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the Paul issue. I passed the info on to
Clint and he appreciated the lesson.
Hopefully youll keep reading COP
because as time goes by well keep
pushing the boundaries. Some will
squeal with delight and some with
indignation but as Ive said before, its
my magazine and I put what I think is
appropriate in it. If someone thinks
differently they can read the other
pubs and awaken startled in a puddle
of their own drool or start their own
magazine. I appreciate your support of
what were trying to do. Dave
Clint Smith may know something
about shooting, but he sure as hell
doesnt know much about his Bible.
RETURNFIRE

Paul Wasnt A Wise Guy


This letter is to the attention of
Clint Smith, in regard to his Jan/Feb
edition of Reality Check II. Being a
devout Christian I was delighted to see
reference to a Bible verse in a cop
magazi ne. I cant remember ever
seeing one in a gun or related subject
magazine. I just wish Clint had gotten
his information correct.
Paul was not one of the 12 original
wise guys. Paul was an apostle who
came after the twelve. He was, in his
own words, born out of due time and
never even saw Jesus Christ while he
was here in the esh.
Ed Covington
Ed, thanks for setting us straight on
First, Paul was not one of the original
12, as Clint states. In fact, Paul perse-
cuted Christians and egged on the
stoning of Saint Stephen, the first
martyr. Paul later became an apostle,
not a disciple, (the original 12 were
disciples) after Jesus appeared to him
on the road to Damascus, blinded him
and caused him to convert.
Paul was such an enemy of the
early Church that once he had seen
the light the original Christians were
reluctant to accept him because he
had been so adamantly persecuting
them. If theres any doubt, tell Clint
to read Acts to get an appreciation of
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RETURNFIRE
Also, theres no mention in any of
the Synoptic Gospels (thats Matthew,
Mark, Luke and John for Clints info)
of any of the original 12 as being
wise. On the contrary, they were
portrayed as fallible, prone to error,
and unable to understand exactly who
Christ was and the meaning and pur-
pose of hi s presence. Even Pet er
would deny him three times before
the cock crows, although he swore he
would never do so.
If Clint Smith is going to pick and
choose his Biblical quotes to promote
his philosophy, fine. Romans 12:3 is
excellent, but he needs to get his facts
st rai ght . Yeah, I pi cked t hi s up
because apparently unlike Clint, I
read my Bible daily, not just when it
suits my purpose. If Clint also read
his Bible daily, he wouldnt have
made such egregious mistakes. Oh
yes, I also minored in Theology in
undergraduate university, for what
t hat s wort h. On a posi t i ve not e,
American COP is GREAT! I read
every issue cover to cover.
Best regards
Charlie Cutshaw
Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)
Charlie, thanks for the note but
youre too late. Clint has already been
chastised by another reader
regarding the issue with Paul. I do
have to admit though the other reader
was a great deal more kind in tone
with his rebuke than yours and used it
as a teaching experience for Clint.
Maybe its just because Im a bit
more private with my personal reli-
gion, not as theologically well edu-
cated as some or Im just fooling
myself here as Ive been known to be
fond of doing, but the simple fact is
Clint was trying to make a point about
l i f est yl e and i t s rel at i onshi p t o
shooting and included a Christian ref-
erence. I kind of think it was a nice
thing and something you really would
have to search for a long time to see in
other Law Enforcement magazines.
Thanks for the nice comments
regarding the magazine. We work hard
to make it meaningful for the troops
and to keep our cop sense of humor
up front. Dave
Hartford Courant
To those of us in Connecticut Law
Enforcement and particularly the State
Police, where I spent a 33-year career,
this papers attitude is no surprise.
From the day I started in the State
Patrol, the Courant has never missed a
chance to take a cheap shot at us. Each
morning, when those of us working
days arrived at the Troop, someone
would say, Whats that rag saying
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about us today? Nobody had to ask
which paper it was.
Regarding David Medina, it doesnt
take any balls to sit safely behind a
desk, in a room full of like-minded
people and take pot shots at those folks
who make it safe for him to do so.
Sgt. G.R. Chartier, CSP (Ret)
Im writing regarding the article
about by David Medina (Hartford
Courant ). I t hi nk hi s st at ement
cops will embrace anything that
improves their odds of making it to
those fat retirement pensions without
a scratch could be taken as the truth
but in a positive way. Well no shi_
Mr. Medina, who doesnt want to
make it to their retirement? Im sure
you do.
Any advantage a cop can legally
and morally use to make it home at
the end of the day and ultimately to
retirement is definitely acceptable.
Medina is attacking the Taser. It not
only allows the officer to make it
home safely but also allows the sus-
pect to make it to his destination alive
as well. Why wouldnt the public
want less lethal options available to
the police? The Taser is better at the
end of the day for everyone involved.
I hope the LEAA brings some
reality to light with the editors of this
paper and that they apologize to the
police and the public for their outra-
geous statements. Awesome magazine
and keep it coming!
J. Jacobs
Thanks for the nice words about
the magazine. We try everyday to keep
it meaningful. As for the Hartford
Courant, that commie rag has been a
pimple on the ass of progress appar-
ently since 1764. Its hard to believe
anything can be so full of crap for
such a long period of time. I cant
even tell you what their circulation is
as their moron employees have issues
with the little number buttons on the
phone and f ai l ed repeat edl y t o
transfer my call to anyone with three
brain cells operating in concert.
Wi t h t hat sai d I do bel i eve t he
Hartford Courants opinion and edito-
rial stance will never be influenced by
mere f act s, common
sense or reality. Dave
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C
onyers visions for law enforcement include making
it easier for people to le lawsuits against police of-
cers, and harder for cops to be awarded attorneys
fees when a lawsuit brought against them is dis-
missed. Conyers wants to create a national task force for law
enforcement oversight that will be the judge, jury and execu-
tioner of cops accused of misconduct.
Chairman Conyers animosity isnt just reserved for the
men and women in blue who keep our communities safe,
but for the laws they enforce as well. Conyers has long
been an opponent of the Patriot Act and you can expect
him to hold countless hearings to criticize this vital tool in
the war on terror.
T
he Democrat
takeover of
Congress is
good news
for cop killers
Leonard Peltier
and Mumia Abu
Jamal and bad news
for the men and
women in blue
who put their lives
on the line to keep
our communities
safe. Newly
appointed House Judi-
ciary Chairman John
Conyers is a longtime
supporter of the two
celebrity cop killers.
In his 40-plus years in
Congress, Conyers has made it clear he
doesnt trust cops. According to
Chairman Conyers, police officers reg-
ularly target minorities for harassment
and abuse. In Chairman Conyers
world, when cops arent stopping
minorities for driving while black, theyre
working to rig elections by keeping
minorities from voting. In an interview
about the aftermath
of the 2000 elec-
tions, Conyers
made the ridicu-
lous claim, there
was widespread
intimidation by
police and other
law enforcement
officials on election day in
17 states or more.
C
onyers also opposed HR 218, believing
that arming off-duty and retired cops was
a danger to public safety. In a statement
against HR 218, Conyers suggested that
Congress should not be arming offduty or retired offi-
cers, but rather passing more gun control instead.
Conyers pushed one of the many bigoted anti-cop red
herrings used to oppose HR 218 the notion there are
tons of dirty cops who took a retirement before they
could be investigated. When it comes to cops, Conyers
has no problem profiling and prejudicing
you because of your profession.
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shouldnt be used as ashlights and
ofcers sometimes misuse them.
One instructor had a story about an
ofcer who tucked his gun under his
armpit in order to use the weapon light to
illuminate his ticket book. If you see an
ofcer do this, please go slap the piss
right out of him. It only takes a few bone-
heads to have a valuable tool taken away
from all of us. Each of these instructors
points were valid to some extent. Im
not advocating gun-mounted lights as a
replacement for a powerful ashlight car-
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am saying theyre a tremendous tool and
one a patrol cop shouldnt be without.
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to yourself and workmates. Were all human with the wide range of skill
levels, reexes, attitudes and issues we expect from well, humans. Some
cops hand-to-hand skills, situational awareness and physical strength are so
advanced, therere few scenarios where they would need additional retention
capabilities. At the other end of the spectrum, there are some cops whod be
lucky to clear leather with a spring-loaded launching holster.
B
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with a soft ErgoTek comfort pad below the belt area to cushion your hip. The
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Insight Technologies M3 or M6 lights.
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E
very year over 30,000 assaults
occur against staff in our
nations prisons, jails and juve-
nile justice facilities. Every day
80 staff members are assaulted. In the
past five years 48 correctional offi-
cers have been killed in the line of
duty. During a 20-year career a cor-
rectional officer can expect to be seri-
ously assaulted at least twice. The
last reliable report on the number of
inmates prosecuted revealed only 11
percent of the inmates committing
those assaults were prosecuted; yet
over 20 percent resulted in the need
for medical treatment. How can this
happen? Is a crime committed on our
city streets different than one com-
mitted behind the walls of our
nations correctional facilities? Are
the men and women working in our
prisons and jails fodder for violent
inmate attacks? What can be done
about this shameful disregard for the
safety of the men and women who
patrol some of law enforcements
most dangerous beats?
BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
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ART: USE PHOTO OF GUARD DO A
TREATMENT IN PHOTOSHOP TO MAKE
IT NOT LOOK LIKE THE FREE ART IT IS
AND PLACE THE TARGET IN BACK-
GROUND TO SIGNIFY CORRECTIONS
OFFICERS BEING TARGETS
R
eview the actions of District Attorney Marjorie Fox from Greene County,
Pennsylvania. Acorrectional ofcer was brutally assaulted by an inmate.
When the case came before DAGreene, she refused to prosecute the
inmate. Heres what DAFox said to the ofcer regarding the assault, Under the
circumstances, we do not have the resources to bring a case to trial which will
result in no additional punishment to the defendant. I have, therefore, withdrawn
prosecution in this case.
Because the inmate could only serve one life sentence it would be a waste of
taxpayer dollars to prosecute him. What message does this send to every inmate
serving a life sentence in Greene County? In essence, you have carte blanche to
assault any staff member of your choosing without fear of reprisal. We are
becoming punching bags for an inmate population thats ever more dangerous
and violent.
Many jurisdictions not only refuse to refer staff assaults to the District Attorney
to prosecute; they dont even alert the DAan assault has occurred. It conjures up
the scene from the movie Animal House where a young ROTC Ofcer is standing
among a rampaging out-of-control crowd screaming, All is well, all is well. All
is most certainly not well.
Green County, Pennsylvania
A FORMULA
FOR ACTION
I
f youre assaulted go to the
local police and provide them
with a copy of an incident
report. Some departments
will not allow officers to keep a
copy of any report they write
(thats an issue for another day); if
thats the case file a separate report
with the local PD.
Contact the DAs ofce and for-
ward a copy of the report you led
with the police. Notify both the
Department of Correction and the
police you have contacted the DA.
Contact your State Representa-
STRIKE
BACK
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tive or County Administrator and pro-
vide a copy to them. Although the
administration at the prison may not be
elected to their positions, the DA, State
Representative and County Administra-
tors are and none of them wants to be
viewed as being soft on crime.
Contact the local media and tell
them your story. If you fear discipline
at work, an all too common occurrence
in our prisons today, then contact
American Correctional Ofcer (ACO)
and well call the media for you. They
cant discipline us.
Start a STRIKE BACK program.
Strike Back is a program in conjunc-
tion with your local union, association
or fraternal organization to sue inmates
in civil court and seek to freeze their
accounts and attach any assets they
may have on the streets. Almost every
inmate I ever encountered lives for his
or her canteen or commissary privi-
leges. Strip them of those privileges
and relegate them to eating nothing but
prison food for the length of their
incarceration and you strike a blow for
everyone who works behind those
walls. You might even reduce the
number of assaults where you work.
File a Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request demanding to know
the number and types of assaults
occurring in your jurisdiction over the
past five years.
Hit Em Where I t Hurts
When you STRIKE BACK you hit
them where it hurts and the pain never
goes away. Also when filing these
suits youre alerting the politicians,
department administrators, county
commissioners, local PD and the DA
these issues will be prosecuted in a
public forum. Theyll start to take
notice and prosecute these assaults as
if they had occurred in their own
neighborhood if they want to keep
their jobs.
You might be saying to yourself,
Great idea but how can I sue an
inmate civilly on my salary? ACO has
designed a strategy addressing this
issue. You can call ACO at 1-307-883-
9707 and start a STRIKE BACK pro-
gram where you work.
When we punch that time clock we
dont surrender our constitutional
rights or our legal protections against
personal injury. Youre a citizen of
this great country first and foremost
and those rights and privileges are not
waived when you sign on. As a pro-
fessi on we must
STRIKE BACK!
