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RETURN FIRE
Dangerous Idiots
Clint Smiths column on stupid
range drills (Reality Check II, March/
April 2009) struck a chord with me.
As the departments range master,
I was tasked with making our train-
ing more realistic according to our
chief, who is not a shooter at all. He
told me to make sure our guys know
what its like to have gun shots close
by he must have been watching
some TV show is all I can figure. I
asked him exactly how he thinks
I should do that. He said, I dont
know, put them at the dirt berm and
shoot next to them maybe?
I explained why that was not a
good idea. And
thanks to Clint,
I can now show
him the article
to back me up.
Make sure you continue to not be
afraid to address these kinds of im-
portant issues.
Name withheld by request
Back Where?
I read Roys column about being
Back in the Saddle (Insider, March/
April 2009) and wanted to say hi. I
recall reading his stuff since the early
1980s and now Im glad to see hes the
editor at COP. Im sure hell keep the
ball rolling there and Ive always en-
joyed his to-the-point attitude. Which is
why I like your magazine!
Foster Alberts
Canadian LE Offcer
Via e-mail
Thanks Foster, and Im glad to see
our friends up there are getting Amer-
He said, I dont know,
put them at the dirt
berm and shoot next to
them maybe?
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tactic, but have never done it or seen it
done. How effective is it when using the
.223? Can any of your writers expand on
this tactic?
Deputy Jason Etheridge
Via e-mail
Jason, Ive had the opportunity to not
only witness this sort of thing, but actu-
ally fred a few rounds through a wind-
shield from the inside. A good friend had
access to a junkyard in the country and
the owner didnt mind if we did a bit of
informal testing on cracked windshields.
What we found (wearing leather welding
jackets and goggles and face shields)
ican COP. Well continue to help those of
you on the streets by keeping you posted
about good gear, tactics, ideas, tips
and well continue to make sure you
know whats ridiculous too. Thats the
fun part! Roy
Defend Em?
I thought Mr. Cloughs article (In De-
fense of Defense Attorneys, March/April
2009) was going to be some drivel about
public defenders and how hard their jobs
are, with hand wringing and such. I was
surprised to read a well-balanced article
about why we do need good, ethical de-
fense attorneys, even though many of
us in law enforcement still hate it when
one uses the law to get a client off. Mr.
Cloughs article helped me to understand
some of the reasons they win at times.
Offcer Carl Robertson
New Jersey
Shooting Windshields
The photo in the article about the
Spikes Tactical rife (Spikes Tactical
ST-15 SBR, March/April 2009) shows an
offcer posing as if hes going to shoot
through the windshield. Ive seen train-
ing like this and read where its a viable
was the rounds all easily penetrated. The
muzzle blast and noise were stunning
though. Depending upon the load (stan-
dard ball 55-gr. FMJ or Federals Tacti-
cal .223 we used at the time some years
ago), performance on the target varied.
The FMJ ball had some fragmentation
issues but still made good holes in a tar-
get about fve yards in front of the hood.
It was hard to tell, but it seems there was
also some variation in impact from our
point of aim. The Federal Tactical held
together better. We used a 20" Colt AR
and sat way back to clear. While not a
comprehensive test, it did give us some
idea, and I wouldnt hesitate to shoot
through glass if I had to but youd be
sure to damage your hearing Ill bet. Im
not sure how these short-barreled rifes
perform though. Maybe a reader out
there has some experience with this and
can write in? Let us know at editor@
americancopmagazine.com and well
print what we learn. Roy
Likes Us
Great magazine! A bud told me
about your online edition and since I
have a wireless Internet card for my
laptop, I can read COP during those
long graveyard shifts and not have to
It did give us some
idea, and I wouldnt
hesitate to shoot
through glass if I had
to but youd be
sure to damage your
hearing Ill bet.
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worry about my squad mates stealing
my issue! Oh, I read it for training, not
for pleasure right.
Offcer Rory Atchinson
Oregon
If you havent checked it out, go to
www.americancopmagazine.com and
browse the online edition. Its searchable
so you can fnd an article from any past
issue, and allows hot links on Web
sites. Roy
And
First off thank you for an excellent
magazine. Each issue gives food for
thought. I have the honor to be the Train-
ing Offcer and Firearms Instructor for a
branch of Brinks Inc., the armored car
company, and the subject of plastic/toy/
colored guns has come up in our train-
ing. Just as police offcers are expected
to make very fast decisions under stress,
our messengers, when out on the street
between their truck and a customers
location, are in a similar situation. They
may have to make a life and death deci-
sion. If its pointed at them, and the bad
guy will not respond to orders to stop,
the messengers job is to stop the ac-
tion. If anybody thinks a plastic gun
would somehow intimidate or save him,
they chose the wrong armored car mes-
senger to approach.
Clint Smiths column (Plastic Prac-
tice, Realty Check II Jan/Feb 2009)
preaches to the choir. The use of it should
be shouted from the rooftops. This kind
of training is not only cost effective, but
its safe and allows a student to leave
training with the same number of holes
as he/she started the session with.
Thank you again for publishing these
two articles, and an excellent publication.
Chris McDonald
Branch Training Offcer
Denver Armored - B0175
Kudos To Doc Williams
I just now got the Sept/Oct issue
from my chiefs desk. Reading the ar-
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ticle by Dr. Williams (Shooting With
X-Ray Vision), I now know Ive been
right for many years regarding round-
placement in order to stop an attack.
Having had EMT and flight-medic
training I knew the conventional pa-
per targets were incorrect and had us
all shooting in the wrong place. Any-
body familiar with human anatomy
knows this.
Thank you for making this known to
more offcers. However, the problem re-
mains in current training, still using the
basic paper target. As shown, the back
of a target using this information would
leave the shooter low in qualifcation
scores. Most of us out there may shoot
twice a year. If we use this concept the
scores would be low maybe career-
ending low and most of us dont have
the opportunity to shoot enough so we
can qualify one day and train properly
the rest of the time. We need a strong
movement within the law enforcement
world to produce a proper target. Thank
you for a true cops magazine. Thank
you for the real stuff!
Sgt. Rick Hochmann
Santa Anna PD, Texas
More Pink Ponderings
It is a big deal, treat it as a real gun.
Im not in police work of any type, how-
ever I have a conceal carry permit. I feel
anyone facing an offcer with a gun is
subject to being shot.
Sherrill Smith
Salem, VA
Toro Caca
In response to Paul Markels edito-
rial (Toro Caca: Priceless or Ridiculous,
Jan/Feb 2009), I started my adult life in
Carters Army (1975-78) and intended
to make a career out of military service.
Being sent to do my duty armed with an
M16A1 baseball bat helped me realize I
couldnt play the game for 20 or more
years. I had hoped things had changed,
at least while were engaged in the War
on Terror. It seems our troops need
our prayers even more than I realized.
Thanks for a fne publication.
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San Manuel Indian Nation Dept. of
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While Im not exactly sure why anything that
eliminates odor is tactical, nonetheless, there are
times when it is, indeed, tactical to not stink. The
boys from Blue Wonder (now working closely
with PointBlank Body Armor) have developed
this secret recipe that, yes America kills odor!
And if youve ever worn body armor during a hot
summer you understand the meaning of vestus-
ordorus Latin for: You stink to high heaven.
Recently, at a trade show I bumped into Ken
Gibbs and Will Thompson, modern day Mutt and
Jeff, the head honchos of Blue Wonder. What
a couple of goofs, but I really like them. They
walked up to me and immediately said, here, smell this. Now Ive been around long enough to know
when a man says that, hes not about to have you smell something nice. Sure enough, I was right. They
had sprayed a paper towel with full-strength ammonia pew. Then they sprayed their Tactical Odor
Eliminator on the same paper towel and, poof, the smell was gone. Not just covered up with some other
scent, but gone.
I remembered the number of times I had to endure the nastiness of some idiot I was transporting to
jail who had either barfed, crapped in his pants or was just your ordinary stinky bum. Some of my work
mates had never introduced their vest covers to a washing machine or were trying to stretch one uniform
through the entire week ew. I sure couldve used this stuff then. I now have a bottle of the stuff and
Im waiting for my sister to come for a visit with her poopy-diaper-maker of a son. Maybe I can just spray
his butt with it?
Anyway, Tactical Odor Eliminator is really good stuff it really does work. I dont exactly know how
and the boys tell me its proprietary, but Ive smelled it for myself. Maybe its voodoo magic?
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SPECIAL WEAPONS
For a single, precise shot to resolve a situation, it has
to be red from a special weapon. Enter the Savage
LE Series. Special weapons. Exceptional accuracy.
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SPYDERCO
KHUKURI
SUZI HUNTINGTON
Ive been a Spyderco-carrying
girl since I was a little baby cop
in the mid-1980s. I originally
carried the Police Model, all
stainless steel construction and
one of the rst clip knives Id ever
seen. I was new to knives back
then, but I was already on my
way to addiction. The serrated
blade seemed to saw through anything. But that early clip style, where they had stamped the clip from the handle,
leaving a channel behind, was a pants pocket ruinator.
Next came the Delica, the pink Delica to be specic. And along with that knife started my relationship with
Joyce Laituri, Spydercos Marketing Manager. Here was another girl who obviously had the knife-gene. Shes the
one who made sure I got a new pink Delica (despite it being discontinued) after a rather unfortunate incident
between my knife and a toilet in a public restroom at Mission Bay the toilet won. Its a long story.
Over the years Joyce has kept a steady stream of Spyderco knives coming my way. She recently let me play
with their new C125 Khukuri, designed by Ed Schempp. I really liked the blade shape on this one. Its curved
about 45 degrees in the locked position and has a deep, drop-point belly. Its not a knife youd typically think of for
police work, but it felt good in my hand and I can see it will be a good choice for police use.
The Khukuri is 4 3/8" when closed, with an overall length of 7 11/16". The blade, which is VG-10 steel, is
3 7/16" long; all this in a Foliage Green G-10 handle with a liner lock. The clip can be mounted for either a left
or right-hand, tip up carry. If I was still a cop I could see myself using this knife. I bet it would be a very effective
seat belt cutter and the angled blade would make scraping registration tags from license plates a snap. The price is
around $229. www.spyderco.com
KEL-TECS P-32
ROY HUNTINGTON
Sometimes cheap is good, and
when it comes to the Kel-Tec P-32, its
good. At about $300 at full boat retail,
its tiny, reliable, really pocket-
sized, and led the
pack in affordable
tiny semi-potent
pocket rockets for
years. They have
a big-brother, P-3AT
in .380, but frankly,
some people have trouble
managing recoil in a .380 that
tiny and light. A polymer frame keeps it
at about eight ounces fully loaded, so this
thing is feathery!
Were showing the P-32 because it was
the rst of the breed, and this very gun is one
Ive had since they were rst introduced, hence the wear and tear visible. Ive carried it so much the holster in the
picture is the second Thad Rybka holster for it since I wore out the rst one. Its pretty much impossible to wear out
a TR holster, but I did.
This was and is my all the time gun and is always a close second to whatever my real gun is at the time.
Taking out the trash at night? Into the pocket. Working in the garage with the door open? Into the pocket. Sitting
at my computer working on this magazine in the middle of 20 acres in the country with no sign of anyone within
a half-mile? Into my pocket. Get my drift?
It holds eight rounds of just about whatever .32 you want to feed it and disappears in the palm of your
hand. The DA-only feature is safe and reliable. Is it the best gun to ght with? Absolutely, positively not.
But it just might give you the edge when youd otherwise be utterly unprepared. As a cop back-up, or
a secondary gun, it might work for you. Keep it clean, shoot it with a stiff
wrist and it will work ne. www.kel-tec-cnc.com
G2G
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2009 Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. www.ruger.com
L I G H T W E I G H T C O M P A C T R E V O L V E R
Introducing the NEW Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR), a 13.5 ounce, small frame revolver with a smooth,
easy-to-control trigger and highly manageable recoil. Packed with the latest technological advances and features
required by todays most demanding shooters, it is the latest in the HARD-R

family of products from Ruger.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LCR ONLINE AT WWW.RUGER.COM/LCR
Monolithic Aluminum Frame
which supports the cylinder and
barrel is an aerospace grade,
7000 series forging treated with a
black synergistic hard coat and is
extremely lightweight and durable.
Patent Pending Friction
Reducing Cam is a next
generation design in fire control
systems with an optimized cam
that results in a smooth,
non-stacking trigger pull.
Patent Pending Polymer Fire
Control Housing holds all the
fire control components in their
proper dimensional relationships,
reduces weight significantly,
and helps reduce recoil.
High-Strength 400 Series
Stainless Steel Cylinder is
extensively fluted (reducing weight)
and is treated to an advanced
form of Rugers Target Grey

finish for excellent durability.


