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Jan/Feb Points
As a very young man and a passenger
in a vehicle that was not equipped with
safety restraints, I was involved in an ac-
cident at low speed (less than 15 mph). My
face collided with the dash and the result
false teeth. An older me (not necessari-
ly wiser) was involved in a number of high
speed shunts in rally racing. Result, bruises
on chest from 4-point restraints. I was tar-
geted for a swoop-and-stoop a few years
ago. They didnt know the rules and did it
on a high speed 4-lane. Result? My shoul-
der/lap restraint did their job and so did my
airbag. No damage to the driver, except his
ego I should have seen it coming).
Pastel Pistols: Most offcers I know
have had the same concern about the color
theme today. The attitude they take is the
one advocated: looks like a gun, treat it
like one until proven otherwise. Saw some
really colorful ones at a gunshow
this weekend that would make
someone really past tense.
Toro Caca stuff: Been there,
etc. More stuff along the line
of when we retire, we are no
longer qualifed to carry. We
have to go back to school and
get permission to do what we
did for 20 or 30, sometimes
more, years. My head is feel-
ing fuzzy from lack of air. Im looking
forward to further issues. Love the mag!
Earl B. Cadle
Via e-mail
ABS Bull?
Editors note: Were printing this
exactly as we received it to, uh, sort
of set the tone.
I am sure there are moments that re-
quire abs for those that cannot drive,but
I have had a few instances where the abs
caused me to strike another vehicle.So
guess I disagree with you learned mind.
IF you took evoc and learned how to use
the brake to actually turn a vehicle,then
you realize that the turn under brake can-
The attitude they take is the one
advocated: looks like a gun, treat it
like one until proven otherwise.
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to all, not just one person.
Suzi Huntington
Retired San Diego PD Detective and
agency EVOC instructor.
(Another Editors note: After having a
few instances where the ABS caused
me to strike another vehicle lets hope
they dont let Steven behind the wheel
until they teach him to stop crashing
into other vehicles. Editor)
Boots?
Your feature on boots for duty wear
(Boots Round-Up, Jan/Feb 2009) served a
purpose. Being a woman, its often tough to
ft a pair of mens work boots. I now own a
pair of BLACKHAWK! boots and my days
in the feld have just improved signifcantly.
If your feet aint happy, aint nothing happy,
and Im a much happier cop these days.
Dont be afraid to cover the non-essentials
since many times, they actually are.
Offcer Stephanie Murdoch
Via e-mail
Pink Guns
Pink or any other color nuts (Off-
cer Survival, Jan/Feb 2009). There is no
such thing as an empty gun. There is no
not be done with evoc.And there have
been instances [ read accidents ] that I
could have avoided IF the vehilce brakes
could have been made to skid fro FRIC-
TION and thereby stopping the vehicle
before the accident.Trying to make a mo-
tor vehicle idiot proof,just made it driver
proof,imnsho. Gues you can choose to
differ,but I have had the experiences to
prove my point to me.
Steven S. Baum
Via e-mail
Steven, thanks for your letter. I have
to tell you, having been an EVOC in-
structor during my tenure on the San
Diego PD, youre correct in pointing
out its possible to turn (steer) through
a braking maneuver as long as you
have not begun to skid. This is true
whether youre a cop or not. ABS tech-
nology can only prevent the wheels
from locking thats all. The belief
your ABS caused you to run into some-
thing is fawed. If you crashed there
are two distinct possibilities: you ei-
ther didnt steer around the hazard or
you never had the stopping distance to
begin with. Data also shows threshold
braking and ABS braking have almost
the same results, with ABS technology
slightly ahead. This is a point proven
such thing as a toy gun. Period. If some-
one points a gun at me he is in trouble.
Colored guns for training is/was a cute
idea. Cute gets people killed.
There are better ways than coloring
guns cute colors. Whats wrong with us-
ing real guns that have been retroftted so
they wont function? Im sure it would
be possible to fnd guns not ft for duty,
disable them, and clearly mark them
with colors so they will not inadvertently
be taken out for duty.
Above all, do away with colored guns,
real, toy or otherwise. The only color I
can tolerate is camo, and some of the oth-
er super-durable fnishes presently being
used by major gun manufacturers.
Bill Graham
Via e-mail
And
In regards to the article on colored
guns, I have to agree with you. These
guns are dangerous. Although they may
appeal to the younger generation, and
getting them involved in shooting is
great, the risk they pose is not worth it.
Another LE publication ran a similar ar-
ticle, but came to the conclusion colored
guns are not dangerous. Apparently the
article was prompted by comments made
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by New York Mayor Michael Bloom-
berg saying these guns were dangerous.
I personally think Bloomberg is an
idiot who should be arrested for the lit-
tle straw purchase stunt he had done.
That being said, Bloombergs statement
is valid. What is more dangerous is NRA
president John Sieglers comments in
the same article. Quoting the article,
Quite frankly, I am somewhat appalled
that [Bloomberg] would think so little of
his police offcers as to believe that law
enforcement offcers wouldnt be able to
tell the difference between a real frearm
and a toy, says the 20-year Maryland po-
lice veteran. I think that thats a slap at
all of the trained law enforcement offcers
across the country and its unfortunate
that he has chosen to do this to otherwise
expand his personal attack on the private
possession and use of frearms by law-
abiding citizens for lawful purposes.
I cant believe a 20-year police of-
fcer would say something like that. If
that were the case, police would never
shoot kids with toy guns that look like
real guns, and we all know that has hap-
pened, and will happen again. What I en-
vision is an attorney getting ahold of this
quote and using it against an offcer in a
wrongful death suit because he shot a kid
with a toy gun, brightly colored or not. I
passed that article around and showed the
pictures of the guns (one was painted like
a brick wall!) to the other offcers in the
department and NONE of them could tell
me if the pictures were of real or toy guns.
Not only that, but in February of 2008,
most of the police departments in western
Washington received an Offcer Safety
Notice specifcally referencing these guns
and stating it is extremely hard, if not im-
possible, to tell the difference between
them and toy guns. A recent lateral to our
department from Evanston, Ill stated they
got the same bulletin.
Sorry to get into a rant. I love the maga-
zine. Thanks, and keep up the great work.
A Police Offcer
Name withheld by request
Television Blow-Ups
The latest issue arrived today and what
struck my eye was the Plastic Practice
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Jan/Feb 2009), especially the part about
cops being shot with unloaded guns. I
have seen a few horrors and heard of a
couple of others. The incident where a
guy shot his TV happened to a friend of
mine. Each evening he would take out the
.41 Mag he kept for protection in his bed-
side table, empty it, and click away at the
TV. One evening he did exactly this and,
when his arm got tired, reloaded the gun.
Then the phone rang in the bedroom. He
answered it and spoke on it for a while.
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his revolver, and blew his TV into obliv-
ion. The bullet did a three-point ricochet
around the room to land behind the couch
on which he was sitting. He muttered in
his mustache for a few minutes, and then
decided this gave him the excuse to buy a
new color TV. Nobody was hurt, luckily.
Keep up the good work.
Tony L.
Via e-mail
Retiring
In an article you once ran about retir-
ing cops, it talked about what a shock it
would be not to be in law enforcement
anymore and how basically, once you
were a cop, you would forever look at
people differently. My wife and I own a
business and it has done well for the last
few years. I have been in law enforce-
ment as a patrol offcer for 11 years and
recently put in my notice to leave and go
to work in the family business full time.
As the date draws closer, reality sets in
and I wonder if I will actually be able to
make the transition. It is much tougher
than one might imagine.
If I did not love this profession, I
would not have had a badge tattooed on
my left arm as well as a picture of my
police K-9 (deceased) to forever remind
me I once did what I love! One thing is
for sure, I wont miss the politics!
Great magazine by the way; the best I
have ever read.
Corporal Derek Welch
Grayson County Sheriffs Offce
Sherman, Texas
Derek & Cathy Welch
Owner/Agents
Lake Texoma Insurance Inc.
Whitesboro, Texas
Derek, you had your fun now go to
work! Seriously though, I retired about
nine years ago after 20 on the San Di-
ego PD. I too had heard the horror
stories about losing your friends, your
meaning in life and never being
able to identify with normal people.
Frankly, it was all bunk. Life went on
just fne, Ive been having a great time,
civilian people are great, you have
a bucket of skills you can put to work
and being in private industry means
there isnt a city government fund to
take from so you have to keep your wits
to make a living. Now, when I meet a
retired cop who moans about the old
days and how much they miss them I
try to remind them retirement (or mov-
ing on like you) is what you make of
it. I fnd I use my experiences as a cop
almost every day to read people, stay
prepared for emergencies and keep a
non-victim mindset. Use the tools you
learned as a cop to help make your
business a success. On a side note, you
might fnd those friends you have now
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CuTTING EdGE WIdGETs ANd OTHER NEW sTuff.
C
ops, the TV show that brought smile, youre on
candid camera to law enforcement may soon be
joined by, say hello to my little friend!
Testifying in court or in a deposition can be
a tension-flled experience for even the most veteran
offcer. The VidMic was designed to
bring real time surveillance to the eyes
of the jury by adding still and action
photography with sound to the
clip-on radio routinely worn
on an offcers uniform. We
wanted to know if this
was a gimmick or a new
technology that can help
cops do their job and
win more cases in
court. Accord-
ing to Offcer
Rob Camp-
bell of the
Provo, Utah
PD, where
the VidMic
comes in
handy is
you can
show the
situation
as you saw
it and how
you perceived
it as an offcer.
Then you can have
the VidMic running
so they can see the event
as it transpired. For every
arrest in which Campbell was
able to provide footage collected
by a VidMic the cases were
plead out.
The rear of the unit shows an
LCD monitor so when hand held
you can frame still shots to record
an accident or crime scene. Images
produced by the 5.36 megapixel
camera are reproduced in the jpeg
format. For hands-free operation the
unit is best worn in the center of the
body rather than on the shoulder so the
lens is in line with the eye. Be it compli-
ance or a dangerous furtive movement,
the camera sees what the offcer sees.
NOT STAND ALONE
S
ome agencies asked if it would replace the patrol
car-mounted dash cam. Selling for $700 per unit
compared with thousands of dollars for a dash
cam makes this sound tempting. But most cops we
spoke with liked having both cameras in play. The VidMic
must be turned on manually but dash cams such as the
Digital Ally are a seeing-eye thats always on. Once the
patrol cars lights are turned on the hard drive is imprinted
with what it saw beginning some 60 seconds prior. This
makes the dash cam more reliable because in the heat of
the moment offcers have forgotten to activate the Vid-
Mic in time to record the action. Having it and not using
it could be a liability. Imagine a line of questioning by a
defense attorney: Why didnt you turn on your VidMic to
record the arrest. Did you have something to hide?
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The camera function operates on a re-
chargeable lithium battery good for more
than three hours of total recording time
depending on whether the unit is used
as a still camera or for motion pictures.
Maximum run time is based on turning
the VidMic on and off when needed.
But, how often does a simple call such
as marking an abandoned car turn into
something else? Compared with a dash
cam that automatically records past
action, the VidMic is slower, needing
up to seven seconds of warm-up before
its ready to record. The preferred option
is to leave the VidMic on standby for
instant recording. But, the standby mode
drains energy from the battery and cuts
down on run time. Fortunately an in-car
charging unit comes with the VidMic.
Should the internal battery run down, the
radio function will remain operable and
compatibility with radios currently in use
includes the majority of units produced
by Motorola, Kenwood and Vertex.
The old sales tip of never tell someone
something you can show them, means
offcers will spend less time having to
explain. At the end of a shift the one gig
fash memory of each VidMic is down-
loaded via a USB port to department
computers using VidMic software that
is locked and secure. Once recorded, the
images and sound cannot be erased. The
camera cannot be rewound or reviewed
prior to download. Offcer Campbell
reports pulling over a car because the
driver was smoking what appeared to
be a marijuana pipe. The stationary eye
of the dash cam couldnt confrm this
but upon searching the interior of the car
while wearing the VidMic a smoking
pipe was found lying on the seat next to
the driver. The inability to manipulate the
recording assured that the pipe had not
been planted.
An ominous event captured by the
VidMic showed offcers responding
to cries for help by a female com-
ing from behind an apartment door.
Forced entry revealed an older male
raping a seven year old girl. Hoping
to fnd a loop hole in the arrest the
offender was set to enter a plea of not
guilty. But, once his defense attorney
viewed the tape the plea was changed
to guilty. Video evidence recorded by
VidMic not only saved the city time
and money but additional trauma to the
victim was avoided.
