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cited the
orders came
from his superiors. If youre
going after the US Attorney,
why not the US Marshall who
served the warrant and made the
arrest? Why not leave all the blame
on the man at the top, he wanted the
prosecution, the conviction and he will
not pardon them. How about a tirade
about the boss?
As for Deputy Hernandez, I was
taught it wasnt a good idea to shoot at a
eeing individual, unless that individual
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COP Jihad
Dave, give me a break. After reading
your tirade, I had two thoughts
either youre an idiot or you never wore
a badge in your life. Do I have your
attention yet? Youre mad at a US
Attorney for doing his job the job he
was assigned to do by a superior; albeit
a distasteful job. Gee wiz, I bet you
never heard of an officer of the law
who had to serve a warrant or make an
arrest he found distasteful or funda-
mentally wrong. If you havent you are
writing for the wrong magazine.
The prosecution in both cases you
presented a
clear and
imminent threat to
human life. Regret-
tably, Deputy Hernandez
didnt have the benefit of
my training ofcers advice
and he probably didnt
watch any use of force
episodes on the local
LETN. They would have advised him
not to re at a eeing vehicle. Part of the
training I learned was an important term,
The Judicious Use of Force. We all

He needs to
have the fleas
of a thousand
camels infest
his crotch ...
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Just for the record, I have heard of
ofcers whove had to serve a warrant
or make an arrest they found distasteful
or fundamentally wrong. Fortunately for
me, I was never put in that position. So it
may be easy for me to assert I wouldnt
do it. Id like to think I wouldnt sell out
my integrity to go along with a less than
ethical order even if it means Id be
fired and have to sell insurance, used
cars, flip burgers or something even
worse like be a magazine editor (please
dont tell my mother).
As for a tirade about Johnny
have to face our day in court.
Oh, yeah I really like the magazine
keep up the good work.
Joseph C. Denslow
Texas
Joseph, thanks for the kind words
about the magazine. We try to bring
good information, opinions and thought
provoking subjects to our readers. I
especially enjoy the times when
someone writes to take on one of my
positions. I will almost always print
them, as I want our readers to get dif-
ferent takes on a given subject. That
way they can make up their own minds
on an issue. So let me tell you where I
stand on the issues in your email.
If I have to wear an idiot tag on this
one, then I wear it proudly. I was a cop
for 30 years, so from your hypothesis,
the only thing left for me is that Im an
idiot. Okay, Ive been called a lot worse.
You are absolutely correct about the
fact Im mad at the US Attorney
specically, Johnny Sutton. Lets make
sure everyone knows that name so
when he runs for ofce down the road,
his name will be associated with the
spineless act hes so damn proud of.
If that means refusing
or disregarding an
illegal or unethical
order from a superior,
then we need to be able
to ride the heat that
action brings upon us.
Suttons boss, Im working on it. But
Ill just have to let it fester and build a
little more before it pops. I voted for the
guy and still support some of his poli-
cies but I find his handling of the
border issues despicable. Ill leave it at
that for now and Ill clear everything
else with the Secret Service rst.
My training regarding shooting at a
fleeing vehicle was similar to yours.
Deputy Hernandez may have or not
may have been exposed to training in
that area. I dont know. But we dont
know what really happened there. I
seriously doubt the jury knows either.
One thing I do know is your Judicious
Use of Force should be predicated on
the ofcers perceived threat. Even if he
was found to be wrong in using an
unnecessary level of force, he should
never have been prosecuted disci-
plined, maybe big difference.
As cops, we owe it to the people we
serve to uphold the Constitution of the
United States. It was part of the oath I
took. If that means refusing or disre-
garding an illegal or unethical order
from a superior, then we need to be
able to ride the heat that action brings
upon us. Id much rather look in the
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mirror and see someone my kids can be
proud of even though Im a magazine
editor than an unethical political sell
out masquerading as an officer of the
court. Dave or Idiot if you prefer.
Dave, Thank you for bringing this to
more peoples attention. My hope is
those eas from a thousand camels all
bring their relatives. I worked on the
southern border for over 30 years and
can tell you Suttons actions send the
wrong message. Were at war, both in
Iraq and on the Mexican border
something idiots like Sutton fail to
understand. Again thanks from an old
retired Border Patrol, Customs and
Deputy Sheriff.
Donnie Daniels,
Lovell, Wyo.
Daily Constitutional?
Im about to send off my subscrip-
tion renewal and even though I know
you hear it a lot, I wanted to say thanks
for a great magazine. Every afternoon I
read one or two articles during my
daily constitutional as I get ready for
work. Whether its refreshing some-
thing I need to remember, teaching me
something new, making me laugh or
making me angry, I know itll help
motivate me as I suit up and jump in
the car. Keep it up.
Zac Frommer,
Roswell, Ga.
Zac, thanks very much, you made my
day. This is exactly why we come to
work everyday to put this magazine
together. Thanks for subscribing but I
will now have to go gouge out my
minds eye when it comes to that daily
constitutional comment. Dave
Gunsite Article
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Oh, shit, another crazy bomb tech,
but that soon changed to an admiration
for his positive, good-natured behavior.
Never once did I hear Ed say a discour-
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toughness was needed, he was right
there with the mostest. Ed was not slow
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I knew Giles later when I was
assigned to the Concealed Weapons
Unit. The unit trained & oversaw CCW
instructors around the state. Both
brothers were involved in that.
I can believe you had quite an inter-
esting experience at Gunsite. Although
Ive never seen Ed and Giles in action at
the same time, I can imagine how the
group reacted to the two.
Robert O. (Bobby Mac) McCarthy
Phoenix, Ariz.
Bobby Mac, Delbert eh, I dont think
Id try that on him either at least if I
were in the same grid square. As a
matter of fact, if I were you, Id be
looking over my shoulder right about
now. Bomb Techs have a very highly
rened and unusual sense of humor. Its
just not too many understand it when
theyre ying through the air. Dave
Can You Rumble
I just read the article Can You Rumble
by Mr. Sammy Reese. I must say he hit
the nail right on the head. I dont nor-
mally write to magazines but after
reading that article I had to respond. Ive
been training in the martial arts for 23
years long before I became a cop.
Once I did get on the job I realized the
importance of continuing my training.
I also agree with the popularity of
Mi xed Mart i al Art s and Ul t i mat e
Fighting Challenge. You can bet your
ass therere many training hard to take
on a cop.
Ive had many coworkers approach
and say they want to do what I do but
dont want to join a dojo/club. They
just want that four to eight hour session
and call it a day.
It helps that MA training for me is
also a passion outside the job. I always
liked your magazine, but this has
cemented my continuing subscription.
Name withheld by request
Last Time
Dave, Im a former reserve officer
for the City of Minneapolis. Although
Im not involved with law enforce-
ment at the present, I love your maga-
zine and enjoy the articles. I was just
reading the letters on Return Fire and
one in particular caught my attention
because of its basic ignorance and
anti-cop bias. Michael Ruppert asks,
how the Duke University athletes feel
about being falsely charged with rape.
Am I missing something here? The
rape case was brought by a district
attorney so hell-bent on getting re-
elected he ignored exculpatory evi-
dence. The function of the police is to
gather information and evidence and
forward it to the DA. Its the DA who
makes the decision to prosecute or not.
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Mike, every profession makes mis-
takes and cops are no exception. For
some reason, everybody seems to jump
on their backs when a mistake is made.
Did you know about 98,000 people die
every year as a result of medical
errors? Nobody seems to jump on hos-
pitals or doctors backs over this fact.
Why is that?
As for me, I dont approve of
police misconduct but I want to know
all the facts and circumstances sur-
rounding an event, not the 30-second
video that leaves out what happened
before the alleged misconduct took
place, before I pass judgment on a
cop. Thats my two cents. Keep up the
good work.
Alfredo D. Castro
Alfredo, thanks for the note. Mikey
has demonstrated his ignorance to all
the readers. Fortunately, there arent
too many of his ilk. This is however the
last of Mikeys venom or reader
rebuttal comments Im going to put in
here. Unless, of course, he has a signif-
icant life event and apologizes for his
transgressions. Chances of that hap-
pening are like Chuck Schumer taking
a Thunder Ranch class, Diane Fien-
stein and Barbara Boxer going on an
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elk hunt with Ted Nugent and Johnny
Sutton spontaneously growing a heart
and developing ethics all at the
same time. Hes a waste of air and I
just cant justify his presence in my
magazine anymore. Dave
I t Wears On You
As a retired veteran of 34-years of
professional service (Probation & Parole
Agent, Social Worker, etc.) I can assure
Mr. Brian Dawe and all your readers the
unfortunate attitudes and behaviors
which correctional officers pick up
Behind The Fence and carry over to
family, friends and others also applies to
many prison and P&P workers as well
as COs. This is most often in reaction to
the criminals we deal with and some-
times to the occasionally evil sub-group
of administrators.
By the way, I just renewed my sub-
scription to your excellent journal.
James Pawlak
Parochial
parochial adj
1. concerned only with narrow local
concerns without any regard for more
general or wider issues: provincial;
parochial views; a parochial mentality.
2. relating to or belonging to a
parish, or to parishes
A Recent E-mail Thread
Hi - I was curious to know if you
publish Book Reviews on criminal jus-
tice texts. I would be interested in
doing this from time to time and you
might even be able to pick up another
ad. Many thanks.
John J. Vollmann, Jr., Ph.D.,
Chair, School of Criminal Justice,
ITT-Technical Institute,
7955 NW12th Street,
Miami, Florida 33126
John, thanks for the offer however
its not something were inclined to do.
Dave Douglas
Editor
American COP Magazine
Dave - Seeing you want the publica-
tion to remain very parochial, then I will
not be renewing. The ITT Technical
Institute criminal justice chairs will also
be apprized of this. Many thanks.
John J. Vollmann, Jr., Ph.D.,
Chair, School of Criminal Justice,
ITT-Technical Institute,
7955 NW12th Street,
Miami, Florida 33126
John, since you wont be renewing I
guess I wont have to continue to suck
up to you just so I can get your twenty
bucks every year. Ill probably have to
lay-off three or four graphic artists,
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Return Fire column. Letters should be typewritten or emailed
but legible handwriting is acceptable. We reserve the right to
edit all published letters for clarity and length. Due to the
volume of mail, we are unable to individually answer either
written correspondence or e-mail. Send your letters to Return
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(artists should be suffering anyway) but
what really grinds me will be the loss of
the American COP Magazine private
jet and limos.
Please understand American COP
Magazine wishes in no way to have real
life experiences from actual cops and
lessons learned on the streets in any
way taint theoretical academias view
of the world.
I apologize for my return e-mail to
you being a bit brief. I didnt have much
time when I received it. I was also
attempting to be courteous by omitting
the fact your proposal would bore my
readers into a comatose state perhaps
causing them to drool, short out their
handy talkie microphones and drive off
the road into a tree. I just cant afford
that liability and Ill just have to keep
COP parochial in its
approach. Dave
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off-duty and retired cops carry guns
for self-defense. Shockingly, year in
and year out, the International Asso-
ciation of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
opposed allowing cops to have the
choice to carry a gun to protect them-
selves and their families from harm.
So much for putting ofcer safety
rst they instead chose to do the
pandering of the Brady Bunch.
Recently, a ve-year federal study
was concluded; it had compelling and
possibly life-saving ofcer safety
information. It was presented to the
International Association of Chiefs of
Police. But there was a problem and
the information wasnt publicized.
The 180-page, FBI-led study exam-
ined 800 incidents of attacks on of-
cers (entitled, Violent Encounters: A
Study of Felonious Assaults on Our
Nations Law Enforcement Ofcers).
