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COP Jihad Continues
In the latest issue, I read about the
Texas deputy imprisoned as result of a
prosecution by a US attorney. You
failed to mention this jerks (the US
Attorney) name.
Often I read about this or that
department or bureau issuing idiotic
rulings but the reporters usually fail to
mention the names of the individuals
within those organizations making
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those stupid decisions or rulings, so
theres no way to hold their feet to the
fire! You should do it with that nitwit
US attorney. Sgt G.R.Chartier CTSP ret
Sgt. Chartier, actually I did mention
the jerks name. However, it was in a
prior Insider Ruminations (May/June
07 Issue). I probably should have men-
tioned it again in the last issue. Since
you may have missed
it, heres the column
again.
Although this is a
situation which
could be prominently featured in the
Toro Caca section of Insider Rumina-
tions, I find it has gone even further
and reached a level even a whole

In the latest issue, I read


about the Texas deputy
imprisoned as result of
a prosecution by a US
attorney. You failed to
mention this jerks (the
US Attorney) name.
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prairie full of Brahma bulls on Exlax
couldnt compare to. I regret being
forced into the position of issuing of
an American COP Magazine Fatwa.
Thats right, I hereby call for a law
enforcement Jihad on the US
Attorneys Office of the Western Dis-
trict of Texas specifically, Johnny
Sutton, the US Attorney down there.
Now dont get me wrong here, I in no
way wish any harm come to the guy
but enough is enough. He needs to
have the fleas of a thousand camels
infect his crotch or maybe something
worse like send him to federal
prison with a snitch ticket attached.
Sutton is the guy who decided to
prosecute Border Patrol Agent Ignacio
Ramos and fellow agent, Jose Alonso
Compean, with what we now hear was
the urging from not only the Bush
Administration but the Mexican Gov-
ernment too. Now we nd Sutton also
pushed his minions into prosecuting
Edwards County Deputy Sheriff Gilmer
Hernandez for violation of an illegal
aliens civil rights. Now thatll make
you scratch your head wont it?
Sutton charged Hernandez with vio-
lating under the color of law the
civil rights of Maricela Rodriguez-
Garcia, a Mexican national.
On the night of April 14, 2005,
Deputy Hernandez was on routine
patrol when he observed a speeding
Suburban run a red light. The deputy
stopped the vehicle and made his
approach on the drivers side. The
driver slammed the truck back into
drive and peeled away, almost running
over his foot. Hernandez red several
shots one of which blew out the rear
tire. Okay so maybe he watched too
many movies but you cant really argue
with success. The vehicle stopped, and
disgorged its cargo of illegals into the
sagebrush. Marcela Rodriguez Garcia,
one of the illegal aliens stayed in the
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I regret being forced
into the position of
issuingof anAmer-
ican COP Magazine
Fatwa. Thats right, I
hereby call for a law
enforcement Jihadon
the US Attorneys
Office of the Western
District of Texas
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car. Speculation was she was curled up
over the wheel well. She was hit by one
of the bullets it shattered some of
her teeth. She was treated and released
from a local hospital. According to
procedure, Deputy Hernandez reported
the incident to his supervisors and they
called the state to investigate.
A few days afterwards, the Mexican
consulate sent a letter to local and fed-
eral law enforcement ofcials in Texas
demanding a full investigation. The
U.S. Attorneys office charged Deputy
Hernandez with violating the civil
rights of the woman noting because the
agents life wasnt in danger; he
shouldnt have shot at the vehicle. His
defense attorneys argue he was doing
his job and believed his life was in
danger. By the way, the state cleared
Deputy Hernandez of any wrongdoing.
The deputys boss, Sheriff Donald
G. Letsinger said Hernandez followed
the letter of the law in defending him-
self in the April 2005 incident and
questioned why the government
brought charges. This is a ne young
man, and I just dont believe he com-
mitted the wrong of which he was
accused, he added.
A jury from a pool notorious for its
sympathy toward undocumented
workers rights convicted Hernandez.
Suttons goons asked for seven years,
apparently still drunk with success in
getting Ramos and Compean 10 and 11
year sentences. The Judge sentenced
Hernandez to one year and one day
far below the prosecutions request.
If I worked for the Border Patrol,
Id be looking at new employment
options. The US Attorneys Ofce of the
Western District of Texas could care
less if Mexican military units cross into
our country and shoot at our agents;
they apparently dont care if our folks
are shot at by drug dealers and mules
and they put every imaginable obstacle
in place to keep Border Patrol from
pursuing just short of issuing the drug
dealers and illegals spike strips. If it
were up to me, Id indict Sutton for
treason and failing to register as an
agent of a foreign government. Dave
State Of Policing
I started my police career in 1974,
retired in 1994, returned to the police
academy again in 2007 in North Car-
olina. Im policing again. I really
returned for my grandkids sake after
their father s combat tour in Iraq.
Unlike my VietNam era Marine Corps
tour, he said the terrorists over there
want to follow us back and kill us here.
Between that and 9/11, it was enough
for me to return and give me the
feeling that I was somehow helping to
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safeguard all grandkids.
Another motivator was I felt that
maybe agencies were working better
and closer than ever to protect citizens
and this country. I was wrong theres
still a lot of jealousy among agencies
and particularly among the chiefs, sher-
iffs and ranking ofcers.
The cop on the street is still just glad
to see any back-up, no matter what uni-
form. I also see there appears to be more
of a critical shortage of cops than I
remember. In fact, it appears some quali-
fying standards have been relaxed for
persons to enter the eld. Having policed
in several states, Ive found there seems
to be no real background check or psych
test prior to starting most of the police
academies. In fact, numerous people
graduate and find they cant be police
ofcers once an agency conducts their
background and psych prole. That leads
to its own set of problems people with
dubious backgrounds trained as cops.
Law enforcements technology had
changed tremendously, but people still
have a long way to go. The petty
squabbles among agencies and lack of
true coordination only get in the way of
accomplishing the mission.
Im not sorry Im back in policing
and hopefully; I can again contribute in
some small way. For anyone won-
dering, I tried to get back in the mili-
tary after 9/11and/or federal service,
but was told Im too old. I hope all of
you have safe and long careers. Old Pro
Old Pro, I cant thank you enough
for your service. I cant imagine hitting
the streets again at our age. Im way
too brittle for that now. Fortunately, I
can keep my little toe in the water by
doing this magazine.
You are absolutely right about street
cops being glad to see cover arrive no
matter the LE uniform they are
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I felt that maybe
agencies were working
better and closer than
ever toprotect citizens
and this country. I was
wrong theres still a
lot of jealousy among
agencies and
particularly among the
chiefs, sheriffs and
ranking officers.
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too much time, but are having diffi-
culty weaning the shooters, who were
trained to always sight, away from the
old practice.
When Sid Woodcock was still man-
ufacturing the Detonics here and I was
Chief of Police, I modied one of their
little .45s to be slimmer and without
sights, which they marketed as the
Mark VII. Not a big seller, unfortu-
nately, because most shooters cannot
comprehend a gun without sights, how-
ever, I always carried one and had no
problem keeping all 7 shots in the kill
zone by point shooting out to 15 yards.
If trouble is further away than that, the
time taken to sight might be better used
in taking cover.
I agree with the author none of the
shots count that do not hit the target but
they can still be delivered accurately
a lot faster by point shooting. D.P.
Van Blaricom
Van, thanks for the comments. If I
were king, wed have a comprehensive
firearms training regimen incorpo-
rating both point shooting and sighted
shooting. The real challenge would be
teaching the decision points of when
to choose the appropriate tool for a
give situation.
For the reader out there: You may
recall Retired Chief D.P. Van Blaricom
wrote the Suicide-by-Cop article in
our September/October 2006 issue. Dave
wearing. If we could keep the adminis-
trators and politicians out of the equa-
tion wed be much better off. Dave
Whats Old Is New Again
Dave, I read To Sight Or Not To
Sight in the September/October 2008
issue of American COP.
I was a police firearms instructor
for 13 years back in the days when no
one was certified and, if you could
teach cops how to shoot, you did. I
always taught a handgun was a defen-
sive weapon intended to save your life
at reasonably close range and the idea
was to shoot the bad guy before he
shot you. Accordi ngl y, I t hought
sighting was a misuse of precious
time and taught point shooting to a lot
of cops, some of whom took first
place in real shootings.
When I had to qualify at my old
department last year, to maintain the
right to carry nationwide under the
Law Enforcement Safety Act of 2004,
the rangemaster commented that I
was point shooting, to which I replied
I always have. He mentioned they are
trying to teach point shooting again
because sighting at close range takes
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because sighting at
close range takes too
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T
he Project of Excellence in Journalism evaluated
media coverage (newspapers, magazines, and televi-
sion) over a one-month time period. They revealed a
tremendous bias in how the media is covering the
two presidential candidates: Obama played the more impor-
tant role in more than two-thirds of the stories. In one week
Obama was the signicant presence in 77% of the stories
while McCain in only 48%; that is nearly a two-to-one dis-
parity. And, for all that extra coverage, they arent telling you
what you need to know.
Politicians often lie. Sometimes their positions
evolve, sometimes they outright flip-flop; sometimes
they simply tell different people different things and hope
they can fool the voters.
Fair And Balanced?
A
fter analyzing the two main candidates, it seems clear
one of them is vastly more consistent than the other,
one is better on key issues of our freedoms and much
better on law and order issues important to the law
enforcement community. In this comparison, John McCain is
the much better candidate.
Obama supports Trial Lawyers, including those who repre-
sent criminals who sue ofcers for merely doing their job. He
believes in the concept of one-size-ts-all Washington DC
knows best, decision making and enjoys the uninching sup-
port of the Trial Bar, key liberal groups (whose members often
cant wait to attack/criticize the brave men and women in
blue) and many of the big union, left of center political
types and organizations.
Law And Order Issues
T
he recent Supreme Court
Heller decision regarding
the Second Amendment and
the right to Self-Defense is a
landmark, historic decision with
huge impact, including on how
people vote for the next President.
However, the mainstream media vir-
tually ignored it.
Media Research Center reports
in the eight hours of combined
broadcasts by the big media net-
works the morning following the
landmark decision,
only three and one
half minutes of coverage
from all the major net-
works combined were dedi-
cated to the Supreme Courts monu-
mental Heller decision.
The Courts decision not only
answered the key question that you do
have an individual right to Keep and
Bear arms; it also memorialized the con-
cept and propriety of Self-Defense.
Also lost in that lack of reporting is
that we came
within one vote by a Supreme Court
Justice that a key, fundamental, God-
given constitutionally protected right
did not exist for honest Americans.
With the election of Americas
next president looming, will we
elect a President whose Supreme
Court Justices will respect our rights
and freedoms?
C
ops make decisions based on informa-
tion tempered with experience. Talking
to a thug, signs of deception can be
obvious: rapid pulse, sweatiness, eye move-
ment, nervous ticks or tells. With politicians and
media things are often not so clear.
LIES, DAMN LIES,
AND OTHER
MEDIA AND
POLITICIANS
SHENANIGANS:
Case In Point
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McCain supported legislation to stop
trial lawyers from suing the manufac-
turers of the guns you carry for protec-
tion. Obama took the trial lawyers side.
McCain signed onto a precedent setting
Amicus Brief submitted in support of
the Second Amendment/self-defense to
the Supreme Court Barack refused to
publicly support either right.
McCain supports judges, like those
who ruled correctly on the Heller
case. I believe Obama will appoint
judges in the mold of those who voted
against our freedoms in this case and
for the kind that voted against the
Death Penalty.
