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40 COPS AND KNIVES ERNEST EMERSON
Practical Knife Policy For You And Your Agency.
44 AMERICAN COP CHRISTMAS GUIDE JOHN CONNOR
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48 THE HARSH REALITY OF TERRORISM HOWARD LINETT, ESQ.
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Great Magazine
Great magazine. I renewed my sub-
scription immediately. That little
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sucker is brighter than my old 6-cell
Kel-Lite. Im a retired Chicago PO on
heart disability. Maybe you could do a
future article on the deadly heart triad
for police officers: smoking, diet and
exercise. Working midnights, smoking a
pack, eating pizza at 0300 hrs and exer-
cise being three ights of stairs to lock
up some pusshead. One more factor
stress: stress from the citizens and the
political pukes trying to run your
writers put together an article on being
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guess theyve mistakenly come to the
conclusion their job is dangerous. I
cant recall one single time I err
theyve ever been at the grocery store
and met someone who wants to kill
them simply because they were
arrested during the last night shift.
I think 18 USC 926C is a stupid law
set up just so cops can have a power
trip and a gun with them everywhere
they go. Cops shouldnt even have
guns. They should be armed solely
with a degree in Defensive Street Psy-
chology. I actually teach that class at
I.M.U. or Ignorant Moron University.
One of our favorite guest speakers is
Steven Segal. He lives in Hollywood
and therefore has an excellent under-
standing of the real world and how dis-
illusioned Police Officers are these
days. That letter was very appropri-
ately titled. Keep up the good work;
Ill be re-subscribing very soon.
Deputy SCG WCSO
Deputy SCG, thanks for your corre-
spondence. I am aware of the ne repu-
tation your university enjoys. As a
former In-Service Training Sergeant I
sent many a chief to your classes. As I
recall, it was a mandatory class for their
rank. I have one request. The next time
Steven Segal guest lectures for you
please tape it and send it to me. I love
that guy. Dude, hes like so real. Dave
Dave, please pass this on to Mr.
Ruppert. People like you are really dis-
gusting. You dont just have a problem
with the Police; you have a problem
with the United States and our form of
government. You must be some kind of
liberal and socialist. Youre very skilled
at twisting facts and fabricating lies.
You remind me of the Clintons, they
were very skilled also.
Mr. Ruppert, I wont be able to read
your response to my letter because this is
my last issue of this magazine. My wife
has cancer and it takes all the money I
have to pay the medical bills that the
insurance wont pay. But, youve given
me an idea. Im a retired Arlington,
Texas Police Ofcer. All I have to do is
to put the muscle on all the businesses
that paid me protection money end of
financial problems. Mr. Ruppert, you
know where you can go.
Bruce Johns
Dave, after reading the editorial by
Michael Ruppert and reviewing several
Internet hits on him and his company,
Im convinced your response was com-
pletely appropriate, and his purpose
was to increase exposure to his knife
training business. Im a cop, cop
instructor and CCW instructor in his
native state of Ohio and I have a few
points for him if hes still reading your
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anti-public magazine; which, by the
way, I recommend to both my law
enforcement and civilian students.
In reference to his comment about
cops being liars and unethical, Mr.
Ruppert has obviously never heard of
the word discretion. Yes, Mr. Ruppert,
I do drive over the posted speed limit,
and yes, I have given other cops warn-
ings instead of tickets. But Ive also
given warnings to doctors, construction
workers, housewives, firemen, nurses,
disabled veterans, accountants and
even to lawyers.
I work for a small suburban depart-
ment and believe most of the time
public safety can be reinforced with a
warning rather than a citation. I, like
most 5 percenters, am looking for the
warrants, dope, illegal weapons and so
on, not just the original PC. Im not
going to jeopardize my career for
anyone, cop or otherwise. If I stop
someone who fails eld sobriety tests,
they will be arrested for OVI, no matter
who they are. Last time I checked, Mr.
Ruppert, an OVI was a little more
serious than a stop sign violation or
seat belt ticket.
When off-duty I dont drive faster
than the speed I would stop someone
else, if I were on-duty. I havent been
stopped for any violations for years,
but if I were, I would expect a cite
from the officer. I do my best not to
put another officer in the position of
using his or her discretion on a stop
involving me. I think the vast majority
of officers reading this magazine
would agree.
Ruppert is also dead wrong in his
assumption that LEOs work for the
government and not the people. I
understand the conspiracy theory
ZOG reference hes making, but
LEOs are accountable to the people
(such as a jury) when theyre acting as
prosecuting witnesses or defendants.
As most of your readers know, LEOs
charged criminally or civilly are fre-
quently left high and dry by their agen-
cies and forced to pay for their own legal
representation. No, we cant protect
everyone everywhere all the time (the
reason for the rulings he referenced), but
we do our best. Citizens who use lethal
force must justify their actions and are
held to the same standard as LEOs. Both
must articulate the reasons for employing
the level of force used; both must docu-
ment the training received that led them
to the actions they took, and both are
held accountable by the same justice
system. And as they should be, LEOs are
held to a higher standard than a citizen
by the media, the public at large, and
their agency.
And a question for Mr. Ruppert.
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killed a cop in self-defense one of
the Kehoe brothers Timothy
McVeigh maybe one of the local
Crips or Folk Nation members in his
town of Dayton?
Mike Szpak
Educational
As a security officer and former
Police Explorer I love American COP
magazine 120 percent. American COP
provides vital training information that
benets ofcers and citizens alike.
I just read the article on IEDs and
learned a great deal from it. Any infor-
mation we can get like that is vital.
Some of us dont get a lot of
training, so this magazine really helps
me conduct my duties. My Father
spent 11 years as a deputy and is now
security officer. Ill give him a sub-
scription so he can receive this vital
information too.
Thank you for including security
ofcers in the magazine. We do the job
for the same reasons as LEOs. I do it to
help my country, state and community
anyway I can. Without men and women
in all types of uniforms our freedom
wouldnt be possible. Thanks again,
keep on rockin man.
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I am a veteran law enforcement
officer of 36 years. Here in Texas, we
need to have a certain amount of hours
of training to keep our license, as is
common in most states. Its governed
by the Texas Commission on Law
Enforcement Officers Standards and
Education. I just wanted to say that
after reading your last magazine (Sep-
tember/October) I feel I should be
awarded a few hours credit toward my
required training hours. It was very
informative and educational.
Ed Covington
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Brian and Ed, Roy and I spent a
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our department. We were appalled at
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state. As long as Roy and I have any-
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LEAA JAMES J. FOTI S
THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ALLIANCE OF AMERICA.
James J. Fotis is a retired ofcer from New York and the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA). LEAA works to promote ofcer safety issues, defend law enforcement in the media and promote the
belief that gun control is not crime control. You can nd out more or become a member of the hard-hitting, conservative, unabashedly pro-cop, pro-gun, pro-self defense LEAA by visiting their Web site at www.leaa.org
I
n other news from Washington,
the House recently passed HR
5013, the Disaster Recovery Per-
sonal Protection Act. This legis-
lation makes it clear that in times of
natural disaster or major emergency,
politicians should not be using law
enforcement ofcers to carry out
gun grabs from law-abiding citizens.
Groups like the IACP would
have the public believe this is anti-
cop legislation. Of course, this is
the same group who tried to con-
vince Congress and the public that
HR 218 national concealed carry
for cops was a threat to public
safety as well. I think differently
and the rank and file officers I
spoke to when I visited Louisiana
just days after Katrina struck,
agreed with me. Disarming law-
abiding citizens in a major emer-
gency is a threat to public safety.
Y
ou only have to look at Wash-
ington, D.C. to see the failure of
gun bans to promote public safety.
By effectively banning all gun
ownership for self-defense in D.C., the
politicians have made the District awfully
inviting to criminals who know theres
little chance their victims will ght back.
Our job at the Law Enforcement Alliance
of America is to amplify the voice of
those in law enforcement who share these
beliefs. We helped empower the rank and
le ofcers who wanted Congress to take
action and pass HR 218 and well con-
tinue to make sure the public gets to hear
from our side and not just the politicians
in police management. As a parting shot,
the voice we represent also includes a lot
of like-minded chiefs, sheriffs and admin-
istrators who dont buy in to the gun con-
trol agendas of groups like the IACP
sometimes these leaders have an even
harder time speaking out and
were happy to lend a hand. *
I
kept the editor at American
COP at bay for a few days
so I could hold off sub-
mitting this column
until hearing the results
of Congresswoman Cyn-
thia McKinneys pri-
mary run-off election. I
am pleased to be able
to offer this parting
message to the soon to
be ex-Congress-
woman, Cynthia McK-
inney (D-GA): Dont
let the door hit you in
the ass on your way
out! McKinneys scuffle
with a Capitol Police
Officer was just one of
many good reasons the
people of her district sent her
packing by a resounding margin
of defeat. This is the second time
the voters of Georgia have sent Rep.
McKinney packing; hopefully it wont be
necessary again.
GOOD-BYE CONGRESSWOMAN
MCKINNEY AND
GOOD RIDDANCE!
Manufacturing
Victims
One story we saw over and over in
Louisiana was that frequently the
only thing protecting law-abiding
residents from bands of looters and
thugs was a good citizen with a gun.
For law enforcement officers forced
to work nonstop in an emergency,
having their family prepared and
equipped to protect themselves is a
must.
HR 5013 simply makes it clear
the government should not waste
precious resources to take away the
only means of safety and self
defense from an otherwise law-
abiding citizen. Whether its a nat-
ural disaster or everyday life, its
been my experience as a patrol
officer that the criminals and preda-
tors in our society will be armed.
The only choice is if we agree that
the good guys have a fighting
chance to protect themselves.
IACP At It Again
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MARK HANTEN CARRYOPTIONS
FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
W
hile were talking about SKB, lets take a quick
look at their line of soft-sided cases. Their Dry-Tek
gun bags are a step ahead of the average canvas or
nylon soft case. Theyre designed to wick moisture
away from your gun, protecting it from pitting and rusting.
The Dry-Tek membrane is a one-way barrier allowing
moisture to exit the bag but not to enter. One layer of padding
is quilted to the lining membrane and another is quilted to the
600 Denier polyblend outer shell to form a well-cushioned
case that protects your guns from both moisture and mild
impact. Each bag has one or two zippered pouches to carry
accessories like magazines or ammo. The one thing I dont
like about the handgun bags is the zipper goes the wrong
way. I think the bags should open from the grip end, but they
have so much going for them otherwise, I can
live with it.
For More Info: www.skbcase.com
*
I
m not talking about the case les
on your desk here; Im talking
about managing that load of gear in
your trunk particularly your
guns. Every time you turn around,
theres a new long gun to carry out in
the eld. More options are better as far
as Im concerned, but how do you
manage the load? Most patrol cars
have a rack to accommodate a long
gun and thats great, but where do you
put the less lethal shotgun, AR-15,
MP5, and breaching shotgun? Should
you get a trailer hitch welded on and
tow a 4'X8' U-Haul?
Ive tried lots of different cases. Alu-
minum, plastic and a whole host of soft
tactical gun cases, but none Ive owned
have outperformed the SKB cases. The
ratio of weight and bulk to protection
always seemed out of whack with others,
but SKB has achieved a great balance.
They recently introduced the new 2SKB-
4009 case. Its ideal for patrol cops and
can handle nearly all our long-gun needs.
They call it a Double Carbine Case, but
itll hold more than two. At 40"x9"x6", it
A
n added benet of this and other new SKB cases is
the new berglass reinforced nylon latch. This vir-
tually unbreakable latch is standard on all the
newly designed cases and it employs a Transporta-
tion Security Administration (TSA) accepted lock. TSA-
recognized locks signicantly minimize the hassle of trav-
eling with guns. I cant even count the number of times
Ive had to wait at the TSAcounter, provide them with a
key, wait some more, and eventually go to my plane with
a dreadful feeling my guns wont show up when I arrive.
Another new SKB case I particularly like is the 3I-
1209-4B-L Pistol Case. It measures 12"x9"x4.5" and is
part of the incredibly tough 3I series of cases. Theyre
waterproof and resistant to UV, solvents, corrosion, fungus
and just about bombproof. Beginning April 2006, SKB
introduced a new proprietary blend of high-impact co-
polymer polypropylene. Its tough as nails and impact tests
conducted by an independent laboratory proves it. This is
one tough case and the size is just right for a couple of pis-
tols, knives and ashlights. What more could you need?
Softer Side Of TOUGH
easily ts sideways in the trunk of a
Crown Vic. Additionally, the shell
of this rugged case is made of ultra-
high molecular weight polyeth-
ylene, has a weather resistant o-ring
seal, bumper-protected hardware
and polymer wheels.
TSA
Accepted Locks
NEW SKB CASES
CASE
MANAGEMENT
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BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
T
he Bureau of Justice Statistics Reports there are
over 98,900 inmates in private prisons across
America today. And 5.6 percent of state inmates
and 13.7 percent of federal inmates are now
making the Dungeons for Dollars crowd rich
forget public safety. According to one
study, inmates escape secure
private prisons at a rate 41 times
higher than public facilities. That
works out to 1 escape for every
310 inmates in private prisons
versus 1 for every 12,500 inmates in
the public sector. Inmate-on-inmate
assaults are 66 percent higher and
assaults on staff are 49 percent
higher in private prisons.
Private guards receive 35 percent
fewer pre-service training hours and
have an astonishing 53 percent
annual turnover rate. They are not
Peace Ofcers theyre private guards
who never swear an oath to protect the
public. Their allegiance is to the corpora-
tion so much for experience and excel-
lence in law enforcement.
N
early every study conducted, not paid for in part or whole by the pri-
vate prison industry, shows little or no cost savings. Also, every acad-
emic study done on economic development shows that rather than pri-
vate prisons in your community providing an economic boom, the
hidden costs and designation as a prison town is an economic boondoggle.
When a new public facility opens up, the majority of ofcers are seasoned
professionals who transfer into the new facility. Conversely, private prisons
often boast to elected local ofcials that 95 percent of the employees they hire
will be right from their community. That means 95 percent of the men and
women working in those facilities will have no correctional experience. They
dont want to hire and retain good help. If they did, they wouldnt pay $8.25 -
$10.00 an hour, offer few if any benets, and they wouldnt have a 53 percent
annual turnover rate. Many times the biggest job responsibility private prison
guards had prior to working in a correctional facility was to ask, Do you want
fries with that? The only pros in a private prison are the cons.
The three biggest private prison companies, Corrections Corporation of
America, Wackenhut/GEO and Cornell, operate 207 facilities and have over
141,500 available beds between them. All three are publicly held corporations.
They answer to shareholders, not the citizens of this country, as we in the
public sector must do. Indeed when theres an escape or riot, the privateers
routinely rst call the home ofce not local law enforcement. Their rst
concern is the bad PR not the safety of the community.