After dissecting more than 40 cases in
great detail, the feds were ready to
report, among other things, that:
Handguns were the preferred gun
of choice used by those who attacked
ofcers, and that in contrast to the
media myth, not one of the guns in the
study was obtained at a gun show.
None of the attackers interviewed
was hindered by any gun control law
neither federal nor state. The FBI inves-
tigator is quoted as saying, They just
laughed at gun laws.
Nearly 40 percent of offenders had
formal rearms training and more
than 80 percent regularly practice with
handguns (averaging 23 practice ses-
sions a year).
None regularly used a holster and,
not surprisingly, can be detected by
ofcers looking for the tell of
touching their hidden guns.
Ofcers seem reluctant to use
deadly force whereas, in stark contrast,
the bad guys did not hesitate to shoot
anybody including ofcers.
Ofcers dont realize how cold
blooded the younger generation offender
is and that street veteran bad guys sur-
vive by developing a shoot-rst mentality.
Now, here is the rub: this vital life
saving information was delivered on a
silver platter to the chiefs of IACP but
we only heard about it and can share it
with you because of the outstanding,
honest work being done by the Force
Science Institute. It seems despite the
CASE IN POINT
P
erhaps one of the most frustrating things for cops who
work the street is to watch the evening news when some
talking head tells the American public how police
feel about some issue. The frustration greatly increases
when the street cop hears a sound bite from some chief of police
and thinks, What planet is this clown from? Hes completely
out of touch!
Obviously, not all chiefs are liberal political hacks who care
more about pleasing the politician who appointed them than they
do about the ofcers under their command. But, all too often, it
seems the ones featured in the mainstream media dont see
issues the same way the cop on the beat does. Sadly, many of the
most prominent chiefs and the groups associated with them
support legislation and politicians that put ofcers at great risk of
harm. Even worse, they sometimes are so caught up in their
agenda they put ofcer safety behind political correctness.
taxpayer money
IACP receives
or the frequency
chiefs nd themselves in front
of a microphone they chose not to
publicize these ndings. I cant help but
wonder if the reason for this is because
the ndings shatter the anti-gun lies they
have long been publicly supporting.
By contrast, Dr. Bill Lewinski and
those working with him at FSI are to be
commended for helping to make this
data available.
We can only speculate as to what
motivates individual chiefs who hate
guns and the Second Amendment so
much they would rather see ofcers put
in jeopardy rather than tell the truth.
Thankfully there are still those in law
enforcement leadership positions who are
willing to take a stand against anti-gun
politicians and radical left-leaning gun
control groups like the Brady Campaign,
et. al. and support the
US Constitution.
For More Info: www.forcescience.org
and www.leaa.org
*
ARE CHIEFS PLAYING
POLITICS WITH
OFFICERS LIVES?
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FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
MARK HANTEN
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is its lock system in your
handguns ejection port when it
is holstered. The release is acti-
vated simply and intuitively pressing of
the thumb catch during a natural drawing
motion. Many of the ALS models also
incorporate Safarilands SLS rotating
hood retention system and their Hood
Guard preventing unwanted release, in
the event of an attempted takeaway. Its a
simple matter of pressing the thumb
catch on the hood down and forward,
then initiating the ALS thumb catch
while drawing the gun. That may sound
like a lot to do, but after a few practice
draws it becomes smooth and uid.
Like all retention holsters, you have
to draw your gun hundreds of times to
get the muscle memory needed to wear
it in the eld. I havent seen a retention
holster yet that wouldnt bind up once
you start pulling your gun out before
activating the release, whether it locks
to the triggerguard, the ejection port or
the frame. Putting pressure against the
locking mechanism before trying to
activate the release will bind the lock
every time until pressure is released.
This holster is no exception from others
here so practice.
The ALS holster line includes tactical, concealment and patrol models.
Each is offered in several different nishes and the tactical models are avail-
able in black, foliage green and brown at dark earth. Most of the ALS models
are available for light-mounted guns too. For only one model of gun you have
about 60 different iterations to choose from. Imagine covering 20 or more dif-
ferent models of handguns and you start to see the enormity of Safariland. I
have a certain fondness for smaller companies, but I must admit when it comes
to serving the needs of our profession, sometimes its the big guys who offer
the options we need. Currently, Safariland offers ALS holsters for numerous
makes and models of handguns including several Beretta, Glock, H&K, Sig
Sauer, S&Wand Springeld models and several 1911 models
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days of wear, its subtleties became apparent. Its now my pri-
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BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
20 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM J ULY/AUGUST 2007
I
n the same article, South Car-
olina Agency Chief of Staff,
Richard Stroker, refuted yet
another claim that being
accredited reduces a states lia-
bility. He said, South Carolina
prisons are insured through the
state. Stroker, who doubles as
the corrections departments
chief lawyer, said accreditation
LIABILITY
Accreditation Minimal Standards Are You Kidding?
Would YOU Fly In An AIRPLANE That
ONLY Meets MINIMAL Standards?
$
$
$
$
COST FACTORS
I
n 2003, the state of South Carolina
cancelled ACAaccreditation of four
prisons in a budget tightening deci-
sion. According to Director of Cor-
rections, Jon Ozmint, the ACAaccredita-
tion process cost South Carolina over
$250,000 per year, he added, Do you
pay someone to tell you youre meeting
standards you already exceed? Internal
inspectors can match or improve on
ACAstandards, adding unannounced
inspections by in-house evaluators will
maintain standards better than ACAs
scheduled prison inspections.
ACArefutes cost assessments made
by Director Ozmint citing their fees at
between $8,000 and $12,000 per
facility. However Mr. Ozmints gures
include the actual cost of the hundreds
of man-hours necessary for accredita-
tion, a fact ACAomits in their calcula-
tions and marketing releases.
private prison industry.
ACAreceives extensive funding from those who prot
from incarceration. Private prison administrators and propo-
nents serve on many of their committees. Professionals in my
business are painfully aware the private prison industry is
about prot not
safety. Achieving
minimal stan-
dards serves the
privateers well.
However,
achieving minimal
standards isnt
what corrections
should be about.
Two more pri-
vate corrections
facilities, rife with
trouble since the
day they opened,
were accredited by
the American Cor-
rectional Associa-
tion in late
August. The
action pushes to
six the number of
problematic facili-
ties recently
accredited fueling
the debate about
whether theyre
searching for
excellence or
pandering. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the two
prisons have had almost continuous problems with the state
DOC since they began housing medium-security inmates
almost two years ago.
F
or years as an ofcer, union ofcial and now as the exec-
utive director for the American Correctional Ofcer
Intelligence Network (ACOIN) Ive watched the Amer-
ican Correctional Association (ACA) closely. The ACAs
mission to accredit correctional facilities and to strive for
excellence in cor-
rections is honor-
able. Although Im
a strong proponent
of oversight when it
comes to our cor-
rectional facilities
Im not a supporter
of ACAs accredita-
tion process.
In November
2005, I was asked
to participate in a
panel on the ACA
accreditation
process conducted
by the Commission
on Safety and
Abuse in Americas
Prisons. During the
panel discussion
ACADeputy Exec-
utive Director, Jef-
frey Washington,
told the Commis-
sion, This whole
process, one for-
gets, is [about]
minimal stan-
dards. Therein lies the crux of todays problem with the
way ACAis constituted. Its not about excellence in correc-
tions its about minimal standards. Unfortunately, the
direction ACAhas taken can be linked to their support of the
JACOPsec1 5/22/07 1:58 AM Page 20
standards dont provide protec-
tion in court. I dont know of a
case that a judge said because
you meet ACA standards, Im
dismissing the case.
Policy And Practice
The ACAaccreditation process
is steeped in policy but light on
practicality. One of the recommen-
dations of the Commission on
Abuse with regards to ACA
accreditation was to monitor prac-
tice not just policy. We can all draft
policy, but are those policies fol-
lowed and do they have practical
application? Those questions ACA
fails to ask let alone answer.
Accountability
Where is the accountability?
Ive asked ACAadministrators on
numerous occasions to name just
one facility theyve failed.
Although claiming to have failed
many, they wont name even one.
If were truly about excellence in
corrections what good is an accred-
itation process you cant fail?
We must be fearless in our
evaluations of our correctional
facilities. Although I strongly sup-
port the idea behind accreditation,
ACAs current system falls far
short of promoting excellence. In
an environment where over
30,000 correctional staff are
assaulted every year, where every
five weeks another officer dies in
the line of duty, we can and we
must do better than
minimal standards. *
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We must befearless in
our evaluations of our
correctional facilities.
AlthoughI strongly
support the idea
behind accreditation,
ACAs current system
falls far short of
promoting excellence
JACOPsec1 5/23/07 8:56 PM Page 21
BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
T
hats where Incident Commander, a new computer
game created by software developer BreakAway,
LTD can be used to hone your NIMS and ICS skills.
This so-called serious game was funded by DOJs
National Institute of Justice and BreakAway who has years of
experience developing strategy and battleeld games for mili-
tary simulations. Scheduled for release in April 2007, this
free yes thats right free software is available to all rst
responders. DOJ acknowledges while the focus of million
dollar grants has been on larger cities, the vast majority of
rst responders work for agencies with 50 or fewer
employees. By making this tool available for free, they hope
to gain higher levels of understanding and compliance with
Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5.
22 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM J ULY/AUGUST 2007
Single Or Multi-Player
O
nce installed, you can decide to play in single or
multi-player mode. As a single player you can
interact at your leisure. Scenarios compress
days and weeks into games lasting only hours.
You can play from start to finish or pause and com-
plete the simulation during multiple sessions. You can
assume any of the ICS roles to learn the ins and outs of
the Unified Command.
In the multi-player mode, as many as 16 players can be
involved at once preparing agencies to work together. Up
to nine players can take ICS roles while seven participate
as observers simultaneously all can offer information
to the incident commander. And just like the real world,
A
cronyms love em or hate
em theyre a part of law
enforcements culture. Learning
two of the systems associated
with the more valuable acronyms,
NIMS and ICS, may not only save
your life and the lives of others, it can
also help recover costs from the Feds
for managing emergencies if you
use them properly.
NIMS, the National Incident Man-
agement System, enables responders at
all levels to work together more effec-
tively managing domestic incidents no
matter the size or complexity.
The Incident Command System
(ICS) is a management system used in
the US, parts of Canada, the UK and
other countries to organize emergency
response. It was designed to offer scal-
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dents of any magnitude.
Both systems grow
and shrink with the inci-
dent, allowing more
resources to be smoothly
added into the system
when required, and facil-
itate the release of
resources when no
longer needed. The trick
is becoming procient
with ICS and main-
taining those skills over
time. Unfortunately, like
any technical skill if you
dont use it you lose it. Real world
events are fortunately few and far
between and live multi-agency training
exercises are expensive. Tabletop exer-
Continued on page 72
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players, but many participants stretch,
bend or simply break the rules just to
get the scenarios to work.
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GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
SAMMY REESE OFFICERSURVIVAL
handle the device properly. Some
would say its a waste of time to evacuate the area, set a
perimeter and wait for the bomb guys. After all its only a
brown bag by the front door with a note on it saying its a bomb
and if its moved, it will go off.
Its probably just a bag of dog crap. Why waste
everyones time, Ill just go take a look inside. I asked the
rookie if shed ever seen a device go high order. High order
whats that? When I said, Been around when a bomb goes
off, her reply was I saw it on television my point exactly.