There may be not be a more power-
ful weapon on the side of justice than
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CORRECTIONS BRIAN DAWE
BEHIND THE FENCE.
Brian Dawe is the Executive Director for The American Correctional Ofcer (www.americanco.org) and the American Correctional Ofcers Intelligence Network (www.COIntel.net). He can be reached at ACOIN1@aol.com or by calling him at 307-883-9707.
O
n September 26, 2008 11 cor-
rectional offcers from across the
United States received the highest
honor of all; peer recognition by
their fellow offcers for going above and beyond the call of
duty. In Flagstaff, Arizona offcers from California, Massachusetts,
New York, Florida, Washington DC and Kansas were awarded the
American Correctional Offcer Medal of Honor. Over 150 offcers
from 25 states attended the ceremony. There were offcers, ser-
geants, lieutenants, captains, wardens and directors in attendance
honoring these men and women who give so much. Offcers came
from as far away as Alaska to attend and show their respect.
The ACO Medal of Honor was founded by correctional of-
fcers for correctional offcers. Its the only
national recognition the corrections profes-
sion receives. With various jurisdictions and
elected offcials recognizing different dates
for Correctional Offcers Week, and recog-
nition by the media and the public being
virtually non-existent, ACO felt it was long
overdue our profession was recognized as
an elite arm of law enforcement. Ask your-
self this question, where would our criminal
justice system be without corrections?
There would be no system. Were the end
of the line, the last stop, the fnal chance.
Sergeant Henry Ruiz (Morris County,
NJ), who chairs the Medal of Honor
Committee, told me the biggest problem
they had this year was the volume of
nominations received for these honors.
With over 2.1 million inmates and 400,000
offcers there are lots of stories needing
to be told about the heroic efforts of the
offcers who toil behind the walls of our
nations prisons, jails and juvenile detention
facilities every day. What the ACO needed,
according to Chairman Ruiz, were not
T
he awards are divided into three
categories, Medal of Honor,
Meritorious Service and Life Sav-
ing awards. The Medal of Honor
award is also broken down into smaller
categories, the Bronze, Silver, Gold and
National awards.
This years recipients were:
National Medal of Honor: Cor-
rectional Offcer Elizabeth OCampo,
Ironwood State Prison, CA.
Gold Medal of Honor: Lieutenant
Patrick Matzen, Sergeant Mike Slan-
kard, Sergeant Umberto Silva, Jr., and
Correctional Offcer Steve Cacciola from
the California Correctional Institute,
Tehachapi, CA.
Silver Medal of Honor: Correctional
Offcer Richard Morales, Sousa-Ba-
ranowski Facility, Shirley, Massachusetts.
A Matter of
Honor
Bronze Medal of Honor: Correc-
tional Offcer Chad Yarborough, Union
Correction Facility, Florida.
Life Saving Award: Correctional
Offcer Daniel Callahan, Nassau County,
NY. Honorable Mention; Correctional Of-
fcer Brian Dickhaut, Sousa- Baranowski
Facility, Shirley, Massachusetts.
Meritorious Service Award: Cor-
rectional Offcer Jeremy Welch, Lansing
Correctional Facility, Lansing, Kansas.
Honorable Mention; Correctional Of-
fcers Nellie Ford and Annie
Brown, Washington, DC.
If you would like information and
posters for next years awards contact
me at ACOIN1@aol.com and as soon
as the packets are prepared well get
them out to you.
The Heroes
more stories but more medals.
The stories of these offcers and the corrections profession
were depicted by slide shows and Powerpoint presentations. The
featured speaker was Dora Schriro, Ph.D., Director for the Arizona
Department of Corrections. The awards banquet was held on the
second evening of the annual ACO Fall Conference. Hundreds
of offcers attended the conference and dozens more came for the
banquet. The Arizona Honor Guard and Pipe Band posted and
retired the colors. Sergeant Katina Murphy gave
the crowd goose bumps with her incredible
rendition of the National Anthem.
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LEAA KENNETH ORROCK
THE LAW ENfORCEMENT ALLIANCE Of AMERICA.
Guest author of this LEAA article is Kenneth Orrock, an LEAA Member, retired cop and now a lawyer. The ofcers in this case were successfully defended by attorneys of the law rm Nooney, Solay and Van Norman.
Ken was one of those attorneys; he can be reached at (605) 721-5846 or korrock@nsvnlaw.com or through the LEAA.
Your Role
F
irst, remember professionalism goes a long way. Second, keep in mind the
investigators and prosecutors, who are normally on your side back home,
may have their own agenda where you now fnd yourself. Be polite, be
cooperative, but remember anything you say can and will enough said.
Third, get experienced legal counsel early on, whether or not you have been for-
mally charged. You shouldnt try to do this on your own. And fnally, dont expect a
quick fx.
Educate yourselves, fellow offcers, supervisors and your prosecutors on
LEOSA, and join LEAA. Spread the word and highlight the importance of off-duty
and retired offcers being able to protect themselves and the general public. Protect
this hard won right.
In the end, the court against the wishes of the prosecutor dismissed the
gun charges. However, all four offcers had to deal with the collateral challenges
of being under indictment, including the costs of legal representation and admin-
istrative proceedings and hearings conducted by their own agencies. All four were
suspended or placed on light duty while the charges were pending. It appears, not
even their agencies were willing to accept LEOSA as the controlling law, until a
judge said so.
LEOSA is the law of the land, but it must be defended. Carry your gun have
the tool to defend yourself and those you love or wish to protect and be
ready for round two of the fght, after your gun is back in its holster.
Y
oure a good cop. You play by
the rules. Now you find your-
self outside your home state
accused of violating a local
concealed carry law. But wait, what
about the Law Enforcement Officers
Safety Act of 2004 (LEOSA)? Ive
been trained by my agency on this
law. As long as I follow the rules,
I am allowed to carry my weapon
nationwide right?
This is the situation four law
enforcement offcers from Wash-
ington State found themselves in
after vacationing in Sturgis, South
Dakota and attending a motorcycle
rally. Two Seattle P.D. offcers
and two Customs offcers who,
combined had over 100 years of
experience found themselves ac-
cused of violating an obscure state
law that bans the carry of concealed pis-
tols in places that make over 50-percent
of their profts from alcohol sales. This
came after a member of the Hells Angels
motorcycle gang viciously and (allegedly)
with premeditation attacked one of the
Seattle offcers, apparently because he
was identifed as a cop. The Seattle offcer
used his personal weapon to stop the
attack, shooting one of the H.A.s twice
while the H.A.
was attempting to strangle the offcer.
After an investigation, the case was
turned over to the local prosecutor. In-
credibly, the prosecutor indicted the four
offcers, claiming he had the authority
to prosecute in spite of LEOSA. The off-
cers found themselves having to defend
themselves over 1,000 miles from home.
INTERPRETING LEOSA
T
his case is a prime example
of confict between federal
and state laws. Under the
supremacy clause of the
U.S. Constitution, federal
law can and does pre-empt and su-
persede enforcement of a state law,
particularly when Congress expressly
intended the federal law to do so.
Anyone who has read H.R. 218,
the bill that became LEOSA, knows
that is exactly what Congress and
the LEAA intended to do. But
instead of being viewed by the local
prosecutor in this case as a bar to
prosecute under the state law, he tried
to create a loophole allowing him to
go after the four offcers who were
following the law and their training.
In the debates in both the U.S.
House and Senate, LEOSA support-
ers made it clear they were overriding
the patchwork of state laws that left
offcers, traveling from state to state,
uncertain as to when and where they
could carry. Congress was clear; it
was a beneft to the entire country if
qualifed offcers were ready to defend
themselves and others regard-
less of where they were.
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PRIVATE SECURITY Ed PALuMBO
IssuEs ANd TRENds ON THE PRIvATE sIdE Of LAW ENfORCEMENT.
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ut it
was
all right,
everything was all right,
the struggle was fnished.
He had won the victory over
himself. He loved Big Broth-
er. This is the fnal sentence of
George Orwells 1984 some
believe the most frightening novel
ever written in the English language.
In Orwells London of 1984 reality is
never objective; it does not exist in the in-
dividual mind, which is fallible and prone
to mistakes and must be controlled in or-
der to save each person and, by extension,
society. True reality exists only in the mind
of the Party the government which
is collective and immortal. The Party has
deployed monstrous, consuming surveil-
lance mechanisms to insure this; constant-
ly watching citizens for signs of rebellion
or thought, while attempting to appear
kind rather than ruthless. It adopts the reas-
suring persona of Big Brother and the
slogan: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING
YOU. Youve heard this before?
One of the most important ways the
Party maintains a surveillance state
total security is through telescreens
found in rooms belonging to Party mem-
bers, and all public places. Thought Police
watched all screens, all the time. Thought
Police? In 1949 this was considered by
some a literary invention, unless you lived
in the Eastern Bloc. Now, for police in
the US, once youve arrested someone
for a hate crime arent you, in effect, a
member of a literal Thought Police? We
can save that notion for another column.
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W
hats the point? Anyone can fnd literary or flmic references
for any aspect of law enforcement or security technology,
fairly or unfairly depicting those elements. With or without
George Orwell, sentient beings should be frightened to live in
such a dominated, controlling, heartless place. Or more secure? Or both? Many of
us already live in those places.
The question is not are we there yet, but rather, which places are not subject to Big
Brother? Should law enforcement or security systems practitioners have a higher obli-
gation to ask these questions? Have police, security and elected governments become
the grotesque martinets envisioned by Orwell? Lets be frank, elected governments
have become grotesque, and there is widespread opinion they cant control anything,
so it may be unfair to lump police and security with that group. Much in our brave
new world not only resembles a society foretold by Orwell, but he was also disturb-
ingly prescient about particular elements of public life in western civilization.
Although certainly benign in intent, Cisco Systems and Hewlett-Packard, to
name just two giants in the feld of boundary-less realities, have created virtual
meeting places on IP platforms allowing viewers in different places to see each
other with startling clarity. Cisco calls their product TelePresence sound
familiar? High tech frms are creating a world where such hardware forms the spine
of a new generation of communications media allowing any of us to be instantly
transported into other spaces. (Authors note: I manage physical security programs,
including systems, for Cisco.) Could they be used for the wrong purpose? Is there,
should there be, a natural limit to the reach of such communications technology?
Do we trust TSA or the US Congress or MI5 or HP to know these limits?
A purportedly fctional, 2008 BBC drama, The Last Enemy, portrays Lon-
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don (again!) as a place where
no individual can walk, work,
spend, travel or even talk without
monitoring by ubiquitous audio/
visual surveillance. Oddly, critics
were unkind, but not because it was
unrealistic. Anyone who lives or
travels there will quickly recognize
the truth of the flm: London is
a city under inescapable, never-
ending surveillance.
Deployment of such systems
is accelerating at a too-rapid pace,
according to some, and not limited to
London. New standards-based video
servers and IP video surveillance
cameras, with application enhance-
ments to improve interoperability,
user experience and storage, are
commercially available to public and
private sector security organizations.
New products and solutions will use
IP networks as a platform to manage
applications such as video surveil-
lance, physical access control and
communications and notifcation,
designed to help safety and security
professionals better integrate and
manage complex video systems.
The safety and security industry is
undergoing a massive technology
shift away from closed, proprietary
systems to more open, interoperable
solutions. With these solutions, could
we be moving to wider systems
adaptations, expanding to the point
where London becomes the norm,
where constant and transformative
surveillance is a standard part of
the bedrock societal infrastructure?
Should anyone care?
Really now, shouldnt crooks
or terrorists be the only ones
concerned about being overheard,
captured on video or surveilled
at every opportunity? (For those
interested in a flmed version of a
pre-network, all-encompassing A/V
state, visit The Anderson Tapes,
Sydney Lumets 1971 farcical look
at New York city all wired-up).
The State of Israel has legisla-
tion pending before the Knesset that
would require all citizens the
entire nation to submit to bio-
metric identifcation and registration
as a prelude to transforming that
country into a surveillance-based
polity where all living people, from
birth to death, will only exist if
government machinery can identify
their fngerprints, irises or speech
patterns. With the development of
television, and the technical advance
which made it possible to receive
and transmit simultaneously on the
same instrument, private life came to
an end from 1984
in 1949.
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STREET LEvEL JOHN MORRIsON
sTRAIGHT TALK ON suPERvIsION & LEAdERsHIP ON THE fRONT LINEs THE sTREETs.
Glazed Or Powdered Sugar?
