. We
observe traffic looking for
speeders. You rush to an alarm
call in hopes of catching a bad
guy. In each one of the scenarios
youre reacting either to a
call received or to behavior.
Whether its a barking dog,
stolen car, or a rape victim, we
are dispatched after the act has
occurred. Sure, we might catch
the dog barking or stop a car
thief, but something had to
happen to warrant our attention.
In the world of the profes-
sional security provider, if you
have to call the police somethings gone wrong with the
security plan. A genuine, reliable security provider will
do everything within their power to prevent something
bad from happening.
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PAUL MARKEL PRIVATESECURITY
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Paul Markel has been a cop since 1991. He's served several communities in his native Ohio. Paul also provides executive protection in the US and overseas.
f you work in a busy area you may find yourself
reacting your entire shift. The moment you walk in the
door youre handed a case file or files for follow
up. A friend who works for a large Sheriffs Office
tells me he spends most every shift just bouncing from
call to call.
Cops conduct patrols in hopes of catching the bad guy. Its
intended to be proactive; to stop a problem before it occurs.
Our uniformed presence can and does deter crime. But to the
outside observer it looks like you are just walking or driving
around doing nothing.
Its bad enough for citizens to bitch, but we can get back-
lash from the city fathers as well. I actually had a village
councilman complain to the Chief he often saw me walking
around town talking with people and shouldnt I be out
working? He didnt understand my being there was a deter-
rent and these were the very people who kept me apprised of
what was going on in the neighborhood.
Security personnel dont have the arrest powers, the
investigation tools, or the resources cops do. For the most
part, all they can do after a crime is write a good witness or
incident report and turn the case over to the cops.
B
ecause they lack the assets, securitys primary
mindset must be proactive. They need to analyze
their area of operation and the situation to discover
potential weaknesses or avenues of attack. This
analysis can be as boring as nding an unlocked door to as
challenging as advance work for a protection detail.
If theyre performing their duties diligently, profes-
sional security providers should be some of the most
observant and tuned in people on the planet. Being proac-
tive and preventing problems is their primary role in life.
Both the cop and the security provider share the same
problem. If they do their job well and nothing bad hap-
pens they get no reward. How many supervisors ever go
up to a cop and say, No crime occurred last night. You
must be doing a great job. Instead you hear, No arrests,
no tickets? What did you do all night sleep?
Security has it even worse. Acompany or a person is
having trouble. They hire a professional security provider
and after a month or two the trouble stops. They start
looking at the security bill and saying, Why am I paying
all this money for security? I havent had a problem in
months. By performing their task well, the security
person works himself right out of a job.
Administrators like stats. They come up with a list of
calls taken, arrests made, convictions, number of patrol
hours, etc. Id like to see a crimes prevented statistic.
Yes, I know we cant calculate how many crimes didnt
occur but I can dream. When it comes to being proactive
or reactive, look at it like this, the more crimes you pre-
vent by being proactive and diligent, the less time you
have to spend writing reports and testifying
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34 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
JOHN MORRI SON STREETLEVEL
STRAIGHT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERSHIP ON THE FRONT LINES THE STREETS.
John Morrison served in combat as a Marine sergeant, and retired as a senior lieutenant from the San Diego Police Department, having served there as Director of Training, Commanding Officer of SWAT and division
executive officer. He has taught, written and lectured widely on training, tactics and leadership. Contact him at StreetLevelOne@yahoo.com.
I
ve been asked a hundred times by
alleged professionals in other
fields, What do you think distin-
guishes your job from others? Its
asked in a number of ways, and usu-
ally with an ill-disguised element of
arrogance and offensiveness. I think it
offends these professionals when a
ranking police officer exhibits confi-
dence, self-assurance and quiet pride,
coupled with a perceived lack of rev-
erence for the exalted position of
Doctor So-and-So or J. Bittlesford
Bumpquin, Esquire.
Decision-making, I reply.
Well, sniff the supercilious
snivelers, We all make decisions,
A
s a law enforcement leader
you will live or die, literally
and guratively, by the
quality of your decision-
making. Please note I said, deci-
sion-making, rather than by your
decisions. Using any sound
methodology, you can certainly
boost your success rate stunningly,
but you can never hope to bat a
thousand in this league. Sometimes
the very best decisions go sour and
you screw the pooch. But when you
can stand and show your decision
was derived from a thoughtful, ana-
lytical process, you come as close
as possible to armor-plating your-
self from accusations of rashness,
incompetence and negligence.
Methodology in decision-making is
like body armor for your brains.
The methodology offered here is
simple and general, taken from sem-
inars Ive done on the subject. Its
not a one-size-ts-all, covering
personnel, tactical and logistical
problems alike, but one you can cut,
paste and adapt to the situation.
Body Armor
For Your
Brains
First, Do The Mechanics:
1. Identify the problem or question in the simplest terms.
2. Check the accuracy of input. Never presume the data, observations, or
facts youre given are valid. This process may also prompt you to go back and
re-identify the problem.
3. Is there a precedent? What was done? Why? What was the outcome?
4. Whats the desired effect or end result sought?
5. What are your alternatives?
6. What do you foresee as the consequences of those alternatives?
Then Apply These Considerations:
1. The Rule of The Rule: Sometimes you should act in strict accordance with the
requirement of the rule or policy, uniformly and without consideration of indi
vidual circumstances appropriate conduct or action being dictated by a single
standard. Is this one of those cases? Ahard line is sometimes the only
acceptable line.
2. The Balance Beam: Review your action alternatives based on appraisal of
the balance of good consequences over bad consequences. Direct your primary
attention to solving the specic problem, and then examine the most likely good
or bad results the fallout of various solutions to it.
3. The Replication Ripple: What might happen, short term or long, if every
dont we? What makes
yours so different?
My decisions range
from the purely
administrative to
giving the green
light to a sniper to
end someones life
at that instant;
from petty paper-
routing to
depriving a person
of their liberties
and livelihood;
making drop-dead or
drab-dull decisions in
a split second or over
months, without the
luxury of turning the
process over to a group of
eager interns or profes-
sional staff, and knowing
the outcome will not be
routinely reviewed by a
sympathetic panel of peers
or protected from public
purview, but rather, tried in open
court and dragged bloody across the
headlines. Thats the difference, pal.
On Decision Making
Mechanics, Considerations
And Safeguards
J-A section 1 6/5/06 4:00 PM Page 34
sergeant faced with a similar situation
choses to act in a manner similar to
your selected action? Would you wind
up creating bigger problems in the long
term than you solved in the short?
Would it be the hard way now, but
pave the way for fewer headaches and
lesser problems later?
Safeguards To Consider:
1. Is it legal? Sounds simplistic, but
it has happened many times upon
close examination, a seemingly solid
plan contains a crippling legal point.
Find it before someone else does.
2. Is it ethical? Bear in mind this
includes not just your own personal
ethics, but a community standard of
ethics, and I dont mean the ludicrous
lip-service politically-convenient
ethics of public pressure groups. I
mean, if your selected action is carried
out and then reviewed by the good,
law-abiding people you serve, would
they say, I know youve got to ght
crime, but this, this is just downright
dirty pool?
3. Is it moral? In my opinion, this
is the single least considered standard
in public decision-making. An
extreme example would be enforce-
ment of the edicts of the Third Reich
in the late 1930s, mostly carried out
by German police officers. Their
orders were legal empowered by
law and even arguably ethical by
then-current standards. But were they
moral? How anxious are you to offer
the excuse, I was only following
orders. They were legal!?
Just Put It On
Remember that body armor
analogy? Urgency and circumstance
will determine whether you can take
time to don Level II, III-Aor add shock
plates to your decision-making. But
something is always better than
nothing, okay? Just put it on! And envi-
sion this scenario:
Your boss calls you in and asks,
Just how in hell did you come up with
this crap, Farnquart? Did you pull it
outta your ass? And you patiently
explain how you went through six
preparatory mechanics, applied three
analytical considerations, selected the
most appropriate alternative, and nally
examined it for legal, ethical and moral
validity. Rest your case modestly.
And try to restrain yourself from
asking, So, boss, what methodology
do you use? Im always up to learn
something new. That would be
what we call a bad decision.
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L
ets just suppose I was teaching a class and made my
students point guns at each other? Then suppose I
made them reload magazines into guns while pointed
at each other and then made them cycle the action
while pointing guns at each other. How am I doing? About
now some of you the smart ones are going no way,
this jackass is going to get somebody killed.
But, I think I should be exempt from responsiblity if
loaded ammunition on the premises happens to be in my
magazine and in my gun
and pointed at a student
who theoretically could
soon lie dead as a box of
hammers. After all, this is
with the best of inten-
tions, I mean
theoretically
I am trying
to teach
people what
it is like in
combat so
if they get
killed by live ammo, thatll teach something.
If theoretically someone was accidentally killed, would
I be indicted? No way, I have thirty years firearms teaching
experience and I do have the best of intentions and after all
tragedies happen. Right? The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
of March 2006 reported a 23-year veteran recruit training
Sergeant shot and killed a recruit in the classroom. The
recruits were worried about the instructors teaching
methods and didnt want to follow his commands to point
guns at each other. They also found six years ago the same
sergeant was warned in writing not to use live weapons in
classroom. All live ammo and working guns by state policy
are banned from academy classrooms.
And here are some of my personal favorites: The grand
Jury declined to indict the sergeant and the police investiga-
tion didnt recommend charges. The Public Safety Director
stated, There was no criminal intent and the Director of
the Training Center said, Everything we were doing was
consistent with what we should have been doing. There is
36 AMERI CAN COP J ULY/AUGUST 2006
CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
I
have never used this bully pulpit to promote my personal
livelihood of being in the rearms and tactics instruction
business. Occasionally, Ill make reference to something
we learned in a class or information exchanged between a
student and myself. I have on many occasions aggravated folks
with my writing. When I say to use the sights whenever you can,
I get hate mail from the point/instinctive shooting side of the
house. If I call people on whining because they didnt like the
gun in question as it had a gold bling or xed sights or wasnt
their caliber of choice yeah, I think theyre whiners. I also
believe Im just as entitled to my opinion as you are to yours.
M
y younger theoretical peers in the training industry
have called me old fashioned and I guess I could
be. But, I teach and write about what I believe and
know. What I know and teach works and has worked for
others, like my 13,000 students over three decades. But, I
need to tell you some stuff about where I come from. I grew
up in a house with guns present; learning gun safety and to
not point guns at people. I shot on my high school
rie team and taught safety and marksmanship.
