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from this fine magazine is now avail-
able to all the crooks in town. Yes,
Im well aware you can pull it up on
the Internet and read the articles. I
live in a small town and most of the
crooks dont have computers, so I
never worried about them reading our
training materials. Is the magazine not
doing well enough to keep it from
being sold in grocery stores and other
places that sell magazines? Needless
to say Im disappointed. Thanks for
the great magazine.
Joe Hester, Jr
FBI NA217th session
Joe, Please note the magazine you
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organization nothing but the worst.
Worst Regards, Joe Schmoe
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Joe, thanks so much for you con-
structive criticism. Ill immediately
undertake your suggestion and embark
on a subjective re-evaluation of myself.
Additionally, Ill engage the PR firm
Hillary Clinton uses to assist in this
daunting task, as they seem up to
heavy lifting type projects.
Your observation of our motives
(make a greedy buck off ignorant law
enforcement) is truly insightful. You
really nailed us. Cops are, after all, so
easy to bamboozle it was just natural
for us to pick on them.
Thanks again for your interest in
making COP a better product. I just
hope your willingness to help doesnt
cause you any problems at work. How
long have you worked at Police Maga-
zine anyway? Dave
Note to Readers: Actually, the folks
at Police Magazine are nice people and
we have a professional and congenial
relationship. I sent Joe the above mes-
sage and he kind of amed out a little.
Hopefully, his mindset is not indicative
of all students. But unfortunately it
seems academia trends in that direction
now-a-days.
Email Two From Joe
I dont work for your organization; I
came across it researching a paper on
attitudes towards law enforcement on
the Internet. What you publish is highly
irresponsible. Joe Schmoe
Joe, I understand e-mail gives you a
level of anonymity and it appears, by
using the Joe Schmoe moniker, its your
wish to guard your identity. Thats quite
understandable. But, Im curious about
the research youre conducting and
how youre conducting it.
Joe, I understand
e-mail gives you a
level of anonymity
and it appears, by
using the Joe Schmoe
moniker, its your
wish to guard your
identity. Thats quite
understandable.
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paper as you mentioned. Addition-
ally, if done responsibly, its conducted
without a preconceived theory of the
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What kind of paper are you
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ducting? Why do you feel the magazine
is highly irresponsible in its
approach? Is your contention based in
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strictly academic? Do you personally
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You can take this or leave this. It
truly matters not to me. Its just a little
advice from a guy who retired after 30
years as a cop and in those 30 years
learned a little about how to talk with
people to gain the most information
possible. Rather than simply flame an
e-mail to someone and start any dialog
at a high level of animosity, youll be
much better served to politely inquire
and just as politely state your concerns
or objections. You dont have to kiss
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Katrina
Mr. Douglas: Two years ago as I
prepared to leave home with my family
to ride out Hurricane Katrina at a
friends Bed & Breakfast hotel in the
French Quarter, I packed my premier
issue of American COP with the rest of
my gear. Little did I know we would
not be able to return to the home we
knew. Today finds us 130 miles from
home trying to make a fresh start. I just
wanted to let you know I must have
read that first issue at least a hundred
times in the weeks and months fol-
lowing the storm. It was a badly needed
distraction from the trials and tribula-
tions we were going through. I know
things will slowly turn around but my
heart remains in New Orleans along
with my brother and sister ofcers. Its
good to know American COP magazine
will be there to help me keep in touch
with the life I once knew. Thanks again
for a great magazine, may it last for-
ever. Stay Safe,
J.C.(Jimmy) Ellis
N.O.P.D.(Ret.)
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in one part of America its a growing national trend.
In the Western District of New York these charges
were brought against three Buffalo cops; one in the
Southern District of Mississippi, four cases against
Memphis ofcers in the Western District of Tennessee,
one in Crystal City, four times in San Antonio, another
one in Balcones Heights, Texas.
L
aws passed with the promise theyd be gun control for
crime control laws sold to the public under the
banner they would be used to augment prosecution
and make sure hard-core gang bangers, and drug
dealers faced stiff sentences for being a criminal and using a
gun are now routinely being used against cops cops who
are required to carry guns.
The law should apply to ofcers who misuse their privilege
to carry a rearm, a federal prosecutor said.
In the case of local Deputy Sheriff Hernandez, he red his
gun at a moving vehicle. His boss was okay with the force he
used. The community was overwhelmingly behind this ofcer
and how he did his job and the state chose not to prosecute
this lawman.
LEAA JAMES J. FOTI S
THE LAW ENFORCEMENT ALLIANCE OF AMERICA.
James J. Fotis is a retired officer from New York and the Executive Director of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America (LEAA). LEAA works to promote officer safety issues, defend law enforcement in the media and promote
the belief that gun control is not crime control. You can find out more or become a member of the hard-hitting, conservative, unabashedly pro-cop, pro-gun, pro-self defense LEAA by visiting their Web site at www.leaa.org
N
ot so long ago, when a
cop screwed up and vio-
lated a criminals rights,
consequences were direct,
made sense and were well known
to everyone. Although the criminal
got a free pass, the system had
checks and balances.
Now if a cop violates a known
Promises
criminals civil rights even if it
happens while an illegal alien crim-
inal is committing a criminal act
the bad guy gets away free and the
cop faces as much as three separate
levels of governmental review and
ultimately a long prison sentence and
total ruination.
When the Western District of Texas
US Attorneys ofce prosecuted two
border agents (Compean and Ramos)
the Feds initially sought to cut a quick
plea bargain. When the agents
refused, charges were jacked up and
suddenly they faced up to life in
prison. They went to trial and got sen-
tences of 11 and 12 years; a new and
disturbing trend was made public.
A DISTURBING TREND
A DISTURBING TREND
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I
made do with cheap stuff for years until I was out hunting
with a buddy and he let me look through his eld glasses.
It was like seeing for the rst time. The image was crystal
clear and focus was precise. My optical epiphany made
me realize there was a difference.
Since that time I have used numerous sets from companies
such as Leupold, Nikon and Zeiss. These all fall into the
you get what you pay for category. They arent cheap.
Recently I was looking for a set of binos for my hunting pack
and came across a Carson Optical ad in a magazine. The ad
claimed that they were as good as brands X and Y but
were considerably less expensive. Sounded too good to be
true, but I bit anyway.
The model that I picked up came from their XM Series.
Specifically they were the XM-832HD. You dont need a
secret decoder ring to unlock the mystery behind the name.
The binoculars are 8-power with 32mm objective lenses.
HD stands for High Definition optics. The set is covered
with a black rubberized armor coating and thats a nice
touch so they dont clang or ding against all the other
crap you tote around.
A central focus knob can be used with either hand and
the eyecups twist down for storage as well as eye relief for
those of us who wear glasses. Dont know about you, but it
annoys the crap out of me to have to take off my glasses to
look through binos. The good companies account for we
four-eyed folks.
From a technical aspect, the XM-832HD binos use a
BAK-4 prism and lenses are fully coated for maximum
clarity. The unit weighs 20.6 oz, so while not featherweight,
W
hen it comes to binoculars, Id venture to
say a lot of us have suffered buyers remorse.
Ive had numerous sets, large and small over the last
20 years and I have a confession to make. When I
was younger, I thought all binos were the same because I
always bought the cheap ones. Can you relate?
My very rst stake out wasnt really a stake out at all,
but for a fresh from the academy cop, it was exciting. The
chief tasked me with watching a house to see if Joe Dirtbag
came home. According to nosey neighbor, that was between
2300 and 2400. My job was simple. Park a few hundred feet
away from Joes house in a public parking lot and keep watch
from 11 to midnight. If anyone tting Mr. Dirtbags descrip-
tion arrived, call the Chief. Joe had an outstanding warrant.
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theyre consider-
ably lighter than
full-sized binos. The
XM-832HD is not a
compact bino nor is it large. The
unit falls in the middle of the spectrum.
They do t in my soft-sided brief case
and in a cruiser glove compartment.
Trunk Junk
I think there are binoculars in the
cruisers trunk, the chief advised. Yes,
there were. These binos had probably
been in the trunk of one squad or another
since I was in elementary school. I did
my best to clean the road dust from
them, but I never could quite get them to
focus and sat straining my eyes.
Joe Dirtbag didnt show up that
night, but we got him later in the week.
The learning point I took away from
my rst stake out was not to rely on
squad car gear. I decided to buy my
own binos. Off to the store, and I pur-
chased a full sized, 10x50 set of binoc-
ulars the cheapest on the rack.
They seemed to work, but I found
them too big for my briefcase. Off I
went again to buy a set of compact
binos. These were 8x25, again the least
expensive in the store. They worked
okay and better yet, t in my briefcase,
the console and glove compartment.
Value Added
Ive kept you waiting long enough so
heres the nut. These Carson Optical
binoculars are on par with the other big
name optics. When I took them out for
the rst time I was tremendously
impressed by the clarity. Objects 100-
plus yards looked like they were right in
front of me no fuzz, no blur. Manu-
facturers suggested retail is $340. That
means in the real world, you should be
able to pick up a set for under $300. Its
a you get what you pay for world.
Regarding these binos from Carson, you
get what you pay for
and a lot more.
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I
n their hearts cops believe theyre good drivers. In their
heads some believe they could be the next NASCAR
cup champion. The one thing its hard to tell any cop is
driving is a perishable skill just like shooting or effec-
tive defensive tactics.
So, what can we do to preserve and enhance those skills
while the cost of fuel and vehicle maintenance is going through
the roof? We can use some of the latest technologies in this
case driving simulators. No, were not going to get simula-
tors to teach cops how to drive. Were going to use them to get
BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
DRIVING SIMULATOR
DRIVING SIMULATOR
E
ach training scenario begins from the moment you
enter the Driving Lab and sit behind the wheel of
your simulated patrol car. Emergency vehicle opera-
tion instructors prepare students by providing tidbits
of information just like youd receive it via the radio. Once
youve ensconced yourself into the simulator youll start
the car just like any other proceeding into a virtual city.