W
hen I was a patrol sergeant
back in the Jurassic I
would frequently meet with
my graveyard shift offcers at a
certain beach-area restaurant, where
I reviewed their reports. The owner
was a good guy who welcomed cops.
T
he scene was midday, at the mouth of a driveway off a road,
which had very recently been a little-traveled farm and
ranch access. Following extensive development, traffc had
increased signifcantly. It became a link between the rapidly
growing county seat, a major highway bringing in tourists and
recreation seekers, and mountainous national forest areas. In other
words, the kind of road where an offcer could be dealing with long-
time locals, newly-arrived urban types, or a variety of felons either
trolling for fresh victims or running from heat elsewhere.
A two-deputy sheriff cruiser had stopped a pickup truck with
four XXL-sized dudes jammed onto the bench seat. The vehicles
blocked the driveway, where a birthday party was going on
and over a dozen kids were playing basketball, running about
or gawking at the cop-action. When our witness arrived, one
deputy was giving the driver a feld sobriety test. The other sat
in the cruiser, head down, writing and using the radio. The three
other men were still in the truck, occasionally turning their heads
to check their pals status. In the bed of that truck were over a
dozen rifes of various types in plain sight. None of the players
had been patted down, and only the driver had been taken out.
The driver failed the test and was hooked up. As our witness
watched in growing concern, one deputy engaged the passengers
in conversation, while the other began lifting rifes out of the
truck bed and checking their chambers. For our witness not a
cop, but a person who previously lived in a high-crime metropol-
itan area this scenario evoked 19 kinds of critical comment,
and the conclusion it could have resulted in a horrifying incident.
Can you guess how many deputies have been shot in the line
of duty in that S.O.s long history? How low but increasing
their rate of resistance-to-arrest has been?
DEADLY DONUT DREAMS
He was working the late
shift himself one night
when some of my crew
asked for a report review.
As I rolled up I saw two
cruisers and one offcer
standing out front looking
at me.
Through the big front
windows behind him, I
saw the owner holding a
chair in the batter-up
position, a cop squared
off with his baton in
hand, and four raggedy
scumbags lunging in and
out, trying to land blows
with their fsts and coffee mugs. The
cop out front was still smiling until I
screeched up, leaped out and yelled,
follow me!
The fght had been going on for
several long minutes, during which
time the second offcer never once
glanced inside. Other offcers arrived
later, and I couldnt count the com-
ments made about how nothing ever
happens here; not at this place!
Why did they think that?
Years later in another division, I
met some of my graveyard offcers at
a favorite doughnut shop. It was about
0400; the best time, Id been told, to
score fresh, hot doughnuts. When I
rolled up, four offcers were smiling,
looking at me, while inside, a vicious
fght raged between a bloodied offcer
and a guy in a white hair net.
That lone cop had gone in to use
the bathroom. As he walked in, a
newly-hired employee thought the
offcer recognized him he didnt
as a wanted fugitive. As the cop
came out of the bathroom, the sus-
pect smacked him with the door, and
the fght was on. Afterward I heard
several variations of the theme, been
here a hundred times and nothin like
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this ever happened.
I integrated it into my basic Offcer
Safety class as Doughnut Dreams.
Memories Of The Future
Lawrence Gonzaless father was
a B-17 pilot in World War II. When
his aircraft blew up over Dusseldorf,
he fell without a parachute
27,000' to the ground and survived.
Not surprisingly, Gonzales grew
up studying survival. Over time he
noticed that frequently, those who
should have been best prepared for
dealing with a variety of life-threat-
ening situations were those who
died, while those we might logically
least expect to survive did so. He
wondered why, and intensified his re-
search. This led him to formulate the
theory of memories of the future,
which essentially holds that some
people, in given situations, develop a
mindset in which they fundamentally
disbelieve that even emergencies
they train for can actually happen to
them. Weve all seen it happen; Gon-
zales illustrates it thoroughly.
Gonzaless book Deep Survival
Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why (W.W.
Norton, publishers; ISBN 0-393-32615-
2) should be required reading for anyone
who rolls the dice of survival daily
and especially for those who lead and
supervise them.
Read The Book, Load The Dice
It has always amazed me how savvy,
experienced cops can fall victim to the
phenomenon of routinization; the
suspension of tactical alertness simply
because theyre doing something or
doing it somewhere they have not
encountered threats previously. It defes
logic, but it happens again and again.
Ive been thankful for my combat
experience before becoming a cop,
where I learned things like if you
walk any trail twice, you double the
odds youll be ambushed on it. This
demands the same kind of think-
ing which teaches you your most
survivable actions are often those
which defy basic human instincts.
For example, assaulting into a close
ambush rather than freezing in place
or running away the two moves
sure to get you killed.
Learning such things by experience
works, but too often, its lethally costly.
As a cop, you must roll the dice, but
nothing says you cant load `em with
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S
ince I picked up my Backup light, its been a con-
stant companion. It only weighs 2.8 ounces and
is 4" long. There are no sharp edges or corners
so it rides comfortably in a pocket all day/night
long. I dont even know its there unless I need it.
I truly appreciate the dual switch setting. For years I
carried a tac light, but had to cup my hand over the end
to keep from blinding myself when I wanted to read or
search for something in the car. We all like to take down
the bad guys, but the truth remains you spend a lot more
time reading and writing with your fashlight in-hand
than you do blinding crooks.
The Backup is an excellent off-duty light or
a great one to augment your existing duty gear.
Naturally, its compact size and light
weight make it an easy choice.
For more info: SureFire, www.surefre.com.
HARD TOOLs PAuL MARKEL
EssENTIAL TOOLs fOR THE JOB.
Shedding A LITTLE Light
E
very major city has its panhan-
dlers. Theyre generally annoy-
ing but harmless. Talk to any
beat cop and hell tell you the
beggars are also, by and large touched
in the head.
A cop friend of mine recently trav-
T
here are a number of companies making tac-
tical fashlights and theyre all tough, durable,
extremely bright lights. Unless youve been a
castaway on an island for ten years, you know
the name SureFire.
While at the NRA Convention I visited with Dick Wil-
liams of SureFire and he introduced me to their new Backup
model. Specifcally, the Backup is a one-cell, white LED
light, powered by a single 123 Lithium battery. Cataloged as
the E1B Backup, its constructed of aerospace aluminum
and coated with a hard black anodized fnish.
The Backup has a dual pocket clip so it can be carried
lens up or down. You can also attach it to the bill of a ball
cap for hands-free use.
Internally, the Backup is strictly high-tech. The rubber-
coated tail switch has two settings: high and low. The high
setting puts out 80 lumens of light with the low setting pro-
ducing fve lumens of useful utility light. The switch allows
temporary or constant-on modes for either light setting. With
a new battery you can expect better than one hour of run time
on the high setting and 37 hours on the low setting.
SIZE Matters
*
eled to a convention in a large city.
After the show a group of guys went
out on the town for dinner. A few also
decided to check out the local nightlife
and hit the clubs. The citys entertain-
ment center was only four or fve
blocks from their hotel so they walked.
It was not quite 1 a.m.
when my friend was walk-
ing back to his hotel with
another conventioneer. He
spotted a couple of tran-
sients approaching from
across the road. The frst
was a woman, excuse me,
she said. No, not tonight,
my friend said, holding
up his hand in a stop sign
fashion. She quickly melted
away.
As the next bum ap-
proached, my friend cut
him off before he could
even speak. Not tonight,
he said. No, you dont
understand, the street
dweller said without
slowing down. My friend
squared off and hit the
slow-learner directly in
the chest/face area with
a blinding beam of light
from the compact tac light
he was concealing in his
hand. I said, not tonight.
Whoa, okay, were cool,
the transient said as he recoiled away
from the bright light. When I hit
him with the light he stopped dead in
his tracks and started to backpedal.
I always keep a light on me, even in
street clothes, my friend told me.
SureFires Backup is handily used as just that a back-up light. At a mere 2.8 ounces
and only 4" long, its easily carried off-duty too.
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Shedding A LITTLE Light
SIZE Matters
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RESERVES PERRY W. HORNBARGER
dEdICATION ANd PROfEssIONALIsM THAT GOEs BEYONd PAY.
FLASHLIGHT GENES
B
eing a reserve means
having the same
obligations as
any full-
time cop. Your
equipment,
your ancil-
lary gear and
your think-
ing needs
to be up to
speed the
equal of your
full-time part-
ners. Keeping
this in mind,
dont scrimp on
equipment. Like
they say, Anything
worth doing is worth
doing well, and the fact most
of us do this for free shouldnt matter.
CAR KEY
CAPERS
A
nother area worth applying
T.O.O.N. would be with
your patrol car keys. Have
you ever had the unfortu-
nate experience of getting locked
out of your own patrol car? Each
police car I drive has at least two
keys available for use. If you
have two keys when you go out,
make sure you take the time
to separate them and keep
one in your pocket. If you
dont have that second
key available, get a copy
made and keep it with
you. Its such
a simple idea
and good in-
surance against
embarrassment
not to men-
tion being an impor-
tant officer safety issue.
Take a few minutes
and look at your own
habits, are you
T.O.O.N.ed in?
NUMBER TWO
We may still be putting our lives and the lives of our
partners on the line at times. So we need to think and
work smart.
You either have the fashlight gene or not. If
you do, you probably already have more fash-
lights than you need, and thats a good thing.
If you dont have the gene, you may only
invest in the minimum needed, maybe only
one light and thats not enough. If most
of your duty time is at night, you already
know one of your best friends is your
fashlight. But what about daylight hours?
Is your fashlight any less important? There
are many situations during day shift when
your fashlight can come in handy.
Weve all been in situations where weve
had to go into a dark basement or windowless
room, look in that attic or into the black hole of a
closet. Whether your department issued you a decent
fashlight or whether you decided to buy one on your
own doesnt really matter. The bottom line is there will be
times where youll need a fashlight other than at night.
*
O
ur department just fnished a tactical shooting qualifcation using
fashlights during low light encounters. One of the terms our range
master used during the training was, two is one, one is none. Im told
its a military term but frankly, Id never heard it before. What he was
saying was if youre in a situation when your primary fashlight fails, without
a backup, you might be screwed.
I carry a smaller, less powerful fashlight on my belt (read John Russos Offcer
Survival column in this issue for some other ideas about this concept) and its
proven handy too many times to count. Recently my second call of the evening
was to check an open window in an abandoned building. It
was around dusk and when I reached for
my issued rechargeable fashlight it
wasnt there. Like an idiot, Id failed to
pack it before going on duty. Fortu-
nately I had my small, backup fashlight
on my belt. It was adequate for what
I needed to do, but I wouldnt want to
depend on it as a primary light. When I
was done with the call I immediately snuck
back by my house and got my issued fash-
light. I came to realize the two is one, one
is none concept made sense.
My intent is to drive home the importance
of having a second, or backup light when you
need it, not to tout certain brands, as there are
experts out there with far more knowledge
than me on that topic. You already know there
are many brands and styles of fashlights avail-
able for a patrol offcer to carry. Some may be a
personal choice, while others department-mandated.
But whatever you do, carry a back-up light really.
Perry W. Hornbarger is the Unit Commander of the Chestereld, VA Auxiliary Police Unit. He can be reached at hornbargerp@yahoo.com.
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assess. Ask what problems
could be encountered and
will you be ready for them?
Im not talking about crime
trends and what happened last
night, but more about driving issues. At roll call, nobody
says: Remember, it rained heavy last night, theres a lot of
sand, dirt and debris in the road and watch those blind cor-
ners. Youll have to do this yourself. You may never be pre-
pared for everything, but taking a minute or two just before
your shift begins to assess common routes and trouble spots
will help you be more alert and ready for the unexpected.
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GARBAGE OUT
U
nderstanding your ve-
hicle and how it works
is all part of the prepara-
tion. Is it a front wheel
drive Chevy Impala, a Dodge
Charger with the Hemi pack-
age, a four wheel drive Chevy
Tahoe or a rear wheel drive
Ford Crown Victoria? Check
for proper tire pressure let-
ting air out will not get you
better grip, unless you have
off-road tires and are prepar-
ing for a rocky hill climb. Check the
windshield wipers and quickly clean
the front and side windows. And
make sure the defroster and heater
work. Did you put extra clothing in
the trunk, a shovel and maybe a cell
phone charger, electric fares or a
signaling device? Youre probably
thinking youll never need that stuff
because you have a radio. This works
until the accident is bad enough and
nothing in the car is working prop-
erly. If youre working a stretch of
highway in rural America its possible
youll be waiting for help for quite a
while. And by the way buckle up.