I went to the rie range as a young Marine where
we were forced to handle guns safely and then
spent 18 months in Vietnam as a basic 0311 who
spoke Vietnamese learned from the Army language
school in Monterey. In Vietnam I was attached to
the Combined Action Platoons and lived with the
Vietnamese people teaching their young men
the skills of combat and safe gun handling.
I came home, worked as a cop for seven
years mostly teaching rearms and gun safety. In
1980 I went to Gunsite and worked with Mr. Jeff
Cooper teaching, among other things, safe gun han-
dling and marksmanship skills. In 1983 I started my rst
business and in 1993 moved to Texas and opened Thunder
Ranch. It was a good place to work, and it was a safe place
to work because I was a real dick about safety.
Our motto Nothing stupid today! We are not gonna be
shot, and we are not gonna let anybody shoot anybody else
including themselves. If you want to be embarrassed, just
screw with the Thunder Ranch safety rules. Youll get your
butt chewed and I refuse to apologize.
People often roll their eyes when given the safety brief in
the classroom instruction portion and then before and
during training evolutions on the range deck proper. I
strongly recommend students do not do dry practice off the
range deck during class week specically including
inside their motel rooms. Ive taught that way for years, and
I have a few years left before I quit teaching altogether. I
plan to run the safety and gun handling doctrines the same
way until the last minute of the last class. Its the way I run
my range and my business. So I am old fashioned.
Old Fashioned
IS AS DOES
Stupid Stupid
Killing Our Students
Killing Our Students
This column is respectfully dedicated to all law enforcement
ofcers killed by other law enforcement ofcers.
May GOD forgive us.
Training gun yes ...
real gun no.
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no live ammunition in our classes.
Except for the round that killed the
recruit Stupid.
Now let me get this right, as a cop I
could teach people to point guns at each
other, load, reload, cycle actions,
etcetera which increases the potential
for a theoretically non-existent live
round to be loaded in a theoretically
unloaded gun with no intent and can
theoretically kill the crap out of my
recruits. And its just a tragedy?
So then as a civilian rearms
instructor I should be able to kill stu-
dents as long as I have no criminal
intent? You want to know what I think?
I think as a civilian puke rearms
instructor I am going to be arrested and
indicted; thats what I think unless I
get a break because I used to be a cop.
This is only one case of many of
cops killing other cops with unloaded
guns in training and in direct violation
of the old fashioned basic frigging
rearms safety rules.
Boring Fundamental Crap
All guns are always loaded.
Dont point the muzzle at anything
you are not willing to destroy.
Keep your nger off the trigger until
the sights are on the target and you are
willing to shoot.
Be sure of your target and backstop.
I wonder how many of these rules
were violated by our 23-year veteran
rearms instructor? Atragedy? Ill tell
you the tragedy, the tragedy is a 23-
year-old cop is dead and we are going
to do zip about it.
Just go ahead and write the editor to
whine about this column. Im dying to
hear somebody justify how this tragedy
was not my fault, it was an accident,
Im sorry the other guy didnt check
the gun, it just went off by itself or
whatever lame stupid justication
some jerk can come up with.
As of right now, I am truly embar-
rassed I was a cop. I am truly embar-
rassed this using the term very
loosely firearms instructor killed
another cop.
I am truly embarrassed we are not
gonna do a damn thing about it. As a
matter of fact right now I am truly
embarrassed to be a human being on a
planet with someone else this stupid
sucking in the same air. And as God as
my witness, Ill be glad when the day
comes I can retire, if for no other reason
as to not have myself associated with the
words rearms instructor. Especially
as long as there people who point guns at
their students while claiming to do what
I do for living and call them-
selves a rearms instructor.
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job but imagine how much harder it is
to get applicants for the job who arent
paid. They have to put up with all the same
bullshit for only intangible rewards. Only 5-
10 percent applying for regular positions pass
the first cut and only a portion of those make
it to the point of getting a badge.
My city is big on volunteerism programs but
they dont ask for reserve applicants anymore
because it is simply so hard to qualify these days. Years
ago it was a different story and we had a big push to
increase the number of reserve officers. They had public
service announcements on radio and TV and there were
stories in the newspaper about the program. We had
quite a few people come through the door but the effort
was anything but a success. Nobody mentioned felony
convictions were disqualifying, as was current use of
stuff like cocaine. But the real prizewinner was a nice
enough guy who came in, filled out an application and sat
around talking while one of the guys went down to records to
run a simple check. He came back in a few minutes with a
fistful of warrants in hand and we duly escorted the applicant
across the street to jail.
VAST
UNTAPPED
RESOURCES
M
andatory training is the rule today and for
someone with a full time job the many months
of night and weekend classes to obtain certifi-
cation prevent otherwise worthy volunteers
from ever hitting the street. The bulk of our reserves
come from within, either as retirees or cops who found
more lucrative jobs in the private sector. The reserve
allows them to maintain a relationship with the depart-
ment and provides a continuing opportunity for ser-
vice, said Darrel Stephens, Chief of the Charlotte-
Mecklenburg (CMPD) police department.
His is a big department with 1,557 sworn ofcers and
60 reserves who are also fully certied. Within CMPD
recruiting is largely by word of mouth but there are also
some incentives. Many of the regulars have off duty jobs
that are handled through a secondary employment pro-
gram. Stephens opened this up to reserve ofcers as well
so many of the regulars, who were ready to retire, could
still keep their off duty jobs simply by transferring.
S
ince I began doing this column Ive been talking
with folks all over the country and everyone seems
to be saying the same thing: we need more cops.
An active reserve program is one way to accomplish
this and at a signicant cost savings. But it needs to be a
two way street. Agencies should allow reserves to work in
jobs that are more than standing in the rain directing trafc.
Nationwide theres a vast untapped resource of trained
and experienced cops. The biggest hurdle is certification.
Every state has its own requirements but sometimes theres
reciprocity where certification can be transferred.
When I hear the word reserve I immediately think of a
street cop, answering calls for service because thats what I
did for most of my 27 years. There was a time when that
was all a reserve could do but those days are fading into
history. Enlightened departments
use resources efficiently.
CHARLES E. PETTY RESERVES
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
They Make It Hard
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Experience
And Completed
Training
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A
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new TDU pant. TDU, or Tactical Dress Uniform, gar-
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pants are available in black, brown, khaki, green and dark
navy. The twill pants are available in black, green and dark
navy. Having spent several years wearing military BDU
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mend them for both training and operational wear.
The side cargo pockets have the appearance of traditional
cargo pockets, but there are two magazine pockets inside
each one. Handgun magazines would t in these pockets,
but they are the perfect size for 30 round AR-15 mags. Inci-
dentally, my titanium S&Wrevolver ts perfectly in the
magazine pockets too. In case you havent heard me say it
before, go buy yourself an S&W Model 340PD. At 12
ounces, it will increase your carry options ten fold. These
inside magazine pockets are covered with hook-and-loop
material, so any of the BBS pouches can be attached. This
gives you a way to carry additional equipment and it wont
op around when you run, jump or climb over fences.
In addition to providing additional carry options, the
TDU pants have a built in kneepad system, an advanced
waist size adjustment and hook-and-loop closures for the
flaps on the pockets. The 1/4" thick neoprene kneepads fit
inside a double knee pocket area and offer good protection
just as they are. If I knew I was going to be doing extensive
shooting drills requiring shooting from my knees, Id
double the pads. The pads are cut to contour around a bent
knee and they work great. The expandable comfort-tunnel
waist utilizes a wide elastic band to accommodate size
adjustments. This system, in conjunction with the rein-
forced waistband, makes for a better fit and a more profes-
sional look than traditional BDU pants. Try
a pair of TDUs; you will be glad you did.
For more info: www.511tactical.com
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Pants
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designed the Back-up
Belt System (BBS) to
add a wide range of
carry options to an equally wide range
of garments designed for concealed
carry and expanded gear carrying
options. The BBS consists of several
different pouches with hook-and-loop
attachment points. The pouches can be
used to carry all types of tactical
equipment including, handcuffs,
batons, magazines, radios and, of
course, the big three of personal pro-
tection: guns, knives and ashlights.
T
wo of my favorite BBS compatible jackets are
the Jean Jacket and VIP Blazer. Both are great
for undercover applications and include such
advanced features as 5.11s WireGuide system
for threading radio push-to-talk, microphone and ear-
piece wires from the integral radio pocket down the
sleeve and up to the
collar area. The
casual look of the
Jean Jacket allows
you to blend into a
wide range of UC
situations. The VIP
Blazer, on the other
hand, is a fashion-
able three-button
sport jacket that
looks great in situa-
tions requiring a
shirt and tie to
blend in. This is a
great option for
dignitary protection
or other security
type assignments.
Jackets
The ever-expanding line of 5.11
Tactical garments accommodating
BBS pouches includes numerous
shirts, vests, jackets and trousers.
Among these options are the very
popular 5.11 Tactical Jacket and
the 5.11 Tactical Vest, both of
which are comfortable, well made
and specifically designed for car-
rying lots of tactical gear. In addi-
tion to internal and external BBS
pockets, these garments include
several other pockets specifically
designed for radios, magazines,
identification, flashlights, etc.
Dress For Serious Business
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ALL YOULL
EVER NEED
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A
fter a couple stints in
the field as a patrol
cop and t hen as a
sergeant, I found one
universal truth could
be applied to darn near any aspect
of my daily duties Simple is
Better. That applied to the prelimi-
nary reports cobbled out in the field,
t o di rect i ng t raffi c, maki ng t he
approach on a possible burglary in
progress or planning for a special event.
After all, we had the lieutenants, captains
and chiefs to come up with the overly com-
plicated grandiose abject failures. Uncomplicated, easy to
understand, easy to explain and easy to implement seemed
to work so much better for me. Maybe thats why I tried to
use the same philosophy in other aspects of work and
SIMPLE IS
BETTER
Dave Douglas
Photos: Ichiro Nagata
officer safety equipment was one area especially ripe for
de-complication. Some of you may say, is that a word? Who
knows but it sounds good doesnt it?
A holster that doesnt cause you to twist, rock, leap in the
air and configure your fingers in a gang sign to draw your
handgun is one aspect of de-complication. Shucking off all
the unnecessary carrying pouches for vinyl gloves, cell
phones, PDAs, pagers, those twelve extra sets of handcuffs
and my favorite, a silent key carrier from your duty belt is
another. But one area some overlook is the choice of
rearms you take to the eld everyday. So, heres what Id
carry if some moron were to drag me out of retirement, put a
uniform on me and make me get back into a patrol car.