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BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
T
heres no doubt about it, working
in law enforcement is tough.
Working all hours of the day or
night, nonstop under a myriad of
conditions not only wears us out, its
tough on equipment too. Whether its
your car or portable radio, laptop or
other electronic device, cops are noto-
rious for being rough on equipment.
But, with just a little loving care and
respect, these little electronic lifelines
could save your butt someday. So how
about giving them a break and showing
the gentler side of Police Work.
Y
eah, you might be one of the lucky ones whose depart-
ment spent the big bucks getting so-called military
ruggedized equipment but even it has its limits. For
example, driving 106 mph while holding a 64 oz Big
Gulp lled with your favorite drink, while simultaneously
telling your dispatcher youre nearly on scene may be a skill
youve honed over the years, but dumping it all over your
cars computer isnt a good idea.
While many ruggedized PCs will handle a few ounces of
Starbucks frappa-whatchamalcallit, I suspect when a ood of
carbonated sugars or diet sugars irrigates the rows of keys,
youll only have seconds before your PC is fried.
Whats the best thing to do if you nd yourself in this situa-
I
ts amazing what they can get software to do these days.
And thats the problem, what they get it to do. Were all
experts, especially those who cut your teeth on PCs and
Macs. Guess what, were not and you typically dont
have a clue about how interdependent certain les are to var-
ious applications your employer has installed on the PC.
In the geekish world of software programmers its all about
les called dynamic link library or (DLLs). Theyre a collec-
tion of small programs needed to run bigger applications. They
communicate with a specic device such as a printer or maybe
a device or code to do particular functions. When you start
messing around in your PC by adding, deleting and modifying
les or applications, you can potentially wreck delicate soft-
ware functionality without even knowing it. Most departments
have rules about this. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned
employees interpret them more like guidelines and believe
they know more about their computers then their bosses.
My suggestion, follow the rules. Dont add or remove
any software without testing whats going to be impacted
by your little change. Hundreds of man-hours are wasted
every year xing little experiments. Important documents
are lost, sometimes forever, on well intentioned acts that
ultimately lead to data disaster.
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Power Problems
F
inally, know the limits of your power. Weve all heard
of spikes in power. Theres no doubt lightening and
electronics dont mingle well. But power sags do just as
much damage to delicate computer components; they
just dont do it as fast. Power sags involve voltages 80 to 85
percent below normal for short periods of time (one or more
cycles). Possible causes are equipment being turned on, elec-
trical motors being started, and the switching of power mains.
Examples are powering a computer on the same circuit as a
large laser printer or copying machine. Apower sag can have
effects similar to those of a power surge, such as memory loss,
data errors, ickering lights and equipment shutoff. In fact,
over time power sags, where good clean 110 volt AC is not
available, end the life of an innocent computer.
So treat your electronics with some love and respect, just
like youd give to your Mom. Sure its not going to make you
dinner next time youre over for that holiday meal, but it could
just give you the info youre searching for to
get another lowlife off the street.
Things NOT To Do
Software Suicide
The cop
was okay
but the
laptop didnt
make it.
"LAPTOP IN HERE"
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tion? First, power off the PC, if you know how, remove the bat-
tery and leave it turned off. This PC requires immediate service.
Just letting them dry out can save many PCs. Theres very little
DC voltage running in the circuits so most components can sur-
vive if theyre dried out before energy is re-introduced.
Computers, like teenagers, can be frustrating to the point of
exasperation. And although you might want to use force
maybe your collapsible baton on your computer, its typi-
cally not covered under the manufacturers warranty. Believe it
or not Ive seen a few patrol car laptops where the display
screens have come back in with an odd spiderweb star damage
on them. Youve seen this type of damage before, but its usu-
ally associated with car crashes and those who choose not to
wear their seatbelt. Well, using force on electronics is just a bad
and expensive idea. Nearly 50 percent of a laptops cost is in
the display. Where pounding on older devices those made in
the 40s and 50s might have worked for your parents, solid-
state electronics are rarely affected positively. In fact unneces-
sary shock or violent vibrations kill more PCs or at least their
hard drives than any other cause.
TECH DANGERS
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G
o home safe at the end of
your shift. Use every modern
convenience to help be as
safe as possible while youre working.
But, dont let the technology distract
you from being safe. If youre a
member of the Typing With Your
Right Hand Club, watch out for that
kid or that parked car that just
may jump in front of you. *
Where Am I?
T
he computer in the car has made doing the job easier. We can run plates
and people, and some programs produce a photo from DMV to help
street cops verify Joe Smith (common spelling) is truly Mr. Smith. Oh,
and dont forget various map programs ranging from GPS to very
detailed maps of huge apartment complexes. All these tools make a dangerous
job a little safer.
Most street cops appreciate the computer because it allows them to stay in
the field and write paper. One of my first FTOs told me about when he had to
handwrite his reports, in pen no less, and stupid fluid (Whiteout) wasnt
allowed. No spellcheck! Bad spelling combined with doctor-like handwriting
would have been big trouble for me.
Remember
rule #1
Killer CAD
F
or the most part technology has
improved ofcer safety. Weve
come a long way from the days
of patrol cops carrying pockets
full of dimes. My editor recalls
standing inspection prior to shift and
holding a roll of dimes in his hand for
his sergeant to see. Payphone calls
were once 10 cents and cell phones
were only on Star Trek.
Today the advancements in handheld
radios working off numerous repeaters,
enable us to talk across the entire
county. The introduction of the com-
puter automated dispatch system (CAD)
has completely changed how the job is
done. The CAD isnt brand-new tech-
nology, but with the current improve-
ments, the basic patrol car CAD can
now do the job that used to take an
entire dispatch center to accomplish.
The Downside
W
ith all of the good come problems that can
adversely impact your safety. Its zero dark thirty
on a very dark graveyard shift. Youre driving
down a road youve traveled about a million
times. You look down and to your right to check a recent
message on your computer screen. You are in the process of
typing back with your right hand (I know this is a big no-no
since every department policy mandates you pull over to read
or use your computer) when a parked car magically material-
izes in front of your patrol car. You can ll in the ending with
any number of possible endings ranging from a TC that will
be your fault, to you crapping your pants over the near miss.
If you are saying, never happened to me, youre either
a very responsible ofcer who follows every department
policy to the letter, or your time is coming.
Unfortunately, the CAD can put us in an unsafe posi-
tion. For the most part we like to hide in dark areas
where we can back in and be covered from anyone
approaching us while our head is down focusing on
typing. Id call this tactical positioning of the car, a
good ofcer safety tactic. The problem arises when
were clearing calls or doing something else with the
computer on the y, and havent positioned ourselves
in a safe or defensible position.
Focusing on lling out a computer log or adding com-
ments to the call might have disastrous results. Luckily,
its usually just someone with a question that causes us to
jump out of our seat. The problem would be when its an
ambush we could have prevented had we been fully
attentive to our surroundings.
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M
any of us take those well-designed safety
devices for granted. Although theyre very
important and can even save lives, those
damn airbags get a bad rap. They come
out too fast, they burn people, they cause whiplash,
its amazing how many excuses we can come up
with even when statistics show airbags are benefi-
cial in preventing injuries and saving lives.
Seatbelts, the most controversial safety feature,
speak for themselves especially in the LE Commu-
nity. We find all kinds of reasons not to wear them
from I cant deploy from the vehicle quickly
enough and I cant draw my weapon to theyre
just plain uncomfortable. My point is even
though these devices were carefully engineered
and statistically proven to help us, we can come up
with several half-cocked reasons to count them
out. However, the poor headrest, although very
important, does not even rank. No one ever has to
come up with an excuse to not use them because
most drivers dont even know they exist.
THE MOST
NEGLECTED
SAFETY
FEATURE
H
ow many of you jump in your
duty vehicle and adjust the
headrest? In fact most of us use
the headrest as a pillow to put our head
on while in trafc not good. Why is
it the most neglected safety feature in
any vehicle? What do they do for us,
and how do we set them up?
Since headrests dont get much media
coverage and there are no real big national
campaigns representing them, they go
unnoticed. That is until were in a rear end
crash. Getting hit from behind is never
enjoyable since the force of our vehicle is
being pushed forward so abruptly we nd
the back of our head meeting the headrest
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
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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.
Think about it
INJURY
REDUCTION
instantaneously. Theres an enormous
amount of force generated even in a low
speed crash. Once this force is applied,
the occupants inside the vehicle cannot
possibly have any physical directional
control, theyre now governed by physics.
In a frontal crash, the vehicle stops at
some point as the occupants continue for-
ward and once colliding with the next
hard object, they come to rest as their
internal organs smash against their outer
shell and then get propelled backward into
the seat and headrest. The occupants
nally come to rest in the fourth and nal
crash providing the car has stopped and
there isnt a secondary impact.
H
eadrests greatly reduce
neck and head injuries,
absorbing some impact
energy, and help catch
your head as it comes to rest in the
cushion. Headrests can be very
helpful in preventing injury, how-
ever most people dont know how
to adjust them or dont take the
time to actually check their posi-
tion. NHTSA recommends posi-
tioning the headrest ideally 2" or
less from the rear of the occu-
Center of the ear is
aligned with the
approximate center
of the headrest.
The back of the
head should be
between 2" to 3"
from the headrest.
2" 3"
Approximate Center of the Headrest
This is an incorrect
use of the headrest
as it obstructs vision
of the roadway as
well as the airway.
CORRECT
CORRECT
NOT CORRECT
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pants head and never more than
4". When adjusting the height
they recommend adjusting the
bulk of the headrest directly
behind the occupants head
approximately at ear level. In the
event of whiplash, the headrest
should contact your head first
not the neck.
The neck is vulnerable in an
automobile accident since its
flexible and connected to a top-
heavy object your head. Acci-
dents result in many neck injuries,
especially in a rear end crash.
Hyperextension, a backward
motion that stretches the neck
beyond normal limits, or hyper-
flexion, a forward motion of the
neck beyond normal, limits may
result. Most injuries affect the
muscle and ligaments. Extreme
crashes can cause fractures or dis-
locations and may damage the
spinal cord and result in paralysis.
Not If When
Designers are making great
strides in headrest technology.
However, until every vehicle auto-
matically adjusts itself to the
person sitting in the seat well have
to take the responsibility to adjust
the headrest ourselves. Remember
that the next time you get into your
vehicle it may just may be the
night the big chase happens and
maybe you will be rushing to the
call when your vehicle hits an ice
patch. The truth of the matter is in
our line of work its not if its
when you will crash. I just hope
you took the time to set your seat
position, put your safety belt on
and position your
headrest correctly.
Headrests can bevery
helpful inpreventing
injury, however most
people dont know
how to adjust themor
dont take the time to
actually check
their position.
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PRIVATESECURITY
A
savvy captain I worked for in San Diego gave me what amounted to
sage counsel, and Ive attempted, occasionally successfully, to use it as
a manager in the private sector: We (San Diego Police) promote
people for their judgment. We can teach them the job later, if we have
to, but you cant teach judgment. The ability to make reasoned judgments is
arguably a learned quality, however if there is no innate, recognizable quality in
a person that convinces a hiring authority he or she is capable of rational,
defensible judgments, what else should you teach them? Why would you?
Corporate America is no different from Police America in that those who
succeed often display the ability to make correct that is to say, legally and
ethically defensible decisions. Sure, some prosper without any advantage in
the areas of logic or ethics; no corporate human resource department or munic-
ipal interview panel can succeed in promoting only the most qualied.
ED PALUMBO
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
I
ts a curious feature of corporate
security promotion processes that
those charged with placing new
talent will say they favor non-LE
backgrounds, or more specically, non-
municipal police backgrounds.
Meaning theyre predisposed towards
either federal-level LE types or persons
with non-traditional resumes. Oddly
then, among the more successful corpo-
rate or private security practitioners
Ive come to know, most have a decid-
edly LE foundation. Some, stranger
Backgrounds
CORPORATE
MALFEASANCE
AND JUDGMENT
O
ver the past several months Ive received a number of invita-
tions for educational conferences that purportedly would
enlighten me about risk avoidance, specically how not to
conduct a corporate investigation. The main thrust of these
forums is to aside from creating revenue for the conference owners,
of course enable private sector security professionals to acquire
skills necessary to prevent ruinous investigative scenarios based on
illegal actions, unethical behavior, stupid decisions (including those
by the lawyers guiding your case progress) or, at the least, help us
avoid questionable actions resulting in harm to a companys reputa-
tion, brand or P&L sheet. (The fact that I manage a global security
program for Hewlett-Packard, the focus of stupendous
media and political coverage of late, simply
adds a dark humor to the invita-
tions. Would they allow me
to present, I wonder?)