No, really.
W
hile driving, read the road and understand the envi-
ronment. You should know your area inside and out.
What do the turns look like without snow on them?
Do you know where those big pot holes and tight
turns are? Bridges always freeze before the rest of the road so slow
down before you go over the bridge or around Dead Mans Curve.
Know the roads that are crowned for water run off; that pitch wont
help you when going into a turn in slippery conditions. And youll
need momentum before attempting to get up that big hill so make
sure the coast is clear before gaining speed prior to hitting the incline.
During slippery conditions youll have to deal with signifcantly reduced traction.
The degree depends on the vehicle and things like weight and driveline confguration,
suspension and traction control system and how it works. Horsepower and torque,
tires, the type of snow (wet/dry), temperature, speed and radius of turns and many
more small variables should also be considered.
A curve normally driven at 40 mph during dry conditions might only be negotiated
at 15 mph before losing grip and going into a slide during a snowstorm. Driver input
has to be very smooth and precise since it directly affects the weight transfer of the
vehicle. Your objective is to keep the vehicle balanced and not allow a sudden change
of force against the vehicle in any direction, which could introduce an unwanted slide or
loss of control. The more sudden the weight transfer the faster the vehicle starts to spin,
and the harder it is to correct the situation.
Vehicle manufacturers have developed technology such as traction control and ABS,
which help keep the vehicle on the road more effciently. You have to understand how
these systems work and understand they still wont allow the vehicle to defy the laws of
physics. All of these considerations add up to one simple idea smooth
operation on your part equates to smoother vehicle response.
F
or those of you in climates where winter conditions
change the driving environment its important for you
to prepare yourself before the inevitable happens.
Snow and ice wont take sides for the good guys; when
your vehicle slides, it slides. You have to prepare yourself well
before winter conditions hit. As colder temperatures are setting
in, factors like black ice and frosty mornings can really sneak
up on us. If youre not prepared, temperatures ranging from 30
degrees at night to 60 degrees during the day can play some
funny tricks on driving condi-
tions. Stop and think before you
start your shift, and always self
Veteran town constable Alfred
E. Hornswagel of Squirrel Fart,
Minn. says: Oh yeah, sure,
you betcha yahd better be
slowin down.
Losing Your Grip
Snow cuts down traction
and driveability, regardless
of the tire that tackles it.
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GARBAGE OUT
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OFFICER suRvIvAL JOHN RussO
GETTING HOME IN THE sAME CONdITION YOu WENT TO WORK IN.
Thats a nice 1911 youve got there, I said after noticing the
high dollar custom 1911 on an offcers hip.
I like to be prepared for the worst when off-duty, he said.
Where do you keep your spare mag?
I got 11 rounds in this baby, Sarge. I think thatll get it done.
T
his isnt the frst time Ive heard this from people who carry
guns for a living. We know the number one cause of pistol
malfunctions is usually magazine-related. Anyone who car-
ries off-duty usually wont carry extra ammo. I usually hear,
hey, I may as well wear my duty gear then.
When teaching off-duty carry/conduct classes, I ask the
students why they carry a gun off-duty and what type of
incident they may be involved in. Once you have the answer,
youre better prepared to decide what gear you may want to
carry. You have to fnd what works for you. I have a friend who
carries a full-sized SIG, two spare mags, cuffs and OC in a large
fanny pack when off-duty. For most of us this is a little much, but it works for
him. Personally, I carry a gun, holster, spare ammo, string cuffs and a fashlight.
Comforting?
I
recommend you carry a gun you can shoot and conceal. In most states your
gun must be concealed when off-duty. Notice I didnt say comfortable, I said
concealed. As Clint Smith is known to say: Its supposed to be comforting, not
comfortable.
The 5-shot revolver is once again gaining popularity, and rightly so. Guns like the
S&W 442 or 340 are well made, good shooters and conceal easily. This is especially
handy in warm weather where shorts and t-shirts are common. There are some who
say you need a big gun with a lot of ammo. The truth is, when cops hit the gun-
fght is usually over with a few rounds.
So, whichever gun you choose prac-
tice, and remember, you still need to
carry some type of extra ammunition.
Next, use a good holster, whatever
the specifc type you prefer. Dont spend
a ton of money on your roscoe then stick
it in a $5 piece of nylon you got from
a friend of a friend. Do some research
too. Just because its expensive, doesnt
mean its any good or will work.
Most incidents dont involve a shoot-
ing but may involve an arrest. Bad guys
will only sit quietly for so long while
you wait for back-up to arrive. During that time they may get it into their thick skulls
to try to do some more bad things like hurt you or try to escape. There are many
options out there besides steel cuffs. One of my favorites are string cuffs. They are
one-time use devices you pull onto the bad guys wrists, then cut them off later. String
cuffs are kind of like plastic zip cuffs but made of braided shoelace-like material eas-
ily ftting in your pocket.
A
nother thing people tend to
overlook is having a fashlight.
You can always fnd me with
one of the new style small lights
in my pocket. These are extremely bright
but easily carried. My favorites are models
by SureFire. Look for small, bright, LED
lights with long run times and dual inten-
sity levels. Youll also want lock-out tail
caps which I feel is a must for any back-up
light. But other manufacturers like Stream-
light, BLACKHAWK!, Pentagon Light
and Insight Technology offer similar lights
if you prefer other styles.
All of these items are great tools to have
in an emergency. However, they are only
as good as you are. Take some time and
train with them, including some range time
fring and reloading. As always, consult
with your Range and D-Tac instructors for
additional guidance.
Finally, remember your cell phone. Your
best off-duty action is usually to
call 911 and be a good witness.
For more info: Tuff Ties, www.handcuff-
warehouse.com; SureFire, www.surere.
com; BLACKHAWK!, www.blackhawk.
com; Pentagon Light, www.pentagon-
light.com; Insight Technology, www.
insighttechnology.com; Streamlight,
www.streamlight.com; Knife: Blade-
Tech, www.blade-tech.com.
*
Little is okay, but you may want to carry a full-sized light
and real handcuffs. The Streamlight Microstream falls
somewhere between tiny and small but puts out real light.
The soft but tough
off-duty cuffs from
Handcuff Warehouse
make it easy to stay
prepared off-duty.
BRIGHT SPOT
When youre off-duty that means youre
probably without a back-up unit. The cell
phone may suddenly become your best friend
but dont forget a good knife, light, self-
defense handgun and, um spare ammo.
Off-Duty
Disaster?
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N
ever play fair in a gun fght! Those were the
words of my academy frearms instructors
many years ago. All you have to do is watch
the news to see that sometimes, as were out-
gunned. Luckily the gap is
closing quickly thanks to the advent of ARs.
When it came time to choose a patrol carbine
I chose a custom rife based on the Spikes Tacti-
cal ST-15 platform. It may look like something
out of a movie, but its far from fantasy. Short
barreled rifes are what offcers are transitioning
to as engagements increasingly occur in city en-
vironments. Fast approaching is the day when
the global war on terror will be fought on our
own turf. Then itll be critical to have the right
weapons and training to get the job done.
New Rules
The terrorist attack on 9/11 irrevocably
changed the rules of engagement. The wait
for SWAT trend is no longer ideal. On our patrol shift the
other offcers and I must gear up and make entry, hence my
hard look at rifes for patrol work.
This rife, by its very design, lends itself to tight fghting.
Clearing corners with such
a short barrel is a breeze
and it also makes for safer
maneuvering around fel-
low offcers. Its tricked
out with all the latest bud-
get-friendly goodies too.
Starting with the stock, I
chose a Magpul CTR M4
stock. The CTR is a radi-
cal upgrade allowing for a
rock-steady shooting plat-
form. Extend the stock,
give the second lever a
squeeze and any rattle
is instantly eliminated. It
makes telescoping-type
Spikes Tactical
Abner Miranda
LAW ENFORCEMENT READY
Magpuls virtually indestructible mags
complimented the Spikes rie.
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stocks feel like fxed stocks. A Yan-
kee Hill Machine ambi-sling mount
allows for the quick attachment of the
BLACKHAWK! Storm single point
sling. The safety catch is a DPMS am-
bi-part and has a mil-spec safety latch
on both sides of the weapon.
The grip is an Ergo Grip 4005 se-
ries. Its a stiff polymer over-mold
with solvent resistant, textured rubber
for added grip. The ergonomics are re-
markable, plus it has a storage compart-
ment for batteries and bullets. Magpuls
Enhanced Trigger Guard is similar to a
G36K, and is made of aircraft alumi-
num, has comfortable rounded edges
and makes shooting with gloves on eas-
ier. The upper is built from a Del-Ton
M4 A3 receiver with integrated feed
ramps and a 7.3" CMMG chrome-lined
1-7 twist 5.56mm barrel with tuned gas
ports. Barrels are everything, so spend
money on a good one.
The barrel is shrouded with a YHM
free-foated, quad-rail handguard. It
covers the entire barrel including a low
profle CMMG gas block and is protect-
ed by the new Magpul XTM rail panels.
Theyre a modular two-piece design that
can be installed without the need for op-
tics removal.
To fnish the upper I went with the
YHM 5C2 fash suppressor. The 5C2
is in my opinion the best fash suppres-
sor on the market. Not only does it kill
muzzle fash, it also has blades for glass
punching and other uses. Its very use-
ful as a breaching tool against padlocks
and slidelocks. Just center the locking
mechanism between the blades and shoot
it in half. No longer do you have to wres-
tle with a bolt cutter. Just keep in mind to
use steel-cored M855 for this maneuver
to keep fragmentaion to a minimum.
Control The Fight
The Streamlight TLR-1 is a lot of
light in one place. Its made of aircraft
aluminum and has an 80 lumen LED. Its
simple to operate, with an ambi-switch
for momentary or constant on. Its also
waterproof and has a run time of about
2.5 hours. Its a quality, white light that
wont let you down.
For my optics I chose to go top shelf.
Optics are where you must spend money.
The Aimpoint CompM4s is defnitely
top shelf. Its night vision compatible
and then some and theyre hard to
break. Recently, I was on the range with
The US Marshalls. They had several
old carbines with obviously used and
Spikes Tactical
The YHM ash suppressor does double duty for
punching glass and as a breeching tool.
Magpuls stock allows for a rock steady hold.
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abused CompM3s. They said they were
older than dirt but still ran fawlessly.
Thats a testament to their engineering
lets face it we arent nice to our gear.
For my mags I chose the Magpul,
Polymer Magazine. Its a lightweight
5.56mm magazine featuring a pop-off
storage/dust cover alleviating pressure
from the magazine feed lips. This allows
for long-term storage and does away
with feed lip creep entirely. The mags
are damage resistant to the extreme and
they come in black, fat dark earth and
OD green. They also feature a window
with a round count indicator. They cost
less than their USGI counterparts and
have infnitely more survivability.
Test Firing
Shooting the Spikes tactical rife is
fun because of its small size, and I had
to deal with a lot of nay-sayers think-
ing I couldnt hit anything with it. The
short barrel does limit effective range to
only about 50 yards for any real level
of accuracy. But ask yourself when was
the last time any offcer-involved shoot-
ing went further than 15 yards. Most of
what we have to do is close-in fghting.
The short rie is not
any longer than a
handgun would be in
this ofcers hands.
Why limit yourself if
you dont have to?
With an Aimpoint red-dot sight, Streamlight weapon-light, Mag-
pul mags and quality ammunition, the Spikes Tactical allowed a
wide range of tactics to be employed during training.
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This is why I really like this short-rife
for building clearing. I designed it with
CQB and door-breaching in mind. Re-
member how Seung-Hui Cho padlocked
shut all those doors at Virginia Tech?
Imagine not being able to get medical
help in because the guy who has a bolt
cutter in his trunk is off today.
Test firing involved multiple target
engagement at ranges inside 25 yards.
I test weapons in the same manner in
which I would use them in real life. I
also stuck to only two types of ammo:
Hornady 5.56mm TAP and Win-
chester 5.56mm M855. This decision
was born of simple criteria reliabil-
ity. Ive never experienced an ammo-
induced malfunction with Winchester
or Hornady.
Out of shear curiosity, the furthest
shot taken was 50 yards from a shooting
rest. I wanted to test the combination of
ammo, weapon and optics. It was easy to
drill the targets at this distance using the
M4s and the 3X Magnifer. As cops we
should always play the what if game.