Youll immediately nd yourself confronted with situations
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Immersion Training
D
riving simulators rst hit the consumer market as
video arcade games in the late 1980s, moving into
the home video market with the explosion of con-
soles and a culture embracing technological
escapism. Today, these fourth-generation simulators are as
sophisticated as military ight simulators enveloping the
operators senses completely. In fact some say our senses are
overwhelmed more on that later.
The rst rule of using simulators is: They do not teach
proper driving techniques. However, they can and do give
each and every student the experience of driving while
teaching consequences. While some actions are impossible to
replicate in the eld due to the cost, danger and potential of
causing great bodily injury, the consequences of our actions
can have very negative results. Ive experienced these person-
ally, landing me in the trauma center during my career. So
what are simulators really good at doing? Simply put, rein-
forcing certain skills or decision making thought processes
with regard to steering, braking and collision avoidance. They
get you to think about driving while youre driving and not
just guiding 4,000 lbs of steel in a Code 3 pursuit.
us to think about
driving before,
during and after
you put the pedal to the metal to catch a suspect at any cost.
The problem, the cost could be your life or the life of an inno-
cent bystander. And thats much too high a price to pay. In Cali-
fornia, The Commission on Peace Ofcer Standards and
Training recognized the problem and is taking steps to reduce
the number of police equipment collisions by developing a per-
ishable skills simulator program.
COP VIDEO GAMES
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So You Want To Be A Correctional Officer
M
y friends and I used to play
cops and robbers, cowboys and
Indians, and soldier until the
streetlights went on and it was
time to go home. However, in none of
my early childhood memories can I
recall a single instance where we said,
Lets lock each other up in the basement
and play correctional ofcer. Its not an
occupation one aspires to. In fact, I am at
a loss to explain why anyone would ever
want to walk the beats we walk with over
80 assaults on correctional ofcers daily.
I never met anyone during my 26
years in this business who told me they
always wanted to be a prison cop. Ive
met several legacies however; these are
ofcers whose family members where
in corrections and they were also
drawn to it. Even they didnt really
desire to work behind the walls; it was
an easy job to get, especially if you
already had family members in the
industry. In many cases even the lega-
cies viewed corrections as a stepping-
stone to other more visible and
respected jobs in law enforcement.
Of the thousands of correctional
ofcers Ive met, Ive yet to encounter
anyone who began by actually wanting
to become a Correctional ofcer
rightfully so. Correctional ofcers are
faced with some troubling numbers:
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hen we leave this job, we want to believe
we contributed something and changed
something for the better. Perhaps we
made it safer for those in our footsteps. One of the
most important things we can do is to be vocal advo-
cates for our profession and for the much-needed
changes to make our prisons, jails and juvenile deten-
tion centers safer for everyone. Its not getting
better behind those walls, its getting worse.
Theres a lot more to corrections then counting
heads and locking doors so, come prepared. It can
be an incredibly rewarding career and knowing youre
adding to the safety and security of our communities
is a terrific feeling. Even if no one else realizes the
importance of your role, fellow officers will thats
the most rewarding feeling of all. Maybe the next gen-
eration will grow up saying along with cops, soldiers,
and firefighters they want to be
correctional officers, too.
I left out various other grave
problems, such as the overcrowding
and understaffing situations,
increasing number of gangs in our
prisons and jails and the number of
seriously mentally ill inmates toping
200,000. Now were dealing with
BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
Our Legacy
W
hen we were growing up, we were taught to respect
the police, to honor our men and women in the
military and to admire re ghters. What were we
taught about correctional ofcers? Hollywood
stereotypes portrayed correctional ofcers as little more than cop
wanna-bes only slightly better than the men and women we
maintain custody over. Watch any movie containing correctional
ofcer characters; youll see exactly what I mean.
Nevertheless, despite the above, there are those of us who
grew to love working behind the walls. We understand the vital
role we play in maintaining public safety, even if the rest of the
world is blind to our contributions. We go through hell and back
with our fellow Ofcers, and we come to develop a camaraderie
thats second to none. There is something about sharing a life
and death situation with another human being that changes us
forever. After about 5 years behind the walls we get a real sense
of what needs to be done, what changes our profession needs
and how little the general public really knows about who we are
and what we do. We also realize no one is going to advocate for
the changes our profession needs unless we do it ourselves.
CONDITIONING
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incarcerated terrorists as well. Who
in their right mind would want to do
this job?
Most get into corrections out of
economic necessity or in the hopes of
using it as a jumping off point for
other law enforcement careers. At my
training academy back in 1982 we
were told to look around at our
fellow cadets and realize 80 percent
would not be working behind the
walls in five years they were
right most of them were long
gone by then.
33,000correctional staff assaulted annually
10killed in the line of duty every year
2nd highest mortality rate of any profession
58is our last birthday on average
18months is the amount of time we live after retirement
2times an ofcer will be assaulted during their career
39percent higher suicide rate than any other professions
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P
rinting, or imprinting as my wife calls it, can get
you killed. I admire the cop mentioned for actu-
ally carrying his gun off duty. Too many of my
friends choose not to carry off duty. This topic
can and has been debated at length, so I wont beat it up
anymore for now. The whole purpose for carrying
concealed is so no one but you knows you have a gun.
Heaven forbid you buy better cover-up shirts or worse,
pry open your wallet the four pound one with the
bright, shiny badge or star living inside and spend some
cash on a smaller more concealable gun.
The badge flash by accident or for the discount (we
know that never happens) is just pure stupidity. You just
gave the cashier a piece of information you should keep
to yourself. If you paid by credit card or swiped some
type of club card, they know who you are and maybe
where you live. Call me paranoid if you will, but this
type of info in the wrong hands can be trouble. If the
flash was intentional for the Oh youre a cop, let me
give you the LE discount, just dont make a scene and
demand it. The public thinks were all crooked anyway
why give them ammo because youre cheap.
GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
SAMMY REESE OFFICERSURVIVAL
HES GOT A GUN!!!
I
m very proud of my service as are most cops. I have a
drawer full of SWAT t-shirts, a rack of hats and all other
kinds of paraphernalia. I only wear them at home or at
functions where everyone else is wearing it too. If you
leave the house wearing a shirt emblazoned with Sleep Safe,
Take ACop To Bed, a belt buckle the size of a trash can lid
with SWAT on it, a hat from the Police Olympics, black wrap
around sunglasses and pressed Wranglers with Danner boots
you are in the shoot me rst uniform.
Shoot Me First
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OA, Fraternal Order stickers are well inten-
tioned (dont write me Im on the Job) or this
vehicle protected by ll-in-the-blank gun maker
stickers are an invitation to either get your ride
vandalized or broken into. I call them, I may have a gun
stashed in my vehicle break in stickers. Hidden gun
or not now you have to deal with your insurance to pay
for the damages.
Take a serious look at how you do business off duty.
Your own personal safety and your familys
depend on being discreet and diligent.
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STUPID STICKERS
W
hile standing in the checkout line with a basket full of groceries, I
waited patiently while the lady in front unloaded 600 cans of cat food,
14 bags of kitty litter, four boxes of Ho-Hos, 27 Slim-Jims and two
gallons of Yellow Label Gin. While silently chewing myself out for
picking the wrong line, I noticed a guy in the next check out line printing quite
badly my guess was a full size Glock under a way too small shirt. The button up
shirt was so light in color and form tting; I could almost read the serial number on
the Roscoe. My suspicion was conrmed when he whipped his four pound wallet
out and ashed his badge as he paid for the groceries.
I thought to myself, theres got to be an article here and there is. In no partic-
ular order, here are just a few off duty screw-ups Ive seen lately. Some are safety
issues some are just plain bad taste.
Off Duty
OOOPs
Jerry Meloche
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T
heres another protection option
for departments with larger
budgets or maybe your depart-
ment is looking to spend all
those Homeland Security Funds. Ford
is now offering ballistic door panels
for their Police Interceptor. They come
with a $1,200 price tag per door but
yourself as a target without thinking the
object in front of you will actually stop
bullets. Then as a second step we always
display our theories for the non-
believers. Id never want to send a stu-
dent away with any doubt in their mind.
M
aybe youre the rst on the
scene or you come up unex-
pectedly on a robbery in
progress; could be a domestic
and tempers are aring when you roll
up or its the trafc stop gone bad. Bad
guys have guns and most arent afraid
to use them. Out of 122 ofcer deaths
so far this year 48 were from gunre.
Many incidents happened in and
around the patrol vehicle. How much
tactical rearm training do you get in
and around your mobile ofce? How
many departments actually challenge
their trainers to do the research and
train cops in surviving a gunght in
and around the vehicle?
During many vehicle environment
rearms programs its very common to
see students dashing behind car doors for
protection. In pre-class discussions I
overhear talk about how the car will stop
bullets. Im not sure if this comes from
TVor its one of those assumptions
passed down through generations. An
effective way to start off class is with a
general discussion about cover and con-
cealment and what it means to minimize
T
he rst physical test or demonstration is to place a target in the center
of the car sideways between the seat and center console facing the
drivers door. The target isnt necessary, but it gives a reference point
of where the round traveled after penetrating the drivers door. Then
we re some standard 9MM through the drivers door. Most of the time the
rounds go in the drivers side door penetrating the cardboard target and con-
tinue straight through the passenger door a possible position you could end
up in during a scramble for cover. It shows more times than not theres
absolutely no protection whatsoever.
When caught in or around your car in a gunght your rst reaction
should be to drive away and re-establish a better position if at all pos-
sible. If thats not an option, try to get to better cover. If youre trapped in or
around your vehicle and unable to get to better cover, then remember you
can use the car as concealment to reduce your exposure but its not going to
give you much protection. Try to stay back from the car several feet and
maneuver behind the tires ring over the hood. The engine block and tire
will provide the most protection, but there are no denite areas of protection
around the car. It depends on what type, size and velocity round the bad guy
is using as well as their experience level.
ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
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Anthony Ricci is the owner and president of Advanced Driving and Security (ADSI). Hes been teaching cops to drive for over 10 years. www.1adsi.com.
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
Its NOT Cover
PROTECTION
OPTION
Your Vehicle
Cover vs.
Protection
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are well worth it if youre working in a
high-risk area.
I had a great conversation with
Andrew McCleister from Protective
Products International, the company
producing the Ballistic Door for Ford.