It probably is dog crap 99 percent of the time. Its the one
percent Im concerned with. Well all have a good laugh
when the bomb guy in the big green suit walks up and says,
The news crews are going to be pissed off, its only a bag of
crap. The ip side is someone gets injured or dead because
they didnt take proper precautions.
Im not a bomb tech, but I had some training in the
Marines. It taught me many things, but the most important
was I never wanted to be inside the safe distance area when
a device went off.
Would you rush a barricaded suspect known to be armed?
Hell no. So why would you walk up to potential explosive
device and put you hands on it?
The hard-charging troops that serve our country with honor
in faraway places know rst hand what its like being in an
environment where everything and everyone is a possible IED.
Dont make molehills into mountains and be the ofcer
who cried IED every time something doesnt look right. Use
your brain-housing group for something besides growing hair
on. Think, stay safe and make sure you and your
partners make it home in one piece.
I
t was a dark and stormy night
well not really. Actually it was
day watch and it was really a nice
sunny Southern California day.
The call on the computer screen read
something like suspicious object
maybe a missile or bomb. It wasnt
my beat and I was really grateful.
So much for not my beat, the
watch commander got me on the
radio and asked if I would go check
it out. I politely explained I wasnt a
bomb tech. He said, You were a
Marine, and thats the closest thing
we have to a bomb tech.
The object in question was about
two feet long light blue with sta-
belizer ns on the tail. Looks like a
bomb to me was my rst thought.
Light blue was the color of
training rounds. Since this wasnt
my rst rodeo, I was a little suspi-
cious. The device could have been a
real one someone painted over or a
training device modied to go high order.
I advised the boss to callout the county bomb guys and
let them make the final call. The officer responsible for
the beat came up on the air and said to standby; hed be
over to check it out. He was a 20-year Marine and would
know what to do.
Long story short he wanted to impound it. He knew for
a fact it was only a training bomb and posed no danger. I told
the boss we were better off being safe than sorry. Id be the
goat if it was nothing.
The bomb guy got to the scene and came out in about 10
minutes with the device in his hand. My partner said, See, I
told you it wasnt real. The bomb tech said, No, its not
real, but I did remove the supplemental bursting charge. I left
it in place and will retrieve it with the proper container.
The tech went on to explain the device was an air-dropped
training bomb that would emit an orange puff of smoke on
impact. The impact would cause the busting charge similar to
an M100 recracker to detonate and disperse the orange dust.
When I dropped a huge manhole cover-size dime on
Ofcer Know-It-All about him just wanting to impound it, the
tech jumped his you know what. He told him if the device,
which was very unstable due to its age, had gone high order in
his trunk, the whole vehicle would go up with it.
Looking back on this incident, and many other similar
calls of suspicious packages, I keep asking myself the same
thing. Does anyone not want to go home safe at the end of
shift? Everyone would stand-up and shout Yes I do. So
why do some cops do stupid stuff when it comes to things
that can go BOOM?
Cops always joke about doing things at time and a half
being much better than doing them on straight time. Only
administrators would disagree. So why not call in the pros to
*
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P
urchase the most appropriate safety gear with both
safety and environmental factors in mind. Enforce the
safety gear is used. Provide mandatory, realistic and
ongoing training.
If your department lacks the budget to train officers to
a higher level here are four essential skill sets that must
be practiced.
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
26 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM J ULY/AUGUST 2007
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.
W
e can all recall a time when drove a vehicle
close to its limits. Sometimes it was planned
and others it was a holy shit, save the world,
heart-pounding and eyes bulging way past the
pucker factor near miss. After the almost crash our hearts
race and we start to shake from a sudden adrenaline dump.
Even tough guys can relate to a situation like this and still
remember the humbling lessons a near miss can teach. Take
that adrenaline rush feeling and multiply buy a factor of ten
thats close to what it feels like when the near miss hap-
pens to the Motor Unit. I can tell you from experience a near
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
RISK REDUCTION ESSENTIALS
Clutch Control
Operators must be able to make tight U-turns and navigate
around vehicles and obstacles in tight spaces. The clutch can
be used as a balance tool, while pulling it in just past the fric-
tion area the bike losses stability allowing the operator to turn
the wheel tighter. This should be done after the rider sets his
body position on the seat for better balance.
To straighten the bike back up, the rider should smoothly
ease the clutch out, putting power to the rear wheel helping to
upright the bike. Visual control, balance and smooth clutch
control are essential.
Turns
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation claims one leading
cause of motorcycle crashes is where the operator travels too
miss on a bike can produce some heavy skid marks not
the kind left on the street and you denitely stay away from
measuring them.
Sometimes youll see a motor cop wearing just a patrol
uniform and vest. A20 mph slide will be enough to cause
severe road rash, broken bones and a signicant amount of
off-work recovery time. And, the chance of being tossed off
the bike in the wrong direction and run over by another
vehicle can produce worse results. Motorcycles are a very
useful policing tool, a lot of fun, a lot of freedom, but a hell
of a lot more risk for the operator.
BASIC TRAINING
For Motorcycle Units
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fast in a turn and collides with a sta-
tionary object. Riders must have a nat-
ural feel for the correct speed when
entering a curve.
Never suddenly squeeze the brakes
at the last minute. This action puts to
much weight on the front end and
takes away the bikes suspension
travel in a turn. If theres a hole or
bump halfway through the turn the
bike will bottom out since the suspen-
sion is collapsed.
Concentrate on visual control,
looking where you want the bike to
eventually be. When youre ready to
begin your turn press in a downward
and outward direction on the handle bar
causing the bike to lean in the direction
of the turn. Continue pressing in this
direction until youre ready to
straighten the bike. During the turn
gentle acceleration really helps main-
tain stability. The throttle lifts the bike
up giving more ground clearance as
well as setting the suspension to a more
mid-range position.
Emergency Braking
Brakes should be squeezed and
pressed with progressive pressure,
riders need to develop a sense and feel
for this pressure. When brakes are
applied weight shifts forward over the
front tire. When more weight is
applied to the front tire it sticks to the
ground better increasing available
traction. However, exceeding the
weight limits on the front tire will
cause it to lock and skid. In a front
wheel skid the rider should release the
front brake and re-apply after the tire
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ext time youre in Barnes & Noble scan the titles in the business sections and
youll nd volume after monotonous volume by leaders in every known
facet of human enterprise economics, nance, investment, real estate,
asset management, corporate governance, operational excellence, time man-
agement, weight loss, marriage and child care. The list is endless, frighteningly so and
endless as the ego and vanity of the people who write such tripe; whose industry lead-
ership position is often questionable or non-existent. Donald Trump ts neatly into
this category, although he certainly soars to the top of the list of self-promoters.
And this best-seller list approach to leadership denition is inversely proportional
to the other list of titles, much more difcult to assemble since candidates for listing
there are so few and containing books by stunningly remarkable human characters
who are acknowledged and appreciated as actual leaders by the majority of accred-
ited, and creditable relevant critical media as well as the bulk of the population they
directly inuenced like Jack Welch.
Then, too, the larger historical records of our civilizations are replete with as
many stories as can be imagined about leaders putative and real military
leaders, political, social and revolutionary, larger-than-life personalities whose
force of will, intellect, courage, selessness and foresight achieved for them a per-
manent record reecting signal achievements which warranted books, even histo-
ries to be written about them.
ED PALUMBO
O
n the other hand, in regular and
reserve lineups everywhere,
were usually faced with a dif-
ferent animal altogether, whose
names may appear on still different
lists, with titles such as Biggest
Horses Ass I Ever Worked For.
The odds of nding yourself in a
life-altering, rewarding, absorbing
occupation led by a 21st century
Alexander the Great, or Winston
Churchill are relatively slim. While
your chances of being on a squad,
shift or team led by someone called
Lieutenant Mallethead or Assis-
tant Chief Bombs and Rockets are
sadly much greater.
F
or all intents
and purposes an acceptable
working denition of leadership is nearly
impossible to x, but not for want of trying. Just about every-
body above the rank of corporal is an expert on the subject just ask them. Were
inundated with denitions from every conceivable walk of life, profession, every
corner of human endeavor wherein one person directs the actions of another. Who gets
the last word? Will there ever be a last word? Not hardly as the Duke would say.
FALSE PROPHETS
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
Follow Me
Follow the Leader
YOU KNOW
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The brilliant military historian
John Keegan, a leader in his eld,
has written well and extensively
about the character and dynamics of
military generalship across the
known records of human achieve-
ment. In The Mask of Command he
wrote, The leader of men in warfare
can show himself to his followers
only through a mask, a mask that he
must make for himself, but a mask
made in such form as will mark him
to men of his time and place as the
leader they want and need.
Apart from the fact many of the
masks worn by some of our would-
be leaders are of Mardi Gras heritage
and considering our chief concerns
now are not related to battleeld tac-
tics or the vastness of imperial con-
quest theres a subtext in that quota-
tion which might strike a chord with
those of us who follow a leader
the leader we want and need.
Do We Get To Choose?
Actually, yes, at certain times and
under unique and often non-recurring
circumstances we can and must
decide for ourselves who to follow.
There should be no hesitation not
for a second to decide to leave an
organization at whose head sits a
person with neither subject-matter
expertise or knowledge of manage-
ment principles let alone the capa-
bility to soundly exercise them. For if
that captain, lieutenant, director or
senior manager is truly bereft of the
rudimentary tools of their trade and
the ability to lead putting them in the
unenviable spot of being both igno-
rant and unwise can you ever to
learn anything from them? Lets face
it, we dont need a formal denition;
you know damn well who is and who
isnt a true leader.
In the classic 1975 Warner Bros.
lm, The Yakuza, stylishly depicting
the losing battle of a 20th century
yakuza adept in modern Japan, the
director Sydney Pollack has an older
yakuza describe the lms protagonist
a veritable lone wolf as a free
agent, a man who neither gives nor
takes orders. To be so recognized,
feared and admired in the lm free
of the burdens of work or group asso-
ciation, not leading or led is a dream
for many.
While for those of us who cannot
opt for the warriors path, choosing the
best and brightest to follow while
unglamorous is at times
both practical and necessary.
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he Taser has racked up some impres-
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When a Clackamas County deputy
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asked with attacking the drug-
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Tijuana Police Department. There,
the rst crime-ghting measure
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of whom are suspected of being the
organized drug-smuggling and
racketeering gangs they were sup-
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been used in drug wars and turf-
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THIS WASNT COVERED IN TASER TRAINING
They thought they were going to
have to kill it out of compassion, said
Sheriffs Lieutenant Jim Strovink. It was
going to die a slow, agonizing death.
Then a little light bulb popped on over
Deputy Jeff Millers head: Hey, he
thought, How bout trying my Taser?
One ZAP and the buck slumped in the
ropes like a sack of oats. The ofcers
quickly freed the deer and laid him
gently on the ground. Acouple of min-
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ngerprint, bingo they knew it was him!
Choosing their words carefully, investigators reported
Moore was identied by the distinctive top portion of his but-
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buttcrack many times, and would know it anywhere. This raises
an interesting question about the future use of bend-over
lineups, doesnt it? Or, showing photos to a witness: See any
butts that look familiar there, maam?
The manager stated that he had even
counseled Moore repeatedly about
exposure of his buttcrack. Moore
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
A Strong
Statement
C
ops shouldnt learn and apply tac-
tics because they want to or enjoy
it. You should learn, practice and
be aware of tactical techniques in case
you might have to use them.
Street Cop Tactics
W
hat if the situation required one ofcer to respond, or maybe even
forced them to apply tactics because the problem allowed no other
easy or worse yet survivable course of action?