McCain believes in a limited role
for Federal Government in how it
relates to local law enforcement.
Barack wants more Federal Govern-
ment intrusion/control into how you
do your job even going so far as to co-
sponsor federal legislation to empower
Washington DC to collect evidence
proving racial proling by police
occurs and to bring more cases to dis-
cipline ofcers who participate in this
alleged conduct.
Obama wants to keep the Lautenberg
Act in place including provisions
that hurt cops and he wants to pass a
stunningly broad array of more gun con-
trol under the lie gun control equals
crime control. McCain knows more gun
control isnt going to help ght crime.
Obamas animosity to the Second
Amendment and Self-Defense is per-
vasive, whereas McCain voted in
favor of National Concealed Carry for
Law Enforcement (LEOSA). And,
McCain supports expanding its cov-
erage and making it easier for off-
duty and retired officers to carry
under its protection.
If you rely on information only
from the major media networks, the
best candidate may never be revealed.
Thats why you need reliable informa-
tion from trustworthy sources Amer-
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trial lawyers from
suing the manufac-
turers of the guns you
carry for protection.
Obama took the trial
lawyers side.
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BRI AN DAWE CORRECTIONS
BEHINDTHE FENCE.
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Brian Dawe is the Executive Director for The American Correctional Officer (www.americanco.org) and the American Correctional Officers Intelligence Network (www.COIntel.net). He can be reached at ACOIN1@aol.com or by calling him at 307-883-9707.
W
hen newjacks enter
our world, there are
some very fundamental
things they need to
know. But nothing is more important
then being fair, rm and consistent
when dealing with the inmates in
your charge. As a house ofcer for
eight years at MCI Norfolk in Mass-
achusetts, it was critical the housing
unit under my control be run as con-
sistently as possible. With one
ofcer patrolling three oors with 60
inmates and no backup, you best be
certain of the pulse of the unit.
One of the last things you want
to walk into is a housing unit of 60
convicted felons all ticked off at the
previous shift ofcer. The job is
damn hard enough without having
to clean up after someone elses
mess. However, putting up with
I
want to tell you rookies something straight up. If
you make my job harder than it already is behind
these walls, the inmates will be the least of your
problems. Itll be me and the other ofcers youll
have to deal with. This isnt Cowboys and Indians and you
aint John Wayne. Thats how I opened my welcoming
address to Department of
Corrections Trainees.
Not too subtle, not
real smooth, a bit
aggressive, nonethe-
less, right on point.
Our job behind
the walls is not to
meet out justice
thats up to
the courts. Its
not to decide
what punish-
ment ts what
crime
thats up to
the jury. Its no
longer to reha-
bilitate we
rarely have the
manpower, pro-
grams, time or
facilities to even
attempt that goal.
Our job has come
down to two things: try and keep everyone behind those
walls alive and dont let anyone leave unless their time is up.
Pulse Of The Unit
some of the antics of the inmate popu-
lation takes incredible patience and
self-discipline.
Ask yourself these questions:
How do you handle having feces
and urine throw in your face? Do you
throw it back at them? How do you
handle physical confrontations? Do
you let the moment get the best of you
or are you trained well enough to
remain in control and use only the
amount of force necessary? How do
you handle the verbal assaults hurled
your way on a daily basis? Do you
become equally verbally abusive? How
do you handle the death of a fellow
ofcer at the hands of an inmate? How
do you handle a staff assault? How do
you handle communicable diseases that
can not only take your life but have a
devastating impact on your family and
friends as well? How do you handle an
unruly inmate who you know is men-
tally ill? How do you handle telling
an inmate his parole has been denied,
or his visit wont be allowed, or his
appeal was shot down?
Many of these situations occur
daily behind the walls and how we
handle them not only affects us, but
can impact all staff, especially those
relieving you.
What about the stresses outside of
the job? Do you bring them behind
the walls with you? That argument
with your spouse, a bad report card,
the broken down car, the way too
high credit card bills all of this
can impact performance. As a result
it can also have an impact on the
mood of the prison and consequently
on the safety of the facility. The pro-
fessionalism with which you handle
these situations may not only save
YOU AINT JOHN WAYNE
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your life but that of fellow staff mem-
bers as well.
State Of Agitation
Ive found if you strive to be rm, fair
and consistent in your dealings with the
inmate population everyone has a better
chance of going home after a shift. We
react as a result of the way were trained
and the experiences weve had over the
years. However, Corrections is unlike
any other job. The situation is constantly
in a state of agitation. Who the hell wants
to be in prison inmates or staff? Yet
there we are, doing the job very few
people would dare even contemplate.
With inmate populations going
through the roof and stafng numbers
falling further and further behind, its
really important we bring our A-game
to the job. We need to look around the
room at roll call and realize these men
and women are your lifeline, lets not
make it any harder on them they
want to go home in one piece too. If
you come to work with an attitude,
leave it at the time clock. Its one thing
on the streets when your attitude gen-
eral only impacts you, but behind the
walls its a whole different story.
Prepare Mentally
Often times Correctional Ofcers are
thrust into situations on the spur of the
moment, theres little time to wait for
back up. You must be ready to react
immediately. As you get ready for that
next shift ask yourself if youre men-
tally prepared to respond in a profes-
sional manner. People die behind those
walls. In fact on the walls of the
National Law Enforcement Memorial in
Washington DC youll nd the names
of 527 Correctional Ofcers who died
in the line of duty.
Although being able to physically
handle yourself in this environment is
important, its far more vital to your
safety and your fellow ofcers you
have the mental game down as well. If
you and the other ofcers are mentally
prepared to do the job, the physical
dangers can be greatly reduced. We
werent hired to clean up Dodge City
thats not our job.
I ended my presentation to the
rookies with this thought: Corrections
isnt for everyone. In a few years most
of youll have moved on to other lines
of work. But for those who stay,
remember we are all weve got
without each other, whats left behind
those walls? If you remember and
respect that, well be all right.
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T
he Trackstick is accurate to 2.5
meters horizontally, which may
present a problem if the suspect
goes underground or into a multi-
story parking facility. Remember the
device still must have the ability to
receive satellite signals to record its posi-
tion. While underground structures atten-
uate the signal to zero DBs your only
concern for multi-storied garages will be
nding Z coordinate or vertical dis-
tance from ground or sea level.
There are no monthly fees required
for using the Trackstick and its advanced
tracking manager software as well as a
geophoto tagging software are provided
from the manufacturers website at no
cost. And, if there is one thing I know
about administrators and technology,
whenever you get to use the word free
around them youll get their
attention every time.
BOB DAVI S HIGHTECH
CUTTING EDGE WIDGETS AND OTHER NEW STUFF.
O
ne of the best alternative choices for law
enforcement agencies is a GPS recorder
where data is automatically collected
from GPS satellites and stored on the
device after being covertly placed, then
recovered, from a suspects vehicle. The
Super Trackstick from Telespial Systems of
Southern California is one such device.
The Super Trackstick model measures 4.5" X
1.25" X .75", comes in a weather proof case with a
removable magnetic mounting bracket for covert installa-
tion. Its been tested in environmental conditions from 10 degrees C
(14 degrees F) to 60 degrees C (140 degrees F). Two AAAbatteries power
the device. Choosing the battery type, Alkaline, NiMh or Lithium will lengthen
the trackers life as it receives and stores data into its 4 megabytes of ash memory.
In full power mode, Alkaline batteries last between three and six days.
Using the more efcient Lithium batteries provide enough juice for up to two
weeks of surveillance work. The super tracker model also comes with a vibration
detector that wakes the device up from power save mode when the vehicle is
moving; this extends the battery life to maximum of eight weeks.
Once activated Super Trackstick continuously records its exact route, stop times,
speed, direction and other valuable information all of which can be quickly down-
loaded via the trackers integrated USB connector port and viewed on your computer
once the device is recovered from the suspects vehicle. Ared line traced on satellite
photos and 3D terrain using the latest mapping technologies from Google Earth as
well as other software packages shows routes.
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G
lobal Positioning System (GPS)
devices are a technological boon
supporting law enforcements
efforts to keep an eye on bad
guys. At the same time, some systems
are a bane for bean counters and admin-
istrators who deal with usage fees and
impact on their budgets.
Like it or not, budgets are the reali-
ties of 21st century policing. Whats the
use of having a GPS device if the boss
or his bean counting co-conspirator
wont let you use it? So, here at Amer-
GPS was developed in the 1970s
for the military. Original commercial
devices used selective GPS. That system
is no longer used so the GPS unit you
can buy today is as accurate as those
used by the military.
GPS is composed of 24 satellites above
the earth, so at any time a minimum of
six satellites will be in view to users any-
where in the world.
Portable units receive data from the
closest satellites to determine exact loca-
tion (typically in latitude and longitude),
elevation, speed and time.
The information isnt dependent on
weather and is available around-the-
clock anywhere in the world.
GPS is free to the world, developed and
paid for by US taxpayers. Companies
who offer remote real time access to
the data charge service fees typically
based upon usages. And its those fees
that drive administrators crazy.
A TECHNOLOGICAL
BOON OR BANE?
ican Cop Magazine were nding solu-
tions and I think weve found one in a
GPS recorder. It gives you everything
you need
except real time access.
Today GPS is found everywhere
consumers use it in cars, boats, air-
planes, and even in cellular phones.
Handheld receivers are carried by
hikers, surveyors, mapmakers and others
who need to know where they are. Here
are some things you need to know about
the GPS.
Good Alternative
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OFFICERSURVIVAL
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I
dont read instructions until Im
totally frustrated and I like things
simple especially under stress. Ive
said it before; the KISS principle was
made for me: Keep It Simple Sammy.
When I rst put my paws on the First
-Light Liberator, I didnt bother to look
at the instructions or call Clyde Caceres,
friend and President of First-Light. I
GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONDITION YOU WENT TO WORK IN.
SAMMY REESE
O
ne question kept nag-
ging me; where
do you put it
when its
not on your hand?
Simple, you dont
put it away. It stays
on your hand all the
time. This requires a
paradigm shift in how
weve used flashlights our
whole career. Were tube
flashlight world and weve
adapted to the tube not the
other way around. The Liber-
ator and its new brother, the
Tomahawk, still have tubes,
but the folks at First-Light
have adapted the tube to us.
The Tomahawk solved the where to put it by making a
really slick belt mounted holster equipped with a Blade-Tech
Tek-Lok belt mount. It has all the same functions as the Lib-
erator in a smaller package.
Change is difcult. Face it, we dont like to be uncomfort-
able or out of our comfort zone. Things are just ne the way
they are, right? Change is usually associated with some new
policy, program or widget attached to some administrators
pet project. The look at me factor will never go away
learn to love it and be a little more flexible your blood
pressure will appreciate it.
The First-Light products work as advertised. It took a little
while to get use to the Liberator. I used it on the range during
setup and cleanup, I wore it while shooting handguns, sub-
guns and rifles. I was able to shoot, reload and complete
immediate actions with ease. The light never got in the way
and more importantly I never dropped or lost it.
THE TUBE PARADIGM SHIFT
FIRST-LIGHTS LIBERATOR
AND TOMAHAWK
fumbled and pressed buttons to my com-
plete frustration. I put the light on my
desk and there it sat.
About a week later I saw Clyde at an
LE Show and told him I had no idea how
to use the Liberator. In less than ten min-
utes, I had the light properly tted to my
hand and was comfortable in its opera-
tion. Something about quality training
was ringing in my ears.
The light worked as advertised, it
stayed where it was supposed to and gave
me the freedom to use my hands to
operate firearms, climb, or simply use
both hands without having to put my
standard flashlight under my arm or
worse, in my mouth. Go ahead and lie
say you havent done it.
