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have condence in their ability to do
their jobs in a professional manner.
The tough guys arent the ones who
keep true order in the prison system. Its
the fair and balanced correctional ofcer,
whos rm but fair in his dealings with
the prison population who gets the trust
and respect from the ones theyre
charged with guarding day and night.
And thats all I have to say about that!
T. W. Jones,
Capt. NIADouanes Canadien,
Montreal, P. Q. Canada
Captain Jones, I hate it when this
happens. Not getting letters like this, but
having to go back and re-read the
column again. Ive already read it
RETURNFIRE

I t Wears On You
I just read the article, It wears on
you, (May/June 2007) by Brian Dawe.
Hes joking right? Ive been an NIA
with Canadian Customs since 1976.
Ive been under cover on mean streets
in just about every tough city in the
world. Ive also spent hours and hours
in prisons all over including the US and
dealt with the worst of the population.
We deal with many perps who give us
information thats not only invaluable in
court, but save lives as well.
I can tell you one very important
thing about correctional officers. The
guys who these snitches trust; the guys
they talk to arent the one-way, tough
and rigid SOBs who usually act that way
because theyre scared to death and dont
about 12
times during
the editing and
proong proce-
dure for the magazine.
Did I miss something? Did Rich, my
art director or Sequoia, my artist, slip
something past me in secret writing in
the graphics? Damned if I can find it.
There isnt even a hidden phallic symbol
in the cartoon. Both Roy and I thor-
oughly checked it. Sequoias fond of
doing that to us you know. Im sure youll
nd one we missed in one of his cartoons
in an old issue.
We held it upside down, shone light
through it, reversed the image to nega-
tive and even ran a British MI-5 decryp-
tion program on the text to see if Brian
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correctional officers and cops too.
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was screwing us as a former correc-
tional ofcer getting some pay-back on
a couple old retired cops.
I do believe Brian was saying exactly
the same thing you are. His focus was on
family life and not allowing the job to get
to you change you as a person. Its a
great lesson for correctional ofcers and
cops too. Maybe it was a translation
error to Canadian dont know. Or it
could be that youre a Captain. Dave
Family First
I look forward to your magazine each
month. Although retired, I find myself
reading and carefully considering many
of your articles. One such article was
Family First (July / August 2007). I have
absolutely no argument with the writers
thoughts on that topic. In fact, were I to
give advice to younger people in law
enforcement, Id stress many of the
same principles. To do otherwise would
be foolish and irresponsible.
I guess my comments could be
summed up as, Things aint like they
used to be. When did things change
so we (the good guys) have to be
afraid to talk about our connection to a
proud, honorable and service orien-
tated profession; that our children and
families cannot say with pride what
we do at work, that I cant wear a hat,
shirt or belt buckle related to my pro-
fession in public?
Ive recently moved to a country
area outside a major military base.
Whenever Im in town I envy the cur-
rent and retired military members
proudly wearing symbols and reminders
of their units and service. I too am
proud of my unit and my service. What
a shame I have to hide mine.
A brother in law enforcement bought
a new Law Enforcement Edition Harley-
Davidson. Upon viewing the pictures he
sent, I was immediately concerned about
references to law enforcement on the
bike. I got to thinking; we have it all
turned around. Criminals and bad people
should be the ones concerned and not
my friend and I. I know were often
referred to as the sheep dogs of society
those who stand between the wolves
and the sheep. Too bad when were off-
duty or retired we must act like sheep.
Some of us are old enough to
remember a time that when the bad
guys became aware we were in the area,
they were the ones who were uncom-
fortable and quickly found somewhere
else to be. I think the good guys (law
enforcement, military and good people)
should stand up and be counted and
make the bad guys hide in the shadows.
Again, the authors comments were
the right ones and the only responsible
way to approach the topic too bad.
Things aint like they used to be.
Darrell Dunlap,
Sgt. (Retired) Calif. Peace Ofcer
Sgt. Dunlap, thanks for your com-
ments on Rob Garretts article. I too
find it distasteful to be inhibited from
wearing cop shirts, hats or belt
buckles so I wear them anyway. If
someone doesnt like it to hell with
them. Additionally, I wear shirts from
our other publications, American Hand-
gunner Magazine and GUNS Magazine
as well as American COP shirts.
Since I live in the Peoples Republic
of Southern California at times Ive
seen soccer moms and girly-men (not
much difference) grab their children
and run to the shadows. They cower
quivering until Im out of sight just on
the off chance I may be carrying an evil
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on the way to Sunday school and a
working father of 13.
The only reason I can see not to wear
a shoot me rst article of clothing is it
may identify you as a cop to one of the
bad guys you reference. Well, if its a
bad guy worth his salt, hes already
made you from your demeanor, the way
you move, the way your eyes take in the
environment and how you position your-
self in the room. Those are ingrained
habits we never grow out of.
So, my advice is: if you want to
wear it, wear it proudly, dont take any
guff and rely on the skills you built
over your decades of service to keep
yourself safe. Dave
Dave, I just got my most recent
issue of American COP and I must tell
you how great and informative it is.
Both my wife and I are cops and we
read it from cover to cover.
Now with that out of the way, I just
had to comment on the professor from
ITT Tech, John Vollmann, Ph.D., and
chair of this and that of Criminal Jus-
tice School blah, blah, blah what-
ever. I live very near Austin and see TV
commercials for their nurses aid
school, welding school and other such
schools. Finally, a week or so back, I
saw them advertise a Criminal Justice
school. I looked at my wife and
asked, What could a school like that
offer a cop? She didnt know either.
After reading the pompous professors
comments I decided to look up the
schools accreditation. The only place it
came up on their Web site was a com-
ment they, ITT Tech, could not guar-
antee any other institution accepting
their credits and if any of their campuses
didnt list accreditation, its because
theyre in the process of getting it. (In
other words, they might not have any.)
Why would cops want to read
reviews about Criminal Justice text-
books? Its not like were going walk
into our real college class and say,
Hey Dr. So and So, I just read a text-
book review from the pompous pro-
fessor at ITT Tech and he says this cer-
tain book is better than the one were
using even though you wrote it.
When I attended University most of
my classes were taught by professors
who wrote the textbooks we used.
If ITT pulls your great magazine and
deprives their students of it, theyll soon
realize theyve just spent money on a
worthless degree. When they do come
across American COP, theyll ask them-
selves, Why havent I seen this
before? Keep up the great work.
Tony Crager
Dave, I find it rather amusing
someone with an advanced degree such
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cept clearly stated in every issue
American COP is By Cops, For
Cops. I guess reading comprehension
wasnt a necessary skill needed for his
Piled Higher and Deeper degree.
Please, please, please, keep it
parochial and leave the eggheads to
their classrooms since most of them
couldnt handle the streets.
Al Kuhn
Tony and Al, I should have known
better. When I worked the streets, every
time I tried to be nice and cut someone
a break, it came back to bite me in my
ample butt. I tried to be nice and polite
to Doctor, Professor, Criminal Justice
Chair, Vollmann by gently declining his
offer and he sent back an Im
throwing my sucker in the dirt e-mail.
But now, I have no sergeant, lieutenant,
captain or chief to answer to. Its fun to
be editor especially when you can
expose someone for who they are by
what they say and how they react.
As for the accreditation of ITT Tech,
I have no idea how or if they are
accredited or by whom and absolutely
no desire to find out. Ive looked at
their Web site and find the following
statement written there concerning:
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but legible handwriting is acceptable. We reserve the right to
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Decisions concerning the acceptance
of ITT Technical Institute credits by
any institution other than an ITT Tech-
nical Institute are made at the sole dis-
cretion of the receiving institution. ITT
Technical Institute makes no represen-
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ferability of any ITT Technical Institute
credits to any institution other than an
ITT Technical Institute. It is unlikely
that any credits earned at an ITT Tech-
nical Institute will be transferable to or
accepted by any institution other than
an ITT Technical Institute.
Giving them the benet of the doubt,
it may just be boilerplate disclaimer
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Leatherman Super Tool is 9 ounces.
The ByrdRench is a great t for the patrol cop or specialty
job cops like bicycle patrols. Anyone who uses machines or
equipment in their duties should appreciate it. The BrydRench
is more than just a strange looking knife;
its a darn well thought-
out tool.
For More Info:
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ou can use the screwdriver part of the tool with the unit
assembled. However, if you need to hold a nut in place,
you can separate the two halves, hold the nut with the
crescent wrench and tighten the screw with the driver.
Like most modern folding knives, the ByrdRench comes
with spring steel pocket clip. Its removable if
you like. Anylon belt sheath is
included as well. When carried in
the briefcase or glove com-
partment I
like the
nylon sheath
option. Total
weight for the
ByrdRench
comes in under
8 ounces. By
comparison, my
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pyderco took the occasion of the SHOT
Show to announce the production of the
ByrdRench. It bears a striking resem-
blance to the original model but with
slight differences. Its not your ordinary rectan-
gular shaped multi-tool.
The ByrdRench is a folding knife with a variety
of tools attached. The knife blade can be thumbed
opened single-handedly with the unique blade hole.
Unlike the patented round hole in the Spyderco blades, the thumbhole in Byrd
knives is what they call a comet shape. Held upright it looks like a teardrop. The
blade has a 2.5" cutting edge and is constructed of 8Cr13MoVsteel. The rest of
the tool is machined stainless steel. This tool is primarily constructed of two
halves. Put those together and you have a set of adjustable pliers with a large or
small bite. On the opposite end of the pliers you have a 9/16" crescent wrench.
Stored in the center of the tool are two Phillips-head bits and two at-head screw-
driver bits. The tool also accepts Allen and Torx accessories. Around le is
included and covers the screwdriver tips to secure them in place.
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Its been said the world is held together with nuts and bolts.
I dont know about the whole world, but I do know a cops
world contains plenty of them and many of our contacts
have a screw loose to boot.
We can hardly go an entire week without needing to x or
repair something. Some guys are Gung Ho enough to carry
an entire tool kit in their cruisers, most of us arent that
mechanically inclined or motivated. If I could x car
engines or build houses Id have a 9 to 5 job where I
could charge double-time for weekend calls.
HARDTOOLS
ESSENTIAL TOOLS FOR THE JOB.
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ulti-tools, like the original
Leatherman, have been around
for decades. Most every major
knife manufacturer has some
type of multi-purpose tool. Several years
ago Spyderco got into the multi-tool busi-
ness with a totally unique design called
the SpydeRench. In typical Spyderco
fashion, the SpydeRench was a departure
from other models most centered
around a set of folding needle-nosed
pliers. I had the good fortune to pick up
one of the original SpydeRenches and it
proved extremely handy and well made.
Unfortunately, Spyderco wasnt able to
keep the product in their catalog due to
problems with part suppliers.
Spyderco launched their Byrd line of
knives a couple of years ago using a
new overseas supplier. The primary
purpose of this partnership was to reach
a new market for pocket-clip folding
knives. Thanks to this relationship the
folks at the Golden, Colorado knife
company were able to reintroduce the
old SpydeRench under a new banner.