Essentially what
theyre selling is pre-pack-
aged common sense but,
in all fairness, Ive yet to
attend. It isnt that I cant
learn something I cer-
tainly can, and should
not to mention rational
thought is an asset you
cant have too much of,
but if my skill sets dont
already include an enor-
mous cache of common
sense I probably
shouldnt have this job.
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still, were actually working police at
some point. How startling for some that
strong judgment and ethics could be
identied among (former) beat cops.
Corporate or private sector security
oversight in investigations or guard
force operations is not unlike supervi-
sion of detectives or patrol cops for a
public law enforcement agency,
grounded in the bedrock of common
human sense and sensitivity. Ulti-
mately, if a corporate manager is hard-
pressed for immediate results in a
matter of paramount urgency, and only
slightly diverges from previously held
concepts of right and wrong, ethical
and unethical, he may already be lost.
If you think its wrong to do a certain
thing and you submit without protest,
how is that different from effecting a
knowingly false arrest under pressure
from a supervisor, whose aims may or
may not be lofty? In effect theyre not
different, and the offender, whether
corporate investigator or police
officer, will eventually be damned by
their superiors and sacrificed on the
nearest altar of convenience.
Judgment
My boss told me to do it has a
self-defeating, universally disre-
spected connotation and probably will
not be a good defense. But, Im nei-
ther a lawyer nor a defendant in these
highly publicized cases, so pressures
casually referenced by me and loud
voices from the fourth estate that
know even less about investigations
were not personally felt, so who am I
to criticize anyone?
Judgment is a human characteristic
that can easily transcend borders, even
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police officer, will eventu-
ally be damned by their
superiors and sacrificed
on the nearest altar
of convenience.
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A
n experienced
person can pick any
lock with enough
time. While picking
is a consideration youre
far more likely to run
into the professional
criminal who keeps
handcuff keys hidden
on their person.
How do you keep a
bad guy from picking,
shimming, or defeating
handcuffs with hidden
keys? Its simple. Follow the
rules you were given way back in
the academy. Always monitor hand-
cuffed prisoners. You should be
doing that anyway, but we all know
its easy to get complacent, especially
when your last 50 morons were all
cooperative. Its always number 51
thatll be the one who slips his cuffs
and tries to kill you.
As for accessories, ASP offers
handcuff pouches and a wide assort-
ment of keys. The cuff pouch I
picked up with my hinged set has a
hidden Velcro ap underneath that
holds a spare cuff key.
Thats never a bad idea.
H
ow often do you purchase handcuffs? Rarely, right?
When I was a young, gung ho cadet I bought my rst
pair a new set of Peerless hinged handcuffs. They
werent cheap, but Ive carried them for the better
part of 15 years now and I have a set of Peerless
chain-link cuffs for off duty or plainclothes.
HARDTOOLS
ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JOB.
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H
ow many of you were taught in Hand-
cufng 101 to put the locks up everyone,
right? Sounds good isnt easy when youre
sitting on a guy in a dark parking lot while your
partner hooks him up. You dont care about the locks
being up or down, you just want to get the bracelets on
however you can.
Its not until you get them to jail and try to take the cuffs off
that you discover the lock holes are down. You end up doing
that bend the prisoner over so I can nd the little hole dance.
The ASP handcuffs have eliminated the problem by putting
lock holes on both sides.
ASP also put the double-lock mechanism on the side of
the frame and again accessible from both sides. The double-
lock bar is yellow. If you see it, the cuffs are single-locked,
when you cant theyre double-locked. Another nice feature
about the double-locking mechanism is unlike the old style
cuffs, you dont need to turn your key left then right or right
then left to release the double-lock. With the ASP handcuffs
one key turn releases both locks.
A
SP cuffs stand as they have a polymer molding over the stainless steel frame.
Standard colors are black and yellow, though custom colors are offered for
agency purchase. You can get blaze orange or even bright pink bracelets for your
prisoners. More than simple aesthetics, in a corrections setting, prisoners with a
violent history can be color-coded with bright day glow restraints.
ASP cuffs are offered in chain-link, dual-hinged and rigid models. The chain and
hinge are pretty standard. The rigid cuffs actually fold up for carry like the hinged
models but when opened they lock in place. Theyll only fold when unlocked. Natu-
rally, the rigid cuffs offer a greater degree of control over the suspect once theyre on.
Handcuffs, like any tool with moving parts, can wear out. The ASP restraints
have another benet in that they have replaceable locksets. The bow, frame and
chain or hinge on your cuffs will likely last your entire career; its the moving parts
that are subject to wear and tear. Rather than just pitching the set, ASP allows you
to install a new lock set making them good as new. For large departments and cor-
rectional institutions this is a big-time savings.
Moron
Number 51
When I spotted the new ASP handcuffs at a recent trade
show my rst thought was they simply put colored molding
on a standard set of restraints I was wrong. The
folks at ASP have put some genuine thought into
the handcuff something rarely done lately.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, ASP has
made their new restraints user friendly for the
guys that will actually be out there hooking
people up. The rst big Why didnt I think
of that? is the double-sided lock.
HANDCUFFING 101
Those Cuffs Clash With Your Jumpsuit
COLOR CODED
#**HOLES
AND MORE
PAUL MARKEL
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O
n a sunny day in Omaha, Nebraska, two teenage
wannabe-carjackers learned a valuable lesson by
making a serious mistake. They confused old
with easy.
Earnest Coleman, 68, was sitting in his car outside a
grocery store waiting for a friend when Dipstick #1 yanked
open the passenger door, leaped in waving a big pistol, and
demanded Colemans money and keys. The poor, frail
older gentleman responded by grabbing the scumbags gun
in one big fist and then jackhammering his head with
blows from the other.
When Dipstick #2 saw his accomplice being beaten like
I
n Englands Wimbledon
Magistrates Court,
Andrew Curzon was
charged with trying to
fraudulently cash a
neighbors check in the
amount of about
$220,000 USD. Faced
with a ton of hard evi-
dence against him and a
solid prosecution, he
resorted to a dyspraxia
defense. Dyspraxia is a
mental condition that
renders the victim unable
to engage in or under-
stand logical thought; you
know, like actions and
consequences. Therefore,
he argued, he did not pos-
sess the rational judgment
necessary to knowingly
commit the crime.
Curzon is a law student.
Apparently, an inability to
engage in logical thought is not a
bar to bein a barrister in England.
Knowing a little about their legal
system, we believe it but were
not smug. If he was in the U.S. he
could get a seat on the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals but that might
actually improve their decisions.
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.
WHEN JUSTICE IS BOTH
STREET AND SWEET
I
ts Liar, liar, pants on re. Of-
cers in Orlando, Florida got a lot
of help from citizen witnesses
when they responded to a down-
town bank robbery. Within a
minute of the suspect eeing the
scene, dispatch began receiving
calls about a man in the area,
moving away from the bank,
looking as though he was in great
pain, and, oh, yeah there were
clouds of smoke coming out of the
smoldering crotch of his pants.
Patrol ofcers quickly picked out
Kenneth Ray Brooks, 42, who ini-
tially denied having anything to do
with the robbery. Since his aming
pants were still smokin and his
hands and crotch were bright red,
that story didnt hold up for very
long. Besides, Brooks nally
admitted he was in serious need of
emergency medical care. Of course,
he had stuffed the loot from the bank
down his pants, and the dye pack
exploded as he ran away. Brooks
was treated for burns of his personal
parts, smoke inhalation and groin
impact injuries from trying
to beat out the re. *
Theres An Old
Saying That
Covers This
a Jamaican steel drum, he ran up and started sockin Ernie
through the drivers window a bad move. Without giving
up his grasp of the gun, Ernie caught the kids arm in an
iron grip, pulled him through the window and into the car,
stacked him up against his scumbag buddy, and commenced
beating the snot outta both of em! Dont ya just love it?
After a serious session of gettin thumped like tubs of
butter, the two nally wriggled out onto the road and ed,
leaving their pistol, their pride, and their plans for a life of
crime behind em in Ernies car. Columbus police are
checking out surveillance camera video to try to identify the
pair and probably laughing a lot as they watch the footage.
This Explains A Lot
About Lawyers
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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
f youre like most of us, you made your bones in this business by catching
people doing something wrong. You developed a fault-finding mindset,
and it served you well as an officer. Then you made sergeant, and you
learned viewing your troops through those fault-finding criminal-catching
eyes isnt a very effective supervisory technique. In fact, you had to re-orient
yourself to catching your people doing something right and then making sure
they got recognized for it. And, you learned to defend them from undue and
unjustified criticism.
Saddled or blessed with the responsibility to both discipline and commend
their troops, supervisors wind up walking a weird tightrope of conicting emo-
tions. You dont want to criticize your troops unless its over something concrete
and quantiable, directly related to performance or productivity. But danger-
ously very dangerously you tend to overlook little nuances of behavior
and mannerisms that piss you off about otherwise satisfactory ofcers. If left
untreated, this malignant condition can poison a sergeants attitude toward one
or more cops on his squad. The subject himself picks up on this, and knows the
boss aint completely happy with him, but he doesnt know why or how to x
it. The well is poisoned, and everybody suffers. It doesnt have to be that way.
You need to tell your troops what pisses you off and give them a chance
to correct the condition. Heres a typical Top Ten:
GIVING THE BARE MINIMUM
Sliding into squad conference at the last possible second; on time but just barely,
still buttoning his shirt, grinnin like a fool, tapping his watch and smirking to his bud-
dies. The same guy will often blast out the back door of the station the second the shift
is over, because hes Not giving the department a second more than they pay me for!
Listen, I want you to come in and go home on time, but this juvenile attitude pisses me
off! Its not about the departments requirements, its about professional conduct.
IF THEY WANTED ME TO HAVE IT
There are officers who never seek out available training, and never go to outside
training on their own ticket. Their attitude is, If the department wanted me to have
it, theyd send me. The same guys steadfastly refuse to buy improved and upgraded
gear like weapons, lights, holsters and extra cuffs, because If they dont issue it to
me, I aint buyin it. To me this is the indelible mark of a poseur, an amateur not a
real cop. Want to be treated like a professional? Act like one. Invest in yourself.
PLAYING POCKET POOL
Whether dealing with scumbag suspects, chatting with the corner grocer or kickin
it with the kids outside the youth center, standing around with your hands jammed in
your pockets is not just an open invitation to get yourself clocked and dropped; it
delivers the clear message that you aint ready for nothin, as opposed to centered,
balanced and ready for anything. Its unsafe, unprofessional and it pisses me off!
SYMPHONY IN G-FLAT DOOFUS
Cops should not sound like ceremonial Hopi dancers, complete with wrist-rattles
and ankle-bells. For Petes sake, silence that 53-piece key & whistle collection and toss
the tinkling loose change in your gear-bag, okay? You sound like an ancient shopping
cart full of silverware rolling on gravel. The tune I hear is Send in the Clowns.
HERE I AM KILL ME NOW
If you dont need the light, keep your flashlight off! Dont stand in your head-
lights, or under bright overheads! You know what really scares crooks? A cop whos
comfortable in the dark.
WELL ON SICK LEAVE SICK ON DUTY
Plan your needs and ask me for time off with advance notice Ill try to
accommodate. Do not insult me or jeopardize others by last-minute abuse of sick
leave. And do not come to work contagious or so far under the weather that
youre a hazard. Im not your mommy dont make me send you home.
ITS JUST BAY RUM AFTERSHAVE, BOSS
I drink, you drink, lots of cops drink, but the minimum rule is, Eight Hours,
Bottle to Throttle, and if I catch the faintest whiff of booze, Ill hammer you
like a cheap nail.
LIFE IN A BLACK-AND-WHITE BUBBLE
Cruising through business and commercial areas with your eyes locked for-
ward and windows rolled up especially when Im ground-fighting one of your
felons on the sidewalk and you roll right past flat pisses me off! Slow down,
look and listen!
A DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS
In the station or out on the streets, when you turn a corner, go through a
door or an elevator opens, be ready to face psychos, grizzlies, escaping pris-
oners, werewolves or me. Warriors dont freeze, gawk or stumble backwards
and fall on their asses. Be prepared, Boy Scout.
NO THANKS, ILL JUST EAT MY GUTS
Finally, if youve got a beef with the department or with me you owe it
to me to talk to me about it. I cant fix what I dont know is broke. Hey, I tell you
what pisses me off, dont I? It works both ways.
Be diplomatic, but direct, and never let an officer have a reason to ask, If
something I do bothers the boss, why doesnt he have the balls to just tell me?