Andrew tells me they worked with sev-
eral Police Departments in creating this
product and the panels went through
extensive testing meeting NIJ Level
III-Aprotection and the doors are crash
certied passing Federal Motor Vehicle
Safety Standards. As well as being
covert, lightweight, weather tested from
-49F to 104F, they dont interfere with
interior space or window mechanisms.
They can be retrotted into your
existing eet as well as purchased
directly from Ford.
Got To Train
Training is a must in my opinion. To
purchase any product without training
will only gives a false sense of security.
Remember armor will provide protec-
tion, however if the bad guy is coming
prepared you need to understand the
dynamics of the tool you purchased.
Most fully armored vehicles only buy
you 30 to 40 seconds.
Its very important to remember
only the door panel is armored not
the glass or side beams. Therefore, you
still have to use the door as a shield and
know how to work around it. Dont
misunderstand, I much rather have a
protective shield than a piece of Swiss
cheese between me and the bad guy,
but not understanding and practicing
how to work in and around this protec-
tive shield could produce the same
results as not having it in the rst place.
This goes along with one of my golden
rules: practice does not make perfect
but perfect practice makes
perfect sometimes.
For More Info: www.body-armor.com
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A
good illustration is Greenpeace,
whose worldwide direct
action techniques are fre-
quently deployed against
western multinational corporations
(MNC). Their sophistication often
matches companies they target: recent
efforts include using front companies,
such as investment firms and retire-
ment fund managers, to purchase
stock allowing the holder of bought
shares (our disruptive friends at
Greenpeace) legal authority to attend
annual meetings.
Of course, the true nature of this
intelligence gathering is not to show
up, eat the cookies and quietly listen
to boring annual reports. Its expressly
intended to disrupt the session by
holding hostage the microphone,
reading their own manifesto, distrib-
uting leaflets, overpowering the dais
and attempting to force board mem-
PRIVATESECURITY
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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ED PALUMBO
T
he high drama of the 70s and 80s resulted in a massive shift within cor-
porate intelligence gathering units, spurring creation of internal and
secret groups designed to mimic federal intelligence agencies, in form if
not effectiveness, away from examining consumers to targeting dis-
senting organizations and anticipating future problems. Put another way, Corpo-
rate America decided to institutionalize something existing in ill-dened ways
for over a century. No American did more in this area than the God of American
Business, Henry Ford, whose internal security forces, while publicly infamous
for their oft-brutal uniformed suppression of union activity, they were even
more adept at inltration.
As publicized by any number of high-prole corporate spying scandals
Wal-Mart spying on its employees, Hewlett Packard spying on its board and
reporters corporations are using techniques like phone and e-mail screening
and recording, watch-dogs trotting the globe to follow employees and internal
data collection efforts designed by former CIAand FBI agents. Such efforts not
only track the activities of consumers, dissident organizations, and competitors,
but also employees and shareholders with increasingly sophisticated technologies.
These are only examples of intelligence-gathering efforts with an unlawful
caste; most corporations employ such efforts to gather data and build counter-
intelligence operations in a covert manner and to the surprise of many, ethi-
cally and legally to protect proprietary information, assets in particular venues
and shareholder meetings often at the top of the list.
Henry Ford
Direct Action
K
eep your friends close, and your ene-
mies closer catchy phrase. Sun Tzu
informs us the most skillful warrior is
one who could seize the enemy
without ghting. So, what the hell does this
have to do with private security? Alot: Much
was learned after the Watergate public melt-
down of FBI and CIAby private sector data
collection entities about how
they went about their
work, why they did
what they did and,
not surprisingly,
how to better shield
their efforts from the
media, not to men-
tion Congress.
Private sector and
government agency
interests often coin-
cide, they both
engage in essentially
the same thing:
Keeping a watchful
eye on your friends,
neighbors, competi-
tors, employees and
prying media types.
Spying is probably the
oldest business tactic
known to mankind.
Corporate Spying
Sequoia Blankenship
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bers to accept petitions in a forced
public display of surrender. Theres
nothing new under the sun. For those
of us old enough to fondly recall the
60s, this sounds comically similar to
every campus revolt and building
takeover mounted.
Counter-Intelligence
Efficient and thoughtful corporate
security agents will know about these
things in advance, at least have an
idea about their possibility, and begin
to plan and implement countermea-
sures, while simultaneously not vio-
lating the rights of any participant,
and dimming any possibility of nega-
tive public relations, and still
thwarting the direct action groups:
Seizing the enemy without fighting.
There you are, Sun.
This shadow world of intelligence
and counter-intelligence is chock full
of players, each endeavoring to either
find information, stop the flow of that
information or study the effects of the
intelligence. The Society of Competi-
tive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP)
says, Competitive Intelligence is the
legal and ethical collection and
analysis of information regarding the
capabilities, vulnerabilities, and inten-
tions of business competitors.
From Sun Tzu to the 21st century
boardroom, from the dusty, dry, hot
plains of China 2,600 years ago!
in the time of warlords and their
Japanese adversaries, to IBM, Wal-Mart,
Intel, the CIA, HP, Greenpeace, Eco-ter-
rorists, PETAand literally tens of thou-
sands of modern participants on the both
sides of that invisible, corporate chain
link fence, still trying to know, by any
means possible, what they
need to survive.
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Competitive
Intelligence is the
legal and ethical
collection and
analysis of
information regarding
the capabilities,
vulnerabilities, and
intentions of business
competitors.
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PERRY W. HORNBARGER RESERVES
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
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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
hat does your department do for
you? In order to make auxiliary or
reserve members want to stay,
departments must do some-
thing appealing. But we also
must ask ourselves if
were worth
keeping around.
Do we really
provide service
thats an asset to
the department and
the citizens?
Theres a magic
point when the
scales tip and
reserve/auxiliary
officers become a
liability rather than
an asset. That
magic point is
different,
depending on what
job volunteers are
doing, their level of
training, and their
professionalism.
Some members
seem to want to
operate the unit as
a he-man social
club, but we need
to be better.
We have a job to
do and we took an
oath to do it to the
best of our ability.
But as an auxiliary
ofcer, carrying a
gun and a badge, were
particularly vulnerable to
becoming a big liability. Were equipped and
trained minimally at times to go out and
do a job others are paid to do. Its especially
important our training program be
aggressive since we do our job
so infrequently maybe
one night every other
week. At this rate, its
easy to forget the ner
points of our training.
Thats where we
could really become
a liability. Chiefs
must decide what
they want their
reserve officers
doing on the street.
Our goal should
demonstrate the only
difference between
our paid counter-
parts and us is the
paycheck, but this is
certainly difficult to
achieve. Most of us
should simply func-
tion as an assist
officer and receive
additional training in
this area. We also
need to maintain a
high level of profi-
ciency in this area.
On the other hand,
Ive been out here
long enough to know
therell be situations
where we will need
to be the primary but
that should be the excep-
tion rather than the rule.
$
ome administrators need to put a
number on our value. For those people, VIPS
(Volunteers in Police Service) has a chart
listing the Value of Volunteer Time you can
use to put a dollar gure on your service. I cant just
give you the number because each state is different. If
youre interested in the numbers, classes they offer
nationwide on police volunteer topics as well as other
valuable stuff you can go to their Web site
(www.policevolunteers.org). Theyre associated with
the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Addi-
tionally, they have an Internet newsletter you can
receive via e-mail. I started doing this a year or so ago
and have been very pleased with their newsletters.
How VALUABLE Is Your Service?
A
valuable training program we require our members
to attend is CERT (Community Emergency
Response Team) Training. Its designed for the
average citizen participating in a Community
Response Team and is available in most areas of the country
usually free of charge. In a natural or man-made disaster,
CERT Teams can be invaluable for community survival. As a
part of our Homeland Defense mission, we scheduled classes
and attended as a unit. The idea was we could operate as aux-
iliary ofcers and work closely with our CERT Teams if we
understood their mission and their level of training. In these
types of situations our value can really be noticed. When we
completed the training we opened it up to other family mem-
bers as well. This gave it an almost family atmos-
phere and proved very benecial.
CERT Training
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$ Ca-Ching $
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executive officer. He has taught, written and lectured widely on training, tactics and leadership. Contact him at StreetLevelOne@yahoo.com.
T
heres a strong subconscious presumption held by some
ill-motivated high ranking brass that you have a morbid
fear of losing your job, and that youll do anything
eat any crap, abase yourself in any way to avoid that.
Many practitioners of casual persecution simply love to stick
needles into people, and causing strong, self-assured, condent
young supervisors to cringe and piddle like cowed cocker
spaniels is particularly sweet to them. Thats just a fact of life. In
many ways, the interpersonal dynamics of LE agencies are very
much like the behavioral dynamics of prison populations:
punking the proud is a sport and pastime.
Threatening your job is the heaviest hammer they have, so
get rid of the hammer. The following suggestions are presented
in an order, but get moving on all four simultaneously.
First, without unreasonably
affecting your family, bank
and reserve a minimum
of six months income preferably, a years worth. (I didnt say
this would be easy, did I?) It makes sense and you know it; you
should do it in any case. If thinking of it, as possible resignation
insurance doesnt work for you, call it family emergency
funds. Carrying out suggestions number two and three can
mean youd never have to draw it down too much.
Second, get a concealed weapons carry permit, just like a
civilian. Yeah, I know you dont need one as a cop. But if you
walked out of PDHQ without a badge tomorrow, (a) youd want
to be packing, wouldnt you? And (b), if you leave enemies
behind, getting approval for one in the future might be problem-
atic, right? Its easier to renew than to acquire.
Third, develop another vocational skill you could fall
back on quickly. Get qualied, if appropriate; certied if
required, and keep yourself current. No matter if its heavy
equipment operation, TIG-welding, locksmithing,
alarm installation or nuclear weapons disposal.
Get and maintain solid contacts in that trade. Be
as ready to jump as possible.
Heres a good one: Get a commercial drivers
license and a chauffeurs certicate. Learn how to
wheel a stretch limo, even if you have to
donate an evening to a limo service
occasionally to stay in practice. If
youve been around the block, youve
got a chauffeurs ticket, and you pack
legal heat, you can make more in one
night than in a week as a police
sergeant, and double that in tips.