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FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
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afe Direction makes several ballistic containment
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role of easing the transport and temporary storage needs of
shooting professionals, in addition to providing the protec-
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magazine pockets, a substantial side pouch and an open
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And, of course, a Safe Direction ballistic containment pad
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n addition to these gun-carrying options, Safe Direction
makes a waist pack with an integral holster. Its a 6"x9"
fanny pack, with a 5"x7.5"x1.5" accessory pocket
weighing 1.25 pounds. Safe Direction also makes an
Academy Pad. Its a 7"x10"x.5" pad and it conveniently
snaps into a three-ring binder allowing you to carry a ballistic
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where guns are handled, you need to point
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carry a gun virtually whenever I leave the house. That
translates to lots of handling putting it on, taking it
off, transporting it, practice, maintenance and more
practice and mainte-
nance. I also dry-re my
weapons from time to time
for training or to assess the
trigger. It always makes
my butt pucker up when I
do it, even though its
pointed in a safe direction.
Safe Direction, LLC has
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youll always have a truly
safe direction to point your
weapon when you need to
pull the trigger short of
actually ring it. Glock
comes to mind. Before you
can take one apart you need
to drop the striker. OK, so
Im inside a room full of
other cops cleaning guns, or demonstrating to a class full of
students how to disassemble the gun. Is it safe to point it at the
cement oor? The sheetrock wall or your foot? Insert a
resounding No here of course not. Were professionals
and we always need a safe direction to point before we
squeeze the trigger, even when were sure its unloaded.
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ome devices have trouble
discerning license plates with
stacked characters; you
know, the ones looking like
mathematical fractions. This can be
reduced or even eliminated by
selecting a vendor who can cus-
tomize the optical character recog-
A DOWN SIDE
Attention: Bean Counters
A
patrol-car mounted dual-lens camera detects
a license plate and captures both color and
infrared images of the vehicle and plate.
Infrared cameras are able to see license
plates regardless of sun glare, darkness or other
adverse conditions. Once a plate is in the systems
memory, running it through multiple databases and
matching it to records on les with federal, state and
local systems happens at the speed of light.
Recently, in a Southern California test, ALP readers
led to the arrest of 535 suspects and the seizure or
recovery of 868 vehicles valued at more than seven million dollars. Other studies
show recognition technology increases arrests 10 times the national average.
Newer systems incorporate GPS and the ability to store plates in memory a
data-mining mother lode. Analysts can search records, tying locations, times and
dates to license plates and crimes.
Lets say youve had a series of sex-related crimes around a public park. If your
agency has done its job with registered sex offenders, consider entering their
license plate numbers into your local database. By placing static systems in the
public right-of-way youve created a geofenced area. The system can be pro-
grammed to alert communications. It may not be a violation for just being in a
public park, but now you have leads to follow up. What about documented gang
members, or those required by law to register as arsonists to name a few?
L
aw enforcement is getting smarter; were taking
advantage of Bait Cars, Global Positioning Sys-
tems (GPS) and partnering with LOJACK and On-
Star to track down thieves. One of the newest tools
available are automated license plate recognition (ALPR)
systems. Its software and hardware combined with good
ole fashion undirected patrol work to root out car ban-
dits. And, as an added bonus, (bean-counters pay
attention) your agency can add parking scofflaws to the
list thus clearing enormous backlogs of unpaid citations.
Youve got a way of defraying the cost of purchasing these
systems and a revenue stream cha-ching.
BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
Increase Arrests
Automated License Plate Recognition Systems
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nition software, rather than giving
you an off-the-shelf version. Addi-
tionally, these systems can literally
run hundreds of plates while youre
moving. Sophisticated rmware
continually searches the cameras
eld of view for a
license plate.
They even cap-
ture at a closure
rate of 130 MPH
cars going 65
in opposite direc-
tions theres
no way humans
could do that.
Imagine
patrolling as a
single-ofcer unit
in an urbanized
area where cars
are moving in
your same direc-
tion, in opposite
directions and
some are parked
along the curb.
All of the sudden
the recognition
system alerts you
to a stolen car,
but where? Sorry
theyre not smart
enough, yet, to
tell you exactly where. Mistakes,
having unintended results, could be
made. It would be wise to staff
ALPR equipped patrol cars with
two ofcers one to monitor the
system and the other responsible
for driving.
Common Sense
The ACLU already has their
collective dress up over their head
on this alleging invasion of pri-
vacy. Will your community support
your effort to reduce the auto theft
problem? Its a marketing issue.
You need to go out and sell it and
let them know youll be watching.
How can anyone expect privacy
when theyre in public places such
as municipal streets? Fortunately,
courts have stated, No one should
have any expectation of privacy at
a public venue, event or in the
public right-of-way common
sense, what a concept. Finally,
youll need good policies and pro-
cedures for accessing the data.
Like any other tool in our toolbox,
theres potential for abuse
if were not vigilant.
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ivide and conquer isnt just a phrase in our
nations prisons and jails its one of our best
management tools. Were trained to not give
the inmate population a common thread
upon which to unite. Thats why issues such as food,
mail and visits arent to be unduly tried with. Its
much easier to control 400 angry inmates of one race
than it is to control a united front of 1,200 inmates of
differing races.
Its also important ofcers and staff are as diversi-
ed in their cultural and racial backgrounds as the
inmate population. Inmates are much more likely to
talk with a staff member of their own race then they
may be with someone of a different background.
This isnt racism or segregation. This is dealing with
the world as it is behind the walls not as we would
like it to be.
These recent decisions by some courts need to
be reversed. There needs to be an understanding of
what the consequences are of these well meaning
yet misguided policies. Prisons arent
melting pots theyre boiling pots.
all of us as we entered the
Massachusetts Correc-
tional Institution at Nor-
folk, the largest prison in
the state at that time.
Even on a day that
looked as ominous as
any in this prisons his-
tory, we were unarmed
entering a thundering yard
as we always were. But it
wasnt just the chant, and it
wasnt sts raised in unity
making my blood run
cold. It was the fact the
inmates participating
werent all white or all black
or all Hispanic they were
mixed. They were marching together unied, shattering the
racial and ethnic barriers traditionally separating these groups
behind the walls. Even though we were grossly outnumbered
by 30 or 40 to one, this culturally self-imposed separation was
one of the best tools we had in controlling volatile inmates. Yet
on this day, the inmates broke down the very barriers they cre-
ated. They were unied, and we were very concerned.
BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE. H
eading from the parking lot to the
gatehouse the roar emanating from
the prison yard sounded different
that day. It wasnt the usual noise
generated by an excited crowd enjoying an
inmate softball or ag football game. This
sound was much more ominous and unnerving.
At roll call the captain told us there was
trouble in the yard and to be especially aware
and observant. We werent told the reasons
behind the trouble, we seldom were, just
that we needed to be extra diligent. Little did
we know as we headed for the sally port to
begin our 3 to 11 shift it would be three days
before any of us would see our homes again.
The good news is all of us did get to go home;
it could have been quit different.
REALITY
T
his isnt about the important roll cultural diversity
can play in a functioning society. Its not about
Rodney Kings, Cant we all just get along. Acad-
emia and the courts can aspire to a Utopian world
where distinctions between cultures are a source of pride
not of violence. However, this is about survival in the real
world of Americas prisons and jails. Recent decisions by
the courts mandating inmate desegregation in housing unit
and cell assignments flies directly in the face of common
sense, correctional and public safety interests. In the real
world people seek out cultures theyre familiar with. In
most cases thats not a decision based on racism. Its not
usually the result of an individuals aversion to other races
or cultures. Its a matter of nurture not nature, a product of
environment not DNA.
Behind the walls inmates not only seek out those similar
to them for cultural reasons they do so for their own per-
sonal safety. Our job behind those walls is to promote safety
not cultural diversity. The inmate population naturally
divides itself among cultural, ethnic and geographical lines.
To force them out of those comfort zones in such a hostile
environment is inviting trouble. There are too many inmates,
not enough beds and not enough staff to seek Utopia.
UTOPIAN PRISON NOT
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assing through the
administration
gate and onto
the main
yard, which con-
sisted of a quad-
rangle rimmed with
10 housing units,
the roar heard from
the parking lot
became a distinct and
chilling chant, Attica,
Attica, Attica. Over
300 inmates with sts
raised high were
marching in unison
around the inner
perimeter, hundreds
more hung from win-
dows in the housing
units sts raised in support.
It was the mid 1980s and I was still a newjack correctional
ofcer with less than a half dozen years under my belt. The
Attica riots had occurred over a decade prior, still any American
over 20 years old who heard the chant knew exactly what it
meant; mayhem, murder, riots and death. To hear 300 inmates
chanting Attica in unison with sts raised sent a chill through
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imber has jumped into the
less-lethal business with
both feet. Their new JPX Jet
Protector is a handheld two-
shot OC delivery system with a max-
imum range of 21' using the Safe-
Clean magazine the farther the
better. Aspecial follower
travels behind the liquid pro-
pellant and .39 oz of OC to
keep any possible leftover con-
tamination from the operator.
The JPX is shaped more like a
conventional rearm; the grip ts my
hand like a J-frame S&W. Overall
length with the magazine in place is
7.28". Fixed sights are molded into
the magazine making the device
much more accurate than the spray-
and-pray versions we have carried for
years. An optional internal laser sight is
also available. The double-action trigger
is smooth and easy to operate and auto-
matically resets to re the other charge.
Anice feature of the magazine is the
charges dont lose pressure over time like
aerosol cans, thus improving shelf life
and overall performance.
On the downside it
only has two shots
before you have to
reload and the weight
loaded is 12.5 oz. I
can already hear the
snivels and groans
about how much gear
cops already carry.
Weigh your options
and decide which tool is
best for the job.
GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
SAMMY REESE OFFICERSURVIVAL
I
dont know about the rest of you, but the thought of being exposed to OC (Oleo-
resin Capsicum) one more time would be like volunteering for a root canal
without any Novocain not a chance it sucks Im not gonna do it.
The bad guy is usually unfazed when initially exposed, cops too since we all get
cross-contaminated ghting said bad guy. Its the after we all dread burning eyes and
evacuation of the sinus cavity.
Hopefully Mr. Bad Guy got more than you did, but we all know Murphy rides
with each of us and Im sure more than a warehouse of beer has been purchased
by partners who oopsed and got one of us with a liberal dose of spice while
trying to hit the suspect. Therere
lots of members of both clubs who
are saying, I wish Id been farther
back when the OC was deployed.
T
he JPX will really shine in crowd control and stand off-situations. Its pin-
point accuracy compliments Pepper-Ball and larger aerosol devices. Its also
smaller and allows more accurate, pinpoint application than conventional
aerosol-can dispensers. Having the ability to put suspects under duress
at greater distances is a great safety feature. In the future I
would like to see a marking agent added to the live agent
for aiding in suspect ID.