Tube Paradigm?
#1
use the light when walking my dogs and like being
able to use both hands on the leash every K9 han-
dler should be using a Liberator.
The weapon-mounted light is nice when youre on a
threat, but using a loaded light to watch your dog,
partner or someone you dont want to shoot can have disas-
trous results. Never point your weapon at anything you
dont want to destroy. Sound familiar? I also keep one on
the nightstand. One less thing to hold while your heart rate is
over 170, at O-Dark Thirty and the dog is going nuts, can be
a good thing.
The Liberator and Tomahawk are available in several
models and congurations to suite your needs. If you need or
desire a strobe feature, they got it, you like a clip
for your MOLLE gear got one of those too.
For more info: www.rst-light.com.
Rule #1
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ANTHONY RI CCI EVOC
SURVIVING IN YOUR MOBILE OFFICE.
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T
he driver needs to be in the correct seating position, with
the seatbelt properly fastened. I realize the seat belt is cum-
bersome with a duty belt on, but it helps keep you secured
in place when you slam on the brakes and turn or swerve
around an obstacle. Although you may be able to avoid that
obstacle without the seatbelt on, you may not necessarily be
able to avoid the next obstacle if youre pulling on your
steering wheel trying to climb back into your seat. Next, the
driver should understand some basic laws of physics. An
object in motion wants to stay that way. The car doesnt want
to turn, therefore its important to brake rst, setting the
A
BS stands for Anti-Lock Braking System and when
asked about its capabilities, most students reply it pre-
vents wheel lockup. Although partially correct, the
true signicance of the Anti-Lock Braking System is
that it only senses wheel lock up and then very quickly
allows the tire to rotate, relock and rotate about 15 times per
second allowing the driver to have some steering control
under heavy breaking. Of course, this is only if the driver
decides to smoothly turn the steering wheel. The driver will
also need enough skill to guide his vehicle into a space rather
than a pole or the side of an SUV.
What Is ABS?
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.
What Do We Need To Know?
J
ust about every departments vehicle eet still has some
vehicles without ABS, even though its been available for
years. Not really sure why, I guess its either a mainte-
nance issue or simply a budget issue at the time the order
was placed. Either way its important to understand ABS
what it does, does not do and how to use it.
ANTI-LOCK
BRAKING
SYSTEMS
BASICS
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:

ALWAYS BRAKE FIRST, THEN TURN.

REMEMBER TO AIM HIGH AND SEE THE ESCAPE


ROUTE EARLY.

HAVE A PLAN AND MENTALLY BE PREPARED.

ALWAYS BE SMOOTH WHEN TURNING THE WHEEL,


NEVER JERKY.

WHEN YOU DOUBLE YOUR SPEED, YOU QUADRUPLE


THE FORCE ACTING ON YOUR VEHICLE.

IT REALLY DOES TAKE A LONG TIME TO STOP A


VEHICLE GOING OVER 50 MPH.

AT 60 MPH, THE AVERAGE POLICE PACKAGE CROWN


VIC TAKES 150 FEET TO STOP, NOT INCLUDING PERCEP-
TION AND REACTION DISTANCE.
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weight forward on the two rolling tires
then turn. If you turn rst, weight
will shift laterally in the opposite direc-
tion and then when you hit the brakes
too much weight will load on one of the
front tires. One tire cant hold back that
much weight. Even with ABS the
vehicle will start to push in the opposite
direction you want to go.
The driver will also experience the
vehicle lofting in one direction. It
makes sense since all the weight is
being tossed to one side instantly, and
then shifted down toward a front tire.
This could cause the vehicle to spin out
of control quickly.
Computer Control
Have you ever heard someone say,
I hate ABS or I can stop faster
without ABS.
Technically, if someone regularly
trains on a non-ABS car and under-
stands its threshold braking point and
how to get there without exceeding it
on dry pavement, under good condi-
tions, when waiting and expecting a
hazard to pop out then yes, a non-ABS
threshold technique can stop the vehicle
quicker on dry pavement since cor-
rect threshold techniques doesnt allow
the wheels to lock or skid at all.
Thats too many variables to deal
with and if the driver makes a mistake
and does skid, itll take more time to
recover and re-nd threshold. ABS is
brain dead and easy you simply
have to remember to step on the brake,
hold it down and progressively turn the
steering wheel.
Drivers Responsibility
How you turn the wheel is very
important. If the driver panics, jerking
on the steering wheel the car will
quickly lose control. ABS can lock and
unlock the brakes an average of 15
times per second. The human cant beat
the computer in this particular case.
Given the number of variables and also
taking into account under trained dri-
vers, ABS will usually be more ef-
cient especially on wet pavement.
One EVOC class at the academy
doesnt make a driver procient, so
unless the department is sending you
for quantity training, then get in the
ABS car and like it.
Since accident avoidance is the
responsibility of the driver, remember
the ABS system is a luxury to aid in
safety and control. If the driver doesnt
understand the tool, it defeats
the purpose all together.
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efore the week was over, I
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hana chef. I had bandages and
tape on six of ten ngers and sev-
eral cuts and scrapes on the knuckle joints
making bending them most painful.
I made inquiries into the no gloves
rule and was informed, quote: Wearing
gloves is unsafe. Digging deeper I found
the reasoning stemmed from the old black
leather gloves (outer shells) the military
had issued as standard gear. I had a set
twenty plus years ago as a young Marine.
They were ill tting, bulky and not at all
conducive to good shooting. But, as the
saying goes, that was then and this is now.
Slice Em Dice Em
bandaged and taped up as the hard
steel of the pistol slide gouged out a
chunk during rapid reload drills.
know better? Yes, I do. The
short story is I was partici-
pating in training on a military
range and the Range Safety
Officer announced on day one,
No gloves will be worn on the
firing line.
Anyone whos been in the
military, regardless of branch
understands military
personnel dont like
to be questioned
rules are rules and
thats that. As I
needed to participate
in this program my
shooting gloves went
back in my pack.
By the end of the
rst day my right
thumb was rubbed
sore from literally
hundreds of safety/de-
cock drills on the M9 ser-
vice pistol. The index
nger on my left hand was
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A week long military
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my hands and
sweat or dont
protect them
and be cool.
They have a
neoprene and
mesh back
allowing your
hands to
breathe. The
palm is cov-
ered in syn-
thetic leather
for protection
and a pull-on
loop helps you don
them quickly. Hook and loop closures
secure the wrist.
These arent SWAT raid gloves and
probably wouldnt be my first choice
for breaching. They are, however, a
viable choice when the mercury is
high and you need something to pro-
tect bare flesh.
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Ive owned a set of BLACK-
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SOLAGs are constructed with either
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addition to cowhide leather. They have
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and around the wrist and are available
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Hot Ops, SOLAG HDs are SWAT raid
ready gloves and denitely good for
ramming a door or tossing a bang.
Bottom Line
While we wont likely wear gloves
every time we pull the trigger, we
should wear them when the situation
turns serious. If were wearing them
on the job, we sure as hell need to
train with them.
As for gloves not being safe on the
range not wearing them is more
dangerous, at least for your skin.
Flesh and skin are always going to be
softer than the steel of your pistol,
shotgun, or carbine. We protect our
eyes and our ears. We need to think
about protecting
our hands.
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W
hile this process may not be appropriate for
your agency, it works well for us and no
matter what you decide to do, remember
when you get these rookies, you get all of
the baggage that comes with them good and bad.
You really need to be involved
in the process.
PERRY W. HORNBARGER RESERVES
DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM THAT GOES BEYOND PAY.
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W
hen I joined our unit, our departments Per-
sonnel and Training Unit did everything for us.
An individual would make application via a
background packet, complete the background
process and was assigned to our unit. We had no input in
the process whatsoever. Wed meet monthly for a general
business meeting and training session and the new guys
would just show up.
In our modern day application process, were very
much involved in our selection process. The background
packet I mentioned earlier scared a lot of people off so we
start with a pre-screening application, which can be
downloaded from the Internet. Its two pages asking basic
personal information. With this basic information we can
start the process to see if they qualify driving history,
criminal checks, department contacts before we waste
any more time on them. Once we receive the pre-
screening application, we invite them to an Orientation
Session. Its a three-hour session we hold every other
month (depending on applications received) and every-
thing possible is laid out.
W
e have a canned PowerPoint program where
everything that you always wanted to know but
were too afraid to ask is covered. We let them
know what to expect from the department and what
well expect from them. At the end of this program we pass
out the background packets to those still interested. We try to
make it very plain at this point if they arent fully committed
and dont take one, there are no hard feelings and we wish
them luck.
Those who return the completed background packet are
scheduled for an interview with several members of our execu-
tive staff. This interview is designed to weed out the people
seeking the position for the wrong reasons or who wont make
a good t with the unit. If the executive staff feels they pos-
sess the right stuff, their background packet, along with the
interview notes, are sent to the Human Relations Unit and a
regular background investigator is assigned. Once the investi-
gator does his/her magic, they send a letter to the Chief of
Police of their ndings, and a recommendation whether or not
to hire the applicant for the position. At this point both the
applicant and I receive notication of the Chiefs decision.
BE INVOLVED
Commitment
THEN AND NOW
U
sing the word hiring when you talk
about volunteers sounds a little unusual
but thats exactly what youre
doing. Your rookies should be no dif-
ferent than any paid ofcer your department
hires. They must be of the right stock to t
your organization and must be able to pass a
background check. You train them and you
expect them to act as professionals. So, why do
some departments accept less when it comes to
Reserve/Auxiliary Ofcers? Thats a tangent I
wont get into here maybe another day. But,
if a department is going to use these ofcers to
supplement street cops, those guys want someone of equal cal-
iber covering their ass. Ive always made it a point (by policy)
to have the same standards for our guys as for our paid ofcers.
Even the psychological and polygraph testing is the same.
The only difference is the physical standards and the
entrance exam. The department requires paid ofcers pass a
physical and written test while we dont do that for our auxil-
iary ofcers. My goal is to one day be exactly the same but
right now, it is just not feasible. Why shouldnt we require
those things for our people? Only a fool would put ofcers that
are a liability out there.
ARE YOU HIRING
THE RIGHT
PEOPLE?
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JOHN MORRI SON STREETLEVEL
I
tried backtracking this latest
wave of attention to the T-
Shirt Sight Picture issue. I
was interested in learning
whether it came from some sin-
gular shooting situation, a conver-
sation between a crook and a cop,
holding-cell tapes, seized docu-
ments, anything I could isolate,
analyze and possibly follow trails
from. I found scattered references to
anecdotal incidents none of which
panned out. Several ofcers were
asking on the net if crooks were
actively talking about this and if it
STRAIGHT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERSHIP ON THE FRONT LINES THE
STREETS.
T
hirty-nine years after I rst
wrote about it in the law
enforcement press, Im
gratied to learn some
police agencies are waking up
to the idea perhaps, just per-
haps, we shouldnt make such
easy targets of our ofcers;
carrying on regulations and
practices which make our eld
personnel virtual bullet-mag-
nets. What a radical idea!
The current issue being
chewed and thrashed over in
chat rooms involves a startling
discovery: The bright inverted
triangle formed by a white T-
shirt beneath an unbuttoned dark
blue uniform shirt forms a virtu-
ally perfect sight alignment pat-
tern. Whether the shooter
instinctively point-shoots, grabs a
ash sight picture or settles into
a match-quality image alignment,
parking the top of his front sight
blade at the sharp bottom
of the triangle, it could
hardly be more efcient
and effective.