THE EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLVER.
THE RUGER

LCR

HIGH TECH
CUttING EdGE WIdGEts ANd OthER NEW stUff.
ROY hUNtINGtON
PELICAN 9430
KICK-BUTT
LIGHT
I
aimed it in a room in our basement with all the
lights off as if Id have to light up a crime scene
and it did. I lit-up my tractor in a perfectly dark
barn, and I could have rebuilt the engine with just
the 9430 lighting things up. I also did a could I carry
this and use it as a fashlight test and, well, it didnt do
so well in that test. But it might just be me and I need to work
on upper-body strength. Im thinking with enough duct tape I
could probably rig a handy shoulder/waist/arm/wrist holder.
Click, wham! The sizzling beam fashes into the front seat of
a miscreants car as they shrink back, shocked and awed.
May I see your drivers license please? Hell yes I can
see it! Ha! Double ha!
They want this thing back and Im trying to
fgure out a way to keep it. At about $800 it seems
like its a lot, but if I amortize it over 20 years,
thats only, um, uh, er $3.30 a month for a
fashlight. Hell, thats cheap. Hey Suzi
For More Info: www.pelican.com
D
ont tell me you dont have the fashlight gene, because I know you do. Im
always in the middle of a quest for the bestest, brightest, coolest, smallest,
niftiest, makes-the-most-sense fashlight, regardless of any particularly good
reason. Im boggled into a stupor when someone says, Oh? A fashlight?
Um, uh, I think I may have one somewhere then produces one of those barely glowing
99-cent, plastic, dime-store fashlights. How can you not have a fashlight, and probably
have at least one in a pocket somewhere? Gads its, its un-American.
Ive been known to stand on my back deck at night overlooking about six acres in
our back yard and shine fashlights into the dark in a constant contest of which one
is really best? And I can never decide. Hey Suzi, aw, cmon, dont roll your eyes, is this
one just a bit brighter? Can you see that little rock better with this one (shining a light) or
this one (shining another)? I could never decide who was the clear winner until now.
But it does have some, shall we say, personal portability problems.
The Winner Is
T
he 9430 is the master of all sorta-portable lights
for cops. You need to keep the term portable in an
open-minded manner. This isnt a carry it on the
belt light, but more of a keep it in the trunk for
those times when you need to light the snot out of a place
lights. With about 2,000 (!) lumens of light, it not only wins
the light up Roys back yard game but does a fair job of
lighting up a grove of walnut trees about 300 yards away.
And yes, we could see the little beady eyes of the
furry woodland creatures way out there. Even
Suzi didnt roll her eyes too much.
Its got a built-in charging port and gives
you a run time of up to 15 hours on the low
setting, which is hardly less bright than the
high setting. The light itself is a mainte-
nance-free LED array that will only burn for
some 50,000 hours. Thats only 5.7
years, so remember: if you
leave it on 24 hours a day
for six years, you might
have to replace the light.
The head rotates 360
degrees and is on an
expandable mini-mast
so you can pretty much
aim this baby anywhere
you need the light. Theres
other goodies like a
low-battery indica-
tor, waterproof
switch and a
lock on that ex-
tension mast.
The Test
The Pelican 9430 Area
Lighting System may just
be the ultimate keep it in
the patrol car trunk light.
Light a crime scene? No
problem. We tried it in
a pitch-black basement
room and, well, you can
see the results.
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2009 Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. www.ruger.com
L I G H T W E I G H T C O M P A C T R E V O L V E R
Introducing the NEW Ruger Lightweight Compact Revolver (LCR), a 13.5 ounce, small frame revolver with a smooth,
easy-to-control trigger and highly manageable recoil. Packed with the latest technological advances and features
required by todays most demanding shooters, it is the latest in the HARD-R

family of products from Ruger.


LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LCR ONLINE AT WWW.RUGER.COM/LCR
Monolithic Aluminum Frame
which supports the cylinder and
barrel is an aerospace grade,
7000 series forging treated with a
black synergistic hard coat and is
extremely lightweight and durable.
Patent Pending Friction
Reducing Cam is a next
generation design in fire control
systems with an optimized cam
that results in a smooth,
non-stacking trigger pull.
Patent Pending Polymer Fire
Control Housing holds all the
fire control components in their
proper dimensional relationships,
reduces weight significantly,
and helps reduce recoil.
High-Strength 400 Series
Stainless Steel Cylinder is
extensively fluted (reducing weight)
and is treated to an advanced
form of Rugers Target Grey

finish for excellent durability.


THE EVOLUTION OF THE REVOLVER.
THE RUGER

LCR

PELICAN 9430
KICK-BUTT
LIGHT
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tional offcer will spend more time with
convicted felons in two years than the aver-
age police offcer will in a career and
95 percent of us do it without any frearms.
Correctional offcers are outnumbered 60:1
or worse in most cases. Walk any tier,
cellblock, chow hall or recreation yard and
youll know very quickly just how badly
were outnumbered. We maintain over 2.2
million people behind bars in the United
States some of whom are the most
deviant criminals yet many people still
question the legitimacy of this profession.
Are correctional offcers law enforce-
ment offcers? Should they have the right
to carry? Anyone whos ever worked
behind he walls of our nations prisons,
jails and juvenile detention centers would
fnd these questions unfathomable, and
absurd. If were not law enforcement
offcers what are we?
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.
95 percent of
corrections of-
cers are not
armed.
B
ad guys get locked up. Then who
deals with them? We do cor-
rectional offcers, that is. But are
they any less dangerous? We have
powers of arrest while in the performance of
Here Come Da Judge
our duties and are authorized to use deadly
force. Forty thousand of us get assaulted,
and nearly a dozen are killed in the line of
duty every year. Police catch them, but we
have to keep them. The average correc-
COPS OR NOT?
A
ccording to the U.S. Department of Justice Law
enforcement offcers include but are not limited to,
police, corrections, probation, parole and judicial
offcers (42 U.S.C. 3796). Were now recognized
and included on the Law Enforcement Offcers Memorial
Wall in Washington, DC. Were covered under the nations
beneft programs for law enforcement offcers killed or per-
manently disabled in the line of duty and several states have
enacted similar legislation recognizing the vital role we play
in law enforcement. So, we are law enforcement offcers,
right? Uh, er, if only it were that uncomplicated, and why is
it so important at this point in our history?
Thanks to the diligent work by the Law Enforcement
Alliance of America over the last decade, HR 218, known as
the Right to Carry law was enacted in August 2004. This
law allows for active and retired law enforcement offcers to
carry a concealed weapon across state lines while off duty
as long as certain certifcation requirements are met. Thered
been some questions about the laws limitations; however a
recent decision by the courts upheld the intent of the legisla-
tion as written. Yet, only 13 states convey some level of
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COPS OR NOT?
peace offcer status upon their correc-
tional offcers Arkansas, Cali-
fornia, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey,
New York, Rhode Island, Texas,
Utah and Wyoming and most of
those states dont confer full peace
offcer status to their offcers on and
off duty. This laws an important tool
for correctional offcers so its impor-
tant all members of my profession be
afforded full peace offcer status in
every jurisdiction.
The Awful Truth
Over recent years weve seen an
increase in the number of offcers
being assaulted or murdered off-du-
ty as a result of their job behind the
walls. The Internet and cell phones
have made it easy to track down
and fnd nearly anyone you want.
Gangs and terrorists have national
and international communications
networks and theyre getting more
sophisticated every day. According
to the National Gang Task Forces
2005 Threat Assessment report
prison gangs are now ordering hits
on correctional offcers on the street
from behind prison walls.
An offcer was murdered during
a robbery in a mall parking lot when
his attackers discovered he was a
correctional offcer. Another was
gunned down at home, in front of
his family because hed placed a
gang-banger in segregation the day
before while on the job. An offcer
was shot while sitting on his front
porch after a gang member recog-
nized him from state prison and
another offcer was badly beaten
outside a diner by an ex-con who
recognized him. And these arent
isolated incidents.
We are law enforcement offcers
in every sense of the word. Its time
our nation took notice and politicians
realize we put our lives on the line
everyday to protect our communities.
We should be afforded the appropri-
ate respect and dignity that goes with
such a sacrifce. Most importantly,
we should be provided the tools
needed to protect ourselves. All cor-
rectional offcers must be afforded
full peace offcer status. Legislation
should be enacted in every jurisdic-
tion in the nation to address this
issue. We must be allowed to protect
our families and ourselves from the
very people we protect
society from everyday.
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CARRY OPtIONs MARK HANTEN
fROM hOlstERs tO hAvERsACks.
Grab
It And
Go!
T
he recent attacks in Mombai are a clear reminder
terrorist threats are still a reality in our world. Im a
frm believer this type of coordinated multiple shooter
attack is much more likely than a dirty bomb, or
Chem/Bio attack. A couple of years ago, I was at a paintball
feld and there was a contingent of Middle Eastern folks
chanting Muslim prayers in the parking lot in their camies.
They were less than friendly and seemed to be training for
something. Some of the 9/11 terrorists got their fight train-
ing nearby, so I called a couple of the local Feds and let them
know about our paintball crew. Im not really sure how it
turned out, but it stuck with me. The one thing we can be sure
of is more attacks are inevitable and we owe it to the public,
our families, and ourselves to be prepared.
Over the years, weve all seen a signifcant change in the
philosophy of police training for active shooter attacks. One
thing that hasnt changed is when these attackers are motivated,
the only way to stop them is to go fnd them, corner them and
shoot them. Of course, we try to solicit their surrender, but for
the truly motivated ones, we are the ones who must stop them.
Thankfully, the weapons many patrol offcers are currently car-
rying are substantially upgraded from what most of us had just
a few years ago. Now we need to make sure we have the rest of
the gear to stay in the fght.
Two pieces of gear I really like for the patrol response to an
Rie Bandolier
I
n an active shooter response, youll already have most of what you
need with you. Youll have your handgun, fashlight, cuffs and radio
on your belt, so what you really need is your rife and more bullets.
Thats exactly what the Rife Bandolier is all about more ammo.
It carries four 30-round AR magazines and two handgun magazines in
an easy-to-throw over your head satchel you can grab in seconds. Its the
ideal grab-n-go ammo carrier.
active shooter situation are the Rife Bandolier and S.T.R.I.K.E.
Bandolier by BLACKHAWK! I know, Im assuming you have
a patrol carbine at your disposal, and hopefully its equipped
with a very quick and simple single point sling like SOG Ar-
morys ONE-Point Bungie Sling.
The BLACKHAWK! S.T.R.I.K.E. Bandolier offers a wide range
of options for outtting your active shooter response rig. of options for outtting your active shooter response rig.
The S.T.R.I.K.E.
Bandolier
S
ome plain clothes assignments
may have you in the feld with-
out a duty belt when the call
comes out, so you may want a
little more than ammo when you go
charging into battle. The S.T.R.I.K.E.
Bandolier offers versatility so you can
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outft yourself appropriately consider-
ing your situation. The S.T.R.I.K.E.
Bandolier is a confgurable bandolier
allowing for the attachment of any
MOLLE gear pouches you may need.
With BLACKHAWK!s S.T.R.I.K.E.
CQC Platform, you can easily add a
handgun holster to the rig, or you can
add any MOLLE or S.T.R.I.K.E. radio
pouch, fashlight pouch and whatever
confguration of ammo pouches suit
your fancy. The big plus here is the
wide range of options available to
confgure your ideal setup.
More Later
While these bandoliers offer great
options for carrying critical additional
gear into the fray, theyre just bando-
liers. And for those of you without car-
bines, you might try BLACKHAWK!s
Shotgun Bandolier for use with your
patrol shotgun.
In an upcoming issue, Ill address
a couple of options for vests and
plate carriers, which offer the ability
to carry additional gear as well as
offering the ballistic protection that
could save your hide in a knock-
down-drag-out gunfight
with motivated terrorists.
For More Info: www.blackhawk.com;
www.sogarmory.com
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bandolier with a full load of
essential equipment (AMMO).