This second in a series of columns and those to follow are designed to
make regular street cops aware of how they can use tactics. If your individual
tactics are already rock solid then they might serve as a review or refresher.
Theres very little difference between basic and advanced tactical tech-
niques. Usually basic tactics are advanced, and advanced techniques wind up
being basics applied especially in a ght.
TACTICs:
O
ver the years, Ive watched
whats been written about
tactics and their application by cops. I noticed much of the material is
geared toward SWAT and specialized units. Perhaps this is because the per-
ception is SWAT needs these tactics more than patrol cops? But by the time SWAT
gets there, patrol has already been handling the scene. While SWAT is generally
used for situations like barricaded suspects dont forget, it was patrol that found
the suspect barricaded in the rst place.
The application of tactics by a team of ofcers is often promoted as being dif-
ferent than a single ofcer clearing a building. Having a cover ofcer while opening
doors or being able to look in two directions is an advantage. Theres no question
four eyes, four ears and two muzzles are better clearing an area than just two of each.
Logic and in some cases departmental policy dictates single ofcers do not clear
buildings or make felony vehicle stops these are probably good doctrinal concepts.
Waiting for a backup is almost always
better than charging ahead it all
counts for your 20 folks.
To err on the side of caution is probably
best, or if not, wear good armor.
The adage dont let your battleship atti-
tude overload your rowboat ass applies
to tactics regardless of seniority or
years on the job.
Old cops can die just as quick as
rookies. The reverse is also true.
It will be very hard to acquire new
combat skills in the middle of a ght.
The Basics
T
actics, at minimum, consist of
four points. You can add or sub-
tract whatever you like. As for
me, being a novice tactician, these
four points have worked pretty well
for me over 39 years of use.
Yet, I always remain rigidly ex-
ible when learning or applying tac-
tics in training operationally. Please
note I never said real world. If you
dont treat your training like youre
always in the real world, or if its
not taken seriously to start with then
what was the point?
Architecture Read The Ground
A
rchitecture in this application is the ability or awareness to read the ground you
may be or are about to ght on. This can be anything from how did you park
your car to take advantage of its strong points on the felony vehicle stop, to
door hinge placement which shows which way the door youre about to go through
opens. Everyone reading this has pushed on a door that had pull to open painted on
the door havent you?
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Why not wait for SWAT?
T
his may be something for you to consider. In the US 80 percent of law
enforcement agencies have 20 ofcers or less. Of them, 80 percent have
less than 12 ofcers. Of those, 80 percent have 6 ofcers or less.
Sounds like in some cases there might not be a SWAT team or even an effec-
tive active shooter program if one can be. Maybe a cop who knew
something about tactics might come in handy if only to themselves.
POOL: THE GAME
OF ANGLES
P
ool is a ball game wherein the
player with the best angle for the
shot will put the most balls in the
pockets. So then its pretty simple, the
person with the most balls wins. The
angle issue addresses how to safely
get the best angle to visually clear an
area or get the muzzle and sight on
target or access a threat with the least
amount of you showing. This is also
often called or referred to as slicing
the pie or pieing.
Maximize: Distance
M
any cops bristle up as they often think its good to make physical closure
quickly. You see it often on the Top Cop television videos. Ofcers run
up to a car and project themselves or a rearm into the vehicles occupant
compartment. Applying simple stand back and look at it for moment logic these
acts wind up being silly or dangerous often both.
In reality we should maximize distance to potential threats whenever possible until
such time as you can gain compliance using voice command or apply compliance by
gunre if required. I suggest against making closure with a possible threat whose
hands you cant see or avoid continuing to close on a hostile or non-compliant threat.
Every ofcer reading this realizes the act of handcufng or the act of closure to hands
on time is absolutely one of the most dangerous things a cop can do.
Distance allows you to make decisions, sometimes even better ones than you
might make at arms length. Distance also allows you to apply marksmanship if
required. Distance is your friend. Exposed empty hands on a suspect are a good
thing you should train to be a magnicent, no screw around handcuffer.
Minimize: Yourself
As A Target
T
his is a pretty straightforward issue. People will shoot
you because they can see you and they see you
because you let them. In the application of tactics
which we all know can be dangerous theres no sense in
helping our opponent by leading with muzzles, standing in
back lit doorways, sticking your head up away from cover
or making closure before we have the situation under some
degree of control.
So knowing tactics are dangerous, it comes down to
this. Read the ground, work the angles as far away from
the possible threat or threat area, by applying the first
three points it makes the fourth one work.
SLOW AS YOU GO
T
he slow as you go comment always
brings up what if theyre killing
the hostages.
Violence Of Action, Element
Of Surprise, Who Dares Wins
and Audacity.
All pretty cool concepts, I know
Ive done them all when I was
younger and healed faster. But street
cops dont throw grenades, call in air
strikes or travel in teams of heavily
armed and armored squads, platoons
or companies last I checked.
Street cops applying tactics is sort
of like a police car; no matter what
speed the car is going the siren is only
going 40 mph. If you outrun or go so
fast applying your version of tactics
that you get killed or injured, you
wind up being the problem. Theres
always an exception, but if you dont
get there whether across town or
down the hallway whats the point?
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No,
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ric as the negligent death of a child. But consider this: Those night-
mares are the result of actions by other people; the death, destruction and collateral
damages cannot be laid at your feet. Youre the one acting to mitigate them. An
AD, on the other hand, is your baby entirely, and youre forced to admit paternity.
That makes it worse by an order of magnitude.
For almost four years one of my unpleasant duties was to analyze all ADs suf-
fered onduty and off by personnel of my agency. They werent epidemic, but a
life was lost, bystanders wounded, marriages ended, friendships fractured and
an array of property was destroyed in ways that were ridiculously tragicomic.
Generally, agencies take the wrong approach to ADs, thinking they can punish
them out of existence. Thats not going to happen. The best thing you can do is
train them down to a minimum, and act to minimize collateral damage.
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and every time they possibly can when clearing or charging that weapon. That
said, Safe Direction products are the most appropriate, portable and affordable
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STRAIGHT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERSHIP ON THE FRONT LINES THE STREETS.
Point It Right Here
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THE ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE
A COPS WORST NIGHTMARE
THE ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE
A COPS WORST NIGHTMARE
This Safe Direction Range Bag has a pull-down
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ts something you can gain on the
street or by talking to those who
have walked the walk. You can
learn a lot from talking to older
experienced ofcers in an informal set-
ting. Ill never forget the meeting after
the meeting conversations with our
former commander, my mentor, about
his experiences. He was a wealth of
information and through interesting war
stories; he would share his knowledge
with new guys like me. Were all
human and were going to make mis-
takes. Ive certainly made my share
during my career as an auxiliary ofcer
and have been very lucky I havent
been seriously hurt or gotten someone
else hurt in the line of duty. If youre
wise enough to learn from these mis-
takes and dont repeat them
thats experience.
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PERRY W. HORNBARGER RESERVES
TRAINING
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
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raining is another important component of this triad. One of my pet
peeves is the lack training afforded cops today. Its no secret this job is
highly dynamic. Things you learned in the Academy just ve years ago
must be constantly updated due to new case law, new technology,
equipment, or whatever. Like it or not, things change. When I started in the
Fire Service thirty-four years ago (Yep, I am a retired re captain as well as an
auxiliary cop), we used a manual typewriter and carbon paper to do reports.
We went through a technological boom around 1975 when we were issued an
electric typewriter. Who in their wildest dreams would have thought one day
wed be using mobile data computers in our vehicles? Our job evolves con-
stantly with or without your knowledge and its up to you to keep up or get left
behind. Its a chore sometimes, but if we want to be progressive and keep
ahead of the bad guys, we must keep up. In todays techno-wizard and ever-
changing world, if youre not moving forward youre going backwards.
Training for the auxiliary or reserve cop should be at the same level and
same quality as for regular ofcers. At my department, our monthly in-service
training mirrors that of our regular ofcers. Youre expected to do the same job
on the streets, why should the training be any different? Those youre doing
battle with dont care if youre a volunteer ofcer. You wear a uniform, carry a
badge and a gun; to them youre a threat (real or perceived) that could send
them back to that house with no girlfriends guratively speaking.
*
Perry W. Hornbarger is the Unit Commander of the Chesterfield, Va. Auxiliary Police Unit. He can be reached via e-mail at hornbargerp@yahoo.com.
I
m not necessarily talking about the
education you get in Beer-drinking
101 at one of the four-year universi-
ties. Therere many good schools
offering Criminal Justice degrees and I
applaud those who can attend. But, Im
also talking about schools for the geri-
atric crowd (including me) who, for
many reasons, cant go back and get a
four-year degree. Community colleges
are a great place to start or continue
your education. We have to work for a
living, be there for the kids and tend to
other family commitments, but by
I
f youre going to get into a battle
of wits, make sure you are
armed. How do you accomplish
this? Three ways: education,
experience and training. No matter
your profession, these three elements
are paramount.
Experience
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taking even one or two classes each
semester well be doing our careers
and ourselves a great service.
Even if youre not seeking a degree,
education is something that can never
be taken away from you. There are
those who argue you dont need a col-
lege degree to wrestle someone into
handcuffs agreed. But, there are
aspects of police work where having
your gray matter ne-tuned helps.
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ener al l y
s p e a k i n g
Im not a
1911 guy. This
may be blasphe-
mous to some, but
therere a few things in a
defensive handgun I just
dont feel I get out of most
1911s. At the top of the
list is reliability. Color
me picky, but I want
the damn thing to go
off every time I pull
the trigger. And I
mean every time.
Im pretty good at
the tap-rack-
assess-bang thing
when I have to be,
but Id rather just
plan on a loud
bang each time I
squeeze the trigger.
Now dont get
me wrong, Ive shot
some fine 1911s, and
I do love the way they
feel and shoot . The
almost magical feel and
pointability are the reasons
the 1911 hasnt only lasted
100 years, but t hri ved and
undergone countless rebirths and still reigns supreme
in the competitive practical pistol world. Its clear
they can be made to run smoothly and reli-
ably or so many of the worlds best
shooters wouldnt be using them to
win major competitions.
1911s that really work
have one thing in common,
the good fortune to have
been built by a real
craftsman. And, as
1911 craftsman go,
few, if any, have a
better reputation
than Les Baer, Sr.
One of the reasons
for this is Les has
been doing it for a
long time and has
a huge amount of
experience with
the 1911. Last
year he cele-
brated 25
years of
bui l di ng
precision
c u s t o m
f i r e a r ms ,
and he only
builds two types
of guns. He builds 1911
pistols and AR-15 rifles. Les
Les Baer And
The 1911Pistol
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ARs are phenomenal too, but thats a
whole other story.
The Baer 1911 Custom Carry
Les Baer Custom, Inc. will build
you a truly custom 1911 exactly to
your specifications completely from
scratch if thats what you want. How-
ever, theyve designed numerous 1911
models to meet the wide range of dif-
ferent applications and individual
preferences. Models range from the
Compensat ed Ul t i mat e Mast er
Combat Pi st ol for compet i t i ve
shooting, to the compact Baer 1911
Stinger for concealed carry. There are
about a dozen di fferent model s
offered with different options such as
caliber, finish, barrel length, and so
on. All together about 65 different
configurations are on the price list and
its still possible to order your gun
with additional modification beyond
standard for that particular model.
One of my favorite models is the
Custom Carry. The Custom Carry is
essentially the quintessential 1911 GI
Model, enhanced in every aspect. It has
the look and feel of my dads old
classic GI Model, but unlike my dads
old gun, the Les Baer Custom Carry is
a precision rearm both reliable and
accurate. It has subtle practical
improvements across the board, but the
overall look and feel remains classic
1911. This gun is well suited for home
defense, recreational shooting, and
even duty use for those whose life may
depend on their pistol.