Fortunately the number of state inmates housed in private prisons over the last
ve years has decreased by 1.3 percent. Unfortunately, in recent years, the number
of federal inmates in private prisons increased by an astonishing 60 percent.
Should we privatize the military? How about DEA, Immigration, Border
Patrol, CIA, FBI, BATF or local departments? Of course not, and we shouldnt
privatize corrections either. Cops catch the criminals but its professional Correc-
tional Ofcers who must keep them away from the public. The safety
of our communities should never be for sale. *
Privatization
DUNGEONS FOR DOLLARS
Economic Development NOT
Follow
The Money
P
ublic correction professionals
are judged by the safety of their
prisons and their impact on the
community. Private CEOs are
judged by prot. Private prison opera-
tors dont want fewer inmates; they want
more. They dont want alternative sen-
tencing, probation or parole; they want
warm bodies in their cells for as long as
possible. Some have even been caught
holding inmates past release dates to
make more per diem. They dont want
recidivism rates to go down; they want
them to go up. They dont care if theres
increased violence in their prisons; more
violence can also mean more prot. Vio-
lence brings with it new charges against
the inmates, additional sentences and
loss of good time, which all result in
more time behind the walls and of
course, more prot for the corporations.
Private prisons are notorious for under-
stafng and under training employees,
allowing them to keep costs down while
at the same time violence increases.
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BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
W
ith the invention of portable radios, or so-called
Handi-Talkies, cops were freed from the bondage of
their cars. We use radios, cell phones, pagers and
Bluetooth nearly every day in our law enforcement
lives. Radio manufacturers added accessories, such as remote
microphones and earpieces offering convenience for the user
while improving safety for the troops. While the accessories
are nice, there have been some drawbacks. The most frus-
F
reeLinc has developed two must-
have radio accessories for public
safety and military applications.
FreeMic 200, a wireless micro-
phone, easily ts your hand or clips to
your uniform. Their agship product,
FreeMotion 200, is a behind-the-ear,
ruggedized wireless headset that keeps
radio trafc from being overheard by
others around you. These devices are the
rst produced for two-way radios, using
cutting-edge, secure Near Field Mag-
netic Induction (NFMI) technology
instead of standard radio frequencies
(RF). Beware of other RF solutions
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I
ll confess, I love checking out
new gadgets. Especially ones
thoughtfully engineered to work
well in the cop world. In what is
already an extremely crowded radio
spectrum, I found these devices reli-
able and interference-free. If it were
my choice, Id buy both models, as
there are times when its more appro-
priate to use one type over the other.
If youre tired of dealing with frayed
cords, intermittent RF signals or
accessory equipment that just doesnt
work well, check out
FreeLinc.
For More Info: www.freelinc.com
*
offered; theyre not secure
and are subject to interfer-
ence from hundreds of
devices acutely crowding
the RF spectrum.
NFMI creates an
extremely reliable low-
energy magnetic eld, or
personal communications
bubble, around the
device extending about 1
to 2 meters, which is ideal
for high-density, short-
range applications. What
makes NFMI a com-
pelling alternative is its
ability to limit RF interfer-
ence and its crystal clear,
interference-free recep-
tion. It also means if you get separated
from the behind-the-ear system, or lose
the mike, theyll stop functioning while
your radio continues to work just ne.
Additionally, NFMI is ve times more
power efcient, translating to longer bat-
tery life as high as 20 hours in
standby mode.
The FreeMotion 200 behind-the-ear
model is built from ruggedized light-
weight industrial grade plastics tipping
the scales at only 1.1 oz. Its lithium
polymer battery provides superior life
and it includes a low power audio
warning tone. Afully drained battery
can be replenished in about three hours
with the included wall charger. Acar
power adapter is also available. A
variety of conforming ear gels for indi-
vidual users come standard and it
accepts custom-made ear gels.
trating: the wired cord. How should I route it on my uniform
so my Sergeant wont object? How many times will the wire
get hung up, nearly ripping it off my shirt?
If youve used one of these tools, youve probably
been frustrated by it at one time or another. But weve
found a company that makes a wireless mike and ear-
phone accessory for most popular Motorola models of
police radios and it really works.
A Pair To
Choose From
NO STRINGS
ATTACHED
Wireless Systems That
Make Sense For Patrol
Gadget Boy
The FreeMic 200 uses the same
NFMI technology, making it immune
from standard RF interference for clear
secure audio transmissions. To prevent
eavesdropping, a standard 2.5mm jack is
located on the top of the unit where a
standard earpiece may be plugged in.
Made from ruggedized plastics, the
speaker-mike weighs 4 oz. and is
designed to work in all weather condi-
tions. Although I wouldnt recommend
it, the FreeMic 200 could even be used
as a distraction device in an emergency.
And once the device falls out of range of
its companion adapter, it no longer func-
tions. Try that move with a wired micro-
phone and most likely youd end up hit-
ting yourself in the face.

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E
veryone whos worn a badge has found
themselves in the position where someone
just wasnt willing to comply. Weve given
it many names: Contempt of Cop, Breach
of Police, 415 PD. Im sure every police force in
the world has some descriptive term.
Having witnessed it a time or two, I started to
think about how and why cops get to the point
where the badge they wear becomes so heavy.
My personal definition of Badge
Heavy is we somehow think the badge
(star, oval, shield) gives us some super-
powers. It may not be an overtly conscious
thought, but is like an identity assumed
when the badge is pinned on.
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N
ow, lets talk about the badge bully. All their
power comes from their badge. You see them
walking around all puffed up, strutting like a
peacock, and they talk a tough game around the
other cops. Usually its only when they have lots of cover
nearby. But when theyre alone, its a different story.
I was just off probation and witnessed an ofcer trying
to take charge of several local ghting dirtbags. I could
hear and see everything they were doing. They had no idea
I was there. What I saw and heard took me by surprise.
The self-proclaimed badass was the type who would
say, Ive run over guys bigger than you just getting to a
ght. What I saw and heard shocked me. The ofcers
demeanor was that of a scared dog weapon drawn,
very agitated, pacing back and forth and screaming com-
mands like Get on the ground (about 10 times). Im
not going to tell you again (another 10 times.) Hearing
all this, I sprinted the last 30 or so yards.
Three other units arrived at the same time. Bully with
a badge changed 180 degrees. You messed with the
wrong cop buddy, I was just about to @#$% you up. Its
a good thing these guys showed up to save your ass.
Afterwards, the ofcer was back to the I was just
about to really whoop some ass when you all showed
up. These are the cops who give the other 99 percent of
us a bad name. I can only guess why they became cops.
Maybe they thought the uniform and badge would
replace something they
didnt have inside.
SAMMY REESE OFFICERSURVIVAL
*
GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
I
ts one of those shifts where Murphys riding with
you. Every call is a convoluted nightmare. Every
trafc stop, you get the same Arent there any real
crimes you should take care of? Add being down
about ve reports, the Watch Commanders on you about
OT and just for good measure, the kids have the stomach
u and your wifes mad about the new gun you just
bought. You cant even remember when you ate last. Did I
mention there are at least six calls holding on your beat?
2 a.m. Puke
Y
ou respond to a party call that should have been han-
dled before. Now its louder and theres ghting in the
street. You arrive in force and have a plan to shut the
party down. While doing your best not to trip on the
bottles and trash as you walk up to the house, you step in a
fresh pile of puke. Mr. Homeowner meets you in the front
yard and says hell shut it down. But Party Boy says some-
thing like You assholes are, like, trespassing! Get off my
friends lawn while waving a lit cigarette in your face. He
didnt do that, did he? ashes through your brain. Smack,
click and off to the drunk tank.
Not a huge violation of the breach of police clause, but a
violation just the same. Now on top of all the calls holding,
the reports youre down, the calorie deprivation and the
level 10 headache, you have Party Boy puking in the back
of your car. Later, while washing the puke from the back-
seat, you think, I could have just let the homeowner put
that jerk to bed, and I wouldnt be cleaning up this Singa-
pore Sling and Pepperoni pizza puke.
AVOIDING
BADGE HEAVY
DECISIONS
Contempt Of COP
Badge Bullies
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A
fter the blowout, as you are quickly heading
toward the big and very unfriendly tree on the
side of the road, what action would make the
car go straight again? If you said added accel-
eration, youd be correct. So thats the first step, a
slight increase of speed. Although it probably will not
feel natural, it will stabilize the vehicle.
After applying a slight amount of acceleration, maintain
smooth steering and good visual control. Remember the
vehicle tends to go where you look. After you maintain con-
trol and the vehicle is going straight, begin to
smoothly steer off the road to a safe spot.
For More Info: www.tirerack.com
*
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
26 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2006
Anthony Ricci is the owner and president of Advanced Driving and Security (ADSI). Hes been teaching cops to drive for over 10 years. www.1adsi.com.
U
sually blowouts happen when something punctures the
tire and causes a large hole or slice, and either a rapid
air loss takes place or a slow leak. With a slow leak, air
leaks out over time until the tire cannot support the
weight and nally overheats and exes beyond its capabilities.
When a tire loses air rapidly, it changes the force acting on
the vehicle. Avehicle in motion tends to stay in motion. But
when the air in the tire is suddenly taken away, the vehicle
starts to pull in the direction of the under-inated tire. Kind of
like getting kicked in the side of the knee while you were
trying to walk straight. The car will sometimes violently pull to
the right or left. How violently? That depends on speed and
how the blowout happens, as well as if its a front or rear
blowout. Many drivers get frightened and steer in the direction
the car is going while hitting the brakes. This sudden change in
force causes the car to continue in its newfound direction and
is the fastest way to spin out or put your vehicle in a ditch.
trafc ow when I heard a very loud
bang. Being so close to the Fourth of
July, initially I thought nothing of it but
immediately I felt the car start to pull to
the right. By having both my hands on
the wheel, I was able to compensate
and straighten the wheel as I applied
the gas. As I got the car under control
and began to pull to the breakdown
lane, I realized I had a blowout. Sure
enough, lucky me, I had run over a
large spike. It must have hit at just the
right angle to puncture the sidewall.
If untrained or unprepared, this inci-
dent could have a different outcome.
Imagine yourself with the unexpected
happening. I dont mean the typical
emergency where the car backs out of
the driveway or the kid dashes out
CORRECTIVE
ACTION
Why Blowouts Happen
M
y last column addressed
proper hand and seat posi-
tion. Usually when I think
of hand and seat position, I
think of benecial attributes, such as
reducing fatigue, maintaining better
control of the car, overall comfort,
better line of sight, as well as a more
ergonomically correct advantage when
using the controls, enabling the driver
to better avoid potential mishaps. Well,
here is one I forgot: Getting set up in
the proper position helps instill the cor-
rect muscle memory and allows a better
feel of the situation, which allows you
to react without thinking too much.
Luckily I practice what I preach.
Acouple weeks ago, I was traveling
in the high-speed lane with moderate
between two cars, Im talking about a
clear Sunday morning, youre the only
one on the highway and youre thinking
about how youre going to ace the qual-
ication shoot. All of a sudden BANG!!
SLAP, SLAP, THUMP, THUMP,
THUMP, your patrol vehicle is pulling
to the right and you have no clue what
just happened. Hopefully by being in
the correct hand and seat position or by
pure luck, you dont let the wheel go
and let the car spin into a ditch.
According to my friends at The Tire
Rack, blowouts are an uncommon
occurrence today because tires have
become so reliable. But because
blowouts happen so infrequently, theyre
more surprising and potentially more
dangerous when they do occur.
The
Unexpected
Blowout
The
Unexpected
Blowout
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F
ive ladies were enjoying an evening meeting of their
book club in a backyard garden in River Forest, Illi-
nois, when an uninvited guest crashed the party. It was
Fabian Patillo, who wasnt interested in literature. He
hadnt really been much into reading while doing time in
prison. He had been released six weeks before. He was
released on parole, of course, parole bein that honorable
arrangement where he promises to stay outta trouble. Works
great, doesnt it?
Fabian pulled a 9mm pistol on the women and then
ordered them to strip. Following the de rigueur robbery, he
sexually assaulted two of them, but had to take off when a
third fought him, screaming. Ofcers from three local juris-
dictions tracked and chased him in a pursuit that took them
into neighboring Oak Park. There, several cops were hot-
footin after Patillo, with rookie Oak Park Ofcer Stephen
Struska closing the gap and about to administer the coup de
grace, somethin like a ying tackle. Thats when Fabian
fullled his destiny to serve as an example of incompe-
tence, stupidity and bungled murderousness.
As Struska kicked his brogans into overdrive for the
nal lunge, Fabian tried to continue high-speed forward
motion while twisting his right arm around to shoot his
pursuer. His coordination and timing were more than a
tad bit off. He hadnt quite cleared his shoulder with
the barrel when he squeezed the trigger and shot himself
in the head. Abruptly, the chase, the celebratory crime
spree, and Fabians parole status were all terminated.
Patillo was declared null and void by the appropriate
medical authorities. There was no immediate report
available on the status of Officer
Struskas skivvies.
T
hen at least one
federal judge
thinks they
oughta be
treated like children.
Hizzoner U.S. District
Judge Gregory Presnell
has ordered two attorneys to
settle their latest trial-delaying
dispute by playing a game of
rock, paper, scissors, and if
they cant agree on a location for
the contest, hell order them to
play it on the steps of the
courthouse in public view.
Judge Presnell was
already thoroughly dis-
gusted with both
lawyers behavior
when they couldnt
even agree on a loca-
tion for taking a depo-
sition from a witness. When the argument threatened to drag
on longer than the time allotted for the entire trial, the judge
gured they were just about mature enough to settle their dis-
pute with a little kids game. The winner will be allowed to
name the location for the deposition. That is, if they can agree
on where to play the game.
COMMANDER GI LMORE ONTHEJOB
A CAREFULLY SELECTED COLLECTION OF SLAPSHOTS AND SNOT-FLINGIN FUNNY STUFF FROM FELLOW COPS.
Got something to share? Send it to me at OnTheJobStuff@Yahoo.com and if I use it, Ill fish around in my desk and find some kinda cheap gizmo to send you.
What Goes Around, Comes
Around Sometimes
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nd all they wanted was
crispy-fried chicken
two of our brothers-in-
blue in Buffalo, New York
werent lookin for ofcial
business when they
stopped at a Kentucky
Fried Chicken fran-
chise. They only
wanted the
Wednesday Special
for lunch. The two
plainclothes nar-
cotics detectives were
standing at the counter, waiting for their order, when two
other guys motored up to the drive-through window outside
and asked for the same thing. The wind and differential in air
pressure must have been just right, because when the clerk
opened the window, an enormous cloud of dope-smoke
rolled into the building and right up the detectives noses.
Our pals abandoned their buckets and sauntered outside,
where one of em reported seeing the Dumb-Ass Duo
smoking the biggest marijuana cigar you ever saw.