Handgun
Other than the revolver I carried when I first hit the
field, the simplest, most reliable handgun would be my
choice. For me thats the Glock 21. Its easy to use, has a
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consistent trigger pull and no extra
levers to lever or buttons to push. You
draw it from the holster, point the
skinny end at the bad guy, pull the
trigger and it goes bang just like it
was designed to do. And, just about
every duty gear maker builds a holster
for it. It carries 13 .45 ACP rounds in
the magazine and one in the chamber.
We can argue about calibers until
Anna Nicole gets brains but Im con-
vinced the .45 ACP provides a cop
with everything required for duty
ammunition. At least to me, the recoil
seems less than the .40 S&W and if
you really get in trouble you can strip
the rounds from the magazine and
throw them at the suspect theyll
leave a mark.
The only problem I have with the
G21 is the size of the grip. I dont
have huge meat hooks for hands.
Some of you may and if so, the grip
may be comfortable and conducive to
good marksmanshi p. Not for me
though. It feels like it should be crew
served when I try to hold it. But, to
the rescue comes Robbie Barrkman,
the owner of ROBAR. Robbie is a
t ranspl ant from Sout h Afri ca t o
Phoenix, Arizona.
Grip Reduction
A number of years ago Robbi e
worked with a local cop to make the
Glock a better fit for those of us with
medium and small hands. I asked
Robbie to perform his grip reduction
magic to my G21 and it became a
work of art one I could actually
use. ROBAR removes the majority of
the grips backstrap and will also
remove the finger groves from the
frontstrap if requested. I had them
keep the finger groves but reduce the
front st rap by 1/ 16t h of an i nch.
ROBAR also put a beavertail on the
backstrap allowing for a higher grip
that puts your hand closer to the line
of the bore again reducing perceived
recoil. The grip area is then contoured
and textured to provide a little better
stick in your hand when shooting.
But thats just the beginning of the
ROBAR treatment.
Robbie took the slide and cut front
serrations for me. It helps for the press
check we all do to assure a round is in
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t he chamber and ready t o go j ust
before we hit the field. We all do that,
dont we? Then ROBAR strips the
finish and refinishes the slide as well
as the internal parts with NP3.
Polytetrauoroethylene?
Say that three times fast. NP3 is an
electroless nickel-plating process. Its
application is auto-catalytic meaning it
doesnt require any form of electricity.
So unlike standard electrolytic plating
all surfaces are evenly plated. The
coating thickness can be maintained to
within .0002 or two ten thousandths of
one inch. Teflon, as Dupont calls it or
polytetrafluoroethylene (P.T.F.E.) is
evenly distributed and locked into the
nickel-phosphorus matrix.
NP3 is a true composite so as it
wears fresh particles of P.T.F.E. are
exposed keeping the opposing surfaces
lubricated throughout the life of the
coating. Youve heard the term, hard
as nails? This stuff is way harder with
a Rockwell rating of between 48 and
51, almost as hard as hard chrome but
it has an even better adhesion rating.
Then to cap it all off I called Irv
Stone owner of Bar-Sto Precision
Machine to add one of his match bar-
rels. Irvs Bar-Sto barrels are machined
from solid stainless steel bar stock heat
treated to 39 to 43
Rockwell providing a
tensile strength of
180,000 PSI. All of
the barrels are com-
pletely machined and
ried in his shop with a
twist rate of 1 turn in 16
and if properly fitted can
provide accuracy of 1" or
better at 25-yards.
XS-Sights
I have ol d-guy
eyes. When I hit 40
i t was l i ke
someone turned a
swi t ch. I went
from 20/15 eye-
si ght t o what I
bel i eve i s 20/ One
trillion. I really hate it
and have to wear glasses
now. So, what about
sights? I found the best sights
for me are the XS-Sights 24/7
Big Dot. Not only can I pick up
the front sight quickly but, in low
light, Ive found nothing can be faster.
You dont need to have crappy eyes to
put the 24/7 Big Dots on your gun.
Theyll improve your speed to deliver
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M
y Dad was a New York City re
chief and very military in demeanor.
He always told me, Knowledge is
power. I thought he was just encour-
aging me to be a good student (didnt
work), but after 33 years of military, law enforcement,
intelligence work and training, I came to understand
once you gain knowledge or information, hoarding
it is essential to ascending to power and more
importantly, holding on to it. Every bureau-
cratic agency, both on the micro- and macro-
level compete with other entities for
money, recognition and prestige.
Part of this is institutionalized,
but much is manifest due to
voracious and arrogant
egos and we all then
suffer as victims of
the whats mine
must remain mine
and the infamous
not-invented-here syn-
drome. At times, this
behavior borders on criminal
and the 91101 tragedy is
the most vivid example
One Way Street
Author James O. Born, in his recent
book, Shock Wave, identified the most
famous one-way-street agency as the FBI.
They would swoop down on a local police
department and acquire all the criminal infor-
mation they could get, but rarely reciprocated.
Some of this institutional greed was justifiably
dictated by lack of security clearances, fear of
compromising sources, legal restrictions on dis-
cussing on-going investigations and, in some
cases, a general distrust for the boys in blue.
Secret Service could be awarded second place,
particularly when protective details arrived to do
advance preparations for a visiting government dig-
nitary. Hard working and skilled cops were mus-
cled aside, dismissed from the scene and had
unreasonable demands placed upon them by the
cologne emanating Suits.
Yes, it still happens, but even prior to 9-11 this has
changed dramatically. Police, FBI, ATF and DEA task forces
had been inaugurated all over the country to deal with gangs,
terrorism, organized crime and narcotics. Its culminated in
unprecedented cooperation on all levels of law enforcement
and intelligence work, but theres still much work to be done.
Micro-Turf Battles
These turf battles, usually undeclared publicly but real as
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Desert Storm, exist within agencies as well. This often
occurs when departments share responsibilities. I was
assigned to a unit with anti-terrorism responsibilities, but
also trained and managed the eld SWAT and hostage nego-
tiations programs. Our SWAT activities often brought us in
direct conflict with the Firearms Training Unit. They con-
trolled rearms acquisition, disposition and training.
Unfortunately, FTU suffered from the NIHS and their
collective egos would not consider anything developed
TERRIBLE
TURF
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point where my organizations FTU
began to reluctantly sit in and observe
DEAs classes.
Other Agendas
Another example of intra-agency
conflict was my attempt to adopt the
5.56x45mm cartridge for CQB
events. A couple of enterprising
Arizona police officers con-
ducted limited penetration tests
with 5.56 ammunition and this
inspired me to have our own
Ballistics Testing
Unit test a broader
range of loads in
this caliber. In
addition, 13 dif-
ferent tests were
c o n d u c t e d
ranging from bare
gelatin, to auto-
mobile glass and
ballistic body
armor at
25yards.
Our manual s
restricted the use
of .223/5.56mm
t o out door con-
frontations and it
was not recom-
mended for room
combat. However,
FTU/ BTU t est s
det ermi ned bal l ,
soft point and hollow point ver-
sions of this ammunition, with the
exception of body armor, penetrated
less than 9mm, 10mm and .40 S&W
when these pistol rounds were fired
from an HK-MP 5 subgun. With these
results, I lobbied for the elimination of
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outside their fiefdom. As a result, our
firearms program stagnated. During
this time, I was seconded to DEA to
assist in developing their raid tactics.
I worked for a couple of DEA leg-
ends, Frank Whi t e and Chuck
Franklin who believed in training and
acknowledged good ideas coming
from the private training sector. DEA
wi sel y sent several of t hei r FTU
agents and me to most of the available
prominent schools and also invited
l eadi ng pri vat e i nst ruct ors t o t he
academy to expand our knowledge
and skill levels. Suffice to say, DEAs
firearms program became very pro-
gressive and grew exponentially to the
Bob Pilgrim
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BATTLES
Micro Management, Huge Egos And
The "Not-Invented-Here Syndrome"
Micro Management, Huge Egos And
The "Not-Invented-Here Syndrome"
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S
ome cases have tough facts, and some have com-
plex legal issues; these cases are hard by their very
nature. But then there are the ones where the
arresting ofcer has already killed the case before
the bad guy even gets booked in. Dont get me
wrong, we DAs make plenty of dumb mistakes that lose
cases. But even so, we can only try as good a case as we get.
So were gonna look at three things that can kill your case:
rst, Miranda, then evidence and witnesses, and well wrap it
up with general stupidity.
Its no good to have a confession that cant come in at
trial, and to get it in, you have to understand the Miranda
warning, which protects the Constitutional rights of a sus-
pect subjected to custodial interrogation. You must read
Miranda anytime you question a suspect whos in custody.
In Georgia, custody means when a reasonable person in
the suspects position no longer believes his detention will
be temporary, and this can happen way before youve for-
mally arrested him. If you dont know the standard for your
state, ask your DAor training officer.
The second magic word is interrogation, which means
asking questions. Any questions: bright lights and rubber
hoses arent required. If they just start spouting off, its fair
game until you ask them a question. Then its time to pull out
the card and start running down the right-to list.
Custody And Interrogation
Lets look at how custody and interrogation work together.
Example One comes from a domestic. Wife is nice and
bloody, but wont tell the responding ofcer how she got that
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way. Husband has a
BAC roughly equal to the caliber of
your duty weapon, and shouts: God
damn right I hit her, and Ill do it
again! Interrogation? Sure, but he
wasnt in custody yet, so no Miranda
was required.
If hell talk, and if officer safety
allows, it can pay off to interview the
suspect, and to delay arresting them
until youve finished your investiga-
tion. Even if they lie, youve locked
them into a story, and if they test-
ilie at trial, theyve got to explain
away their other story rst.
The next case was a marijuana DUI,
where the Officer made the stop
because a passenger was sitting in the
open window as the car zinged past his
cruiser. The driver smelled like pot,
admitted smoking dope and topped out
eld sobriety. On the way to the jail, she
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speaks up: Can I ask you a question?
Sure, the ofcer replies.
Could you tell I was stoned when I
got out of the car? I laughed out loud
when I read that report. Theres custody,
but no questioning; no Miranda required.
The doh! example involves a guy
who got coked-up, stole an SUV from
his homosexual lover s father and
wrecked it in spectacular fashion. The
next day at the jail, the guy confessed
all to his probation officer, who had
neglected to Mirandize him before
questioning him. In custody? Check.
Interrogation? Check. The judge kicked
the entire confession, and we lost the
car theft, which hed admitted to.