That nice white tri-
angle, set off in clear con-
trast with duty blue attracts and
funnels vision, then encourages
tight focus. Physiologically, it
perfectly complements instinc-
tive and intuitive threat tar-
geting. The visual image
couldnt be better if scientists
designed it.
I rst became concerned
about this as a rookie in 1968.
Id just returned from combat in
Viet Nam, where adherence to
the rule never make yourself a
good target frequently separated
the smart from the dead. My
departments November-to-May
uniform included a long-sleeve
khaki shirt and black tie. I couldnt
help noticing what a ne aiming
stake that tie made, along with the
equally contrasting horizontal ref-
erence formed by our black gun-
belts. I felt if I were ghting us, how
easy itd be to reference the gunbelt
and simply walk my shots up the
tie and the spinal column.
Crooks neednt even be con-
scious of the referencing
effect; theyd use it intu-
itively. And believe me
they have.
was part of some more compre-
hensive body of crooks-versus-
cops tactical tips & techniques;
sort of a Bad Guys Bible. I
couldnt discover if it was, but
from my own experience, Id
suggest you assume it is and
assume even more: career crimi-
nals are constantly analyzing,
updating and sharing info on
how to defeat the enemy us.
Its a shame street cops and
road deputies have so little con-
tact and information-sharing
interaction with correctional of-
cers and jail deputies. The three
places where the most crook-to-
crook training takes place are
prisons, jails, and parolee
halfway houses. They are truly
the higher education learning
centers of the criminal class.
The Crooks-Eye View
GRAYBAR
COLLEGE &
LOCKUP U
Continued on page 66
John Morrison served in combat as a Marine sergeant, and retired as a senior lieutenant from the San Diego Police Department, having served there as Director of Training, Commanding Officer of SWAT and division
executive officer. He has taught, written and lectured widely on training, tactics and leadership. Contact him at StreetLevelOne@yahoo.com.
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I
ts good to see more
cops carrying and using
rifles today. What might
not be so good is
looking at some of the
choices allowed or forced to
use and, more importantly,
to look at some of the goofy
marketing ploys laid on the
LEO community such as
Just the rifle cops need.
Having dealt with the
rifle for some time Im
often approached by offi-
cers and even manufac-
turers wanting to know
what rifle I would use, what
rifle Id recommend, or my
favorite of this bunch; the
marketing guys question,
What do you think of our
rifle?
Bluntly most of the
equipment offerings are too
heavy, too big, too complicated and over engineered by
some marketing or LE department expert in rifles,
whos often Magna Cum Laude from the University of
Bullshit. Dont take this wrong if what you have
works for you, then your problem is solved. But,
remember, many people are talking about a weapons
platform theyve never used.
BIG AND HEAVY?
T
his has been solved and proved again and again
over the last ten years, it does not have to have a
long barrel and it does not have to be heavy to hit
the target. Does a Patrol Bolt Rie have to weigh
twelve pounds and have a twenty-four inch barrel? How
about a seven-pound gun with a twenty inch barrel? When,
where and how are the majority of the LEO surgical rie
shootings taking place? Generally, SWAT red shots are
often made with state of the art, big money, LEO ries yet,
could these same or similar marksmanship problems be
solved by a smaller package especially in the hands of a
trained patrol cop. Whos almost always on the scene rst? I
am not saying patrol cops should usurp SWAT, but if the sit-
uation deteriorates right now, and the problem needs to be
solved right now, maybe they need the correct tool.
LIGHT TACTICAL
RIFLE
Needs Vs. Want
I
am not sure every American cop needs an AR15 plat-
form with IR lasers, TV screen gun sights, double maga-
zine carriers, and enough 1913 Picatinny rails to start a
new branch of the Atchison, Topeka, Santa Fe Rail
Road. I am intrigued with the why I need a buncha bullets
concept. If youre a SWAT entry team, up front, thru the
door rst guy you bet, go armored, go big or stay home.
That said, with no negative connotations here, SWAT guys
solved the second suspect problem in the North Hollywood
Bank America gig then again only speculating here
could a semi auto rie or heaven forbid, even a simple bolt
action rie with a modest scope have solved the full auto
idiots problem before the SWAT guys got on scene? You bet,
and thats a big reason why so many departments are now
authorizing ries.
I want a high capacity magazine fed automatic rie, the 6.8
is better than the .223. The HK416 is better than the SCAR
(like who cares most of us cant get either one). All these
points are moot if the target is not hit to start with. I read in a
defense review magazine an interesting statement by an Army
Colonel, who said in part, It doesnt matter what we use if we
dont hit the target. HummmI wonder if he has a point?
The LTR in action with members of the Oregon National Guard.
Needs Versus Wants
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THE BASE LINE
T
he LTR comes in .223, .308 and 300 short-action Ultra
Mag if needed. It weighs around seven lbs. The glass
stock and uted barrel are geared to reduce the size
and weight of the rie. I also mounted an Aimpoint
Comp3 two MOAdot on the LTR and it proved to be very
quick on target and way accurate enough to place head hits
on the six by six head at 100 with a little attention and a
good trigger press. If theres a magazine function or capacity
issue GAPrecision can mount a rock solid functioning
detachable magazine directly into the LTR system.
Not every cop in America needs a full auto assault rie
the smaller lighter LTR rie may in fact be very capable of
solving many potential LEO problems while
doing so in a compact size package.
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SMALL AND LIGHT
I
recently had the chance to use, monitor and compare a
Remington 700 Light Tactical Rie (LTR) in an out of
the norm circumstance. While doing a training program
for a military unit we came up one rie short for the
program conducted with all real deal Remington M24 SWS
.308 ries. The LTR belonged to me and the troops didnt
have a fourth rie or a choice so, I plugged the LTR into the
long-range high angle rie program. The .308 caliber LTR
was mounted with a Leupold Mark IV 4.5-14x40mm LR/T
scope set in Leupold tactical rings. Each student in the two
day class shot about 300 rounds of Black Hills 175 SMK
Match ammunition at ranges from 100 yds to over 900 yds
with downward angled shots of up to 60 degrees.
Two of the eight shooters had been to a formal Army
sniper school with the remainder being brand new to the con-
cept give or take a childhood deer hunt. I wont be so bold as
to say the LTR out-shot the M24 but I can say the LTR held
its own across the course of re to include the long and the
steep parts of the shooting.
It is also worth noting the strapping young lads preferred
the seven lbs carry weight of the LTR to the thirteen plus lbs
of the M24 as we trundled up the 6000 plus foot ridge where
we conducted the shooting.
DOWN RANGE PERFORMANCE
F
irst things first, to answer the group curmudgeons
The LTR shot consistently into and under one-inch at
one hundred yards from a bench rest while bagged
front and rear. The rifle did so with reloaded ammuni-
tion (I already know LEOs cant shoot it) and factory
ammo. The point being, the rifle was stable across a broad
spectrum of ammunition.
FACTORY LOADS FIRED
Federal .308M 168 SMK
Corbon .308 Match 168 SMK
Black Hills .308 Match 175 SMK
RELOADED AMMUNITION
With help from Chris Hodgdon from Hodgdon Powder
and Carroll Pilant from Sierra Bullets, I used my made
by me ammunition. I think its starting to come along
nicely in the accuracy department. These loads work for
me and should be conrmed by the reader with all
proper manuals before you load and use ammo.
42.5 IMR 4064 and Sierra 175-grain Match King bullet.
44.2 WW748 and Sierra 168-grain Match King bullet.
Custom camo paint job add a
personal touch yet it is probably
not a good idea for cops.
The LTR in three formats from left to right
Aimpoint sight, Leupold 4-14x42 and Badger
Magazine conversion with Leupold 6-20-42 scope.
The Aimpoint sight mounted on the bolt
was extremely fast to get on target and
was very accurate to extended ranges.
The LTR held it own very well beyond 600 yards which is way
more than most police ofcers can or could shoot and
justifybut the rie will do it if you need it.
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T
he gunbelt is the heart of the concealed carry hol-
ster system. If you havent already, I suggest trying a
belt specically designed as a gunbelt. The best gun-
belt in the world wont help if your holster doesnt t
the belt properly. Holster slots need to match the size of the
belt. It needs to be close, but dont sweat if the holster is a
little on the loose side. Were not cutting diamonds here, but
a sloppy t will denitely mess up your draw.
So, what makes a gunbelt a gunbelt? Its a balance of
strength and rigidity allowing firm coupling to the holster
creating stability. When you urgently pull your gun, the
holster needs to be firmly held in place preventing shifting
and binding of the gun inside the holster. Alimp belt
allows the holster to droop and sag thats bad. There
you have it; strength and rigidity good; limpness,
drooping and sagging bad. This is something guys have
known their whole life.
CARRYOPTIONS MARK HANTEN
FROM HOLSTERS TO HAVERSACKS.
34 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008
WAIST
WEAR
I
m not the fashion police, but seriously guys, if
youre wearing a nylon holster on a leather belt
you need a makeover. I want to be sensitive to the
modest salaries some departments pay, but like your
uniform, your plain-clothes belt/holster is part of your
professional attire. And, like most other pieces of
quality gear, given reasonable care, a good gunbelt/hol-
ster combo will last many years, if not a lifetime.
SHOULD YOUR SHOES
AND BELT MATCH?
I
ve included a few great gunbelts of varying prices and
styles. As far as nylon strap belts go, most arent worth a
damn as a gunbelt. The exception proving the rule is the
Five Stitch Instructors Belt made by Wilderness Tactical
Products. Its available in 1.5" and 1.75" widths in black,
Some Suggestions
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1.25", (bottom) The Beltmans 1.25" cordovan horsehide.
The Wilderness
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PRIVATESECURITY ED PALUMBO
ISSUES AND TRENDS ON THE PRIVATE SIDE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
I
ts not as though the private sector is without
accountability in the larger national picture and
doesnt need legislative support in the various mis-
sions assigned to it by virtually every expert in the
eld (or those who simply claimed expertise since Sep-
tember 11, 2001; we can save that topic for another
column, or two.)
Certainly the private sector cannot shrink from its role
in protecting national security. Roughly 85 percent of the
nations critical infrastructure is owned and controlled by
nongovernmental actors; these airlines, reneries and
shopping malls are high-value targets for our enemies.
Accordingly, private citizens and businesses must take
responsibility for protecting themselves against these
threats and in so doing protect the public too.
But, this responsibility is contingent, in many
instances, on governmental support in the form of legal
infrastructure correct and current legislation,
enacted, not merely talked about as senators and con-
gressman advise and consent their way to a typical
conclusion weak legislation failing to even
approach its primary goal.
I
n a fascinating Catch-22 of stellar proportions, the
majority of post - 9/11 studies delineate a clear lack, on
the part of the federal government, of requisite nan-
cial and infrastructure resource to accomplish the over-
arching goal of protecting the country in the new age of
extraordinary risk.
Industry leaders have been put on notice they need to take
proactive steps to help government steer the right course
(from a 2004 MIT Business and National Security presenta-
tion). The U.S. government lacks the resources and detailed
knowledge of industry necessary to compose effective regula-
tions and standards. Thus, responsible business leaders have to
overcome their adversarial reex and try to work cooperatively
with Washington to solve the nations security problems.