Note: Gem dealers frequently need
armed driver-escorts operating
plain-Jane sedans or SUVs and
they like ex-cops.
Modalities Of Elementary Posterior Protection
Heaving The Hammer
A
recently promoted sergeant got a baptism of re in
the crucible of company politics. He learned
among other things getting along often meant
blind obedience, giving up his own sense of ethics
and morality, and even if he went along, if he didnt align
himself as a pawn of some powerful patron, there were high-
ranking ofcers who would either pointedly or recreationally
try to get him and make his life miserable. He wanted some
straight talk about the tactics of agency survival.
Inter-organizational tactics are ne, but if theyre not built
upon some solid strategies for organizational survival, theyre
like paddles without a lifeboat. Straight talk? Here it is:
It aint a pretty picture, but its undeniably true that in some
agencies, the only sin greater than speaking up is standing up;
for yourself, for your troops, for whats right; for demanding
orders must not only be legal, but ethical and moral, or you
wont carry them out; for refusing to smile and say It must be
raining! when somebody pisses down your shirt collar.
If you really want to keep your badge, your career and
your integrity, the best thing you can do is be prepared to
throw down the rst two and walk away. On any given day at
any time, the more ready you are to turn in your badge, the
less likely it is that itll be taken from you and the more
condently and masterfully you can carry out your duties.
Get Your Own
Pet Wolverine
F
inally, retain your own lawyer,
preferably one with established
creds in criminal defense, labor
law, and civil service proce-
dures if youre in such a system. Oth-
STRAIGHT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERSHIP ON THE FRONT LINES THE STREETS.
Sequoia Blankenship
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erwise, get a gut-ripping criminal
defense ferret whose firm has special-
ists in those other areas. Remember,
you dont need a nice guy; you
need a well-organized, resolutely
ruthless representative.
Believe me, there are lots of seem-
ingly anti-cop lawyers who only seem
anti-cop because theyve successfully
defended crooks and cops whove
gone over to the dark side. Many of
them actually like cops, are strong on
law and order, and theyd love to
have good cops; honest, wronged
cops for clients. Find one before you
need one.
Consider forming a retainer group
with a handful of other cops you trust.
Small monthly payments can be
shared. Hammer out a contract that
will assure the initial response and
advice is covered by retainer, and
negotiate an established-client rate for
more involved defense representation.
Yeah, I know your employer will
provide legal services for (selected)
duty-related matters. This could be a
painfully junior assistant city attorney
with a week on the job, or a deputy
DA whos been quietly told to repre-
sent you, but leave you twisting in
the wind. It happens, guys.
The bottom line is if you have
ethics, you make enemies. Be pre-
pared, and keep your preparations
confidential. The first time you need
an attorney at 0300 on a Sunday
morning and he or she shows up at
HQ within the hour wearing a pressed
suit, shined Guccis, and a mean
game face, youll be glad
you went the extra mile. *
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Many practitioners of
casual persecution
simply love to stick
needles into people,
and causing strong,
self-assured,
confident young
supervisors to
cringe and piddle
like cowed cocker
spaniels is particu-
larly sweet to them.
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CLI NT SMI TH REALITYCHECKI I
COUNSEL, WISDOM, GUIDANCE AND TEACHING.
Y
ou know the old saying, When it rains it
pours? Well today I was drowned by comments
or even what I might call complaints. Two very
senior cops I hold in high regard called me
today to complain about the direction the newer rie
guys of their respective departments are being led by
some of the resident LEO rie newer experts.
I started teaching a rifle program in 1983 I titled
Urban Rifle. The concept was based on personal
experiences and what was missing in the law
enforcement community and private sector in the
application of fighting with rifles. This program
wasnt necessarily intended for SWAT. In my minds
eye, I simply wanted to teach others to fight smart
with the AR or other magazine fed rifle platform in a
compressed environment.
The rst few years were slow going and I got lots
of strange looks and even stranger calls about teaching
tactics and techniques for the rie inside normally con-
sidered effective pistol distances or ranges.
Now, 24 years later, Ive probably taught more rie
classes than any other class I teach and I think Ive
learned a few things about what makes a serviceable
rie system for law enforcement especially for the
patrol cops bellying up to the rie carry bar. So, I
thought to share these concepts with you.
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Im Sorry,
Youre Not
An Operator
F
irst and foremost street cops from San Diego to San
Jose to Savannah need to understand you are not
operators youre a cop in America. You arent
storming around the desert in armored vehicles, you
are responding to barking dogs and noisy neighbors, so take
a pill or something. Can you respond to man with a gun, bar-
ricaded suspects or answer radio calls to the Bank of
America where bad guys have automatic weapons? Yes it
might, can and perhaps will happen. Could you nd a viable
use for the rie? You bet and I help every cop I can get a
rie and learn how to use it well. Then again being a cop in
America and not a SEAL, Delta Spec Ops guy in
Afghanistan you probably dont need to hang every piece of
aftermarket crap made for the AR platform known to
mankind on your patrol car rie.
Sorry, youre not an operator youre a cop. Maybe we
should act and think like the law enforcement officers we
in fact are.
A
YOURE A COP
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C
an you say everything, always, right now and free?
Okay, so injecting a bit of fairness. A couple of
points, heavy rifle barrels arent more accurate
theyre just heavier. Longer rifle barrels arent more
accurate theyre just longer. So, why do the LEO patrol
rifles have to be heavy? Damned if I know.
A retractable stock may be helpful if you wear hard or
heavy armor, or if youre small in stature. Everybody
wants an epointaimdotgumsight. Glass and electronic
sights do not help you shoot better. Glass may help you
see better and seeing better can be important as long as the
field of view isnt restricted to the door hinge from across
the street in the looking down a toilet paper tube mode. No
glass sight will compensate for a jerk jerking on the
trigger. And I dont see the sense in a glass sight if the
iron on the rifle isnt properly zeroed and the cop carrying
it cant shoot iron in case the battery or lens is fouled or
not working for their sake yeah, I know they always
work not.
Apotential concept, maybe American cops could (note:
could not should) put whatever optical sight they like on their
carry rie after basic rie marksmanship skills with iron
sights are achieved.
Operators Or Cops
I
think, train and work to help every Police Ofcer I
can with training in handgun, rie and tactics. And,
to get and use the proper equipment including armor,
helmets, ries and handguns that work. In reality
American cops arent operators youre the police. Maybe
you should train and acquire equipment appropriate to the
job. Arie that works, sights you can see, a light to iden-
tify threats and the practice to apply marksman-
ship skills for the problem at hand.
And, REMEMBER THE DAMN SIGHT OFFSET Pleeeease!
Ries, What American COPs Need
T
his is easy, American cops
need a lightweight rie that
works. They need to acquire
and maintain regularly prac-
ticed basic skills with using iron sights.
They need a white light to identify
potential threats encountered and
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Dont Fix It
I
am not opposed to equipment that solves a problem. Then again,
much of the rie gear carried by American cops might be a bit
over done. This seems more prevalent on big departments
they have more funding. Since most of the departments in the
US are small, funding is so short theyre lucky to even have ries and
even luckier if they have money to buy service ammo. As to whether
theres training ammunition thats another question. Remember,
qualications even if elaborate or done often are not training.
My local Police and Sheriffs Ofce are constantly struggling to get
training ammo funds for their handguns. much less their ries. And here,
unlike a lot of places, these guys can actually use ries pretty regularly.
Lake County, Oregons north county ofcers are spread so thin their closest
back up is usually 100 miles away.
So, excuse me if I kind of laugh when big city SWAT teams on the Dis-
covery Channel are talking about how tough it is for them as they drive up in big
ass armored truck and 20 guys that stepped out of a BlackHawk catalog climb out
to beat down a front door of the house where the perp just ushed two ounces of
grass down the toilet. And so the whiners dont get red up at editor Dave, yes
you can get just as dead in a big city or state with cover 10 seconds out as in
Christmas Valley, Oregon a hundred miles from a back up.
Here are a couple of facts as I see it. Patrol cops need ries. SWAT will be pissed
because patrol ries step on their tactical toes. SWAT wont be there for an hour or
two. You can get mad and write a letter of complaint except its true.
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they really should practice. Ofcers need
to understand and apply without pause
the placement of the projectile on a target
while applying the mechanical offset of
the AR15/M16 rie platform especially
inside twenty-ve yards. Ofcers need a
method of transporting the lightweight
rie by sling allowing them to have
free hands to conduct the other tasks
of their job. Ofcers need to have
extra rie ammunition whether in
pouch or gun mounted format. If the
ofcer was left-handed an ambi
safety is a good thing too.
Ries, What
American COPs Want
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CARRYOPTIONS
More STUFF
favor when the
time comes. One of the best protections
is to carry your sensitive stuff in one of
Hardigg Cases rugged line of Storm
Cases. Theyre extremely tough and
built to keep equipment safe and secure
no matter what the elements dish out.
Theyre waterproof, dustproof, bear
proof and you can even drive a truck
over them not sure why youd want
to, but you can.
Since most in this business are prac-
tical people, we realize size does matter.
The nest case in the world wont help
O
ne of my favorites for transporting my work gear is
the iM2400 (18"x13"x6.7"). I cant believe how
much stuff Ive gotten in it. The multi-layer cubed
foam inside makes for easy customization. Ive put a
couple of extra handguns, some knives, ashlights (many),
extra ammo, batteries, handcuffs and its still only about two
thirds full. Its an awesome case as are the iM2100, iM2200,
and iM2300, which all t in the small-to-medium size utility
niche. In fact, Smith & Wesson uses the iM2100 for their out-
standing pre-packaged Emergency Survival Kit, and the
iM2300 for their Disaster Ready Kit.
Another of my favorite Storm Cases is the iM3100. Its
the shortest of their long-gun cases measuring
36.5"x14"x6" on the interior, and has an outside length of
39.8". Thats big enough to t a Scattergun Technologies
870 with a collapsible stock and a attop AR-15 with an
Aimpoint and a collapsible stock. And, it easily ts across
the bottom of the trunk in my Crown Vic.