What if I had to take a 50-yard shot
with this rife could I do it?" While
accuracy can be discussed at length, this
rife can hit a human sized target at 50
yards with little effort.
Of all the aspects the one I enjoy the
most is its size. Its 24" from end to end
meaning, if need be, you can engage
from inside your patrol car without hav-
ing to clear your barrel around obstacles.
Also, it means it can ft inside a sub-
gun case. You can use Blackhawks 26"
Homeland Security Discreet Weapons
Carry Case. It looks like youre carry-
ing an artists valise or any number of
other items but certainly not a rife.
When making your selection for a
patrol carbine it would be in your best
interest to shop carefully and explore
all the options available, especially if
youre going to build a custom rife.
My decision to go with Spikes Tactical
line of weapons proved
sound for me.
For more info: www.spikestactical.
com; www.blackhawk.com; www.
magpul.com; www.hornady.com; www.
winchester.com; www.aimpoint.com;
wwww.streamlight.com; www.yhm.net;
www.ergogrips.net.
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The YHM quad-rail
thingie holds the
Streamlight weapon
light handily.
YHM supplied the sling mount to hold
BLACKHAWK!s Storm single-point sling.
Spikes Tactical short barreled patrol rie offers a host of custom features.
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veryone likes to get something for free. With LE agen-
cy budgets already strapped and continuing to shrink
free sounds even better than ever.
Hillsborough County (Florida) Sheriffs Offce
wasnt one to pass up a bargain, especially a donation
enabling them to practice realistic antiterrorist training at their
own facility. With busy Tampa International Airport located in
their jurisdiction, St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport in a neigh-
boring county and other smaller airports nearby they needed
to prepare.
So when Deputy William Hills brother told him there was
a stripped-down, engineless Boeing 727 jet available for free
from Capital Cargo International, they jumped at the chance.
The hitch? The plane was located at the Orlando Airport, nearly
100 miles from the Sheriffs Offces rural training site. But where
theres a will, theres a way, and Hillsborough County Sheriffs Of-
fce certainly had the will. All they needed to do was fnd a way.
Youve Got A Problem
How do you move a plane to the center of the county,
a plane towering 34' from ground to the tip of the tail and
a wingspan of 108' without engines? You cant fly it
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there; it has to be hauled there. But what about wires, rail-
road crossings, tree limbs and traffic? How do you make
sharp turns with an aircraft 133' long? And, how do you
prepare the final site so the 55,000 lb. airliner wont sink
into Floridas sandy soil?
The 100-mile journey would eventually involve an unprec-
edented cooperative effort by 100 people, 24 businesses, law
enforcement agencies, state and local governments, the rail-
road, the phone company, hundreds of hours of volunteer la-
bor, donations of equipment, manpower, and time by private
corporations. Many thought it couldnt be done, but Hillsbor-
ough County Sheriffs Offce did it. Heres how.
Preparation
Before the 727 could be moved from its Orlando Airport
location, a concrete pad had to be constructed at the training
site. The soil in most of Florida is essentially sand, so the pad
had to be strong, thick and large. Training facility maintenance
employees laid the reinforced concrete on large, interlocking
pieces. The pad was built 6" thick in most places, but thicker in
the spots where the plane was going to be mounted.
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the airliner to maintain the landing
gear struts and preserve the integrity of
the body. Because the bellies of newer,
larger planes vary in distance from the
ground, cylinders were used in the sup-
ports. These can be flled with nitrogen
to raise the plane. So while older planes
have a 4' space under the belly, newer
ones have 6' or more. Airplane entry and
antiterrorism training needs to be as real-
istic as possible.
After many meetings and considerations
the project was given to Deputy William
Hill for completion. Also heavily involved
were Robert Hollis and Jim Nelson.
At frst it was thought the engine-
less plane could be ferried to the closer
Tampa International Airport on a C-5
Military transport plane and then hauled
overland to the training facility. This
idea was quickly discarded when it was
discovered the 727 was too long to ft
into a C-5. It was clear the wings and tail
would have to be removed for the plane
to ft on the special low bed trailer need-
ed to haul it on highways.
The Sheriffs Offce frst talked to
the military. A Joint Task Force from
Ft. Bliss, Texas, said they would send
knowledgeable Air Force personnel to
help take the aircraft apart. However,
two weeks before they were to arrive, the
Iraq War began and they had to cancel.
The Sheriffs Offce found a Delta Air-
lines employee training at the Sheriffs
Offce site who was also a reserve offcer
with an Atlanta-area agency. Through him,
John Walsh of Americas Most Wanted dedicated the plane.
A wide cross-section of agencies from several states are using
the 727 for counter-terrorism training.
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Delta Airlines and the Delta Pioneers in
Atlanta were contacted. Delta Pioneers
promote contact between longtime friends
and coworkers at Delta and assist Delta
by volunteering for certain events. Me-
chanics, those unseen individuals at the
airport who keep our planes in the sky,
volunteered to help out. And Delta shipped
equipment needed such as four heavy
lift jacks at no cost. The SO also de-
veloped a relationship with people at the
Boeing factory who shared information in
the assembly and disassembly of the plane.
Remove Tab A From Slot B
In studying the transportation prob-
lem, it was immediately clear I-4, the
interstate linking Orlando and Tampa,
and what should have been the easiest
overland route could not be used. Even
with the tail section removed, the high-
way overpasses were not tall enough to
allow the plane to pass under them. The
huge airliner would have to be made
smaller to travel over country back
roads. However, no one involved with
this 727 had ever taken the wings or tail
off of a plane before.
The wings were unbolted and removed
using a crane and straps. They were stored
on stacks of tires to prevent damage. The
engine housing on the tail and the landing
gear were also removed and the tail sec-
tion sawed off, rear to front. The nose cap
was also taken off to shorten the plane.
Super Size Me
You dont just hook a 133' long, 12'
wide airliner to a pickup and haul it away
like a camping trailer. This was a job for
professional movers. So, HCSO contacted
Miami Transfer Companys Tampa offce.
Miami Transfer specializes in heavy and
specialized hauling, equipment and ma-
chinery moving and rigging and cranes.
For the cost of insurance and equipment,
the company was ready to help.
The Sheriffs Offce got the permits
and enlisted the help of McKees Over-
size Load Escort Service, a company ex-
perienced in accompanying large items
and wide loads. In the two months be-
fore the move was made, the route was
planned using a GPS system as well as
vehicles to look for roads that were not
on maps. Then six to eight runs were
made over the route, with 18' poles used
to measure heights and ensure a safe jour-
ney. Sometimes trees need to be trimmed
to allow the plane to pass.
The moving company loaded the
front of the planes stripped body on an
18-wheeler, fatbed and the rear onto a
10-wheeled, separate truck bed steered by
a second driver. The tail section and wings
traveled on different 18-wheeled vehicles.
Including the truck used to pull the
plane and the separate trailer to manage
the back, the length was now 175'.
The Sheriffs Offce had 24 hours to
move the plane from Orlando Airport
to their training site. The journey began
shortly after midnight to avoid traffc. It
was also important the plane be out of
the airport and across the CSX railroad
tracks before the 9:00 am Amtrak train
sped through. To do this, a crane needed
to remove and then replace the arms and
lights guarding the crossing.
Some Assembly Required
Along the route, four, bucket-trucks
lifted phone and power lines.
The trip took a little longer than
anticipated, and as the sun rose, the
airliner was passing through the small
Special jacks were installed
to keep the plane stable.
The TV show
Americas Most
Wanted paid
to have their
logo displayed
on the plane.
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town of Bartow. Traffc came to a
standstill, waiting as the huge plane
made its way through one of the main
intersections. However, commuters
had an excuse for being late even an
imaginative child wouldnt think of
There was a Boeing 727 on the road,
boss no, really.
At 12:30 pm, the plane arrived at the
training facility. Two cranes carefully hoist-
ed the plane body off the trucks and onto
the maintenance cradles provided by Delta.
Once in place, the tail section, nose
cap, and wings were reattached. Wheels
were installed and used seats added for re-
alism. These were purchased for $3,500.
Capital Cargo donated plane faps.
Dedication
At the dedication, the plane stood
on its own small tarmac in an empty
feld. It had been repainted with green
and gold stripes the colors of the
Sheriffs Offce and sported an
Americas Most Wanted logo on the
tail (paid for by the TV show). After
a national competition and used with
permission of the Beamer Foundation,
it was dubbed Lets Roll, in remem-
brance of Flight 93 that crashed into
the Pennsylvania felds on September
11, 2001. Lets roll were the cell
phone words of Scott Beamer as the
passengers decided to fght the hijack-
ers and keep the plane from continuing
on to Washington, DC.
John Walsh from the television show
Americas Most Wanted dedicated the
plane and commended the training. Then,
a helicopter and armored vehicle arrived,
and a SWAT team made up of members
from various law enforcement agencies,
including the FBI, simulated the rescue of
civilians from a terrorist hijacking.
Today
The Boeing 727 is now in active use
by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs
Offce and other Florida law enforce-
ment agencies. The FBI trains there,
as do police and sheriffs offces from
other states.
The rural training facility now
contains outdoor sniper and other
shooting ranges, indoor dark house,
obstacle course, rappel tower, driver
training circuits, classrooms, mock
disasters structures, a 360-degree
bomb detonation area and the Boeing
727 making it one of the most com-
plete training facilities in the state, if
not the country.
The vision of the Hillsborough
County Sheriffs Office and the coop-
eration between local, state and feder-
al agencies has paid off. It trains cops
to fight terrorist actions and to keep
the Americans safe in
todays world.
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At the dedication
ceremony a
multi-agency SWAT
team conducted a
mock hostage rescue
on the 727.
Used with permission of the Beamer
Foundation, the plane was named
Lets Roll, in remembrance of pas-
senger Scott Beamers nal cell phone
message as they fought the terrorists
on ight 93 on 9-11-2001.
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Jon Holloway
I
ts toward the end of your patrol shift and youre dis-
patched to a burglary report. Writing a report on a cold
crime isnt exactly pegging your enthusiasm meter, and
you cant be late for your eldest sons Little League game
again. When you pull up in front of the XYZ Software,
Inc. frm and meet the owner, you realize something is a bit
weird here. Theres no sign of forced entry at all. When you
talk to the owner he says something about an exploit via a
shell script allowed the person committing the intrusion to
steal XYZs data on its new software package.
What kind of burglary was this?
This scenario is a computer intrusion, and its really
similar to a burglary. Instead of creeping into a dwelling
or business and stealing something, the criminal illegally
gains access to a computer system and steals information,
intentionally interferes with the operation of the computer
system, or commits other criminal acts. Would you know
what information to include on a report so the detective
SOLUTION: Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
whos assigned the case has enough information to deter-
mine how to proceed with the investigation? If youre the
detective who gets these kinds of cases, what are you going
to do when the Internet Protocol (IP) address indicates the
attack originated out of state and out of your jurisdiction?
What if the attack originated from a foreign nation? You can
get help in these situations. In fact, Im here from the US
Federal Government to help you. Wait quit laughing, this
really is one instance where were here to help.
Who Ya Gonna Call?
Cyber crime is a booming, global industry. US citizens and
businesses are being routinely victimized. Many of the perpe-
trators are located in foreign nations. Most traditional fraud
schemes and confdence games have online counterparts, just
as the computer intrusion can be thought of as an online coun-
terpart to a traditional burglary. From online auction fraud to
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also has a representative. The primary
function of the IC3 is to receive and
process reports from private citizens
who have been victimized via the In-
ternet. Currently, the IC3 receives over
20,000 such complaints every month.
The complaints are received via the In-
ternet through the IC3 Web site, www.
ic3.gov. In 2007, victims reported over
$239 million in losses to the IC3. The
median dollar loss per complaint was
$680 (1). Currently, there are well over
1,000,000 complaints in the database.
Meaning?
How many frst responders and
switchboard operators/telephone report
takers are taking what you know are feel
good reports? These are the crimes you
know are unworkable; reports that will
be forwarded to the detective division,
where theyll be placed in a pending
inactive or administratively closed
status. Such reports include those where
the victim resides in your jurisdiction but
is defrauded on the Internet by someone
who lives in another jurisdiction, maybe
even another state or a foreign country.
With no subject in your jurisdiction and
no means to travel and conduct investi-
gation and interviews, in most local de-
partments, such a case is over before it
even starts.