Once a suspect invokes his rights,
you must stop the questioning immedi-
ately, and even if he doesnt, a confes-
sion still cant be coerced. This gets
pretty technical, so if theres a specic
interrogation technique you might want
to use, clear it with your DA. As a rule,
if you dont feel right about something,
a judge is really gonna hate it.
Who Needs Evidence?
The baseline rule of evidence is, col-
lect it. Im always amazed at the evi-
dence cops see and still dont collect
like the felon in possession of a rearm
case where the ofcers didnt take the
gun. The defendants family brought it
to my office later, with lead poured
down the barrel. For all I know, it was
working and loaded at the time of arrest,
but no jury was going to convict on that.
Jurors like things they can hold, like
bongs and pipes, and the more tangible
a case is, the stronger it is. This also cut
off some defenses at the knees like
the guy claiming he used his pot for
training drug dogs. What, the ofcer
asked me, they smoke it through those
two pipes we took off him? Put those
pipes in the jurors hands as States
Exhibits, and that defense disappears.
When you collect evidence, protect it
from contamination. As I walked up on
one murder scene, giving the bloodstains
a wide berth, I noticed an unmarked red-
dish-brown stain, and called the lead
investigator over. You missed one, I
told him, pointing. He crouched down,
rubbing a nger in the damp spot.
That aint blood, he said, looking
up. Its tobacco juice. (Ofcers name
withheld)s been on the scene. Start
counting the mistakes.
Processing a crime scene is
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becoming rocket science, but
securing one isnt. If you dont
know how to process a scene, shut
it down and call someone who can.
Personal pride or inter-agency
squabbles arent worth letting
some maggot off.
Some jurors simply mistrust
law enforcement, and your testi-
mony al one wi l l never be
enough to make them convict; it
takes physical evidence. If you
have a camera, or a vi deo
camera, use it. If you dont,
get one, even if you spend
your own money. Its that
i mport ant remember,
juries are conditioned by CSI
to expect that stuff.
Identify Witnesses
Physical evidence cant
tell the whole story; you still
need to have witnesses. So
identify and interview everyone at a
scene. It doesnt have to be a world-
class interrogation: just, You got a
license on you? followed up by
Whatd you see? If they saw some-
thing, have them write out a statement,
and review it. Make sure their statement
is reasonably complete; as a cop, you
know what elements it takes to prove a
crime, so make sure they cover each ele-
ment to the best of their knowledge. One
statement I got had only a name and I
saw what happend. No, really, that was
it. Thats how it was spelled, too.
A good written statement can make
the case. It keeps a witness from forget-
ting what they saw by the time you go
to trial, and also slows down a defen-
dant who tries to intimidate them into
changing their story.
Even if they didnt see anything, ID
everyone. Every unidentified person
gives the defense extra ammunition.
Like the battery case where the
defenses key witness was living in a
trailer in the defendants back yard, and
told a fantastic tale at trial about how
he hid in the house, watching the vic-
tims attack the defendant. If hed been
IDd and interviewed on the scene, that
particular lie would have been impos-
sible to tell, but he wasnt and he had a
year-and-a-half to make up something
to help out his landlord.
Wow That Was Dumb
Some defense lawyers honestly
believe the BS witnesses they put up,
some dont; the net result is the same.
Shut that door on the scene.
And now the painful one: do not do
anything stupid. Stupid means any-
thing you would be ashamed of later
on. The Bible says whats whispered in
darkness will be shouted from the
housetops. Welcome to litigation.
On my first ride-along with a local
department, the
deputy made a DUI stop on a female.
The driver admitted drinking, showed
him an open container, and he got great
field sobriety. Excellent stop, to this
point. Then he left the suspect leaning
on the front of his cruiser while he came
to the rear to discuss the case with his
sergeant and me. We offered our advice,
which was something like Cuff em
and stuff em, and the arresting ofcer
nodded, spat and proceeded to urinate in
the road right behind his car.
The best-case scenario is hes
embarrassed in front of six jurors, and
hes forever tarnished law enforcement
in their eyes. Worst case, hes sued for
sexual harassment.
How about the officer who took a
call on his cell phone while he was
cufng someone? I dont know how the
conversation started, but I know how it
ended: Hey honey, look, I gotta go,
hes running away Think about
what that says to a jury. And while
youre thinking, think ofcer safety
all that bad guy wanted to do was run
away. And thats probably the least
serious example thats come through
our ofce.
Every prosecutor understands we
have months to deal with a case, and
youve got minutes, hours at best. Its
unfair, but its the nature of the beast.
Ultimately, we want you to come home
at the end of every shift, and for your
suspect to go to jail and stay there. Prob-
lems can always come up changing
laws, stupid decisions by the DA, weasel
defense attorneys but no one can
make your case any better than you do
when you respond to a call. So
be thorough, and be careful.
Special thanks to Investigators Mark
Cecci and Kim Thomas, UCSO, and
Gary Wayne, Mountain Country.
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A
ctual rubber hose ... This could give you problem
s.
Mold ruined the evidence in the top tube.
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T
he way I see it no one becomes wise without doing
a whole bunch of screwing up. Hopefully the
screw-ups arent too bad, and it doesnt take too
many to help us reach that state called wisdom. As
the saying goes. Young people and wise people,
but no young, wise people.
Looking back over my short career in law enforcement,
I cant help but wonder how things might have turned out
had I played the game differently. My wife tells me I
spend too much time dwelling on the past I prefer to
look at it as learning from the past.
If I could go back in time and do it all over again, what
would I do differently? To start, I would definitely avoid
the intersection of Quince and Washington. Thats the
intersection where the Undocumented Alien ran the red
light and T-boned my freshly waxed patrol car. The car was
totaled my back and neck would never be the same.
Im one of many whove been medically retired from
law enforcement. The words of my orthopedic surgeon hit
me harder than the impact of the car crash: If you keep
pushing your back like youve been, theres a better than
average chance youll end up in a wheelchair. I wont be
able to fix the damage.
What Happens?
Like the saying goes, shit happens. But even aside from that
one life and career-changing event, I wouldve approached my
law enforcement career much differently. Id have focused on
the basics. Learn everything you can about being the best street
cop you can be. Forget the special assignments, in time theyll
come and even if they dont, theres something very noble
about being a cop who works the streets. Be great at working
every aspect of police patrol work. Look at the old warhorse
and say, I want to be like that guy. Dont say that guys a
fool for wanting to work his whole career in patrol.
Trying to tailor the way I did my job to somehow impress
the powers that be, to show them I would be great for a partic-
ular special assignment only led to complete frustration when
someone else was given the position; given because we all
know being the best at something doesnt necessarily translate
into being selected for the position.
Wisdom comes
at a price
Wisdom comes
at a price
Sammy Reese
Continued on page 80
It might look
like a property
damage only
TC but it ended
a career.
If I Could Do It
All Over Again
If I Could Do It
All Over Again
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L
ast year, the cap-
tain of our local
SWAT team asked
me what it took to
make surplus
M1911 A1s into good
tactical pistols. After
suppressing thoughts of
match barrels, beaver-
tails and everything
shiny, we settled on this:
a basic gun with a tight
bushing, good trigger and
good sights. No ramps. No
rails. No titanium.
I was still in this mindset
when I was offered the chance
to test the 1* 1911 pistol from
Yost-Bonitz Custom. Built on a Colt
M1991 A1, or in this case, Springfield
mil-spec pistol, the responsibly tuned 1*
M1911 .45 is designed as a hard-use gun
for people who use guns to do hard
things. The 1* pistols are so named
because theyre marked with Gary Paul
Johnstons One-Ass-To-Risk logo,
which is the universal symbol for SWAT,
or the more politically-correct SRT. A
SWAT and LAPD veteran, Johnston knows
a working gun, and had this in mind when he
licensed Yost-Bonitz to use his logo on the
line of guns.
Minimalist Quality
Having been the onsite gunsmithy at Gunsite
for almost ten years, Ted Yost already had a
pretty good idea of what it takes to make a
working gun for people who intend to use it.
After leaving Gunsite in 2001, Yost re-opened
the shop hed had earlier, and teamed up with
his brother-in-law, Lou Bonitz, an experienced
air tool machinist. While they also specialize in
combat shotguns and bolt- and lever-action
rifles, at the moment Yost-Bonitz is largely
known as a defensive pistol shop.
The defensive pistol I unwrapped from a
FedEx box was exactly as I expected it to be,
understated. Matte black, with double diamond
checkered wood grips, the gun looked almost
z 1* M1911
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completely stock. The only touches of
color came from the short aluminum
trigger and the polished sides of the
shortened and beveled spur hammer.
There was no beavertail, and the
extended safety tucked neatly into the
side of the pistol. Plain black Novak
sights sat on top of the round-top slide
and the ejection port was subtly
beveled, instead of having the scooped-
out air weve come to expect.
The trigger dropped the short spur
hammer crisply, with only a touch of
take-up and virtually no over-travel.
Running a thumb around the corners
of the gun revealed all the sharp edges
had been carefully removed, and the
receiver tang on either side of the rat-
tail grip safety was fully de-horned to
GOING SIMPLE
Jeremy D. Clough
I
f youve been around law enforce-
ment, or even around guns, for
any length of time, youve doubt-
less seen Gary Paul Johnstons 1*
logo. A sort of universal SWAT logo, it
appears on lapel pins, patches and
knives from CRKT, Ted Yost pistols and
the stray bumper sticker. Derived from
an old schoolroom joke about punctu-
ation (my favorite version involves Nathan
Hale I regret I have but one-ass-to-risk for my
country), it stands as a stark reminder of what it means
to strap on a gun. Be prepared, though if you wear one, expect to be asked
about it; civilians will want to know what it means, and LEOs will want to know
who youre with. Like the blue stripes, before you could buy then on ebay.
Maybe you think it gives short shrift to your partner, or maybe you dont like the
word ass, but the 1* lesson is no less true: we all get one shot at this thing called
life. If you think theres a re-run at the end, or good skills, tactics and weapons will
magically appear when you need them, youre not living in objective reality.
Youve got one. Cover it.
Columbia River Knife & Tool
www.crkt.com
9720 S.W. Hillman Court, Suite 805
Wilsonville, OR 97070
1-800-891-3100
GPJ, Inc.
1168 C.R. 22
Montrose, Colorado 81401
(970) 240-0122
garypaul@montrose.net
1* items available from:
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The 1* 1911 is a
simple, no-frills, all
business tool for the
serious practitioner.