B
esides the sizes being right for a wide variety of applications, Storm Cases are
made from a very tough proprietary HPX resin. This tough material is
molded into a unique design, which incorporates stacking ribs, hinges with
feet for sturdy upright standing and integral lock hasps allowing use of your
own padlock. Additionally, theyre packed with other features adding to their overall
utility. The Press & Pull latches are wide and require an easy, yet deliberate press to
open so they wont pop open if dropped. The handles have a soft rubberized overlay
covering making them more comfortable to carry. Also, Storm Cases have a Vortex
Valve designed into their construction, which automatically adjusts to changing
environmental pressures. Heavy-duty in-line wheels and rugged telescoping handles
are added to the larger cases for ease of transport with heavy loads.
Overall, these are damn ne cases you can trust with your best gear.
For More Info: www.StormCase.com and www.Hardigg.com
uality gear should be carried in
quality cases. You dont want the
gear your life might depend on to
get thrashed around in your trunk
or manhandled in transit. Precision
equipment like your guns, optics, pho-
tography equipment and electronics gear
deserve the protection of a good case.
Protect your gear and itll return the
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if you cant t your
gear in it, or you cant t it in your trunk
after your gear is stowed inside. Cur-
rently Storm Cases come in 19 different
sizes from the iM2050
(9.5"x7.5"x4.25" interior) for precision
gear like digital cameras, GPS units, or a
night vision monocular, up to the huge
iM3075 (29.8"x20.8"x17.8" interior) for
the big stuff. Ive seen the iM3075 and it
has a warning to keep children from
playing with it so they dont get trapped
inside! Yeah, its that big, and the
warning isnt a joke. Like I mentioned,
they are water tight, which means
theyre air tight, too.
MARK HANTEN
FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
Secret Formula?
Q
Another
CASE
Solved
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returned with a vengeance, jumping
Alam and ghting him for the shotgun.
The weapon went off, scarin the crap
outta both but injuring neither one. Alam
held onto the gun. This time, Walker ran
out and kept going, but during his
second mad dash, a truck driver guessed
what was happening and jotted down
Walkers license number. Ashort time
later, Walkers Albany apartment lled
up with tear gas and serious
dudes in black tactical gear.
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alk about a shortage
of details hows
this? Police in Sioux
Falls, South
Dakota reported
they have arrested a
60-year old man for
burglary,
unlawful
occupancy,
indecent
exposure,
and com-
mitting sex
acts with trafc signs. Even more enigmatic,
local ofcers said they conscated two years
worth of 8mm lm and VHS videotapes on
which the suspect lmed himself in agrante
with those innocent signs. Now, we can under-
stand him taking advantage of a sign clearly
saying Yield, but when a sign says STOP,
that means stop.
Area residents apparently knew some-
thing weird was going on, and when
one observed Verle
Peter Dills cavorting near a trafc sign with his
tripod and video camera, there was some kinda con-
frontation. He was chased to a nearby garage and
arrested there.
Initially, we really wanted to know what the heck
this guy was doing with those trafc signs. Now,
were not so sure. Besides, its probably legal in
California, New York
and Massachusetts.
apparently so surprised and pleased with
all the cash Alam pulled outta the reg-
ister he made gurgly little happy noises
and plunked his shotgun down on the
counter so he could ll his pockets
with both hands. Thats when Alam
reached over, picked up the shotgun and
turned it on Walker. The whole scene
was caught on surveillance videotape.
Wisely, Walker turned and ed out
the door. He could have gotten away
clean. About one minute later though, he
K
asey G. Kazee, 24, gets our vote for Stupid Crook
of the Month. When he apparently couldnt come
up with a ski mask, a paper bag or panty hose, he
wrapped a couple of yards of duct tape completely
around his head and face, leaving openings only for his
eyes and mouth before holding up Shamrock Liquors in
Ashland, Kentucky.
He almost made a clean getaway after robbing a
female clerk, but Shamrock employee Craig Miller hap-
pened by and tackled him in the parking lot. Miller was
then joined by a buncha good ol boys who (officially)
detained Kazee until the police arrived. Judging from
the bloody split lip and closed, swollen right eye visible
COMMANDER GI LMORE ONTHEJOB
A CAREFULLY SELECTED COLLECTION OF SLAPSHOTS AND SNOT-FLINGIN FUNNY STUFF FROM FELLOW COPS.
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ometimes, you ought to just
give up and go home. Thats
what 22-year old Jason Walker
shoulda done.
Disguised in sunglasses and a hooded
sweatshirt, shotgun-wielding Walker
pulled a lightning-like robbery raid on
the front counter of Quail Street News, a
newsstand and convenience store in
Albany, New York. After waving his
scattergun in clerk Haz Alams face
and making his demands, Walker was
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IF AT FIRST YOU DONT SUCCEED
between swatches of duct tape, we think it was what you
call an active detention.
Despite being jumped and pummeled at the scene,
handed over directly to the police and being the only
dude within 50 miles with his head wrapped in duct
tape, Kazee vehemently denied his guilt, saying Im not
no duct-tape bandit do the math, do the homework,
man. A judge did the math and set bail at $250,000.
You can catch Kazees lame hip-hop assertion of inno-
cence on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUB-90bCm6U and
decide for yourself. After watching it, even if he were
innocent, wed say, Put this one away.
So Exactly How Do You Do It With A Trafc Sign?
Jerry Meloche
Is There A Shortage Of Panty Hose Or Paper Bags?
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SAMMY REESE
Photos: Ichiro
Nagata
O
ne is none, two is one and
when you are talking
Kimber Covert IIs, three is
fun. Editor Dave dropped
the plain brown box on my
desk. I knew from the
shape it most likely held guns. In this
case it had three, all three sizes of the
new Kimber Covert II series full-size
Custom Covert II, Pro Covert II and the
Ultra Covert II were unwrapped checked for
clear and fondled. When I asked Dave who was
going to review them, he didnt respond.
When I looked up he had the cat-that-ate
the-canary grin on his face. You
dude, was his reply as he walked
away. The results of my begging
and pleading for a feature in COP
were now being paid back in tripli-
cate. By the way, I need it by
next Tuesday. It was Friday
Damn, now I have to go the range.
Luckily, Jeff Hoffman had recently
sent three different Blackhills .45
ACP loads for another test.
The Guns
All three look alike the dimen-
sions obviously arent the same. The two-tone desert
tan KimPro II finish frame wrapped in the digital
Kimber Covert IIs
TRIO
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Kimber Covert IIs
Kimber Covert IIs
Kimber Covert IIs Kimber Covert IIs Kimber Covert IIs
Kimber Covert IIs
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camo Crimson Trace lasergips, con-
trasted with the matt black oxide slide
makes for visual sensation saying, this
gun is all business.
Al l t hree are equi pped wi t h
Kimbers Tactical Wedge tritium night
sights. The front straps are serrated at
30 LPI in Kimber s new bordered
base pattern. As a note, the Crimson
Trace Laser grips activation button
only covers a small portion at the top
of the frontstrap. The custom shop
hand fits each one and does a carry
melt treatment making for a super
smooth feel.
Both the Custom and the Pro have a
lanyard loop. A feature no one cares
about until they look down and notice
their holster is empty.
The Custom is full-sized 1911 tipping
the scales at 31 ounces with the empty
magazine. The slide has cocking serra-
tions front and rear. The Pro is a
commander-sized 1911 weighing in at
28 ounces same magazine capacity as
the Custom, with an inch shorter slide.
The Ultra Covert is small, but very
serious carry package. It weighs in at 25
ounces and is only 6.8"
long and 4.75" high,
making it .5" shorter
in height than
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its full sized brother.
While doing research on the Covert
IIs, I was pressed for time so I called
Kimber to get the scoop on how these
guns came to be.
Consumer requests drive heavily what
Kimber makes. The features included on
the Coverts are a collection of indepen-
dently requested items summarized by
the custom shop into one pistol.
Theyre extremely proud of how this
family of pistols turned out and added,
like all Kimber pistols, Coverts are 100
percent made in American factories.
Red Dot
The addition of the Crimson Trace
Laser Grips to the Covert family is a
force multiplier. I know the debate
about lasers is almost as fanatical as
the Weaver versus Isosceles stance.
Anything adding to the success of
winning a deadly-force encounter is a
good thing. However, without having
a good grasp of the basic marksman-
ship fundamentals like a smooth
trigger press it wont matter what
type of sights you use. If you smash
the trigger causing the muzzle to be
somewhere other than on your target
when the bullet leaves the barrel
guess what you miss.
The use of the laser takes practice;
dont assume it will just work. One
of my shooting partners who helped
with this review remarked I cant see
the laser. If you find out for the first
time under re you cant see the red dot
at high noon in a parking lot, doom on
you know your gear.
The laser really shined during
diminished light conditions and when
working with only the non-dominate
hand. Most of the shooters took to it
quickly and remarked at how easy it
was to make very fast accurate hits.
Some of the local departments
whove approved the laser for duty use
have seen a dramatic increase of hits in
officer-involved shootings. Theyve
also had suspects give up when they
see the red dot on their chest. You have
choices choose wisely.
Shoot Em
All the shooters who helped during
the testing process were familiar with
1911-style handguns. One stated in
the beginning he wasnt a real a fan,
but the end of the day, I believe we
had a convert.
Due to a very short deadline testing
was going to be simple load them
and shoot them. I was concerned with
functioning and functional accuracy.
Functional accuracy to me is a group
at 25 yards in the cardiovascular tri-
angle covered by the palm of the hand.
If these were bulls-eye guns, we
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Using Counterinsurgency Ideas fo
Lt.
Col. David Kilcullen is a
man who knows battle.
He served 21 years in the
Australi an Army and
fought i n hot spots
around our globe. He served his country
and then began a tour of duty with our
State Department. In response to what he
Diagnose
Theres usually one major problem in an area and
many smaller ones. Every neighborhood has crime or at
least the potential. Certain neighborhoods seem to attract
certain types of crimes. Smart cops can smell the major
problem on their rst pass through.
Organize Intelligence
Theres only so much you can know. Things
happen when you arent around. Stay up to speed
on crooks and crimes by talking to everyone,
including your beat partners, cops from other agen-
cies, detectives, citizens, kids, mail carriers, and, of
course, your informants.