The converse of this is usually the issue: the Federal (and
state) governments need to overcome their adversarial reex
based on the inbred notion all laws must rst be self-
serving and actually produce supportive legislation com-
plementing private industry demands. Such public-private
initiatives are a wonderful thing, so long as they advance
from public discourse to the advanced stages of public
funding, or recognized laws that in fact support such private
ACCOUNTABILITY
Continued on page 63
H
as a nice ring to it, yes? Sounds
like a good title for a required
text, something I might have
assigned a criminal justice
class. Mandatory college reading or not
is less important than the underlying pre-
cept, that legal strictures can both
enhance or curtail the modernization of
the security industry and the very real
and frightening inuence legislatures
have on private security at both the
national and state levels. This may come
as a complete and horric surprise to
many, but not all legislative bodies enact
appropriate, well-crafted and timely laws
(do they ever?).
This isnt to say thereve been no
legal efforts or accomplishments since
9/11 designed to create, pass legisla-
tion that fosters a modern, professional
and accountable protection industry
merely that the record is, thus far, only
sporadically successful.
Extraordinary Risk
SECURITY
AND THE
LAW
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S
DUTY READY
JEWELRY
Dave Douglas
Photos: Chuck
Pittman
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G
eorge Harris, the Director of SIG Academy, has a
saying he uses a lot not only to convey the
essence of the excellent training he conducts but
also a general philosophy of life: Simple Is
Good. Funny how the initials spell SIG isnt it?
George is a real believer in that philosophy and
99.9 percent of time, I fully agree with him. But, for the
remaining one tenth of a percent of the time, I have to go
well past simple and jump into the realm of overkill, opulent,
lavish, luxurious and perhaps even sumptuous.
Sorry George, but sometimes in life you just gotta go
fer it. Living in Southern California affords me the ability
to observe the gotta go fer it crowd up close and personal
sometimes maybe too up close and personal, so you
need to keep up on your vaccinations non-the-less it can
still rub off. When I saw what TJs Gunworks, located in
Culver City, California, can do with one of Georges
Simple is Good SIGs, as a gun
geek, I had to go fer it.
SIG Sauer Cop Guns
There are a lot of departments
issuing one of the many iterations
of SIG guns. My department issued
the P229 and Im a big fan of the
gun as a duty weapon. Their relia-
bility is renown and we all know, if
were betting our life on a gun a
piece of mechanical equipment
it must work every time we push
the go button. Anything even
slightly less is unacceptable.
SIG Sauer s line up of duty
ready firearms is extensive. They
offer a size and caliber to accom-
plish almost every task a cop needs
to consider. They can fit small
hands, big hands, medium hands
and different length of pull to
accommodate short or long ngers
in all the police calibers. They
even offer single action, double
action only, double/single action
and their DAK trigger systems.
TJs Gunworks
more specifically TJ
himself takes those
superior attributes to a
whole new level of relia-
bility, function and aes-
thetics. He truly is the SIG Master.
TJs Gunworks
TJ started getting paid to work on guns back in 1982 and,
as most gunsmiths do, started out working on Smith &
Wesson revolvers and 1911 type pistols along with the occa-
sional rie. The late custom rie builder Frank Rosolot was
one of TJs mentors. He also enjoyed building Race Guns
for speed plate competitions and always jumped on the
opportunity to do minor repairs on guns built by other
custom pistolsmiths like the master pistolsmith Jim Boland.
TJ eventually tired of the
standard stuff and started
looking for other guns as out-
lets for his creativity. Thats
when he found the Browning
BDA .45ACP. The BDA 45
was actually a SIG Sauer
design imported to the US by
Browning and eventually it
reverted to its proper name
and the one we know it by
today the SIG Sauer P220.
The P220 became and still
is very popular with law
enforcement. They were
already excellent weapons,
but as we all know any
autoloader can be benet from
a good reliability package.
Boredom came over TJ
again. Normally, a bored gun-
smith is a dangerous thing,
but in this case the boredom
was channeled into exotic
modications and new inven-
tions. You really have to take
a look at his web site, as his
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them from the field. So unfortunately,
ames, cattle horns, bayonet lugs with
matching bayonet cutlery and engrav-
ings of naked women were off the table.
Stunned And Bedazzled
A few weeks later a package from
TJs arrived. After opening it and looking
at the two guns, I was stunned. The SIG
Master had taken two very pedestrian
and utilitarian pistols and turned them
into the most stunning SIG pistols I ever
laid eyes on. The metal work, stippling,
nishing and grip woodwork was metic-
ulous and can only be compared with
jewelry from high-end New York custom
jewelers the likes of Cartier or Tiffany
and Company.
Hogue Grips of Paso Robles, Cali-
fornia, provided the presentation
quality cocobolo wood grips. TJ
inlayed miniature badges from my
former department on both sides and
XS Sights provided their Big Dot sight
system for both guns. I believe them to
be the fastest gun-ghting sights avail-
volume of excellent work is far too
great for this one article.
Not Too Exotic
I had an older P226 and a P229 sit-
ting in the safe at home and decided to
send them to TJ just to see what he
could do. My only requirements were
the guns were actually duty weapons
and therefore could not be too exotic.
Lets take the modication concept right
up to the edge of the envelope but not
so far as to have some rangemaster ban
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able especially in reduced light. TJ
also modified the sights by changing
the white outer ring of the front sight to
Day-Glo green.
But, the real question was: is this a
case of the clich beautiful woman
turning out to be stuck for an answer
when you say good morning?
Remembering these guns need
to be duty ready, will they
perform? So off to the range
we go.
Not Just A Pretty Face
To stay with the same
analogy, these two beauties
are frigging geniuses. The
standard double/single trigger
systems were smooth as silk
and as crisp as a brand new
$100 bill. The single action
pull was set at about 4 lbs. and
the double was about 8 lbs.
The traditional SIG reset was
always problematic to me, as
it felt like you had to let off
almost to the point of having
your finger leave the trigger.
Not now, reset is about .25"
from fully depressed and gives
you a positive, audible and
tactile snick each time.
Accuracy was also out-
standing and far better than I
could shoot the guns. Ive
never been one for including
accuracy charts when it comes
to a duty gun. Im only inter-
ested if the gun will
get you through a
really bad day.
These will. Hand-
held from a bench
at 25 yds., both shot
2.5' 5-shot groups
using Federal 9mm
147gr. HST duty
ammo. Im sure
theyd do even
better in a Ransom
but whod want to
remove those beau-
tiful grips. Besides,
what difference
would a 1.5" group
versus a 2.5" group
make in a real ght.
Id be happy with
center of mass.
Less And More
These two guns
represent the
extreme of what TJ
can do to a SIG and
still remain duty
authorized. He can
do a lot less or a lot
more. Just look at
his web site and see.
A reliability package
and his trigger job would be the very
least I would want to take in the eld.
More Info: www.tjscustomgunworks.com
www.xssights.com
www.getgrip.com
www.sigsauer.com
SIG 226
Deluxe Sig Action Job
Match Quality Work
Custom Mainspring
TJ Stainless Short Trigger
Throat And Polish Barrel
And Feed Ramp
Fit And Polish Extractor
Semi-Bob Hammer Spur
Jewell Barrel
Jewell Extractor
Checker Magazine Release
Polish Barrel Tip
Polish Guide Rod Tip
High Polished Stainless
Steel Grip Screws
Remove Trigger Guard Hook
ASP Relieve Cut Trigger Guard
Stipple Trigger Guard
Stipple Front Strap
Extreme Melt Job (Polish And De-Burr
Sharp Edges And Corners)
60% Plating Hard Chrome (Slide
And All External Small Parts)
Black Teon On Frame Only
Slide Catch Heat And Bend
Grips Presentation Cocobolo Smooth
Grip Inlays 2 Sides
Dayglo Highlight On Front Sight
XS Sights
Sig 229
Deluxe SIG Action Job
Match Quality Work
Custom Mainspring
TJ Stainless Short Trigger
Throat And Polish Barrel
And Feed Ramp
Fit And Polish Extractor
Full-Bob Hammer Spur
Jewell Barrel
Jewell Extractor
Polish Barrel Tip
Polish Guide Rod Tip
High Polished Stainless
Steel Grip Screws
ASP Relieve Cut Trigger Guard
Stipple Trigger Guard
Stipple Front Strap
Extreme Melt Job (Polish And De-Burr
Sharp Edges Corners)
60% Plating - Hard Chrome (Slide And
All External Small Parts)
Black Teon On Frame Only
Checker Magazine Release
Slide Catch Heat And Bend
Grips Presentation Cocobolo Smooth
Grip Inlays 2 Sides
Dayglo Highlight On Front Sight
XS Sights
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W
e all went through defensive tactics in the
academy and, if you are like most, you woke up
t he next morni ng brui sed, sore, and oft en
cursi ng your i nst ruct or. The st ereot ypi cal
images of the DT guy are generally twofold; hes either a
steroid enhanced shaved ape or a Chuck Norris stunt-
double in white pajamas.
A while back, I was discussing a new training knife with
some cops and the knee-jerk reaction of a member of my audi-
ence was Great, something new for the DT guys to torture us
with. Unfortunately, too many cops share that opinion. Its
the feeling their departments defensive tactics instructor
is actually a closet sadist who gen-
uinely enjoys inflicting unnecessary
pain on a semi-annual basis.
Ive heard innumerable bitches
and complaints from cops when it
was time for defensive tactics
training. Weve all heard the com-
plaints about live OC exposure or
Taser training, batons, PPCT
it doesnt matter subject. They
didnt shoot me with my pistol.
Why do I have to get pepper-
sprayed or Tasered?
Yes, I know every agency has its share of
weenies, there to collect a paycheck while
doing the absolute least amount of work pos-
sible. Weenies aside, are trainers partially
guilty for the apprehension our ofcers have
when it comes to DT/Use of Force training?
Attitude
Think about it for a moment. When
you get on the mats in your gym is your
first impulse to give the troops the best
DT training you can or is it a chance to
prove your machismo? Yes, weve got
to demonstrate the proper methods for
our approved techniques thats a
given. However, were there to help
students improve not to prove what a
badass we are?
Instructors must be the S.M.E. (sub-
ject matter expert). In order for your stu-
dents to take the training seriously, theyll
need to view you as the expert. So, how can
you be a SME without being a SOB.
Dont take yourself too seriously. Be honest, do you
ever laugh, smile, or joke around? Sure, defensive tactics
training is serious business, but you dont have
to be glum or stone faced all the time. If you
make a mistake we all do do you get
pissed and frustrated or do you laugh it off?
Self-deprecating humor will go a long way
toward making your students comfortable and
you seem like a human.
Perception
Be aware of how you are perceived. Yes,
it does matter. While you might see yourself
as merely taking the training seriously, your
students might perceive you as arrogant or
ARE
YOU A
SME
OR A
SOB?
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even condescending.
Along the same vein, if challenged by the class know-it-
all, resist the temptation to put the smart ass little twerp in
his place. Be ready to back up what youre teaching your
troops. Ive long subscribed to the Dizzy Dean It aint
braggin if you can do it theory. Take corrective action,
ensure everyone understands, but do it without completely
humiliating the person.
If you are truly a SME and a personable instructor, the
troops will deal with the smart ass in their own way. I know
its hard and Im not telling you to eat a bag of crap, but
resist the urge to verbally or legitimately choke the snot out
of the smart guy. This will put you a step above.
Leadership Starts From The Top
While discussing this piece with a fellow cop and trainer,
he observed, rarely does the boss ever show up for training.
If you genuinely want your troops to take you and the
training seriously, the boss has to back you up. How
many agencies out there officially mandate DT
training but the Chief, Sheriff, Major, Captain or
Lieutenants, never seem to show up?