The vertical gold stripe
is easy to pick-up and
lightning fast.
keep it from digging into the hand
during recoil. Clearly, there was more
to the gun than first appeared. After
the once-over, I zipped the gun back
up in its 1*-marked olive green pistol
rug, and waited for a chance to get to
the range.
Match Accuracy
With a stock barrel, frankly, I wasnt
expecting too much in the way of accu-
racy when I took the Yost gun out and
started loading its Wilson magazine.
Bouncing a soda can down from the 25-
yard line told me I might be wrong. Hit-
ting a similarly sized target at the 50,
with seven out of eight shots, convinced
me. Shooting by hand, I could tell no
discernable accuracy difference between
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it and my match .45 (which has a tted
Kart barrel), until I worked it out to the
100-yard line. Frankly, I was disap-
pointed in the Ransom Rest results,
because the pistol seemed to shoot much
better by hand. Some pistols do that.
I ignored light target loads during
testing, and fed the pistol the sort of
ammuni t i on i t was made for,
including full-power 230-grain hard-
ball and LRN softball, and a variety
of full-power defensive ammo. The
+P stuff included stiff 200-grain loads
from CorBon and Hornadys new TAP
For Personal Defense (FPD) jacketed
hollowpoint, which has acquitted
itself very well in several of my other
M1911s. Stiff ammo, though, makes
for stiff recoil.
One of the advantages of the beaver-
tail grip safety is it spreads recoil
across a greater area of the hand,
decreasing felt recoil. While the Yost
pistols modied hammer spur and grip
tang all but eliminated hammer bite, it
felt like it kicked harder than compa-
rable pistols with beavertails. For those
who feel the need, a beavertail is avail-
able on the Enhanced and Elite 1*
pistol packages.
In the reliability category, the Yost
pistol fed everything I stuffed in the
magazine, no matter how cavernous
the hollowpoint, and functioned with
magazines from Springfield, Colt,
Wilson, Novak and the promising new
Kimber M1911 mags. The only mal-
functions were three or four cases of
premature slidelock. This problem can
either be caused by excessive recoil (it
once plagued my .45 Super M1991
A1), or by the nose of a cartridge
bumping the slidestop inside the maga-
zine well. In either case, cutting a
simple detent in the flat face of the
slidestop eliminates the problem, and
thats the solution Yost recommended
Compare the basic 1* pistol, with
a bobbed hammer and recon-
toured grip tang, to the long
hammer and sharp tang of
the stock Colt M1991A1
on the right. Ouch!
The shortened and beveled hammer on
the 1* pistol on the left doesnt bite, and
the modied grip tang wont dig into
your hand.
Lanyard loops on the Yost pistol (left)
and a service M1911. Both help you
keep your gun. One wont puncture
your hand when you reload.
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when I described the problem.
Ted told me tool steel parts are
used throughout: none of the weaker
MIM parts that have become so pop-
ular of late. Lockwork parts the
sear and disconnect are machined
in-house from tool steel plate, and the
hammer is a forged Colt piece in
place of the more common cast ham-
mers. The partially inset lanyard loop
is designed to be as small as possible
(so you dont drive it into the palm of
your offhand while reloading), while
still fitting the widest variety of lan-
yard snaps. Its silver-soldered in
pl ace, and t est ed by hol di ng a
persons weight.
Retro And Pragmatic
I commented to Yost the pistol
seemed t o fi t t he ret ro t rend i n
M1911s, for whi ch Yost i s part l y
responsible. The time is here to go
back, he replied. And hes right.
While many factory-custom pistols
offer custom looks with factory perfor-
mance, theyve forced the true custom
gunsmiths to get increasingly exotic
just to catch customers attention. Add
t he mi l i t ary-i nspi red M1911s
custom and production and weve
taken the .45 into a wonderland way
past where its ever been before. For
serious end users, though, weve also
gone well beyond whats practical.
Tactical shouldnt mean you spend
more money on batteries than ammu-
nition; what worked 20 years ago still
works surprisingly well now.
Even wi t h t hei r focus on ret ro
guns, however, (they offer a rear sight
named the Retro) Yost-Bonitz isnt
just dedicated to keeping the past
alive. Aside from their involvement in
Louder Than Words, a sort of altru-
istic response to the Pistolsmiths
Gui l d, Yost i s al so dedi cat ed t o
bringing young blood into the field,
such as 21-year-ol d pi st ol smi t h
Colton Bagnoli, who built the test
gun. If you look close enough at any
custom gun, you can find some kind
of minor flaw; its proof it was made
by a real live pistolsmith, and not a
machine. While the test gun was no
exception, Bagnolis work is excel-
lent, and can clearly hold its own in
the marketplace. The photos and the
test results show what hes capable of
now, and only time can show what he
does in the future. From here, though,
it looks bright.
Weve all heard the mantra: sights
trigger reliability. Unless you
have profoundly specialized needs, as
Yost put it, you dont need more. If
you want more, ne. If you want what
you need, the 1* pistol
covers all that and more.
For more info: www.yost-bonitz.com
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Bullet 50 pants offer
easy access to plenty of
hiding spots.
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D
ungarees, Wranglers, Lee Riders or Levis will
never go out of fashion and now the detective
or undercover cop and Joe Citizen has new
options with these ubiquitous icons of casual
wear. Over the past decade, both world and
local situations have motivated an increasing
number of Americans to apply for
concealed carry permits within
their domiciling counties. This has
stimulated the gun and acces-
sories industry to come up
with new and innova-
tive ideas to help
citizens and cops pack iron inconspicuously. Ever since Fron-
tier gunman John Wesley Hardin designed a vest to conceal
his Peacemaker, tinkers, tailors and leather smiths have been
experimenting in the art of making handguns disappear
beneath the fashions of the day and at the same time make
them readily accessible when needed.
Thankfully, the fanny pack appears to have reached its
zenith and while still useful its become both a wanted
and unwanted badge of concealed carry. Ive
never witnessed an external cargo-car-
rying person being chal-
lenged by anyone
including cops,
but when I spot
one, I definitely
keep them within
my radar scan.
Holsters, whether
they are belt, waist-
band or pancake
wont eliminate gun
print when bending
over or reaching for-
ward and an astute
observer frequently
can catch those so
equipped checking
their equalizer with
arm pats and other
movements. Shoulder
and ankle holsters fare
better in this depart-
ment, but in hot
weather, covering gar-
ments can be consid-
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ioned my Novak Colt Commander situ-
ated just in front of my right hip and
the built in port and starboard pouches
held four magazines for a total of 41
230-grain hollow points. With the
undercover ensemble completed by a
generously sized sweatshirt the only
weapon exposed was my MOD Mark II
Tactical Knife, designed by my former
mentor Duane Dieter. Posing as a stake
out officer, I slipped on my skin-tight
BlackHawk Hell Storm gloves, under-
garment body armor and gas mask and
I was Raid Ready.
Bubba Wear
I never was a farmer, but I always
wanted a pair. When a local store
slashed their prices on overalls, I
picked up two pair of Farmer John bib
types specifically for shooting compe-
tition. Theyre roomy enough to allow
you to move like a rabbit (I wish) and
carry ump-teen magazines on your
chest, knife, flashlight, collapsible
baton and short breaching tool in
other strategically located loops and
pockets. Perfect for layered clothing
in winter, their generous dimen-
sions remind me of the flowing
garb worn by Samurai warriors to
make it more difficult for oppo-
nents to score when mounting a
thrusting attack.
When bust i ng caps wi t h a
handgun, I merel y st rap on a
pi st ol bel t wi t h hol st er and
pouches and without restrictive
belt loops, I can easily adjust the
rig to support any kind of posi-
t i onal shoot i ng. Goi ng down
range, I can carry additional mag-
azi nes i n chest pocket s t hus
eliminating repeated time-con-
suming trips back to the bench
t o rel oad whi l e ot hers are
shooting. Being hearing chal-
lenged, my audible timer clips
to the chest pockets and is lit-
erally right under my nose so
I can see it register and be
easi l y prompt ed. It al so
serves as a magazine dump
when I dont want to com-
pl et el y j et t i son part i al l y
l oaded t ubes and wi l l
accommodate M16 maga-
zines with equal aplomb.
With judicious cutting
t he bi b wi l l hol d al l ki nds of
objects including a lightweight bal-
listic plate. Behind the bib, a holster
could be easily sewn in or attached
with Velcro to hold a lightweight
backup gun in cross draw
configuration.
For more info: Brigade Quartermas-
ters, www.Actiongear.com; Bullet 50,
www.bullet50.com; Blackie Collins,
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ered out of place and project ill will. Im
sure I havent covered all the options,
but suffice to say companies like the
5.11 Tactical folks are busy coming up
with various solutions to the challenges
presented by concealed carry.
Blackie Collins
The good folks at Brigade Quarter-
masters sent me a pair of unique
Blackie Collins Toters Pistol-Packing
Jeans. Blackie is a Master Knife Smith
and maker of polymer weaponry. His
jeans have several non abrasive
CoduraPlus lined pockets to accom-
modate your favorite blaster, port or
starboard side, regular pockets for
you name it and back pockets for
cuffs. Side denim scabbards will
sheath your folder, flashlight or
expandable baton. The straight
legged, pre shrunk relaxed t gar-
ment was designed to carry small-
to medium-sized handguns and
knives discreetly, comfortably and
securely while engaged in
dynamic activities such as his
other passion, motorcycle riding.
Simply adjust the nylon pocket
laces to keep your pistol where
you want it.
For concealment, put on
an untucked shirt or jacket.
Draw speed is excellent and
sl i ght l y fast er t han any
strong side, behind the hip
situated holster, because of
the more forward, straight
drop location.
Bullet 50
The latest line of con-
cealment denims comes
from Joe Salazar, former
Marine (Oorah) and veteran
police officer from the big
left coast city by the sea.
Designed specifically for
undercover officers, Bullet
50 jeans arent limited to tra-
ditional blue, but also avail-
able in desert tan and gun-
fighter black. Again, a
plethora of reinforced
pockets for guns and gear
characterize these tactical
trousers. The big difference
between these jeans and other
surreptitious wear is the
within the waistband handgun
holster. This set up fosters deeper con-
cealment and if you adopt the Filipino
Sparrow terrorist draw technique, you
can unlimber your piece (as in rearm)
pretty quickly. The trick is to suck in
your stomach when you establish your
ring grip, so space is created between
the gun and your body. Pulling in your
stomach and associated oblique mus-
cles takes tension off the holster and
frees up the pistol.