Supervisors and administrators, if your
men and women are taking such reports,
youre burning up scarce law enforcement
resources with no real results to show for
the effort. However, the upper administra-
tion knows if you do not take such reports,
youre unpopular with the citizens because
they have been victimized and you dont
care and arent doing anything. Why not
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phony lotteries, identity theft and bank
fraud, its being done on the Internet
and its big business. Who can fght
this cyber menace? Who investigates
these kinds of crimes? Who can success-
fully shut down organized cyber crime
groups, arrest members, and seize assets
when the criminals may reside several
states away from the victim, reside in
a foreign nation, or have tried to cover
their cyber trail to such an extent were
not really sure where they reside? My
agency, the FBI, is not the answer, and
neither is any other federal law enforce-
ment agency. The answer is all of us, lo-
cal, state, federal and international law
enforcement. To be successful at fght-
ing this type of crime we have to work
together and we need a little help from
citizens, industry and non-proft organi-
zations. This is what the Internet Crime
Complaint Center (IC3) is all about.
The IC3 is not just another FBI unit.
Its a public-private alliance between
the National White Collar Crime Cen-
ter (NW3C), a non-proft organiza-
tion, and the FBI. In addition, another
non-proft organization, the National
Cyber-Forensics and Training Alli-
ance (NCFTA), has several analysts
and staff embedded within the IC3.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service
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othing says training cant be fun. Action-based com-
petitive shooting is both derided as the province of
silk pajama-wearing game players, and praised as
the single most important exercise you can do to im-
prove your shooting. Theyre damned as a superb
way to ingrain habits that will most surely get you killed on the
street. Yet, participation in them has been noted as a common
characteristic of police offcers who have won street gunfghts
by no less an authority than the late Jim Cirillo.
So whats the truth? Politicians would say the truth is some-
where in between. Im not much suited for public offce, so Ill
say it seems to me both sides of the argument are true which
is not the same thing.
The Good
You do indeed feel stress in a match. Its not life-threat-
ening stress, to be sure, but it is stress. This serves two
very useful purposes (besides the fun, if you enjoy the
Competitive Shooting:
challenge that stress creates). It serves to inoculate you
from some stress. This is more inoculation than you get at
the range while qualifying. You really dont want the first
time you feel stress with a gun in your hand to be when
you have to use it for real. Its like martial arts or boxing
neither is real fighting, but both give you some reason-
able experience in handling stress, as well as providing
you some useful skills.
The skills competitive shooting helps you to develop
are important too. Simply put, there is nothing like shoot-
ing matches and training for them to get you familiar with
your equipment to the point you can unconsciously run
your gun (load, reload, clear malfunctions, and so on),
and teach you to shoot fast and accurately. Fast, accurate
shooting is what survival shooting the kind of shooting
cops do in the street is all about. Enter a local IDPA
or IPSC match and if you thought you were fast, youll
be humbled. If you thought you were accurate at speed,
youll get a whole new perspective of what that means.
Dangerous Diversion or Practical Pastime?
Tactics applied
during compe-
tition can be
applied during
training and in
the real world,
and in reverse.
These Austra-
lian ofcers are
training in low-
light with inert
guns, but later
put what they
learned to use
in live-re.
While this is live-re training,
not everyone is able to attend
classes like this one. Yet, local
matches often give opportuni-
ties for some live-re action
outside of a static police range.
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Competitive Shooting:
Ralph Mroz
Getting good at these sports will force
you to practice; your badge is no sub-
stitute for a case of ammunition and a
few hours on the range.
And by the way, theres really no silk
pajamas involved in the sport. A touch of
polyester at the high end, yes, but hey,
who doesnt enjoy that now and then?
The Bad
Doing well in a match, at least if you
care about the score, will force you to per-
form tactics completely unsafe on the street.
Youll be forced to shoot from out in the
open indeed, youll be forced to charge
right out into the open from perfectly safe
cover; youll have to expose way too much
of yourself from behind cover and youll
frequently shoot from open doorways. The
concept of the fatal funnel has no rel-
evance in the sport shooting world.
The issue here is you will react as
youve trained in a real situation. In
the real world, most often safe and
practical tactics involve obsessive use
of cover, slow and deliberate clearing,
light management and stealth shoot-
ing, to name a few. These tactics are
not practiced in competitive shooting,
and in fact, you cant begin to score
well if you apply them.
Perhaps the most dangerous habit you
can ingrain from competitive shooting is
quickly shooting at targets as you see
them. Judgment and target discrimina-
tion have little place in these events. The
no-shoot targets used in IDPA matches
are too primitive to count as real judg-
ment training, in my opinion.
The Bottom Line
If competitive sport shooting ingrains
both valuable gun handling and shooting
skills, yet unsafe tactics, should you en-
gage in the sports? Absolutely. The key
is to keep the habits learned in competi-
tive shooting separate from the habits
you need for survival shooting. There
are three ways to do this.
Only do a relatively small amount
of competitive shooting. The key word
here is relatively. If you default to your
strongest training your deepest refex-
ive rut, if you will then using compet-
itive shooting as a way to enhance your
Dangerous Diversion or Practical Pastime?
You can see
Doug Koenigs
muzzle ash
and laser
here. Regard-
less of your
thoughts on
the equipment,
at least hes
getting real-
world experi-
ence using it.
Here, top competitor
Athena Lee demon-
strates winning com-
petition form which
may not be what you
want to use during
your own competition.
A more realistic ap-
proach may be better.
Photo: Yamil Sued
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speed and accuracy can be done safely
so long as its done in moderation com-
pared to the survival shooting practice
you do. Lots of cops take this approach.
Compete, but forget about the times
(and therefore the score), and run the
stages correctly from a tactics point of
view. Youll be a heck of a lot slower on
any given stage, but youll be ingrain-
ing the good tactics you already know. I
know a couple well-known trainers who
take this approach to the shooting sports.
Engage in both survival and com-
petitive shooting practice heavily and
often. Master competitive shooter
Bryce Linskey of the Bristol, Con-
necticut, PD SWAT team takes this
approach. I once asked him if he was
afraid of defaulting to dangerous
competitive shooting tactics while
working SWAT. He replied, Look,
when Im in uniform, wearing all my
SWAT gear, my operating context is
clear, and I have no trouble maintain-
ing a real-life mindset.
Pick one of the above, but by all
means, dont neglect to participate.
Theres a competitive shooting league
somewhere close to you, and it will
force you to shoot more often, improve
your shooting, give you some fun and
let you shoot courses of fre you dont
have the time or equipment to set up
yourself. Are you afraid your shooting
isnt up to snuff? Well, youre prob-
ably right. The average competitive
shooter is a better shooter than the av-
erage cop. But you know something?
They already know that. But theyre a
friendlier, more supportive bunch of
people youll ever fnd. So swallow
your pride and get to it.
Light And Laser Invitational
The newest format for competitive
shooting is one allowing the use of rail-
mounted lights and lasers, both of which
Simple is good. This basic Glock
was in a competitors holster and
would serve as a duty gun just
about anywhere.
The smoke from Jerry Miculeks shot is visible in
the beam of his rail-mounted light in this stage.
When was the last time you actually red your
handgun at a target using the mounted light?
Photo: Yamil Sued
A speed rig is
good for fun,
but for serious
training use
your duty gear.
Springeld Armorys XD is available
in a kit you can put right to work
mag pouch, holster, gun and even a
mag loader. All might do double-duty
as a working gun too.
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are not usually allowed in traditional IPSC
and IDPA matches. This format was kicked
off at the Smith & Wesson ranges in Spring-
feld, Massachusetts on February 24, 2008.
This by-invitation-only match pitted nine of
the worlds best shooters against IDPA-type
courses of fre in light ranging from dim to
none. Using IDPA scoring, K.C. Eusebio,
Todd Jarrett, Doug Koenig, Rob
Leatham, Max Michel Jr.,
Jerry Miculek, Dave Se-
vigny, Phil Strader and
Bob Vogel competed
for the $5,000 cash frst
prize. Crimson Trace
and SureFire were match
co-sponsors,
and their
pr oduc t s
were well
represented
You dont need a fancy gun to compete, your
duty gun will almost always work at some
level, or a basic 1911 like this ParaOrdnance
might be your competition gun if you
carry a 1911 on duty.
in the competitors equipment. Most of
these shooters had only a couple of weeks
to practice with their rail lights and lasers,
and to say they shot well and fast would be
an understatement.
Dave Sevigny won the match with his
near-stock Glock, something to keep in
mind if you think fancy, multi-thousand
dollar pistols are necessary to compete
effectively. In fact, its the shooter,
not the gun. A thousand dol-
lars can buy you the better
part of 10,000 rounds of
ammunition, and
unless you are
at the level
of these guys, thats going to be a better in-
vestment in your shooting than almost any
gun modifcation you can get done.
Plans for the Low Light/Laser format
include another invitational next year,
according to Paul Pluff at Smith & Wes-
son. Part of the motivation for the match
was to try and push rail lights and lasers
into mainstream competitive events, and
with these accessories being so common
and practical, it defnitely seems like a
good idea. Maybe the honchos who run
IPSC and IDPA will pick up on the no-
tion. In any case, theres nothing pre-
venting a local club or agency from run-
ning a match or stage incorporating these
tools. It would be yet another reason to
look at competitive shooting as a way to
enhance your survival shooting skills.
A great way for frearms instruc-
tors to both improve offcers shooting
skills and have a lot of fun is to set up
an IDPA-inspired stage or two and run
them through it. Instructors could con-
trol the event, and dictate and evaluate
proper survival-shooting tactics. If you
use photo-realistic targets with hand over-
lays, such as those made by Law Enforce-
ment Targets, you can also incorporate
decision-making into the event. Couple
that with low light and you have a pretty
realistic depiction of the kind of shooting
situations offcers get
involved in.
For more info: www.smith-wesson.com;
www.crimsontrace.com; www.surere.
com; Law Enforcement Targets, Inc.,
www.letargets.com.
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Here, Dave
Sevigny drops a
mag during the
2005 Nationals.
If you compete
and train using
tactical reloads,
this would be
the time to do it,
rather than use
gamesmanship.
You can be perfectly
competitive using
your standard duty
gear like this classic
Don Hume leather.
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IN
DEFENSE
OF DEFENSE
ATTORNEYS
WHY WE HAVE THEM
WHY WE NEED THEM
You can talk about the Constitution anywhere, but its here a couple hundred square
feet of carpet in the front of a courtroom that your rights are really decided. You have
only the rights that youre given here, and defense attorneys play a critical role in
ensuring that the accused receives due process of the law.
JEREMY D. CLOUGH
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IN
DEFENSE
OF DEFENSE
ATTORNEYS
F
or the cop, the defense attorney serves as something of
a fy in the ointment of an already-unpredictable legal
system. A faithful antagonist in an adversarial system,
he (or she) is always there to dog your steps; to ask why
you didnt do more investigation in the case against their
client, or to demand why you did so much if you were certain they
were guilty, or any of a million other questions designed to put you
on trial instead of the accused. As one defense attorney friend of
mine put it, when her cop son asked her how to build an airtight
case, youll never do it good enough for us. As a DA, I see the
same thing, as I routinely watch them mislead juries with claims
they know are untrue, sandbag judges and prosecutors alike with
incorrect legal declarations, and in the worst cases, lie, forge, and
steal in the name of zealous advocacy for their client. While the
last few examples are relatively rare, its the kind of conduct people
usually associate with criminal defense attorneys.
It was against this backdrop when I was asked, Are there any
defense attorneys you respect and if so, why?
Yes, I replied quickly, because they protect peoples rights.
Thats the short answer.
End Justies The Means?
Although the United States legal system is generally described
as adversarial, thats only partially correct. In civil law, each party
hires a lawyer, whose sworn duty is to fght for whatever their cli-
ent wants. Although the attorney picks the path, the client always
WHY WE HAVE THEM
WHY WE NEED THEM
Continued on page 63
The profession of
criminal defense
is often at its best
when its practiced
by those who view
it as a public service,
and whose interest
is not in money, or
their own reputation,
but in seeing that
each of their clients
no matter how un-
popular, how poor,
or even how guilty
they are gets
the full protection
theyre promised by
the US Constitution.
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R
elative newcomer John Ralston of Vancouver, Wash-
ington makes some of the best leather Ive seen. John
started 5 Shot Leather a while ago and its transitioned
from a part time hobby to a full time endeavor. His
leather is great. Actually, its better than great its
downright spectacular. The frst time I eased my Les Baer into the
elephant hide-trimmed black cowhide rig he made for me, I was
blown away when it actually snapped into position. The ft was
was perfect. You kind of expect that snap with kydex or injection-
molded holsters, but when your gun snaps into a leather holster
its impressive.