Charles Morris, 23, and Gregory Quick, 26, never got
their extra-crispy order. They got shiny bracelets and drug
charges. Being nice guys, the cops talked a KFC clerk into
refunding the dudes money. Now, thats bein all socially
sensitive an compassionate, you know?
Hey, If They Act
Like Children,
Then ...
WRONG PLACE,
WRONG TIME,
WRONG CUSTOMERS
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button on the belly of the handle, where your
index nger rests, activates the electronic stim-
ulus. Ashock adjustment screw varies the
power to low, medium, high or X for that hair-
standing-straight-out experience.
For you high-tech gadget geeks, maximum voltage is
75,000. However, the charge delivered is only .00075
amps. Overall length is 11" with the blade portion being
6". It works well against bare skin and light clothing but
not very well against a leather coat or heavy jacket.
I found the ShocKnife was taken much more seriously
than a rubber or wooden dummy knife. Where students
once might have jumped right in with their favorite Jackie
Chan stuff, most are more leery of the ShocKnife. If they
screw up, its going to hurt like a real knife but you
dont die. They either move in to trap the knife hand
immediately or fade back and evade the knife until an
opportunity presents itself.
The ShocKnife was developed by a cop and they dont
just sell trainers and leave them hanging. Theres a full
support program and even an online safety monitor course.
Its very thorough and Id recommend taking the
time to go through it.
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reat, something else
for the defensive tactics
guys to torture us with.
Such was the reaction from
one patrol cop when he rst saw the
ShocKnife training tool. I understand
where the reaction comes from, but
before you throw a snivel fest, lets con-
sider the thought process behind it.
Twenty years ago, we were just
starting to play with paintball guns as
training aids. Crosman had an excel-
lent .50 caliber double-action paintball
revolver that looked like a Colt Python
on roids. The thing looked and felt
like the DArevolver most
everyone was still carrying.
Today, the LE training community
has come to a mutual understanding
that replica firearms, shooting non-
lethal projectiles like Simunitions and
Airsoft, are a critical part of modern
training programs.
Yes, we know we arent really
going to die when struck by a Sims
round or a plastic Airsoft BB. How-
ever, they still hurt and no one
wants to get shot.
These replica-training tools enable us
to better deal with deadly force situa-
tions. Sure, we still have dummy
blue or red guns for knocking
around, but the replicas are vital
tools because they offer that
anxiety factor.
PAUL MARKEL HARDTOOLS
ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JOB.
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T
his was the thought process that went into the devel-
opment of the ShocKnife. Its an electric-stimulus
training tool. Think of it as a training knife with a
stun gun built in. The knife-edge of the ShocKnife
is the contact surface. If you touch it while its activated, you
get a shock. The shock wont kill you or take you down like a
Taser, but it hurts and people dont like to get hurt.
For decades, our detac trainers used rubber, plastic and
wooden dummy knives for practice. They look and feel like
knives, but they dont represent any kind of a threat as far a
pain is concerned. If you perform the designated technique
incorrectly and the knife blade touches you, theres no
pain penalty.
Weve all watched DT guys do gee whiz, super-cool knife
takeaways. Thats great, but I wouldnt try it with a real
knife. Would you? What ShocKnife gives you is an imme-
diate reminder that you did it wrong. If you screw up and get
cut, there is really no hiding it. Youre going to react, phys-
ically and probably verbally, too.
The ShocKnife is constructed of polycarbonate material
and located along the knife-edge is the electric contact sur-
face. The handle is red polymer and contains a battery com-
partment for a single 9-volt yes, batteries are included.
SHOCKING
TRAINING TORTURE
FROM CANADA
PAIN
PENALTY
Nice Hair?
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A
fter the survey is completed, you have stats and numbers to work
with. You can now develop a big picture and have percentages to
use. You can go to the boss and show him how 93 percent of the
staff members feel the security department is doing a good job.
Or 94 percent feel that the current security system is very effective. Of
course, if you get feedback that says only 51 percent think you are doing a
good job, you have your work cut out for you.
The comments section is beneficial as it gives you insight into what
the staff is thinking. My facility has several departments, many operating
24 hours a day. Our security personnel were only checking one of our
technical departments infrequently. I found they were worried about
bothering the techs.
After our survey, we found the tech staff felt forgotten and desired fre-
quent security checks. You see, we thought we were doing the right thing by
not bothering them. They felt neglected.
In addition to being able to give your boss some figures or stats, you can
also use staff concerns to reinforce your own concerns. If you go to the
boss with 20 comments from staff members requesting better lighting in
the parking lot, they might give it some actual consideration. Never mind
that you asked for better lighting six month ago.
Finally, one of the biggest benefits of the security survey is that you
have something real and tangible to consider. Distribute your surveys
annually or bi-annually so you can compare results. When you discover
areas that need improvement, make it your goal to bring those numbers up
for the next survey. No, you arent going to please everyone all the time.
However, by using a simple survey, you can justify your existence and,
with some effort, satisfy most of the people
most of the time.
P
reviously we discussed the benets and
drawbacks of being proactive. The draw-
back is when problems are prevented, you
dont have any kind of numbers to work
with. Every administrator likes to see stats or
numbers. How many busts did you make?
How many citations did your write? How may
cases have you successfully closed?
In the security business, you arent busting
or citing anyone and generally you arent
closing cases. So how do you justify your
existence to the bean counters? How do you
get feedback as to whether or not your ser-
vices are valuable or taken for granted?
One valuable tool is the survey. Before
you roll your eyes, hear me out. If youre
working for a large facility, be it an ofce
complex, hotel or hospital, youll likely
have dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands
of people of all manner working there.
Asimple Security Survey can be
passed out and lled in during training,
departmental meetings or other work-
related events. You might even send the survey
around on the companys intranet.
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PRIVATESECURITY
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.
W
e arent talking about six
pages of questions with a
hundred-word essay here. A
short battery of ve to 10
questions with a space for individual
comments will do ne. If it takes more
than ve minutes to ll it out, the
majority wont take the time to do it.
Some questions need to be specic.
Have you ever been threatened or put in
a dangerous situation at work? (Never,
Once, Twice, or More than Twice.) If
yes, did you notify security? These two
questions are real eye openers. Ive used
two very similar questions and received
nearly fty afrmative responses. A
grand total of one person said they
reported the incident to security.
Give employees one or two lines for
specic comments. Not everyone will
use them, but many will. This kind of
feedback can be very valuable. Perhaps a
problem exists youve not been made
aware of. Carefully look for a communi-
cation gap between the security depart-
ment and the staff its important.
BEAN COUNTER AMMO ONLY FIVE
MINUTES
PAUL MARKEL
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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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 execu-
tive officer. He has taught, written and lectured widely on training, tactics and leadership. Contact him at StreetLevelOne@yahoo.com.
I
n a way, part of your job is to assure the citizens in your
care have the opportunity to spend their lives in Fantasy
Land: a world of reality denied, and unrealistic expecta-
tions smoothly met. At least, thats the effect of the
reigning social ethos in America. People are supposed to be
accommodated in their blind belief that vicious predators
either dont exist, or at least that they will never be the prey,
that their homes are not simply loot containers waiting to
be emptied, or killing boxes in which they may become
victims. The directors of our national drama prefer light, c-
tional romantic comedy to reality bites.
Much of this unpleasantness-avoidance is forced on us
for example, we are not supposed to know, much less
admit aloud, that there are certain ethnic, income class or
social group elements to crimes in some communities, any
more than Homeland Security personnel are supposed to
know and incorporate in their operations the fact that 100
FIGHTING FANTASY LAND EFFECT
T
he fact that much of this is forced upon us from the outside makes it
even more important we not force the FLE Fantasy Land Effect
on ourselves. Heres one seemingly subtle but serious way you can ght
FLE within the ranks.
How many times have you heard supervisors and COs harangue their ofcers
with the old, I demand 150 percent from you people! or phrases to that
effect? Sometimes it seems a circle of sergeants will get into some kind of compe-
tition to see how forcefully, and how much over one hundred percent they can
demand of ofcers efforts. Stupid, but common, isnt it? Aside from the fact that
humans are tapped out at maximum 100 percent effort and there simply aint no
more, do you really want your troops burning at that rate? Even close to it, the
mightiest of meteors burn out before they can make any real impact. Otherwise,
its all ash-in-the-sky and zzle. Cops intuitively know that. They walk out of
their squad conferences and forget that crap before their butts hit the cruiser seat
and they should forget it. It is eminently forgettable.
After one such inspirational speech, I formulated my own percentage-of-
effort plan, and gave it to my troops several times over the years. They seemed
to nd it refreshingly realistic, and relatively easy to meet. It went like this:
For two hours of the shift, I want 90 percent effort from you. This should be
during peak, prime crime-time, and I want you to match your speed-of-handling to
the need-for-handling but never getting so furiously and frantically fast in your
work that safety gets sidelined or important details get dumped, okay? Ajob half-
done at double-speed is only evidence that you can work fast, not smart.
Also, if you do a lot of work citations, trafc warnings, eld interviews,
misdemeanor arrests and it doesnt address the primary problems of your beat,
its all just burning rubber and spinning wheels. Now, 90 percent also leaves 10
percent of your capacity free for tactical and social awareness of all thats around
you while youre focused on something specic. Rarely is a task so one dimen-
sional that there arent several other peripheral issues orbiting around it like
executing the arrest warrant on that felon at his safe house, and missing the
felony child neglect or endangerment issues that might kill a kid next week.
Some
Realistic
Expectations
F
or another two or three hours, I
want 60 to 70 percent from you.
This means youre actively
working your beat with timely
response to calls; giving appropriate
attention to general crime suppression
and known trouble spots; working
methodically and intelligently to
achieve preservation of the peace, pro-
tection of lives and property and appre-
hension of criminals; and preventing
crime whenever possible and taking
time out for building better relation-
ships with an array of contacts, both the
legitimates on your beat, and the
lesser-evolved but useful street-corner
strap-hangers. Develop some CIs; keep
your eyes open, ears up. Boost your
tactical and social second-sense
awareness to 20 or 30 percent, and
youre still about 10 to 20 percent
effortless, right?
For a couple more hours, I want
something less than 50 percent. Cruise
the backwaters of your beat, either
nding problems that arent reported or
percent of all Arab Muslim ter-
rorists happen to be Muslims of
Arabic descent. Oh, no! That
might seem like proling!
No, were supposed to
believe crooks are only
crooks because they have
misunderstood motivations or
unmet needs; that people under
oath are self-compelled to tell the
truth; that lawyers only want to see jus-
tice done, and a host of other fairy tales. It
is socially and politically unacceptable to
recognize that some people are pure evil, not
because they are criminally insane suffering
from a syndrome but rather because they are
morally bankrupt, and they enjoy inicting pain.
LIFE IN THE
REAL WORLD
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just conrming that there arent any to
report, chat with citizens, pet some
dogs, laugh with kids, even shoot a
couple of hoops but stay in the
second-sense sensor game, okay?
Waving the ag, showing the cop-
colors where folks rarely see em is a
good thing. And, you might nd a
dragon or two that needs slaying. This
is real police work, too.
For an hour, all I want is 25 percent.
Breathe in, breathe out; diddle with
your paperwork and dawdle a bit over
dinner, remembering and reecting that
youre a cop on duty, but essentially
relaxing. Theres a social dimension to
this job, so get together with buddies on
the next beat and swap cop info
between shing fables, okay? Do not
jump up and look busy if I suddenly
show up. I approve of breaks and
breathers, guys. Your overall activity
and the condition of your beat will tell
the true tales.
Its funny, my troops always seemed
to work smarter, harder and more than
the guys being harangued to
put out 150 percent. Try it.
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ALTERED LIGHT &
RIFLE TECHNIQUES
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
L
ike all good craftsmen, you
should always be looking for good
tools to add to your toolbox. That
includes these introductory tech-
niques and concepts for applying a rie
to a ght in altered light environments.
Most rie ghts take place inside
what could be considered pistol ranges.
Youll probably be moving to cover, out
of the line of re or to get better target
acquisition. Your threats may be moving
for the same reasons. The ght probably
wont be what you want it to be. In fact,
it could be dark, quick, ugly did I
mention dangerous?
M
ost ARs platforms currently come with a large and
small aperture developed during the Vietnam era.
During 18 months in country, I never saw one large
aperture system mounted on a rie.
The larger aperture is better because it allows a wider
eld of view and less obstruction downrange. But, it
requires some work to be accurate at mid and longer
ranges. The small aperture is more accurate in precision
shooting and for longer ranges. The best way to use this
type of sight is a proper butt placement to the shoulder and
cheek weld. Then look at the sights superimposed over the
threat and hit them. Only hits count.
WEAPON-MOUNTED LIGHTS
A
lthough I could be accused of being a pessimist, I still stick with the concept
that if it has batteries or a bulb, plan on it not working when you need it
most. Moving ahead, I think if you need a ashlight for your job, you better
have two. Based on your occupation, you may have to light up the threat
with white light to conrm weapons and correctly identify possible suspects.
SureFire and Streamlight make the best mounted-light systems Ive used.
I have seen bulbs fail in both these systems. Then again, a light bulb in your
house doesnt last forever and neither do your automobile headlights. The
issue is not if they dont work but what will I do if they dont work? Tools in
the toolbox, remember.
Train for the rie working but the not the ashlight and conversely, the
ashlight working and not the rie.
Weapon-mounted light systems are at the zenith of quality. Lots of folks keep
adding to the market but the leaders mentioned above simply have a herd of folks
following them and actual use experience.
MORE TOOLS FOR
YOUR TOOLBOX
IRON SIGHTS
Large aperture
rear sights are
the product of
the Vietnam
era and
provide a
wide eld
of view.
Weapon-mounted lights are a
valuable asset for cops. This is
Streamlights version.
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HANDHELD
TECHNIQUES
W
ith practice and exposure, most current techniques
considered handgun formats work for the rie. Some
techniques may require a slight modication based on
the rie or your upper body strength.
Crossed
U
sing the same technique as you would with a
handgun, the crossed wrist technique contacts and
supports the underside of the fore end on the rie.
The ashlight-hand elbow may be required to be slightly
higher than with a handgun to help support the ries
weight. As with the handgun, this technique works great
for everything except clearing hard right corners.
Uncrossed
U
sing this technique requires you to have pretty
decent upper body and arm strength. You simply
uncross the wrist from under the fore end of the
rifle, then hold the flashlight parallel to the rifle barrel
alongside the fore end.
More upper body strength is required because in reality,
youre holding the rie with one hand. Some relief may be
gained if the heel of your ashlight hand is placed under
the fore end of the rie. This is a quick x for overexpo-
sure on right hand corners. As you approach in the crossed
technique, simply uncross, minimizing your body and head
as you clear a right corner. Once clear and around the
corner, you can cross under the fore
end and reacquire wrist contact and
support for the front of the rie.
SYRINGE/SYRINGE
SUPPORTED
U
pper body strength or rie weight
can impact this application too.