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ribbon commission that studied the 9/11 attacks, seem
to indicate were still in trouble. The United States is at
great risk for more terrorist attacks because Congress
and the White House failed to enact several strong security
measures, according to Chairman Thomas Kean, former
governor of Jersey. Along with (former) Congressman Lee
Hamilton, Kean agreed, as a whole, people are no longer
paying attention. Priorities have shifted. Several members
of this commission went so far as to say the U.S. is less safe
than it was before 9/11.
Since the commissions fnal report in 2004, the U.S. has
enacted the centerpiece proposal creating a national intel-
ligence directorate. This is the typical U.S. government solu-
tion to ANY problem build a bigger and more expensive
government. But weve stalled on other ideas, including
improving communication among emergency responders and
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n the sub-continent these days,
the en vogue phrase is post
26/11, deployed to reference
signifcant consequences of
the Mumbai hotel terrorist attacks of
November 26, 2008 (we would phrase it
11/26). Hundreds, maybe thousands of
articles appeared in almost every Indian
newspaper the morning after the deadly
attacks against that nations premier busi-
ness destinations, describing all that was
known to be wrong before, and all that
would change in the post 26/11 world.
India is a wondrously literate place
with so many newspapers; its easier to
categorize them by language. There are
13 Hindi language dailies alone.
26/11 sounds suspiciously like our
own post 9/11 appellation, still applied
to a whole host of ideas, programs, initia-
tives, conversations, centered on a base
assertion hope, more accurately
that things would indeed have changed,
and for the better. To be fair, some things
have gotten markedly better, as weve
not had a major terrorism incident in our
homeland since 9/11, but how much of
this is just luck?
Viewed from a private security man-
agement perspective, we hope the peo-
ple of India have somewhat better luck
in their post 26/11-world than weve
enjoyed in ours. Much of the post-9/11
fervor for greater and smarter and more
effcient security programs public
and private alike has dissipated.
shifting federal terrorism-fghting money so it goes to states
based on risk level. Theres clearly a fading sense of urgency.
One can recognize in India now the same language we spoke
just after 9/11, as its applied politically and within academic, me-
dia and corporate cultures, describing a new willingness to broach
any and all solutions. Risk management has become a major
priority after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks (which killed 179 people
and have been blamed on Pakistan-based militants). Previously,
security was not a priority, whether from the government perspec-
tive of national security concerns, or for many private entities.
Now, though, companies are making it a priority and are conscious
they need to allocate more time and money to it. Well, so far.
Both the Taj Mahal and Trident hotels, scenes of horrifc
violence, have hired the same Israeli security frm to provide
such specialized security services as psychological profling,
maritime security, and counter-terrorism training by former
armed forces offcers and intelligence experts.
This same outft recently established a joint venture
with an India-based security frm to provide security to the
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LOSE SIGHT FOR A SECOND


AND YOURE OUT OF THE FIGHT
N
ow and then we get an incident where multiple offcers are
dealing with a violent suspect. Its easy for each offcer to feel
they need to focus on the suspect due to his level of violence.
But it takes a calm, confdent offcer to recognize the situation
and step back to handle scene security. Remember, however, to com-
municate this to your fellow offcers.
Speaking of communication, how many contact and cover errors
result from a lack of it? Too often offcers assume their partner knows
what theyre doing or dealing with and are then surprised when they fail
to act/react to something. Dont put each other in this position. If youre
worried about tipping the suspect off to your tactics, come up with a
series of code words or phrases.
Remember, offcer safety is like building an engine. You have a plan,
put the pieces together, and then start fne-tuning it until it works the way
it should. As any car buff knows, it always needs a little extra tweaking.
Your offcer safety should be the same way: you were given the plan and
put the pieces together in the academy. Now for the rest of your career,
you just need to keep fne-tuning it. This is what makes you a
winner, not just a survivor. Stay safe and go home a winner.
OFFICER sURvIvAl JOhN RUssO
GEttING hOME IN thE sAME CONdItION YOU WENt tO WORk IN.
*
You can maintain concentration
on the stop, but keep an over-
view of your surroundings.
Contact
and
Cover
W
eve been trained in the art of contact and
cover for three decades now, since its creation
in San Diego following the fateful Grape
Street Park incident. On September 14, 1984,
San Diego PD Officers Tim Ruopp and Kim Tonahill
were murdered near Balboa Park, by that coward Joselito
Cinco. Yet after all this time, I still see officers violate
You Know The Rules
DONT JUST JUMP IN
W
e all know the big no-nos: two offcers, each searching suspects at the same time;
one writes a ticket while the other searches a car; a single offcer searching the car
while the suspect is left alone at the curb. Lets be honest too, these are things weve
seen and probably done ourselves and knew them to be obvious not to dos.
How about the not so obvious? Like being the cover offcer on a pedestrian stop and
spending all your time focused on the suspect your partner is dealing with. This is one
we hear about far too often. Remind yourself to watch 360 degrees. Threats have a way
of coming from where you least expect it, so look around you at areas you may not have
thought of. While on this point, how far away are you looking? We often forget bad guys
have long guns too. Dont limit your scanning to right around you but rather as far as you
can see. Also, look up and down. Bad guys hide under cars and climb onto rooftops. What
about traffc hazards? We get so worried about someone shooting us we forget about the
bad driver who veers into us as we handle our business on the sidewalk.
the basic
tenets of
contact and
cover. It seems each new generation of officers finds
ways to convince themselves, it wont happen to me.
Lets honor the memory of our fallen officers by learning
from their great sacrifice.
Contact and Cover: remember, one ofcer
makes the contact and one ofcer covers.
If you were
covering this
ofcer, where
would you be
looking?
We Do It For
A Reason
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LOSE SIGHT FOR A SECOND