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seen in recent years
obscured by the
t erms professi on-
alism, responsive-
ness, or community
but which in reality
kiss the asses of self-
proclaimed activists
so as t o cover t he
asses of those doing the kissing
suggest the abandonment of the execu-
tive responsibility to protect the com-
munity and demonstrate allegiance to
the men and women in the field.
Mission Crawl
Fully 80 percent of what police
agencies do today is what law enforce-
ment agencies 30 years ago wouldnt
do because it was social work. I know:
times have changed, we have to form
partnerships, and la de da de da. Bull-
shit. A concern expressed about the
military by those outside is mission
crawl mission expansion beyond
whats intended or prudent. Do you see
a similarity? Diluting the mission only
results in mediocrity.
Dick London
I
ve been around police busi-
ness a l ong t i me. I once
enjoyed this job but not
anymore. In fact , I cannot
underst and why someone
would go into this business
today. Sure, it can be a fun. At times
far too infrequent a cop can
really make a difference. Largely
though, this has become a job where
no matter what you do, youre wrong.
Youre administratively persecuted.
Youre sued. Youre quest i oned.
Youre limited. Great if you desire
frustration, abandonment, and poverty.
Just ask those Border Patrol agents
serving a federal sentence for shooting
a drug smuggler one who wasnt
prosecuted so he could testify against
the agents. God help us.
Todays reality is, public mistakes
or even the negative perceptions of
justifiable actions arent permitted.
The cl ear i mpl i cat i on i s cops are
expendable, perhaps not in a physical
sense, but certainly in a legal, polit-
ical, and career sense. The politically
correct administrative decisions I have
But are we reaching the line of of-
cers being expendable in a physical
sense? Certainly, its not intentionally,
but what about unintentionally? Ive
worried about these issues for awhile,
but this is what got me thinking today:
The Associated Press
LA Police to Get New Flashlights.
Police will soon be outtted with a cut-
ting-edge flashlight that is not only
brighter than others, but too small to
be used as a weapon. The idea was
conceived just days after news cameras
broadcast images of LAPD officers
beating a car-theft suspect with a two-
pound, two-foot long standard issue
police flashlight. Police Chief William
Bratton banned the large flashlights
They Could
Be Used As
Weapons
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THEIR
GUNS
TAKE
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and called for manufac-
turers to create a smaller,
brighter ashlight.
I dont know i f t he
officers were acting rea-
sonabl y. The word
beating certainly suggests
not , but t oday fl i cki ng
someones ear is called a
beat i ng. However, t he
fact s of t he case are
simply not relevant to the
appl i cat i on of t he
response t o t he ent i re
police department.
It may be desirable not to
use a ashlight as a weapon
unless the ofcer needs it
to prevent having the ever-
living crap kicked out of
him. In those instances,
using a ashlight as a defen-
sive weapon is damn well
desirable. Other alternatives
arent always readily avail-
able when wrestling some
drugged-up nightmare at 0-
dark-thirty. Cant swing a
baton very well from a
seated position. Could spray
the guy but youre likely to
blind yourself as well.
Could use the sleeper hold
oops, thats deadly force
now. Could punch him
no, we discourage that too.
Whats left? Either a
hotfoot or if available
hitting him with the ash-
light in your hand. Is that
rocket science? No, but
instead we will try to blind
the guy. Im not sure about
that approach, big guys on
PCP seem pretty uncontrol-
lable whether they can see
or not. And mark my
words; within one year law-
suits will be led claiming
retinal damage. Just watch.
Then were on to light sabers.
Heres what makes me certain Im
right. From the same article: Ramona
Ripston, executive director of the Amer-
ican Civil Liberties Union of Southern
California, praised the LAPD for the
equipment change. Newsflash: if the
ACLU thinks a police management
decision is right, its most certainly a
bad decision for the cops.
A seri ous st reet fi ght i snt an
orderly event to which a tidy use of
force continuum applies. Its not
chess. Its a free for all in which sus-
pects fairly routinely try to disarm
officers. Cops survive by ending it
quickly with justifiable and effective
force and striking in the same
place with a flashlight as with a baton
is just that even if it doesnt look
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good on TV. Looking good to the
part of the public about which
management is concerned,
which isnt the majority of
l aw-abi di ng peopl e, can
very well endanger cops
by limiting their tactical
options or having
t hei r concern
about administra-
tive scrutiny cause
t hem t o hesi t at e
when they need to
act thats dangerous.
Good Idea Not
Heres another part of the
problem. Decisions like these
dont include those they most affect.
Rather, theyre made be people far
removed from the field or whove
never spent any real time in the field
or by defensive tactics and SWAT
types. People skilled far beyond the
typical field officer. If you know
karate, you probably dont
need t o hi t a suspect
with a flashlight. The
problem is most cops
dont have t hat ski l l
and they do need that
fl ashl i ght and so
woul d t hose mart i al
artists if they are losing.
I cant help wonder
when common sense will
resurface and the notion that
going home safely at night
comes first, doing the job
comes second, and none of
these convenient, politically cor-
rect decisions have a place:
Dont Pursue Let Em Go.
Perfect. That wont encourage
unlawful behavior. The problem with
pursuits isnt the pursuit per se but of-
cers are prohibited from taking action
to end a pursuit. Alot of people run
because theyve done something
very bad we dont yet know
about. Always, no. Often, yes.
Are there times not to
pursue? Of course: school
zones, densely populated
areas and truly high-risk
scenarios. But when its
pretty much just the ofcer
and the suspect, teaching
the ofcer how to end the
pursuit, not just how to
pursue, seems good as is
catching a crook.
Illegal Immigrants
USA Today More than 60 law
enforcement agencies across the
country are teaming up with the fed-
eral government to have the power to
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the US. Obtaining them legally or oth-
erwise is simply a matter of finances
and the coffers of terrorist groups based
in America are overowing. Donations
to all manner of terrorist fronts groups
continue unabated. The crackdown on
overseas transfer of funds means those
millions in contributions now get dis-
tributed domestically.
Theres no lack of venues where
terrorists can train with firearms, per-
fect their marksmanship, practice tac-
tics and convert semi-auto rifles to
full-auto. Terrorists wont be con-
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t 2300 he leisurely crossed
100 yards of open field sep-
arating his village from my
neighborhood. He lingered,
as if waiting for the bus, by
our bus stop. After a half-dozen of my
neighbors gathered waiting for that
bus, he produced an M16 from under
his coat and shot them all in a single
burst of full-auto fire. Changing an
empty 30-round magazine for a full
one, he started walking down the
street shooting folks sitting on benches
and looking out their apartment win-
dows. Suddenly he sat down on the
curb and waited for the police van he
knew would be racing up from the sta-
tion 500 yards further down the street.
When the van was 20 yards away he
stood and fired 17 more rounds into
the three cops in the front seat. We lost
officer Galit Arviv that night five
years ago. The other two officers have
never fully recover from their wounds.
Terrorists who eventually confront
you will be well armed. Small arms and
ammunition are plentiful and relatively
inexpensive just about everywhere in
Hillside from which terrorists red on cars crossing bridge
150 yards away.(Xs mark some of the spots.)
Ofcer
Galit
Arviv.
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strained by BATF regulations.
Expect Ambushes
Confrontations will take place at the
least likely times in the least likely
places. Terrorists will attack in pairs and
trios and employ camouage and deceit.
In the simplest form of attack, from
a safe location, the terrorist res off a
30 round burst at a distant target. Bul-
lets rain down on everyone and every-
thing in range.
Terrorists dont need a great deal of
concealment. A shallow ditch along a
major highway provided one terrorist a
hiding place from which he was able to
simply stand and strafe passing vehi-
cles with full-auto re. He did it twice,
from the same place, once during
morning rush hour and a week later
during the afternoon rush home.
At major traffic intersections a ter-
rorist hid in the decorative bushes.
When vehicles and pedestrians clogged
the intersection he rose to one knee and
sprayed them with bullets. After dark
terrorists took-up positions out in the
open, concealed in the shadows on hill-
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Howard
Linett
sides, anywhere between 15 and 30
yards removed from roads and high-
ways. They strafed passing vehicles.
Using selective fire, usually from
7.62x51 ries, terrorists re from hill-
side positions at moving vehicles 150
or more yards away. Its on-the-job
practice at leading and hitting moving
targets. Fortunately their marksmanship
generally sucks.
Terrorists also employ roadblocks to
ambush vehicles. Theyll use whatever
is at hand as a barrier, including the
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Position at French Hill bus
stop from which terrorist red on
pedestrians and vehicles (today
decorative greenery-free).
s With Firearms
s With Firearms
Of The Gunre. Terrorists Target And Ambush Police Ofcers!
Street where Ofcer Arviv was murdered.
X shows: Where terrorist sat and waited
for police van. Arrows show: Location
of police station (upper arrow) and position
of of police van when red upon (lower arrow).
Our neighborhood bus stop.
(Arrow shows direction of re.)
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on the officer or his
family. Now, as a
planner, I look back
and hope. I hope he
had supplemental
term life insurance
because most public
employee policies
dont even begin to
cover the loss or
needs of the family.
My county, in
Northern Arizona,
pays a paltry $40,000
in benefits. Thats
ridiculous; it doesnt
even begin to provide
whats needed. I hope
he had a will so there
was no dispute over
his estate and he could
spare his family the
cost and pain of going
thru probate court.
What if he was
divorced and had kids
from multiple marriages?
Who divides the property?
Spending 30 minutes to
create a simple will would
avoid all of these problems.
Power Of Attorney
A few years later, a motorcycle
deputy on my department lost con-
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t was time for the handholding.
After a four day shooting
instructor course, the remaining
students gathered round to dis-
cuss their shortcomings with the
instructor. When the dialogue
turned to one of our cop students,
a Southern California SWAT supervisor,
he showed his discomfort by looking
down at the dirt he was kicking onto his
boots. Finally, he looked up and blurted,
Look, I just hate training when there are
civilians in the class youre just not
my people.
Not my people, I remember this
sense of necessary paranoia well from
my military days as a small arms
instructor and short career as a cop.
There was my team and to hell with
everyone else. As one of my instructor
partners once commented, Its the
little old lady who complains when you
thought the traffic stop was nice and
easy. As a rookie State Trooper, Blair
was hurt by the accusations and
quickly developed a sense of detach-
ment from civilians for his own pro-
tection. Unfortunately, its not what we
know that can hurt us; it is the
unknown we must defend against.
I am now a cake-eating civilian with
a bad limp and I have a message for my
former colleagues in the law enforce-
ment world. Police work brings more
risks than you think. Body armor,
rearms and radios are only the begin-
ning tools you need to protect not only
yourself, but also your loved ones. My
job as a nancial planner is to show you
those gaps in your protection.
Visualization is a great technique for
protection against the surprise encounter.
What if the guy coming out of the conve-
nience store raises a gun? What if the
guy approaching your cruiser has a
shotgun and a grudge? Good visualiza-
tion exercises can help you respond
quickly rather than being surprised. But
now take the exercise a bit farther.
What your encounter results in serious
bodily injury? Are you prepared for that
eventuality? My guess is youre not.
Have A Will
As a Search and Rescue volunteer, I
responded to an early morning page. The
readout had a terse message about an
ofcer down. When I arrived, it was like
the whole world converged on a single
spot. A university cop, a Sergeant, had
been sitting in his patrol car when a
deranged man walk up and put an axe
into the side of his head. SAR had been
brought in to search the immediate area
for evidence while SWAT teams cleared
an entire University in their quest to
catch the killer.