The more force options available for cops today the
better. The days of the wooden stick and bullets as the
only tools of the trade are long gone. Sticks and bul-
lets are still here and hopefully will be for a long
time. Its all the other force multipliers that make our
job just a little bit easier to do safely. At a suggested
retail of $359.99 for the standard version and $474.99
with the laser, Kimbers JPX Jet Protector
is another fine tool to put in the toolbox.
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D
emonstrating genuine care for per-
sonnel and establishment of a safe-
driver program has reduced accident
rates. This, in turn, lowers agency costs
and makes for a more productive work
environment. The National Highway
Trafc Safety Administration estimates the
average cost to a department for a crash is
$16,500. If its an on-the-job crash
resulting in an injury, the cost to the
employer is $74,000 that can exceed
$500,000 when a fatality is involved.
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
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SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
D
river Safety Programs need well-written and clear
policies and procedures. They also need the absolute
buy-in and participation of the chief and other man-
agement types. An attitude of, Its good for the troops but
doesnt apply to us suits, will immediately destroy any
chance of program success. Policies should have a min-
imum of three parts.
The rst is the need for a written contract signed by each
person driving a department vehicle. It shows the department is
serious about driver safety. Its very important for all employees
be a part of it. They need to know theyll be accountable for
their actions as well as parts of the training program.
Secondly youll need an incentive/discipline program. It
must be fair with achievable goals encouraging personnel to
drive safely. Disciplinary actions must be significant and
rewards plentiful.
Lastly, you need a maintenance program not only to keep
the agencys vehicles safe and operational, but also to include
a detailed crash recording system.
T
here should be a valid reason for each new policy
put into effect. They should recognize the impor-
tance of driver safety; work place crashes, caring
for personnel and their families, etc. Ofcer
involvement will be an extremely important part of a suc-
cessful program. Its far less expensive to send a patrol
cop with a good driving record a gift certicate or paid
time off than deal with the costs and lost work an accident
creates. Arewards program must be serious enough to
attract the attention of the people involved.
Aprogram of this type should involve an extensive
driver-training program not a one-time training but an
actual program starting with hands-on training and with
annual updates. The nal part of a program deals with
maintenance. Its important, for obvious reasons, to keep
vehicles operational. However, well-kept and clean vehi-
cles say a lot and set a good example that hope-
fully will be followed by all.
For More Info: www.osha.gov.
Hard Dollars
Valid, Reasoned Policies
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FLEET MANAGEMENT 101
E
ven as a patrol cop this is worth
thinking about. Current trends show
a dismal record for police-vehicle
related crashes and fatalities. AFleet
Driver Safety Program may be one way
agencies can positively impact this trend.
Aprogram like this needs to look not only
at driver training but also maintenance.
Responsible agencies must not only
think of the Ofcer while on agency time
but also results of having employees
involved in automobile accidents outside
work. The cop, their family and the
department are always impacted to
varying degrees after an accident. Does
your eet manager see accident rates
going up? What is he doing about it? How
much money has it cost your department?
How much grief has it cost?
DIRECT COSTS TO THE ORGANIZATION
WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS
HEALTH CARE COSTS
INCREASES IN MEDICAL INSURANCE PREMIUMS
AUTO INSURANCE AND LIABILITY CLAIMS AND SETTLEMENTS
PHYSICAL AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION COSTS
LIFE INSURANCE AND SURVIVOR BENEFITS
GROUP HEALTH INSURANCE DEPENDANT COVERAGE
PROPERTY DAMAGE (EQUIPMENT, PRODUCTS, ETC.)
MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT
EMS COSTS AMBULANCE AND/OR MEDIVAC HELICOPTER
VEHICLE TOWING, IMPOUNDING AND INSPECTION FEES
MUNICIPALITY OR UTILITY FEES FOR DAMAGE TO ROADS, SIGNS, OR POLES
DIRECT TOTAL
INDIRECT COSTS
SUPERVISORS TIME RESCHEDULING, MAKING SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS, ETC.
FLEET MANAGERS TIME TO COORDINATE VEHICLE REPAIR, REPLACEMENT, ETC.
REASSIGNMENT OF PERSONNEL TO COVER FOR MISSING EMPLOYEES (LESS EFFICIENT)
OVERTIME PAY (TO COVER MISSING PERSONNEL)
PERSONNEL REPLACEMENT
RE-ENTRY AND RETRAINING OF INJURED EMPLOYEES
ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS (DOCUMENTATION OF INJURIES, TREATMENT, ABSENCES, CRASH-INVESTIGATION)
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V
iolence in the Workplace has gained a fearsome
hold on the collective imagination of the Amer-
ican public, not to mention its effect on police
and private security. Weve become pro-
grammed to require more information irrespective of the
source television, radio, print, text messaging always
more. But we watch for different reasons.
Most people average citizens, tax-
payers, civilians, soccer moms, detached
teens watch as they would Survivor, Lost
or The Apprentice; to know who gets red,
kicked off the island, thrown out of the
house or dies. Yes, dies. Not on real TVof
course. Well, not just yet, but its coming.
Comic George Carlin describes the all-sui-
cide channel, available soon via local cable
providers. Reality TVbecomes more
extreme, stupid, condescending, violent and
mindless; yet we still watch transxed. Think back, 25
years, to Saturday Night Live, Eddie Murphy as Buckwheat
and the silly, sarcastic, racially divisive way they described
the Assassination of Buckwheat. Now fast forward to any
shooting scenario portrayed by the media this or last week; in a
shockingly, almost Nostradamus-like way, they perversely pre-
dicted our nightly newscasts.
PRIVATESECURITY
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
A BRIEF HISTORY:
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C
an we learn anything from this litany of human-against-human savagery?
Yes, we can. In the wake of the VT killings, law enforcement agencies
and private sector security entities, particularly those responsible for open
campuses with diverse, free-owing, uncontrolled populations are
immersed in self-assessment and benchmark projects at a fevered pace.
And the right questions are being asked, amidst dozens of efforts by educational
institutions, corporations, professional associations and informal exchanges
amongst LE and the private sector. As a survey participant, reader, organizer Ive
been involved in or exposed to about 20 such efforts since VT day. Organizations
such as the International Security Managers Association (ISMA) and the Associa-
tion of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) have begun new studies or
released reports about this subject, focusing on the current posture of corporate
America in terms of their (relative) capabilities.
Unfortunately, theres such a surfeit about workplace violence it can be a
daunting task to glean anything practical from the abundance. But, for the private
security pro the manager of security at a college campus, corporate ofce park
or mid-town high rise the big question is still out there and the answer is
rarely found from such resources.
Thats your job. Yeah, you, tough guy, youre in charge, you have to figure
it out, dont you? You have to find the solution. How can you fill the Gap?
The Gap
An overarching concern confronts security managers haunts is a better
word the Gap. That interval of time, predictably imprecise but no less pro-
foundly important because we have to guess its duration, between the moment
THE REACTION
I
n a bizarre twist, indicative of that
confusing place America has
become, some of us and naturally
the media, betray unsubtle hints
of disappointment when initial reports
prove erroneous:
Actually, Katie, there were not a
dozen killings at the hand of the lone
gunmen. It was a lone mufer back-
ring violently, misinterpreted by
everyone involved, including this
reporter. Oh well, with luck
someone guns down defenseless rst
graders tomorrow, hopefully a few
blocks from our afliate in, well, any-
where would be ok. Stay tuned.
Whether reports prove false or over-
whelmingly accurate, as in the Virginia
Tech incident, all eyes are trained on
the outlet. For us though, supposed pro-
fessionals, are we also watching as
wide-eyed, captive, relatively brain-
dead viewers? Is violence in the work-
place simply fodder for painful and
depressing reality TV? Should George
Carlin run for president?
Ideally we watch in the hope of
picking up information, learning,
studying, particularly if youre in this
business, public or private, of antici-
pating, preventing or limiting such
carnage (theres a job title for you,
Chief Limiting Ofcer). This is my
job. Trouble is my business. I am in
charge here. (God Bless and keep
Alexander Haig.)
Get The Story
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someone recognizes an active shooter
is on the campus and the precise
moment when the police arrive. (Who
the hell did you think wed call?)
It might be three minutes if youre
lucky damned lucky or 17, or 20.
All you have to do, as the guy account-
able for everyones safety, is nd a way
to ll that gap with a logical plan, an
appealing plan, a rational, nancially
defensible, legally sustainable, culturally
acceptable, media-friendly plan. Then
get the funding for it, test it and insure
you have enough capable people on
your team to successfully carry it out.
You thought this would be easy,
didnt you? This why you left LE, this
is why they pay you $175K per year,
and not because you were so damn
impressive at the interview, but because
they need someone to ll the Gap, and
if you cant, guess what Chief? Youre
the guy who was in charge when IT
happened, Chief Security Ofcer my
ass, how about Chief Scapegoat-in-
Waiting. No? Wake up tough guy, smell
the Starbucks, check your options (not
alternatives, the stock options theyll
take back).
Your entire career hinges on the way
youve chosen to manage those 10 or
15 minutes. And where you work mat-
ters as much as what youre capable of:
No two employers are alike, yet the
smarter, better, more agile ones have
crafted plans not only appearing solid
but that can be marketed to upper man-
agement those that specically do
not reek of too much testosterone: No,
Chief, we cannot authorize your secu-
rity ofcers to carry .45 caliber
sidearms, tasers and mace. Were a
software rm for Chrissakes, this is Sil-
icon Valley not Bogota, dammit! Not
Bogota? Brilliant. Neither was Virginia
Tech, smartass.
The plan (to ll the Gap) has to be
many things at once: Budget conscious
(you cant spend more than you did last
year, regardless); culturally neutral (no
offensive countermeasures, especially
that smack of police, as this would
cause too many of our best and
brightest to be intimidated, or lose their
concentration); legally sound (for the
sake of liability, no guns); public rela-
tions savvy (the board has to like it, and
the media, too, and the alumni, or the
sponsors, or customers).
Swell. You still have 10 or 15 min-
utes to kill, Chief no pun intended
before the cavalry arrives. What
next? Can you hold out that long?
Where is the lone gunman right now?
Do you even know? What are
you going to do? *
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S
ome ideas on what our depart-
ment does for our auxiliary of-
cers may work well in your
department. Some obviously
will require funding but if you develop
a plan and have the needed funds allo-
cated, itll denitely pay off.
An annual banquet with a nice
meal and some type of awards pro-
gram is a welcome gesture many
appreciate. An awards banquet doesnt
have to be extravagant. A graduated
scale of department-logo coffee mugs,
t-shirts, sweatshirts or plaques recog-
nizing each members service
throughout the year is all thats
needed. If your locality has a personal
property tax, consider giving a break
to those who volunteer their time.
This idea may require a change in
state law, but it can be done.
When your department issues a new
piece of equipment, consider issuing it
PERRY W. HORNBARGER RESERVES
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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.
W
e all want to feel appreci-
ated but does your depart-
ment show you they appre-
ciate your work as a volun-
teer officer? Most of you are prob-
ably saying, heck no or worse. It
isnt that hard to spend a few bucks
a year to show appreciation. Depart-
ments spend huge sums on
recruiting, but if the retention part is
non-existent, a lot of money is being
wasted on training and equipment. It
could even give those who dont
appreciate volunteers the ammo they
need to abandon the program.