This style requires a ashlight with
a rear activation button, yet can be
applied with the older style lights with
pressure switches on the ashlight body.
In both techniques, the strong hand and
arm is holding the rie while the oppo-
site hand holds the light alongside the
fore end of the rie.
MAGAZINE WELL PRESS
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his system provides a good combination of support for
the rifle and the flashlight. The technique requires
there either be no sling, or the sling be moved away
from the underside of the rifle fore end. The strong hand
holds the rifle and the flashlight is centered under the rifle
with the opposite hand. Compressing the light against the
front of the magazine well with pressure by the left hand
activates the flashlights rear-mounted switch. This move-
ment turns the light on for searching and the release of
pressure turns it off. The opposite hand is helping to sup-
port the weight of the rifle.
These are some basic techniques you can add to your
toolbox for personal defense with a rifle and light.
Weapons lights are a very good concept and even better if
theyre working when needed. The above alternate tech-
niques may be of help should something go wrong
sometimes things do go wrong.
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Uncrossed wrist technique.
Magazine well press.
Syringe technique.
Syringe supported.
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M
y entry into the world of
reserve policing was largely
accidental. I saw a story in the
paper about the formation of a
reserve unit of special consultants.
Members were to have professional or
T
oday, as training requirements
have increased, numbers have
shrunk. I am all for training
and there is no question
reserves need the same level as regulars
but the problem really becomes how to
deliver it. Classes were almost always
during the day and the guys working
the night shifts just changed schedules
for a time, but few reserves had the
luxury of going during their normal
working hours. Classes that only took
an hour or two sometimes were offered
during second shift, like at 2000 hours,
so those guys just got off a little early
and the third shift guys came in early.
The all day classes like ofcer survival
and pursuit driving were a different
story and I wanted to go to those. Usu-
ally, I simply took a vacation day but
other reserves werent so lucky. So the
number shrank some more.
C
ould there be a solution?
After all, the politicians and
administrators carry on
about how much were
needed and how they want that free
labor. So here are a couple of ideas:
schedule training to make it easier
for reserves to attend. If it has to be
an all day class, schedule it months
in advance so arrangements can be
made or offer the class on a
weekend. Too often it seems classes
are planned for the convenience of
the academy rather than the student
no matter what his status.
The politicians could help too, not
by reducing the necessary training
hours, but by spreading them out over
time while allowing the reserve
recruit to work in some capacity. Its
CHARLES E. PETTY RESERVES
SOLUTIONS
WhereHave All
the Reserves Gone?
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
also been suggested that there could be
several levels of certication. For
example, the lowest level would have
only the most basic training, be
rearm-certied, and allowed only to
work with FTOs. Maybe there could be
an intermediate level with more
responsibility and the highest level
would be a reserve who could work
alone and answer calls for service.
The sad fact is there are good men
and women out there who simply
cannot afford to devote the months it
takes to get certified. If they could
do it one night a week or, like the
military reserves, one weekend a
month, maybe we could brag about
our volunteer programs instead of
asking, Where have all
the flowers gone?
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technical skills the department might
nd helpful. We had a couple of den-
tists, a lawyer, accountant and a orist.
Since I was a chemist by trade and
thought highly of police ofcers, volun-
teering was an easy decision. There was
some hoopla associated with the forma-
tion and after a perfunctory background
check, they had the press attend while
the mayor swore us in.
There was a little bit of training
but mostly we were allowed to ride
with regular officers. Since we wore
plainclothes and this was before
badges on belts there was some
confusion about who we were but
things ran smoothly. I learned a lot,
helped out in the crime lab and gener-
ally loved it.
When the program ended, some had
a chance to join the uniformed reserve
and a couple of us did. I got to go to
all the parades, stand in the rain a lot
and do the scut work and I loved it.
It was the early 70s, there were over
100 of us and when the state began
certification, we were grandfathered
in. The level of training improved and
we were treated more like police offi-
cers than serfs and some of us even
worked alone, answered calls, went to
court and did it all.
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You want a beavertail grip safety, hand-checkered
frame and a match barrel, and you need to make sure
the maker of your next handgun is supporting the
Hunting and Shooting Sports Heritage Fund. The
Heritage Fund works for you, by advancing pro-gun legislation
in Washington, D.C., by mobilizing sportsmen into a powerful voting bloc and by
defending against junk lawsuits that threaten your traditions
and firearm freedoms. So give your support to the
companies that support the Heritage Fund, and youre
sure to see the kind of action you want. To learn which
manufacturers are actively promoting your rights to
hunt and shoot, visit www.heritagefund.org.
When the company that makes your handgun
supports the heritage fund,
youre buying a real action pistol.
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D
o police agencies need edged weapons training
as part of their liability protection? The answer
is yes, absolutely. But clearly this issue is
ignored and overlooked or never identified
within departments.
Do cops need edged weapons defense training? Again,
the answer is absolutely yes. A large percentage of the
general population now carries knives and we all know
that every bad guy carries a knife. It must be in their con-
tract. You can safely assume that every time you stop
somebody, theres going to be a knife somewhere close
by in the car, in the pocket or in the purse.
Do cops need safety training in the use of knives in both
emergency situations and daily utility use? Okay, this is get-
ting redundant yes, absolutely, again both for political
reasons (liability coverage) and practical reasons (safe use
around themselves and others).
Do cops need training that will be defensible in court?
Are you seeing a trend here? Yes, you must have training
that will withstand the scrutiny of a good defense lawyer. (Is
that an oxymoron?) Reputation, credentials and track
records become paramount in a court.
Do you need a policy in force that gives you official
documentation regarding the rules and regulations of what
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is allowed for carry and how and
when to use it? You guessed it,
absol ut el y yes. If an offi cer
injures someone even accidentally
with a knife, youll need a bullet-
proof policy for your defense.
What about an issued knife
or a list of approved knives? Do
we need an official knife that is
defensible in court? Any guesses?
And t he answer i s yes,
absolutely. You need to have a
knife thats officially sanctioned,
approved for safety and perfor-
mance criteria that doesnt have a
weaponized appearance.
The Right Decisions
Every agency is faced with this
dilemma. Cops carry knives of
some sort on duty. Most depart-
ments dont have a policy or
requirements for what is carried
and do not provide training in safe use
or safety protocol. This is a liability. If
an ofcer uses a knife in an emergency
rescue and accidentally cuts or even
nicks a victim, you know one of
those lawyers is going to take the
opportunity to the bank and fast.
Just as you have extensive training and
policy for the use of a firearm, you
should have at least some liability pro-
tection in place for the use of knives.
The likelihood of cops encoun-
tering an attack with an edged weapon
is higher than ever. However, theres a
fundamental flaw in the way the few
edged weapons programs out there are
taught. Weve established that we
need defensive edged weapons
training. Heres a curve
ball: Do you need to learn to fight
with a knife? The answer is no. Most
programs, however well intended,
have cops training in pairs waving
their training knives at each other as if
they were attacking.
Ninja Warriors Not
What are useable skills and
what are impossible skills?
Some programs try to
teach drawing
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Dont overlook a xed -
blade knife for everyday
carry. The new Black-
Hawk Blades Kalista is
small enough to easily
conceal and offers a
truly sturdy platform
to work with.
Emersons Pointed SARK also
includes the sel f-opening
wave feature.
Gerbers Hinderer Rescue knife is an all business tool
for cops, reghters and EMS crews. The blade tip is
blunt so as not to cut a victim. I ts ip-out seatbelt cutting
blade is efcient and it even has a window punch to get you in fast.
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the weapon (knife/gun)
in the middle of an
attack, thereby
giving you the
option to counter-
attack. This is typ-
ical of martial arts-
based training.
When applied to
police work, this
principle and
mindset are awed
for several reasons.
Training based on
reality dictates that
the officer must be
able to defend with
bare hands. First, be
able to defend yourself
agai nst a pot ent i al l y
mort al wound before
gai ni ng t he opport uni t y
and/ or di st ance necessary t o
access your weapon. This is just the
reality of how typical attacks actually
t ake pl ace. They come as sneak
attacks or surprises. Therefore, just as
i t s cal l ed defensi ve t act i cs, any
t rai ni ng program geared t oward
officer survival should be weighted to
about 70 to 80 percent of time spent
on empty-handed defense against an
armed attack. I know everyone wants
to learn how to use a knife and it
may be fun to play, but if safety is
truly the goal, then defense must be
the primary training mode. Unfortu-
nat el y, most mart i al art s-based
training is designed to attract and
keep students and as a result, they
teach edged weapons from an offen-
sive premise because thats what stu-
dents want.
Additionally, should any edged
weapons training program be scrutinized
in court, you dont want offensive tactics
being taught or brought up and demon-
strated, especially in front of a jury.
Training And The Continuum
Any training program should
include safety training and protocol.
This starts with something as basic
as Never point the knife at any-
thing you dont want to cut (sound
familiar to you rearms guys?), to
how to use the knife to cut away a
trouser or boot in an emergency sit-
uation. The safety protocol must
include all of the same or similar
(as applicable) rules you apply to a
rearm. You must cover the proper
way to hold and handle a knife,
how to use the knife safely in close
proximity to the victim in an emer-
gency and of course, use of the
knife within the parameters of the
force continuum and escalation of
force policies. This training is
absolutely essential when faced
with a courtroom situation.
Your training must stand up to
t he scrut i ny of t he court room
environment. It rests upon your
due di l i gence i n choosi ng t he
course, t he i nst ruct ors, t he
wording of your policies, and your
Continued on page 73
CRKTs High Risk Environment 1* FD
allows fast opening, a hilt to pre-
vent slipping down to the blade and
a non-tactical red handle
denoting its tool character.
BlackHawks Masters of Defense MPAK auto
folder is purpose-designed to meet the demanding
needs of law enforcement. The MPAKs Milspec-
anodized aircraft aluminum handles are drilled
and tapped to allow the spring steel pocket clip to
be attached in four different positions.
SOGs Flash II is easily concealed in a pants pocket. They incorporated
an ambidextrous clip device that seats the knife deep in your pocket.
The hal f serrated blade is great for cutting anything you want.
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Scrooge-like image he suffered under
through most of the 80s and 90s. Were here to help.
Ive done all the footwork the searching, finding, testing and orga-
nizing, puttin together info on some of the coolest cop-toys, tac-tools, widgets
and gizmos, just so you can look all methodical, thoughtful and generous.
Hey, it could work! Cmon! The only things you have to lose are a big chunk
of bucks and your reputation, which is pretty much toast anyway, right?
Now, were not giving you all the details on this gear, nor quoting you
prices, and were not going to give you a map with X marking the spot
where you can go and find these things. Thats your narrow little role in this
caper, so youll actually feel invested in the process. Besides, you should be
looking for discount deals, seasonal sales and even two-fer offers. Think of
it as polishing your investigative skills. So, get your crime-scene crayon
poised, sort your Santa list into Techies, Tacticals, Patrol Trolls, and the
biggest group Slobs and get to work!
Y
eah, we
know weve been there, right where you are, slumped in
your recliner, watching your TV tube fade with the last lights of the
Steelers game, your brain sluggishly turning over whether or not you
could get away with calling in sorta-sick to graveyard shift and realizing
Its December WHAT? How many days left until Christmas?
Now the clock is running, youre clueless and comin unglued. Your brothers
and sisters in blue have given you some great gifts the past few Christmases,
and then gave you some strange, twisted looks when you stopped by on the
28th with a bottle of cheap white wine in a brown bag with an evidence tag
scribbled Merry Christmas! If someone would only help you outta this Ho-Ho-
Holidays-hole, youd even bust out that pristine zero-balance credit card and
do some real retail damage, just to set things right again, wouldnt you?
Relax. Thats why Sergeant Dave, your intrepid editor, gave me this assign-
ment. He didnt want you to suffer from the same too little, too late, too
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Lets start right off with those slobs, okay? You know, your pals who
cant find their citation books under the piles of moist sunflower seed
hulls, or who reached blindly under the front seat for their binoculars
and came up with an ancient half-eaten burrito or worse.
EAGLE INDUSTRIES has a great reputation for well-designed almost bul-
letproof-strong gear, and their PB-2 the second-generation Patrolmans
Bag is the flagship of their police fleet. This durable duty-worthy hold-
all has the best-planned partitions and well-positioned pouches Ive seen
on any street gear. Hey, even you could find your long-lost 8x22 Steiner
Predators in this bag! This is for all that paperwork, crime scene evi-
dence-gathering gear, routine patrol essentials and pocket-fodder that
winds up on the dashboard, or in the floorboards. Check it out at
www.eagleindustries.com.
As far as we know, CAMELBAKS ST-5 hydration pack is the only backpack
designed specifically for uniformed cops, providing a comfortable, stable
carry-mode with homes for a helmet, baton, radio, tactical light and more,
plus the benefit of the built-in 100-ounce Water Beast reservoir and routed
drink tube with HydroLink connections and Big Bite Valve. I suggest stowing
canyon-search, crowd control, crime scene line-security and incident-perimeter
gear in the ST-5 any occurrence where you may be out of your cruiser in
the sun or rain and on your feet, drinkless for an extended period. For traffic
accident scenes in foul weather, it even comes with an integral high-visibility
waterproof cover. Sip the water, sure, but get your Hydrate or Die 750-ml
shatter-proof no-spill bottle for your power juice mix. Drink from the built-in
permanent straw, and forget about that time you had a cup to your lips
when you drove over the railroad tracks www.camelbak.com.
American COP
2006 Christmas 2006 Christmas
Gift Guide
John Connor
Creative Cures for Cop-Crap
and Cruiser-Clutter
Great Gifts For Techies, Tacticals, Patrol Trolls And Slobs
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So now what do you do with your bulky chem-bio,
HazMat, lab-raid and SWAT gear? Oh, yeah; stow it
in a long duffel with either a single-hand loop or a
skinny shoulder strap, right? Sure until the first
time you have to gallop your gear a mile down the
rail or subway line just to get to the inner perimeter.
Then youll wish for something like EAGLE INDUS-
TRIES MOLLE-style Becker Patrol Pack. Eagle took
the respected single main-compartment Becker
design, made it much more comfortable, added sev-
eral great tech-touches, and then covered it with one-
inch MOLLE-compatible cross webbing. Take a look at
their line-up of pouches-for-every-purpose all as
well made as the pack itself and build your own
mobile gear-bunker. Youve got 1,100 cubic inches
inside, and all you can strap on the outside. The side
tunnel pockets will even accommodate long guns.
Yes, it comes in tactical black I just got tired of
killin my cameras exposure meter, okay? Back to
www.eagleindustries.com , and search for BPP-MS.
SMI TH & WESSON has stacks of
stockin-stuffers and loads of logo-
gear, l i ke cups, mugs, key fobs,
money clips (Money? Whats that?),
knives, cuffs, shirts, hats, a nice
three-band 12/24 quartz movement
watch and you-name-it, available at
your deal er or di rect onl i ne at
www.smith-wesson.com . Oh, so your
pals arent big Smith & Wesson fans?