Try this, and smile when you say it: Id paste a gold star on your forehead,
Forbes, but theres this one little thing you do
that just chaps my ass
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Undisclosed Piss-Offs
& Supervisory Poison
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F
rom the beginning, there have always been target
indicators during conict. These indicators are a part
every cops daily routines, whether they realize it or
not. Ofcers cant be in a confrontation without
these indicators being present. Think of them as projections
of yourself, your location or the actions of suspects that may
endanger an ofcers life.
Failure to recognize target indicators and eliminate them
can provide our opponents target opportunities that will get
you killed. On the ip side, if ofcers are smart enough to
realize these indicators exist, they can reduce the negative
effect they might have. If you know what target indicators look
like, they can be used effectively against the very threat the
ofcer is facing. They can be made to work for us if we know
what they are. And indeed, will work against if we dont.
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
SOUND
A
ny sound qualifies here. The cycling of actions, the
shuffling of feet, the rubbing of uniform jackets or
armor against walls during movement, a radio-
breaking squelch or talking, all can contribute to
the problem. All of these sounds project where you are to
the bad guy.
MOVEMENT
H
ow many deer would get killed the rst day of deer
season if they all simply stood still? Not many
would die because most people dont use their eyes
very well. Arriving in a squad car, or walking to the
door, going inside the house, chasing a bad guy down the
alley all require movement, and movement deletes camou-
age whether issued by God or K-Mart.
Your job requires movement, yet that very movement
catches the eyes and draws attention. Try to use available
shadows or darkened areas on your approach. Remember:
Your movement will draw attention to you.
REFLECTION
T
here seems to be a contest in America to see who can
put the most reective tape on a squad car door. I
know we need to be seen, but do we need a neon sign
on the car door? Heres a fun thought, the reective
tape emblem is exactly were I am seated and belted in. The last
two years I lived in Texas I can think of four cops shot and
killed while seated in their cars. Did the reective tape con-
tribute? I cant say so for sure but it sure was a good reference
point to aim at. On top of this add the reection off the backs of
our hands, our faces, our badges and buckles, our glasses and
watches. You get the point. Tone down the reection and shine
as much as possible.
TARGET
INDICATORS
TARGET
INDICATORS
Dont use the radio those
squawks and buzzes are
also great target indicators.
Movement draws the eye.
Ill bet yours went right to
the cop in the picture.
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OUTLINE
O
utline might better be called silhouetting. Im intrigued with the thought
our lights blind suspects as we approach the car. Then again, we may look
like a candidate for an archangel, silhouetted by the headlights of our own
car. Dont stand in front of the opening of the doorways you may move to.
Awindow can outline you whether you are inside or outside the house. Backlit
stairways and hallways arent such hot ideas either.
SMELL
P
eople say: What youre
telling me is Im gonna smell
the bad guy? Well maybe,
then again it might be even
better. Im a SWAT, Narc or uniform
patrol guy entering a house and as I
sneak down the hallway in my demon
of darkness, master of doom, colossal
collision black ninja costume, I get a
good whiff of ether or methane, it
doesnt matter which. Do I really
want to re my gun or toss a Bang
into this environment? Bang,
FLASH BOOM. Rewind the tape
on that thought process. Meth labs
and gunre you be the judge.
Ladies and gentlemen of the law,
ignorance, arrogance or an unwill-
ingness to control target indictors
can lead to the collection of interest
on a potentially lethal loan. Aware-
ness of target indicators may give
you good targeting in a mean world.
Be safe, be careful and
good hunting.
Thanks to Sgt. Luke Campbell and
Sheriff Phil McDonald, Lake
County, Oregon Sheriff s Office for
their support of this project.
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CONTRAST
T
his ones very simple. How
about a dark uniform against
a light-colored building at
night? Think of a hunter
wearing an orange vest in the woods
contrast. Lucky for us the deer
dont hunt back, even for just one
season. I can remember my dad
wearing a white police uniform shirt
40 years ago as he went out the door
to work the night shift. He looked
spiffy, but he was a friggin bullet
magnet. Its not just dark versus light
clothing either, its the contrast
between what youre wearing and the
background. People will shoot you if
they see you, and they see you
because you let them. Dont let em
see you.
What you look like backlit. The bad guy backlit. A much better picture!
Quick, nd the
cop against
the block wall.
Keep contrast
in mind!
Shiny badges
look cool and
are great target
indicators too.
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ROY HUNTI NGTON RESERVES
The Re-Think
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
I
had been away from the eld for about six weeks due to work and family
obligations, so when I put the uniform back on, it felt a bit strange. The squeak
of the leather gunbelt, the weight of the Model 66 on my hip and the routine of
the watch took getting used to again. Which, fortunately, caused me to re-think
my position as a reserve and my ability to cover other ofcers effectively.
I had always admired the seasoned regular ofcers and their ability to handle
often complicated crime scenes, violent encounters and even simple reports with
effortless ease. They just appeared to know what to do, when to do it and how to
do it without seeming to devote any conscious thought to the matter. I often had to
think hard about such things.
As a reserve I could write tickets, take simple reports and even arrest a bad guy
now and again (usually at the direction of a regular ofcer). But even now, after
my 20-odd year career as a full-time cop with San Diego, I can remember on Chula
Vista having to take the time to recall the right procedures, nd the correct report
forms, ask some advice and other things to help me through the tasks at times.
And then it hit me. It wasnt automatic to me. I didnt do it every day like the
regular ofcers did. I didnt practice the moves, talk the talk, drive the drive, walk
the walk every day like the full-timers. It became second-nature to them, the way
an accomplished craftsman works at his bench, making his complicated task look
so easy. I didnt work at the bench every day. I had to re-learn parts of the task on
each new shift.
A RUDE Surprise
increasing levels of
expertise and pro-
fessionalism being
expected out of the
lowly beat cop. The I came on in 1946 generation were
retiring and we new hotshots with stainless steel Model 66s and
side-handle PR-24 batons were beginning to take over. We
used a combination of old-school techniques and modern
thinking two things that didnt always play together well.
Nonetheless, we were breaking new
ground and learning important new things
on every shift. They were busy times.
O
nce I realized this simple fact,
I became a better reserve.
Once I kept the fact I was
rusty in mind when I turned
onto the street out of the station, I
slowed down, looked more carefully,
thought things through more thor-
oughly and asked for advice more
readily. I paid attention to my limita-
tions, watched the regulars more
carefully, stretched my mental mus-
cles more to keep them limber and
generally simply slowed down a bit.
All of which, I might add, trans-
lated nicely when I went full-time
with San Diego. That renewed sense
of caution went a long way toward
keeping me out of real trouble. Taking
the time when I had it to watch
my step some, second guess a bit,
double-think and exercise rusty skills
kept me out of hot water too many
times to count. I think it also saved a
few lives when I didnt shoot even
though the books said I could have.
Remember, unless youre doing
it full-time, youre not up to speed.
Like an athlete, you need to warm-
up before you go full-out. Your
skills, techniques, memory and even
coordination creek and squeek as
you use them. Your commitment as
a reserve is important, your work
valuable and your friendship, cover
and efforts dont go unappreciated.
Just remember to keep your per-
spective when it comes
to your abilities.
Roy is the Editorial Director of
FMG, and the editor of American
Handgunner Magazine.
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I
n the middle 1970s I was a reserve on the Chula Vista,
Calif. PD. Asmall agency of about 35 regular ofcers,
my reserve contingent added about 25 or so to those num-
bers. Being such a small town, the two-ofcer reserve unit
often had beat responsibility, and always handled cover calls,
barking dogs, alarms and sundry other drudge work. We
never minded, its what we were there for.
It was the early days of seriously exploring ofcer safety,
upgrades in equipment, having portable radios to use and
WATCHING YOUR STEP
Crash: The reserve driver of this
police car got distracted by the
radio. Would it have happened if
hed had more experience?
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Bob Davis
A
s a kid I was told you can see better and further in
the dark then any other time. During the day you can
see as far as the sun, but at night countless stars and
galaxies millions of miles further away are visible to
the naked eye. As a young cop working graveyard
shifts I learned seeing in the dark has nothing to do with our
neighboring stars and everything to do with my safety.
My department gave me a D-Cell flashlight and said, go
get em kid, but remember, be safe out
there. I quickly realized my ashlight was
all but useless. I opted for the most pow-
erful handheld flashlight I could find. Its
extreme brightness made it much more
useful than a standard ashlight. Even so,
it had its limits, one being temporary
night blindness to due the intensity.
Over the last several years so-called
night vision or NV equipment, once
considered a secret military technology
for special ops, has made its way into
the hands of everyday consumers; cer-
tainly not the full-blown military ver-
sions, more like industrial NV equip-
ment but capable nonetheless. Id
never suggest using this equipment for
routine stops, but for conducting sur-
veillance during darkness, searching
darkened buildings or unlit open
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Today's Law Enforcement
Environment Makes NV A
Mission-Critical Tool That
Should Be Available To
Every Street Cop Working
After The Sun Goes Down.
Night
Vision
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The Sensor Technology
Systems (STS) AN/PVS-21 low prole
night vision goggle (LPNVG) enables
aggressive night mobility by bringing
the optics closer to the wearers face. I t
enhances depth perception using a
unique "see-through" beam-combineer
system that capitalizes on both inten-
sied and normal (unintensied)
vision. This see-through technology
permits ops from the darkest envi-
ronments to bright light conditions.
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spaces like canyons, night vision gear
can be indispensable for your safety.
Mr. Wizard
What are night vision devices
and how do they work? Night Vision
technology consists of two major
types: image intensification (light
amplification) and thermal infrared
imaging or IR. Light amplifiers work
like the sound amplifier in your home
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stereo. Electrical signals nearly unde-
tectable to humans are passed through
the amplifier and altered into energy
pat t erns. Sound can become l oud
enough to rattle the fillings right out of
your t eet h or t ot al darkness
becomes visible.
Now the science Light amplifi-
cation equipment, using this same
principal of sound, takes light sig-
nals called photons not even visible
to our eyes and converts them into
electrical energy called electrons.
These electrons pass through a thin
disk thats about the size of a quarter
and contains over 10 million chan-
nels. As the electrons travel through
and strike the walls of the channels,
t housands more el ect rons are
released. These multiplied electrons
then bounce off of a phosphor screen
that converts the electrons back into
greatly amplified photons letting you
see an impressive nighttime view
even when its really dark; so dark
its hard, if not impossible, to see
your hand in front of your face.
This intensier tube component is
the workhorse of any night vision
device. Intensier tube performance is a
very important factor when evaluating
and selecting any night vision device.
When conducting your evaluation, be
wary, ask manufacturers for data from
independent testing labs or better yet,
get it yourself. But the very best way to
evaluate a product is a side-by-side com-
parison. These instruments maybe
rugged but theyre also delicate and the
component most easily damaged by
inappropriate use ruggedized or not
is the intensifier. Officers who use
them should be thoroughly trained and
understand the limitations.
One general rule of thumb is never
point a night vision device at a bright
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light source for extended periods of
time. If you do, there is a high likeli-
hood of damaging some very expen-
sive equipment.
Generation Gap
Several generations and designs of
NV equipment from low-end con-
sumer to high-end ruggedized profes-
sional gear exist in todays market-
place. Most are labeled, generation
one through four with GEN 4 offering
the best overall ability to literally see
in near total darkness. One set of gog-
gles I was lucky enough to get my
hands on for testing was Sensor Tech-
nol ogi es Syst em or STSs new
LPNVG or Low Profile Night Vision
Goggles. Although these high-end NV
goggles are certainly not for everyone,
theyd be extremely useful for opera-
tions involving SWAT or other HI-
RISK act i vi t i es i n darkness. STS
offers some unique add-ons with rele-
vant ones such as a heads-up display
where additional information can be
overlaid into your view and wireless
connectivity to other sources of info.
Having real time tactical data, such as
a composi t e vi deo, mappi ng, or
thermal imaging that can be easily
shared could prove to be invaluable.
STS has engineered a unique
miniaturized heads-up display
option for the AN/PVS-21. The
M-HUD can display GPS
information, map overlay or
building schematics while
leaving an unobstructed
forward view. The M-HUD has
320 x 240 resolution; is water-
proof to a minimum of 10
meters and is horizontally and
vertically adjustable.
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The other technology, thermal-
imaging devices, looks at heat,
not visible light. Thats why
most law enforcement agen-
cies using helicopters use this
technology to locate suspects
on the ground at night. Unlike
i mage-i nt ensi fi ers, t heyre
unaffected by smoke or fog or
other weather conditions as they
are not dependant on vi si bl e
light. Instead, they have infrared-
detectors sensitive to the invis-
ible infrared portion of the elec-
tromagnetic spectrum or heat.