I can say my department is recep-
tive to any idea where they can show
the reserve/auxiliary officer and
other volunteers they truly appre-
ciate what we do. After all, were
providing cheap labor. Department
bean counters love us because were
cheaper than using regular officers
for the more menial jobs. While Id
never state we could replace our reg-
ular cops, we can certainly be used
to augment their numbers and keep
them from where theyre really
needed on the streets.
Side Benefits
O
ne of the side benefits of
having sworn reserve or
auxiliary cops is more
people in the pool when you
may need a specialist. Almost all
of our auxiliary officers have reg-
ular jobs elsewhere. With that
comes knowledge and an invalu-
able skills base for use in some
emergency situations. One of our
members is a locksmith by trade. I
couldnt begin to tell you how
many safes and lockboxes hes
opened (legally, of course) at the
request of our investigators.
Another one of our members is a
telecommunications specialist.
Hes now part of our Police Emer-
gency Response Team and handles
all of the communications needs of
our negotiators. These are just two
examples of skills gained in the
civilian world used to assist the
department. And guess what
theyre almost free.
WHAT DOES YOUR
DEPARTMENT DO FOR YOU?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
to these guys first. We had this oppor-
tunity some years ago to be the first in
our department to be issued expand-
able batons. The timing was perfect
for the training and delivery of the
equipment. Imagine the feeling these
guys had when they were the first
kids on the block.
Aretirement package is certainly not
out of the question. We have a program
in place where ours guys get the exact
same things a regular ofcer gets when
they retire except the monthly check.
Weve had ve members retire and
theyre still around as members of the
Retired Police Ofcers Association.
See if some of these will work at
your department. Challenge your
people to come up with ideas thatll
work at your department too. The
rewards will be a higher percentage of
personnel retention and
higher morale in your unit.
*
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E
ven if it comes from the sus-
pect. In fact, especially if it
comes from the defen-
dant, right?
Marshall Byers
was no stranger
to in-custody
relationships
when ofcers of
the Everett, Wash-
ington PD hooked him up and hauled
him downtown. Byers was suspected of
stabbing his estranged wifes new
boyfriend ve times, but oh, he was
slick He knew if he just kept his
mouth shut and didnt make any
incriminating statements, he had at
least a fty-fty chance of beatin the
rap. Then the cops told him he was
charged with attempted murder. Byers
just couldnt help himself.
Attempted? he blurted, What? I
thought I stuck him like a pig! What do
you mean, Byers shouted, Hes alive?
Following a moment of bemused
silence, every face had a grin but one
and you can guess whose mug was
short of smiles.
M
ike Rutherford was just slidin smoothly along on West Virginias
Highway 64, doin the speed limit on that narrow roadway when
some high-velocity butthead came screamin up to his rear bumper
and commenced honkin and waving for Mike to get the heck out of his way.
Trouble was, there was nowhere for Mike to go with his plain-Jane sedan
but into the ditch, and that didnt strike him as a viable option. Hes a very
defensive driver. He has to be. Hes the Sheriff of Kanawha County.
The high-vel butthead was apparently intoxicated as well as annoying,
and he continued his little campaign of tailgating terror until Mike nally
took his exit off the highway. As Mike glanced into his rearview mirror, he
saw the dummy make one nal charge at his back bumper, ostentatiously ip
Mike a middle nger and then veer outta control and crash into a guard
rail. Sometimes you dont have to wait too long for whats goin
around to come around .
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Y
eah, some citizen complaints could read like that when the
sizzly summer heat simmers up in Indias western state
of Gujarrat. In that high-humidity convection
oven, steamed cops have long been noted for
their unfortunate state of offensive aroma. It
became such a PR problem that ofcials called on
the research staff of the National Institute of
Design in Ahmedabad for a solution.
Soon, its gonna be Goodbye, funky-
monkey, and hello, hibiscus an citrus!
Gujarats 300,000 cops will be issued all-
new uniforms incorporating bacterial growth
inhibiting agents, and, the fabric is per-
manently infused with the scent of wild-
owers and lemons! No matter how bad
a butt-whuppin suspects might get,
theyll not be offended by the ofcers
body odor. The new uniforms are also
engineered with reective prints and ber
optic technology woven in so theyll glow
in the dark, and frankly, thats not for me.
When I was workin graveyard, darkness was
my friend. It was bad enough having streetlights
reect off the top of my shiny head.
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
Part I: The Approach
T
he first part, your approach should include application
of the two Ms. Maximize the distance to the threat
and Minimize yourself as a target. Never forget to
check for a route of escape away from the door should
something very bad happen when the door opens.
DOOR TACTICs:
IN YOU GO
D
oorways direct the ow of trafc in and out of
rooms or hallways. Their tendency to restrict
movement makes them potential bullet magnets
and traps as in nature. Thats why theyve histori-
cally been called fatal funnels among other things. The
training tendency is to limit time spent in doorways due to
this restrictive movement issue. But remember, expedited
movement without proper clearance can force you to con-
front armed threats at very short range with no alternative
but to go big or stay home.
The application of door entry tactics generally falls
into two categories. First is the dynamic method
invoking the theory of speed and surprise to generate
overpowering presence. Some protocols support explo-
sive diversionary devices or ash bangs. When applied
by the right people in the right place at the right time,
the element of surprise, violence of action and
audacity are viable concepts but often not practical
for conventional patrol cops.
The second option is a more systematic and method-
ical technique in the covert or stealth mode. Since its
often better to be conservative in one- or two-person
tactics Im only going to address the second method of
covert or stealth mode even though some of the move-
ments discussed may seem to be applied rather quickly
such as the physical act of passing the threshold.
the other side of the open door. Be guarded to not break the
plane with your muzzle or any body parts (elbows, feet, mus-
tache). By working to either side of the doorway youll be
able to see far into the room. If during this clearing move-
ment you see them or they see you the ghts on. The
walls and door between you and the threat are at best con-
cealment not cover. Move to whatever protection is avail-
able. When visually slicing, I look for one inch of some-
thing I dont like, a muzzle, elbow, foot, hat brim anything
giving me early warning of a potential threat. If you visually
locate something you dont like, a verbal compliance request
can be made. If they comply you win the lotto if not
then youll know other means may be required.
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Part II: The Search
D
uring your search stay as far away from the doorway as
possible and work to one side of the door or the other
and position yourself to look as far as possible into the
room youre about to enter. Back away and keep as much
distance as possible with your muzzle between you and the
threat area as you visually slice the open doorway moving
as smoothly as possible. Do not do this fast. Your movement
should be arc shaped; visually slicing the new area acquired
with each lateral step of the curve until you reach the wall on
SOCOPsec1a 7/12/07 6:57 AM Page 34
Open Sim Sim
A
li Baba may have found opening and clearing a closed door is a little
more complicated only in the sense of opening the door. Once the door
comes open the search can be similar to the technique you used for the
doorway. On the approach check the hinges of the door. Hinge pins
out means the door opens to you. No visible hinge pins means the door opens
inward. Be aware of interior pocket doors, which have no hinges or doorknob.
To open this type of door you will need to slide it into the wall. As an example,
the door youre about to open has the knob on the right and the hinges on the
left. This door is going to open to you from the right to the left. If possible, set
up on the right side using your left hand to open the door knob; keep your
muzzle between you and the threat area,
open the door and step back smoothly
while going back to a two-hand ring
grip. Try not to ing the door too hard so
it opens, whacks the wall, and goes back
shut. At the same time dont open the
door too slowly so that someone inside
has a lot of time to get ready or have a
large portion of your arm and torso to
shoot at.
If you have to open the same door, but
in a hallway, again check the door knob
and hinges as you approach and place
your left foot in a position so if the door
was kicked or pushed by the threat as you
start to open it, the door will strike your
foot and knee not your head or torso.
Keeping the muzzle between yourself and
the threat area and out of the arc of the
doors opening swing, grasp the doorknob
with your left hand and step back as far as
possible as you open the door.
Basic Donts
Dont stand in front of the doorway
when opening it or while its open. The
backlight helps promote you as a target
with the target indicator as an outline.
Dont lead with your muzzle while
searching or entering the doorway.
The muzzle is a dead giveaway of
where you are and if youre not
careful it can cause you to fight over
possession of your gun. At worst, it can
be taken away and used against you.
Dont stall in the doorway. Either go
in or stay out but dont stop in the
funnel. Search, clear or engage and
move on as needed. Set a dressing
mirror in the room you are practicing on
and in the mirror youll quickly see what
kind of target you make for the threat.
The clearing of doors and door-
ways can be difficult and demanding.
It can be done, but it
should be practiced.
Part III: The Entry
T
he third and last part of the entry is going through the doorway. While con-
ducting your search decide where you want to end up in the room after you
go in. As an example, when entering you can cross over by starting on the
outside of the door on the right and then go through the door to the left side of the
doorway into the room. Akey point is to pass through the doorway smoothly,
quickly and quietly. Put your back to what you feel is a safe area, like the last
place you looked before you came through the doorway.
Based on the makeup of the room you can stage yourself in the doorway facing the
most dangerous or open area and carefully roll or lean in to get the rst visual look
into the room over your sights not actually trying to get into the room but get-
ting a foot in the door so to speak. Remember, minimum you maximum them.
*
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Concerns
S
ome are concerned the threat
may shoot through the door. Its
a legitimate concern, but very
hard to defend against. Under-
standably, youd think if theyre
shooting at you through the door you
should just shoot back good concept
poor application. The people youre
ghting probably arent worried about
bystanders or hostages, but you shoot
one round and hit the wrong guy its
get-a-lawyer-for-life time.
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A
nyone who has raised small
children is probably familiar
with No thank you portions.
This is a technique used by
responsible parents to assure their
picky, fast-food-craving offspring get
some healthy, nutritional chow into
their sugar-and-carb loaded little
bodies, despite the overwhelmingly
unhealthy kid-targeted advertising by
purveyors of barely edible garbage.
Its simple. You just ladle out
very small servings of things like
green beans, peas, broccoli or corn
onto their plates and the edict is
they must eat those miniscule por-
tions. After that, they may decline
further culinary cruelty with the
phrase, No, thank you and you
honor that. It may not seem like
much, but rst, the ingestion of
healthy food in any amount is a good thing,
and second, the practice has a cumula-
tive effect, breaking down food-preju-
dice barriers and making expansion of
the program more palatable.
Now, as for the wimping of our warrior class,
have you had your No Thank You Portion? I had
my ll long ago and since refused more. Virginia
Tech may have overdosed you and activated
your gag reex.