Let em shoot your new M&P .40 pistol
they will be.
The QUIQLITE pocket-clip lights are the worlds only hands-free concealed illumination sources
invented by a cop for his fellow officers. Clipped inside a pocket under the flap, you just pivot the
LED-bearing arm up and press the button on to get your choice of white light or several useful
colors. When you dont need it, push the arm back down, and it disappears again. The Classic is a
single LED, and the XP-440 is a dual white-plus red, blue, green, or a second white. Go with red to
preserve night vision, blue for signaling other officers and air support (the most common use of
the blue light in Los Angeles), or green for frequent map reading and dark work in dense foliage.
Theyre even available in ultraviolet for ID checks and IR for tactical business. Single-button con-
trol is easy to use, and a seven- minute auto- of f feature saves batteries. See em at
www.quiqlite.com and get info on storefront retailers and online dealers. They make a nice little
two lithium-cell Tac 2 tactical light also.
Stocking Stuffers, Large & Small
Left to right, when your 2-cell tac light just wont
cut it, and youve gotta reach down the block
and beyond, just follow the carpenters rule
and get a bigger hammer! SUREFIRES tough,
Turbo-Head M4 Devastator packs a pre-focused
beam of 225 or 350 lumens (with included high-
output lamp), more than fifteen times the light
of a high-quality two D-cell flashlight, and does it
in a much smaller package. When you need to
seriously degrade a suspects vision from a
ridiculous distance, a Devastator will do it!
STREAMLIGHTS TT3C is a true triple-task light,
with one button on the anodized aluminum
barrel offering a single red laser marker that
punches out to 100 yards-plus, an array of
bright, soft-white LEDs that conserve the three C-
cell batteries, or a broad, powerful Xenon beam
center-punched by the laser. Click back and forth
between www.surefire.com and www.stream-
light.com until youre confused, then buy both.
Thirty-year veteran officer John Benner designed the KA-BAR TDI Knife as a
last option handgun retention or handgun reclaiming weapon, to be
worn on the uniform trouser belt under the gun belt on a cops off-hand
side. It is gripped just like a small revolver and drawn in the same fashion
fast and very easy with practice. The AUS 8 blade is 2
5
16 long on the serrated
or plain slashing edge, and it virtually disappears when sheathed. Its a real
potential life-saver cold comfort in the gravest extreme.
Cutting Edge Cutters For Cops
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These two CRKT knives must have been made for us
they say High Risk Environment right on the
blade, along with Gary Paul Johnstons One Ass-
to-Risk logo. The Carson flipper makes em fast
opening, the LAWKS Lake and Walker Knife Safety
locks the blades in place, and now AutoLAWKS dou-
bles both speed and safety, automatically engaging
the secondary liner lock and solidly wedging it into
position when deployed. The M16-14LE is the Big
Dog at 9.25 inches overall, and the M16-13LE is a
more discreet and slender model with a 3.5-inch
blade, both found at www.crkt.com.
Good cop knives might be a dime a
dozen, but great ones are harder to
find. AL MARS mighty SERE folder is
like a pocket-clipped police sabre, with
beautiful balance and a hand-finished
edge whi l e SPYDERCOS 80mm
Manix is one of the best and beefiest,
but least-known of cops cutting tools,
featuring a CPM S30V blade and G-10
scales. KATZ KNIVES made-for-military
SW-900DP/S is like a slick-opening
pry bar with one serrated razor edge
strong doesnt cover it. Travel to
www.almarknives.com , hang a right
to www.spyderco.com , and park it at
www.katzknives.com . Three stops and
your search is over, okay?
When that SWAT shooter says, Range me! he doesnt
wanta hear something like, Oh, bout a block and a
half, dude and neither do you. Since all cops need
quality binoculars anyway, why not get all the clarity
and light pass-through that LEUPOLD is famous for,
plus an 850-yard laser rangefinder? Yep, the RB800
8x32mm binoculars have all of that, plus theyre
waterproof, nitrogen-filled, and one CR123A battery
will deliver about 2,000 range estimations. In one to
three seconds, the user can bounce a laser off a
human-type target from 15 to 550 yards, and range
an inanimate object like your sergeants car on
graveyard shift out to 850. Binocs, neck strap and
an un-complicated manual come packed in a semi-rigid
clamshell case. Check www.leupold.com for details.
Tools & Toys Of The Trade
So you like looking through binoculars? Then
shield your peeps with the same combat
vision-protection issued to our troops in Iraq
and Afghanistan REVISION EYEWEARS
Sawfly ballistic glasses, and Bullet Ant gog-
gles. Both are offered with three lenses in the
DeLuxe kits clear, solar dark, and high-con-
trast yellow to meet your needs 24/7, from
sports to the streets, the range and out on a
SWAT mission. All Revision eyewear is opti-
cally correct, exceeds both industrial and mili-
tary specifications for ballistic protection, and
protect against UV-A, B, and C rays. So you
say youre not assigned to SWAT or a Tac-
Team, so why would you need goggles? Think
drug lab, think natural-gas line explosion,
think about the thousands of Gulf Coast cops
who learned some lessons in vision protection
from a hurricane named Katrina then buy
em. www.revisioneyewear.com.
Smackin paper targets with your .308 or .223 rifle has its own group-tightening rewards, but for
real soul-fulfilling fun, bucking, swinging, jumping reactive targets are the E-ticket ride in riflery.
JUST SHOOT ME PRODUCTS makes the best, most crazy-reactive bullet-eating polymer targets in the
world, period, and now theyre offering one that was requested by U.S. snipers fighting mountain-to-
mountain duels with enemy shooters in Afghanistan. The Tobeyknocker, a 4x4 block of Generation
2 polymer, was designed to be suspended in gorges and over cliffsides on aircraft cable so hes free
to move erratically when pummeled with .50 BMG rounds. Yeah, fifties. Tac-shooters can stake it out
with a dog tether, and take turns bouncing it around hitting him before he stops, right? Meet
Tobey and all his cousins at www.justshootmeproducts.com.
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Without a dozen photos, you
wont see half the features of
BLACKHAWKS Long Gun Pack
Mat, so were not gonna try. If
your giftee is a long-gun
shooter who wants a stable,
comfortable full-length mat
between him and a hot tarry
roof, brick-hard frozen dirt,
mucky mud or you-name-it,
get him this. It carries like a
gear- fold or converts to a
backpack, holds a complete
HydraStorm hydration system,
and has pockets and space for
ammo, optics, accessories et
al, and even fold-out wings
to enclose most scoped bolt or
autoloading rifles. While
checking it out at www.black-
hawk.com, peek at the best
heavy- duty tactical belt
around the Instructors
CQB/Rescue Belt, with its cer-
tified-strong V-Ring for rap-
pelling operations. Wait
a minute.
I confess I wouldnt have bought a WOOLRICH ELITE Series
Vest, or even looked hard at one. Mine was a gift, and my
old vests are heading for e-Bay or a dumpster no kidding.
Think about the best arrangement of interior and exterior
pockets youve found on the best-of-the-vests too many
vests and the finest fit youve felt. Then after 25 washings
and dryings, you wondered how they could actually make a
vest out of sandpaper, and ask, how did they perfect this
Perma-Wrinkl finish, anyway? The Woolrich Elite Series fit,
finish, and soft, comfy feel is something youll have to expe-
rience to know the difference. And they got this plush
feeling with a water-shedding Teflon treatment? Good
going! Get going to www.woolrichelite.com.
Okay, this is where I say, I give up. Good thing its the last thing on the
list, huh? Looking at the zipped-closed RAPID DEPLOYMENT Body Armor Bag,
what do you see? A gear carrier? A sub-gun bag? Some kind of oversized
tactical briefcase with magazine pouches? The only way youll understand
is to go to www.rapiddeploymentinc.com and watch the video of the RDBAB.
Simply put, if thats possible, its a neat, undistinguished looking fold of
black material when being carried. In a very few seconds, it unzips, goes
over the wearers shoulders, and becomes a full-featured assault vest,
holding rifle-caliber defeating standard 10x12 ceramic or steel SAPI plates
plus magazines, ammo, flex cuffs, and more. And, that funny-looking dunce
cap down front is a zip-in long-gun extension. This is serious Welcome-to-the-
New-Millennium life insurance in the day of every cops worst nightmare
the moving mass shooter, armed with a high-caliber autoloading rifle. Go
see it now. GO! Ill wait. Well, at least until Christmas Eve, then
youre on your own. Merry Christmas!
Stay right there at BLACKHAWK, okay? Hands need protection too, so
you might as well check out the new SOLAG Special Operations Light
Assault Gloves in full or half-finger styles. Theyre multi-angle
adjustable, padded on the backs of fingers and fists, and the com-
fortable, all-synthetic construction makes them ideal for waterborne
ops or just a miserable soaking on a misbegotten mission. Sensi-
tive and flexible enough for weapon-work, theyre tough enough for
raiding The House From Hell and every citys got one, right?
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hats the harsh reality American Law Enforcement
needs to acknowledge, confront and overcome in
dealing with terrorism. I am not going to mince
words or feign political correctness. I have only so
many words with which to heighten your consciousness,
increase your awareness and kindle within you a survival
instinct concerning terrorist attacks. Understand this: You will
be facing terrorists who are well prepared to unleash the most
cunning, savage, merciless and sustained campaign of terror
ever on American soil.
These terrorists are way ahead of you. They already pos-
sess a game book containing a great number of set and
scripted plays that are contrived, designed, developed, per-
fected and successfully employed in Israel and Iraq. When
you think youve gured out what the terrorists will do next
they wont. Theres an ongoing evolution in attack and
defense tactics, and these techniques and their attacks will
grow more sophisticated. The terrorists current tactics are
the result of 50 years of evolution. By comparison, American
Law Enforcement has yet to begin its terrorism tactics evolu-
tion and remains on the backside of the power curve.
An integral part of the rst phase of any terror campaign
will be designed to take you out psychologically. The terrorists
know you and are going employ their knowledge against you.
They will use the fact you have never experienced the horror
of multiple, repeated and continuing attacks, let alone that
horror taking place in your own city or town. Their attacks will
be against especially soft civilian targets, making you justi-
ably fear for your familys safety. Soft targets are the coffee
shop your spouse uses for business lunches, your childrens
school, the supermarket in the shopping center half a mile
from your home, and your house of worship on a holiday.
Prepare Your Family
I know all too well what goes through your mind when
you realize the terrorists targets are locations where your
family members go about their daily lives. Youre afraid to
leave your family alone and dont, missing duty. Worse, you
go on duty and worry about your family rather than focus on
your job. You become a real liability. Either way, the terror-
What You Dont Know W
THE
HARSH REALITY O
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ists have achieved their goal of effec-
tively neutralizing you.
For the past seven years, with my
wife and two teenage daughters, I have
lived and worked in a terrorist attack
environment and still do. Speaking
from personal experience, defeating
the terrorists psychological warfare
begins and ends at home. You need to
prepare your family.
First, make sure you have sufcient
staples on hand so no one needs go out
if its advised to stay home, or if deliv-
eries to supermarkets and from utilities
are interrupted. Second, make a plan,
one that takes into consideration the
likelihood of you being home on an
irregular basis. Figure out where and
when its safest to do food shopping,
purchase gas, take care of errands, get
the kids to and from school, and decide
when the children should simply stay
home. Third, make sure everyone
knows what to do if theyre attacked or
near the scene of an attack.
Last, get a cellular telephone for
every member of the family who is old
enough to be out and about on his or
her own. Anyone not at home when an
attack occurs must immediately call
home confirming theyre okay. Then,
an Everyone is OK, call from home
gets made to you. Now with the knowl-
edge your family is as safe as is pos-
sible, you can focus on your own sur-
vival and watching your buddies six.
Know Your Enemy
You need to understand the how,
what, why and where of the terrorists
and their attacks if youre going to
defeat them. I just shake my head in
disapproval of the terrorism courses
offered by Israeli and other experts
that devote half the seminar to cap-
turing the terrorists following their
attack. Thats total nonsense. It could
get you killed.
Terrorists arent criminals seeking
to get away. Theyre in search of mar-
t yrdom. The speci fi c t errori st s
involved in actually carrying out an
attack know theyre going to their
deaths and seek to inflict the max-
imum amount of death, devastation
and destruction they possibly can.
They want to take you with them. You
are bot h a pri ori t y and a pri mary
target. Terrorists kill cops. I preach a
si ngl e rul e: St op t hi nki ng l i ke a
Howard Linett, Esq.
w Will Get You Killed
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Understand this: You will be facing terrorists who are well


prepared to unleash the most cunning, savage, merciless
and sustained campaign of terror ever on American soil.
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Summary Of TERRORIST Shooting Tactics:
From a safe location, the terrorist res off a 30-round burst at his distant target.
From a concealed position, literally along the side of a highway, the terrorist suddenly
stands and sprays passing vehicles with full-auto re.
From a concealed position at a major intersection, the terrorist suddenly res 30
rounds in several controlled bursts at the people and vehicles in the intersection.
From a hillside location set back between 20 and 50 yards from a highway, the terror-
ists suddenly direct full-auto re at passing vehicles.
From a hillside hide overlooking a highway 125 to 175 yards distant, terrorists using
large caliber bolt-action and semi-auto ries re at passing vehicles.
From all manner of concealed positions, trained snipers, using precision ries with
high-quality optics and precision ammunition, target civilians, especially at night,
ring through an illuminated window into the room of the targets home.
Dropped off by his handlers a few blocks away, the terrorist casually makes his way to
the storefront reception hall or restaurant, uncovers his concealed rie and res 80
rounds into the people inside the targeted facility.
Terrorists dressed as soldiers and get on the bus at an out-of-the-way stop. They ride
to the bus to the Central Station, get off, load their M16s and re at everyone they see.
Dropped off downtown at high noon by his handlers, as repeatedly practiced, the ter-
rorist leisurely strolls down to Main Street. He waits until theres no vehicular trafc
blocking his eld of re, begins to cross Main Street, stops, uncovers a rie and res
more than 100 rounds at folks on the sidewalks and in the nearby stores.
Using whatever is at hand and sometimes their own vehicle, terrorists create a road-
block. When a targeted vehicle screeches to a halt, its driver and passengers are
overpowered and dragged away or murdered in a hail of bullets.
Hiding in a vehicle appearing disabled or abandoned and parked off to the side
of the road, terrorists strafe a targeted vehicle as it passes.
From a moving vehicle, terrorists strafe vehicles they pass or that pass them and also
carry out drive-by shootings of pedestrians, storefronts and stationary vehicles.
crime-fighter. Facing terrorists is a
kill or be killed situation, not a
capture and convict situation. Its
the difference between war and law
enforcement.