One of the most courageous (or dangerous)
career moves you might have to make is
facing your boss and or supervisors and
encouraging them to attend the very
training theyve mandated. If the
Chief or Sheriff truly believes in
the training, they should be the
first ones in line for the class.
When your rookies bitch
about getting a live Taser
hit or OC exposure its
nice to fall back on the
fact t he boss di d i t
before they did so quit
whi ni ng. However, i f t he
senior leadership members have
all exempted themselves from
training its another story.
Perhaps t he rooki e has a
point. Why do I get Tasered
when t he Chi ef Deput y
wont do it?
Ass Kickin And Beer
Ive had several DT instructors that were both
great instructors and personable too. You know the guy; the
one who could kick your ass in the morning and you could
have a beer with in the afternoon.
A little personality can go a long way; if you dont have
one, check EBay. Seriously though, try not to take yourself
too seriously and add a bit of humor to your training.
As a Subject Matter Expert you must know you topic
inside and out. Keep your own training current and
maintain a positive enthusiastic attitude. You cant
expect your students to be enthusiastic about the
training if you arent. Attitudes are contagious both
positive and negative.
Can you be a SME without being a SOB? Sure
you can. Get rid of that scowl, know your stuff
and have some
fun with it.
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D
uring the winter of 1973, 83 years after the mas-
sacre of almost 150 American Indians at
Wounded Knee, SD by the US military, a contin-
gent of the radical American Indian Movement
members and their armed supporters invaded that
small rural, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation town
and turned it into an armed camp. The local catholic priest
and several towns people were abducted, held hostage and
the church desecrated.
Weapons ranged from .22 and heavier caliber hunting
ries to at least one AK 47. Upon its eventual seizure other
FBI agents and I red it so we could testify it was a fully
functioning automatic weapon. The siege lasted 71 days and
during that time there were frequent exchanges of long and
short-range gunre. Two occupiers were killed, a US mar-
shal paralyzed and an FBI agent wounded.
I was ordered to report to Rapid City, SD and be pre-
pared to stay for two weeks. I didnt return home until 57
days later. During that time my wife had painted the
whole house. I drove a Bureau car from Minneapolis, MN
and was armed with my .357 M19 revolver and Rem-
ington 870 shotgun.
Rebellion
After some minor brushes with AIM in Rapid City and
a major riot in Custer, SD where a large AIM mob battled
the SD Highway Patrol and burned down part of the town,
I was sent with a small contingent of agents to Pine
Ridge. My first assignment was to guard the local High
School alone. Pine Ridge is the second largest reserva-
tion in the country. Its huge and agents were spread
around the county seat, but I didnt see any Bureau of
Indian Affairs police. Pine Ridge wasnt AIMs target and
overnight they raided and forcibly occupied the town of
Wounded Knee. Using a backhoe they honeycombed the
built up area with bunkers, trenches, communications
trenches, roadblocks and strong points. In response, we
immediately established roadblocks to isolate the village
and prevent reinforcements from entering.
Hasty Perimeter And Spam
Initially in raincoats, suits and ties, we occupied the
roadblocks for days, living out of our vehicles. We would
have starved except for the care and concern of a white
missionary woman and her Sioux husband. They came
every morning in their jalopy and fed us scrambled eggs,
black coffee and ugh, Spam. The first night of the road-
block, I confiscated a scoped 7mm magnum rifle and
Randal sheath knife from a young brave claiming to be a
Vietnam veteran. At our first opportunity, we drove, with
Bob Pilgrim
Just Another Day In Indian Country
POCKET
INSURRECTION
POCKET
INSURRECTION
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red light flashing, toward a darkened
reservation gas station and sporting
goods shop. Inside its blacked out
interior the owners and their sons with
AR15 rifles awaited an anticipated
nasty visit from AIM. I managed to
purchase 20 rounds for the captured
bolt gun and augmented our strong
point with it.
Eventually, we contracted our
perimeter into a very loose nine-mile
circumference of roadblocks and
strong points. But, with so much wild
country in between regiments of rebels
could have marched totally unnoticed
into AIMs swelling ranks. Their
greatest problem was sustaining every-
body, so they started cattle rustling to
feed the growing crowd of dissidents.
Trouble was the city slicker Indians
didnt know how to butcher the ani-
mals once killed.
More Firepower
I was positioned at the Porcupine
roadblock (named after the nearest vil-
lage) with four to six agents. As things
got more serious, headquarters in DC
sent members of the Firearms Training
Unit and through military assistance to
civil authorities we received M16
rifles, Armored Personnel Carriers
from the National Guard all were
operated by agents.
We had to return to the tribal and FBI
eld headquarters via a circuitous over-
land route to pick up our new ries. At
the issue point, I was handed a black
rie, ammo bandoleers and magazines
from one of the two first female FBI
agents in the Bureau, who had in
HQs innite wisdom been sent to the
war. Red headed former Woman Marine
Captain Sue looked me straight in the
eye and amused me immensely by
asking me if I knew how to use it?
Moving closer so she could smell my
filthy body as well as bad breath I
exhaled, After two tours in Vietnam as
a Marine infantry company commander,
I sure the ---- hope so, turned and left.
The other female agent was a former
nun. She was okay and proved herself
under fire. The rifles had aluminum
selector blocks installed, so they
couldnt run fully automatic. These
were promptly broken off providing
most of us with select re capability.
AIM Attacks
One evening all hell broke loose.
Toward dusk, an AIM force attacked
the Manderson roadblock and pinned
the agents down. As the radio trafc
built in intensity, I couldnt stand it
anymore and decided to help. I
hopped in my Impala and turned it
into a veritable four wheel drive. I
lurched up a steep hill and began to
negotiate a cattle trail roughly con-
necting the two blocks. After a few
miles of bouncing from rut to rut, I
noticed a bunch of headlights to my
right. It was getting darker and darker
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48 WWW.AMERI CANCOPMAGAZI NE.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2008
2008 CHRISTMAS
GIFT GUIDE
WEVE GOT YOUR BACK
AND YOUR GIFT LIST
W
e know you. Youre the cop who has an
instant plan for every situation, from a
chemical-tanker explosion on the cross-
town freeway to an Elbonian satellite falling
out of orbit and landing on City Hall an interesting
theme, by the way but when it comes to Christmas
shopping for your badge-wearing brothers and sisters,
you come up with exactly squat or worse.
Last years brilliant idea was to give everyone on your list
The Tactical Pen by SureFire may be the last pen youll ever buy if you get
one for yourself as well as your giftee. CNC machined from aerospace grade
aluminum in SureFires Edged Weapons Division and then mil-spec anodized, it
is a superb writing instrument, an impact weapon and pain compliance device.
The tailcap features a rounded, anti-snag steel glass-breaker, and the Schmidt
Technology ink cartridge glides smoothly over the rocky parts of your reports
This is truly a lifetime pen for a lifelong friend.
For More Info: www.surere.com
The Tactical Pen from SureFire is a superb writing instrument and a handy weapon.
the same sock-top moccasin-bottom slippers, all the same
colors and same size: Medium-Largish. And you thought
they would come paired up in individual boxes, rather than
loose, all in one crate, didnt you? At that price?
No worries, folks we picked some winners for you. There
are too many features to print in this space, so go to the
Web sites for mech & tech details and ever-changing prices,
okay? Now bust out the plastic, get on the net, and check
out the goodies.
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John Connor
All your pals carry cuffs, and they all need
cuff keys, right? ASP not only makes great
cuffs and batons, their Tactical Handcuff
Key makes a terric looking gift at a great
pri ce. Asi de from several di fferent
extended-shaft models, ASP offers over
sixty different inset medallions, including
state seals, police, tactical and sheriffs
insignia, plus medallions for all military
services even one for K-9 handlers. While
youre browsing through them at your
local cop-shop, check out ASPs Break-
away window-shattering device, which
uses three ceramic pins. It positions under
any ASP baton cap, and keeps your unpro-
tected hands away from broken glass.
For More Info: www.asp-usa.com
You can give the gift of goofy grins
with a pack of Zombie Targets The
Only Target That Will Eat Your Brain.
The first time I saw Bob, Chuck and
Steve I thought, Whoa! I know these
guys! Ive arrested `em! The 23x35
targets are printed on 60-pound stock,
and have subdued imprinted scoring
zones in head and chest areas. Heres
a humanoid target you wont get sued
over because it depicts protected
cl asses. There aren t even any
whining advocate organizations agi-
tating for the rights of the esh-eating
living dead. If you missed military ser-
vice during the Zombie Wars, you can
re-live those weird times by ordering
singles, threes or ten-packs. Hey, its a
cop-owned company too, so each sale
benets a badge-carrying brother.
For More Info: www.zombietargets.net
Zombies the Living Dead arent a federally protected class yet, so blast
away and blow `em to hell. (Note: Zombies and other non-living animated
entities may soon be listed as endangered in California and New York.)
Spydercos Police model still
gets great street reviews
after 24 years of service.
Since its introduction in 1984, Spy-
dercos Police model has been a big seller both
for its elegant lines and sheer strength. The 4-
1
8"
hol l ow-ground VG-10 bl ade i s avai l abl e i n
PlainEdge, CombinationEdge and fully serrated
SpyderEdge. The all-stainless version is ideal for
engraving or embossing, and the lightweight tex-
tured G-10-handled model (shown) is virtually
bombproof for rugged on-duty use. Your giftee may
already own a good duty folder but none better.
For More Info: www.spyderco.com
With ASPs cuff keys, theres a custom-design medallion for
everyone on your gift list at a nice price.
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For your badge packin pals of the female avor, the Tactical Handbag from
BLACKHAWK! is sure to please. Roomy, durable, secure and comfortable to
carry, the Tactical Handbag will hold, well, almost everything a lady seems
to need in her purse, plus of course a pistol-pocket for her huge hand-
cannon. I cant claim any knowledge or expertise in the field of ladies
handbags, but the ladies of the Connor Clan sure like this one. The best
part? It doesnt even come in magenta, mauve or salmon-belly pink, just
black, coyote tan and foliage green, so you wont even puke while you wrap
it.
For More Info: www.blackhawk.com.
The Tactical Handbag from BLACKHAWK! holds and secures her lip-
stick, knife, eye shadow, tactical strobing light, hairbrush and hand-
cannon everything a lady needs for work or a night on the town.
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This ones for your buddy who shufes out of the locker room
with his patrol gear in a stained cardboard box and a gunny-
sack. The Hardigg Storm Case iM2500 with Utility Organizer
nestles files, comms, field-office supplies and laptop com-
puters in the same air-and-watertight heavy-duty HPX Resin
shell thats been protecting your guns and optics so well. The
iM2500 has all their usual features like padlockable hasps,
ush-mounted hinges, and self-regulating Vortex valve. Its
even built to meet TSA and airline carry-on regulations, and
has a telescoping handle and in-line wheels.
For More Info: www.stormcase.com.
The Storm Case iM2500 with Utility Organizer
gives the strength of a premium gun case and
versatility to handle your patrol gear.
Safarilands RLS
Rapid Light System is
a complete tactical
light system and
ambidextrous too.
No matter what, watch your
giftees work they need a good
ashlight, because some of the
darkest, most dangerous
places youll ever walk into
are pi tch-bl ack 24/7/365,
right? The Safariland RLS Rapid Light
System is a compact 65-lumen tactical
light with magic morphing mutant features. The RLS clips on
belt or pocket, with a non-marring clip, can be used like a con-
ventional ashlight, and in two seconds it snaps onto a pistols
rail mount. The RLS is ambidextrous and runs over fty hours on
three AAA batteries.
For More Info: www.safariland.com
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Thats it for this year from us, troops.