Once youre hooked on the thrill of wearing profes-
sional-grade leather youll always have your eye on
CARRY OPTIONS MARK HANTEN
FROM HOLsTERs TO HAvERsACKs.
O
ne of the best rife advertisements Ive ever seen is from Dakota
Arms. The caption reads, Life is too short to hunt with an ugly
gun! Ive adopted that credo to encompass several aspects of
my life, and thats why my duty pistol is a Les Baer Ultimate
Recon with a set of custom Desert Ironwood burl grips from Wicked
Grips. Life is too short to carry an ugly gun and lifes too short to
wear an ugly holster.
A Tuxedo And Tube Socks?
I
know times are tough for many of us, and the idea of
a custom leather rig may seem out of reach, but Im
amazed how many professional cops buy outrageously
expensive guns and pack them around in a butt-ugly
plastic holster they got for $20 or free from that guy who
retired. And then they strap it to a foppy 1" leather belt
that only takes up about half of the holsters slot space and
the whole thing just sort of sags there like a soup-sandwich
in a baggie. If you think Im exaggerating, just go for a
stroll through your detective offces or hang out at court
for a while and youll see this painful display of plastic
foppiness. Dont
go on an empty
stomach though.
So what can
be done about
this? I suggest
getting on the
Web and fnding
yourself some
quality leather
gear that looks
professional
and actually fts
your gun. Once
youve worn a
high quality hol-
ster youll never
go back. Things
like well made
kydex or Blade-
Tech plastic and a good Wilderness 5-Stitch Instructors
Belt when youre training or really casual makes perfect
sense. But when its time to look sharp, youll defnitely
wear your good stuff. Can you say barbecue gun?
APPROPRIATE
COURTROOM ATTIRE
Another CBS with matching mag
pouch in black cowhide with
elephant trim. Lifes too short!
Check out the detail on the backside of
the shark rig and hand made belt. Are
those Carbon Creation grips? Yup.
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some kind of custom exotic rig. Its
just like a true gun enthusiast having
his eye on a custom gun or grips, or
maybe a special finish and checker-
ing. There are some great ways to
dress up a holster without breaking
the bank. A little elephant or shark
trim adds a whole new dimension to
an otherwise plain design. Using all
sharkskin is just spectacular as you
can see from the rig I have for my
stainless 1911 Commander.
John specializes in custom rigs
that dont cost your entire paycheck
and will last a lifetime. He can also
get it done in a reasonable time. Like
any handcrafted product, it wont be
ready the next day, but this kind of
quality is absolutely worth the wait.
Whether you choose the concealment
belt scabbard design I prefer, or a
pancake, snap-attachment pancake, or
one of the inside the waistband styles,
you wont be sorry you stepped up
to a rig made by an artist of Johns
caliber. Do yourself a favor, because
life really is too short to
wear an ugly holster.
For more info:
www.5shotleather.com; www.lesbaer.
com; www.blade-tech.com; www.thewil-
derness.com; www.wickedgrips.com;
wwww.carboncreations.com.
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REALITY CHECK II CLINT sMITH
COuNsEL, WIsdOM, GuIdANCE ANd TEACHING.
WE
MIGHT?
I
got an e-mail from an
officer from Missouri
who was asking about
the training he just
participated in. I was appalled
at the drills being taught.
The instructors had students
moving down-range going to
theoretical cover or conceal-
ment while other students
were firing live rifle rounds
past them. This Missouri cop
was so freaked out he didnt
go back, and considered
filing a formal complaint. I
asked how the instructor had
prefaced this drill. The in-
structor said, the movement
forward and gunfire going by
you will get you acclimated
to gunfire like if youre
ever in a fight. Im not sure
youll ever get acclimated
to incoming rifle fire.
As a modest instructor of
frearms for a few decades
I think my job is to get my
students acclimated to the
concept of using and not
leaving cover unless its
life threatening to stay there. I
would never let some knuckle-
head who calls himself an in-
structor, or student, shoot past
my head ever. How many
people do you know who youd
want behind you with a loaded
gun in a fght? Better yet, how about in training?
I remember reading about the SWAT cop from the Port-
land area and the Fort Wayne, Fort Custer cop killed in
training. There have been many law enforcement students
DANGEROUS
PEOPLE
S
acrifce is the
surrender of
something for the
sake of gaining
something else. At a
frearms instructor de-
velopment school here
in Oregon a regional
law enforcement offcer
and lead instructor
of the class said, we
might need to sacrifce
safety for realism in
frearms training.
Using unloaded ries Clint demonstrates a dangerous drill. If you do
this for real, youre an idiot. Just dont.
killed in training by other students, and my personal favor-
ite, the deaths of students at the hands of the instructional
staff. So, I guess the training could fall into several areas
that should be considered.
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Status Quo
*
T
his training program is all about
tradition. It goes on, unimpeded
by progress of any kind. Its
bad and outdated; and all too
often the range staff is comprised of
instructors who havent updated their
own gun handling skills in more than
a decade. Heaven forbid we work on
any gun handling fundamentals.
The Innovators
These guys are famous for cool
shit like the Flaming Monk Drill
and theyre damned dangerous to the
people they train and to the depart-
ments they serve. Maybe instead of
shooting past students heads, maybe
they could work on some simple
stuff. Does that sound too boring? I
think addressing a lack of personal
awareness and application of personal
tactics along with basic frearms skills
might be a good place to start.
Dont take my word for it. Look at
how many cops were killed last year in
environments that you work in everyday;
the same types of calls, same time of day
and same types of threats. Detectives call
these things clues and if anyone on the
planet should know about clues it should
be cops. LOOK at where cops work,
LOOK at where cops get killed. Maybe
training should address these issues and
leave the cool shit to the movie industry.
K.I.S.S. Principle
Its damn tough for most agencies
to suffciently budget for frearms
training, let alone bullets. This being
the case now would be a good time to
consider how to use the limited budget
and training time wisely. Get the most
for the money you do have. Use it
to develop and nurture the perishable
skills offcers arent practicing. Main-
taining the basic, safe shooting skills
may just may, save an offcers life.
Itd be worth it and you really dont
have to do that tactical ninja, black
magic voodoo shoot bullets by the
head stupid stuff.
By the way, a sacrifce can also be the
killing of a victim on an altar. Hopefully
for you cops it wont be on the altar of
training, because personally, I think we
sacrifce enough police offcers every
year on the altar of the street.
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CYBER CRIME
Continued from page 45
have the citizens who have been victim-
ized on the Internet fle a complaint with
the IC3 instead of tying up your agencys
resources? The citizen flls out the com-
plaint online and they now have their com-
plaint on fle with federal law enforcement.
Its what happens after the complaint
is fled at the IC3 that makes this process
worthwhile. First of all, the NW3C ana-
lysts look at each report and if an initial
determination can be made in regard to
subject and victim venue. The report is
then forwarded to law enforcement agen-
cies which have jurisdiction and have a
membership with the NW3C (see the
sidebar on the NW3C for information on
joining and free services NW3C can pro-
vide to law enforcement agencies). This
ensures your agency gets a copy of the
complaint without the expense of having
its personnel take the report.
The FBI analysts assigned to the IC3
use automated tools, sophisticated anal-
ysis techniques, and a lot of good, old-
fashioned, hard work to review com-
plaints, group them together, determine
subject venue and forward investigative
packets where more than ten people
have been victimized or the dollar loss
is at least $10,000 to all law enforce-
ment agencies that have venue. These
packets consist of copies of the indi-
vidual complaints, burned to a compact
disc, along with a preliminary analysis
showing how the complaints linked to-
gether to one perpetrator or group of
perpetrators. The packets are sent to
state, federal and local law enforcement
agencies, and, if the subjects seem to
reside in multiple locations, all of those
agencies receive it as well.
Foreign Crime
For foreign subjects, investigative
packets are forwarded to FBI Legal At-
taches, who are located in over 70 ma-
jor cities worldwide and who operate
out of U.S. embassies. These attaches
work with law enforcement in over
200 nations. In addition to referring
potential investigations and supporting
ongoing investigative efforts in foreign
nations, the IC3 also takes complaints
from foreign citizens who have been
victimized on the Internet. Its entirely
possible for the IC3 to refer a potential
investigation to Canadian law enforce-
ment agencies, via the FBI Legal At-
tache in Ottawa, involving Canadian
citizens defrauding Americans of hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars; while,
on the same day, referring a case to
American law enforcement agencies
in Massachusetts regarding Canadian
citizens defrauded by a cyber crime
group operating out of Boston.
In this segment of this two-part ar-
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ticle, I have described the IC3, how it
obtains and analyzes data regarding cy-
ber crime, and how it refers cases for
investigation to local, state, federal, and
international law enforcement. The con-
clusion to this two-part article will be
published in the next issue and I will ex-
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assist you and your police organization.
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(1)National White Collar Crime Center,
Bureau of Justice Assistance, and Federal
Bureau of Investigation (2008). 2007 In-
ternet Crime Report. Internet Crime Com-
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may sort of quit noticing you once you
get out of the game. Its sad, but all too-
often true. Youll see.
Now go get em. Editor
Americancopmagazine.com
Possibly the best laid out Web pages/
magazine I have ever seen! The ability
to click on nearly any page and bring up
the advertisers site is fantastic. The ar-
ticles in this edition are interesting and
informative. Keep it up!
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Congratulations on having a great
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FBCOPTEAM1
Professional Courtesy?
I just read Sammy Reeses article
Professional Courtesy (Offcer Sur-
vival, Sept/Oct 2008 ) and I could not
disagree with his stance more. First my
credentials: 30 years experience as a
police offcer, 17 years as a SWAT of-
fcer/sniper with a major metropolitan
law enforcement agency, a Masters de-
gree in administration, and now chief
of police in a small rural agency. And
yes, I too have a heavy foot at times. I
just paid my speeding ticket I was is-
sued by the State Patrol here in Colo-
rado. I did not identify myself to the
trooper until after he had written the
ticket and given me my copy, and then
only because I did not want to hear the
lecture on the dangers of speeding. My
own offcers questioned me as to why
I did not show my badge to get out of
the ticket. There is only one reason,
it is unprofessional to do so. Profes-
sional courtesy does not mean letting
an offcer go because he is an offcer.
Your brothers do not deserve more
than any other citizen.
Professional courtesy means you act
like a professional and treat everyone
the way you would wish to be treated.
Start a ticket war? That is the most
unprofessional thing I could hear a cop
say. Please answer this for me and lets
see if you can change my mind. What
do I, as Chief of Police, tell Mr. Aver-
age citizen when he comes into my of-
fce and asks me why he got a ticket for
speeding but he saw an offcer let go
with no ticket for speeding in the same
area? Do I tell Mr. Average that we are
better than you, so we deserve more, or
RETURN FIRE
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that we are family and you are not, so
we deserve more? As to Mr. Reeses ex-
perience with his local deputies, maybe
they thought he was not part of their
family so he didnt get the good treat-
ment. How unethical for both parties
involved, if you ask me. In my humble
opinion this is exactly why we have to
fght so hard for the respect of our citi-
zens, because offcers often think they
deserve more. I will not tolerate that
attitude in my department. And before
I get the slew of e-mails from the new
generation, yes I believe law enforce-
ment deserves more pay, more equip-
ment and maybe more understanding
due to the very nature of our chosen
profession. However we do not deserve
more in the way of special treatment
just because we are in law enforcement.
Ronald E. Grannis
Chief Of Police
(303) 857-4011
Last I heard Chief, a ticket was an
infraction and no offcer has to take any
action and doesnt have to explain him-
self as to why they either gave a verbal
warning or a citation. And I wonder ex-
actly how a citizen would know if an off-
duty cop was issued a cite or released,
and why either thing happened? Ive al-
ways noticed plumbers give one another
breaks and at-cost work. Ditto for
doctors, lawyers and most of the busi-
ness community, but I have to pay retail.
Hell, I loan my neighbor tools since hes
my neighbor and I wouldnt loan one to
a stranger. I believe its called profes-
sional courtesy regardless of the indus-
try and I dont mind at all if a plumber or
anyone wants to cut a fellow a better deal.