Know Your Turf
You should know your beat, work area and your
neighborhoods like the back of your hand. Under
stress, the best cops can get to the hot spots without
having to stop and consult their map books.
Interagency Operations In the post-9/11 world, its not about credit for the
arrest; its about sharing intel. If youre in the city, talk
to the sheriffs deputies at jail or in areas adjoining
your beat. If youre working rural areas, talk to city
cops about crooks and crimes. Make friends with state
troopers, state investigators, and local federal agents
assigned to your region.
Travel Light
The average cop is loaded down with about 30
pounds of gear add heavy boots, a backup weapon,
radio and this weighty number creeps even higher. The
average eeing felon wears shorts, really expensive bas-
ketball shoes and a tank top. Decide what you need
versus whats nice to have.
Find An Adviser
Besides a snitch or a CI, you may be able to cultivate
a talking relationship with a delivery guy, security guard,
or convenience store clerk. Face facts: there are people in
your area who know whats really going on or what
might be going down.
Train And Trust Them
This is for lieutenants in general and sergeants in particular: put your best troops in charge and let them do good work. Cops work best when they have a goal
random patrol isnt a goal. Each squad has
someone who can run the show when supervisors arent in the field or on other assignments. These cops make good decisions and shouldnt need to wait for
approval to get the job done.
Rank Vs Talent Every squad has officers whom others turn to,
based on expertise and internal leadership not nec-
essarily created by stripes and bars. There are cops
whove been on for 25 years and are worthless and
cops whove been on for five and are the real go-get-
ters, the searchers for felony crooks.
Adapting The
saw as the growing sophistication of
Iraqi and Afghani fighters, he wrote a
mani festo of sorts and ti tled i t,
Twenty-Eight Articles: Fundamentals
for Company-level Counterinsurgency.
Where you work may not look like Iraq
or Afghanistan; its sad to say if we
dont do our jobs one day it might.
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Steve
Albrecht s for Street-Level Encounter
Have A Plan
One reason why routine patrol is so boring: its
mostly aimless driving. You should hit the eld every day
with the idea to rid your community of some far too
active human scourge. Police work is more than just
dirtbag control; it should be driven by daily and weekly
goals and by projects pertaining to each shift.
Be There
One reason so many departments made the move toward community-oriented policing is it forces cops to get out of their cars and meet citizens. Contrary to popular jaded police belief, not all people are jerks. Most normal people want to live their lives in peace, free from worries about crime and they want you in
their neighborhoods.
Avoid Knee Jerk Responses
There are the reasons why you think something
happened and theres the real reason it did. There are
long-standing neighborhood feuds going on before
you got there and will continue long after you leave.
You cant always make assumptions based on what
you think you already know.
Prepare For Handover
At some point, youll change shifts, leave your beat or
your division, get promoted, go to an investigative or,
Heaven forbid, administrative assignment. Make your
replacements path easier by sitting down and brieng him
about whos who and whats what in the area.
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Build Trusted Networks
This is the true meaning of the phrase hearts and
minds, which comprises two separate components.
Hearts means persuading people their best interests
are served by your success; minds means con-
vincing them you can protect them, and resisting you
is pointless. Note neither concept has to do with
whether people like you.
Start Easy
You cant get everyone to love you or even like
you; you can, through time, win them over and start to
give you help, information or support. Dont try to
lock up the local street gang leader on your first day in
a new neighborhood. Figure out who supports the
gang and who doesnt. Then charm the socks off the
second group whod just as soon see the guy dead.
Theyre much more likely to give you information
leading to his arrest.
Seek Early Victories
Gain a lot of credibility by solving little problems for
people. Fixing a longtime parking problem with new red
curbs, getting rid of the renters in a chronic party call house
or getting the local homeless, psycho drunk locked away or
into rehab, can earn you a lot of bonus points. Knock down
the easy pins rst then go for the big strikes.
Deterrent Patrolling
Were not successful if bad guys are attacking,
assaulting, ambushing, or shooting at us first. Work
constantly to change and adapt your methods to keep
the bad guys off balance. Keep them guessing with
new approaches.
Prepare For Setbacks
Cops get injured or killed while doing this job. We
win way more deadly force encounters than we lose.
You can will and do make a difference in the
lives of people in your community.
The Global Audience
Everything you do can, might or will show up on a
video tape, a cell phone camera or even on Internet. Be
wary of what Col. Kilcullen calls the scripted enemy,
meaning those contacts or encounters involving con-
trived or staged situations concocted by a community
irritator to be part of a media ambush. They want to get
you on camera saying or doing something dumb,
seemingly racist or unnecessarily violent.
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Fight Strategy, Not Forces
There are always going to be more crooks than cops
and more people who want to use guns, drugs or alcohol
and use fear to get their ways. You cant stop or catch
them all. Spend a lot of your quality work time inter-
rupting their opportunities. Seek to be visible and pro-
tective for the public and be visible and
proactive toward the crooks.
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Women And Children
Women are connectors to your crooks. They know where the guns are stored, where the dope is being bought and who did what to whom last Saturday in the
parking lot. Learn when and how to separate them from
their men to get the real story.
Kids take guns to school or carry them on the streets to kill their rivals. Theyll certainly not stop just because youre on scene. If you are not prepared to engage in a deadly reght with someone who looks
like your son or nephew, quit now and go sell shoes.
Take Stock
What can I improve? What equipment do I need to
add to my belt, car or trunk? What equipment do I need
to remove either because it loads me down or more
importantly, havent trained with it enough to be tacti-
cally perfect. Good cops measure their performance.
Single Narrative
What is my mission statement for my beat or ser- vice area? What is the one thing I can tell everyone that Ill do this week, this month or during my years working here? Take back one drug corner, no matter how many arrests I have to make? Drive the parolees and registered sex offenders out of my area? Take back a park, a shopping mall or a neighborhood, so
normal people can feel safe again?
Armed Civil Affairs In many cities and towns police are the problem-
solvers for the community. While people may rely on
the Fire Department for medical, accidental or
thermal stuff, its the cops they call when they need
help with frightening, life-threatening events. A big
part of your job is to become good at solving prob-
lems that make civilized life possible.
Small Is Beautiful
Good ideas are good ideas anywhere. Low-key crime
ghting efforts in one neighborhood often work in
another. But your experience should already tell you good
and small ideas often fail when they try to become big and
bold. Creating a task force or taking a if three cops were
successful, then 23 cops will be better approach is
doomed. The KISS acronym also stands for Keep it
Simple and Small.
Build Solutions
Only attack the enemy when he gets in the way.
Police work can turn into a game of keep-away, chasing
the same crooks while they thumb their noses at our
efforts to lock them up permanently. Sometimes it helps
to use selective enforcement and ding some bad guys
again and again; other times it can be a distraction from
your overall mission of community safety. Catch the big
sh with a sharp hook and stop sweeping the ocean with a tattered net, looking for small fry.
Keep A Secret
Dont tell the citizens or street people anything
about yourself. Dont discuss your kids, family or
even what part of town you live in. Dont tell them
youre about to go off duty, when shift changes or
how many other cops are in the area. The smallest
piece of information can be socially engineered
into too much news about you, your colleagues or
your plans.
The Initiative
Col. Kilcullen puts it succinctly: If the enemy is reacting to you, you control the environment. We need to keep them guessing and show up when and where they dont expect us. We need to use tactics and
procedures they havent seen, including cutting-edge searching and handcuffing techniques, assertive and unique vehicle stop methods and out of the box
responses to radio calls.
Mirror The Enemy
You know you can trust no one, especially CIs or other
crooks. At the end of the day, you should always be in
control of the ow of information, what it means and what
its leading to. People who work with you to provide
information can put themselves at extreme risk. Even the
suspicion someone civilian or hood is working with
the cops can cause that person or his or her family to be
intimidated, tortured or killed.
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opinion that ts the spin theyre applying to a truly sad event.
Those same reporters view their job as a competition and
therefore seek that one tidbit of information none of the other
reporters have. When they cant find it theyll sometimes
offer their own, and usually ill-informed opinions on how and
why events unfolded. At the scene of any criminal event large
enough to warrant national attention the most obvious and
visible target are the law enforcement professionals.
If you think back to the news coverage as it occurred that
morning most of the photos and videos were of cops at var-
ious places on the scene. In fact, one of the first criticisms
to come out of the mainstream media was attached to the
photo of two officers, guns in hand, behind the cover of a
large tree. The reporter was quick to report those officers
were j ust st andi ng around i n a safe pl ace whi l e
students/children inside were being gruesomely murdered.
The implication was law enforcement hadnt learned any-
thing from the Columbine event in 1999 and in spite of con-
temporary Active Shooter protocols, cops were outside
staying safe rather than aggressively making entry to save
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Seung Hui Cho murdered two people in a dorm
room at West Ambler Johnston Hall, Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University more
commonly known as Virginia Tech. Two murders
in a dorm room isnt national news, but its enough to
attract attention from local news reporters in the small town
of Blacksburg. What happened two and a half hours later
really caught the nations attention and caused swarms of
reporters to flock to the college town. Not well known for
their tact and diplomacy, mainstream media representatives
did such a good job of searching for trivial information that
by Sunday the 22nd many restaurants and bars in Blacks-
burg had put up signs saying, Media Not Welcome.
Spin
Such a reaction can only be caused by reporters who view
themselves as so dedicated to their jobs that they dig for the
truth. Heres the reality: everyones truth is different and
what those reporters are really digging for is some fact or
Frank Borelli
At the scene of any criminal event large
enough to warrant national attention the
most obvious and visible target are the
law enforcement professionals.
At the scene of any criminal event large
enough to warrant national attention the
most obvious and visible target are the
law enforcement professionals.
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those children.
Reality Vs Spin
Heres the reality: The first 911 call
came out of Norris Hall where Cho
murdered 30 victims at 9:46 am.
Per the statements of officers who
were on the scene, Chos last shot was
fired at approximately 9:54 am. Per
other statements,
two SWAT Teams Virginia Tech
and Blacksburg were on the scene
at Norris Hall within two to three min-
utes of the first 911 call being dis-
patched. Reality is, while those two
officers were behind the cover of that
tree they were on a perimeter position
and not making entry because there
were already two SWAT Teams and
other patrol cops making entry. In all
its great experience and wisdom the
mainstream media knows nothing of
police operations outside what theyve
l earned from t he Let hal Weapon
movies and the Cops television show.