You know what happened. Once again, a
gun-free zone, dictated by the delusional and
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L
ets contrast Chos freedom to
kill with the recent planned
massacre at Trolley Mall in Salt
Lake City. Both Cho and the
Trolley Mall killer, Sulejmen Talovic,
bore multiple weapons and lots of
ammunition. Both apparently
expected no armed opposition. Cho
killed 32 people at his leisure
unopposed. Talovic killed just ve
before he was stopped by an off-duty
Ogden cop. The same contrasting
scenes have played out from
Columbine to Long Island and Texas
to Mississippi. Wherever armed cops
or citizens were present, the careers
of psychotic killers have been cut
Yeah, these are the folks
you want making decisions
on your right to carry.
short or aborted entirely.
I have unanswered questions. There
are both criminology and public admin-
istration programs at VT. How many
off-duty cops were on campus, unarmed
that day in obedience to VTs imme-
diate-expulsion policy? How many may
have actually been in Norris Hall? Im
afraid well never know because the
knowledge could be embarrassing.
We know signicant numbers of VT
students, including military veterans,
have Virginia CCWpermits. There are
military and naval science courses and
ROTC programs. How many staff
would have been armed if people sin-
gularly unqualied to make decisions
about bearing arms
and the judicious use of
counter-violence were not setting
lethal feel-good policies, which
condemn good people to death? Were
any cops kids killed in Norris Hall?
Nationwide over the past 40 years,
crucial decisions on the right to keep
and bear arms, possession of weapons,
and even the fundamental right to
self-defense have been increasingly
made by those least qualied to
address the subjects. Politicians who
simply prefer unarmed peasants,
scare-tactic ideologues, and emotion-
ally crippled hoplophobes have dic-
tated legislation and public percep-
enforced by the unqualied turned into a killing-box in which
slaughter could be carried out whimsically or methodically
without fear of interference by trained, armed opposition. The
VT campus police contingent took three minutes to reach
Norris Hall, and another ve minutes to open the chained-shut
doors and consolidate forces before entering. Too often, on-
duty ofcers can only respond and pick up the pieces.
During that time, Seung-Hui Cho red the bulk of his 170
rounds at dozens of easy targets, inicting the majority of those
100-plus wounds. As soon as his opposition entered the
building, Cho destroyed his own unbalanced brain. Forensic
examiners found no evidence he encountered any greater
resistance than that posed by 70-year old Israeli-
American professor Liviu Librescu, who
placed his body between his students and
Chos bullets.
Considering every school in Israel is
staffed with armed faculty and aides to
deal with similar
threats, one can only
wonder what
Librescus dying thoughts
were. We doubt he agreed
with VTs hoplophobic
administrators assertions
their gun-free zone
was either gun-free, or
that it made students
and faculty feel safe.
Samurai Sans Swords?
Samurai Sans Swords?
The Wimping of the Warrior Class
YOUR CHIEF?
YOUR
ADMINISTRATION?
YOUR
ADMINISTRATION?
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tion, resulting in such twisted, lethal
fantasies as gun-free zones and,
lets not forget those gun-free
zones apply to off-duty ofcers as
well as concealed-carry citizens.
Simply put, those who want an
unarmed populace, or who see
weapons as evil, animate objects, or
who cannot differentiate between
skilled, trained, sworn professional
peacekeepers and psychotic crimi-
nals are unqualied to address these
issues. Those who dont understand
the basic dynamics of violence and
judicious use of counter-violence are
unqualied to make such critical
decisions; not on this earth; not in
this dimension.
Within law enforcement,
increasing numbers of LE agency
chiefs have placed onerous restric-
tions on or prohibited off-duty
carry. One of the Salt Lake area
agencies forbids ofcers from car-
rying their issue sidearms off duty.
They cite liability concerns. HR-
218 has been law since 2004, yet
hundreds of agencies still refuse to
enable it, scared spitless of possible
liability lawsuits. Should fear of
feral lawyers trump our oaths, our
duty to the people, our right to self-
defense our lives?
Cops Gone Wild?
Overall, we are moving ever
closer to the socialist-state model,
which is, You may be armed when
you are on duty, directly doing the
bidding of your political masters. Off
duty, we do not trust you. Assume
the position peasant.
Are we sworn to protect and serve
only when were on the clock? If so,
lets make that clear in our oaths. If
empty suits tell us their concerns are
over faux-liability issues which do
not seem to exist in reality Cops
gone wild? Where? When? Then,
lets balance them against the carnage
committed by killers gone
unchecked. Make them admit they
simply dont trust us. Then we can
make informed decisions about how
much loyalty we owe them.
Had enough wimping? Had
enough killing? No more gun-free
zones, no more conditional oaths?
Ready to say, No, thank you. Ive
had enough? Maybe its time.
One lone cop will be dismissed.
One hundred will be heard. Athou-
sand ten thousand? listened to
closely. One bite at a
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IG's P250 is a
new type of
pistol and one
thats certain
to change the
way many
view handgun
ownership. It brings mod-
ular firearm design to a
whole new level thus
making it the most versa-
tile handgun available.
The P250s original
European introduction in
2004 by SIGs counterpart
there, JP Sauer & Son,
was in 9x19mm Para-
bellum with plans for .357
SIG, .40 S&W and .45
ACP to come later that
year. When the process stalled in Europe, SIGARMS (the US
company) President & CEO sent their lead design engineer,
Ethan Lessard, to Germany for collaboration. Eventually, it
was decided SIGARMS would complete design work here in
the US and production would be done at their Exeter, New
Hampshire factory. All four calibers of the P250 should be
available before too long. This puts a big exclamation mark
on SIGs long-term commitment to the military and law
enforcement. Its features and characteristics make it excep-
tionally well suited for issuance at the organizational/institu-
tional level more on this later.
Design modications necessary to build the P250 in cal-
ibers greater than 9mm have delayed the production cycle
but the wait will be worth it. Larger calibers require a heavier,
thus larger slide. This requires adjustment to the dimensions of
the 9mm slide in order to ensure holster interchangeability
Aimed
In A NEW
Direction
Aimed
In A NEW
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The SIG SAUER P250
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between 9mm, .357 SIG and .40 S&W
calibers. Other modications have been
ironed out by Lessard and the rest of the
SIGARMS design team assuring func-
tionality in its myriad of congurations.
The upshot of this reengineering pro-
ject resulted in not too many people
having any idea what the P250 is.
And, after doing a little
assembly and is the serialized part of the
gun. Unlike most other plastic guns,
the plastic grip/triggerguard/dust cover
of the P250 is not part of the frame;
rather, it contains the frame. The frame
rests inside this grip with the serial
number showing through a window on
the right side. So, in order to change the
dimensions of the grip, you simply
insert the frame into an entirely new
grip assembly. This simple
change is done by hand in
well under a minute.
My Way
The range of P250
grips will include full
size, compact and sub-
compact basic sizes.
Each of t hese basi c
sizes will be available
in either full-width,
Internet research, its clear,
those who think they know
about the gun consider it just
another plastic framed, DAO
semi-auto pistol how
wrong they are.
The Frame
The steel frame for the
P250 is kind of like the chassis of a car.
Its the heart of the design and the key
to its tremendous exibility. This
chassis-like frame con-
tains the trigger
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medium-width, or slim/small. Grips
for the 9mm, .357 SIG, and .40 S&W
will all be interchangeable. Due to the
size of the .45 ACP round, the .45
grips will not be interchangeable with
the other calibers.
An additional feature for adjusting t
includes two trigger designs. One is a
short trigger, and is slightly offset
rearward in the triggerguard designed
for shooters with shorter fingers. With
the slim/small grip size and the short
trigger, this gun can be shot very com-
fortably by shooters with very small
hands. When you add caliber choice,
you can start to see the wide range of
options available; Ill take mine with a
medium width compact grip, compact
slide in .40 S&W, please. Or, Id like
mine with a full-width, full-size grip
and slide in .45 ACP, and Id like an
additional full-width, sub-compact grip
and slide in 9mm for concealed carry.
Shooting The P250
This is an excellent shooting pistol
just what youd expect from SIG. It feels
good in your hand and despite the light
plastic grip is well balanced, particularly
with a full magazine. With no external
safety lever or decocking lever, its sleek
and clean on both sides with only the
magazine release, disassembly lever and
ambidextrous slide stop protruding. The
various grips have a slight beavertail
molded in allowing the shooter to snug
the pistol down into the web of their
hand without risking slide bite.
Sights are a low-prole combat night
sight with green tritium inserts designed
by SIGLITE specifically for the P250.
The hammer is bobbed and snag free.
This gun is designed to be a no nonsense
workhorse with ease of operation and
simplicity foremost. I noted a few folks
on the web saying they thought it was
ugly. Thats just stupid. Its about form
following function and when this gun
gets you through a bad day, youll think
its absolutely gorgeous.
This gun shoots more accurately than
most shooters I know. It certainly shoots
better than I can. I had the pleasure of
watching Ethan shoot a 9mm version on
the test range. At 15 yards, he made one
ragged hole in five shots with his
favorite load, the Federal 124 grain
HydraShok. I dont think anything else
needs to be said about accuracy. Any
combat handgun that can shoot one-
hole groups at 15 yards is more than
accurate enough for the eld.
DAO
The trigger definitely deserves spe-
cial mention. Im generally not a big
fan of double action only (DAO)
trigger designs and I used to think of
them as somewhat of an entry level
gun for unskilled or marginally skilled
shooters. I guess thats because DAO
guns are thought of as somewhat safer
for shooters who might milk the
trigger, and the longer distance and
added pressure of most DAO triggers
makes an accidental discharge less
likely. Well, Ive reevaluated this line
of thinking after shooting this pistol.
This DAO trigger is significantly
shorter, lighter and smoother than any of
the other DAO triggers I have shot. Its
about 25 percent shorter than the double
action of the conventional double/single.
The factory set 5.5 to 6 lbs trigger is
smooth throughout the pull with no
stacking at the end of the stroke. Its a
great balance between a bench shooters
light trigger, and a heavy trigger man-
dated by some police departments as
safer. While I think training tech-
niques and professional expectations
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Aimed
In A NEW
Direction
Aimed
In A NEW
Direction
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have signicantly helped shooters keep
their ngers off the trigger until theyre
ready to fire, Id still say theres a
margin of safety afforded by this trigger
over most single actions because it de-
nitely requires deliberate action.
Choice Of Departments
Ive never been a fan of depart-
ments selecting one pistol for their
entire organization. In fact, depart-
ments that force their officers to carry
the exact same gun are doing a huge
disservice to their cops and the citi-
zens theyre trying to protect. Strong
words? Maybe, but after years of
watching people shoot, I feel strongly
that after the smoke clears from pre-
liminary training, the most important
factor in a persons shooting effec-
tiveness is confidence. Cops who
shoot guns that dont fit their hand, or
they cant control due to recoil arent
going to shoot with confidence. They
wont like shooting so they wont
practice. Theyll become less confi-
dent t o t he poi nt t hey can barel y
qualify. Size matters when it comes to
handgun grips.
However, I can see why an organi-
zation would want only one model gun
for all their people. If youre respon-
sible for maintaining and servicing
numerous guns, it only makes sense to
minimize the headaches and confusion
of having numerous different manufac-
turers parts and training. Even having
several models from one manufacturer
for different size officers or different
assignments can be a major burden.