AND YOURE OUT OF THE FIGHT
MJCOP.indd 25 3/24/09 2:54 AM
x
R
emember the ABCs of frst aid? In case you forgot,
heres a very short reminder; Airway (open it),
Breathing (ensure theyre breathing) and Circulation
(is there a pulse, are they bleeding). This isnt about
First Aid ABCs this is about severe wounds, the kind of
wounds that make you say all sorts of profanity in your rush
to save a life. During severe trauma situations where a major
bleed is likely, such as vehicle crashes, gunshot wounds,
explosions, etc. failure to address these wounds appropriately
and swiftly can prove fatal very quickly. If a major artery
is severed a person can bleed to death in mere minutes I
dont mean 10 or 15 minutes I mean two or three.
For many years conventional medical wisdom was a
HARD tOOls PAUl MARkEl
EssENtIAl tOOls fOR thE JOB.
W
e were hit by an I.E.D. I
was thrown from the truck
and ended up on my back.
Before the dust from the blast
settled they opened up on us with small
arms fre. It took a second for my head
to clear and then I realized there was
something wrong with my right leg. It
wouldnt work. I looked down and saw
my lower pant leg was shredded and
bright red blood was soaking it. My
The C-A-T comes in black,
orange or a blue trainer.
Paul didnt lose his leg when he
practiced, neither will you.
The LAST Resort?
TourniqueTs:
NOT JUST FOR THE BATTLEFIELD
blowout kit was on my vest and I was able
to get the tourniquet out. I put it on above
my knee and cranked it down until the blood
stopped fowing. My teammates were scat-
tered around returning fre. I found my M-4,
pulled myself up and got back into the fght.
This incident happened to my friend.
It took place on a road outside of Ra-
madi, Iraq, but it couldve been just about
anywhere. Before you shake your head
and say, that couldnt happen here let me
remind you of the 1997 North Holly-
wood Bank Robbery. Severely wound-
ed offcers were scattered all around
and bleeding out while the frefght
raged on. While location is relative, the
trauma is the same. A 7.62mm gunshot
wound in Iraq or Afghanistan is no dif-
ferent than one in Detroit, Chicago, or
L.A. Bleeding to death on the street in
Miami is the same as bleeding to death
on a dirt road in Baghdad.
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tourniquet
should
only be
applied as
a last resort
after all other
means had
failed. First,
youd check the
victims airway
and establish theyre
breathing. Next youd check for
bleeding. Upon discovery of one or
more wounds youd apply whatever
bandages were available. If that didnt
work youd apply direct pressure to a
corresponding pressure point. If that
didnt work then youd reluctantly ap-
ply a tourniquet. The old thinking was
the application of a tourniquet would
result in the amputation of a limb. Its
what I learned in basic frst aid as a
young Marine in the 1980s and then
later in the police academy. I dont
know. Pick your poison bleed to
death or lose a limb.
The U.S. Army fnally conducted a
study on the use of tourniquets. What
they found was soldiers who received
advanced medical treatment trauma
surgery within two hours of the
application of a tourniquet, suffered no
permanent damage. Thats great news
for you and me. Do you work within
two hours of a trauma center? If you
do, then you should have a tourniquet
in your gear bag. Better yet, you should
actually carry it with you.
Tourniquet Solution
Along with dispelling the belief
tourniquets were bad, the Army tested
numerous commercially made devices.
One of those is the C-A-T by North
American Rescue; theyre one of only
two brands of tourniquets issued to
every U.S. Army soldier going into
combat. C-A-T is short for Combat
Application Tourniquet. I have personal
experience with these and theyre the
ones I use when teaching military stu-
dents. Theyre easy to use and effective.
You can put them on yourself with one
hand pretty important if youre the
one in need of the tourniquet. The C-A-
T comes in black or bright orange and
theres an all blue trainer. The best part
is they cost less than $30 and take up
little space. At the very least you should
have one in your frst aid kit even
better have it on you. Think of it like
your armor; you never want to use it,
but youre damn glad its
there when you need it.
For More Info: www.narescue.com
*
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ground, recognized that.
I understood why the department
felt the need to do this. I commented
to our department liaison on more than
one occasion that the last person I
want to be confused with on a call is
the person in charge. I still stick by
that quote today with the understand-
ing I am an Auxiliary Offcer and my
job is to assist the offcer on the street
do his job by doing what I
can and watching their back.
RESERVES PERRY W. hORNBARGER
dEdICAtION ANd PROfEssIONAlIsM thAt GOEs BEYONd PAY.
*
Perry W. Hornbarger is the Unit Commander of the Chestereld, VA Auxiliary Police Unit. He can be reached at hornbargerp@yahoo.com.
W
hen our unit switched
from a special police
unit to an auxiliary unit
in 2004, we changed
uniforms to the same uniform as
every other county offcer. Only
the badges and patches are differ-
ent. With the old different uni-
form, required by state code, all the
supervisors wore the standard rank
insignias Captain, Lieutenant and
Sergeant. With the new uniform,
Silver Badge: heres
silver on the chest of a
full-time sworn ofcer.
WHOS IN
CHARGE?
T
his question comes up occasionally, when in reality, it never should. Unless
you happen to have the formal training and the street savvy of a veteran
offcer whos out there fve or so nights a week, the regular offcer is always
in charge. Does this mean the average reserve offcer cant perform the job
adequately? I certainly hope not. Does this mean the regular offcer always knows the
right way to get the job done? Not necessarily, but they still hold the responsibility for
their decisions and the actions taken on a call. A wise street offcer will use whatever
knowledge is at hand to help him make a decision. Just because a reserve offcer may
not have had the formal training and presumably hasnt been in a coma for their
entire career they may have seen this situation before and can offer some sound
advice. The wise old reserve offcer whos been out there for 20 or 30 years just may
be the go-to guy.
MAKE A DECISION
B
ut deciding whos in charge is something that
needs to be understood up front. Arriving at
a call is not the time to decide. Having said
that, whoevers not in charge should still do
their job; providing good cover (read Russos Offcer
Survival column in this issue about Contact and Cov-
er). Recently on the Internet I watched a tragic video.
It showed two offcers being killed by an assailant
who seemed to be nothing more than a by-stander.
I dont know the details of the clip, but it seemed
there mustve been some misunderstanding of who
was in charge. I watched the clip over and over, and
thought, what if I was that second offcer, would I
do the right thing? We should always try to second
guess ourselves and do a mental post-action review
and if were smart enough learn something from it. One
of my greatest fears as a unit commander is wondering if one
of my people wouldnt do their job as a cover offcer and
Uniformly Confusing
the department took our rank insignias
away and changed from the standard
rank structure to position designations.
I went from Captain to Unit Com-
mander, Auxiliary Lieutenant became
Squad Leader, you get the idea. While
this was a source of discontent among
my staff, we all realized the average
person doesnt necessarily look at the
patch or badge; they saw the same
uniform and rank insignia and most
people, with or with a military back-
end up in the same situation. Remember, even if youre not
in charge, you still have an important job to do: watch your
partner's back.
Patches and names: what do the colors mean? Who is a
regular and who is a reserve? Is silver tops or gold?
The public has no idea.
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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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X
EVOC ANthONY RICCI
sURvIvING IN YOUR MOBIlE OffICE.
Anthony Ricci is the owner and president of Advanced Driving and Security (ADSI). Hes been teaching cops to drive for over 10 years. www.1adsi.com.
T
he company was founded
in 1996 with one objec-
tive to provide clean,
effcient, reliable and
affordable inner-city transportation.
Okay, so thats about four objectives,
but after a decade, the engineers
and designers worked to create a
100-percent electric vehicle that not
only had style, but performance. The
result was the Vectrix VX-1, a zero-
emission vehicle no gas, no oil
and no compromise. This highway
and freeway-legal vehicle tops out at
62 MPH and accelerates from 0-50
mph in 6.8 seconds. Okay, so its
not intended as a pursuit vehicle but
those stats are pretty impressive for
electric power. Thats the equivalent
to some 400cc motorcycles.
Think of the additional law en-
forcement benefts too. No gas and oil
means it can be used indoors, great for
patrolling large stadiums or any special
event. Its virtually silent as Detec-
tive Derek Siconolf of NYPD points
out, it allows you to easily sneak up
on somebody, giving you the element
of surprise. It also allows the rider a
unique rapid-deployment capability.
This actually worked in Providence
where Major Melaragno told me one
of his offcers interrupted a drug deal
in progress and was able to make the
arrest. Its excellent in traffc, parades,
and can patrol areas not accessible to
cruisers. Its quick acceleration and
T
his isnt about stealing overtime shifts, sorry. Not that
extra green. Along with operating Advanced Driving &
Security Inc., I am currently the Rider Coach Trainer for
Rhode Islands Rider Education Program (RIREP). As
part of my duties for this program I was tasked with helping the
Providence Police train several of their offcers on the Vectrix
Personal Electric Vehicle.
Like many departments Providence was looking to
save on fuel costs while enhancing their ability to reduce
crime. Major Steven Melaragno of the Providence Police
nimble handling make it easy and safe to
navigate through heavy city traffc, and
the Brembo brake system makes stopping
an easy task.
I tested the VX-1 prior to setting up
the training class and I was impressed
with the excellent handling due to
the low center of gravity, rigid chas-
sis and balanced weight distribution.
The 515 pound machine is distributed
Department who lead this training effort explains, we
were looking at the Vectrix as a means to expand the
boundaries of neighborhood foot patrols. So I fgured,
not a problem. I can be a scooter tutor. I wont lie though,
at frst I laughed at the offcers who were selected for this
project. I mean they werent motor offcers after all
just scooter puppies, right? Well, I had to apologize to
them since I was quite surprised by the Vectrix. Its not a
scooter; its in a class of its own, offering many options
for police work beyond fuel and cost effciency.
Vectrix Matrix
Think EXTRA
GREEN For 2009
Continued on page 50
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54 AMERI CAN COP SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2005
Y
ou eat your dinner out of a greasy paper sack with a
clowns face on it at 0300, absent-mindedly won-
dering how much of that crap is sticking to your
coronary arteries. You couldnt count the cups of bad, burnt
coffee youve started on hot, then returned to finish cold after
a call that could have been better handled by a shaved ape
than by a ten-year veteran with two units to go on a bach-
elors in criminal justice.
You hose wino-barf off your boots in a closed gas station,
shaking your head at the odor rising from the back seat. Oh,
yeah, you know that smell, all right the stench of booze-laced
human feces know it with the same familiarity you know the
smell of fresh fear, stale sweat, bodies in various stages of
returning-to-dust; burning rubber, burning dope, burning esh.
Sometimes when people say, Im sure youve seen it all,
youre thinking, and even worse, Ive smelled it all.
Youve stood on the porch side of a screen door so grimy-
opaque with dirt and fly-specks you couldnt see a thing,
moved closer to hear whether that was a cry for help then
jumped back when an 11" butcher knife stabbed viciously
through, slicing off the shirt button just above your belt buckle,
reminding you why you wear body armor in 110-degree heat.
Youve reached in pockets on searches and found chewed gum,
snot-lled rags, broken glass vials, unexplained rolls of crisp new
fties, two mummied ngers though your suspect still had all ten
of his own, an equally mummied turd the Babbling Man claimed
was his pet, and uncovered hypodermic needles the hard way.
You thought you were through cleaning up at that multi-fatal
accident scene when you saw the lump on the pavement and it
took you a long ten-count to realize it was a mans testicle. You
thought you were through too at that child-murder scene when
you found the kids doll where it fell behind the dumpster, and
your guts went cold with the knowledge it would never be
played with again, not by that little girl, oh, no. Never.
Youve fought ex-cons, ex-priests, ex-linebackers, an ex-cop
gone over to the dark side, and, youd swear before God, ex-
humans. Youve been shot at and missed, shit at and hit, spit on by
scumbags and cursed by cowards, pissed on by politicians and
pissed off by people who call themselves your superior ofcers.
Youve fought for your life, fought for your buddies, fought to
keep your sanity intact and your family whole, and fought the
almost overwhelming urge to reach out and squeeze a neck ten
years overdue for a throttling or bust a nose thats been stuck much
too high in the air for far too long and too arrogantly.
Youve come home from life-sucking long shifts, nights that
put the grave in graveyard shift, scraped your nails until they
bled and scrubbed your skin til it shone, and found sometimes
theres something something that just wont wash away.
So why the hell would you carry on?
Lessons Learned
Youve learned justice doesnt come from courts not often
enough to make it more than an occasional fairy tale come true,
anyway and the only two kinds of real justice left are street
and poetic. Youve learned virtually everyone above and below
you in the social spiral violates the law regularly, then perjures
themselves about it with impunity. Youve learned truth cant be
bought, but lies can be paid for.
Youve learned losing a fight doesnt mean losing your
ghting spirit, and in this life our life every time you see
the sun rise it means youre a winner. You know the difference
between a hard guy and a tough guy; that hard is all on the sur-
face, brittle and thin, but tough goes all the way through. Hard
guys break and shatter, while tough guys suck up the punishment
and soldier on. Youve learned the kind of people who tell you
This badge, this shield, this
sharp pointed star havent
you carried it long enough?
Too long? Why carry on?
John Morrison
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Ill have your badge couldnt lift your
badge, much less bear it with honor.
Youve l earned ci t i zens spend
decades screwing up their lives, then
expect you to solve their self-created
problems in 15 minutes; that theyll let
their children run wild and become
monsters, then call you to control them.
Youve learned you can only expect
humans to be human; that is, scared,
scarred, confused and irrational, and
you can never, ever expect t hose
humans to be humane.
Youve learned new definitions of
friends; that some may stand behind
you when times are hard, but the ones
who really count will stand beside you
when things go deadly-dark and termi-
nally serious and sometimes, those
truest of true friends are those you
hardly know, and share only one thing
with: you both wear the badge, and
you both carry on.
Youve learned no matter how high
you stack the deck or how heavy you
l oad t he di ce; no mat t er how wel l -
trained, weapons-skilled, fit and pre-
pared you are, there are some bullets
with your name on em, and others
addressed To Whom It May Concern;
that you can lose and die, dropped like a
box of rocks in a gravel parking lot; and
it has nothing to do with good and evil,
right or wrong, just winning and losing.
If you roll the dice often enough, theyll
run against you. Dice are cruel that way.
And when they turned against your part-
ners, you learned to say goodbye.
Oh, God, yes, were good at saying
goodbye. This life offers the cheapest,
ugliest deaths and the most opulent, gaudy
funerals. Dress uniforms are pulled from
the closet, brushed and pressed; black
bands circle arms and lay diagonally
across shields and stars, all done as
though on autopilot, too many times, and
all too often for brothers and sisters who
were much too young, too fresh and full
of life, and you think, This is a job for old
men, men with burnt-cinder eyes and
leather hearts, stiff with scars and steeped
in pain. Men like me; not these kids.
The motorcade rolls, hissing on the
same pavement that soaked up that young
cops blood. White gloves are raised in a
slow, nal salute. Pipers blow a mournful,
haunting dirge, and someone, weeping, is
gently handed a folded ag. Backing away
in more ways than one we stand in
the wind and smoke in silence. Goodbye
Why? Why carry on?
Its How Were Wired
You cant be a cop just because you
need a job. You cant be a peace officer
because its a steady paycheck and bene-
fits. Not a real cop; not a true peace
ofcer. You cant do it to help people,
or for the nobility of public service.
Thats a load of crap. Those are just
excuses, and they wear thin, turn pale.
You dont enforce the law because it
is necessary to the security of a democ-
ratic society, or because you burn with
fervent belief in The Rule of Law. Screw
the law. You dont cleave to the truth on
the witness stand while all others lie their
asses off because you fear punishment for
perjury. Screw fear; piss on punishment.
No cop ever sprinted across a bullet-swept
parking lot to scoop-and-drag the crossre
victim of a gang turf battle for love of his
fellow citizens. To hell with that.
You do it for love and law, all right,
but it is love of courage, duty and honor;
for a law, but that law is your code, and
that code is one of courage, duty and
honor. Your code demands you enforce
and obey the law; to protect and serve
without fear or favor; to run into danger
when others flee; to stand and deliver
where others falter and fail.
And you do it because you cant help
it. Its stamped in your genes, burned
into your DNA like a bar code. In
another time, another place, you would
have been samurai, knight-errant, war-
rior-monk, Minuteman. You may not be
happy as a modern American cop, but
youd be miserable doing anything else.
If any of this doesnt ring true for you,
then get the hell out now and go sell
insurance or install cabinets or some-
thing. They can be honorable trades, and
you can be a good citizen, but not a real
cop, not a true peace ofcer.
If wailing sirens are playing your
song; if you nodded and muttered,
damn right when you read these
words, then youre one of us, and Amer-
ican COP will stand and deliver with you.
Because weve been there, and done that
because its who we are and
how were wired too. *