I was so focused on nding anything
that could be of help to the homicide
detectives I didnt have time to reect
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Attorney would have given her control
of his nances to provide for his family
while he was incapacitated.
Supplemental Life
A SWAT officer from a nearby
agency was killed during a parachute
training exercise. The Citys attorneys
refused to pay benefits because while
fun, parachuting with Navy SEALs isnt
a required training event for the SWAT
team. I never heard how the dispute was
revolved but Im pretty sure the attor-
neys were technically correct. SWAT
teams dont parachute in on objectives.
If he didnt have supplemental life insur-
ance covering high-risk activities like
skydiving and the department didnt pay
death benefits. What happens to his
family? I never met this good and brave
man but Ill bet supplemental life insur-
ance was not a subject covered during
his academy it wasnt in mine either.
Todays The Day
Everyday I put on a gun, I always
thought to myself, today is the day.
Today I will be a gunfight survivor
because I pay attention and refuse to
die. Today Ill finish my shift and go
home. But, when the day came I was
crippled for life on active duty with
the military I wasnt prepared. I
wasnt ready for the months of bed
rest and endless pain. I wasnt ready
for the emotional and physical hell of
trying recover from injuries never
fully healling. I wasnt ready for the
fact years later, a fair amount of my
time is still spent dealing with doctors
and researching new treatments.
But dont l i st en t o me whi ne;
instead take the lesson Im offering.
Being a cop and having a family care
about you means you have a duty to
protect yourself in every possible way.
Stay physically strong, mentally alert
and do whatever it takes to ensure you
have the right insurances, good estate
planning documents and everything
else you need to take care of your
family. Serve and protect them first
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trol of his bike while responding to a
pursuit. Critically injured but still
al i ve, he fought for several days
before succumbing to his injuries.
What if hed lingered for years? An
Advanced Medical Directive would
have made his wishes clear. Keep
using a ventilator and a feeding tube
or let go?
A Healthcare Power of Attorney
would give his wife the right to make
medical decisions for him. Remember
the Terri Schiavo case where the family
fought for years and spent untold thou-
sands of dollars? A Springing Power of
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But might end up here years later.
Treatment for on the job injuries begin here.
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MORALE-BUILDING
PROGRAMS, PART I
I
t was a running joke in combat; a worn-out line every-
body knew. Me and my buddies would be squattin on
some patch of fried dirt when a re-supply chopper came
hammering in to drop off a load of rations, water and
ammo, but none of those precious little bundles of
envelopes we needed more than food and drink: letters
from home. Invariably, someone would say, Havent you
heard? Mail call is suspended until morale improves.
Yeah, it was a joke, and a stupid one, but it was wrapped
around a dynamic Ive dealt with too many times in the world
of modern enlightened law enforcement: morale-building
programs that do everything but build morale.
Here are two prime examples from my personal collec-
tion: In one hastily cooked up morale-building program
supposed to reward safe driving, the principal criterion was
accident-free quarters. The chief presented framed cer-
tificates and pins to the first three recipients at a big
smiley-face photo-op. Oh, the chiefs were all grins an gig-
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gles. None of the three officers were
told in advance they were being rec-
ognized. You know, in order to build
excitement and anticipation. Yeah,
right; it got everybody all moist an
tingly. One of those honored was a
guy who had been on desk duty for
over a decade. Not surprisingly, his
desk had never been involved in a col-
lision. I checked, and it was actually
bolted to the floor. He was befuddled,
and the other two cops tossed their
awards in the nearest trashcan end
of program.
Another program recognized
officers who had received
the lowest numbers
of ci t i zen com-
plaints. The first
big winner was a
widely despised
and di st rust ed
offi cer wi t h a
reputation for
havi ng per-
fected the art
of avoi di ng
c onf r ont a -
tions, cover-
cal l s and
arrest s. Of
course he
rarel y got
complaints,
because he
rarel y di d
anything even
rel at ed t o
police work.
Ive been pre-
sent at command-
level meetings where
morale-building programs
were born, and they were kind of
like witnessing the Big Bang birth
of the universe: Out of a pinhead-sized
conglomeration of the densest material
in existence, so dark and dense light
much less a single cogent thought
cannot escape. A massive explosion
violently propels mindless matter in
random directions with wholly unantic-
ipated consequences.
You may have observed the same
physi cs at work i f youve ever
dropped a pile of fresh fecal matter
into an oscillating fan. That word-pic-
ture pretty accurately describes the
MBP-origin process as Ive seen it,
and yes, I intended those dense and
mindless allusions.
The Big Bang
Heres how it often happens: The
Anointed Ones gather in a conference
room and ceremonially display their
ugly neckties in the same manner
macaques display their multi-colored
butts. Then they commence bitching
about the obvious symptoms of low
morale among the rank and le. These
may include waves of resignations,
tsunamis of grievances, plummeting
self-initiated contacts, artistic but
unflattering graffiti aimed at the Big
Brass, and a funereal atmosphere at
squad conferences.
Deftly avoiding the causes of low
morale, because those issues are com-
plex and difcult to deal with, eventu-
ally some greater or lesser luminary
among them will suggest trying a
morale-building program.
The Anointed will immediately
reject any program which recognizes
cops for kicking asses that needed
kicking, shooting people who needed
shoot i ng or any ot her act i vi t y i n
whi ch someones anyones
body, budget or tender feelings got
bruised. They dont want any cere-
monies on TV or in the print media to
remind citizens of certain harsh reali-
ties of police work. And, they figure,
whats the use of any program if it
doesnt include prime-time photo-ops
and political patty-cake press expo-
sure for The Anointed? You have to
understand how their minds work. I
suggest studies in entomology
specifically, scarabaeinae.
Since firefighters already have that
whole rescuing kittens angle locked
up the new program can only recog-
nize activities for which Boy Scouts
might earn colorful cloth patches, with
the possible exceptions of marksman-
ship and roasting wieners over a camp-
re. One involves guns, and the other
might offend vegetarians, PETA or the
hot dogs themselves.
Typically, budget constraints are
discussed by the dumbest fencepost
present, as well as controls and
quantification reporting protocols,
the sheer pain-in-the-ass factor of
doing anything, and then, a program
is generally selected based on which
one can be wrapped up and assigned
before they break for lunch. Such
programs depend largely
upon faded commenda-
t i on forms, cheap
document frames
already in stock in
t he suppl y room
and i nexpensi ve
trinkets available
from i ndust ri al
t r o p h y - a n d -
award compa-
nies and the
troops know it.
Some of the
brass present will
grufy comment
that when they
were patrol of-
cers, they didnt
need no steen-
keeng morale-
building pro-
grams, because,
they allege, they
derived their
morale from doing
good work
simple job satisfac-
tion. Theres an arro-
gant unconscious
assumption this formula doesnt
work with these kids we have today.
Thats a crock of crap, but, refer back to
The Big Bang and its dense origin
theres your explanation.
Then it gets worse. Some rising
st ar usual l y a penci l -necked
pompous put z i s assi gned t o
administer the MBP. Its now doomed
t o be a real -worl d fai l ure, but a
stellar success on paper. No matter
how flat it flops, do you think Lieu-
tenant Putz is going to report that his
baby shat the sheets? Or how eager
hi s pat ron t he Anoi nt ed One
whose shoes Lt. Putz polishes will
be to admit, my boy Putz screwed
the pooch on this one. Oh, it will be
a big success officially. It will die
quietly in a corner with a plastic dry-
cleaning bag over its head, but it will
go down in the archives as the equiv-
alent of splitting the atom or curing
prostate cancer.
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I
stood looking at the
tracks in the dust under
the highway bridge. The Rio
Grande River was only a mile or
so away and this bridge was on the highway
paralleling the River.
This was the third time Id seen these same tracks.
They always came from the river to this spot, milled
around for a while in a hidden area just off the highway,
smoked Delicados cigarettes, and returned to the river.
Where they rested something in bundles on the ground we
found the imprint of burlap. It was obvious these men,
usually either 4 or 5 of
them, were bringing some-
thing up from the river to this
bridge over Pinto Creek and meeting
a vehicle. What they were bringing was
open to conjecture, but it was an absolute certainty it
was contraband, and about a 95 percent probability it was
drugs. An interesting item was it always seemed to happen
Thursday night.
My partner and I followed the tracks back to the river
to confirm which crossing they were using. Then, after
returning to the Border Patrol office, I wrote an intelli-
Following
a trail is
much easier
with the light
directly in front.
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gence report describing our findings,
i ncl udi ng t he number of men, a
description of the tracks, the esti-
mated time of night it took place, and
the Thursday night routine. Several
weeks later, thanks to our informa-
t i on, a di fferent crew caught t he
smugglers and a vehicle with a large
load of Marijuana.
Necessity
This was one of many times I was
able to use my ability to track (called
signcutting in the Border Patrol) to
gather intelligence and information
about illegal operations. I used this
skill to make cases on drug smug-
gl ers, al i en smuggl ers, burgl ars,
poachers and peeping toms. Every
cop, whether state, local, or federal,
should be taught the art of signcutting,
and for a Border Patrol agent its an
absolute necessity.
The reason its called signcutting
and not tracking is you may follow a
trail quite a distance without seeing a
distinct track. Instead, youre fol-
lowing signs of the person passing
through the area. This can be almost
anything from dew knocked off the
RIGHT: Rocks will usually
have a light side and a dark
side. This rock was recently
turned over to expose the
darker underside.
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ABOVE: If you look closely you
will see that the grass is pressed
down in the foreground, indi-
cating the direction the person
who made this trail was traveling.
ABOVE: This is a trail. There
are no tracks but there is suf-
cient sign to follow. With the
scuff marks and the turned
over rock we can determine
that this trail was made by a
human and not an animal.
LEFT: While you can follow this
trail the side lighting makes it
more of a challenge.
Steve LaMascus
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grass, to mashed ant mounds or scuff
marks on rocks.
Believe it or not, you can even
track men across a paved road. Theyd
been walking in a well-worn cattle
trail and their shoes were covered with
caliche dust. When they walked across
the black asphalt, they left vague
white marks on the oily surface. It was
easy to see if you knew what you were
looking for.
The truth is, the best signcutters
dont see anything anyone else doesnt
see. The difference is in being able to
recognize it as sign. An observant
person will pick up the skill rather
quickly, but it takes a long time to get
really adept at it.
Whats Going On?
Many years ago I was working with
a new man when we got a call a group
of illegal aliens had been seen at a cer-
tain spot. When we got to the location
I stuck my head out the window of the
Ram Charger and drove slowly down
the dirt road, It was a misty, rainy day
in January. Finally, I found where the
group crossed the fence. There was
mud all over the fence and a muddy
trail heading east a child could have
fol l owed. I got out , grabbed my
wal ki ng st i ck, t ol d t he t rai nee t o
come on and took off on the trail at
a dogtrot.
For a mile or so the trail was easy,
with dirt and mud rubbed off on the
wet dead grass and an occasional gob
of mud where it had fallen off of
someones shoe. Then we hit a hard
spot with no vegetation and solid
gravel; the aliens shoes had caked
with mud and were leaving almost no
sign on the hard surface. Id slowed to
a slow walk trying to work out the trail
when the trainee came up behind me,
cleared his throat and said, Just what
are we doi ng, anyway? It never
dawned on me he wouldnt see the
sign or realize we were following the
trail of a group of men.