The image is typically seen as on
a col or scal e wi t h t he more
expensive units or can be shown
in shades of gray.
Real World Concerns
When considering a purchase
of night vision equipment, youll
need to consider a number of fac-
tors with cost per unit high on the
list. Another should be low profile
technology as with the STS goggles.
Heres why: one of the drawbacks of
all NV devices is dealing with depth
perception and limited field of view.
Imagine yourself looking through a
pair of binoculars while trying to
move up or down some stairs. Sounds
easy but its not. Now add in your con-
stantly moving head and youll find
the device has limited your peripheral
vision. Initially it took me several
minutes to adapt to my new percep-
t i on. I found mysel f bei ng ext ra
careful when as I moved forward and
side-to-side. But at least I wasnt run-
ning into walls with the low profile
goggles. Other designs protrude
anywhere from six to eight inches
off your face leading to problems in
close quarters.
Theres no doubt night vision
equipment is a useful law
enforcement tool under proper
circumstances. But dont let
the Hollywood movies, which
have glamorized the tech-
nology, cloud your judgment.
When used properly night
vision equipment can dra-
matically enhance your
safety, but there are draw-
backs. The biggest is cost.
High quality, ruggedized
equipment will cost thou-
sands of dollars and con-
sumer grade equipment
costs hundreds. The old
saying you get what you
pay for really applies when
youre trying to see in the dark.
Finding the proper balance between
dollars and performance is the mea-
surement each agency or ofcer needs
to determine before
making a selection.
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STS offers helmet
and helmet-less
mounting accessories
specically designed
for use with the AN/PVS-
21 LPNVG, ensuring optimum
system performance under the
most trying conditions. Options
include permanent or remov-
able helmet adapter
plates; quick detachable
xed or stowable
mounts; and head
harnesses for
helmet-less
operation.
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ever The Twain Shall Meet? Kipling, the soldiers poet
prophetically penned the famous East is East and West is
West line, succinctly noting the frustrations frequently
involved in merging the two disparate cultures. His cres-
cent versus cross declaration has stubbornly stood the test of time, but
there have been mutually benecial exceptions and the American gun
industry is about to experience one.
ArmaLites Foreign Nuptials
ArmaLite, well known for its implements of freedom, such as
their superb M16 platform ries, is importing a SIG P210 and CZ-
75 inspired semiautomatic pistol manufactured to their speci-
cations from one of the oldest privately owned rearms com-
panies in Europe and the Middle East. Founded in 1880,
Sarsilmaz, a Turkish national defense asset, and
ArmaLite have formed a partnership. The Istanbul
firm represents ArmaLite in its dealings with the
Turkish military for their AR rie and will eventu-
ally produce these guns under license.
Best known for its line of in-house and ne
Bernadelli shotguns, Sarsilmaz, whose
roughly translated family name means,
unshakable or steadfast, has also
been producing fine, semi-
hand made 9x19 mm pistols.
Workmanship is denitely
Old World where East
and West readily blend on
a cultural and commercial
basis for exceptional eco-
nomic opportunities.
Sarsilmaz is a broadly
diversified conglomerate and
corporate partner of a number of
other US arms interests in Eurasia
and has recently acquired INDEP, a
Portuguese ammunition manufacturer.
With Turkish military and other contracts, pistol
production is at 130,000 per annum followed by
80,000 shotguns for the same period of time.
Second Most Copied Pistol
Initially, ArmaLites rst crop of imports will be the AR-24 and AR-
24 Kurz, which are improved versions of the worlds second most
BOB PILGRIM
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SHALL MEET
THE TWAIN
THE TWAIN
ArmaLite and Sarsilmaz First Offspring
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small suburban community of Duzce.
That areas biggest employer, the
company provides free bus service
and lunch for its workers and a defi-
nite family atmosphere exists among
its 300 personnel. Machinery is a
combination of old and new and com-
puterized robotics work side-by-side
with hand tools.
One machine actually exercises
the pistol and burnishes or laps it into
a smooth and snug fit. However, in
the end its the human eye and touch
that determines if the product leaves
copied pistol, the Tangfolio/Czech,
CZ-75. Currently in 9mm caliber only,
other calibers, such as .40 S&W for
this double action/single action pistol,
as well as completely new designs are
scheduled for the future. However, the
.40 S&Wwill be constructed on a .45
rather than 9mm frame for a more
robust pistol. For 1911-oriented
shooters, the pistol also permits
cocked and locked carry. A light-
weight AR-25 polymer framed pistol
will eventually be introduced to the
US market along with a third
model, the full sized AR-26, in .45 ACP.
Modern Asian Factory
To gain an appreciation for the
design, materials and craftsmanship
that go into every AR-24, American
COP Magazine traveled to the factory
located across the Bosporos in Asia,
via one of two modern suspension
bridges. With its extended suburbs,
the ancient city of Istanbul officially
accounts for nine million people. The
Sarsilamz plant is situated approxi-
mately 152 miles east nestled in the
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the confines of this institution.
AR24
Mark Westrom, ArmaLites president,
advised he wanted to offer the shooting
public a reasonably priced handgun pos-
sessing some of the best characteristics
of the revered SIG P-210 pistols. The
AR-24 Standard and Special, with xed
and adjustable sights respectively, will be
based on the Turkish Armed Forces
sidearm, the Sarsilmaz-produced
Kilinc (Sword) 9mm pistol.
Before adoption, the Kilinc passed
severe field tests similar to those
imposed on weapons by the US Army.
The slide has been recontoured to
replicate the above-mentioned Swiss
icon for enhanced slide support and
better control through its reciproca-
tion. Westrom is so confident in the
pistols appeal hes ordered production
of 2,000 per month. For superior accu-
racy, all the one-piece pistol barrels
are broached rather than button rifled.
Several pounds of fully forged and
machined, R 40 C, nickel steel go into
each receiver and slide. For the frame
alone, 24 gauging checks are per-
formed before they move on for fur-
ther work. Frames also receive 20
lines per inch of checkering and are
enclosed by dark wood grips with
palm swells.
Gun surfaces and barrel receive a
heat cured magnesium phosphate and
epoxy finish giving them a no non-
sense professional appearance and
extreme protection from the ele-
ments. The front sight is dovetailed
indicating that replacement and var-
ious height sights will be available
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An Istanbul police ofcer takes time out to pose
with two old retired cops at the entrance to the
Blue Mosque on the Istanbul Hippodrome. The
road to Bobs left was used for chariot racing in
200 A.D. I think Bob attended.
Motor Cops are Motor
Cops no matter what
continent they patrol.
Most of the production is
automated but some handwork
is still necessary. A Sarsilmaz
technician removes machining
burrs from a rack of pistols.
A modern suspension
bridge over the Bosporus
in juxtaposition to an
ancient fort guarding the
entrance to Istanbul.
The one-piece forged steel barrels are readied for riing.
Test ring the AR-24 at the Sarsilmaz indoor range.
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for easy adjustment or change for
different loads. Sights are xed and
the ARs battle sights are set at 25
meters. Acceptable group size must
not exceed 3.5 inches.
Improvements
A heavier and stronger extractor
is evident, but front serrations have
been left off the forward portion of
the slide. Instead of the dubious
hooked triggerguard, all ARs will
feature a more conventional rounded
guard generously dimensioned to
accommodate gloved hands. The
heart of the pistol, its trigger and
sear are machine ground for an
excellent trigger pull.
The Achilles heel of the CZ design
has been its slide stop and its been
known to fail after 600700 rounds
of +P+ ammunition. Westrom has
specied a two-piece stop to correct this
issue. Its shaft is made of alloy steel.
Another improvement is the firing pin
retention plate. Its been changed to a
1911 style that can be easily removed for
replacement, cleaning and maintenance.
Magazines receive as much attention
as the pistols do and the 15-round tubes
appear to be flawless in construction.
Im speculating that both the Italian and
Czech magazines will fit the AR so
acquiring additional magazines should
not present a problem. And with
ArmaLite in the picture, service and
repairs should be quick and top notch.
Short FAM Fire
At the factory indoor range, I was
able to run a few magazines through
the AR-24. No drama here and the gun
ran as expected. Accuracy was decent,
but I was only able to rattle off some
slow and rapid-fire rounds at a 25-
meter target. One concern for me, but
not others, was the edges of the trigger
are pronounced and need t o be
radiused to make sustained shooting
more comfort abl e. If t he pi st ol I
receive for testing arrives with that
trigger my Dremel tool will get some
exercise for sure.
Unlike other gun companies,
ArmaLite sincerely seeks input from
knowledgeable gun enthusiasts in an
effort to produce the nest handgun at
the most reasonable price possible. So,
dont be shy and contact Mark and his
staff at your earliest convenience.
Exciting Prototypes
The most exciting part of the visit
was entry into the companys highly
secured engineering design room where
Sarsilmaz unveiled four distinct proto-
types to be introduced at the 2007
SHOT Show: Two rugged looking,
block-like steel guns with full-length
dust covers in 9 and .40 calibers, a sim-
ilarly calibered polymer-framed pistol
and an entirely new .45 ACP full sized
DA / SA handgun that all present
wanted to immediately take home with
them. Once these guns are finally
tweaked theyll be big sellers.
A considerable amount of time was
spent with the engineers and man-
agers of t he company whi l e t hey
picked our brains in an effort to create
the ideal or perfect American pistol.
The most refreshing thing about the
session was the Sarsilmaz people
really listened and took extensive
not es and recei ved cri t i ci sm and
praise with equal humility. With this
attitude and overall positive corporate
philosophy, Sarsilamz will be a world-
wide firearms producer
to be reckoned with. *
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Proud Papa, Mark Westrum, president
of ArmaLite shows off one of the rst
production models of his AR-24 to
come off the manufacturing line.
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just a crime its an industry. DUI has
become increasingly technical, giving
defense attorneys a tremendous amount
of material they can use to confuse a jury and earn
an acquittal for their client. Apparently uncon-
cerned about the 15,000 or so people per year who
die in alcohol-related wrecks, many attorneys spe-
cialize in enabling their clients frequently repeat
offenders to continue driving drunk with impunity.
We call them DUI Weasels.
Since I prosecute the majority of
t he DUIs i n my offi ce, I was
amused when I recently received an
invitation to attend a daylong DUI
Defense Semi nar. Keep your
friends close, I reasoned as I filled
out t he appl i cat i on, and your
weasels closer. Thus it was, about
a month later, having removed my
badge and gun, I sliced-the-pie into
t he conference room, a wol f i n
weasel clothing.
The trial tactics taught in this
class revolved around two main
areas of attack: field sobriety and
The Test specically, breath tests.
As always, well take it from the top.
The Attack
Although there are still a blue
million different eld sobriety tests,
the big ones are the three NHTSA
Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
(SFSTs): the one-leg-stand (OLS),
the walk-and-turn (WAT) and the
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a test. Can you tell what this ofcer is doing wrong on the HGN?
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suggest that you allow as much as two
inches. Whatever standard your jurisdic-
tion follows, know it. It always surprises
me how few officers know this, but if
you get caught on it by a defense
attorney, its usually pretty ugly.
HGN
The eye test, is by far the most
technical of the SFSTs. The attack will
begin with whether you know what
nystagmus is (an involuntary
twitching of the eye caused by the inges-
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(HGN). These have been verified as
accurate time and time again, so long as
they are performed properly. So, be
prepared for the attack on the way you
administer the test.
Most DUI-specific practice attor-
neys are eld-sobriety-certied (as are
many serious prosecutors), and some
are instructors, so if youve made a
mistake, expect it to be caught. Review
your manual every couple of months,
especially before court, and keep a
record of the times youve given field
sobriety, along with what the test
results were on the suspects you
arrested. Be ready to explain how each
test is given and evaluated, to perform
the test in front of the jury and to
remain calm when the defense attorney
gets hyper-technical with you.
One of the defenses greatest victo-
ries is to get you to admit on the
stand you misgraded the test and, in
fact, you cant tell whether his client
passed or not. If that happens, your
only shot at redemption is taking bets
on whether itll take the jury ve min-
utes or 10 to acquit the defendant. Who
knows: you might make some money.
DUI lawyers are creative, so you
should expect anything.
OLS
As with any balance test, first ask
t he suspect i f t hey have any
leg/foot/balance problems that would
affect their performance. If you dont
cover this on the scene, by the time
you get to trial he will. One of the
clues youre looking for is the suspect
raising their hands for balance, and
usually that means more than six
inches from their side. Dont be sur-
prised if they ask if you used a ruler
to measure it.
WAT
Theres a certain amount of grace
youre supposed to give a suspect before
you say they missed touching their heel-
to-toe. It varies by jurisdiction; some
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Why DUI matters. While the seven-gure DUI defense bar may
laugh about it, its different when youve tiptoed through the
bloodstains and the skidmarks.