Im sure
youve seen it
all, youre
thinking,
And even
worse, Ive
smelled it all.
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sTRAIGhT TALK ON sUPERVIsION & LEADERshIP ON ThE FRONT LINEs ThE sTREETs.
Editors Note: Due to the many requests
weve had, were proud to re-print John
Morrisons memorable words from our
rst issue on why we do this job.
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54 AMERI CAN COP SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2005
Y
ou eat your dinner out of a greasy paper sack with a
clowns face on it at 0300, absent-mindedly won-
dering how much of that crap is sticking to your
coronary arteries. You couldnt count the cups of bad, burnt
coffee youve started on hot, then returned to finish cold after
a call that could have been better handled by a shaved ape
than by a ten-year veteran with two units to go on a bach-
elors in criminal justice.
You hose wino-barf off your boots in a closed gas station,
shaking your head at the odor rising from the back seat. Oh,
yeah, you know that smell, all right the stench of booze-laced
human feces know it with the same familiarity you know the
smell of fresh fear, stale sweat, bodies in various stages of
returning-to-dust; burning rubber, burning dope, burning esh.
Sometimes when people say, Im sure youve seen it all,
youre thinking, and even worse, Ive smelled it all.
Youve stood on the porch side of a screen door so grimy-
opaque with dirt and fly-specks you couldnt see a thing,
moved closer to hear whether that was a cry for help then
jumped back when an 11" butcher knife stabbed viciously
through, slicing off the shirt button just above your belt buckle,
reminding you why you wear body armor in 110-degree heat.
Youve reached in pockets on searches and found chewed gum,
snot-lled rags, broken glass vials, unexplained rolls of crisp new
fties, two mummied ngers though your suspect still had all ten
of his own, an equally mummied turd the Babbling Man claimed
was his pet, and uncovered hypodermic needles the hard way.
You thought you were through cleaning up at that multi-fatal
accident scene when you saw the lump on the pavement and it
took you a long ten-count to realize it was a mans testicle. You
thought you were through too at that child-murder scene when
you found the kids doll where it fell behind the dumpster, and
your guts went cold with the knowledge it would never be
played with again, not by that little girl, oh, no. Never.
Youve fought ex-cons, ex-priests, ex-linebackers, an ex-cop
gone over to the dark side, and, youd swear before God, ex-
humans. Youve been shot at and missed, shit at and hit, spit on by
scumbags and cursed by cowards, pissed on by politicians and
pissed off by people who call themselves your superior ofcers.
Youve fought for your life, fought for your buddies, fought to
keep your sanity intact and your family whole, and fought the
almost overwhelming urge to reach out and squeeze a neck ten
years overdue for a throttling or bust a nose thats been stuck much
too high in the air for far too long and too arrogantly.
Youve come home from life-sucking long shifts, nights that
put the grave in graveyard shift, scraped your nails until they
bled and scrubbed your skin til it shone, and found sometimes
theres something something that just wont wash away.
So why the hell would you carry on?
Lessons Learned
Youve learned justice doesnt come from courts not often
enough to make it more than an occasional fairy tale come true,
anyway and the only two kinds of real justice left are street
and poetic. Youve learned virtually everyone above and below
you in the social spiral violates the law regularly, then perjures
themselves about it with impunity. Youve learned truth cant be
bought, but lies can be paid for.
Youve learned losing a fight doesnt mean losing your
ghting spirit, and in this life our life every time you see
the sun rise it means youre a winner. You know the difference
between a hard guy and a tough guy; that hard is all on the sur-
face, brittle and thin, but tough goes all the way through. Hard
guys break and shatter, while tough guys suck up the punishment
and soldier on. Youve learned the kind of people who tell you
This badge, this shield, this
sharp pointed star havent
you carried it long enough?
Too long? Why carry on?
John Morrison
54 AMERI CAN COP SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2005
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Ill have your badge couldnt lift your
badge, much less bear it with honor.
Youve l earned ci t i zens spend
decades screwing up their lives, then
expect you to solve their self-created
problems in 15 minutes; that theyll let
their children run wild and become
monsters, then call you to control them.
Youve learned you can only expect
humans to be human; that is, scared,
scarred, confused and irrational, and
you can never, ever expect t hose
humans to be humane.
Youve learned new definitions of
friends; that some may stand behind
you when times are hard, but the ones
who really count will stand beside you
when things go deadly-dark and termi-
nally serious and sometimes, those
truest of true friends are those you
hardly know, and share only one thing
with: you both wear the badge, and
you both carry on.
Youve learned no matter how high
you stack the deck or how heavy you
l oad t he di ce; no mat t er how wel l -
trained, weapons-skilled, fit and pre-
pared you are, there are some bullets
with your name on em, and others
addressed To Whom It May Concern;
that you can lose and die, dropped like a
box of rocks in a gravel parking lot; and
it has nothing to do with good and evil,
right or wrong, just winning and losing.
If you roll the dice often enough, theyll
run against you. Dice are cruel that way.
And when they turned against your part-
ners, you learned to say goodbye.
Oh, God, yes, were good at saying
goodbye. This life offers the cheapest,
ugliest deaths and the most opulent, gaudy
funerals. Dress uniforms are pulled from
the closet, brushed and pressed; black
bands circle arms and lay diagonally
across shields and stars, all done as
though on autopilot, too many times, and
all too often for brothers and sisters who
were much too young, too fresh and full
of life, and you think, This is a job for old
men, men with burnt-cinder eyes and
leather hearts, stiff with scars and steeped
in pain. Men like me; not these kids.
The motorcade rolls, hissing on the
same pavement that soaked up that young
cops blood. White gloves are raised in a
slow, nal salute. Pipers blow a mournful,
haunting dirge, and someone, weeping, is
gently handed a folded ag. Backing away
in more ways than one we stand in
the wind and smoke in silence. Goodbye
Why? Why carry on?
Its How Were Wired
You cant be a cop just because you
need a job. You cant be a peace officer
because its a steady paycheck and bene-
fits. Not a real cop; not a true peace
ofcer. You cant do it to help people,
or for the nobility of public service.
Thats a load of crap. Those are just
excuses, and they wear thin, turn pale.
You dont enforce the law because it
is necessary to the security of a democ-
ratic society, or because you burn with
fervent belief in The Rule of Law. Screw
the law. You dont cleave to the truth on
the witness stand while all others lie their
asses off because you fear punishment for
perjury. Screw fear; piss on punishment.
No cop ever sprinted across a bullet-swept
parking lot to scoop-and-drag the crossre
victim of a gang turf battle for love of his
fellow citizens. To hell with that.
You do it for love and law, all right,
but it is love of courage, duty and honor;
for a law, but that law is your code, and
that code is one of courage, duty and
honor. Your code demands you enforce
and obey the law; to protect and serve
without fear or favor; to run into danger
when others flee; to stand and deliver
where others falter and fail.
And you do it because you cant help
it. Its stamped in your genes, burned
into your DNA like a bar code. In
another time, another place, you would
have been samurai, knight-errant, war-
rior-monk, Minuteman. You may not be
happy as a modern American cop, but
youd be miserable doing anything else.
If any of this doesnt ring true for you,
then get the hell out now and go sell
insurance or install cabinets or some-
thing. They can be honorable trades, and
you can be a good citizen, but not a real
cop, not a true peace ofcer.
If wailing sirens are playing your
song; if you nodded and muttered,
damn right when you read these
words, then youre one of us, and Amer-
ican COP will stand and deliver with you.
Because weve been there, and done that
because its who we are and
how were wired too. *