Parts and maintenance issues are dif-
ferent between models.
This is why the P250 is revolu-
tionary and an excellent solution to
the dilemma of which gun to issue to
t he t roops. By i ssui ng t he P250
chassis like frame to each member of
the organization and outfitting that
frame with the appropriate grip con-
figuration and barrel/slide configura-
tion, the organization can minimize
the hassles and grief associated with
issuing umpteen different models of
guns. Or, even worse, issuing one gun
to everyone, knowing many shooters
are severely compromised by size.
Wi t h t he P250, i f some of t he
shooters needs change due to assign-
ment or preference they can come to
the armory for a swap or purchase dif-
ferent components on their own
everyone wins.
To Hell And Back Reliability
The best part about this gun is its a
SIG. I had the good fortune of touring
the factory in New Hampshire recently
and its an absolute beehive of high
tech rearms manufacturing. They have
rows and rows of the latest high tech
CNC machines spitting out precision
parts like crazy.
Quality control is a huge part of the
SIGARMS manufacturing process.
They have extremely high standards
for all of their parts. Theres a great
deal of pride among the employees. It
shows in their work and in their atti-
tude. Everyone was working with a
purpose and focusing on the details of
their step in the process. The stacks of
trays containing rows of awless guns
at the test firing range were an awe-
some sight and testimony to diligent
workers. Each pistol is a work of art
and a modern masterpiece of engi-
neering built right here in
the good old US of A.
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ne thing thats nice about being an editor is
you get to write about stuff and put things in
the magazine that always pushed your but-
tons; thats a nice way of saying, pissed you
off. One of my buttons is unrealistic
training, better known as just training to most
agencies. Some places do it right but most dont and its a
real disservice to cops. What should we do about it?
Lets start off with a qualifying statement to set a founda-
tion upon which to build: Cops are competitive people. There,
its out. Now arent you glad you laid down those 20 bucks
for a subscription. That little gem of enlightenment alone
makes it all worth the money. I know youre saying to your-
self, Wow, this guy has a tremendous grasp of the obvious.
Force-On-Force Training
Simunitions are a good step toward turning pretend
training into something meaningful. But there are a few prob-
lems needing to be tweaked before we can deem it excellent.
First is the cost. You need the conversion kits for the guns.
They make a great assortment of conversion kits but the cost
is daunting especially if your department authorizes a
number of different rearms for duty use. This usually results
in the, just give him the Glock solution. So what if he
REALISTIC
TRAINING
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color of paint being used and maybe a
little pay-back for that guy who left
you with an empty gas tank and a at
spare at the beginning of shift a few
months back. Scenarios need to be well
planned, realistic and well acted. Some
say they need to be winnable. Some are
and some arent. Its kinda the way life
goes sometimes. But above all,
winnable or not, the scenarios must
have a learning point to them. It
usually carries a Beretta 92D? At least
the Glock will be easy to use and itll
launch the marking capsules, is more
often than not the refrain. Thats not
realistic training. Students need to train
with their gun, with controls in the right
places and the same feel as the gun
they carry in their holster every day.
Another impediment to realistic
training is the instructors. Remember
our qualifying statement cops are
competitive? That goes to about the
sixth magnitude when youre dealing
with instructors. Really guys, its not a
valuable training exercise when the stu-
dent is in the FI stance talking to a
victim role-player and eight instruc-
tors fast-rope out of the ceiling, lunge
from closets and crash through the
doors and start pummeling the student
with 2,000 sim rounds from select-re
ARs. The only thing accomplished is
making the student look like a big
strawberry or plum depending on the
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all those who believe in our cause. Its an honor to die for
Allah in pursuit of a pure Islamic state.
Now its your move. Do you know your enemy and what
theyre truly capable of doing? Are you prepared to forgo
further negotiations and deliver an immediate and terminal
tactical response? Your adversaries are prepared to die for
their religious and political beliefs. Are you prepared to min-
imize the loss of innocent lives with extreme precision and
awless execution?
Who will provide us with the much-needed template to
identify, prevent, and counter todays modern terroristic-
guerilla warfare? Were still searching for critical information
as various departments throughout the nation struggle to
devise and establish policies which may either deter or
provide an adequate reaction (if there is such a thing) once an
attack has been initiated. So, what is terrorism and this form
of insurgency were calling terroristic-guerilla warfare?
Denition
We need to understand how to dene our newest enemies
and their non-conventional, asymmetric tactics. The defini-
tion of terrorism at the political and federal law enforcement
I
magine another school hostage situation, only this time
its happening in your city and this time the gunmen are
terrorists intent on executing another Beslan school mas-
sacre. You get the call to respond to gunshots where over
100 students, teachers, and administrators have been
taken hostage and upon arrival, theres negative contact with
those inside. After several frustrating hours with minimal
intelligence gathering, the crisis negotiator nally receives a
single call from inside, We are not here to negotiate the lives
of those within, but to sacrice them for the greater good of
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agency levels is elusive at best. Presi-
dent Bushs Executive Order 1334
denes it as a violent act or an act dan-
gerous to human life, property, or infra-
structure; and appears to be intended to
intimidate or coerce a civilian popula-
tion; inuence the policy of a govern-
ment by intimidation or coercion or
affect the conduct of a government by
mass destruction, assassination, kidnap-
ping, or hostage-taking.
The Patriot Act, Section 802 states
Domestic terrorism is limited to con-
duct that violates federal or state crim-
inal law and is dangerous to human life.
While the FBIs denition of terrorism
is The unlawful use of force or vio-
lence against persons or property to
intimidate or coerce a government, the
civilian population, or any segment
thereof, in furtherance of political or
social objectives. Domestic terrorism
involves groups or individuals whose
terrorist activities are directed at ele-
ments of our government or population
without foreign direction.
These varying definitions at the
hi ghest l evel s of our government
force local law enforcement agencies
to work within ambiguous and unde-
fined limits in an effort to identify
and defeat domestic and international
terrorism organizations. So, we find
ourselves with anecdotal guidance in
the identification of our modern foes
and even less knowledge in how to
seek them out and bring them to jus-
tice. Bottom line folks were virtu-
ally at war on the very streets where
our families live, work and play
and our enemies continue to lurk in
the shadows patiently, methodically
planning and executing insurgency
operations in the form of terroristic-
guerilla warfare.
The Seven Phases
For our purposes, terroristic-guerilla
warfare is the deliberate use of violence
against a person or persons while
employing guerilla warfare tactics in an
effort to achieve political, ide-
ological or religious goals. We
believe this form of irregular
warfare is executed within our
borders in seven succinct and
deliberate phases.
Preparation Phase
This is when newly devel-
oping terrorist cells actively
search for a location to live,
plan, recruit and execute
future operations. Selection of
this key location is signicant
as independent cells search for
an environment favorable to
recruiting and training needs.
Careful considerations are
paramount since community
selection and socioeconomic
structure are both critical fac-
tors in their choice of location.
Initial Contact Phase
The organizational structure
begins to take shape as various
positions within the cell are
filled with new recruits from the sur-
rounding community. In order to
recruit locals to meet their specific
needs, clandestine operations are set
into place to begin identifying those
who meet the special needs within a
particular decentralized cell. Its impor-
tant to note, during this phase, the type
of person who might be recruited by
the terrorist cell and who would con-
sider joining if approached with such
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The Wegner Mouse 2 is a very handy knife in a compact design that is great for a variety of chores.
The M.L.E.K. and the Wegner Professional Hunter share a similar design, but the point of the
M.L.E.K. better lends itself to poking and stabbing when required.
The M.L.E.K. is also available in a blue trainer version for defensive tactics training.
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or the last several months, Ive been using Blade
Tech knives almost exclusively and Im thrilled
with their performance across the board. These
well-designed knives are practical and effective
tools built with hard use in mind. Like the rest of
Blade Techs product line, owner Tim Wegner has relied on
feedback and input from serious professionals to improve
his products and change them to meet specific needs. Hes
also balanced quality and price in order to meet the needs
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The Mouse-Lite and Professional Hunter-Lite are examples
of Blade Techs line of off-shore knives that maintain a
high level of quality at an economical price.
A Blade
Tech M.L.E.K.
(Military Law
Enforcement Knife)
with a combo blade,
and a Wegner Profes-
sional Hunter-Lite with
a plain-edge blade.
Blade Techs M.L.E.K.
Now THATS A Knife
of a wide range of income
levels. Blade Tech offers two
lines of knives.
Both lines represent high quality,
but one line is produced entirely in the
US utilizing premium components and coatings, while the
other Lite line is made off shore but to Blade Techs
exacting specications. Either way, you really cant go wrong
with these knives.
My favorite all purpose utility knife is the Blade Tech
M.L.E.K. or Military Law Enforcement Knife. Its a liner-lock
folding knife which bears a very strong resemblance to another
Tim Wegner design, the Wegner Professional Hunter. The
M.L.E.K. has a tapered clip point, giving it a much sharper
point than the Professional Hunter a big benet for poking
and stabbing. Its extremely useful in a multipurpose knife and,
after using both; I nd I slightly prefer the M.L.E.K. One fea-
ture I didnt care for at rst is the lock release.
Smarter Lock Design
The knives have a classic liner-lock design, where a portion
of the liner springs into position as the blade is opened, locking
it in place. On the M.L.E.K. and Professional Hunter designs,
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GOT JUNK IN
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hen was the last time you took a good look at the
equipment in your trunk? Was it used and never
replaced, never there in the rst place, outdated or
expired, taken for granted or just too damn dusty to
identify? Maybe its not the case at all departments,
but all over the country the bigger the department or
lower the budget the emptier the trunk gets. Im sure
you can identify with this. First aid kit, yeah right, its in the
Sergeants car. We just call EMS. Jumper cables booster
boxes, no budget for those or better Yeah, those will disap-
pear in a week. Sadly, therell always be budgetary issues.
However, every police vehicle should be equipped with the
basics and everyone should be accountable for the vehicles
equipment. In large cities the accountable for part is a big
undertaking but there are several ways equipment can be
controlled and inventoried.
QuikClot
Since our troops hit the ground
in Afghanistan and Iraq
thereve been 150 lives
saved by QuikClot a must for every cop to carry in their
trunk survival bag. Z-Medica, maker of the QuikClot products,
notes QuikClot is part of the Marine Corps individual rst aid
kit (IFAK) and all USAF rst aid kits. All branches of the US
military, the State Department, CIA, FBI, NATO, UN Forces as
well as many rst responders and private security rms across
the country use QuikClot. Its a hemostatic agent that almost
instantly stops high-volume bleeding from open wounds. This
product is manufactured by the Wallingford, Connecticut based
rm Z-Medica. Its a granulated mineral substance, biologically
and botanically inert leaving little chance of allergic reaction. It
represents an opportunity to save the lives of countless trauma
victims whod otherwise bleed to death before they
could be moved to an operating room setting.
In 2005, Z-Medica launched QuikClot ACS,
the advanced clotting sponge offering the
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YOUR TRUNK?
QuikClot 1st Response is the latest
Z-Medica product for first responders.