Let me see your license,
insurance, and open
container. Dont laugh,
sometimes it works.
In court, a good DUI lawyer will ask you to perform the test
you gave to his client. This ofcer is trying the OLS for the
rst time not something you want a jury to see.
On the HGN, be able to testify how far
away your nger should be from a
suspect, the angle at which youre
holding it and how you know, and the
speed at which youre moving it.
Before you give any test make sure
you KNOW HOW TO SCORE IT. Can you
tell which one(s) of these counts as a
miss? Can you explain why to a jury?
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nap out of it fellas. Youve got to work
past your feelings of imminent danger
when it comes to conducting a frisk of
someone of the opposite sex. I cant
single out the men though, since lady
cops are violators too. To help things along, Im
going to tell you about a couple of incidents I was
involved in. Since I work in the deep South, the
names and situations might be colorful, but change
those names and the places and Im sure you could
tell the same stories.
Scenerio: Im cruising the vastness that is South
Jackson County, Mississippi patrolling fun areas
like The Alligator Farm and a little strip of pavement
nicknamed Body Bag Road. During this eventful
evening, I heard my area partner go out on a trafc stop with a hoopty a car
with no tag, no lights, no bumper, busted side view mirrors you get the drift.
I start rolling his way to back him up since our beloved rednecks like to
rumble sometimes. Mind you, I have to travel for approximately 30 minutes
to reach him. Where I work is akin to the Dukes of Hazzard in the rural areas.
Many times you are on your own for 15 to 30 minutes waiting for backup.
Heres where I get all agitated. I get there, and Deputy Jackleg is standing
there with two men from the set of Deliverance and a female who hasnt seen
a bath or evidently, a morsel of food in many a fortnight. Shes dgeting off to
the side, sporting stringy hair and furtive eyes. Can you see it? Deputy Jackleg
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ambles over nonchalantly and asks me
to search her, as he hasnt yet. Hes
patted down the men, but left her for
me. Alright, Im sure many of you are
going And your point is?
My Point Is
First, he had probable cause to stop
them. He also articulated knowledge of
facts that reasonably led him and me
to believe the suspects were involved
in some criminal activities, to include
possession of methamphetamine precur-
sors. The ofcer had seen parts of the lab
in plain sight, had noted bulging cut-off
short pockets on the shirtless men, and
all parties involved were nervous, anx-
ious and moving about hyperactively.
Deputy Einstein had everything he
needed to frisk the men, and he had all
the bases covered to frisk the female as
well. He found a knife on one male
that could gut a deer, and the female
had an obvious bulge in the waistline
of her dingy shorts that wasnt from a
cute tummy.
Deputy I-just-got-shanked-by-a-
Tweak-Freak didnt pat her down
because he feared she would claim he
touched her inappropriately. Frankly,
any touching of her would have been
inappropriate! He alleged he just kept a
good eye on her until I arrived. Folks,
they were committing crimes and armed
and dangerous. Which should he fear
more being accused of something by
a criminal avoiding arrest; or being
stabbed in the throat by a Meth
Monkey? He obviously didnt consider
his safety important enough, or worth
the risk of complaint.
More Stupidity
I was savoring the last bite of my
Oaks Grocery hot dog. You know the
kind chili, cheese, onions, mustard
and a nice steamed bun. There I was
parked under the oak trees watching the
Hole. This is a nice secluded recre-
ational place for the coolest of dope boys
to learn their trade. Two streets come
together in a heavily wooded area with a
clear path right smack in the middle. Im
sure youve got a place exactly like it
where you work. Im waiting for the
Hole to swallow its next customer.
I hear the base booming, it gets
louder and louder and my cars mirrors
start to rattle. Is it an earthquake? Here
in Mississippi? There it is, a nice, pretty
lavender Caprice with gaudy rims spin-
ning. The Hole just sucked the car right
on in. My bad guy rises from the tree
stump to say hello. Cash goes out and
the dope goes in. The Hole spits the car
out and down the road it goes.
My adrenaline is up, the hot dog is
sitting like a greasy lump in my
stomach, and all I can think is, When I
get him out of the car please God,
say he wont run. Maybe he has one
leg, though. I could catch him then and
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The Edge of the hand technique keeps a certain level of decorum going
but still allows a male or female cop to conduct a good search.
In this case, a male ofcer nds a knife on a
female suspect (Tamara).
Edge of the hand at the belt line may uncover a gun. And
indeed, sneaky Tamara had one hidden.
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nobody will see me hurl. I call for
another unit to back me.
Im near the city limits now so
maybe a P.D. unit is close. Lights,
sirens, camera, were rolling. He stops
and I approach the passenger side. Hes
got both legs. Theres a box of .40 cal
ammo on the oorboard and homeboy
is nervous and fidgety. I ask myself,
wheres the weapon to go with that
box? Then I manage a good chili burp.
Mr. I-Got-Weed, step out of your
car, back slowly toward me and keep
your hands where I can see them, I say
encouragingly. Burp. He does this as if
he has somehow been trained since
birth. I see a piece of plastic sticking
out of the corner of his front right
pocket and I notice something heavier
in his left pocket, sorta pulling his
shorts down sideways. I make the
approach, spread him like butter on the
back of his car. Wheres my backup?
Ladies Pay Attention
I did not wait for another ofcer to
begin my pat down. I had developed
enough reasonable suspicion to believe a
crime had been committed, enough prob-
able cause for an arrest, and could articu-
late these facts at report time. I began
with the weighed-down pocket and
found a Glock .40. The cuffs go on. I
have the dope in hand and nd another
small bag of cocaine that drops from his
crotch as I pat his boys during the
frisk. Yes, his crotch, and yes, his boys.
I was filling out the custody form
when my backup finally arrived. Mr.
Im-going-to-jail said he wanted to
talk with the male cop who arrived. I
motioned for the ofcer to approach. A
few minutes later the red-faced ofcer
began laughing hysterically. I figured
Mr. Weed had pissed himself in my
car, because it was that kind of laugh.
The male ofcer came up and told me,
in between snorting laughter, The guy
wanted to make a complaint against
you for groping him and not
waiting for a male ofcer!
Go ahead, complain. I
couldnt care less but
this was a first. He never
did make a complaint,
maybe because I shamed
him when I asked him,
Would you rather a man
touch you or a woman?
I did my job, I couldnt
wait for a male to arrive,
that isnt how it works. If
I hesitated I could have
risked an assault by the
lovely gentleman, or found
mysel f i n a foot pursui t
with a hotdog-hurl finale.
Law Says Okay
The law allows a pat-
down search for the
ofcers safety and makes
no distinction between a constitutionally
permissible search of a man or a
woman, said Jackson County, Missis-
sippi District Attorney Tony Lawrence.
He added, ofcers should always follow
the policies of their individual depart-
ments to minimize any potential civil
legal issues.
For the love of goodness, pat these
folks down as soon as you have your
requirements for a frisk covered. The
law protects YOU too. Dont let the
very small number of complaints in the
history of policing inhibit you from
protecting yourself.
We are constitutionally protected to
conduct a carefully limited search of a
suspects outer clothing to discover any
secreted weapons TO ENSURE OUR
SAFETY and continuation of breathing.
The job we do is dangerous, many
times unappreciated, and full of pitfalls.
Why create more by our
own carelessness?
Lt. Kimberlee Versiga, Homicide Inves-
tigator with the Jackson County
Sheriff s Department, is second in
charge of the Criminal Investigations
Division. Versiga has been in Law
Enforcement 16 years, working a cross-
section of assignments, including
undercover narcotics.
Tamara Mims is a Criminal Investigator
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and she proves it here. If you have to, do it.
I ts just a leg and Kims not shy about
grabbing a handful of pants to check.
Fun and games for the photos, but with a cover
ofcer nearby, a deeper search may be in
order. Wed be inclined to cuff the suspect rst.
Wrong again!
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any self-styled gunmen usually envision two
adversaries slapping leather in the classic
Old West face-offs where individual duelists
stubbornly stood their ground, perhaps a
good 25 yards apart. Feet were usually
locked in trail dust on the mean dirt streets
of towns west of the Pecos, and little dodging, ducking or
Death Dancing took place. In arranged gun battles, it was
considered unmanly to fire and maneuver. However, in
spontaneous shootouts where there was considerable bobbing
and weaving, I suspect the usual gun handling problems atten-
dant to connecting with an opponent from stationary man-
against-man confrontations with ancient Peacemakers were
compounded by any zigging and zagging. Moving certainly
makes you a more difcult target, but it also makes your target
a more challenging one as well.
New Breed
Today, advanced shooting drills mainly involve
shooting from an unstable or moving platform and the
mantra is always Seek Cover/Fight Your Way To Cover.
We tap into Groucho for linear movement and either
blade or switch hands for lateral directions. If we oppose
changing gun hands, we adopt Israeli-style sidestepping.
All this stuff is still very valid, but a few of the Young Turks
of the gun training world have ratcheted up the practice of
dynamic martial movement, particularly if the bad guy has the
drop or initiative on them. The new mantra may be Rich
Daniels Fist, Feet, Knife, Gun, along with moving and
shooting. I havent attended this training, but Ive worked with
professionals who have incorporated unique, and what I call
Dirty Gun Fighting drills, into their organizations training
curriculum. In addition to vigorous movement that unabashedly
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violates the 180-degree rule, because
there is no ring line in real life, force-
on-force drills with AirSoft weapons
drive their tactical drills home. These are
the poor mans Simuntion guns and are
extremely cost-effective.
Death Dancing I
As I aged and my physical abilities
began to progressively diminish, I began
to lose interest in combat matches that
were essentially track meets with guns. I
rationalized my lack of enthusiasm by
deciding all this movement wasnt too
tactical and much of it can get you
killed. However, shooting statistics indi-
cate in a majority of officer-involved
shootings, the suspect is moving, and in
a signicant number, both the perp and
cop are performing their version of
Death Dancing.
I gravitated to IDPA, because I
thought it more realistic, but in some
regions its also becoming a run and gun,
high-round count competition. It appears
competition-oriented organizations, in
order to be successful, must rst of all be
fun zipping full tilt around a course of
re and expending lots of BBs is what
shooters show up for. Practical defensive
shooting skills were touted, but lets face
it, gamesmanship usually dominates
these sports. You get rewarded for speed
and marksmanship and the best shot with
good legs usually wins. Thats why IPSC
has age groups, but Im glad IDPA
doesnt for obvious reasons.
Death Dancing II
Now I am reevaluating all this
shucking and jiving and thinking it may
be the key to survival in many sce-
narios. I still believe what Colonel Jeff
Cooper told me years ago, that most sit-
uations involving gunplay will of
course be violent, but basically short,
simple and direct, and the ones Ive
been directly or indirectly involved in
have borne his sage advice.
Moving to cover or at least conceal-
ment will always be valid, but what do
you do if youre in the open, or at such
close quarters that a potential barrier
between you and your foe is unavailable
and the time spent seeking it will seal
your fate? His gun or blade is in motion
and yours is still at rest in its holster. Do
you sub-second draw and attempt to
outshoot him at three feet, or do you
bring your personal weapons into play
and head butt, slap, hammer, elbow,
spit, bite, yell, kick and knee the bastard
while moving in erratic and evasive
directions and simultaneously punching
out your sidearm and pumping round
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t seems a number of Chiefs of Police have e-mailed,
written or otherwise contacted American COP com-
plaining of their treatment at our hands. Its not really
surprising, given this is a magazine aimed at the street
cop audience, that we would periodically bang administra-
tors. Maybe whats bugging the editor is one good example
of poor decision-making.
There are magazines produced just for administrators,
managers and chiefs. The house organ for IACP (no, its
not International Association of Communist Police!) and
Law and Order are just two.
Lets All Be The Same
The first screwy decision on my list of Stupid Chief
Tricks is the issue handgun after all, lets have some-
thing debatable, something we can all disagree on. We want
to be fair here.
We have a crew of instructors in town from all
over the U.S. right now. One of them is an honest
6' 9" tall. We have another who is 5'8" and a few
even shorter. We wouldnt buy them shirts all
sized 17.5" neck and 34" sleeves or their uni-
form trousers sized 38" waist and 34" inseam
that wouldnt make sense.
Would those t you? If so, your partner,
your supervisor and the new rookie they just
hired? Its unlikely.
How about a new line of patrol cars we
could get very cheaply but the front
seats dont adjust and the steering wheels
dont tilt either? Due to the discount, we
could get more cars that way but they
wouldnt t everyone.