Im sure
youve seen it
all, youre
thinking,
And even
worse, Ive
smelled it all.
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Clint Smith
Photos: Robbie Barrkman
100 YARD 5-SHOT GROUPS (INCHES)
Federal 40 grain Nosler Vshok 3/4
CorBon 55 grain BlitzKing 1/2
CorBon 53 grain DPX 1
M193 Ball 2
M855 Ball 1 1/2
In Clints hands, the
Noveske proved to be a
reliable platform.
Photo : Heidi Smith
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The "Light" Patrol Rie
N4
Noveske
C
ontrary to popular belief, a heavy rife is no more accurate sim-
ply because its heavy or has a long barrel. Thinking a 16-
lb. AR platform will save my life is also not always true.
Like it or not street cops are more like infantrymen than
theyre willing to admit. They carry new gear for a while,
but if its not used every day it ends up in the trunk. Even
worse is when administrators have cops carry rifles in car
trunks. That way, when theyre engaged in a raging gun battle they have
to retrieve said rifle from the trunk great. Remember the FBI vs. Platt
and Mattox shoot out? I rest my case.
We know as soon as a cop gets killed all the training improves for a few
months until, in theory, whatever tactics or equipment issues involved
are addressed. Or, more likely, until they become bored or lazy
again. Sometimes we even put the need to wear fancy,
detective-type clothes above wearing body ar-
mor. In that Armani suit, is it better to
look good than be good? Deep
down we know better.
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N4
Noveske
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We also know this damn AR rife-
thing is heavy because a crap-load of
stuff is so often stuck onto them. This
excess of equipment is an attempt to
compensate for a lack of skill. The mere
possession of a patrol rife by a police of-
fcer does not equate to competency it
simply means the cop has a rife. Com-
petency has yet to be determined.
The Real Problems
A rife needs to be lightweight so cops
will actually carry it. Whether using iron
sights, scopes, lasers, tasers and the like,
cops must also be able to see the target
well enough to hit it. And fnally, cops
need to be able to hit the target. It sounds
simple enough, so what would we actu-
ally need on a rife to be able to accom-
plish these three tasks?
After all the years of complaining
about AR platforms getting heavier,
someone John Noveske has
made a light rife that really works.
Even better, this rife is outside the
custom rife forum and therefore
wont break the bank. Most ARs
are parts-guns of a sort, but this
one isnt. Its not assembled from
junk stuff either. The upper and
lower are made for each other
from the beginning, and yet the
cost is well within a standard
rife price range. I think John
might be onto something here.
John Noveske, the man be-
hind Noveske Rife Works, re-
cently spent time with me here
at the ranch and explained the
new N4 Light Carbine and how
its put together. I reviewed the
low profle confguration bearing
a 10" free-foating hand guard an-
Photo : Heidi Smith
Lights from SureFire and
Streamlight were tested
with the Noveske.
Photo : Heidi Smith
Noveske N4 rie has solid design elements making it a reliable patrol rie.
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The Noveske proof
mark conrms the rie
upper and lower were
crafted as one unit.
chored with
six Kong-like
screws and a 1913
rail for attachments.
The N4 has the low
profle gas block system
under the hand guard, and the
1913 rail on top sports a fip-up
front and rear sight system. The
14.5" cold hammer-forged barrel with
a 1-in-7" twist is permanently ftted with a
Vortex fash hider. The spot weld modestly
shows so there can never be a question its
on to stay
keeping it legal
under the short bar-
rel length NFA rules.
Instead of all the goofy
M203 mounting bulges like
an M4, the N4 barrel is slick
and tough. Its the same qual-
ity barrel used for the M249 ma-
chinegun, chrome lining steel and all.
The N4 also mounts a solid Vl-
tor butt stock and a rendition of the
old Duck Bill pistol grip (from Tango
Down) that keeps the trigger guard
from gouging your middle fnger of the
fring hand. The Vltor stock and hand
guard are both set up to take the QD100
quick-detach sling swivels and allows
everything from a standard carry strap
to a Vickers-type tactical sling. So
theres an example of a light rife.
I mounted a Leupold 3x9 30mm
scope for targeting, and the groups
and ammo were fired from a bench
rest position. I was testing the N4
not me I already know the N4
shoots better than I do.
It appears the better the ammunition
the better groups, and that of course makes
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C
ops admire certain
achievements;
the guy who
makes the most
arrests, seizes
the most dope or manages
to pull over ANYTHING
on management. But in
my book, theres one
guy who truly achieves
greatness the guy
who can take his car
and make it his home.
Lets face it we
live in our cars,
and nowhere is this
truer than plain-
clothes guys on
surveillance. You
may be sitting in
the same vehi-
cle for 20 hours
straight. You may
not make it home
for three days.
The smell in
your car and the
back of your gym
locker may be indistinguishable. I learned
long ago you can suffer through a surveillance or you
can thrive through it. Heres all you need.
The Basics
Whatever vehicle youre assigned, make sure the heat-
er and air conditioner work. This may require you buy
a 12-pack of beer for the vehicle maintenance tech, but
its money well spent. Lights and siren are a plus. If you
have a car-mounted radio, try to get it mounted under the
seat and hide the microphone. Nowadays, if you can get a
dash-mounted GPS, theyre a godsend, especially if your
surveillance takes
you into areas you dont know.
Next, you need your basic car emer-
gency kit like any other vehicle.
Make sure there are a spare tire,
jumper cables, lug wrench and jack,
and maybe even a tow strap. This kit
may also include an extra quart of
oil and some brake fluid, depend-
ing on how big of a piece of shit
your unmarked car is. I usually
throw in a couple screwdrivers,
SUITING UP
YOUR
SURVEILLANCE
VEHICLE
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An Ed Stock action
gure keeps a keen
eye open, while this
ofcer on a deep-
cover surveillance
shows how an experi-
enced cop can handle
a difcult situation.
Nick Adams
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SUITING UP
YOUR
SURVEILLANCE
VEHICLE
ing of night do you wear
glasses? Did you remember
to bring them? Put all these
things in a small travel bag along with
some deodorant, a toothbrush and
toothpaste you know, basic toilet-
ries. When you havent been home in
a few days, a shower at a truck stop or
a friendly local P.D. and a change of
clothes can make a huge difference to
your outlook on life.
Get a zip-up garment bag and put a
sports coat, white shirt and a tie in there.
You never know when youll get called
to court at the last minute. Ive testifed
wearing jeans and cowboy boots before,
but at least I had the jacket and tie so the
judge let it slide.
Now heres a real lifesaver. Have
an old duffel bag with a set of torn,
stained BDUs, a ratty T-shirt and old
sneakers. Why, you ask? If I ever put
them on, I know when Im done wear-
ing them theyll be going directly into
the trash. Sometimes a surveillance
ends in a search warrant and Ive found
myself crawling through dog poop
agent? Its only your partners or your
life that might depend on it.
Something as simple as aspirin or Ibu-
profen is often overlooked. Its good for
that headache youre bound to get trying
hard not to fall asleep, or the aches and
pains caused from sitting for long hours.
Heck, it might be needed for that wicked
hangover from the previous night.
No Lace Chonies
Clothing is one area where most of-
fcers under-prepare. Make sure you
have at least one change of normal
clothes including shoes, socks and
underwear. Do you have cold weather
clothing with you? Your surveil-
lance might start on a warm, sun-
ny day but it can get really cold
when night falls or you may
have to follow your target into
an area with a cooler climate.
Keep a jacket, warm hat and
gloves available. Speak-
pliers and a folding shovel. Getting
stuck in the mud, even in the city,
isnt uncommon.
Whats Up Doc?
Be prepared for any medical emer-
gencies; surveillances have a nasty way
of going south fast. Have a frst-aid
kit or medical bag with you. It doesnt
have to be huge or complicated; youre
not going to be operating on anyones
spleen out there, but you just might need
something to plug a bullet hole and keep
pressure on it until you get the person to
the hospital or the ambulance arrives.
Do you have a tourniquet or a quick-clot
Can
you say
Porta
Potty?
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If youre going rst-class and
have a van with a curtain,
well, here you go. Ladies, are
you paying attention?
Nope, its not just an empty bottle,
it just may be your savior at o-dark
thirty and you cant get out of the car
to winky. We prefer Gatorade bottles
for the, um, uh, bigger opening.
Some accidentally left beer (and dont be chintzy
here with white label) at the police garage may
help to assure some, um, cooperation from the staff
there so you get just what you need when going out
to ght crime. Bribery? You bet.
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please let it only be dog poop under
the worlds nastiest single-wide look-
ing for the stash, so I speak from ex-
perience on the need for throw-away
clothes. Nuf said.
Its All In The Bag
Next comes the go-to-hell-bag. The
Border Patrol calls it a tricky bag, while
others call it a patrol bag or a raid bag. As a
plains clothes guy, you probably have your
pistol and a badge somewhere on you.
Most of the time, thats all you need. But
the likelihood of helping serve a warrant
on any given day is pretty fair. You ought
to have more than just a badge around your
neck before you kick in a door.
In my raid bag I keep a raid belt with
holster, magazines, cuffs, collapsible baton
and a fashlight. It also has my vest that is
marked Police on the front and back. I
have a Kevlar helmet I never wear, but they
issued it so I carry it around. Honestly, I
dont know why. My raid headgear is usu-
ally a ball cap. Then there are gloves, clear
plastic glasses (dont laugh, you get some-
thing in your eye and see how much help
you are), spare batteries, extra cuffs, belly
chains and leg irons. The last are handy if
you have to transport some idiot and youre
by yourself. Some guys will also throw in
elbow and knee pads.
Finally you need spare ammo. But let me
qualify that! You need spare ammo inside
of magazines. Spare ammo inside of ammo
boxes is useless. If you think there will be a
pause in the gunfght long enough for you
to waltz back to your car, bust out a box of
bullets, load up your empty magazines and
get back to business, then youre
on crack. Yet for some reason, ev-
ery cop I know carries an extra box
of bullets. The only time I have ever
used my box was to reload my maga-
zine after a shooting contest at a road
sign on a slow midnight shift.
Other Stuff
Of course there are a few tools
surveillance demands: pen, notepad,
binocs, radio charger, phone charger,
digital camera and night vision if your
department has some.
Finally we come to the specialty items.
These are the items normal uniform cops
probably dont need. These are the things
that elevate a basic investigator into a sur-
veillance king. It used to be tapes, then
CDs. Now it is an MP3 player, prefer-
ably you can hook directly into your cars
speakers. A bottle of No Doz in the glove
box can be handy, but I prefer copious
amounts of coffee. If you want to be the
envy of everyone, fnd one of the coffee
cups that plug into your cigarette outlet. If
you want to be a God,
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Two critical items: A GPS to get your sorry-lost self back on
track and goodies to keep your ghting energy up. Note the
Help Me icon on the screen might come in handy.
Gunsites kit is more than
band-aids and iodine. From
a tourniquet and QuikClot
to airways, chest seals,
gloves, wound dressings
and a quick-look instruc-
tion card, this may keep
someone alive until the
cavalry gets there.
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fgure out how to make an espresso
machine portable.
Always keep water and some
snacks hidden. I recommend
nothing that will melt or crush
easily. Power bars are good. I
usually have an MRE just in
case things get really desper-
ate. An extra $10 or a debit
card for a trip through the
drive-through beats every-
thing else.
An empty Gatorade bottle
under the seat is critical. If
you have the eye on a fxed
surveillance, you arent go-
ing anywhere. When nature
calls nature calls. Gatorade bot-
tles have a wide mouth and are easy
to hit. McDonalds cups work in a
pinch, but after you
have had the bottom fall out of one and
had to sit in a puddle of your own urine
for six hours, you will endorse plastic
bottles. The voice of experience.
Oh, and I always keep a large foldout
map to put across my lap when I have
to use the Gatorade bottle in a crowded
parking lot. Apart from occasional per-
formance anxiety, it works like a charm.
And you wont get lost. Ladies? Youre
on your own here.
Next comes the little DVD player or
PlayStation Portable (PSP). Hey, if you
dont have the eye and you are a block
away, youll have plenty of time to hit
pause before jumping back into the sur-
veillance. A little book light and stack of
old American COP magazines can also
pass the time.
Finally, throw in a football or a base-
ball and glove. If you are a dedicated
surveillance team, sooner or later you
and your crew will sit around in a
park or empty parking lot waiting
for the call to go someplace and
start following someone. Playing
catch while youre getting paid is
even more fun now than when you
did it for free.
Finally, no matter how easy you
make your life, always tell the boss
it was hell and the only reason you
keep doing it is to support the team.
Dont let him see
you smile.
*
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A raid vest is a good idea, but so is a
well-thought-out rst trauma kit like
this one from Gunsite. Called an Ad-
vanced Trauma Kit its available from
their pro-shop. www.gunsite.com
Dont scrimp on glass
either. Hours spent
with your eyes to a
pair of binocs or scope
will quickly tell the
difference between
good quality optics