These jeans have been tested by on
the job UC cops who have pursued,
jumped, ground fought, climbed, con-
summated buybust capers and kicked
in doors, while carrying cuffs, col-
lapsible baton, cell phone, needle resis-
tant gloves, ashlight, OC spray, pistol
and magazines. In every situation, the
very comfortable, high quality, double
stitched denim held up admirably and
was ready for duty each time ofcers put
them on.
It was our rst frost and I slipped the
B 50s over sweatpants and there was
ample room. The sweats further cush-
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T
here are a bunch of us cops in Iraq right
now who are reserves and National
Guard. Ive been a civilian cop since
1979, and serve as a Military Intelligence
agent in the California National Guard with deployments to
Bosnia and Iraq. One weekend a month my butt. In Iraq
Ive been to Kalsu, Fallujah, Tellafar, Al Anbar, Baghdad and a
few other places I really hope soon fade from memory. Ill skip
the boring details of what I do for the Army. However, in my
normal everyday police ofcer life, one of my jobs is range
master at a police range a little north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Over here in Iraq our Intel teams go out in the some of
the worst environments on earth. The one lesson I hope I can
pass on to my cop brothers and sisters back home is how to
keep your weapons working. Ive been on a dozen plus heli-
copter rides and on long humvee and armored vehicle con-
voys across the deserts as well as a few jobs on foot. Ive
been in rainstorms and mud up to my ass but my Beretta
9mm and M-4 carbine always work. If I can keep them func-
tioning in this crappy place theres no reason you cant do it
on patrol. The person you keep alive just might be you.
In Another Life
A few years ago (before 9-11 and my deployments) I was
working a police range. In one day of approximately 40 cops
coming and going, I saw too many duty pistols fail because
they were not properly maintained. In some cases the weapon
looked clean outside, but the insides looked like the oil pan of a
1985 Chevy that never had the oil changed you know the
kind the meth freaks or Iraqis drive around. When I popped out
the ring pin, they puked sludge. These were all top brand pis-
tols in what outwardly appeared to be
good condition.
After all these years,
Ive come to the conclu-
sion that a Police
Department or the mil-
itary can supply the
newest and greatest
equipment but it
comes down to the
individual user to
keep that equipment
working and its up
to the supervisor to
make sure that hap-
pens. Now, Im
sure others have figured this out
already, but I m a bit slow sometimes
thats why I keep re-enlisting.
IPGs
I have a real simple way to clean a
weapon to make it fire every time I
push the long skinny go button. It
doesnt take hours and you dont need
dental picks or crap like that. Remember only take the weapon
apart as far as the owners manual says. Ive seen a few IPGs
(Idiot Proof Glocks) not work because the user took it apart
and didnt get the parts back in right. Lesson: as soon as they
make something idiot proof, they make a better idiot!
Bad Donuts
The trick is to use the right lube. Forget old gun oils; for
combat use, you want a dry type lube. Ive found two brands
that work fine Militec-1 and Slip 2000. There may be
others, but we have a hard time getting some things in Iraq
the donuts here suck. When using these lubes, rub them
into the metal like you are polishing it. They dont leave a
lm of oil to attract dust and sand maybe.
No matter what you use, sand and dust will stick to any-
thing; weapons, ears, teeth, nose and nether regions, so carry a
dry paint brush and brush the weapon as needed. Throw it in
your handy patrol bag. In really crappy places (like Iraq)
youll have to clean your weapon every day sometimes a
few times a day. Get into a habit of checking it everyday and
cleaning if needed.
Rained Out
And it does rain in Iraq, so when your weapon gets wet, wipe
if off at the end of your shift. In wet conditions, dont worry
about a lm of lube. You need to ght rust, so a light lm is
okay. Water can actually ush some lubes away and leave your
weapon dry and prone to malfunctions thats a bad thing.
If this sounds like a lot of work, read about
some of the convoys in Iraq in the early
days. Theyd get ambushed and many of
the soldiers couldnt return re because
all their weapons were jammed. It
sounds very similar to the stories of
cops with semiautos jamming due to
dirt or lack of lubrication.
I feel lucky to have had the
chance to work with all these brave
men and women over here. I do
everything I can to help them with
my weapon knowledge, and it
seems to be working. Ive seen
more shooting stuff in a year
Working
Guns and
Crappy
Places
Working
Guns and
Crappy
Places
Quick and Easy
Ways to Keep Your
Guns Running
Dan Widger
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than 25 years as a cop back home.
Someone asked me if I ever had bad
dreams in Iraq. Yeah, Ive had bad
dreams of my M4 malfunctioning, and
thats one nightmare I plan to avoid.
Cleaning Procedure
This is the basic way to clean a
pistol, but will work on ries too.
Step 1
Blast off the dirt, sand, mud, and
debris. Do this by either dunking the
weapon in weapons cleaner, or use a
spray. Flush the crap off and out of the
insides like the ring pin hole. Solvent,
WD 40, carburetor cleaner, Simple
Green, Gun Scrubber, and other gun
cleaning products do a decent job. Sol-
vent will leave the weapon really dry,
dont freak out. Simple Green is non-
toxic and leaves your carbine with that
minty fresh smell but itll take off a lot of
crap. Only use bore cleaners in the bore.
Step 2
Run a bore brush from the chamber
t o t he muzzl e. Then run pat ches
through until they come through
white glove clean.
Step 3
Use a tooth brush to get off any
other crap on any surface, but the dunk/
spray should have gotten most of it off.
Step 4
Wipe it dry with rags. An air hose can
help. Stealing the little cans of air from
the computer techs can make them cry
but who needs a computer in a gunght.
Step 5
On a patch, run lube through the
barrel, and wipe it on the surfaces of
metal that may rust, then wipe it dry.
Plastic guns dont need the plastic oiled.
Step 6
Take the magazines apart and clean
them too. Wipe with dry lube until dry
inside and out. Dont stretch the springs
out, but wipe them off and keep dry.
Step 7
Inspect every round you load back
into the magazines. If the round looks
l i ke crap, i t i s crap.
Replace crappy rounds.
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or all you level lovers impressed with
the security level three and four hol-
sters gave you, youll love this
baby. Just think, eight levels of
levers, buttons, straps, snaps, hoods, aps
and twists the bad guy must manipulate
to get your gun out. It has twice the
security of a level four, and is tougher
to gure out than Quantum Astro-
physics relating to Radiopulsars
and Gamma Bursts.
I cant wait to see the look on
the face of the rst bad guy trying
to remove a gun from the new
Contraptor. But theres more: It
also has a big red decoy handle on
the side of it that says, Pull to
release. That should really confuse em.
And in order to present a visual deterrent, all
snaps appear as small padlocks brilliant!
The experts really thought this one through,
you actually apply all the same natural motor skills
youve already learned on your level four, and simply
add four more. After only ten thousand repetitions itll
be as natural as sticking your hand into the radiator fan
of a 49 DeSoto coup. If not, administrators will love
you anyway; they dont want you pulling your gun out in
the rst place, now do they?
If you actually think you might need it quick, you can
just cheat and undo the devices ahead of time, like youre
already preprogrammed to do on your old level three or four.
The only down side is those pesky rearms instructors who
wont let you train that way on the range. Those masochists
love to make you strap and snap everything back up, telling
you to practice with it like you carry it. I hate to tell them,
but thats how most of us carry on the street especially
when our instincts tell us somethings not right. Those
prima donnas never have bought into the bene-
ts of all these retention levels in the rst place.
Mike Lowe
Level 8
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at humor. And, as we all know humor
involves tragedy to some extent. The
tragedy here is as cops or
trainers we can relate to it.
Youve discovered the
fallacies of a concept
developed for marketing
purposes and seen it
somehow become an
industry standard. A stan-
dard that, in an effort to
address user needs, addressed
only one aspect of holster per-
formance and complicated it to
the point of compromising the
very thing it meant to provide
Ofcer Safety.
The evidence of this accep-
tance is reflected in the fact
most officers when looking at a
holster will ask, what level is
it? Theyll go on to say, we cant
have anything but a level three, or
it has to be at least a level two. Or
our policy says this, or new guys can
have this, but old guys are grandfa-
thered in and can carry these. Youd
think the world revolves around
retention levels. Many dont fully
understand what theyre subscribing to
or endorsing. If levels were the answer,
why was there a marked increase in
disarmings in 2003 and 2004, over the
previous 15 years? And as alarming as
these statistics are, they minimally
They think simpler is better, and put way
too much emphasis on access, train-
ability, proper grip and gun presentation.
Realistic training is way overrated
anyway; its hard on our bodies and
egos. It also eliminates the need for those
brutal weapon retention classes. Hal-
lelujah, finally you dont
have to worry about
those macho DT guys
walking around and
disarming you at will.
They will have to
focus more on verbal
de-escalation drills.
(Stop! Or Ill yell stop
again.) And what about re-
holstering quickly? Lets not
go there, since it isnt a con-
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about the benets of Reten-
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many times do you have to re-
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shift anyway? My motto is no
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you and your gun are safer.
The Truth
Okay, there isnt a Retention Level
Eight holster. Its just a twisted attempt
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reflect the magnitude of the problem
when considering disarmings not
resulting in an ofcers death, or guns
just falling out of holsters. It is because
complexity brings compromise.
What Are These Levels?
Retention levels were developed to
describe and define single to multiple
methods used to retain a weapon in the
holster. From a level one that minimally
provides passive or pinch retention, to
level fours that combine or layer several
different retention features. The mul-
tiple retention features were driven by
the industry a demand for more
security than currently provided. By
denition it justies complexity to make
up for the security inadequacies of the
previous level. At the same time,
restricting or obstructing access, and
ignoring re-holstering capabilities, both
of which are critical and more fre-
quently used. But they dont define a
safe holster. In fact, they can be seen
as dening just the opposite.
We cant agree among ourselves as to
what denes a safe holster. Some dene
them offensively by putting an
emphasis on access. Others denitions
are defensive through complexity.
Dening a safe holster means addressing
all three aspects of performance criteria,
and obtaining the proper balance
between a pocket and a padlock.
Performance Criteria
The term describes the needs of hol-
sters as dened centuries ago. All users
need quick access and security, not reten-
tion, no levels, not cool marketing but
security. Security means prevention of
the weapon being inadvertently dis-
lodged and reasonable protection against
unauthorized removal. These should be
the minimum requirements in defining
any holster let alone a security holster.
A security holster should go beyond
these and also provide a quick and unob-
structed transition between access and
security, durability defying human
strength, and a concept proprietary to the
user. Passive and pinch retention holsters
are convenient but not robust enough for
the dynamic environments cops find
themselves in at any given moment.