The Chief would never buy into
such nonsense but he (or she,
were under no illusions here)
would force everyone below a
certain rank to carry the same gun,
loaded with the same ammunition
and often the same duty gear.
I cant reach the trigger on the
Glock 21. Same on the SIG double
action autoloaders, the double stack
Third Generation S&W line and
others. But therere agencies that issue
those guns and dont allow for different hand size.
After all, the handgun is only the most important tool you
have to keep you from going home in a bag. Why should it t?
Monkey Suits
Closely tailored, wool dress uniforms sure look pretty at a
parade. Its stupid to be in one when youre rolling around in
an alley ghting a drunk at 0230 on a Saturday morning. But
we all have to be uniform we all must look alike.
Yeah, and at one time we all had to be males taller
than 5'10" and couldnt be nonwhite either. Those
changes were taken care of and then we stopped.
Why the ballerina suits particularly with high
gloss shoes and belts? Whats the point?
Citizens expect us to look professional,
seems to be the Chiefs mantra.
Well, no. Actually, they like you to
arrive to their call for assistance
quickly and to be understanding.
They dont give a damn what
youre wearing. Only administra-
tors care about that crap. It makes
it seem like theres some manage-
ment going on down at the old P.D.
Im aware of a temporary uni-
form switch involving the wear of
utilities until the new woolies
arrived. The citizens were just as
happy to see the cops arrive in
utilities as they were after the util-
ities went away.
Why not dress like you need to
work? You expect the troops to chase
bad guys, climb fences and to fight
when its needed but that necktie
must never be out of place!
Then there are the hats: Hats can be handy.
Im not all against protective headgear. Its a good
idea. But when you search a building looking for
a fugitive and blank out the view above your
head, thats a bad idea. Wearing a deputy or
trooper-style hat during windy weather while
working a wreck is silly too. Lets lose them.
Heres an example of a grievous Stupid
EXECUTIVE DECISIONS
STRANGER THAN FICTION
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sk a cop from any of the 39,000 agencies in the US
how often they train to actually fight with their
weapons, most would say something like Well, we
have to qualify once or twice a year. Ask them
again about tactics and rearms training and youll
not only get a less encouraging response, but theyre likely to
look at you as if you were combing your hair with a cow turd
and speaking in tongues.
Next nd a SWAT cop from the same agency and pose the
same questions. This time youll get a long story about
training, a detailed round count and even a couple of shot up
trophy targets. Its not just rearms training, but this is hands-
on use of force training. Anyone see a problem here? The cop
tasked with being rst on scene gets the least training.
Kings X
Statistically, patrol cops face the vast majority of vio-
lence, critical decision-making situations and assaults
without the benefits of enhanced training. For example, an
unknown bad guy blindsides an officer just wrapping up
interviews at a disturbance. Knocked to the ground and dis-
oriented he rolls over to find the bad guy standing over him
delivering a vicious barrage of kicks and blows. Maybe he
should request a time out and call SWAT no? The
officer must act efficiently and appropriately in order to
GROUNDED OFFICER TACTICS
Wes Doss
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Down doesnt mean
down and out. Always
train to win always
expect to win.
Gun manipulation, stoppage clearance
and reloading can be challenging from
grounded positions, you need to train
for it. Lets not be surprised.
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keep lives from being lost espe-
cially his own. Did the annual qualifi-
cation session legitimately prepare
him for this situation? Can he effi-
ciently use trained tactics to safely
end this situation? Will the tactics
work? After his heart rate skyrockets
to 150+ beats per minute, can he per-
form under stress?
In addition to the lack of training,
theres a misunderstanding about the
nature of violent conflict. Conflict,
particularly the type encountered by
cops is all about immediacy the
real world here and now. Its critical
to recognize the reality of circum-
stances and respond with appropriate
action. Beyond immediacy is the issue
of efficiency, as keepers of peace and
public order were held accountable
for every action we take and every
round we launch. Many folks in the
odd little community of training view
firearms instruction as a system that
deals with situations from solid stable
Static line shooting addresses little of the realities
youll need to face in real world situations.
The supine position provides you with the ability
to exploit angles, keep your head up and your
eyes on the area of threat.
The supine position provides you with the ability
to exploit angles, keep your head up and your
eyes on the area of threat.
The supine position provides you with the ability
to exploit angles, keep your head up and your
eyes on the area of threat.
When the bad guy
brings the ght to
you, do what you
must to win.
Without training
for it, you could
lose and thats
unacceptable.
Prone position provides a very low prole around cover,
allowing you to maximize available cover.
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and upright shooting positions, at dis-
tances of 7 yards or greater. This is a
huge, shortsighted and dangerous
delusion. True firearms and tactics
training is a conceptual amalgamation
of reduced time frames, poor lighting,
unpredictable bad guys and unreliable
tools. An array of paraphernalia used
at the acumen of the officer and dic-
tated by the bad guy, the environment,
and always requires a response of
immediacy and efficiency. This is why
Im an advocate of dynamic, realistic
training. Programs should condition,
not just teach.
Situations Not Tools
We need to know how to handle
situations not just mechanical tools.
This is a transition from basic and
intermediate skills to the realm of
advanced t rai ni ng. A t remendous
number of sources tell us the vast
majority of officer-involved conflicts
end up on the ground. What does
going to the ground have to do with
gunfighting? Everything. Taking to
t he ground may be a resul t of an
at t ack or i t may be a t act i cal
maneuver executed for the purpose of
gaining the upper hand or simply to
keep from being shot. Either way,
being able to operate from a grounded
position is crucial.
Convent i onal t rai ni ng wi sdom
(often an oxymoron) has taught us
going to the ground is an evil and
detrimental event unless youve
trained for it. Its important to con-
si der goi ng t o t he ground as j ust
anot her t ool i n t he use-of-force
toolbox. Grounded positions in a pro-
jectile exchange (training guy speak
for gunfight) can present you with a
set of unconventional options. Falling
and rolling can be productive tactics,
assumi ng t he offi cer underst ands
going to the ground doesnt automati-
cally equate to losing. To cultivate
this understanding you need to train
hard and realistically.
Since gunfights are at short ranges
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A tremendous number of
sources tell us the vast
majority of officer
involved conflicts end
up on the ground. What
does going to the ground
have to do with gun
fighting? Everything.
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and even shorter time frames, the
ability to quickly move and present a
weapon is important. An ability to
assume and take advantage of one of
three grounded positions, supine,
prone and lateral left or right, and their
variations rapidly is equally important.
Basic Positions
These three basic and simple posi-
tions represent the most common
grounded positions you can nd your-
self in. Whats surprising, particularly
in light of facts surrounding the fre-
quency cops end up on the ground, is
the lack of training focusing on these
tactics. I nd this a little troubling.
Over years observing countless
t rai ni ng sessi ons geared t owards
officer survival skill (I really hate
t hat word), Ive found most are
nothing more than firing from adapta-
tions of stock shooting stances fre-
quently using one-dimensional and
one-directional ranges. These limited
training environments only address
part of the problem. Sure they might
get an officer past basic marksman-
ship and comfortable with the concept
of shooting from unfamiliar positions,
but because of the limitation created
by them they really dont complete
the cycle of training.
If training doesnt force you to push
yourself and your gear you wont
understand what you can and cant do
and what limitations your gear has.
An Epiphany
A few years back, while running in-
service training for a local agency I got
in a debate with an officer over the
superiority of horizontal magazine
pouches versus the old fashioned ver-
tical pouches. The ofcer might as well
been the centerfold for the local uni-
form shop the resident widget boy.
He can quote the price of every-
thing, but seldom understands the value
of anything. His car, locker and garage
are full of all kinds of neat, cutting
edge and high speed low drag toys.
Hes at your department, isnt he? The
guy was a huge fan of the horizontal
pouches and tried to belittle me over
what he called my old time, stone age
vertical mag pouches. His exact words
escape me, but I remember him inter-
jecting things like cool, sleek and sexy
in his description of his gear. After
being married for 19 years I guess I
forgot what actually attracts the oppo-
site gender, oh well.
Throughout the day I had the oppor-
tunity to put Inspector Gadget in some
precarious shooting positions and crank
up his level of arousal to warp drive.
During one course of re he unexpect-
edly go gure found himself at
on his stomach and engaging a target
from the cover of a boxed curb. During
the exercise hed have to make two
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where they were located on his belt. A
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credit, I noticed he was now wearing
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The one training session was enough
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Its all well and good to talk about tech-
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tion of alcohol), and whether or not the
twitching you saw was caused by your
strobe lights (turn em off, folks). Next,
the speed at which you moved your
nger (one of the manuals I have says it
should take four seconds to make each
pass), and how long you held the eye at
maximum deviation (again, my manual
says at least four seconds). Last, how
you knew when your nger was at a 45
degree angle to their eye (onset of nys-
tagmus prior to 45 degrees). You have to
know all of this for court; a truly good
DUI lawyer may keep you on the stand
for several hours on HGN alone.
Breath, Blood Or Urine?
Once youve done field sobriety
and hooked the guy up, its time for
the test. The breath machine is what-
ever model your state law says it is,
and you cant change it. What you can
do, however, is avoid it entirely. In my
state, the officer can request a suspect
submit to a test of one or more of three
options: blood, breath, or urine. Most
officers, unless they suspect drug
i mpai rment , go for breat h i t s
easier. Also, because the test sample
doesnt have to be sent down to the
state Crime Lab for testing, you get
results quickly, and it cuts down on
witness problems when the case goes
to trial. In most cases, a solid breath
test is good enough to make most DUI
guys plead guilty thats changing.
One of the classic attacks on any
breath machine we use the Intoxi-
lyzer 5000 is, in order to get the
blood alcohol concentration from the
alcohol in the breath, the machine has
t o assume t heres a cert ai n rat i o
between the amount of alcohol in the
breath and whats in the blood. There
is its called a Partition Ratio,
and the law assumes that it will be
2,100. Defense lawyers can have a
heyday with this, arguing their clients
have unusual partition ratios, or that
everyones ratio is different and varies
DUI WEASELS
Continued from page 52
DUI matters because
people die, people
whose only mistake was
being in the way when
some irresponsible fool
came careening across
the centerline.
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from minute-to-minute all kinds of
stuff designed to confuse jurors into
acquitting. Thats just one attack: a
couple weeks ago there was a story on
Fox News about how eating bread
will make you blow .05.
I havent tried that experiment, and I
cant say if it works. It doesnt matter.
The claim is out there, your jurors have
probably heard it on TV, and you should
expect them to hear it in the courtroom if
you request breath. Try blood. Its better
blood and breath better still.
Blood, however, is something that
the law calls fungible, a nasty short
word meaning you have to do more
paperwork. No two blood samples
necessarily look different from each
other, each sample must have a chain
of custody showing every single pair
of hands it passed through between
you and whoever tested it. You should
also record the ID of the blood drawer.
Dont Dally
Whatever test you give, youll be
attacked on the time frame between
when the test was given and when the
suspect was driving. We all know
your BAC changes as time passes
which lets the defense argue that,
while you may know their BAC three
hours later, you cant prove what it
was at t he t i me of dri vi ng. The
shorter the time window, the less
weight the argument carries. With
things like wrecks, its not always
possible to shorten that window. But
when you can, do it.
In the closing segment of the DUI
seminar, the presenter told a story
about how hed gotten one of his
clients out of her third-in-five DUI
when shed wrecked out with a BAC
that went three times the legal limit.
And Ive got her three pending DUI
cases, t oo, he beamed proudl y.
Everyone in the room laughed. For
anyone whos tiptoed through the
bloodstains and skidmarks, though,
thats not funny.
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Many murder victims, to some
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Chief Trick. One agency long had
dress-only uniforms no real utility
uniform for the more than 200 cops in
the outfit. The trousers had yellow
piping down the leg not a wide
yellow stripe, but thin piping.
Going from the $90+ dress trousers
to utility trousers at around $30 a pair
made abundant sense, as did changing
out shirts. But the (now-ex) chief
decided the utility pants had to have
yellow piping down the leg.
No vendor wanted to dick with it;
its too much trouble to do the fine
stitching required. A wide yellow stripe
raised no heartburn and the price didnt
go up much. But, the chief had to have
piping. Now the utility trousers that
originally cost $30 from the factory
cost the outt $100 per pair just to
have piping absurd!
Whats the deal with yellow piping?
Well, back in the 1960s and 70s, cops
would come in after a night shift, pull
off gunbelts and uniform shirts and
while wearing their uniform trousers
go to the bar. That was unseemly in the
eyes of the Chief of Police of that era
30 to 40 years ago and thus, the
piping was ushered in.
Nowadays, young cops get off work,
wash down their tofu burger with a pro-
tein shake and work out after their yoga
class. Hence, theres no need for the hor-
ribly expensive piping taxpayers pay for.