I once let a doctor go without a cite
because he was obviously distracted
by a difficult case he was about to at-
tend at an emergency room. He said he
was a doctor and asked if I would give
him a break. I did, it was my preroga-
tive according to the law and I exer-
cised it. But, Id like to throw this one
out to the troops: Do you extend pro-
fessional courtesy when its warrant-
ed in your opinion? Im not talking
about letting criminal action go un-
punished, but do you enforce infrac-
tions on fellow-officers if they identify
themselves? Tell me why you cite or
not. Reach me at Editor@american-
copmagazine.com and Ill print some
of your, Im sure, spirited
responses! Editor

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DEFENSE ATTORNEYS
Continued from page 51
chooses the destination. The criminal sys-
tem differs in that the prosecutor, the judge,
and the jury all share the obligation to seek
the truth and do justice. While the defense
attorney has a similar duty, current ethical
standards have found a lawyers obliga-
tion to his clients interest is so strong it
trumps this obligation. Of all the parties in
the courtroom in a criminal trial, only the
defense attorney has the freedom to pursue
the ends desired by his client, even in def-
ance of what he knows to be true. The fact
he has that freedom only underscores the
importance of his role.
When you consider the ability we (both
cops and prosecutors) have to destroy peo-
ples lives, its absolutely right to have that
power controlled in some way. And thats
what defense attorneys do; they check the
power of the State, which otherwise would
be controlled by nothing but the conscienc-
es of the people who fll its various roles.
When they built America, the Founding
Fathers werent making it up as they went;
they had principles to build on, and two of
the basic ones explain why they incorporat-
ed the different facets of the Anglo-Ameri-
can legal system as we know it, including
defense attorneys. The frst was a belief in
the rights of man, and the second was what
they believed about the nature of man.
The second paragraph of the Declara-
tion of Independence begins by saying the
Founders believed people were endowed
with certain rights that were given by their
Creator (whom they believed to be the
Judeo-Christian God), and the role of gov-
ernment was to recognize these rights, not
create them. Although its popular to be-
lieve the government gives us our rights, a
right created by vote either the vote of
Congress, or of citizens at large can be
taken away just as easily. Its no right at all;
its just a privilege granted by whoever hap-
pens to be in authority.
The UNs Universal Declaration of
Human Rights says the same basic thing:
wherever you are, whatever race you were
born in whatever country, you have rights
that cannot be taken away from you by
any government. Although the UN decla-
ration lacks the philosophical foundation
that drove the Founders (if you cant give
a good source for rights, are you sure you
have them?), the Founders thought the true
source of mans rights was so obvious that it
was self-evident.
A belief in these rights such as the es-
sential liberty of man, which is taken away
by imprisonment is worthless without
creating a system for their protection. Our
Bill of Rights is this system, an interwoven
framework of rights that depend upon and
support one another. For example, while the
Fourth Amendment says were free from
unreasonable search and seizure, its almost
meaningless without the Sixth Amendment,
which says we have the right to have an at-
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ever have to teach them to misbehave?
With this view, the Founders under-
stood there had to be a fgure who chal-
lenged every facet of the legal system in
each case, and this fgure had to have the
freedom to do it effectively enough to en-
sure whatever was done, was done right.
While many newly-minted attorneys start
with criminal defense to defend the inno-
cent, theyre often quickly disillusioned
as they realize the vast majority of their
clients did what they were charged with; if
they really want a job where theyre gov-
erned by their conscience, they belong on
the other side of the courtroom.
The successful defense attorneys
the ones who stick at it, the ones who earn
my respect every day are those who
understand their clients may not be good
people, may not be innocent people, but
theyre entitled to due process of law. No
matter how bad they are or how heinous
the crime theyre charged with, theyre
citizens with rights that must be protect-
ed. Once we start to allow our view of an
individual to affect the legal protection
theyre given, were on a fast track to a
place the Founding Fathers didnt want
us to be, because they understood the law
had to apply equally to everyone, or it re-
ally didnt apply at all.
Think about it: if you were on trial,
would you want the quality of your defense
to depend on what your lawyer thinks of
you? The profession of criminal defense is
often at its most admirable when an attor-
ney takes on unpopular cases simply to en-
sure that, whatever the odds arrayed against
him, and whatever the outcome, his client
gets a fair trial.
With all of this in mind, some of what we
think of as unethical behavior on the part
of defense attorneys makes perfect sense.
Take, for example, the accusation theyre
lying when they tell a jury an alternative
theory about how a crime could have been
committed, when they know their client did
it. First of all, many defense attorneys really
dont know if theyre client is guilty or not.
But second of all, even if they do, the State
is required to prove guilt beyond a reason-
able doubt; how else do you determine if a
doubt is reasonable, if you arent allowed to
suggest other reasonable ideas about what
could have happened? Although many of
us cant stomach the idea of presenting a
known falsehood, in that role, its a neces-
sary part of testing the system.
In a perfect world, there would be
no need for defense attorneys; wit-
nesses would always speak the truth,
cops would never be mistaken (or even
corrupt), and prosecutors would never
lose sight of their strict obligation to
do justice. But until we live in a per-
fect world and human nature reverses
course, well have
them. If were lucky.
Special thanks to the Hon. Murphy Mill-
er, as well as Andy Blumenthal, Esq., Chris
Coulter, PhD, and N. Stanley Gunter, Esq.
ing seen tyranny, they were convinced there
was something in people all people
that couldnt be trusted. Around the same
time we had our revolution, the French
were having their own, based on other
ideas. While ours led to freedom, theirs
turned out bloody and oppressive, partially
because they believed mankind was good
and could be trusted with power. If there
was any doubt after the reign of terror the
French experienced, World War I proved the
point; the more the human race advanced,
the more capable we were of indulging our
most base tendencies. Most cops are past
thinking were all A-okay, but if you have
any doubt left, look at your kids. Did you
torney who can explain to a judge (or jury)
why a given search was unreasonable. In a
legal system made up of people who, even
at their best, are capable of making mistakes,
the Founders recognized the value of having
one fgure in the system who is capable of
stepping into the shoes of the accused and
fghting to ensure their rights are not violated.
Base Tendencies
Note I said people even at their best.
The US government operates under a series
of checks and balances because, contrary to
another popular idea, the Founders didnt
believe mankind was inherently good. Hav-
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y wife, Suzi, is a just-retired cop (can you say 24
years?) and spent some years wearing BDU-type
duty gear. Shes tall and slender and must have
spent thousands on tailoring bills over the years trying
to get mens and even womens BDU pants to ft. It
was always an ordeal, so before we men-folk pass this
bit of info off as a so-what, trust me when I say tens of
thousands of lady-cops are jumping for joy at this news.
Woolrich Elite has designed these new Lightweight
Pants to actually ft a womans, shall we say, differ-
ent body, than what we squarish-men have. The result is
manufactured of fade resistant, lightweight cotton ripstop
fabric and features ten multi-use pockets, built with criti-
cal seams, double-needle stitched and bar-tacked at stress
points for durability, whatever all that means. This adds up
to the fact our lady-peers now have real pants as tough as
the ones weve been lucky enough to wear for years. And
its about time. www.woolricheliteseriestactical.com
T
en years ago Terry Mackness had an idea:
Why not build tough-duty boots ftting more
like athletic shoes than, um, tough-duty
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a wide range of feet in order to handle the jillion-
boot orders from the military and the like. Terrys
company, Original S.W.A.T., fts feet like the ath-
letic shoes most of us wear so often so were
more familiar with the feel and ft. When you put
them on, you say, oh, these feel like my run-
ning shoes, I like that. So a big, American COP
congratulations to Terry and Original S.W.A.T.s
great ideas. Can I have something in a teal color?
Just kidding. www.originalswat.com
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451,737
TOTAL SWORN LOCAL
POLICE AS OF 2003.
$93,300
YEARLY SPENT PER
OFFICER BY LOCAL PDS.
$200
YEARLY SPENT PER
RESIDENT BY LOCAL CITIES.
174,251
TOTAL SWORN DEPUTIES
AS OF 2003.
$124,400
YEARLY SPENT PER
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$82
YEARLY SPENT PER
RESIDENT BY COUNTIES.
1%
OF 17.8 MILLION STOPPED
IN 2005 FEELING POLICE HAD
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handy are all things weve heard
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tools. Rick designed a series of, well, sort of weapon-pens that can be
custom-confgured according to your needs. This latest version keeps one end
as an honest pen, and the other, threaded end, allows you to screw-on all kinds
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ditch sticker for anyone who needs a solid back-up weapon. Oh yeah, you can
write a citation with it too. www.rickhinderedknives.com
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aves gone, but not forgotten. Hell still write now
and again and inbetween goofng off, take a few
pictures for us too. Dave helped us bring COP to life
and Ill always appreciate that. Youll notice Sammy
Reese is now the Executive Editor. Sammys been writing
for us for a few years now. He left the Marines as a captain,
then put eight years on the Escondido PD, working patrol,
SWAT, range duties and other stuff until an uninsured jerk
rammed his patrol car. The city made Sammy retire due to an
injury and I snatched him up. Hell help to keep things well-
grounded here in reality; and be fore warned, his bull-meter
is well tuned.
Ive found Im wearing the editors hat here now. That
word Publisher just means I get yelled at by the big
boss, but Editor is where the meat is. COP was our brain-
child a few years ago, and the staffers at FMG were foolish
enough to believe everything I said (or most of what I said
). We got the green light and the ride hasnt slowed down
since. Well soon have the largest circulation of any of the
copzines, and the kudos continue to roll in. Its not because
were particularly smart, but because we tell the truth and
get people who know their stuff to write the articles. The
buck will continue to stop directly on my desk, and if theres
something needing attention, that buck wont be passed off
to anyone else. So call if you need to and well sort it out,
whatever it is. Honest.
Just so you know, as Clint Smith would say, I
wanted to be a cop since I was 12 years old. Lived it,
breathed it, wanted it badly and couldnt hardly wait to
be 21. I became an Explorer Scout with the Chula Vista
PD in 1968 and had my own Rayovac flashlight, genu-
ine handcuffs and a spray-painted-white old GI helmet
liner with an official CVPD logo on it. Who would have
ever thought directing traffic for the 4th of July parade
could be a heady experience? Sorry maam, the streets
closed. Whew.
At 21 I became a Reserve with them, and left there four
and a half years later as a Reserve Sergeant and much
wiser. Or at least a bit wiser. I shot on the pistol team there
(even against Mexican Federale agents and Tijuana cops in
Mexico but thats another story), and left at 25 to join the
San Diego PD as a full-time cop. Damndest thing that, as I
actually was doing what I had dreamed about, maybe just
like you. And, it didnt disappoint. Okay, maybe sometimes,
and even then mostly because of administration idiots and
fellow beat cops who were too stupid (or just plain jerks) to
be wearing a badge, but had slipped in anyhow. You know
them. We still have them.
But it worked, and I thought I was good at it, until I
would periodically be reminded I too was an idiot at times,
and only by the grace of the gods of new cops escaped
with my skin on more times than I care to admit. I worked
the gamut of jobs, with the focus being patrol-oriented
gigs, with periodic stints in a suit in the likes of public af-
fairs and such which taught me you need to talk too in
order to be a good cop.
I did some vacation reliefs for detectives but, simply
put, hated it. I appreciate a good detective (my wife was
one so I have to say that), but it wasnt for me. Up-front,
on the street, in their faces was what I liked. I spent some
time driving police boats in Mission Bay and that was,
well, um, er, a pretty fun job. But I learned bad guys
drive boats and are just as stupid on the water as in the
parking lot around the bay. I was still in their faces, but
wore tennis shoes and a foatation vest. Did I tell you
about the jet skis we drove? How do you carry a gun on a
jet ski? Ill tell you some day.
Ask any cop worth their salt what the favorite part of their
job is and theyll say sometimes wistfully, as they look
back on a career putting cuffs on a genuine bad guy.
And its true. Doesnt matter what they do now, most cops
tell stories about their time on the streets, fghting, running,
digging for criminals, blood on their hands, screeching tires,
saving lives, smiling at kids, and yes, helping old people.
It was/is all great and why we do it. Theres nothing like it
anywhere and dont forget that. But we have to remember
we work for the citizens and never, ever forget that either.
They arent generally assholes, arent generally liars, arent
generally bad and do generally want to help us out. They
make mistakes at times, but its still okay to be polite, helpful
and positive. Believe it or not, you are a role model, and Id
wager my meager salary youre a much better one than some
miscreant, famous, ex-felon on parole, current gang member,
sports-dude. Hell, Id vote for you.
I retired in 1999 after 20 years on the job as they say on
the NYPD. And yes, its still in the blood, my head still swiv-
els when I drive, but I and all of us here at COP have
something else needing doing now.
Helping you.
Roy out.
One of many
tough assign-
ments I had to
deal with.
INSIDER
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