Shop from this list and you can do
some serious damage control on
your reputation, lingering from that
slipper-socks incident last year. Just
a closing note: If you decide to try
that one again, remember when
youre packaging them, one left foot,
one right foot. For most
people, anyway.
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*
This is a gift that goes to work,
comes home, goes everywhere
with ease and is the brightest
little backup light around. At 3.3"
long and weighing only 3.1oz, the
NovaTac 120T delivers 3, 10, or a
blazing 120 lumens, with a fast-
activation disorienting strobe func-
tion just a single tailcap press away.
Waterproof and made of the finest
materials including an anti-reflec-
tive coated polycarbonate lens, the
120T is small in size but huge on
performance. The sturdy pocket clip
detaches for smoother in-pocket
carry, and the user can power it
with either a CR123A or Li-Ion
(4.2v) rechargeable battery. You will
want one for yourself.
For More Info: www.novatac.com
Now, for your old patrol
partner whos been packing
his two-inch Chiefs Special in
his right front pocket for so
long that the outline print
is permanent, heres a much
better alternative: Bianchis
model 4501 Pocket Change
holster. A slick nylon lining
provides a smooth draw,
while the rubberized tex-
tured front anchors the hol-
ster in place in a pocket.
There are models for pop-
ular compact pistols as well,
and a matchi ng model
4515 magazine holder. So
you cant afford to buy him a
new gun get him something to
protect it, and make it more efcient.
For More Info: www.bianchi-intl.com
Small in size, high in performance
NovaTacs new 120T is blazing-bright,
easy to use and made in the USA!
Heres a gift idea thatll make you seem
smart, thoughtful, and considerate. Yeah,
even you! Hatch has been making fine
police gloves and duty gear for forty
years, and if youve ever reached into
a scumbags pocket and been stuck
with a still-dripping needle, you
and your giftee will appreciate
Hatchs Friskmaster
series. The Honeywell
Spectra lining pro-
vides twice the punc-
ture and cut resis-
tance of the same
weight in Kevlar and
still gives the wearer
excellent weapon-handling
capabilities. Just visit your
local cop-shop, nego-
tiate your best deal
on two or more pair
( keeping one for
yourself, of course)
and prepay the
others. Theyll need
to come in to get the
right fit. Put their
receipt in a Christmas
card and youre good to go,
without dealing with the horrors and frus-
tration of gift-wrapping!
For More Info: www.hatch-corp.com.
Bianchis Model 4501 Pocket
Change eliminates printing
that backup piece in your pocket
and speeds your draw.
Friskmaster gloves by
Hatch are great pro-
tection from cuts and
punctures without
unnecessary thickness
and stiffness.
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T
wo AP stories recently caught my eye. The first
came out of the US Border Patrol Academy in
Artesia, New Mexico. It was the headline that
caught my attention because it had to do with the
official announcement regarding the staffing level.
In case you missed it, the Border Patrol is committed to
raising its authorized strength from 12,000 agents to 18,000
agents by the end of this year.
If there is one agency needing extra manpower, its de-
nitely the Border Patrol. However, after reading the entire
story, the real crux of the story wasnt so much the 6,000
agent increase, but concern on the minds of the rank and le
that this stafng push will, in fact, cause the agency to actu-
ally lower standards. Some agents predict this new hiring
surge will actually create a shortage of qualified veteran
FTOs due to this mass influx of recruits. Their concern is
understandable considering the following facts.
Academy
The Border Patrol academy recently started running two 50-
student classes each week compared to one class every two to
LOWERING S
three weeks before the expansion was announced. So far, 1,000
new agents have already been hired. The agency also shortened
their basic recruit school by two weeks down from 19 down to
17 weeks. Another worry is the rate with which new candidates
are being interviewed. One veteran agent, a former academy
instructor, said new agent candidates might not be getting the
level of scrutiny received in past years.
In response, an agency spokesperson said concerns are
unwarranted since a lot of the former 19-week academy content
was duplicative; and cited Constitutional Law is going to be
removed from the curriculum because the basics of Con Law
are addressed in another course and a couple of other classes
also slated for removal will be worked into the FTO program.
Constitution Who Needs I t?
I dont know about you, but it seems Constitutional Law is
one of the last courses an agency would want to cut out of a law
enforcement training program. Constitutional Law concepts are
so important its one of only two required courses at the FBI
National Academy. Every veteran police ofcer attending the
FBI NA, regardless of rank or educational background, must
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Dave
Grossi
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G STANDARDS?
take the 11-week Con Law course. I know Ive been there.
Ethical Awareness
Regarding the vetting process for prospective candidates,
this spokesperson said in essence, not to worry, ethics
training and mentoring will help detect and weed out unquali-
ed candidates. Retired Border Patrol agent, Jim Dorcy, who
has also served as an Internal Affairs agent, wasnt convinced.
He was quoted in this newspaper story saying he expects more
ethical problems to emerge because of the tight hiring dead-
line and the high numbers of candidates being pushed through
the screening process and the shortened academy.
Ive always had my doubts about the concept of ethics
training for police recruits. I wholeheartedly agree with Ethical
Awareness courses for supervisors. New bosses need to know
how to address ethical issues. But, if law enforcement agencies
hired ethical people to begin with rather than trying to rely on
ethics training to create honest cops, wed have a lot fewer
problems with corruption. And, isnt hiring ethical people
pretty much the focus of the entire screening process?
Thorough background checks which include extensive and
frequent face-to-face interviews, nancial institution inquires,
past employer contacts, elementary, high school and college
attendance records and transcripts, state and NCIC checks
along with DMV histories, are just the start of a screening
process designed ions ago by most municipal police agencies.
As a detective, I conducted my share of background checks
and also had to undergo my share of background checks. Im
glad my past partners both in the military and law enforcement
had to go through the same process.
Drugs And Run-ins
The second AP story had to do with relaxing tness stan-
dards for police recruits, but buried in that story were a couple
of side bar comments made by two police spokespersons
dealing with the overall theme of lowering hiring standards
across the country. A Fort Myers (FL) Police Department
spokesperson speaking on their decision to overlook occa-
sional use of drugs such as Ecstasy and powdered cocaine
was quoted as saying that because theres a lot of drugs out
there the department would hate to rule them (new recruits)
out because of that.
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The AP writer ended his story with an
LAPD sergeants comment on the same
theme of not ruling out candidates for
past run-ins with the law by empha-
sizing that were not looking for perfect
people. By the way, this sergeants job
is evaluating and hiring the 1,000 new
candidates the LAPD needs.
Not looking for perfect people?
Departments should be looking for per-
fect people in their quest to hire the
best. Perfection may be a pretty high
standard, but by not even looking for
the perfect candidate youre setting
the bar pretty low.
Candidates whove demonstrated a
complete disrespect for themselves by
ingesting controlled substances or
whove demonstrated contempt for the
law by breaking it and then expecting
to get hired to enforce it, arent worthy
of wearing the same uniform and
shield that I did.
Accepting minimum standards makes
for minimally qualied ofcers. Lets set
perfection as a standard for ofcers and
students. Ill even accept excellent or
maybe even outstanding, but never very
good, good or fair. We shouldnt con-
done lowering standards for law enforce-
ment ofcers just to attract new appli-
cants. At a time when everybody and
their brother are watching and recording
every thing a cops do on the streets, for
the Border Patrol to speed up its vetting
process, shorten the duration of its
training program and eliminate Constitu-
tional Law in addition to other cur-
riculum from its syllabus doesnt seem
prudent when border security is undoubt-
edly one of the most important and vital
areas of law enforcement today.
Raise The Bar
For Fort Myers PD or the LAPD to
overlook occasional use of Ecstasy or
cocaine or past run-ins with the law in
their efforts to hire new cops doesnt fair
well in the hearts and minds of most of
us. Most agencies want to heighten the
publics perceptions of professionalism
and respect within their communities,
not risk lowering it by encouraging drug
users or law breakers to enter their ranks
or by shortening their basic recruit
schools. Agencies should be setting the
bar higher and raising their standards,
not lowering them.
US Border Patrol, US Customs and
the INS currently have great men and
women they deserve better. In fact,
they deserve the best. So do the rest of
the law enforcement agen-
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Shooting With
ETHICS OF DEADLY FORCE TRAINING
A
t a 2007 law enforcement training conference the wife
of one of the attendees criticized me sharply for
training cops in Tactical Anatomy. She contended,
quite rightly, if cops shoot more effectively more
felons are going to be killed.
Excuse me, I replied. What part of the term deadly
force dont you understand?
I went on to explain, as a physician, Im supposed to be a
healer. Critics assert my training methods violate medical
ethics. I respond with these words from the Hippocratic
Oath: Do good, but rst do no harm.
To heal a patient, sometimes a doctor needs to cause harm.
There is no question that cutting a mans belly open causes
him harm. But to not cut in order to remove a ruptured
appendix imposes a death sentence from infection obvi-
ously a greater harm. This illustrates the Doctrine of Com-
peting Harms: when faced with two harmful options, the
physician must choose the less harmful one.
I justify training cops to shoot with X-ray vision by the
same doctrine: Not teaching 3D targeting skills results in more
cops bullets missing in turn more criminals will be able to
Continued on page 58
James S. Williams MD
PART II
X-Ray Vision
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Doc illustrates location of the weight-bearing triangle on
model in a Tactical Anatomy class in Florida, 2005.
Anatomy of the bony pelvis (posterior view) on model at
Tactical Anatomy class.
Pelvis and hip anatomy. Weight-bearing tri-
angle is outlined on left in blue. General loca-
tion of the vascular bundle of arteries of veins
is outlined on right in red.
The brainstem consists of three primary structures: the
midbrain (A), pons (B) and medulla oblongata (C), close to
the cerebellum (D) which provides coord-ination and
relays messages to the body through the spinal cord (G).
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there ahead of her
deputies stepped in and slapped
the cuffs on. She was probably
expecting some other kinda jewelry that day, like a ring,
maybe. Were thinking the guests enjoyed the show a lot
more than your average courthouse wedding.
I
f youve been a cop for over ten minutes, you know the
computer doesnt access the best info sources.
They are organic databases; non-sworn
employees like records clerks and dis-
patchers. Dianne Carnes, 31, probly
would have been on the fugitive
list for months if the Scotts
Bluff, Nebraska county
clerks chat-line hadnt
snared her.
Carnes name was
already known to the
clerks crew, since she
was arrested and then
convicted for DUI and
driving on a suspended
license in 2007. It
came up again recently
after she threatened a
juror who served at her
trial. Awarrant for that
threat was issued on
Monday, March 17, and of
course, a clerk processed it.
That rang chimes with
another clerk, who had just
taken a call from Carnes,
arranging a wedding at the
courthouse on Tuesday. You
can guess where this ones
goin, right?
Yup. When Carnes arrived for her wedding fashion-
ably late, allowing all the guests in the wedding party to get
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really impressed.
Kieta told ofcers when he heard
his dog whining sorta nervously, he got
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return fire by inaction this would
cause greater harm to good people in
uniform. And frankly, Ill pick the cop
over the bad guy every time.
Cops already understand the Doc-
trine of Competing Harms, or they
wouldnt be doing the job. We all
learned in early childhood its wrong to
hit, stab, or shoot people. But society
expects cops to do exactly that when
circumstances require, because society
operates under the same ethical doc-
trine. Society doesnt want cops to
enjoy employing deadly force, but it
expects them to be good at it. And get-
ting cops good at it is what Tactical
Anatomy is all about.
Alternative Targeting
In the first article of this series, we
discussed why the upper mediastinum is
the recommended primary target for cops
facing a deadly opponent. But sometimes
theres a need for an alternative.