Options
Lets get debatable again making
your agencys use-of-force policy more
restrictive than the U.S. Constitution or
state law is yet another Stupid Chief
Trick. The current use-of-force measure
is a Fourth Amendment standard
your use of force has to be objectively
reasonable when seen from the perspec-
tive of the trained ofcer on the scene
and in the situation you nd yourself in.
If state law is more restrictive than
the Constitutional standard, so be it.
You have to follow state law. If your
department further constrains your
ability to make force decisions, they are
literally screwing themselves as rule
makers, screwing the municipality you
work for and the taxpayers who pay for
the whole thing. The tendency to over-
think something this important is stupid.
Along the same lines, if fuel prices go
up then well cut training. After all,
training is discretionary spending. No one
will really miss the training they didnt
get until theyre in a ght, alone, on
the street or in a crack house. You know
Chief, if you had to face the same threats
we did, youd want to prepare for them.
In the alternative, that icky, sweaty
stuff like defensive tactics or that fear-
of-failure and perishable-skills training
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like driving or shooting needs to be cut
in favor of warm, fuzzy, touchy and
feely those most important of
police skills training trends.
When you cut training, the costs you
will incur are predictable. If an ofcer
is in a struggle and isnt trained up to
handle it, he will select a higher force
option one that will stop the fight,
but might not be a reasonable option if
the training had only been in place.
Whose fault is that?
Along those lines, consider the
absolutely-no-neck-holds-or-neck-
restraints-or-chokes-never-never-never
policy. Thats okay, but you are sending
the message that even in a deadly
force situation you cant opt to use a
lower force option that would solve the
problem but not likely kill the offender.
This is real. A trainer was being
briefed about the no-no neck hold
policy by a boss not a chief, an
underboss speaking on behalf of the
chief. The trainer asked a question.
Lets say we have someone in the
throes of cocaine-induced psychosis
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himself and others. Due to his drug use,
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is fight like a madman. He tries to
snatch an ofcers gun.
Now deadly force is authorized, but
because hes in close to the victim
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restraint to limit his consciousness until
we can get restraints on him after
which he may or may not die due to the
drug use and long-winded struggle
without leaving a mark on him?
Thats right. Thats the policy.
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after round into him?
Linear and lateral movement are a
given, but diagonal, oblique, zigzag and
circular patterns performed subcon-
sciously and randomly, somewhat like
the flow of bayonet fighting, are
involved with the ultimate goal of cre-
ating distance, so two-handed sighted
shooting can be brought to bear.
We have also been taught that
crossing legs is a nono, but it frequently
occurs. Knee-bend is pronounced and the
gunmans crouch is graphically evident.
Hand ghting, with focus on the weapon,
involves a urry of usually openhanded
blocking, deecting and striking move-
ments to distract, confuse, stun and pos-
sibly disarm. Yeah, and at these ranges
and conditions, forget your front sight for
the moment, but get back to it as you
create distance between you and the
hopefully disoriented threat.
You are so pumped up with your
warrior mindset and your evasive
choreography that sustained injuries
will probably be ignored until you
achieve victory and start to come down
from your combat high. Sounds athletic
because it is. Is it fair? No way, Jose.
Wont it be only on the rare occasion
that I will need these aggressive capa-
bilities? Probably, but its the one per-
cent chance that usually kills you.
New Breeds Afrmation
I had a young stud who is a profes-
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for a federal agency with very special,
post 9/11 security duties look over my
missive, and he replied, Looks good,
Bob. Like I tell my guys, never stand
still in a gunfight. Its not realistic
anyway. Shootouts, just look at any
videos of shootouts, involve instinctual
human movement and they are usually
short, violent and close quarter, arms
reach or conversational distance. Bad
guys arent going to try to rob or carjack
you from 15 to 25 yards. Also, if I take a
handful of rocks and start throwing them
at you, youre not going to stand still
and let me do that. You are most likely
going to move evasively and attempt to
get away. If you pick up rocks to return
fire and maneuver to do so, we are
engaging in a Dance of Death.
Who Really Needs I t?
Can you win without these skills?
Hopefully, but your opponent will most
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so we should train for the worst-case
scenario right? This is why you, as a
cop in a position to lawfully deprive
someone of their liberty and freedom,
should be a physical and mental Centu-
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features a quick-release Fastex buckle and is available
in khaki or black. The ZM Weapons Single Point sling
offers the same features, but with a bungee feature
that allows the user to set tension for one-handed con-
trol. It is available in black only. To see both slings,
and other gear, log onto www.buffertech.com.
10-8 GUN
Nighthawk Custom
The Nighthawk Custom 10-8 Gun is a Colt 1911 designed for optimum
performance and accuracy, designed in collaboration with 10-8 Con-
sulting. The gun features the new 10-8 Performance rear sight, low
profile Dawson Light Speed Rail, serrated front sights with Tritium
inserts, a long, solid trigger with hidden fixed overtravel stop by
Hilton Yam, front and rear cocking serration on the slide, strong-side
safety, 25 LPI checkered front strap and a lanyard loop mainspring
housing. Grips are VZ Diamondback in green or black linen micarta
and the 10-8 logo. The finish is black Perma Kote. To learn more
about the 10-8, or any Nighthawk Custom guns, log on to
www.nighthawkcustom.com or phone (877) 268-4867.
VERSA TOOL
Wilson Combat
Its 10 tools in one handy
package, its the Wilson
Combat Versa Tool and it
includes everything you need to
disassemble and reassemble a 1911.
The Versa Tool can also be used to
remove Allen head grip screws, extended
magazine buttons, two-piece guide rods,
and adjust more adjustable sights including
Bo Mars. It has two built in barrel bushing
wrenches and stainless steel frame construc-
tion. Tools include screwdrivers, Allen wrenches,
a punch, an ambidextrous safety blade and
bushing wrenches. To view the Versa Tool, click over to
www.wilsoncombat.com.
MK-16 COMBO TOOL
CJ Weapons
The ultimate tool for the M-16 and AR-type rifles,
the MK-16 Combo Tool features a carbon scraper,
broken shell extractor, screwdriver, wrench,
threaded rod to attach a cleaning cable, two push
pins, a brush attachment and five-prong and four-
prong tools for adjusting the A1 and A2 front
sights. The tool measures 4.5"x2"x1" and comes in
a black carry case with belt attachment. Check out
the Combo Tool at www.cjweapons.com.
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Insight Technologies
Insight Technologies, Inc. not to be confused with Insight Technology
the supplier of tactical lights and lasers to the U.S. Special Forces is a
small company located outside Chicago, Ill. They make one thing and they
make it very well. Their safety vests are of the highest quality Ive ever
seen. Your department may have been provided a reective vest for trafc
work and we all know theyre uncomfortable and last about two sessions
before they rip or fall apart. Not this vest. This one will last quite a while.
Its made from high quality materials and the workmanship is outstanding.
There is one thing different than most of the vests out there, this one is
illuminated. Other vests require some ambient light to reect so that DUI
driver or inattentive idiot sees you. This one has its own light source
called Lyte-Wire. Its sewn into a pattern on the front and back of the vest
and comes with a battery pack and controller. You can have a contin-
uous light or make it blink.
For More Info: http://67.59.191.210
BlackHawk Warrior Wear
These are the most comfortable boots I own.
BlackHawk Warrior Wear Desert Ops Boots are not
only comfortable but theyre well made of superior
components. The Vibram Multisport rubber out-
soles in Trek compound
have large, open lugs for
easy handling of debris
and provide excellent trac-
tion on irregular surfaces.
Cordura and suede uppers, Dri-Lex lining and an Ortholite
footbed also ensure performance. They have 2" webbing in just the
right spot for ankle support and enhanced stability. Durable, rub-
berized toe and heel reinforcements provide abrasion and scuff
resistance, especially when in a prone position or kicking
stuff and we all like kicking stuff.
For More Info: www.blackhawk.com
Pentagon Lights
I saw this new light from Pentagon Lights and had to
have one immediately. The Molle light is one of those things
that just makes sense on a number of levels. It has a 0.5-
Watt LED, a multi-point attachment clip, a top positioned
switch, a lanyard hook, the angle head design of the highly
serviceable WWII TL 122 or Vietnam vintage MX991\U
military ashlights (thats before anyone started calling them
illumination tools), colored lters, an optional compass and
best of all its powered with one AAAlkaline battery.
For military applications and the Swatologists out there,
the light is designed and sized to securely clip on Molle
gear. For the street cop, detective and anyone else, it easily
clips to a belt, shirt or jacket pocket or fits handily in a
pants pocket. The light provides 30 lumens of output over
12 hours continuous running. The bulb is rated to give you
around 5,000 hours of service life.
The most astounding thing about it is the small price tag.
I dont put prices in the magazine but when Pentagon
told me the suggested retail price, I said, Are you freaking
kidding me? except I didnt use the word freaking. Theyll
sell a zillion of these so you better
hurry to beat the rush.
For More Info: www.pentagonlight.com
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ave you ever been to the Emergency Room? Now
thats a silly question. I used to live in the ER,
its where I met my wife. But really, have you
ever been there off duty? With a few exceptions, you
need to have an advocate with you. You know,
someone who speaks the particular dialect of that hos-
pital or for that matter, department within the hospital.
If you dont have that person, youre doomed. Not
necessarily in the youre gonna die way but your visit
will undoubtedly be an exercise in misery. Long
waits, reduced levels of service, and the
issue of the service provider just not going
the extra step to make you happy, feel
secure or be comfortable in a situation you
have little if any control over.
Ive felt that way in a hospital situation
and with the plumber. Im not a handy
person, so if I need repairs around the house
Im compelled to hire someone who knows
what theyre doing. Ill wait four, ve or
six hours and then the guy shows up
smelling like the pet goat of a tran-
sient, without the proper parts,
tells me to just shut the water off
for a few days, hell be back when
he gets around to it and still wants
to charge me for a house call.
This is Toro Caca! What ever
happened to people who take
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pride in their job? Where are the folks who really care and
take the extra steps if necessary to make someones life a
little easier? In either the ER or plumber situation were vul-
nerable. If we knew how to x things we'd do it our-
selves and be that much better off for it. But when
we need someone, when things are out of our
control and we dont know how to handle it, we
call on that nurse or plumber to care for us. And
theyre fairly well compensated for it too.
If youve experienced this, then you know
just how some of the people who call us feel
when we get there. The tendency to wash out a
report or shine on a victim because we dont care for
their life-style is exactly the same thing. Put yourself
in their position for a second and remember, per-
ception is reality for most people out there.
Even if things are not exactly what they think
they are, if theyre thinking they are that
way, they are. Some may say thats pretty
much the stupidest thing ever written in this
magazine but read it a few times and the
meaning will magically appear trust me
I was a sergeant Im here to help.
Dont waste two hours washing out a report
that you could nish in a half hour. Take a little
time with people; they may remember it
for the rest of their lives. They may
even tell their grandkids about it.
Yes we handle the same issue
seven times a day but its a sig-
nicant life event for them. Treat
them like youd want to be treated by
that nurse, doctor or plumber.
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eral congressman wholl have sway over the entire law
enforcement community for at least the next couple years.
We need that like another ninth circuit decision. I would
have written, hole in my head but thats kind of what their
decisions are anyway. How on earth did we get to this point?
I think the media has so distorted the war in Iraq and the
Presidents role there; its just another nail in the Repub-
lican Partys coffin. Not that the Republicans need any help
burying themselves. Theyve done a stunningly brilliant job
of just that. Congressional Page scandals, Randy Cun-
ninghams excruciatingly disappointing betrayal of his
office by taking bribes, a huge deficit, out of control
spending and total head-in-the-sand (or in somewhere else)
inaction on the illegal immigration crisis just scratch the
surface. Folks are tired of the crap and voted for a change. I
just wish it wasnt this change.
Well get through it, we have in the past and we will
again sometime in the future but its going to be painful. As
a group, law enforcement needs to do a better job of
pointing out the morons in public life. John Conyers,
Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is indeed one of
them. Im sure there will be one running for President in the
next election too. Im just not sure which party theyll be
affiliated with. We need to band together and yell loudly
hell, shriek from the watchtower about who has their
head up their butt and who doesnt.
Usually we let our unions or associations do it for us. But
theyre just as much of the problem. Admittedly, their job is to
get us the best pay and benets they can. Its their responsibility
to do that. But when they support one of the morons we should
be shrieking about, its time for them to take a step back and
look at the overall good. This guy might want the unions to get
a raise for their members but hes also the one who wants to do
away with a cops rights or strip us of certain immunity from
prosecution. Thats a bad move.
Anti-Police Politicians
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