Complacency justifies the concept
only because they havent faced the
harsh reality of being disarmed and
assume they wont be.
All duplication and layered tech-
nologies do is effectively retain a
rearm when theyre applied. But
therein lies the problem. Most of these
features are defeated intentionally and
prematurely by the user in anticipation
of accessing the weapon, and never
reapplied due to the distraction,
obstruction and lack of ne motor skills
necessary to effectively re-secure them.
Another fallacy is the expectation that
proficiency can be achieved through
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relationships with manufactures? Or is
it liability, durability, trainability, per-
formance capabilities and safety?
Selecting a holster should be similar to
selecting a firearm. It must be simple,
reliable, durable
and feasible.
Mike Lowe is the President of Tactical
Design Labs. Mike retired after 21
years as a cop. He was a DETAC and
firearms instructor. If you wish to dis-
cuss holster technology, holster method-
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mike@tdlabs.com
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thousands of repetitions. The reality of
human nature tells us it wont happen.
Methodology
Holster methodology should incor-
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nature and reactions as well as a real
understanding of the needs (perfor-
mance requirements) supported by the
sciences. It must be driven by reality
or it only benets the people selling
it. Why is it youre nally seeing sev-
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and rocking motions as being unnatural
after years of producing holsters
requiring those motions? Because it
doesnt work, thats why.
Another common misconception is
top straps provide a visual deterrent
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deterring an attack. Theyve done
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officer. The best and most effective
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Jimmy Johnson
a NASCAR fan, imagine your favorite driver (Jeff Gordon)
has an upcoming race on a road course. Jeffs team decided
to hire a former police rearms instructor to whip him into
shape. Under the new trainers direction, Jeff concentrates on
the basic fundamentals like parallel parking, backing his
vehicle safely, proper lane changes with the appropriate sig-
nals and nally, some fast turns around the big round track
while following other cars at a safe distance. Jeff learns to
take his time and safety overrides all other aspects. Its the
basics, the fundamentals that win. Jeff is xin to be a very
disappointed driver simply because his training has no rela-
tionship to his goal.
No Mercy
If that describes your agencys firearms program,
maybe you need to hire Jeffs old trainer. Hed bring
some pretty sound concepts like speed is critical; you
win you live or you lose you die by fractions of
a second. You cant take your time if you do,
youre history. The action is sudden, be ready
for surprises and learn to cope with them.
Your opponent is most likely to be up
close so get aggressive. Put the pres-
sure on him. No mercy! Not on the
track at 200 miles per hour with
big money at stake or in a dark
alley where your life depends
on being rst and best.
Of course you know exactly
where Im going. If Jeff Gordon
wouldnt practice parking, backing
and round track tactics to prepare for a
road race, why are so many cops being
forced to practice bullseye, slow re, preci-
sion shooting techniques for sudden, close
A
ccording to a famous and respected gun
writer, a police range is, A place where law
enforcement officers are trained in the
deadly art of suicide. If you were within
five hundred yards when I first read that
remark, you probably heard something like a flash-bang
going off. It was a thunderous Amen.
The writer had reasons for putting forth his denition and
I had mine for the Amen. Mainly, my disdain for com-
mands like, re until empty or holster an empty weapon and
approach the target. But the bottom line remained clear
the police range wasnt what it shouldve been in those days.
Guess what it still isnt.
Not all ranges instruct cops in the art of suicide, but many
still do. Statistics havent changed signicantly in decades.
You and I both know, with very few exceptions, gunghts are
sudden and the actions close up.
Your Favorite Driver
Lets begin with a homemade analogy. If youre
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range, deadly encounters?
Go on patrol with me for a minute.
Were dispatched to a residential alarm.
The house appears unoccupied. Sud-
denly a man leaps out from a small out-
building 30 or 40 feet away. Hes
screaming at us while swinging a deer
rifle up into firing position. I quickly
react in a manner true to my training. I
assume a correct and steady stance;
carefully obtain a proper grip on the
handgun and smoothly draw my
weapon being careful to keep my nger
off the trigger for the moment. When
the guns in position, I place my nger
on the trigger and obtain a careful sight
picture. I take a deep breath, let it out
slowly and nally squeeeeze the trigger
to generate a surprise trigger break.
Heres where imagination comes in.
Pretend I could live long enough to
accomplish those winning fundamen-
tals. My only hope would be the
rifleman was blind or that you, my
partner, yanked your pistol out in an
old fashioned fast draw and nailed this
guy with some fast lead before he
nailed me as I was racing through my
basic fundamentals.
What Now
Should we abandon sight picture,
trigger control, grip, stance and all the
rest? No, we need the fundamentals of
slow, precision shooting, but it
shouldnt be the main focus of our
training. Deadly encounters rarely
involve slow and carefully aimed re.
Theres no reason to attack two-
handed shooting, but in the real world,
our weak hand often has a lot of neces-
sary tasks to perform, like holding doors
open, ashlights, cell phones, portable
radios, K-9 leads, or holding back inno-
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handed work both strong and weak
side. And, since a criminal might try to
draw and shoot you rst, why not train
to draw and shoot him rst.
Fast draw and fast fire arent just
for John Wayne movies its for you
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the elephant comes. Train at close
range and against two or three targets.
Learn to get your weapon into the
action quickly and soundly nail two
or three bad guys swiftly. The El
Presidente drill offers a lot in a seem-
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Coopers little drill.
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Olympic shooters. Medical science
says our eyes must focus on the threat.
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a well-aimed first round and with a
little practice you can deliver precision
shots as well.
Long Gun
Sometime when youre traveling
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the local cops patrol car. Id bet the
one consistency youd see is the rack-
mounted shotgun. Remingtons 870 is
the police standard. Not just here in
the States, but worldwide. There are
more of them out there than all the
others put together. There are more
modifications available for the 870
than any other shotgun too. Keeping
with the Simple philosophy, the
Remington 870 is my other choice to
be sure I have cl ose by when t he
aforement i oned moron sends my
ample butt back into the field. But like
the Glock 21, there are a few tweaks
Id have done to it as well.
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shotgun too. Hes a marvelous teacher
who demonstrates his passion for
shotguns and keeping cops alive in his
training sessions.
The Vang Comp Systems shop is
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Hans then did a little work on the
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The precision rear ghost ring is fully
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the submachine gun, which would
have simplified training and logistics,
but FTU had another agenda. Because
of the rounds superior lethality, range
and ability to defeat soft body armor, I
asked the FTU to give me as many AR
system weapons as we had in inven-
tory and keep their SMGs.
The FTU tried everything to tor-
pedo my program and when every-
thing else failed they waved the red
flag of trumped up safety issues in
front of the Cover My Ample Butt
sui t s at headquart ers who l et t he
experts proceed with the contract
for new SMGs. My distinguished
agency not only labored under NIHS
and bloated egos, but also embraced
the cult of personality. If they liked
you you and your ideas were in. If
they felt you were not a conforming
team player you and your pro-
posals were anathema. My philosophy
as a rear echelon pouge was, I was
there to grease the skids for the agent
in the field and the field did not exist
to serve headquarters, but should be
the other way around.
MacroTurf Battles
In May 2005, a story broke describing
a major degree of strife between the New
York PDs intelligence division and New
Jerseys State Office of Counter Ter-
rorism over resisting intelligence cooper-
ation with the FBI. Although angrily
denied by both the city and state law
enforcement agencies, the friction
attracted congresss attention because it
could result in serious harm to national
security. The FBI and NYPD have had
successfully integrated Task Forces for
years to combat drugs, bank robberies,
organized crime and terrorism. A report
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routinely refuses to share information
with the FBIs D.C. headquarters and the
pair have actively resisted coordination
with the Bureau.
It appeared N.Y. and N.J. wanted to
run counter terrorism operations inde-
pendently of the federal government and
it had gotten so bad the studys panel
recommended withholding federal funds
until the two departments demonstrated
more cooperation.
Its no secret the FBI has been weak
in the public relations arena and NYPDs
police commissioner taking credit for the
Bureaus New York ofces accomplish-
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sioner even formed an international spy
service, stationing detectives overseas in
direct competition with the feds. And he
expanded the police side of the Joint Ter-
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was trying to take it over.
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The commissioner was rebuked by
the former head of the FBI N.Y. ofce
for security concerns when he not only
identied one of his detectives involved
in a task force apprehension overseas,
but singled him out while ignoring others
for praise. He even distributed the
ofcers picture to the media. Further-
more, the commissioner boldly adopted
as his own, joint task force investigations
concerning organized crime and the
bombing outside the British embassy.
While FBI agents attended the subject
mobsters federal court arraignments, he
made detectives available to the press
and he, not the Bureau spoke to reporters
during the bombing probe.
Locally Erected Obstacles
I live in an area of rapid growth that
still retains the trappings of a rural
society. Its constantly clashing with
urban encroachment. Crime and gang
problems are growing with the inux of
a more urbanized population. The city
and surrounding county SWAT teams
are relatively small, under equipped and
supercially trained. Ive urged them to
form a joint regional team, but they
refuse and justify this intransigence
because they dont like each other.
These are the same officers who will-
ingly cross geographical boundaries in a
heartbeat to assist another agencys per-
sonnel in need of support. Go figure.
Could it be the department suits and
politicians who dont like each other?
Wasted Energy
During my career, I was amazed
and frustrated by how much energy
was wasted by colleagues habitually
looking over their shoulders before
making decisions. The true mark of a
turf-conscious agency politician is
they always act within the context of
how is this going to affect my career
and me, not if this is logical and nec-
essary. In my outfit, I always preached
regardless of your assignment every
agents job was intelligence. If you
came across a piece of information
useful to another agent working on a
Bureau matter, take a few minutes and
route it to him because his success
was your success. Many agencies
share jurisdiction and this has led to
destructive turf battles. I look at it this
way: Theres more than enough crime
to go around to keep us all busy. For
inter-agency harmony, we must talk to
each other and coordinate our efforts.
If turf-conscious colleagues emerge
and start agitating they must be nipped
in the bud by conscientious chief exec-
utives and addressed openly to resolve
tensions. And, leave your egos outside
the office door and treat everyone with
respect. Working in concert, we can
achieve anything no matter
how challenging.
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At the time, I still believed hard work
and dedication were the formula for suc-
cess. Reality check time: Fair is where
you go eat cotton candy life is not fair
and thats just the way it is. I should have
built a bridge and gotten over it. Instead,
I took it to heart and beat myself up
about what else I could have done.