Similar in formulation to QuikClot
ACS+, its packaged for convenient use
at accidents, crimes scenes, fires and
other emergencies.
Ira Gurvitch, President of Elmridge
Protection Products, LLC, sells a very
interesting First Aid Kit. It can be
ordered with the QuikClot ACS+ already
included. Mr. Gurvitch described the All-
ReadyR Complete First Aid System,
developed in partnership with the
National Safety Council, as more than
just an ordinary rst aid kit. It gives cops
an organized, easy to use and complete
tool. This system bypasses the usual
design of most rst-aid kits by including
military and rst responders an alterna-
tive delivery system and numerous fea-
tures improving its ease of use in certain
situations. QuikClot ACS consists of
beads of QuikClot contained in a porous
surgical fabric allowing the activated
beads to come into direct contact with
blood in a wound and quickly stop the
bleeding. In September 2006, Z-Medica
launched new versions, QuikClot ACS+
and QuikClot 1st Response with a new
formulation signicantly reducing heat
generated by the earlier products. ACS+
is intended for use in larger wounds and
offers a delivery system similar to the
original QuikClot ACS. It was co-devel-
oped with the Marine Corps.
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Quick List Of Most
Trunk Essentials
First aid kit w/blood clot device
Debrillator w/charged batteries
Road ares
Scene tape
Chemical biological apparatus
(suit, mask and gloves)
Jumper cables and/or booster pack
Fire extinguisher
Shovel
Large blanket
These products may not only save someone
elses life but they may save your own.
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ast time, I pointed out the need to improve on our
method of teaching cops to administer deadly force.
While our current methods may be okay, theyre not
as good as they could be. As a result, it becomes a
moral imperative to make the improvements we can.
Cops, in my experience, tend to be pretty hidebound and set
in their ways, from the Chief or Academy Director who
approves training, to the ofcer who conducts it and the indi-
viduals on the receiving end. We dont tend to embrace change
readily, were more the If it aint broke, dont x it kind of
people. If any kind of meaningful improvement is going to
occur, cops have to be brought on-board with the idea. Other-
wise, nothing will happen preserving the status quo.
Once we have the buy-in of those within the profession,
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making changes will be far easier. The
only way to do that is to make a good
argument for the improvements. Such is
the intention of these articles.
Unied Instruction
As a society, we accept the idea
cops have to occasionally use deadly
force. Therefore, cops must be taught
how, which generally translates into
firearms training. We should teach a
uni fi ed Deadl y Force bl ock of
i nst ruct i on encompassi ng t he
mechanics, law, ethics, morality and
psychology of deadly force employ-
ment, all as an interwoven, logical
block of instruction.
Within that block, improvements
can be made i n how each area i s
instructed. Lets start with my favorite
firearms instruction.
As a profession, we do a great job
of t eachi ng marksmanshi p, but a
rather crappy one of teaching gun
fighting. It may sound like a subtle
distinction and perhaps it is. Yet its
absolutely critical. Its the difference
between teaching someone to fly a
plane and teaching someone to dog-
fight. Theres a world of difference
between the two.
The Really Hard Part
In t hei r semi nal work
Deadly Force Encounters,
Dr. Alexis Artwhol and Mr.
Loren W. Christensen quote
Pol i ce Offi cer Tony
Peterson as saying, Pulling
the trigger is the easy part.
Its making the decision to
shoot thats hard. While I
absol ut el y agree wi t h
Peterson, I would caveat his
statement with the notion,
while pulling the trigger
may be the easy part, doing
so and hitting your target
while its actively involved
in avoiding your fire and
earnestly attempting to kill
you at the same time is far
from simple.
Add in low light, non-
combat ant s, confusi on,
your own wounds and a
rapidly changing tactical
situation and it can become
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damn near impossible to put bullets
into someone who is trying their level
best to kill you. And you can forget
shooting the gun out of the hand stuff
only in Hollywood.
A Sad Secondary Concern
As a profession, we do a rotten job of
teaching cops how to ght with rearms,
despite this fact; weve made incredible
strides in the last 50 years. Yet we con-
tinue to teach cops to shoot based
largely on imagined need, not the docu-
mented reality of the ghts cops get in.
Heres where I really piss off the
bosses: most currently dictated police
firearms qualification courses arent
designed for the protection of the cop.
Their primary design is to insulate
parent agencies from lawsuits. Self-
defense for the individual officer is a
secondary concern. There are compro-
mises based on the simple, cold math of
a cost-benet analysis.
For example, in the state I live in,
for fiscal year 2003, the State Police
provided exactly 36 rounds per road
trooper for qualification for the year.
This represented the sum total of the
ammunition supplied by the agency to
their troopers. Their annual qualifica-
tion course is 36 rounds. Thats not
even an adequate warm-up.
Bernoulli Is Pissed
Ostensibly (only an FBI Agent
would use that word), the State Police
is the single best-funded agency in my
st at e. Thei r members pat rol vast
most l y rural areas where i t s not
unusual for a Trooper to be the only
law enforcement officer for 20 miles
in any direction. These folks have
stepped up to the plate to protect their
community and they are given 36 bul-
lets to practice the single most impor-
tant skill they have? Thats embar-
rassing and ultimately dangerous.
Dangerous for the cop, the crook and
anyone who happens to be in the area
when the officer draws their service
weapon. I agree we have to train on
our own when it comes to firearms
skills, but this is taking the point to a
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ridiculous extreme.
Does anyone feel like arguing this is
even close to enough ammunition to
even maintain skill, let alone improve?
To me, this borders on the criminal. Yet
the powers ruling the State Police feel it
sufficient for what? Its clearly not
officer survival perhaps only for
agency insulation against lawsuit? What-
ever its intent its not good enough.
Most cops go t hei r careers
believing their firearms training com-
pletely prepares them to physically
dominate any deadly force situation. I
say, in the vast majority of the cases,
thats complete crap. The level of
departmental training provided to cops
in this country is not up to the level it
needs to be period.
Law enforcement qualification
courses and provided training are a
compromise developed due to real
world constraints on time and money,
resulting (in most instances) in training
that is the absolute bare minimum. We
can improve as a profession.
Range Versus The Street
Once the threshold is crossed for the
legal application of deadly force, the
law doesnt concern itself much with
what implement is selected for the job.
While a given situation may force a cop
to kill a criminal with a can of Silly
String, the firearm is, generally
speaking, the primary tool.
When a situation arises forcing a
cop to use deadly force, its not on a
clean, well-lighted range, with the cop
fresh from a good nights sleep, well
fed, and surrounded by 30 other peers.
Its usually a sudden, close range, bru-
tally violent affair. During the
average deadly force incident (if
there is such a thing), the cop can
expect to experience all kinds of physi-
ological and psychological phenom-
enon far outside their experience and
training perfectly normal responses.
Training in the use of firearms
should start with a better understanding
of the weapons, focusing on their var-
ious capabilities and disadvantages.
Currently, we tend to issue these
weapons and give ofcers just enough
training on them to allow the newby to
load, unload and re it.
Pistols and shotguns are the pri-
mary firearms issued to cops, with car-
bines coming for good reason
into more favor of late. Yet how well
do we i nst ruct cops i n t he t rue
strengths and weaknesses of these
weapons? I consider myself lucky to
have enough time and ammo to ensure
generally safe weapon manipulation
on the part of our trainees.
Fight Or Flight
And what about the physical
responses to being in a gun fight? We
know tunnel vision, auditory exclusion,
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skyrocketing pulse rates, massive
adrenaline dumps, vascular constriction
and rapid breathing are all normal bio-
logical responses when your body pre-
pares to ght for survival. These things
can be surprising and shocking to a cop
both during and after the incident if
they arent trained to expect it.
While we teach officers what they
need to know in order to get actual
rounds on paper targets, we dont gen-
erally support this training with intense
combat shooting to the level it could
be. We certainly dont train on this per-
ishable skill nearly enough.
Advanced NOT
Mul t i pl e t arget engagement s,
shooting in and around cars, varying
distance engagement, moving targets,
targets using cover, shooting on the
move, cont act di st ance fi rearm
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posi t i ons are usual l y t ermed
advanced techniques and are thus
di smi ssed from t he maj ori t y of
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opment of the cells structure in this
stage is the process of identifying and
isolating promising recruits who may
harbor ill feelings or have been made to
feel alienated against either our govern-
ment or the Christian and/or Jewish
religious-based faiths.
Inltration Phase
This phase marks their complete sub-
mersion into our society. They begin to
integrate themselves into our daily lives
through absolute cultural emersion.
Heres where they begin to find our
weaknesses as individuals and as a
society. They begin to quietly, discretely
spread their religious beliefs, in accor-
dance with a fatwa issued by Usama
Bin Laden, for example, as a more
acceptable alternative to the democratic
governments in the evil empire of the
Western world in an effort to recruit the
proper allies needed to execute future
acts of terrorism.
Organization Phase
Sleeper cells begin to take shape in
our communities as they grow in
number. Terrorist organizations forming
in the United States are tremendously
smaller and are stove-piped in design;
mostly due to the urban terrain and
environments theyve chosen to con-
duct their operations. A stovepipe orga-
nization simply implies each section of
the cell is more or less unaware other
sections exist or whos involved within
the other sections. This is also called
decentralized operations.
Buildup Phase
It starts with filling critical posi-
tions within the cell. Although the
naming of the phase implies theres a
massing or increase in the size, size
varies with regard to each location
(sociological environment), organiza-
tion, and intended mission. Todays
terrorist cells, located in the US, are
organized in much smaller and more
deceptive elements to suit their needs
for covert operations at every phase of
their insurgency.
Combat Employment Phase
The day will come when a terrorist
organization determines its time to exe-
cute a well-planned offensive against
unsuspecting civilians. This action will
be a product of months of detailed plan-
ning, resourcing, organizing, training,
and rehearsals. We call this asymmetric
warfare and it can be described as non-
conventional warfare conducted by an
adversary with inferior numbers. Our
adversary will always be offensive in
nature as they execute with surgical pre-
Terrorism
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cision while simultaneously taking
advantage of our weaknesses. While we
have commented on the varying social
strata levels joining and participating in
terrorist acts, make no mistake the
delivery platform of this horrendous act
of terrorism will result from a highly
trained and dedicated militant Islamic
jihadist who truly believes his or her
actions are righteous and for the better-
ment of the Islamic nation.
Demobilization Phase
The dismembering of the opera-
tional section of a cell may occur once
an attack has been conducted; thats if
the terrorists dont die for their cause
(e.g., homicide bombings) or are caught
in the commission of their criminal act.
It might be concluded the parent
cell itself could stand down and relo-
cate to another region if the situation
dictated. Its highly possible and prob-
able for a parent cell to continue func-
tioning without any setbacks due to
the decentralized operations within
their stovepipe organization simply by
recruiting and training another opera-
tional section.
Deterrence
With the insurgency operations
phases in mind, we should mention the
two methods of deterrence available to
law enforcement agencies which may
identify, interrupt, and defeat these cells
at any time during planning or execution
antiterrorism and counterterrorism.