The most effective weapons terror-
ists employ against us are creativity
and inventiveness. Their operations
planners possess an extraordinary
ability to think outside the box. The
attacks succeed because they con-
stantly surprise, often because their tar-
gets are beyond our ability to concep-
tualize as targets.
The organizational structure of the
terrorist cell demonstrates a textbook-
classic division of labor. For example,
Intelligence Gatherers use high-tech
(clandestine Web cameras) and low-tech
(hiding in plain sight) techniques for col-
lecting information on potential targets.
That intelligence will determine the
target and when and how to attack it,
reporting what, if any, security protects
it. Drivers/Handlers not only deliver the
attack team members to the target, but
also actually walk the attackers through
rehearsals of their attack, including a
dress rehearsal, at the target. Fashion
Consultants and Costumers will prepare
the attack teams clothing and grooming
to t in perfectly with that of the selected
targets patrons. The terrorists tailor
design and fashion garments unde-
tectable to even watchful eyes. Each gar-
ment is capable of containing more than
20 pounds of explosives, detonator, wire
and shrapnel and is outtted with mul-
tiple detonation switches and triggers.
Attacks
Shootings and bombings are the two
most common types of attack. But
theyre not the only terrorist tools. You
need to know about the terrorists
lesser-publicized tactics.
At any given time, the majority of our
alerts are about terrorist efforts to kidnap
uniformed personnel and hold them
hostage. Terrorists know they can trade
live hostages, bodies and even body parts
for their imprisoned comrades.
Beware of t he i nsi di ous Insi de
Man. Examples are individuals who
poison food in the restaurant where
they work, tamper with the product
their plant manufacturers or sabotage
the ability of the public utility that
employs them to provide you with
water, electricity or natural gas.
Terrorists read the latest fiction,
watch TV and go to the movies. So be
especially alert for the nasty, dirty trick
right out of the latest episode of your
favorite action TV program, movie or
novel. The terrorists will adapt it to
their purpose and employ it.
Attacks Employing Firearms
The preferred weapon is a reasonably
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Basic TERRORIST Bombing Tactics
Carry-It-Onto (the bus or subway car) and Carry-It-Into (the reception hall or
mall) and Leave It today a homicide bomber wearing an exploding garment
or carrying the bomb in a backpack is likely to be used.
Throw It Over The Fence to be collected and planted by an inside man, when
you cannot get the bomb by security.
Walk It Up To The Target and detonate the explosive garment or backpack
bomb worn by the homicide bomber.
Vehicles containing explosives or explosive materials (gasoline) are used to
attack stationary targets and, when driven by a homicide/suicide bomber,
moving targets.
The Synchronized Attack has several bombs detonated in a coordinated fashion
creating a much larger and deadlier kill-zone than could be achieved with a
single explosion.
The Vehicle Bomb pre-positioned and detonated at the location the terrorists
estimate ambulances will be marshaled at the scene of an attack.
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because the autopsy didnt tell the M.E. the actual cause of
death. If what you did was some kind of neckhold, double
ninja divine wind lotus incapacitation move, Taser, Bean Bag
or anything else, they say it was the technique or device or
whatever that caused the death.
The cause of death was ghting the police, with various
physical defects, chemical additives and problematic environ-
mental conditions aggravating things. If you want to ght the
police, do it in court. Thats where we lose routinely. Bad guys
never seem to listen.
Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki, M.D., identies these unexplained
deaths as excited delirium. Often, the offenders exhibit drug
and alcohol use; they act in a bizarre fashion, like running naked
down the street; theyre often greatly obese; their body tempera-
tures are high it happens on hot
days and they fight with
incredible strength.
W
hat happens when the guy youre ghting just ups
and dies? Well, theres a huge investigation and the
media usually has a eld day. Why is that? If you
were going to kill him, youd have just shot him.
You would not have struggled at length, exhausting
yourself and exposing your rearm to a gun grab attempt.
Its hard to understand. One moment hes ghting like the
devil and the next hes prostrate, unresponsive with no pulse
and no respirations. It seems that whatever you do and what-
ever the paramedics do, he just dies.
Dont you feel guilty? If you dont, why not? And if you
do, just what exactly are you guilty of?
This isnt about the phenomenon of sudden custody
death, but it intrudes on the topic. A Los Angeles case in
which an arrestee was actively resisting arrest and put under
control by what LAPD called the carotid neckhold or choke
hold, resulted in the persons death.
After the death, the people
hit the streets, the media
had a party and the feces
hit the fan.
When someone dies
during an arrest
attempt, we often
fall into a simple
trap what was
the last thing you
did to him?
You usually
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These are a few of the obvious signs of
potential trouble. If you get a person with
these characteristics, Dr. Czarnecki says,
call for an ambulance as soon as its safe
to do so. They are well on the way to
death and dont know it.
They have to be controlled to be
treated, he says. But, the mecha-
nisms of control, fighting, dont help
the condition. Its a no-win situation.
You cant just let them go theyll
hurt themselves and others. If you
attempt control by any means, their
death is quite probable.
Airway Obstructions
Want someone to really struggle
with you? Close off his airway! Theres
likely no quicker way to cause someone
to panic than to put something over the
front of his neck. So, dont do that.
Besides, the trachea can be damaged, a
good reason chokes (airway obstruc-
tion) are considered deadly force by
nearly everyone in the business.
But chokes of various types have
been used in sport judo for many years
with no injuries and no fatalities. The
situation there is different; there are ref-
erees. You dont have them on the
street. Both players are disciplined and
know when to tap out. This isnt
taught in many public schools.
So chokes are bad news. The struc-
tures at the front of the neck can be
quite fragile. Break something there and
a tracheotomy is next on your schedule.
We dont even teach that technique in
many academies these days.
A trainer recently mentioned that the
rear naked choke from jujitsu gives you
all the control of other neck restraint
methods and the little guy at the corner
dojo can show you the technique so you
can pass it on to others in your depart-
ment bad idea. The rear naked choke
puts the users forearm across the tra-
chea, a dangerous thing. The victims
head is free to move about somewhat
and the user is too close to the suspect,
allowing him to turn out of it.
Brad Inman, Rhode Island Deputy
Sheriff, has a jujitsu club, which elds
competitive teams. He told me he
teaches the rear naked choke in that
martial art. Hes also a certified
instructor-trainer in the Kansas City
Lateral Vascular Neck Restraint. His
jujitsu players prefer the LVNR
because it gives them better control and
leads to a quicker submission that
says it all. Besides, it sounds like some-
thing they do late at night in prison.
Vascular Restraints
James Lindell, Physical Skills trainer
for the Kansas City, Missouri Police
Department, developed the Lateral Vas-
cular Neck Restraint in 1970. Hed been
charged by agency administrators with
finding a technique that was easy to
learn, easily retained, and allowed of-
cers regardless of size or relative skill
to quickly stop ghts. Using his judo
background, he went through the var-
ious chokes and worked through various
problems with each of them.
The system he developed allows of-
cers to adjust the force of the technique
consistent with the level of resistance
offered by the offender. If a drunk tries to
clean your clock, avoid the blow, trap the
arm and pull him along his line of force
past your front. Encircle the neck while
holding onto his arm and put the side of
your head against the rear of his head.
This braces his melon and keeps it
still. He cant do a head butt and his
head doesnt move uncontrolled, poten-
tially causing neck injury.
Step out, pulling him off his balance,
and clasp your hands together. He is now
arched back, his head immobile. The
LVNR puts the elbow of the encircling
arm in front of the trachea, giving a safe
zone with no pressure on the airway.
Users are trained to verbalize, giving
commands: Stop resisting! Put your
hands behind your back! If he com-
plies, the ofcer can hold him at Level
I, which is simply a restraint.
When a full-tilt battle is on the menu,
another step to the rear and elevation of
the arms puts more pressure on the sides
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ts no secret that the objective of shooting is hitting the
target, and only two things need to happen to achieve
this objective. The first is to stabilize the muzzle of the
rifle, pistol or shotgun on the target area. The muzzle of
the firearm is the only place a projectile leaves the
shooter. The second is to cause the firearm to discharge
without interfering with the muzzles stability on the target.
Therein lies the rub.
Countless studies have been done and articles written on reha-
bilitating poor shooters and some of these efforts actually have
merit. They range from mechanical solutions to the technical
application of the integrated act of shot delivery. Occasionally,
there are explorations into the areas of psychology, physiology
and vision. Unless you have a working knowledge of these areas,
the information is of little more than entertainment value.
Simplified training is one of the most effective means of
quickly elevating student performance. One key question often
left unanswered is why or how a particular learning principle
CONTROLLING THE
SELF-PRESERVATION
RESPONSE
Continued on page 66
ELIMINATING THE CAVEMAN IN YOU
George
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Two-Track
Policing
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e were outside, crouched
on the stairwell between
the third and fourth
floors. I was covering
Buzz, who had deployed a less-lethal
shotgun. We were called to the apart-
ment of a subject whod beaten the piss
out of his girlfriend over the misappro-
priation of some methamphetamines.
She was with paramedics downstairs
while her boyfriend, lets call him Shit-
head, had barricaded himself in his
apartment on the fourth oor.
We were trying to negotiate his
surrender but it wasnt looking too
good. Now Im a pretty compas-
sionate individual but I just dont
spend a whole lot of time on drugged-
out woman beaters like Shithead. My
negotiations went something like this:
ME
Okay Shithead, its time to give up
and come out. Dont make us come in
and get you. You dont have any
weapons, guns or knives do ya?
SHITHEAD
I dont need guns or knives. I have
the Amoeba of Destruction.
Buzz and I looked quizzically at
each other and werent quite sure
where that t on the level of resistance.
Suddenly, I felt the warm breath of
Confessions of a Too-Old Street Supervisor
Two-Track
Policing
another officer to my left. Lets call
him Officer Clueless. His breath
smelled faintly of chai tea latte.
Lieutenant, I got here as soon as I
could, Im part of the Crisis Interven-
tion Team. Im trained in crisis inter-
vention, said Clueless, as he wiped the
remnants of a Walkers shortbread off
his uniform.
I thought thats what we were
doing, I said. If Shithead doesnt come
out peacefully, Buzz is going to inter-
vene with that big orange shotgun.
No, no, no you dont understand.
Were trained to talk people down from
stressful events in their lives. He elab-
orated, The primary mission of the
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to specic types of courses as well, based
upon their duties D.A.R.E.; P.O.P. vs.
C.O.P.: Which is Cooler?; The Curse of
Profiling; Conducting a Bicycle
Rodeo plus a good cooking class for
those neighborhood weenie roasts.
Field Operations
Since you wont see the Armed Track
until the caca hits the fan, the Unarmed
Track will be the public face of the
police department. Well dress em in
cool monogrammed blazers like Chief
Pierce Brooks did to those poor
schmucks at the Lakewood, Colorado
PD in the 1960s. The public will love it.
You call for a cop and somebody who
looks like they work for Century 21
shows up very low-key. Id bet
Team is to de-escalate potentially vio-
lent incidents and to use skills gained
through training to develop and
manage formal partnerships between
law enforcement agencies, mental
health providers and
AhhhhhhEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeAhhh-
hhhhhhhhhhh!!! Shithead screamed as
he burst from the door swinging a lava
lamp over his head, barely missing
Ofcer Clueless and me. Quicker than
shit through a goose, Buzz placed two
beanbag rounds in Shitheads lower
midsection. Actually, Buzz leaned on
the second shot and hit Shithead in the
nuts. (See American COP, May/June
2006, page 53.) Shithead fell like a stop
sign in a hurricane.
Thats when I had an epiphany.
Twenty-eight years of police work and
numerous experiences where some of-
cers didnt know when to stop talking
and start swinging led me to this con-
cept: TWO-TRACK POLICING. Not
every cop needs to be or should be
armed and trained in physical skills.
There, its out and I bet some of you
might agree. Heres how I think it
should work:
Selection Process
On the first day of the academy, we
take all of the students and put them
on a mat and randomly pick two with
no consideration for size or gender.
Then, we let them fight for five min-
utes 16 oz. gloves, pugel sticks,
wiffleball bats, whatever. Those who
st ay i n t he fi ght , we pl ace i n t he
Armed Track and those who dont, we
place in the Unarmed Track. But wed
have to call them something else like
Physio-Submissive and Psycho-Sub-
missive tracks the I.A.C.P. would
love it. It would be two groups of offi-
cers; those who feel social miscreants
can and should be dealt with using pri-
marily physical skills and those who
feel verbal skills are the road to com-
pliance and harmony.
Training
I envision the Armed-Track guys
stay at some training facility and shoot
and do PT all through their shift until
called Ill get into that in a minute.
They get the ammo budget and all the
toys reserved for the SWAT types. Hell,
they are the SWAT types! They would
attend classes such as Ninja Knife
Fighting; Wound Ballistics of the .50
BMG on Pit Bulls; The SAP, An His-
torical Perspective fun stuff. The
only time they go out is when the
Unarmed Track gets in trouble. They
hop in their black and white F250
Super Duty Crew Cab diesel pickups
with the deer-killin bumpers and head
out lights and siren.
I gure wed send the Unarmed Track
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theyd smell good too since they
wont have to wear those heavy vests.
Theyll drive hybrid cars that run on
sh oil and chicken fat (no red meat)
and the lobby of the department will
be designed using feng shui with the
music of Zamfir, Master of the Pan
Flute playing in the background. No
fear of the police here until
you assault the Unarmed Track.
Since they wont be carrying any-
thing more deadly than a Palm Pilot,
well have to make it a capital
offense to assault the unarmed track.
That way, there wont be any ambi-
guity when the Armed Track
responds no petty offenses, no
misdemeanors this will be a
response to a violent felony. Yeah,
thats what Im talkin about. They
quickly and efficiently take care of
the problem and return to their lair to
await another call-out.
Lets Sell I t
I think itll work. Im gonna buy a
pipe and a tweed jacket and get on the
police lecture circuit and try to sell
this idea. Frankly, I think that rst day
of the academy will be a relief to some
recruits when theyre guided to the
appropriate track. I think its also a
win for the public, the administration
and other officers. The bad actors
wont like it theyll get their asses
kicked. To paraphrase Colonel Charlie
Beckwith, former Delta Force Com-
mander, Id rather go through the
door with two studs than
10 knuckleheads. *
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TOO
MUCH
LIGHT?
TOO
MUCH
LIGHT?
W
ords have meaning. Concepts, both good and
bad, can take on a life of their own and have
downstream consequences. Therefore, respon-
sible individuals must push back when ill-con-
ceived information is tabled as viable doctrine.
Frameworks of thought built on fallacies need to be destroyed as
fast as theyre erected or they provide a basis for trouble later.
In the November 2005 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, an
article appeared entitled, Perspective Use of Force and
High-Intensity Tactical Police Flashlights Policy Concerns,
by R. Paul McCauley, Ph.D. The Web link to the article is
Ken Good
provided at the end. Please read it to put things in context.