Age
The fi rst t hi ng i n t racki ng i s
learning to determine how old sign is.
Ive seen the movies where the hero
looks at the tracks and says, Um,
fresh tracks. Not more than an hour
old. I guess, maybe, there are a few
men out there who are that good, but
Ive never met one. The best most of
us can tell you is the tracks are old,
fresh, very fresh, or smokin. In most
situations we can determine if the
tracks were made last night; were
made after dew fell or are too old to
mess with. If anyone ever tells you the
tracks are exactly 3 hours old, hes
either the best there is or hes full of
beans and Ill bet on the latter.
Color
We use t he t erm col or t o
describe the look of a fresh track. A
fresh track has a sheen to it thats lost
rather quickly. How quickly depends
of the type of soil and the weather. If
its windy, the tracks will blur out
quickly. If its sunny the sun will dry
out the tracks and theyll rapidly lose
their sheen. If its damp and foggy
but not raining, the tracks will hold
their color and shape much longer.
Sandy soil holds tracks well when
damp, but not when i t s dry and
loose. Tracks in grainy dirt always
look older. Practice teaches you these
things and many more, but you have
to pay attention.
Grass Trails
A grass trail is a trail going
through grass obviously. When a
person walks through grass he bends it
in the direction hes walking, changing
the color of the grass and revealing its
lighter underside. The grass will hold
this bend for a long time, especially if
its green making the trail obvious.
Grass trails are easy to follow, espe-
cially if its wet with dew. An experi-
enced pilot can follow a grass trail for
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Rob Garrett
S
ome 20-plus years ago, I
wrote my first article enti-
tled, Showdown With The
Good Guys. The article
covered guidelines for off-
duty cops involved in an
armed confrontation. The
rst consideration I listed
was the decision to become involved
or be a good witness. The second was
the ability to be clearly identified as
good guy when the troops showed up.
Very little had been written about off-duty encoun-
ters and nothing was being taught in most of the
academies. The thought of our families becoming
targets because of our career was far from our
minds unless you worked gangs in LAor Miami.
On January 30, 2007, in Jackson County Florida,
the wife of Sheriff John McDaniel was stalked and murdered.
The two suspects, one a convicted felon and the other
a murder suspect followed Millie
McDaniel home. News reports
stated the suspects
entered the McDaniel
home but not before Mrs.
McDaniel called her hus-
band for help. Ashort time
later both Mrs. McDaniel
and the first responding
deputy were shot to death.
The Sheriff and other deputies
killed both suspects in the ensuing
gunfight. An e-mail I received
from a fellow officer reported
ammunition; latex gloves, bleach,
vinegar, handcuffs, duct tape and
trash bags were found in the sus-
pects vehicle.
A Somber Discussion
Our innocence was also lost
in April of 1999, when Dylan
Klebold and Eric Harris mas-
sacred 12 students and one
teacher at Columbine
High School. At the time
of Columbine my chil-
dren were 11 and 15. Pre-
viously, my instructions
to them had been to never
get in a strangers car or
unlock the door for
anyone other than family.
The night after the
Columbine murders, I sat
down with the kids and had a
very somber discussion. I told
them if the situation looked bad
like Columbine I would rather
they try something, anything, as long
as they went down fighting. In other
words never give up. That conversa-
tion had a very sobering effect on my wife and me.
Loose Lips
Off-duty safety is now taught in most acade-
mies. However, we now have an obliga-
tion to include our families in our
preparation. Our schools, churches and
communities have effective child safety
programs. But Dont talk to strangers
is only a beginning. Our families should
be very careful about what they tell others
about where we work. There are predators
looking to settle a score with law enforcement and
a family is an easy target. My husband/wife
works for the city, county, or state government is
a safe answer. Dont advertise a law enforcement
connection. In the past, FOP and PBS tag
emblems were a source of pride. Initially the
Thin Blue Line decals were for us to recognize
each other. Now, they may serve to bring
unwanted attention to our families. Loose the
bumper stickers, emblems and decals.
Shoot Me First Apparel
Off-duty cops who wear clothing identi-
fying them as law enforcement are making
SECURIT Y
PLANS
FOR
THOSE
MOST
PRECIOUS
TO YOU
My Daddy
Is On The
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themselves, and their family, a target.
Whats worse is many of them are
unarmed! Save the t-shirts and embroi-
dered golf shirts for the range or
training days. Theyre not called shoot
me rst shirts for nothing. Even more
important, dont let your spouse or chil-
dren wear clothing connecting them to
law enforcement. Several years ago, I
saw a ve or six-year old boy wearing a
t-shirt that said, My Daddy is on the
XYZ PD SWAT Team. Imagine a
meth head seeing that at the local mall.
Noun Or Verb?
The Internet is a huge source of
information. Google yourself and you
may nd your name listed in the min-
utes of the last PTA meeting or where
you placed in the local IDPA match.
Some of this we cant help. However,
we can be careful about what we place
there. Caution your children not to put
personal information on My Space,
Facebook or any Web sites. They
shouldnt list names of brothers and sis-
ters, the type car they drive and other
information to make it easy for
someone to track them down.
Practice Makes Perfect
Weve used crisis rehearsal as a
training technique for years. If theres
a robbery at the 1st National Bank at
Broad and 10th, where will I park to
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sharpener handy, like our pocket-
sized Spyder model (shown) so
you can always be sure your
blade has the edge that counts.
Trust Your
Duty & Off-Duty
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have cover, concealment, and visi-
bility? Conduct pop quizzes with
your fami l y members. The most
important item is they should always
know their location. Ask, If you had
t o cal l for hel p ri ght now, where
would you tell 911 to send it? Teach
them awareness of their surroundings.
Ask what type and color is the car
behind them and what does the driver
look like?
Codes
Have an emergency code with you
family alerting them to danger. An easy
one to remember is to use their middle
name. If you call them by their middle
name, theyre to do exactly what you
say no questions just do it.
Whatever the code, it shouldnt alert
the bad guy.
Make sure family members have an
emergency notication number listed in
their cell phone. For children, Mom
and Dad work well. For adults, it
should be labeled emergencies.
Always Fight Always Win
One hard and fast rule, never allow
yourself to be taken into a vehicle or a
building. Several years ago, a young
woman was kidnapped from a local
mall parking lot, taken to a deserted
area, raped and murdered. I told my
family she had no hope of help once
she got into the car. Scream to alert
anyone and fight back to discourage
the attacker. If youre shot or stabbed
in a public area you can still get help.
As Dave Grossman would say, dont
be a sheep. OC or firearms may be
appropriate for your family depending
on local laws and other factors.
Rehearse and train.
Trust Your Instincts
Tell your loved ones to trust their
instincts about people and events. If
they think theyre being followed,
dont go home go to a safe public
location or keep driving while calling
911. If they meet someone who gives
them the creeps, dont second-guess
yourself into making a bad decision
act accordingly
If you do need to become involved
in an incident have a plan for family
members. They should go to a safe
place, and not be a spectator. Cell
phones will make linking back up
with them relatively easy. Tell them
not to make statements like, Are you
going do something or Do you have
your gun.
This is just a starting point to build
your own family
safety plan.
Thanks to John Williams, Los
Angeles County Sheriff s Department,
and ILEETA for much of this material.
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miles from a light airplane under the
right conditions.
Light Angle
When tracking, its always easier to
see the tracks if the light is from ahead.
If the sun is low on the horizon and the
trail is headed toward it, you can some-
times see tracks shining like neon for a
long distance ahead. The worst light
condition is when the sun is directly
overhead. This causes the tracks to fade
out. If the sun is high, kneel down close
to the ground and shade the tracks with
your hat it makes them clearer. The
same goes for using a ashlight. Hold
the light close to the ground and parallel
so the light shines across the tracks
rather than down onto them. Shine it
straight down and the tracks disappear.
Rocks
Almost all rocks have two different
sides. The up side is one color; the side
against the ground is another. When a
person walks across gravel or rocky
ground hes going to kick over rocks,
revealing the underside. This can help in
following the trail. However, its very dif-
cult to follow a trail relying strictly on
overturned rocks. In areas where theres a
lot of livestock, its almost impossible as
livestock will also turn over stones.
Horses in particular can fool even a
good tracker. They have a one-piece
hoof. A small horse leaves a track
looking exactly like the print of a boot
heel. This can confuse anyone when the
tracking is difcult.
The best thing to do is find a good
tracker and get him to teach you. It will
shorten your learning curve by years.
Learning to track on your own takes
more time than most of us have to give,
but the skill is one that can be
worth its weight in gold.
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When tracking, its
always easier to see the
tracks if the light is
from ahead. If the sun is
low on the horizon and
the trail is headed
toward it, you can
sometimes see tracks
shining like neon for a
long distance ahead.
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The chief will sign an order to
C.O.s requiring monthly reports on the
status of the MBP and improvements in
morale, or, why morale isnt
improving. In that case, the C.O. is
directed to identify the guilty parties
responsible and list actions taken to
punish them. I kid you not, kids. If he
or she doesnt report positively on the
miraculous upswing in morale, the next
visitors in their office will be the cast
and crew of The Spanish Inquisition.
That lonely C.O., faced with the
ugly inevitability of a fait accompli
fake-MBP, will pass out the Cleaned
Your Plate pins, and shufe and deal
the framed Stayed Awake in Training
certicates with about the same enthu-
siasm as a man passing a kidney stone.
And the troops will feel like that kidney
stone being passed.
When agencies set out to enact
MBPs, they wind up enforcing them.
Elephant-Sex & Cuff-Keys
You cant bui l d moral e wi t h
morale-building programs. Morale
cant be manufactured, but it can be
nourished even nursed back to
health from a near-death state. It cant
be made, but it sure as hell can be
destroyed. Youve got to have people,
programs, and pol i ci es t hat rai se
morale by supporting, defending, and
honoring those who go out on the
street and do the job. Then, if you
give cops the right guidance, clear
missions and honest feedback, theyll
raise their own morale. Thats all
most cops want and need. Thats why
they became cops.
Hey, you do what you can. If
morale is suffering due to low pay,
low manpower, a lack of political
backing from the brass, equipment
issues or other elephant-sex factors
(describes things occurring at very
high levels, involving massive, pon-
derous movement, loud trumpeting,
and trampling of small critters under-
foot) then there may not be a great
deal you can immediately do about
rectifying them. But you can poke
some fun at em, get your troops
smiling, and remind them good cops
real cops do good work despite
the conditions, not because of them.
Can you afford a couple of shiny
new handcuff keys and a toy police
car? Got a digital camera? A soldering
iron? Some black plastic trash bags and
a sack of suckers? In a future issue
were going to go where only the
brave, the bold, and the slightly crazy
dare to tread. Yeah, this is a two-
parter. Fearless Editor Dave wont
give me more space until
my morale goes up.
MORALE-BUILDING
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arrest illegal immigrants. Hallelujah. But
from the same article: Morristown is
very diverse. We have forged relation-
ships, and I am concerned that this will
have an impact on our relationships.
Heres another relationship for you.
Youre a cop. Theyre in the country ille-
gally. They commit crimes. Arrest them.
Simple concept.
I know: Thats not our job. Yes, it is
and your community will benet if you
have the courage to act pretty simple
really broken windows theory. Per-
mitting an environment of illegality will
only produce illegality. Are you saying
you think the legal immigrant commu-
nity doesnt have the intellect or emo-
tional stability to understand?
Racial Proling
Officers stopping people solely
because of race is egregious, intolerable
behavior. But now, ofcers are tracked
on the demographics of their stops.