Todays Active Shooter response
protocols do mandate rst arriving of-
The first 911 call
came out of Norris
Hall
where Cho
murdered 30 victims

at 9:46 am.
The first 911 call
came out of Norris
Hall
where Cho
murdered 30 victims

at 9:46 am.
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cers form a hasty entry team. However
there are a couple of specic items that
should be noted, and its these specic
items the media seems to either be igno-
rant of or completely miss as they report
on such events.
First, the need to form a hasty team
and make entry doesnt remove the
need to secure a perimeter. Not every
responding cop can be part of an entry
team. Some are needed to secure a
perimeter if for no other reason than to
keep the, so-called, intelligent reporters
from getting into dangerous places.
Secondly, not every Active Shooter
event starts out that way. I recently
exchanged e-mails with a television
producer under the impression the
Ami sh School
Shooting in Nickel Mines, Pennsyl-
vania was an Active Shooter event
from start to finish. He wanted an
explanation as to why officers stood
around outside for 20 to 25 minutes
i nst ead of maki ng ent ry. Wel l ,
because t heres a bi g di fference
bet ween an Act i ve Shoot er and a
Per the statem
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Hostage Barricade situation.
Active Shooter Or Hostage
One thing thats hardest to train in
Active Shooter Response is the pos-
sible transition to a hostage barricade
situation. Once the shooting stops and
the shooter has simply taken hostages
in a secured location then its a barri-
caded suspect wi t h
host ages. Whos t o say t he event
cant start that way? Thats what hap-
pened at Nickel Mines. The shooter
barri caded hi msel f i n t he school
building with his victims. He wasnt
shoot i ng t hem yet . He had
host ages. I dont know of any
response protocols requiring patrol
cops to form a hasty team and rush
into a barricades suspect situation.
Indeed, doing so may result in the
unnecessary deaths of the hostages.
Such trivialities seem lost on
mainstream media reporters fervently
searching for that spin or tidbit thatll
put them ahead in their imaginary
race. Such report ers use t hese
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event s of t he
attack and took comments from the
community members. During every
session there seemed to be only two
items of importance: gun control (or
l ack t hereof) and ment al heal t h
reporting factors.
Everyone knows Cho wasnt a
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tragedies to improve their reputation
as a reporter even if, at the same
time, it lowers their standing as a
decent human being.
Sheep
The next item we need to focus on
at such events is how the victims did
or didnt defend themselves. Now,
dont get me
wrong: I am
not criticizing
those poor souls who died at Chos
hand. However, there are those who
have used this event to further their
own agenda. I spent several hours on a
couple of different days watching the
committee sessions as they reviewed
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and Blacksburg
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t w o
c o l u mn s
produced some
interesting reac-
tions. Many thought I
was right on target with my observations and
requests for permission to reprint the articles were made.
No surprise, most came from association ofcials who too
long toiled under the scrutiny and abuse of oppressive
management. I think they feel unloved. In fact, during one
call I could have sworn I heard the Righteous Brothers
playing in the background: I need your love, I need your
love. Probably just a coincidence. As unbelievable as it
sounds, many management types didnt seem to embrace
my words. Apparently, I just dont understand the trials and
tribulations managers encounter every day. Every day,
dammit! Oddly enough, they too feel unloved. Sorry, no
song in
the back-
ground, appar-
ently only in their
hearts their empty,
cold, cruel hearts. Clearly,
we all have work to do if were to
straighten this out.
Just Some Observations
Some observations about the nature of police managers,
cops and organizations are in order. Together, they form a
system thats reasonably functional and does a good job sup-
pressing crime and protecting the community. While police
agencies typically do a good job; they perform at far from
their best due to the nature of their systems. The most funda-
mental element of effective leadership and organizations is
trust. Trust between peers; managers and subordinates;
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sworn offi-
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ians; horses and
canines; the Clam-
petts and the McCoys
you get the idea. Yet trust can be
in short supply because of territorialism,
attempts to gain power, ego, covering yourself, blame and a
culture, unfortunately, appearing to value looking good more
than being good most agencies dont even try to differen-
tiate the two. All of these combine to produce a toxic brew
thatll persist until the various factions come to put the orga-
nization before themselves (did I just hear someone faint?);
try to address the collective good stop engaging in self-
serving actions only serving to divide the organization and
come to understand each others perspective. All these sub-
organizations with internal political agendas based on race,
ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nose hair, earlobe size,
innie or outie, or
whatever are unhealthy.
Look Out Managers
Lets start with management.
My earlier articles produced some col-
orful feedback from police managers. Most
had to do with this is a really tough job wow,
never occurred to me the department wont let me, a
deputy chief actually said that in one of my seminars. It tells
you how deeply ingrained our sense of helplessness can be
and, if you want to be a leader, dont ask, just do; they dont
like it when things change. Theres a term for that in people
its called dead. Finally the ever present you dont
understand. Yes, I do. Taken together all of this makes for a
sentence, not a career. You just dont want your career to be a
model of that country song: If I had shot you when I rst
wanted to, Id be out of prison by now. More importantly,
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HOW A PD
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TRAINED
HOW A PD
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ecruiting and retention are problems suffered by
departments throughout the US. Agencies, big and
small, are struggling to come up with strategies to
remedy the issue but most fall short. Harrison,
Arkansas Police Chief Lyle Smith and Major Sam
Martin came up with a novel, in their case effective, effort
to offer better training to the troops and possibly attract
more recruits by instituted a policy of issuing first class
side arms, ammo and gear. Harrison is a city of approxi-
mately 13,000. Thanks to an influx of large corporations,
its experiencing renewed growth. Workers from out of
town exponentially boost the daytime population adding
pressure to all city services.
Patrol and Detective cops in Harrison now carry Spring-
field Armory Loaded stainless steel 1911-A1 45ACP pis-
tols. Springfields pistols were selected based on quality
and the fact the city was able to deal directly with the man-
ufacturer. The uniform patrol gun is the model PX9151L
featuring a five-inch barrel, cocobolo grips and Novak
sights. The more compact Champion PX9142L with a four-
inch barrel is issued to the detectives. The Champion adds
Novak night sights and a ramped bull barrel as well as a
multi spring recoil guide rod. Both include features, not
long ago, considered custom such as aluminum trigger,
g
1911
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skeletonized hammer, beveled mag
well, oversized beavertail, ambidex-
trous thumb safety and high visibility
snag proof sights.
Morale And Policy
According to Chief
Smi t h t he shi ft i n
policy benefits both
t he ci t y and t hei r
cops. But, does the
l ack of choi ce
affect moral e.
Act ual l y, t here
was a sense of relief among the troops
from having the burden of choosing a
proper si dearm passed on t o t he
department. Previous policy allowed
the choice of any high quality gun
chambered for calibers of at least 9mm
or 38 Special. But, more often than not
the choice of weapon was based on
what they could afford. The Spring-
field Armory pistols carry a sug-
gested retail price of more than
$900, which is well above the
price an average cop typi-
cally spends on a duty
gun. The department
i ssui ng t he dut y
pi st ol not onl y
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does put some income back in the
officers pocket but it also accounted
for a reduction in liability making
the bean counters happy too.
More safety features are included
wi t h t he 1911 when compared t o
revolvers or double action only pis-
tols. The grip safety must be com-
pressed in order for the gun to fire.
Springfield Armory added a special
low mass/low inertia firing pin to
reduce the possibility of ignition due
t o i mpact . Each pi st ol i s fi t wi t h
t humb-operat ed safet i es whi ch
amount to a virtual on/off switch
easily controllable for right- and left-
handed officers.
Training And More Training
Introduction to the Springfield
Armory 1911A1 pistols began with a
classroom session focusing on opera-
tion and basic field maintenance. The
next day conducted at the range was
their first qualification session with
the new guns. Of all the qualified offi-
cers, 52 percent shot better scores
with the newly issued 1911s. Several
shot a personal best including one
officer with a ninety-seven percent
despite changing to .45 ACP from a
9mm double action pistol.
After an ammo demonstration fea-
t uri ng t he new dut y round, Rem-
ingtons jacketed hollow point 230-gr.
Golden Saber, the combat portion of
the training was then turned over to
Reserve Detective and world class
IPSC competitor Ross Carter. Carter
designed separate courses of fire for
both the day and night shoot. The first
course of fire began with a suspect
interview gone bad and progressed to
a reload behind cover movement to
engagement of st eel t arget s and
moving targets as well.
Creating distance, using cover and
moving safely with the gun are neces-
sary skills. But, the course of re also
underscored the need to master
reloading techniques. The biggest con-
cern among HPD personnel was the
reduction in total capacity to 7+1
rounds. With directed
practice and challenging
reality based training
reloading can become
second nature, efficient
and fast.
As the sun began to
set on the small outdoor
range carved into a
scenic hillside, Har-
risons cops broke for
dinner and changed from
Don Hume leather to
Uncle Mikes BDU web
gear. A patrol car was
moved on to the range
and a fresh scenario was
laid out. Headlights and
roof lights including
flood and flashers were
engaged. The course of
fire began with the
ofcer exiting the patrol
car and engaging several
steel and paper targets
from behind the opened
drivers side door. They
moved to the back of the
car and engaged targets
from behind the rear
quarter panel.
The next task was to
rescue an innocent
victim while engaging
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three hostile targets. In the dim light
the officer picked up the dummy and
moved it to cover. Hits were conrmed
by breaking balloons mounted on each
paper target. The final position
required engagement of ve additional
steel targets. The ofcers soon learned
nding the Novak sights against a par-
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mentally healthy individual. Whether
you think this was an emotional dis-
order, mental disorder or simply he
was mi sunderst ood what ever.
Somethings wrong with a man who
loads up with almost 500 rounds of
ammo and uses two handguns to hunt
t eachers and fel l ow st udent s i n a
secured facility. A great deal of com-
mittee focus seemed to be on whether
or not Chos stability was correctly
reported, and if so, was it correctly
act ed upon. The bot t om l i ne was
while everyone involved did every-
thing as required by and within the
confines of the law, there were those
who felt the need to blame this event
on someone besides Cho. Members of
the mental health and the attached
reporting community were also an
easy target.