Antiterrorism
This is considered a passive, or
defensive, approach to securing our
neighborhoods and would include
increased lighting, hardened structures,
video cameras and various other phys-
ical security measures already in place.
Community patrols actually serve as an
antiterrorism measure along with less
conventional patrolling tactics such as
foot patrols in and around our neighbor-
hoods and businesses. But are they
effective in deterring terrorist attacks?
While these necessary and common
security measures are vital to law
enforcement agencies, these techniques
alone will not prevent terroristic-
guerilla warfare elements from estab-
lishing command cells within our com-
munities. We need to create an impene-
trable and undesirable environment for
them to work within and remove their
perceived sense of security as they work
to inject themselves into our daily lives.
Counterterrorism
By this time, you should be
scratching your head in bewilderment
asking, How are we going to defend
our citizens from these terrorists and
their heinous acts? Now enters the
employment of counterterrorism. Its a
more aggressive means of defending
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tion that must compliment current
antiterrorism measures. This aggres-
siveness involves actively seeking out
potential suitable locations for newly
established terrorist organizations
throughout our neighborhoods with the
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actively identify, disrupt, or drive out a
sleeper cell and its ability to advance
their mission toward the mass destruc-
tion of lives and infrastructure.
SWAT/SRT must be used in a more
proactive manner to seek out these
cells, and intelligence gathering opera-
tions should be placed at the forefront
of community defenses. We must take
our streets back from those who wish to
introduce terror and destruction to our
way of life by evaluating our current
defense mechanisms and become more
knowledgeable in how our enemies live
and walk among us. The key to pro-
tecting your city, or county, is to make
harder targets. Its better to be thought
of as the tiger rather than the sheep.
Which category do our terrorist ene-
mies believe your community
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US Army with over 19 years experience
in the Military Police Corps and is a
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ofcer. Hes currently assigned to the US
Air Force Academy as an instructor and
works for the Center for Homeland
Security at the University of Colorado at
Colorado Springs as a graduate course
instructor in terrorism studies and
homeland defense.
Robert Hughbank is a veteran law
enforcement ofcer with over 25 years
of street experience. Hes been an active
peace officer in both California and
Texas. In addition to his civilian experi-
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shouldnt be a shoot-em-up. The
rounds are too expensive.
Whether using Simunitions, other
marking cartridge systems, paint balls
or Airsoft, part of the training value is
gained by delivery of a pain penalty.
The damn things hurt when you get hit.
I still have scars on my hands from
taking sim rounds. Seems most students
xate on the gun and when they actu-
ally do hit thats where you get it
right on the ngers.
Today we dont even let our kids
play a game of checkers without a
helmet, wrist, elbow and knee guards,
eye protection, sunscreen and a pro-
tective cup. If were going to train,
lets train. Keeping safety in mind, we
do need to protect certain areas of the
body. Face, eyes, throat, boobs and
genitalia are things most of us dont
really want to loose especially
when its just training. But the trend
lately is to dress students up to look
like the Michelin Man. Heaven forbid
they might get an owie. Somebody
needs t o sl ap t he agency l awyers
when they come up with all these
safety mandates and explain to them
real pol i ce work i s dangerous.
Loading the student down with too
much protective gear impedes move-
ment and reduces the students ability
to react thus diminishing the effec-
tiveness of the training.
Patrol Theory Exercises
Many agencies conduct mock-dis-
patch scenarios for academy students.
In my state theyre mandated and
rigidly scripted in presentation. Wed
gather all the recruits in a building and
issue each one a handy-talkie. The
recruits are called on their radio and
dispatched to a given location in the
mock village just like a normal radio
call Unit 31 bravo, take a report of
a possible sexual assault on a child at
4507 Cowley Way, Unit 1D. Wed
monitor the recruit on their ability to
actually listen to the radio, appropri-
ately respond to the location and
advise the dispatcher when they
arrived on scene.
Once there, a team of role players
interact with the student following a
script and an evaluator grades the
recruit on the way they handle and
resolve the call. Did they ask the cor-
rect questions to establish a crime had
been committed? Did they appear
empathetic? Did they take a report and
properly interview the victim, wit-
nesses and possibly the suspect? Did
they give the victim proper information
for follow-up contact and information
on community-based services?
The scenarios would run the gambit
Realistic Training
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from the one described to a flat out
ambush usually on some innocuous
take a report of a car prowl call.
Aweapons inspection is always held
prior to the recruits hittingthe-eld.
Two major issues are evident. First,
theyre carrying their service pistols
real service pistols the kinds that
make a really loud bang and hurt
people (read instructors and other stu-
dents). Secondly, when they do get into
situations where they need to initiate or
return fire, if we were prudent in our
inspection, their guns would go
click. Follow up shots, in some
cases, required an immediate action
drill to cock the hammer or striker
not realistic training and dangerous.
It becomes a game for the student.
During an ambush scenario, after I shot
at a recruit with a cap pistol, in frustra-
tion he threw his gun down leaned up
against the cruiser and yelled, Damnit,
you shot me, Im dead. I was
incensed, Never give up, youre not
dead until I tell you youre dead.
Youre wearing a vest even if youre
hit someplace else you can still fight
back. But it had become a game for
both of us and had little if any training
value at all by that point.
A live firearm has absolutely no
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the lock is somewhat subtle and under-
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POLICE BUMPER SYSTEM
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L
ets start out by saying
LAPD has some of the nest
working cops Ive ever met.
And thats a shame because
they deserve better than the morons
they have running the place. From
their ultra-left ACLU-loving racist
Mayor, Antonio Just call me
MECha Boy Villaraigosa to their
Chief, William The Flashlight
Bratton. In typical politician mode,
Bratton pushed through a policy pro-
hibiting officers from using their
flashlights as weapons except in
emergency situations. Now thats
really clear direction isnt it?
Bratton went so far as to com-
mission a new flashlight for issuance
to the troops. This way theyd be less
likely to use it as a weapon. Heaven
knows we dont want cops running
around with a heavy flashlight con-
structed of a deadly metal like alu-
minum like all the other depart-
ments around the country. So Bill,
lets see if I have this right; you spend
hundreds of thousands if not millions
of dollars recruiting candidates for the
department, you select them mainly
for t hei r deci si on-maki ng abi l i t y
among other traits, you spend untold
sums of money training them, give
them a pistol, rifle and shotgun, access
to tons of heavy metal in the form of a
police cruiser, but you dont trust
them with an aluminum flashlight?
The whole thing smacks of its the
inanimate object causing the problem
not the user the same reasoning the
anti-gun community relies on in their
unending attempt to take guns away
from law-abiding citizens.
Dont get me wrong; the light
designed and produced by Pelican
Products of Torrance, California is
one hell of a great light. Its one of the
best LED cop lights available. Its the
only good thing to come out of this sit-
uation. I love the light but Brattons
underlying reason for adopting it is
pure unadulterated Toro Caca.
Toro Caca
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Pelican Products 7060 LED Patrol Flashlight
Yes, I really do like the light. It and this makes me choke
when thinking about its genesis is very well thought out and
designed. The light puts out 130 lumens from a new generation
super-bright Light Emitting Diode (LED) for approximately 90
minutes of continuous runtime. ALithium-ion rechargeable bat-
tery only taking 4 to 5 hours to completely recharge powers it.
Theres an innovative switching system allowing the light to
be used in a side activated patrol mode or tail activated tactical
mode. Another really good idea is the castle lens shroud I
dont know how many times I left my light on and set it down
on the lens to nd a burn mark on the table.
The light is made well too. Its hefty in your hand but not too
heavy. Theres enough body for tucking it under your arm while
writing a cite or writing down info on your eld interview pad.
And, its just substantial enough to smack somebody with it in
an emergency situation of course. Just dont do it in LA and
especially dont tell Bratton.
For More Info: www.pelican.com
MIL-TAC Knives And Tools
I own about 10 variations of the 1911-style pistol and
always felt they need checkering on the front strap to keep the
gun from squirting out during recoil. Having to regrip during
follow-up shots just isnt a good thing. When I heard about
MIL-TACs new grips, I thought Id give them a try and boy,
am I glad I did. My favorite commander-sized gun has only
vertical serrations on the front strap and they just dont work.
The addition of MIL-TACs G10 laminate grips cured the
muzzle ip issue most ricki-tic.
The grips are impervious to solvents, heat, sweat, salt water
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you like an ex-wife but theyre a lot more fun and dont
cost nearly as much.
MIL-TAC makes other cool stuff as well. You have to
check out their Tactical Defense Pens as well. Its not only a
great writing instrument but a sturdy and
stealthy defensive weapon too.
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A COMPLETELY SUBJECTIVE LOOK AT THINGS I LIKE
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ater and a traveling comedy show and
supervised and trained rural health care
teams in problem-solving and
group communication.
Bill joined Littleton PD
in January 1979 and after
moving up through the
ranks served as watch
commander at t he
rank of l i eut enant
for t he past ei ght
years. He dedi -
cat ed hi s career
to training cops
focusi ng on
offi cer safet y,
fi rearms and
SWAT opera-
tions. Bill was
a SWAT t eam
member practi-
cally his entire
career and ulti-
mat el y t he
teams leader.
Bill was an
a c c o mp l i s h e d
writer with articles
published in a
number of nationally
recognized magazines
on ofcer safety, active
shooter and firearms
training. He was also a
long-time instructor at Clint
Smiths Thunder Ranch.
All of us at FMG and American
COP send our best wishes and
deepest condolences to his wife,
Guadalupe and niece, Littleton PD dispatcher,
Mary Clark. We too will miss him greatly. Bill has
left the range, but his smile, wry humor and humanity will
always be with us.
A
nyone who has followed the arti-
cles in this magazine for the
last two years can easily
see we t ry t o i nj ect
humor and specifically cop
humor i n every i ssue.
Some of the more mem-
orabl e art i cl es were
Ki ck Em In The
Nuts, Two Track
Pol i ci ng and
Loose Si ght s
Academy. I just
found out today
t he j ob of
fi ndi ng good
cop humor
t he sl i ght l y
sarcastic, sar-
donic, one-off
and i roni c
stuff we tend
to find funny
j ust got a
l ot harder.
Lieutenant Bill
Bl ack of Col -
orados Littleton
Pol i ce Depart -
ment, the author of
t hose art i cl es,
passed away t hi s
morning after a long
battle with cancer.
Bill spent 28 years with
Littleton PD and was consid-
ered by many to be the heart
and soul of his department. He
grew up in Texas, attended college
and earned a masters degree in speech
and theater from Texas State University in San
Marcos. Prior to becoming a cop he owned and managed
bicycle shops, recorded a comedy album, performed in the-
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BIGGER AND LONGER. I DONT WANT TO SQUIRT EM WITH CHILI SAUCE OR
DELIVER AN ANGLE KICK TO THE COMMON PERONEAL. I WANT TO BE ABLE
TO KICK EM IN THE NUTS ITS WORKED SINCE THE THIRD GRADE.
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