Insane. The measure is probable cause
not color. If the cop has legitimate
probable cause, then worrying about the
suspects race is simply administrative
cowardice. Acrook is a crook. I just love
TSA and the airports nowadays, dont
you? The same applies to the eld.
For those administrators who worry
about everything and are on the road to
ulcers, high blood pressure and heart
problems, Im not suggesting cops be
permitted to do whatever they want
far from it. When a cop does some-
thing outrageous, fire him. Thats the
answer not rules limiting and
endangering everyone.
Do Nothing Police Culture
Police administrators need to look in
the mirror and ask why some of these
unprofessional incidents occur. Much has
to do with the department itself. Hiring
the wrong people. Hiring for the wrong
reason. Retaining people that shouldnt
be retained. Ignoring problem people.
Transferring problems around. Ninety
percent of the people about whom we
should be concerned are in these cate-
gories. If we dealt with them, many of
these incidents wouldnt occur in the rst
place. Instead, we bemoan what happens
and then take actions potentially under-
mining our officers safety and permit
criminality in the name of relation-
ships. No wonder weve seen the rise of
de-policing. Doing nothing is so much
smarter than doing something in agen-
cies with this culture.
For those working the field, I
implore you: Dont hit anyone with the
butt of your gun no matter the situation.
Theyll talk about taking away our
handguns because they could
be used as a weapon.
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trite tactic of felling a tree across the
road. Sometimes theyll use their own
vehicles. The targeted vehicle screeches
to a halt, its driver instinctively hits the
brakes. Before the driver can shift into
reverse and peel-out thats if the
driver even senses a threat the ter-
rorists move in from behind. Everyone
inside is murdered in a hail of bullets.
Hiding in vehicles appearing disabled
and abandoned, parked off to the side of
the road, terrorists strafe vehicles as they
pass. Alternatively, from moving vehi-
cles, terrorists strafe vehicles they catch-
up with. Theyre also fond of carrying
out drive-by shootings of pedestrians,
storefronts and stationary vehicles.
Methods
Whats characteristic of all these
attacks is the terrorists carrying-out the
attacks contemplate and plan escape
routes. They select the site of attack
based on its immediate access to an
escape route. Shootings carried out by
terrorists on foot usually take place
immediately adjacent to a terrorist
friendly neighborhood. Before police
can respond to the scene, hes changed
his shirt, ditched the gun and is walking
down the street like any other person
out for a stroll.
Attacks using vehicles will occur
at l ocat i ons near i nt ersect i ons
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route will provide quick access to
friendly areas where they can hide
their vehicle from police helicopters
and walk to a safe house.
Theres another category of attacks
sniping. These terrorists will be
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Theyll possess top-of-the-line rifles,
specifically made and tuned for long-
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matched to the rifle and possibly
custom hand-loads. Theyll target vic-
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scopes during daylight hours and night
vision optics after dark. Snipers will
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their home.
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Last and most deadly of attacks
using rearms are those where the ter-
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escape because they dont need one.
A terrorist dressed in casual clothes
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dropped-off by his handlers at a major
traffic intersection. He stood on the
curb by the crosswalk carrying a large
green garbage bag. A red light caused
a passenger packed bus t o st op
directly in front of the terrorist. He
stepped into the street, stood in the
t raffi c l ane next t o t he bus and
removed an M16 from the bag and
started methodically firing into the
bus, from one end of the bus to the
other and back again. Then instead of
making the 20-yard dash to an escape
route, he remained standing in the
middle of the street and swapped his
empty magazine for a full one. Before
he could hit his bolt release, he was
shot dead.
In another incident the terrorist was
dropped-off by his handlers and as he
had repeatedly practiced on the very
same streets, he leisurely strolled down
the two blocks to Jerusalems Main
Street in the heart of downtown. He
waited patiently until there was no
vehicular traffic blocking fields of fire
up and down Main. As if J-walking, he
began to cross, but stopped half way
across, uncovered the AK secured on
his back under a windbreaker.
He fires at folks in the street,
changes magazines and fires at shop-
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armed civilians. Its now well over 90
seconds since he red his rst shot, but
he doesnt attempt to escape. He simply
moves out of the middle of the street
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storefront. Before he completes his
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The Custom Carry model consists of
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double serrated NM slide and NM
barrel with a stainless steel barrel
bushing. It has Baers deluxe fixed
combat sights with tritium inserts.
These sights are low profile and are
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a favorite. It has a crisp 4 4.5 lb. speed
trigger, a deluxe Baer hammer and sear,
Baer tactical extended ambidextrous
safety, Baer beavertail grip safety,
beveled mag well, polished feed ramp,
throated barrel, tuned extractor, Baer
extended ejector, lowered and flared
ejection port, checkered front strap (30
lines per inch), and a at serrated main
spring housing. Additionally, all corners
are rounded for snag-free tactical carry,
it has premium checkered Cocobolo
grips, and it comes with two Baer pre-
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As you can see in this list of custom
parts, nearly all are Baer parts. They
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dependable work of art.
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The day after I received the Custom
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more relaxed, and intended to recruit
shooters into another level of having
fun with shooting sports. It incorporates
several stages of paper and steel targets
where shooters engage numerous
adversaries from different shooting
positions and distances. It also requires
numerous reloads and any jams must be
handled on the y. Each stage is timed
and the overall scores are a component
of speed and accuracy. I figured this
was a great way to try out a brand new
Les Baer Custom Carry pistol so I
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and we headed for the range.
It was a great opportunity to really
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assess-bang and that was the end of
any problems for the day. Other than
this one user induced malfunction the
gun was flawless and smooth despite
being dryer than it should have been.
I later took it to the range for some
more shooting with a wide range of dif-
ferent loads and some accuracy evalua-
tion. As far as accuracy goes, this gun
shoots more accurately than I can, and
like the rest of Les 1911 models, its
guaranteed to shoot 3" groups at 50
yards. For a little additional money, Les
will do some other accuracy enhancing
work to his 5" or 6" models and guar-
antee them to shoot 1.5" groups at 50
yards. This gun shot a nice 1.25" group
for me at 25 yards from a hand held
position on the bench. I shot several
different loads and this particular group
was shot using Winchesters 230 grain
SXT load. All the groups were within
the size of a st, but I think the biggest
limiting factor on group size was my
eyes rather than the loads.
After shooting from the bench, I
moved out to the square range and shot
from the three, ve and seven yard lines
at multiple targets doing a variety of
drills. Mostly it was fast paced shooting
and reloading with just enough time in
between to load the ve magazines I had
with me. I mixed up the ammo quite a
bit and it shot everything I had without
so much as a burp. It just purred along,
steadily firing a range of Black Hills
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JHP, 185 gr. JHP, as well as Cor-Bon
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FMJ, Federal 230 gr. +P HST, Win-
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Taurus 185 gr. Solid copper Hex bul-
lets. This shooting session was very
relaxing and therapeutic for me. It gave
me an opportunity to remember why the
1911 is one of the most popular hand-
guns in history and why everyone
should have at least one in their arsenal.
Hell, its practically un-American not to.
Patrol Ready
For those who work nights and have
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gun when they pull it out in the dark,
Les now offers the Baer 1911 Ultimate
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to capture his audience as he passion-
ately speaks about injustices and prej-
udices. Barry seems to enjoy the
shock and awe reactions he gains
from his audience by addressing these
sensitive issues.
First off, he needs someone to edit
his barely readable self-indulgences
into a cohesive paragraph.
To this overinated self-image I
give a hearty Toro Caca.
It seems Barry is a former Big
Sandy Police Department narcotics
cop and dog handler. His Web site is
devoted to teaching poor, innocent,
good and regular folks how to not be
arrested for possession of marijuana,
how to hide it better from the evil and
prejudiced cops rampant throughout
our corrupt criminal justice system.
Somethings wrong here. Actually a lot
of things are wrong here. But lets just
stick to the cop thing.
What kind of slime-ball goes around
teaching people how to be better at
breaking the law? It would be bad
enough if this guy was some parolee
who scammed this gig to bring home
a few bucks so he could pay his resti-
tution, but this guy was a cop. I really
dont think so, at least not a real cop.
Areal cop would never do something
like this.
So Barry, you no good-motherless-
perverted-hairy-tumor and pimple on
the ass of progress, you win the Toro
Caca award for this issue.
I bet it will show up proudly on
his Web site.
Toro Caca
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Utili-Ts are sold in 3-packs at a very reasonable price and
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he rst thing I did after writing this installment
of Toro Caca was ask my friend and partner,
Roy Huntington, if I should have the corporate
attorneys look it over before we published it. I
could see the color drain from his face like pulling the
drain plug on the kitchen sink, beads of sweat formed on
his brow, his mouth went dry as West Texas and his knees
began to quiver. It wasnt a pleasant sight to see a formerly
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stoic and grown man reduced to a babbling glob. He recov-
ered quickly and said, Ah shit Douglas, whatd you do
this time?
I showed him this former cops Web site and told him, I
called this sorry excuse for a human a no good-motherless-
perverted-hairy-tumor and pimple on the ass of progress.
Sounds good to me anything else? He shot back.
Nope, thats about it, I said.
According to his Web site:
Barry Cooper brings excitement and energy to any room
he inhabits. His bold in your face style of teaching is always
incorporated with humor. Barry uses this charismatic humor
Toro Caca
A
small group of police snipers started a program called
Adopt A Sniper in late 2003. Initially it was a simple
request for assistance among cop friends deployed
with their National Guard or Reserve Units in
Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the globe.
As the war in Afghanistan stabilized and the war in Iraq
progressed, the urban mission profiles of police and mili-
tary snipers were found to significantly overlap and the
equipment necessary was virtually identical. Military
snipers requested assistance from their SWAT sniper
friends for specialized gear better suited for this new mis-
sion since they were unable to be supplied by the military
for a variety of reasons.
Many military snipers and designated marksmen are still
spending their own funds and enlisting their families and
friends for gear and getting it to them in the middle of a
war zone. Unfortunately, many still go without gear they
desperately need, due to the expense.
Using contacts throughout the US police and military
sniper communities, the police snipers were able to obtain
overseas addresses and began sending desperately needed
gear and supplies specically tailored to the sniper mission.
Due to the immediate unity and lifelong bonds formed
between the two groups of professional American snipers
(most of whom had never met), the name of the organization
was ofcially changed to AmericanSnipers.org.
AmericanSnipers.org makes no distinction between the
full-edged
sniper teams and
the designated
marksmen of the mechanized,
mortar and cavalry units. Like their full-edged sniper
brethren, theyre also assigned the daunting task of denying
emplacement of IEDs. Designated marksmen often do a
snipers job, without the training and ancillary gear normally
associated with the infantry sniper MOS. Usually, theyre
assigned to a Stryker or other non-infantry unit and equipped
with an M14 rie thats older than their parents. Actual sniper
related gear isnt available to these men who often must liter-
ally do something with nothing. But, theyre doing the job
regardless of the obstacles presented them sound familiar?
AmericanSnipers.org is entirely funded by civic donations.
Twelve police and military snipers from across the United
States staff it. Every penny goes to purchasing gear, shipping
charges and/or fundraisers and all the donated gear goes
directly to a US military sniper platoon or individual sniper
deployed abroad. The organization is qualied as a 501C3 non-
prot and receipts for donations are sent upon request. Not one
person receives a salary or kickback in any form whatsoever
and the entire effort is conducted on the staffs own time.
Go to their Web site at www.AmericanSnipers.org and if
you can, assist the program with a contribution of money or
gear. Considering the sacrice these guys are making its the
least you can do.
www.AmericanSnipers.org
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