Dr. McCauley immediately sets up a classic straw dog for
a good beating. The readers are drawn into a typical reduced-
light scenario. An ofcer is situated behind the concealment
provided by a wall of light emitting from the various lights on
his vehicle. It appears from the limited information provided
that the officer made an incorrect decision. The reader is
encouraged to make the direct correlation between that bad
decision and the fact that lights on the vehicle were somehow
used inappropriately. Furthermore, a secondary but equally
prominent line is drawn to what is termed as high-intensity
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tactical police flashlights (HITPFs).
Therefore, the reader is led to the con-
clusion that we have a growing problem
with how these lights are being used.
This is overly simplistic and doesnt
jive with reality. Confrontations are
fluid, dynamic and unpredictable. A
number of factors are associated with
confrontations. The individual ofcers
decision-making processes within that
confrontation need to be carefully scruti-
nized if any
meaningful con-
clusions can be
drawn. This was
not the case in the
example provided in
McCauleys article.
Lack Of Alternatives
When I contacted the author directly,
I simply asked him, What are you rec-
ommending cops do differently in the
scenario you brought forth specic to
the lights or lighting situation?
One the most crucial things an
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officer must do is identify and assess
the threat to gain situational awareness.
I genuinely wanted to know how he
was proposing to do this.
I invited McCauley to show us in a
reality-based, force-on-force environ-
ment, where cops are challenged to pre-
vail in scenarios while adhering to their
use-of-force policies. This type of
training has a very powerful benet. It
strips away many of the weaker facades
of doctrine and allows those who are
impartially evaluating to gain powerful
insights into the actual priorities, and
required skill sets. Theres no hiding
behind dogma, academia or personali-
ties. If you want to shape policy, make
sure you can show it stands up in this
type of realistic simulation.
As stated on Dr. McCauleys Web
site, he is a subject-matter expert on
ashlights. When I asked specic ques-
tions on the use of ashlights relative to
his article, I received no specific
answers. I did not receive one suggestion
for alternative courses of action. Nor did
I receive an acceptance or a rejection to
the invitation to practically show us how
its done. His response indicated that,
We just approach things differently.
Level Playing Field?
Is the SME actually proposing that
when an officer is addressing any par-
ticular subject, that somehow the
playing field should be leveled to
allow the subject to have equal or
greater situational awareness in order
to avoid civil litigation?
What part of the red and blue lights,
the siren, the spotlights and the verbal
commands do members of this society
not understand?
face in and of itself as a threatening
action. The premise is simply absurd.
Cops are taught at the earliest stages
of their training to try and get a visual
on the subjects hands. In fact, the
phrase Show me your hands! is prob-
ably the most common phrase I hear
during the training we conduct. Now
the author seems to be proposing that a
dangerous trend is forming. Subjects
are raising their hands in front of police
ofcers when they shine a light at them.
The article does highlight the fact
that verbal commands should be used in
conjunction with lights. My question is:
Why wouldnt they be? Are ofcers not
aware of their own force continuums
and use-of-force policies? Is this the
actual concern here?
Cops simply dont shine lights in
subjects faces, remain silent and then
shoot them because they naturally raise
their hands.
Can officers misconstrue sudden
movement from previously unseen indi-
viduals at close range as threatening and
respond by shooting? Yes, absolutely.
Value Added Response
Using your light properly, moving
and searching intelligently, as well as
participating in well-conceived training
within reduced-light environments will
help prevent this situation from devel-
oping in the rst place.
You cannot draw a straight line
between mistake of fact shootings and
purposefully directing a bright light into
a subjects eyes in an attempt to degrade
their vision. One is a subconscious
process happening in a compressed time
frame at short distances and the latter is
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Some immediate alternatives (all
with consequences) might have been:
Dont put the hot spot of your
lights in anybodys face or mirrors.
Dont turn your light(s) on, period.
Shine the lights elsewhere.
Shine the lights on yourself.
Turn the suspect around with
verbal commands before you ener-
gize any lights.
Give the subject a light to help him
or her ID their overall situation.
Give somebody you believe is
friendly a light and have them shine
it on you and or the subject.
Use your imagination and you ll in
the blank.
I am goi ng t o quot e from t he
article here:
In this regard, the author recently
conducted an experiment in which he
asked 17 college students to move
toward him in a darkened hallway.
Each time, the author shined an HITPF
into the participants eyes. Fourteen of
the students extended to some degree
one or both arms in response to the
light beam. In a real-world situation,
ofcers could mistake this response as
threatening, justifying an escalation of
the level of force perhaps, even to
deadly force, depending on the circum-
stances. Further, some could argue that
the officers actions created the dan-
gerous situation.
Reasoning
Any cop with reasonable training and
a reasonable decision-making capability,
situated at a distance down the hallway,
would not construe the raising of hands
after a bright light is shined in a subjects
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Les Baer T
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I
ts no secret Im a dyed-in-the-wool pre-
cision bolt-gun acionado. So when I was
asked to do a story on the Thunder
Ranch/Les Baer AR15, it was with some
trepidation that I approached the project.
After all, how can an AR15 possibly shoot less
than a 30" group?
A lot of research and experimentation has
gone into trying to create an accurate semi-
auto that can compete with the bolt gun. Typi-
cally these highly modified weapons can
indeed come really close. However, almost
without exception, these are hand-tuned
custom rifles well out of reach fiscally of the
average shooter and especially budget-con-
scious departments.
There are a number of small companies
manufacturing specific replacement parts to
increase accuracy and upgrade base model ARs.
Precision bolts, accessory rails, uppers, lowers
and inbetweeners name it and someone
makes it. The common denominator is that all
are after-the-fact parts, some requiring armorer
or smith level expertise for installation to
achieve increased performance. Sometimes they
work and sometimes they dont.
The Who
Clint Smith became Rangemaster at
Jeff Coopers American Pistol Insti-
tute (aka Gunsite) in 1980. Prior,
Clint did two tours in Vietnam
and then seven years as a cop,
including six years serving on
the departments tactical team.
At the time, API was consid-
ered the mecca of shooting
schools; literally no other
shooting facility even came close. Clints sense
of innovation and forward thinking soon added
a number of changes and improvements to an
already great learning institution. An inter-
esting point is that some of these innovations
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AR15
A MARRIAGE
MADE IN
SHOOTERS
HEAVEN!
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are still part of the facility and training
curriculum at Gunsite to this day.
Today, Clint is owner and director of
Thunder Ranch, located in Lakeview,
Oregon. Thunder Ranch is considered by
many to be the modern equivalent of the
original Cooper Gunsite in stature, a tes-
tament to Clints ability as an innovator.
Les Baer started his working career
in water well drilling and then the gas
and oil eld industry. He then moved on
to become a journeyman machinist spe-
cializing in cryogenic machining of tur-
bine parts. With his precision machining
background and a love
of rearms, it was a nat-
ural progression to start
Les Baer Custom and
become a top-of-the-line
rearms manufacturer.
The How
While attending the
SHOT Show in 2000,
Clint happened to see
an engraved 1911 pistol
in the Les Baer Custom
booth. After purchasing
it, he took it, and over a
three month period, to
quote Clint, Shot the
living crap out of it.
He was so impressed
wi t h i t he cal l ed Les
and proposed building
an off-t he-shel f
Thunder Ranch pistol.
The earl y devel op-
mental trials and tribu-
l at i ons of t hat proj ect were t he
bedrock of the relationship that was to
give rise to the Thunder Ranch Les
Baer AR15 some two years later.
The marriage of Clints teaching
and real world experience and Les
background in precision technology
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was, without a doubt, a great combi-
nation for a successful formula. Not
all relationships work out, even when
the essential elements are there, but
this one has.
Technical Stuff
To know Les Baer is to know Baer
Custom firearms. The man is a con-
summate professional and perfec-
tionist. His precision machining back-
ground and attention to detail are
manifest in every part that goes into
all Baer Custom firearms. If thats not
enough sucking up, he is also the ulti-
mate gentleman, a rare thing to find
anywhere today, let alone in the gun
industry. Joking aside, the man is
knowledgeable, polite and obviously
loves what he does.
The upper and lower receiver parts
start life as forgings, which are manu-
factured by an outside source. These
components are inspected on receipt at
the Baer facility. If they pass, theyre
sent to machining. All machining is
done in the Les Baer Custom machine
shop, a step Les insists is imperative to
the high quality standard he demands.
The components are machined on state-
of-the-art CNC machining centers and
then inspected to assure they meet the
stringent tolerance criteria before being
sent to the assembly area.
Every, and I mean every, component
is hand t. A time-consuming system to
be sure, but the end result is difcult to
argue with. Prior to installation of the
barrel, the whole receiver assembly is
mounted on a custom-made fixture to
assure perfect alignment. Only when
the whole subassembly is in perfect
alignment is the barrel assembly mated
to the receiver.
Les believes this unfailing commit-
ment to quality is a part of the success
his firearms have enjoyed in the mar-
ket pl ace. As he t ol d me, We do
things a little differently from other
companies. We spend a huge amount
of time working out the bugs before
we go to production.
Any precision shooter knows the
barrel is hypercritical to accuracy. The
TR AR15 barrels are made in Les Baers
machine shop from 416R stainless steel.
Barrels are made either by button tech-
nology or cut rie technology.
Button technology is where a preci-
sion ground carbide button, the reverse
or male shape of the lands and grooves,
is pulled through a close-tolerance
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drilled and reamed hole.
Cut rie technology essentially uses
a single tooth to cut the groove into
the steel. The barrel blank is then
turned a few degrees and the next cut
made and so on until the requisite
number of grooves are completed. Baer
Custom employs the cut rie technique.
Which is better technology? Actual
shooting has shown a good barrel is a
good barrel period.
The production methods described
are in fact not unique to Baer Custom;
many companies employ similar tech-
nology but dont get quite the same
result. The question is: Why?
Unique to Les and his team is their
total commitment to the ongoing
testing of every system they build. His
team tests, modifies, tests, upgrades,
tests, improves and tests again. Thats
one of the key components separating
his products from most others.
The art is being able to find that
fine line between tight tolerances and
reliability. The Les Baer team obviously
has a good handle on that, from my
experience shooting his pistols. One last
technical detail is pertinent: Every
firearm is extensively test fired before
leaving the facility. A whole day is
spent test firing and breaking in the
barrel on each rie, saving the customer
the tedium of doing this necessary step.
On a good day, they will qualify a max-
imum of eight ries for shipment.
While writing this, I called Les twice
and both times was told, Sorry, hes not
here. Theyre at the range test firing
every day at this time. That sums up his
personal commitment pretty well.
Home On The Range
After receiving the rifle and giving
it a good cleaning, we were off to the
range. Shooting instructor and all
around good guy Rick Ueable accom-
panied me on this mission. A longtime
(bolt and AR15) shooter and graduate
of numerous school s i ncl udi ng
Thunder Ranch, he was j ust as
intrigued as I was to see what this rifle
could really do.
We used a mix of ammunition to
see what this particular system liked.
We shot 55-grain, 60-grain and 68-
grain bullets from Winchester and
Black Hills. This gave us a nice spread
of bullet weights and I was sure one or
more would work well in this rifle. Its
important to note that intrinsic accu-
racy is a system. The rifle, optics,
ammunition and shooter constitute a
complete system; any failure of any
one component invalidates the whole
system. Accuracy testing was done
using a Leopold 36X target scope,
standard for accuracy testing.
The gun was an absolute joy to
shoot. No failures to feed with any of
the ammunition or magazines and no
malfunctions were encountered during
the entire shoot. We ran groups for
accuracy first. August in Arizona gets
real l y hot and mi rage becomes a
problem as the temperature rises.
Once we were finished with the accu-
racy t est i ng, we remount ed t he
EOTech sight on the rifle and shot to
really get some rounds down range.
Now the big question how did it
shoot? No question, this rifle shoots
and really likes the 55-grain bullet. We
regularly shot groups under the guaran-
teed half-minute; in fact one group was
.360 pretty impressive!
An interesting phenomenon was
group size opened up as bullet weight
increased. This is not set in stone as
the same weight bullet from a dif-
ferent manufacturer may shoot tighter
groups, a clear demonstration that you
need t o t est t he syst em before
deploying it.
So, does the rifle do what Clint and
Les claim? Unequivocally yes. If all
the rifles shoot like this one, this is a
marri age made i n
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works. If the student understands the
whys and hows of a particular subject or
technique, its much more likely theyll
use the information to their benet.
Sel f-Preservation
The Self-Preservation Response is a
mostly innate and natural response to
the discharge of a firearm. It causes
errant movement to the muzzle of the
firearm slightly before or during dis-
charge, causing the projectile to impact
somewhere other than intended. In
rearm instructors terminology, this is
inching, heeling, jerking or some other
descriptive term.
Gaining a better understanding of
what occurs in the shooters mind and
body and most important of all, how to
deal with it, is paramount. It requires a
blend of what we know from experience
as rearms professionals and academic
input from behavioral professionals.
Understanding why those things take
place is a goal we strive to achieve.
Gain Control
We start to control Self-Preservation
Response by recognizing a few generally
accepted premises. Humans are innately
afraid of loud noises its a caveman
thing. Upon hearing a loud noise, partic-
ularly if we didnt expect to, we tend to
involuntarily contract our muscles in
preparation for escape from the per-
ceived danger, like a roaring saber-
toothed tiger. A portion of our inner
brain, the amygdala, is responsible for
this action. Proper training can eliminate
this issue in a matter of minutes.
Humans also have a response that
protects the eyes. Without vision, pro-
tecting yourself from a mastodon
stomping attack is challenging at best
again its a caveman thing; we cant help
it. Its common to close the eyes when
even a small object approaches the face.
Its equally as common for the hands to
come to the aid of the eyes to push away
or deect any object the brain perceives
as a threat to our vision. When dis-
charging a rearm, theres an involuntary
and uncontrollable movement toward the
shooter at the moment of ignition. The
brain senses this as danger to the eyes
and triggers a protective response.
Intellectually, this all makes sense but
the intellectual, or conscious, mind
doesnt automatically transfer to the sub-
conscious. Its important that we have a
positive practical experience along with
the intellectual aspect to reprogram our
subconscious mind.
Learning Versus Teaching
Another consideration to controlling
the Self-Preservation Response comes
from how we learn versus how were
taught to use a rearm. Its common to
mention foot position, slightly flexed
knees, hip position, torso position, arm
position, head position, dominant hand
position and grip pressure, support hand
position and grip pressure, breath con-
trol, sight alignment, sight picture and
maybe a few other things when teaching
a person to shoot. The behavioral profes-
sionals tell us that on average, we can
cognitively process ve to seven bits of
information simultaneously. Id suggest
three to ve bits of information would be
a realistic average. In either case, the
conscious mind has more information
than it can handle, meaning something
gets lost in the process.