Pass It On
Although retired, I am still employed
by my old department as a part time
rangemaster and armoror. When the
opportunity presents itself, I try to pass
on a little of what I call Sammys way of
seeing things. I tell the young hard
chargers to be the best all-around cop
they can be. Put in a solid 10-hour shift.
Dont play the, its my Friday, and Im
going to take it easy, game. Work your
Friday like its your Monday. Be the cop
everyone wishes was his beat partner.
Dedicated, knowledgeable, seless and
the best cover theyve ever seen.
Have goals, but master the basics
before you set your sights on moving
up. Dont put in for SWAT until you can
really say, I can handle any type of call
I get. Too many short time cops want
to be on SWAT, and have no business
being there yet.
I know I would have been much hap-
pier had I just stayed focused on the
basics, put in my 40 plus a week and
gone home. And while I was driving
home on my Friday Id be satised with
myself because, I put in 100 percent and
did my job the best way I knew how. Id
have spent my days off focusing on my
family and the fun things I like to do
not stressing over department politics.
Its A Job Not A Calling
Most importantly remember, working
as a cop is only a job. Sorry to all of you
who think being a cop is who you are.
Leave it all at work. Spend your off time
doing what makes you and your family
happy. Its only a job.
Twenty some years down the road
when hopefully you earn that
longevity retirement, youll no longer
be a working cop. All thatll be left is
your family. The job will be no more
and if the job was your life what will
your life be like then?
If I could sum it all up in a few words,
my words would be these. Every day
before you go in-service ask yourself
why you wanted to become a cop. Focus
on being the best cop you can be. Stay in
shape. Train like someday it may be for
real. Remember its what you are not
who you are. Take care of each other and
always look both ways before going on a
fresh green light. And be very careful if
you decide to wax your
take-home patrol car.
IF I COULD DO IT OVER
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FOLDING
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SPOTLIGHT
AR113W8 &
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More than 20 years ago,
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RED DOT SIGHT
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T FORCE
D.S.
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Done Hume introduces the T
Force D.S., a level II top draw
security hoster with thumb
break, sight tunnel and mid-
ride loop. The holster is leather
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and covered trigger. To draw,
slightly twist the grip toward your
body and up to release the trigger-
guard lock.
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HI-POINT REPLACEMENT STOCK
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CJ Weapons Accessories has introduced three new cleaning
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GLOCK
SIGHTS
Wrentech
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ATS features highly florescent colored inserts that allow
25 different color combinations for individual preference.
The fixed/adjustable ATS may be adjusted for both ele-
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as any fixed sight.
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"PALMSWELL"
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New in their line of deluxe leather shooting gloves
GripSwell introduces the newest model of glove specifi-
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memory foam built in, these gloves will dampen the
shock on even the most powerful big hand cannons.
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SPOTLIGHT
BATON CAP
Hindi
Officer Hindi designed the
Baton Cap to provide max-
imum grip retention, faster
draw, enhanced striking power,
prevent take-away and reduce
officer injury and department
liability. The Baton Cap transforms
your expandable baton into the safest,
fastest and most effective retentive tool in law
enforcement. The Hindi Baton Cap replaces the existing cap on your expandable baton, no
tools required; simply unscrew the standard cap, align the threads of the Hindi Baton Cap
and screw it on. Available to fit Monadnock, Galls, Casco, ASP and AutoLock batons.
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ALL DUTY AND
SWAT GLOVES
Manzella Gloves
Manzellas All Duty gloves are lightweight and
breathable thanks to a Spandex/Lycra
blend. They are designed to keep hands
dry all day and offer control and dexterity
for driving, paperwork and working on a
computer. All Duty gloves are available in
mens and womens sizes. The SWAT-10 gloves fea-
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allow full range of motion and flexibility. SWAT-10 gloves
are available in mens sizes only. Both gloves come in black.
1-603-893-5878
SIDEWINDER
HOLSTER &
MOUNTING
SYSTEM
Grassburr
Grassburr and DeSantis have
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Sidewinder. These gun-spe-
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holsters are compatible with the Grassburr single bolt mounting system.
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CONQUEST 50MM
BINOCULARS
Zeiss
Conquest binoculars, available as 8x50
and 10x50, are designed to provide a
powerful but portable binocular.
Specifically designed for low light
conditions, the Conquests are ideal
for dawn and dusk use. The exit
pupils are 5mm for the 10x50 and
6.25mm for the 8x50. Both models
feature Zeiss Abbe-Konig prism
system with P* phase coating and
T* multi-coating. Both models are
water- and dustproof and nitrogen
filled. Both weigh 32 ounces, the
8x50 measures 7.3"x5.2" and the
10x50 measures 7.2"x5.2".
www.zeiss.com/sports
1-800-441-3005
XD SUB-COMPACT SIGHTS
LaserMax
LaserMax introduces the LMS-3XD designed to fit the Springfield XD Sub-Compact
pistol. The LMS-3XD is user-installed and housed within the spring guide. Activation is
ambidextrous, and as simple as pressing in on a button incorporated into the take-
down lever. The LMS-
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dimensions of the
firearm and adds less
than an ounce of
weight. Installation
takes only minutes and
requires no special
tools. The sight comes
with permanent factory
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guaranteed center of
mass accuracy.
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1-585-272-5420
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mand. You can easily import scene measurements and export the 3D diagrams. State acci-
dent forms are also available to easily import collision diagrams.
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Emerson Knives CQC 7B
It seems like every knife company has their own version of this
knife but this one is the real deal from Ernie Emerson. They come
chisel ground and razor sharp. The blade is 3.3" and the handle
4.65" for a total length of just a hair under 7" and it weighs only
4.3 ounces. Its a knife that just feels good in your hand.
The CQC 7B also features Ernies wave
opening system so it comes from your pocket
ready to use. Its sturdy and cop tough.
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Sig Arms P220R SAO
Ive always been a Sig fan now even more
so with the introduction of the P220R SAO. I like the .45 ACP
round and the workhorse 220 has been Sigs cop gun in that caliber
for a long time. But, the single action pull of the 1911 just worked
well for me. Now the 220 is out as a single action. You can safely
carry it cocked and locked and with a ick of the ambidextrous
safety be ready to launch in an instant. It has a crisp 5 pound trigger
with no over-travel. It even has a built in rail for mounting white
light or a laser your choice.
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A COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE LOOK AT THINGS I LIKE
Ive observed as a tall steaming pile
of Toro Caca Chiefs, managers,
administrators and politicians who
will not allow their officers to carry
rifle caliber carbines.
What are they thinking? Well,
theyre not thinking and thats the
problem. Cops need the tools to do
their job. Sometimes that job is
staying alive! Sure ammo costs go
up as do training costs but its
money well spent if it saves just one
of our lives.
Long guns in an urban environ-
ment are sometimes seen as offen-
sive to the politically correct but
in fact, theyre great tools. If ammu-
nition is properly selected a long gun
gives officers a more accurate
weapon system reducing collateral
injuries. Many of the AR-based .223
Remington rounds have a lower inci-
dence of over penetration than the
pistol calibers.
In a rural jurisdiction a rifle is a
must. Engagement distances are
much further than in an urban or sub-
urban area. Subjecting officers to the
danger of getting in close before they
can bring a firearm accurately to bear
is unconscionable Toro Caca.
Toro Caca (cont..)
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banged up over years of ghts on the
boardwalk and streets in San Diego. I
guess Ill just live vicariously listening
to his new experiences and resist
saying, Yea, I did that too.
Then to cap off this period between
the last issue and now, I had to go to Los
Angeles. I hate L.A. Really! The trafc
is horrible, the air stinks and there are
way too many people and most are
liberals. But, American COP Magazine
was up for an award. Considering the left
leanings of the participants, I thought we
had no chance at all to win anything but
a parking ticket especially considering
we come from a publishing house known
for our do I dare say it aloud gun
magazines. But lightning struck. We won
the Western States Publishing Associa-
tions Maggie for the Best Public
Safety Magazine. And, we were up
against some really big hitters including
reghter magazines and you know
how everyone loves reghters.
One thing really struck me. It was the
class shown by our direct competitors.
The next business day I received Emails
and phone calls from the folks at Law
Ofcer and Police Magazine congratu-
lating us on our win. Kinda gives a guy
that warm fuzzy feeling. Sorry, I guess
some of that LAtrip hasnt worn off yet.
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he last few weeks have been ones
Ill remember for a long time. I
had my 25th wedding anniversary.
Seems being married to someone who
can identify with your line of work can
make for a long and happy marriage. I
married an emergency room nurse. She
understood all too well what working
graveyard was like and what its like to
be called in to work in the middle of the
night because they need you there
right now. She also understood the bad
things cops deal with on a regular basis
and when to offer advice and when to
just let it be she dealt with the same
stuff too. Im looking forward to the
I
ve taken some heat lately from friends whove
reached the lofty heights of rank within their agencies.
Do you have to be so hard on administrators and
managers, they ask? Where do you think we come from?
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We all start in patrol. Yes, I know, but somewhere along
the line something seems to go terribly wrong. As Ive
written before, the problem seems to manifest more in the
middle to large agencies. In smaller agencies many chiefs
are still patrol cops and often better grounded in the
nuances of the patrol officers needs in a rapidly changing
environment. This in mind as a qualifier, we come to what
It Cant Get Better
Than This!
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next 25 years now.
I also got to go to the graduation cer-
emony of the 66th Regional San Diego
Police Academy. During that ceremony
I was privileged to be called up on stage
and together with San Diegos Chief of
Police, Bill Lansdowne, pin the badge
on my son. You cant imagine how
proud I was. Or maybe you can. Its
really amazing how many families have
a tradition of service to their communi-
ties and how many of them choose law
enforcement.
I was proud and at the same time
envious of my son, Ben. What a great
career. Over the years Ive heard groans
about how dangerous, dirty or low a
cops life must be. I know youre a cop
but I guess youd never want your kids
to do that job, theyd ask. Jees, they
must watch too many reruns of Hill
Street Blues or have read the early
Wambaugh books. I tell them that I
couldnt imagine doing anything else
for 30 years straight.
The variety of experiences we have
and the opportunities to really have an
impact on someones life are things
we hardly even think about, theyre so
numerous. We get to see things others
could only imagine or read about. We
get to be a part of the news not just
someone sitting at home on the couch
and watching the talking heads read it
off a teleprompter. Lets just hope its
good news.
Ben is starting off on the best job I
can imagine. I wish I could do it again
but Im old and hurt in all the places
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