and junk.
Bring extra ammo, loaded into magazines, not tossed in
your gear bag in boxes. If you need it, you need it now.
Note the .375 H&H hey, you never know.
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I
ve had some un-
pleasant experi-
ences in my 47
years, but right
near the top
is taking a three-
second blast from
a TASER in a class
put on by certifed
TASER instructors.
Being TASEd is en-
couraged by many
instructors so the stu-
dents can better under-
stand the effectiveness of
the TASER and know, frst-
hand, just how powerful of a
tool it can be. Even though its
very controlled in the classroom,
most people have seen enough
YouTube videos about TASERs
to know they dont want any part
of it. I wouldnt have either, but I
was planning on teaching my fam-
ily how to use
the new TASER
C2 and I really
wanted to know
if I could fght
through it at all.
Simply put NO
I couldnt, and the
way I see it, no one can
if its properly deployed.
It isnt a matter of fght-
ing through pain. Its a completely
physiological response where the person
being TASEd loses control of his nervous
system and cant control his muscles. TAS-
ER International calls this Neuromuscu-
lar Incapacitation (NMI). When some-
one standing is TASEd properly, he
falls down. When he falls, hes so
incapacitated he cant even put
his hands out, so basically, he
falls fat on his face or back de-
pending upon where his mo-
mentum is headed. The only
residual injuries from the
TASER might be a couple
of small burns from the en-
try and exit of the electrical
pulses but the fall thats
another story.
How's It Work?
In a nutshell, upon activation,
the TASER C2 launches two barbed
probes, which remain connected to the
device by lightweight insulated electrical
wires. The probes are launched by com-
pressed nitrogen gas. The wires are 15 feet
long, allowing for the deployment of the
probes from up to that distance from the
intended subject. Simultaneous with the
launching of the probes, the TASER C2
Mark Hanten
The probes work just
like the big police
TASER units. Not the
confetti tags.
Both the LED and the laser are excellent
features of the C2 Taser. The laser alone
will stop most confrontations before
they get started. Crooks hate that little
red dot dancing around on their chest.
The C2
will give
you and your
loved ones added
security and peace of
mind for those times when
you cant be there to protect them
with your 1911 and theyre
not able to carry theirs.
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transmits electrical pulses along the wires
into the body of the subject. The electri-
cal pulses will penetrate up to a total of 2"
of clothing (up to 1" per probe) and over-
stimulate the central nervous system of the
subject, causing overwhelming incapacita-
tion and then they fall down.
Its Electrifying
Fifty thousand volts is a lot of juice, but
as any elec-
trician will tell
you, Its the amps
that kill you. The static
electricity released when you
get shocked after walking across the
carpet in your socks is measured in the ten
of thousands of volts too, but it doesnt kill
anybody either. TASER International has
spent a boat-load of money testing this tech-
nology to ensure it will not inadvertently
kill the subject who its deployed against.
They have a lot riding on it and so do you
theres an attorney attached to the barbs
every time you fre it.
In a few isolated cases there have
been highly publicized fatal encounters.
In each of these encounters, there have
been other factors involved heres the
no-brainer most often related to sub-
stance abuse. As for heart patients, mod-
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cal defbrillators at least 800 times stron-
ger than the conducted energy pulses of
the TASER. These devices are a very
safe alternative to deadly force when you
either cant carry a gun, or cant justify
deadly force based on the level of threat
youre currently facing. And, they make
perfect tools for you to carry off-duty.
So, TASERs work. In fact, they work
so well, I think well see a signifcant
spike in their use as defensive tools as
people start to realize TASERs are avail-
able to them, are relatively easy to use,
and are more effective than ever imag-
ined. For years now, TASER Internation-
al has developed their products primarily
as law enforcement tools. Theyve been
so successful as a force-option to police
offcers, it only makes sense to share this
amazing technology with citizens who
want to take some level of responsibility
for their own protection. In most places
in the United States, TASERs are legal
After deploying the
probes, the C2 can still be used to
Drive Stun an assailant like a
conventional stun-gun type device.
His and hers C2 TASERs are shown
here in Electric Blue and Fashion Pink.
Other designer colors are available
including Desert Camo, Leopard and
Metallic Pink to name a few.
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work to do. Cyber investigations, like any police
work, involve mountains of paperwork and a multi-
tude of investigative tasks both before and after
those few satisfying moments when the cuffs go on.
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
is set-up to receive, process, and analyze indi-
vidual consumer complaints of crime victimiza-
tion where that victimization occurred via the In-
ternet. In addition, the IC3 receives industry data
regarding victimization and fraud schemes, input from aca-
demic and industry experts regarding the latest cyber crime
methodologies, and has analysts who actively research and
seek out information on cyber crime activities. The IC3, a
S
o there you are,
an Internet warrior
fghting the good
fght against cyber
crime. Time for an
equipment check: Glock 21
with Surefre X300 light,
Spyderco Gunting and Emer-
son Persian folding knives,
21" ASP baton, Peerless
handcuffs, Streamlight
Scorpion fashlight, all
present. Wheres that M-4
and black SWAT body armor?
Okay, got it. Are four magazines full of 5.56mm tactical
rounds going to be enough? Calm down there, Neo. Before
you and Morpheus go and rappel down the side of a building
to combat the evil Cyber Ninjas who are threatening America
and the future of life, as we know it, you have a lot of hard
JON HOLLOWAY
Cartoons: Chris Ruiz
The "Real" Geek Squad (Part II)
Its not corny a new
breed of cop exists who
are comfortable riding the
Internet highways and
byways on the prowl for
cyber-criminals. Its Satur-
day morning TV only for
real, and they keep our
country safe.
The gateway to crime?
Computers around the
world can link, conceal
identities and offer ways
to entice people into get-
ting involved in schemes
they might not normally
think about doing.
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cooperative effort between the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the
National White Collar Crime Center
(NW3C) develops potential cases for
investigation and refers these cases to
law enforcement agencies throughout
the world. The IC3 can take some of
the burden of taking Internet fraud and
other Internet victimization reports off
the shoulders of local law enforcement.
The IC3 can also assist investigators
with current investigations, both those
referred to the investigators by the IC3
and those already initiated by the inves-
tigators without any IC3 involvement.
Comprehensive
The IC3 asks any agency initiat-
ing an investigation based on an IC3
referral to advise the IC3. The IC3
serves as a facilitator and will put
agencies working the same investiga-
tion, or investigations with the same
subjects in contact with one another so
no resources are wasted and no blue-
on-blue situations occur. Secondly,
the IC3 will support an investigation
cradle-to-grave. If youre law en-
forcement, regardless of department
or agency, and open an investigation
based on an IC3 referral, the IC3 will
do a more in-depth analysis for you
than was done in the initial quick refer-
Nat. White Collar Crime Ctr.
T
he National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is
a non-proft organization providing a myriad of free
services for law enforcement. The NW3C provides
training, investigative support and research to agencies in-
volved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of
economic crime, cyber crime and terrorism.
Funded for over 30 years by the Department of Justice,
the NW3C serves over 2,900 law enforcement member
agencies located on four continents. The NW3C provides
direct support to its members through investigative and an-
alytical services, case funding, research and technical as-
sistance. In addition, members have access to state-of-the-
art training on fnancial investigative techniques, fnancial
analysis, intelligence analysis and cyber crime.
Membership in the NW3C is free. To see if your organi-
zation qualifes for membership, call Membership Services
at (804) 273-NW3C. For more information on the NW3C,
please review the web site, www.nw3c.org. Other Contact
info: J.P. Meade, Mgr. Investigative Support Services (ISS),
jmeade@nw3c.org; Barbara Shanes, Membership Servic-
es Supervisor, bshanes@nw3c.org.
A triad consisting of the
FBIs IC3 unit, your own
agency and perhaps
resources from around
the world can combine
to combat Internet crime
and scams.
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Law Enforcement Online
L
aw Enforcement Online (LEO) is a global virtual private
network provided by the FBI to all levels of the law en-
forcement, criminal justice, and public safety commu-
nities and is an anytime and anywhere system for secure
dissemination of Sensitive But Unclassifed (SBU) informa-
tion. The LEO system provides its membership, free of
charge, a secure internet-based communications network.
LEO is used to support investigative operations, to send
notifcations and alerts and provide an avenue to remotely
access a wide variety of law enforcement and intelligence
systems and resources. Users of LEO will have LEO e-mail
accounts assigned and can use this e-mail system to con-
verse with their law enforcement peers. In addition, access
to various information and special interest groups (SIGs) is
provided on the various LEO Web pages. SIGs for fnan-
cial investigation topics, gang investigations and others ex-
ist. If youre law enforcement and wish to contact the IC3
with a request for assistance or analysis, please visit the
IC3 SIG on LEO at https://www.leo.gov/http://leowcs.leop-
riv.gov/lesig/ic3/. While on this Web page, click on the link
LE.IC3.gov, and youll be directed to a page that allows you
to fll out your name, department or agency, and what kind
of assistance you require from IC3. If youre law enforce-
ment and dont have a LEO account, please go to www.leo.
gov, click on the link allowing you to download an applica-
tion for a LEO account, print the application, fll it out, and
fax the completed application to LEO per the instructions
contained on the application. LEO allows you to access a
great deal of good information, to communicate with your
peers and request assistance from the IC3.
ral package. Theyll continue to update
you with information as its received,
will prepare charts and other analytical
documents for your court presentation,
query databases and conduct analysis
on subjects and victims you discover
during the course of your investiga-
tion, and do everything else possible
to assist you in your investigation.
All you have to do is let the IC3 know
youre working such an investigation
and ask for IC3 assistance.
In addition, the IC3 will assist by
performing search requests in
regard to cases you may be work-
ing which were not initiated by
an IC3 referral. Its often help-
ful, if youre dealing with a
known confdence trickster
or scammer, to have his or
her data checked, as the
IC3 may be able to pull
up several more victims
in its complaint database
and bolster your case.
Several FBI Supervisory Special
Agents (SSAs) are assigned to the IC3.
In addition to administrative and su-
pervisory duties, the SSAs develop and
direct investigative initiatives. When
large-scale cyber crime problems are
identifed at the IC3, initiatives are craft-
ed to address these issues.
For example, in the last year or so
I spent some time in various cities in
the United States and Eastern Europe
in order to address a major organized
cyber crime problem originating from
Eastern Europe. What started as a
multi-million dollar loss in automo-
bile auction fraud soon snowballed
into an initiative involving multiple
investigations in several cities in the
United States and in two foreign na-
tions. This targeted an organized crime
group thats been found to deal
in auction fraud, identity
theft, credit card scams,
malicious software and
other cyber crimes.
Using a traditional
organized crime model
and following the
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money, the IC3 was
able to take informa-
tion from foreign law
enforcement, the IC3
complaint database
and other sources to
link multiple cyber
crime groups into one
major cyber crime orga-
nization. To date, multiple
subjects have been arrested in
Europe and many investigations are
still ongoing in the U.S. and abroad.
Investigative Pals
The working relationships the IC3
has developed with information tech-
nology companies and other industry
allows for the comparison of industry
data to law enforcement data and the
IC3 complaint database. In addition,
National Cyber-Forensics and Train-
ing Alliance (NCFTA) analysts con-
duct proactive searches for scammers,
detect lists of compromised credit
cards on the Internet, review hack-
er sites and develop other data. Due
to the vast amounts of information
available to NCFTA and the analyti-
cal capabilities contained at the IC3,
trends in cyber crime are discovered
and valuable intelligence information
is often developed.
IC3 compiles a monthly trend-analysis
report identifying new scams and Internet
crime schemes. Its then disseminated
throughout the FBI, other federal, state,
local and international law enforcement
via Law Enforcement Online (LEO). It
also goes to business and industry via
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Like Sherlock Holmes used to do,
following the money trail usually
leads to the criminals.
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over a 60" wheelbase, which made it
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good ground clearance even during an
aggressive lean; I didnt scrape the
side-stand or any other parts. It comes