Good Guns And Bad Guns
Then came the gun communities:
both anti-gun and pro-gun. The gun
control proponents called for more
stringent laws governing the sale and
purchase of handguns. Obviously if
Cho hadnt gotten his hands on those
guns he wouldnt have killed anyone
according to them. On the other
side of the debate is the claim that if
Virginia Tech had only allowed prop-
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cealed weapons then perhaps someone
could have ended Chos attack prior to
police arrival.
Lets be honest: those guns didnt
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tools used by Cho to kill students. He
could have just as easily used swords,
explosives or sharp scissors and the
victims would be just as dead. The
absence of guns in the hands of the
good guy students may or may not
have played a role. One reality we do
need to address is if there were armed
students, would they have had to have
the will to use them?
Counter Attack
Conversation with some responding
officers indicated those students who
survived were those who took some
positive action to escape the violence.
They dodged, ducked and some
jumped out windows. Again, while
Im not criticizing survivors and cer-
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ask this question: why wasnt there
any counter-attack? With violence
actively being performed against five
classrooms full of teachers and stu-
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would have shot a lot of bulls-eye tar-
gets. What we found was in the right
hands the Custom and the Pro could
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aversion, complacency and an unwill-
ingness to challenge the status quo
simply doesnt inspire trust. If police
supervisors and managers want to lead,
these behaviors have to be abandoned in
favor of those giving the organization
vitality and a sense of strength.
Broken Workforce
We have to ask, how these behaviors
developed. People dont come to the
police workforce broken. Rather, they
adapt to existing dysfunctional systems
developed over decades. Its Darwin in
an organizational environment. Survival
of the ttest. But the ttest in a police
agency is the person mirroring the
informal values of the organization
healthy or not. The organization repro-
duces itself over and over again using the
same DNA. Watch Deliverance if you
want to see what happens when thats
going on. This tends to perpetuate obso-
lete values and approaches that just dont
work well in todays police environment.
Hows this cycle broken when the means
by which people are promoted is often
doing what the department wants rather
than doing what the department needs?
These dont have to be two different
things but all too often are. True leaders
make certain they are one and the same.
Career-minded people cannot be
faulted for adapting in this fashion. In
fact, my experience is most police man-
agers work diligently and try to con-
tribute. They dont realize theyve
slipped into a pattern making them far
less effective. Change needs to come
by shifting the departments tempera-
ment and focus to a more energetic,
achievement-oriented approach where
people arent just expected to tread
water but swim. However, I dont
think making rules stops those so
inclined from doing foolish things.
Rules dont mean anything to those
folks unless theyre caught breaking
them. Change will come from leading
and inspiring, mutual respect and focus
on achievement. When that happens,
people want to follow. They want to be
part of the action. Theyll develop pride
and once developed, they dont want to
break the rules and wont allow those
around them to do so either.
Management Terror
Heres t he ki cker t hough. The
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duced exists is largely because of
the self-centeredness, selfishness, lack
of work et hi c and mi sconduct by
members of the workforce causing
management to feel the need to con-
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This has developed over decades and
still shapes our agencies and our cul-
ture. How though is the cycle broken?
In many ways, the answer is the work-
force needs to behave in a fashion
inspiring trust from management.
Frankly, I can fully understand why
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well do anything. Almost nothing is
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conference in DC who got drunk and
decided to go surfing? They went to
the second floor of their hotel, poured
vegetable oil on the stainless steel
between the escalators, stripped com-
pletely naked and slid into the lobby
all 15 of them. Now thats a chiefs
briefing Id give anything to attend.
Id have fired them too.
Peer Pressure
So, if youre reading this while
pushing a beat car around, keep in
mind the workforce has an obligation
to conduct itself in a manner inspiring
trust and confidence. But, it doesnt
stop with you. It extends to ensuring
your peers also engender trust. The
workforce needs t o pol i ce i t sel f
through peer pressure. Thats the only
means by which perceived need for
managerial pressure will subside
clearing the way for greater autonomy
and effectiveness. Take a look at the
behaviors management deals with:
putting oneself before coworkers or
the organization; an unbelievable
sense of ent i t l ement even among
brand new employees; unwillingness
to engage in disliked activities; lack-
adaisical work ethic; little respect for
rank or authority; lack of devotion to
the profession; chronic complaining
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come and unacceptable can change it.
Until then, can anyone begin to blame
management for being watchful? I
certainly cant.
Toro Caca?
The last couple of columns caused a
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Appropriate force related to vehicles
is a complex and serious issue with few
simple answers. The federal prosecutor is
quoted as offering, ...were concerned
law enforcement has the understanding
they are not to use rearms as spikes.
This is not constitutionally permissive.
This is the message I hope this court not
only sends to the this defendant, but also
to all of law enforcement. By their own
admission they wanted to boil down a
complex use of force issue and make a
national example out of this poor deputy.
This deputy faced over 10 years in
prison for what they claim was abuse of
the criminals civil rights. These criminals
were allegedly illegal aliens, allegedly in
the act of illegal entry, trafcking in
human smuggling, car theft, evading
arrest, attempted battery on a cop,
resisting arrest, escape from custody, tax
fraud, money laundering and organized
crime. But the Deputy is the one who
needs to be prosecuted and face jail time?
Whose Job Is I t?
Its the Federal Governments job to
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to do their job it falls upon individual
cops all wearing guns. Only now, if
they make a mistake, they face prison.
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Lets get this straight. From the time someones con-
victed to when theyre actually executed usually takes 15
or 20 years. The electric chair hasnt been used in 47
years. And they test it every quarter? Thats the are you
freakin kidding me moment. Bureaucracy at its
unthinking finest. We have a rule saying test it. So we
test it. Do they think, theyre going to have someone
fast-tracked; have about two days notice, and then look
bad? Oh shit, I knew we should have tested that thing.
Do The Math
Well, I did theyve tested this thing 188 times since
its last use because they think this is a scene from Blazing
Saddles. Harvey Kormann wanted an unscheduled
hanging of Cleavon Little? Oh Boris, do you have time
for a special this afternoon? Oh I couldnt possibly, Im
completely booked.
But thats not all. The chair was modified in the
1990s controls were modified, voltage increased (I
guess that means it was even lower at some point but
with electric bills today, who can fault them), and protec-
tive devices were improved. Perhaps they miss the point
the idea is to kill this guy. I would think theyd want to
remove protective devices, not improve them. Sorta like
taking the safety off on an automatic or the pin out of a
grenade. Its a simple enough concept. In any event, adios
Mr. Holman. If they have a yellow safety warning on the
chair, just ignore it.
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then start putting wet stuff on red stuff. After the fire was
out and the steam subsided theyd go around pulling down
walls, cabinets and ceilings to assure against re-ignition.
Then theyd drag everything out into the yard and pour
more water on it. On a number of occasions I saw these
guys exerting themselves to the point where theyd run out
of the building, lift their mask, puke, pull their mask back
down and run back inside.
Southern California just nished re season and what a
season it was. The San Diego area lost almost 2,000 homes
and structures and evacuated half a million people. We lost a
fire fighter and have four others with burns so devastating
they needed to be put in induced coma.
So, the next time some re weenie stomps through your
crime scene dragging a hose, flipping things over, wetting
everything down and generally making your evidence col-
lecting life miserable; remember theyre nuts. They dont
know better let alone care. Dont yell at them or get up in
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Guest Toro Caca by Dick London
I
had one of those are you freakin kidding me
moments recently that should surely qualify as a
Toro Caca moment.
USA Today: Tenn. Killer Set To Die In Electric Chair.
Its USA Today so rst, I thought they spelled 10 incor-
rectly, but it seems they actually meant Tennessee. Daryl
Keith Holton blah, blah, blah chose the electric chair
instead of lethal injection (contaminated needles can cause
all kinds of health problems) because he thinks hell die
instantly and painlessly. Maybe so, but then I saw The
Green Mile and this might be shaping up to be one of those
Kodak moments. The last time the Tennessee electric chair
was used for an execution was Nov 7, 1960. Thats neither
here nor there, but it is where this starts to get good.
Administrative Stupidity
There seems to be some debate as to whether the chair will
work properly the guy who built it says its been modied in
such a way it will not work as intended. At some point, someone
decided to reduce the voltage. Who the hell would even think of
that someone trying to get an award from the cost savings
suggestion program? Lets see, two minutes of electricity at $2
per kilowatt-hour divided by the weight of the prisoner
damn, Harley, look at this. Check my goes-intos will ya.
Its Al Gores home state, but I dont think it really saves
that much money to reduce your only electric chair from 2,000
volts to 1,750 volts why take the chance? If I were seated in
it, Id much rather be the functional equivalent of a y hitting a
bug zapper than feeling a tingling sensation until I melt. The
state did explain, however, theres no need for concern. I think
they meant for the rest of us, but not Holton because the
chair is inspected and tested quarterly.
Toro Caca
I
worked Arson for a few years. The unit was a full time
joint Fire Department and Police Department team.
The cops were trained in fire investigation and the fire
fighters in police procedure with enough hours to
qualify as state certified peace officers. I always thought
cops were highly adept at sniveling until I spent a lot of
time with fire fighters. These guys were Olympians when it
came to sniveling and I couldnt figure out why. They
worked 9 days a month, slept half their shift, had great
meals in the station, didnt go to court on their day off and
must have cornered the market on Barcoloungers and big
screen TVs. I thought, Boy I sure stood in the wrong line
at the job fair.
Then I saw what they did at a fire not the small
kitchen fires where theyd run in with an extinguisher but
the smoke and active fire showing types. The crazy bas-
tards would start grinning ear to ear, pull their breathing
apparatus down over their face and run in the door. Smoke
would be billowing out; fire would be rolling in boiling
waves across the ceiling and they were still smiling. Who, in
their right mind, would do something like that?
Theyd scurry around the house looking for rescues and
"The crazy
bastards
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start grinning ear
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breathing apparatus
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face and run
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