With the conscious mind already
overloaded with information, theres
little likelihood that the sound of dis-
charge will be recognized by the subcon-
scious mind as anything but an attack.
Regular reinforcement of this activity
removes any likelihood the shooter will
be able to stabilize the muzzle on the
target and cause discharge with no effect.
Once the symptoms are recognized,
its a simple process to cure the shooter.
They need to understand exactly what the
rearm sounds like in their hand at the
moment of discharge. This can be done
using a very simple drill requiring only
the normal shooting and safety equip-
ment, and a good backstop. Without
SELF-PRESERVATION
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close their eyes to enhance the process,
provided the instructor is there to mon-
itor muzzle direction. Let the shooter
shoot enough to understand what the
rearm sounds like and to know that the
sound is of no threat and in fact when
they hear that specic sound, it is a posi-
tive event for them. This drill usually
takes no more than 10 to 12 shots on
average. Ive seen it take more and Ive
seen it take less; let the shooter decide
when enough is enough. Through con-
scious recognition, the subconscious is
programmed that the sound made by the
rearm is no longer a cause for alarm.
Periodic reinforcement will help, but
once the initial exposure is complete, the
majority of the work is done.
Eyes Wide Shut
The amount of movement in the
rearm during recoil is unknown to many
shooters because their eyes are shut
during discharge. Movement applied to
the rearm to prevent it from encroaching
into the shooters space during recoil is
also a factor. The likelihood of the
muzzle being pointed at the target when
the bullet exits is slim in either case.
Another simple drill requiring the
same safety gear along with a good back-
stop can condition the subconscious to
no longer react to the movement of the
rearm during recoil. Have the shooter
assume a normal shooting position with
the loaded rearm pointed into the back-
stop. Next, have the shooter move his
head to the side in order to clearly see the
muzzle and the side of the rearm when
discharge occurs. After firing several
shots to determine the actual range of
movement during discharge, have them
reposition their head to the other side and
repeat the drill. The nal shots are red
with the head and eyes directly behind
the firearm with the eyes focused on
something closer to their face than the
sights. The conscious mind is clouded
with too much information, and once the
shooter realizes the minimal movement
of the firearm versus the perceived
movement, itll be easier to overcome
the temptation of actively resisting the
rearms movement at discharge.
That Was Simple
Controlling the Self-Preservation
Response is a simple matter once the
core reasons for the involuntary move-
ment are understood. Simple self-checks
should accompany each shooting session
to verify that errant muzzle movement is
not allowed to affect its relationship to
the target. Being aware of the blast sig-
nature during discharge tells the shooter
their attention was where it should have
been for precision shot delivery. Noticing
spent shells or cartridge cases in the ejec-
tion process of autoloaders gives similar
input. Watching the smooth rise and fall
of the muzzle in relation to the target is
another visual indicator that verifies
good shooting techniques.
The bottom line is that shooting is
simple. All that has to be done to hit the
target is to stabilize the muzzle on the
target and cause discharge with no
change in that stability. With this, the
objective of shooting hitting
will be accomplished.
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going into great detail, the drill follows
the normal guidelines of Muzzle Man-
agement and Trigger Finger Discipline.
Have the shooter load, point the
muzzle at the backstop from a normally
used shooting position, and discharge
the rearm while concentrating only on
the sound at discharge. The shooter may
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Why not just shoot? The bad guys
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were lucky they werent killed.
With LVNR, control is quickly
accomplished. Ive taken the training
many times and Ive certified instruc-
tors in the technique. Whether or not
its appropriate for you or your agency
is a matter to be taken up by you.
Just dont let the media con-
trol your mechanisms of control.
of the neck. That, with repeated warn-
ings, often stops the battle in place. If
hes a knot-head, Level III can cause
some sleepiness within 4-7 seconds.
Reading an article is not training in
the LVNR System, which has been in
use in Kansas City since 1970. Training
is essential, dont just do it on the basis
of the pictures and words in a magazine.
You have to take care of prisoners in
your custody and the LVNR System has
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a protocol for post-application care. This,
along with the neck brace, the varying
levels of force and reporting and certi-
cation requirements make the LVNR the
only street-worthy, court-proven tech-
nique of neck restraint out there.
Quick Takedown
LVNR is quick to stop fights. Get-
ting a struggle over fast is critical to
preventing injury to officers, suspects
and others in the area of the ght. It can
be applied at Levels I and II at the
active-resistance level in force charts.
Its been used in place of deadly
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My exact words to the department
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again and have ever since. I think
there are two or three of us, all old
timers. One of the guys is retired from
another agency and started working
fornus a few years back, the other is
also an old revolver man.
I wouldnt give up my wheel gun for
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ability to disseminate the training and
policies throughout your agency.
Choose Wisely
In choosing a training program, go
with an organization with a proven track
record for working within the system and
a familiarity with customizing training to
meet the specific needs of the law
enforcement community. Credentials are
everything. Picking the local kung fu
expert to give defensive tactics training
with regards to knives will just not cut it
in the courtroom, especially in front of a
sharp defense attorney. (Note the cute
knife references.)
Your agency should create the docu-
mentation necessary to give boilerplate
coverage for all possible scenarios. This
is where the attorneys and administrators
get together and head shed all of the
scenarios youre likely to encounter. It
may require some time and effort on
their part but fortunately there are now
several police agencies that have imple-
mented these policies, and they are more
than willing to share their documents to
be used as a modiable base model to
suit your particular needs.
Standards
Its imperative agencies standardize
and issue knives. The old attitude of
carry whatever you want will
absolutely be destroyed in court. In
order to provide proper liability cov-
erage, your agency should follow these
guidelines: Foremost, the knife must be
able to do the tasks required by the
officer and the job. The knife should
pass the basic safety requirements for
any gear issued by your department.
Pick a brand or company with a proven
track record for your environment.
Issuing a standard knife will ensure
that, under the microscope, your
department will have shown due dili-
gence and the effort to provide proper
equipment, and therefore safety, to both
ofcers and the general public.
The knife you choose to issue must
have the appearance and function of a
safety tool when presented as evi-
dence in a court.
The issue knife shouldnt look like a
weapon or present itself before a jury
as having an offensive nature or
appearance. There are a number of
models available with a definite
rescue-tool flavor and appearance,
and you should always think in terms
of, How will this knife look in front of
12 little old ladies? Even the name
becomes an important factor in this
case. The bottom line though, is the
knife still has to be able to do the job,
especially in a potential life
or death emergency.
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decided action with fairly predictable
results. Getting them to raise their hands
is a helpful byproduct, of course. They
make excellent contact points for a sub-
sequent takedown, if required.
I firmly and adamantly believe that
if an officer can degrade the subjects
vision at the appropriate time, and at
the same time get them to react in a
manner in which they will show their
hands, this is fantastic trend. Nobody
Im aware of is advocating that cops
randomly shine their spotlights at vehi-
cles or into motorists eyes in traffic.
Nobody Im aware of in the training
community is advocating starting every
encounter with citizens by shining a
bright light in their face.
It should be done in context of a calm
officer with proper decision-making
skills attempting to improve his situa-
tional awareness when the circumstances
warrant it. I can cite many practical, on-
the-street encounters where the incident
was resolved quickly and without any
injury as a direct result of employing this
approach. Without the light, it can easily
be argued, the situation might have
resolved itself quite differently.
Empty hands mean, for the moment,
that individual cannot immediately kill
me if the relative distance supports that.
This should generate better decisions,
not poor ones.
Reducing Litigation
In fact, the use of HITPFs will actu-
ally bring down the required level of
force and reduce civil litigation overall.
I can cite a police ofcer that put this to
the test. He was one of the leading of-
cers in his department in terms of
writing use-of-force reports. He was
always in the soup. He obtained a very
bright light and in the subsequent
months, he did not write one not one
use-of-force report. Any time he
encountered a situation he believed was
going to escalate, he put 500 lumens of
light into that persons pupils. Take a
seat youre done.
Police flashlights are not a force
option unless they are used as a striking
instrument; they are more correctly
characterized as a force multiplier. They
can enhance every aspect of the force
continuum when properly applied.
I think anyone arguing against this
clearly does not understand the actual
trends or physical realities of the situa-
tion. Like any other tool at the ofcers
disposal, you cannot guarantee a spe-
cific result. Again, any reasonable
person with practical experi-
ence should understand this.
More Info: www.fbi.gov/publications/leb/
2005/nov2005/nov2005leb.htm#page10
TOO MUCH LIGHT
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concealable semi-auto rie. Expect it to
have been modified to fire full-auto.
Shootings are carried out by terrorists on
foot and in vehicles. There are three sub-
categories of shootings: where escape is
intended, where escape is unlikely and
where escape isnt even contemplated.
Post On The Bulletin Board
In order to carry out an attack
with M16s, terrorists will
disguise themselves as law
enforcement and National Guard.
When it is clear from the circum-
stances of the shooting attack that the
terrorists could not have a reasonable
expect at i on of escapi ng, or t he
shooters evidence no desire to escape,
you must consider them to be wearing
an explosive garment.
Terrorists ambush First Responders.
Think before you go blindly tear-assing
off towards the sound of the gunre.
Bombings
In the simplest terms, a bomb consists
of explosives conned in a container, set
off by a detonator. Today, detonation is
high-tech and wireless. From anywhere
in the world, a phone call to the bombs
cellular telephone phone trigger is all it
takes. The more powerful the explosive,
the more devastating the fiery blast
blowing you apart and incinerating you.
That blast sends out a physical shock
wave, a concussion that turns internal
organs into mush literally. But terror-
ists are not satised using a mere blast,
fire and concussion to kill and maim.
They incorporate shrapnel in their bombs
deliberately making them antipersonnel.
Exploding Objects
Most oft en, common i t ems are
used to conceal and transport bombs.
Bombs are hidden inside food pack-
ages, electronic devices, household
appliances, briefcases, handbags,
book bags, suitcases, backpacks and
duffel bags.
Multiple Element Attack
More often than not, a team carries
out an at t ack. They empl oy bot h
firearms and explosives. One homi-
cide bomber s detonation may be
designed to drive the panicked crowd
into the kill-zones team members.
And never forget terrorists like to
have a Second Wave. Expect the
terrorists to execute a second attack at
the sight of an attack just perpetrated,
when the crowd of onlookers gathered
is greatest and most First
Responders have arrived.
REALITY OF TERRORISM
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Camelbak has been producing terrific hydration products for years.
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Demon was specifically designed for law enforcement to have the ability
to deploy an equipment pack with hydration capabilities that was sort of
incognito kind of the innocuous citizen look. But in this case, the
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you there to do protect us. Stop
bickering like two old spinsters and
protect our borders, stay out of mili-
tary decisions in Iraq and get serious
about winning over there. Who gives a
crap about what France, Germany and
The Hague think? Show me a war
theyve won in the last hundred years.
Let the military build a fence around
the Sunni Triangle and tell the occu-
pants that if they dont stop being mur-
derous assholes, theyre going to die.
Then kill the ones that dont listen. The
ones who are on the fence about
becoming a murderous asshole might
think twice about picking up that RPG.
Stop trying to impress each other with
your prowess in political one-upman-
ship. Nobody I know thinks its cute.
And prosecute the crap out of anyone
who leaks secret information no matter
what their party afliation. That goes
for the morons in the press too.
We need a new political party in
America. It should be called the Anti-
Toro Caca party. To go along with the
donkey and elephant theme, the
symbol should be a bull squatting over
a huge steaming pile of toro caca with
a circle around it and a line through it.
Toro Caca (cont..)
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A COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE LOOK AT THINGS I LIKE
NovDec SEC2 10/4/06 7:08 PM Page 81
American COP aimed directly at leader-
ship and the last time I heard anything
about it, administration and manage-
ment at least attempt to use leadership
techniques from time to time.
I really believe the administrators
and managers want to do a good job
and Im sure most strive to accomplish
that task everyday theyre at work.
Reading American COP can help them
do just that. If you have an indigent
Chief or other manager, buy them a
subscription for Christmas. You can do
it anonymously if you dont want your
buddies to think youre sucking up.
And Ill lighten up on twisting their
tails, pointing out their shortcomings,
poking them in the eye and the negative
comments NOT.
82 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2006
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eve talked about administra-
tors and management folks
taking umbrage to some of the
comments in American COP.
As youve seen in the past my
canned response has been and will
continue to be, Build yourself a bridge
and get over it.
But, like all things in life theres
another side to the story. I recently vio-
lated one of my Internet rules and
went lurking on a forum speci-
cally, Glock-Talk. I was really pleased
with the general acceptance of the
magazine. However, there was one
thread I need to address and that brings
us around to the Administrator / Man-
agement thing again.
Some comments noted an anti-man-
agement tilt to American COP. I can
understand that train of thought, after
all, we do poke them in the eye at times
but can you really say they dont
deserve it? And, we also poke patrol in
the eye too by pointing out some of the
things we do wrong.
But, heres the thing, we think
American COP should be on the
mandatory reading list for all ranking
officers: Lieutenants, Captains,
Majors, Supervising Agents, Agents-
in-Charge, Colonels, Commanders,
Assistant Chiefs, Executive Assistant
Chiefs, Under Sheriffs, Chiefs and
Sheriffs or whatever the upper man-
agement at a law enforcement agency
H
ave you taken a look at the state of politics in
America lately? It screams Toro Caca. It seems the
only things easily passing both houses are pay
raises. These folks, both Republicans and Democ-
rats, epitomize whats wrong with America today. They play
politics with practically everything. I dont want them to
play anymore. I want them to take their damn job seriously.
Hey senators and congressmen, were in a war for our sur-
vival as a nation. Get a clue. Guess what, there are bad people
DAVE DOUGLAS
I NSI DERRUMINATIONS Continues on page 81
out there
bent on our
dest r uct i on.
They have evil
intentions. They even lie
to us about things like poison gas, nuclear weapons, the
range a missile can travel and how much they like us.
On a micro-scale, we understand there are evil people out
there. As cops we see it every day in the eld. Why the hell
INSIDER
RUMINATIONS
might call themselves.
This is not just so we get more sub-
scriptions. That would be nice but its
not my motivation here. Many of our
competitors just send them free to
those folks we wont trust me,
the chief can afford it. But what do
you do with a free magazine? Around
my house they immediately go in the
recycle bin. (I live in California and if
I told you I just throw them away, the
environmental police hazardous viola-
tors team would be fast roping down
from black helicopters serving a
search warrant, no doubt printed on
recycled paper.)
We believe any administrator or
management type worth their salt
would want to know the areas of
interest of their street cops. What do
they think? What are their concerns?
What training do they need? What
equipment do they need? What
solutions do they offer? Can
you imagine how much
easier it would be to do
your job if you knew
what your work force
was thinking?
Lieutenant John
Morrisons Street
Level column and
Dr. Richard DeParis
management articles
are just two examples
of the material in
Toro Caca
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