Spring, 2007: cops in a Midwestern
city responded to a call to a man threat-
ening with a knife. The knife brandishing
subject threatened to kill the ofcers con-
fronting him. He charged and was shot in
the chest several times with no apparent
effect. One of the ofcers red a round
into the subjects lateral pelvis, shattering
the pelvis and hip joint. He crashed to
the ground and was disarmed and sub-
dued. Surgeons were able to x the holes
in his chest, but were unable to repair the
damage to the nerves and blood vessels
in his pelvis and his leg was subse-
quently amputated at the hip.
This illustrates the need for alterna-
tive target solutions to the medi-
astinum. Even though the bullets had
done severe damage to vital organs in
his chest, the subject was able to con-
tinue his attack.
Failure Drills Fail
We all know the term failure drill:
re a double-tap to center of mass, then
fire a shot into the head zone of the
target. Alternatively, we perform a
nonstandard response (NSR) con-
sisting of 5 or more rounds to COM.
But the reality is failure drills and
NSRs often fail on the street. Weve
learned training to double-tap-then-
assess is a recipe for getting cops
killed (more on this in Part 3). Also,
more and more felons are wearing body
armor. We need to train our people in
more reliable alternate targeting.
Gunfight circumstances may take
the mediastinum and CNS vital zones
off the menu. Consider the example
above, or the North Hollywood bank
robbery. In cases like these extreme
di st ance, body armor, subj ect
mobility or a combination of these
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take away the mediastinum and CNS
as effective targets. Thats why I rec-
ommend the lateral pelvis as the first
alternative target.
Note that I dont say the pelvis.
Like center of mass, the pelvis means
different things to different people. Too
many people think they can simply
lower their sights down the midline, but
between the navel and the nads theres
nothing but intestines, and gut shooting
a man wont make him quit ghting. To
make an incapacitating hit, you need to
move your sights down and laterally to
where the important stuff is.
So what exactly is the important
stuff, anyway? First, the bones that
transfer the weight of the torso down to
the legs. Orthopedic surgeons call this
the weight bearing triangle (Fig. 1). If
these bones are shattered by a bullet,
the subject is rendered physically inca-
pable of remaining upright. Second, the
large-bore arteries and veins supplying
the legs run through this same area and
actually represent a greater target area
than the mediastinum.
Ive trained to consider the lateral
pelvis as the rst alternate target zone for
years. There are a lot of cases and studies
backing this up. Recently Henk Iversen
of Strike Tactical Inc., one of the most
innovative trainers in America, told me
he agrees. Iversens extensive experience
in military and SWAT duty in South
Africa taught him personnel in CQB sit-
uations should use the lateral pelvis as a
primary target. Ive debriefed other guys
who have spent time on the sharp end of
the spear in The Sandbox who echo
Iversens doctrine.
Take Out Command Center
The brain is fueled by oxygen. In a
normal state, the brain has enough
oxygen stores to maintain intentional
action for 7-10 seconds even if its
blood supply is cut off. In an excited
state brought on by drugs or psychosis,
greater oxygen stores may permit vio-
lent actions for 10-15 seconds or more.
But sometimes, such as a situation
where a felon is holding a hostage at
gunpoint, you dont have ten seconds.
You need to put him down now, and
that means shutting down the central
nervous system (CNS).
The problem is cops arent taught
what part of the CNS they need to
target in this situation. The vital zone
is the brainstem, the relay station
between conscious thought and pur-
poseful motion. This zone is small,
and deep inside the skull. A bullet
t hrough t he brai nst em wi l l cause
immediate incapacitation of the sub-
j ect . Cont rary t o Hol l ywood
mythology, a subject shot here wont
reflexively shoot the bystander he
holds at gunpoint. His muscles will go
limp and he will collapse.
While a high-power rie bullet any-
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where in the brain is an almost certain
fight-stopper, the lower energy of
handgun bullets requires more preci-
sion. There are numerous cases of indi-
viduals with handgun bullets in their
brains who continued to ght because a
cops bullet did not take out the vital
brainstem. Moreover, the cranium has a
distinct curve to it, and particularly
handgun bullets can literally bounce
off the sloped bone. Precise aim is
required, but any competent police
marksman can make this shot within
his condence range.
The brainstem is a great alterna-
t i ve t o t he medi ast i num. Despi t e
being a small and often a moving
target, in specific situations the
brainstem is the best vital target zone
and cops need to know how to take it
out with precision.
In Tactical Anatomy training we
emphasize the need to see vital
target zones, not just surface land-
marks. A tragic tale underscoreing
this was related to me by a SWAT
commander a few years ago. His
sniper had an armed hostage-taker in
his sights, using the felons ear as his
aiming point, as hed been trained.
All the snipers training had been on
flat ranges, but in this case he was
aiming down at a 30 degree angle.
When the green light was given his
bullet hit his intended surface target,
but missed the CNS entirely. The
fel on was severel y wounded, but
before he fel l he pul l ed hi s own
trigger, wounding the hostage. That
department now faces two lawsuits.
Piecing Things Together
Cops on Americas streets face
unprecedented challenges and, as we all
know from reading the papers,
Americas criminals are increasingly
willing to shoot it out. Studies by people
like Dr. Bill Lewinski have shown us the
offender has the initial advantage in a
gunght because felons initiate the vio-
lence and cops react in response. This
puts the cop behind the curve at the
outset of the gunght.
But by knowing where to place bul-
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the advantage, using their superior
knowledge and training to make effec-
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Teaching the anatomy of the vital
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corps those people identied as key
national security components, by com-
mission after commission since 9/11
changed the landscape forever, have
no training requirements.
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ground screening platform for security
ofcers is, apparently, too much for
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years ago allowing state agencies
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those guys in the uniforms guarding
the nuclear plants, utility stations,
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and support. The landscape may in fact
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out Youre in
my house!
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Their state bird can be the Dodo; state flower Skunk
Cabbage and official language can be Amharic, Arabic,
Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese, Croatian, French,
German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian,
Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Farsi,
Pol i sh, Port uguese, Punj abi , Romani an, Russi an,
Samoan, Spanish, Thai, Tongan, Turkish, Vietnamese
and Ebonics.
They can keep the film and television industry along
with all the celebrities oh, please keep them. They can
have anti-nuke, anti-oil, anti-coal, anti-meat, anti-guns,
anti-hunting, anti-fur, anti-SUV, anti-smoking and anti-cop
rallies every day of the week. It will be one big commune-
loving, hug a buddy, ride a frigging unicorn fest.
Whats really a shame is California is shedding working,
self-reliant Americans at an alarming rate. It comes down to
self-preservation and to be forced into leaving a place you
love is pure unadulterated Toro Caca.
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Insight Tech Gears new
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light. It puts out 120 lumens
from an LED thats good for
about a gazillion hours. It will
run for 2 hours on high and
about 300 hours on low set-
ting after a full charge. Did he
say charge? Yup. It comes
with a recharger and recharge-
able Lithium Ion battery. That
alone makes this one cop
friendly. You wont need to
buy those 123s anymore.
The light is setup to always
start at full power and with a couple clicks of the tail cap you can cycle through a strobe mode a dimming mode. The
bezel is crenulated so you always know if its in the off mode or you can use it as a DNA collection device as well. Its
already equipped with a pocket clip but you can dump that if you think itll be in your way. This one is a must have.
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All Things LaRue
I know Ive mentioned LaRue
tactical in the past but since this is
my column, Im going to mention
them again. I received my LaRue
Stealth Upper for my AR a few
months ago. It easily hooked up to
my lower receiver and with just a
bit of lubrication; I was off to the
range. Its not a match upper but
you woul dnt know t hat aft er
shooting it for groups. With 55
grain Federal TRU ammo, I was
shooting consistent .75" groups at
100 meters right out of the box
or tube in this case. I dont know
why that surprised me because
everything Ive ever received from
LaRue has been outstanding gear.
As a value added feature when you
call them, the crew you speak with
are some of the most knowledgeable
and congenial folks in all of Texas.
Cody, Blake and Austin will help you through your selection process. They know their product and arent afraid to tell you a
particular piece of kit wont work for your application. Then, theyll point you in the right direction. Whenever
you need something for an AR, the rst place to look is in LaRues Catalog or on their Web site.
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already. When I moved to
California 40 years ago it
was a really nice place to live. But,
now California no longer reflects
my values and I just cant see the
pendulum swinging back in the right
direction in whats left of my life-
time Im outta here.
The liberal progressives own
this place now. The lunatic fringe isnt
on the fringe anymore; they are now
called the legislature. The only way of
saving it is to take a massive exacto
knife and cut San Francisco and Los
Angeles out like a surgeon would cut
out cancer. And, they might want to
think about Portland and Seattle while
theyre at it.
Move them all 12 miles off the
coast, paste them together and call
them the State of Moron. Or pick
Ass, Idiot, Imbecile, Jackass, Moon-
calf, Nincompoop, Ninny, Nitwit,
Simpleton, Softhead or Tomfool
any of them will t just ne.
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eports from survey firms, research foundations, government
agencies and schools tell us most young people in the US dont
read literature, work reliably, visit cultural institutions or even
vote. They dont know anything about the foundations of
America from a historical perspective or the names their political rep-
resentatives. In a 2006 survey of high school seniors, when asked to
explain a sign reading Colored Entrance surveyors were met with
blank stares and slack jaws from two-thirds of Americas greatest
assets. In a 2004 survey one quarter of young adults (18 to 24) had
no idea who Dick Cheney was and 28 percent were clueless when it
came to the name William Rehnquist.
However they are spectacular when it comes to texting, passing
along tunes and gossiping with, at times, particularly unflattering
and scandalous photos via Social Networking sites. They are
consumed and driven with a need for peer attention.
How in the world can you think critically or have an abstract
thought about essential rights in the US if youve never read the
Constitution and have no idea of the significance of the First
Amendment or my favorite the Second Amendment? For a
free people to remain free historical memory is essential.
The biggest problem here is these people have the right to
vote unabated for whom ever has a nice smile, cool suit, talks
really well, has cute kids or a really rad viral clip on You Tube
that is if they were able to understand a simple ballot.
So, there ought to be a law. We need to amend the 15th Amend-
ment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. You need to pass a test in
order to vote.
We can call the new amendment the American COP, You
Cant Polish A Turd By Rubbing It On An Imbecile, Mean-
ingful Voting Rights Protection Act of 2009. If youre with me
on this send a copy to your Representatives. If you are
reading this magazine theres no doubt you know who they
are. Heres are my suggested test questions:
WHO IS THE CURRENT
COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF?
A) The President
B) Ted Nugent
C) The Speaker of the House
D) Emeril Lagasse
E) All Of The Above
WHO WAS THE FIRST PRESIDENT OF
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?
A) Mel Tillis
B) George Washington
C) Benjamin Franklin
D) Elmer Fudd
E) None Of The Above
THE FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
PROVIDES YOU WITH THE RIGHT TO?
A) Pick any mortgage company you want. B) The Right to assemble.
C) The Right to assemble without reading the directions.
D) The Right to marry your first cousin. E) All Of The Above
WHO DID WE FIGHT IN THE
REVOLUTIONARY WAR?
A) The Beatles
B) The Taliban
C) The English
D) Rosie ODonnell
E) All Of The Above
WHO ATTACKED THE UNITED
STATES ON 09/11/01?
A) Israel
B) France
C) Al Qaeda
D) Al Bundy
E) All Of The Above
THERE OUGHT
TO BE A LAW
Toro Caca
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