standard with a 30.5" seat height, but
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Since electricity is 1/10 the cost of
gasoline the VX-1 runs at the equiva-
lent of 357 mpg, about a penny per
mile (based on 10/kW cost). Many of
the components are sealed and mainte-
nance free. The Nickel Metal Hydride
battery pack has an estimated life of up
to 50,000 miles and a range of 35-55
miles. The patented regenerative brak-
ing system redirects energy back into
the battery pack, which helps extend
the range by up to 12 percent. The on-
board charger plugs into any standard
110/220-volt electrical outlet and fully
charges the Vectrix in only 2-3 hours.
Offcers in Providence were able to get
an entire 8-hour shift from one com-
plete charge. Major Melaragno said it
was excellent for community relations,
people loved that its a zero-emission
vehicle. Its a real conversation starter.
The Vectrix motorcycle, if driven the
same amount as a cruiser, would save the
(Kentucky) University almost $10,000
(its approximate cost) annually if gas
averaged $3. Eastern Kentucky Univer-
sitys police cruisers use an average of
2,521 gallons of fuel annually and re-
quire $2,300 in maintenance, not count-
ing unforeseeable repairs. It is an ideal ft
for our college police force, Chief Mark
Merriman said, because it will allow us
to continue our community-oriented ap-
proach to policing that facilitates more
interaction with the student body, faculty
and staff.
The Vectrix VX-1 is now being used
by many law enforcement departments
and other feet operators all over the
world: NYPD, Penn State University
Police Department, Amherst College
Police Department, Glasgow, Scotland
Airport Police, London AA (Automo-
bile Association) and even a taxi ser-
vice in Paris, France. So get ready, the
wave of the future is here and were
going to see some different vehicles
entering the police market. Id love to
see Vectrix come out with a beefed-up
suspension system allowing the VX-1
to be taken over curbs
and down stairs.
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lmridge Protection Products was formed as a result of the
September 11, 2001 disaster and national wake-up call.
This small company located in Boynton Beach, Florida
provides safety products for Law Enforcement, Fire Ser-
vices and the public. They were frst featured in COP a
few years back with their All-Ready Complete First Aid Sys-
tem. Its a cop friendly, ready to go, prepackaged frst aid kit
with instructions tabbed and located with the necessary medical
supplies for just about any given emergency medical situation we
might run into during a shift on the streets. Elmridge now offers a
fre escape mask that should be standard issue at every LE facility.
Target First Responders
Rising terrorism domestic or foreign will visit us once
again, of this we can be sure; and law enforcement facilities have
a great big target painted on them. Police facilities in Afghanistan,
Iraq, and other mid-east countries and around the world seem to
be the target of choice. The idea of attacking the frst responders is
part of the terrorists playbook. We need to be ready.
The danger of post explosion fre is real and present
and we need the equipment to allow us not only to survive
the initial attack but also to extricate LE personnel from a
smoke laden structure. We all know its not the fre thatll
kill you its the smoke and this mask provides the op-
portunity to get out of that bad situation and live to fght on.
Scott and MSA offer fantastic products for fre fghting and
SWAT use, but they cost an arm and a leg and really dont make
sense for very limited law enforcement use. At around $170 per
unit the iEvac Fire Escape Mask can sit on every desk in the squad
room, the detectives desks and admin personnels work areas. Its
iEvac Fire Escape Mask
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No ghting to don
this iEvac Fire
Escape Mask,
it conforms to
the K.I.S.S.
principle.
Even Dave
cant stand
himself after
a bean bur-
rito thank
God for his
iEvac mask.
designed as a one-time use piece of equipment with a 5.5-year
shelf life. That seems like fscally sound insurance to me.
The iEvac Fire Escape Masks one time use dual flter system pro-
tects against many toxic gases including carbon monoxide, smoke,
hydrogen cyanide, chlorine, ammonia, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen chlo-
ride and more. It also flters out harmful particulates such as soot,
fumes and aerosols. It contains a HEPA flter that removes more than
99.996 percent of sub-micron particles such as anthrax, smallpox and
radioactive particles. Its the frst hood certifed to the American Na-
tional Standard for Smoke Escape Hoods, ANSI/ISEA 110-2003
Respiratory Protective Smoke Escape Device.
The iEvac Fire Escape Mask is easy to don and has the
adjustable head harness on the outside of the hood allowing a
good ft of this one-size-fts-all system. It has twin cartridges
for easy breathing and high visibility refective strips. It al-
lows an unobstructed feld of view and can be used with eye-
glasses, beards and long hair.
One thing to remember, this is a one-time use piece of equip-
ment. Its not designed for building entry or re-entry or for use
in oxygen depleted environments.
We live in a different world today than the one we were
used to ten short years ago. Law enforcement agencies
throughout the country team with homeland security ex-
perts to develop contingency plans to keep their city and our
citizens safe. We cant forget to plan for the safety of our
frst responders as well. Its truly an
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sense. The trigger had a bit of crawl in
it, but even over the brief time I fred it I
could feel it start to smooth out. Check out
the chart to see group sizes and such.
Practical Use
I simply sighted in the rife and then
ran range drills, to include a small steel
plate at 200 yards. Candidly, even with
my old eyes I pounded the stuff way be-
yond making me happy.
I have emphasized, turning a light on
in a fght might not be healthy, but may be
required to confrm the target. That said,
a good light would be a valuable asset.
There are many choices, sizes, weights
and prices. Youll fgure out which ones
are your favorites and which ones work
best for your work conditions. Here are
some lights I use and have personally
tested to make sure they work.
The TLR-1 is a small, compact white
light in a solid aluminum casing. The TLR-
2 is the same as the TLR-1 but also has a
laser-sighting device. Both lights are also
transferable to handgun rails for dual use.
A TL-3 light has an easy off-and-
on mount. The light is quickly changed
should there be a problem and interchang-
es with any TL-2 light system. This is a
very cost-effective system and is simple.
The M6 Scout Light is a very powerful
light for its size. Its a personal favorite of
mine simply because of size and weight, but
I dont use or like the wire remote switches.
The M951 is a big light, but it puts out
big light, and can be set-up with a remote
wire switch if you like. Be sure to secure
the wire so you dont rip the thing off at
a critical moment.
SureFires M910 is an even bigger
light putting out, well, even bigger light.
It does lots of stuff and has LED naviga-
tion lights on board so you dont light up
the planet while trying to sneak around.
Its the biggest and heaviest of all of
these lights.
The Noveske N4 rife solves the light-
weight and sighting system questions. The
only problem remaining and it all falls
on your shoulders is actually hitting the
target. Not even a gold plated, diamond
encrusted rife with fawless optics and
lights will make up for a lack of ability.
Your shooting abilities only come with
practice; and skills development to include
safety, off-set of sights, manipulation and
mechanics need to be part of that practice.
The rife is simply a mechanical device.
Its only as good as the police offcer run-
ning it. Could practice make perfect? I
dont know but why not
try it and see.
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the FBI InfraGard program, and to inter-
national law enforcement via FBI Legal
Attaches. In addition, the IC3 issues pe-
riodic public service announcements re-
garding new Internet scams and schemes
on both the www.ic3.gov and www.look-
stoogoodtobetrue.com Web sites. Some
consumer safety information and infor-
mation on various cyber crime schemes
are contained on both of these sites, with
the latter site being operated solely as a
consumer awareness and education plat-
form maintained by the IC3. Public ser-
vice announcements are also posted at the
main FBI Internet site, www.fbi.gov.
The IC3 does not conduct or direct
investigations. It can and does refer po-
tential investigations. Itll assist you in
your investigations by conducting anal-
ysis and providing information on gen-
eral trends in cyber crime. Personnel at
the IC3 can help you make decisions re-
garding your cases by giving you facts,
analysis and other assistance. SSAs and
senior analysts can offer advice on how
to work certain cyber crimes. The IC3
has a good working relationship with
many business and information tech-
nology frms and has access to infor-
mation from these frms that may assist
your investigations.
The IC3s success isnt determined
by how many investigations we man-
age because we dont manage any
investigations. We have no desire to
take over your investigations. Our
success is measured by how many
complaints we receive, how many in-
vestigative packets we send out, how
many investigations are opened based
on our referrals, and how many re-
quests for assistance we complete. We
want you to get indictment and arrest
statistics. We want you to be success-
ful. We want bad guys to go to prison.
We want to put the brakes on Internet-
based crime. You will make the ar-
rests. The IC3 is only a support entity,
ready to assist you in your vital work.
The units in West Virginia, its fund-
ed by the federal government, and it
really is here to help you. Contact us
via Law Enforcement Online (LEO),
and we can begin to
work together.
Jon Holloway is a Supervisory Special
Agent with the Federal Bureau of Inves-
tigation who has over 16 years of law
enforcement experience. Within the FBI,
he has worked organized crime, drugs,
asset forfeiture, counterintelligence, and
cyber crime matters, among others. At
the time of this article, Holloway was as-
signed to the Internet Crime Complaint
Center, but was in the process of trans-
ferring to an FBI Field Offce to take
over as a squad supervisor.
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color also serves as a location indicator in buildings with poorly
marked doors. Lifetabs are designed to conveniently t in the
front shirt pocket of any standard police uniforms. Pull, peel
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COUNsEl, WIsdOM, GUIdANCE ANd tEAChING.
ClINt sMIth
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is versatile and rugged.
iSee Light
T
he market place is absolutely flooded with il-
lumination gear that until a couple of years ago,
were just called lights or flashlights. In the last
five years these lights have taken a quantum leap
forward in all versions and applications, from handheld
to weapon-mounted. Always the innovators, INSIGHT
Tech Gear has been a leader with their tactical illumi-
nator, and now they offer many versions of laser, light
and combination systems. The one I use everyday is the
iSee LED light. It can be used with a removable clip that
grips surfaces up to 1" thick or can be free standing. The
bright, dual LEDs are mounted on an arm with a full
180-degree arc.
The iSee light has a run time
up to 60 hours and has an
automatic ten-minute battery
saving shut off. Activated by a
small, on/off push button the
iSee goes with me every-
where and has come in handy
on more than one occasion.
At night, I like to keep it on
the nightstand because it al-
lows for a modest light at the
touch of a button. Although
not intended as a tactical
light, I have used it in the
tactical house. And while it
doesnt emit a blinding light,
its plenty bright to identify
potential targets from across
the room. The iSee comes in
at least seven different light
and color combinations. At around $20, the iSee is a very
inexpensive light and a good value. The iSee is a very cool
piece of gear.
W
ith the marked increase of preci-
sion rife use over the last ten
years thanks to the war on
terror and the like thereve
been lots of improvements in the weapons
and equipment used for this specialized
task. An innovator in the feld of support
equipment is Special Operations
Technologies or S.O.T., based in
Carson, California. They make
some pretty slick support gear
for law enforcement application
of a precision rife. Here are two
of my favorites from S.O.T.
Sniper Skid Plate
The Phil Hagoes Sniper Skid Plate (SSP)
attaches to the forearm area of the rife to aid
in marksmanship. The intent of the SSP is
basic, yet very functional. It provides a load
bearing point or rest, including padding, to
reduce bounce on recoil and it protects the
rife at the same time. The pad also has a loop
tab on each corner allowing it to be suspended
from an overhead attachment; like an aircraft
doorway or a position of cover/concealment.
This suspension aids in the ease of movement for target
acquisition when other stable positions arent available.
Clint-
Gear
The iSee LED from INSIGHT Tech
Gear is tiny but versatile and one
of Clints favorite pieces of gear.
The Saddle Rest, from Special Operations
Technologies, gives you a fast and stable
platform just about anywhere.
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Another very
effective piece
of gear and
designed by Phil
Hagoes is the
Sniper Rife Fore-
stock Saddle Rest
(SRFSR). Thats a
pretty long name,
so Ill just call it
the saddle rest.
Its very slick,
and attaches to
a support bag or
pack providing a
rock-solid platform
for the rife while fring. The
fring position is not limited by the
attachment system; the saddle rest
can be removed and reattached to
apply the rife in whatevers the best
position given the situation.
Special Operations Technologies
has lots of high quality equipment
to support rife applications, and
if youre SWAT, a hunter, or just a
regular rife person you should look
at the strong gear
made by S.O.T.
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activate a TASER C2. Anyone with a
felony conviction wont be able to ac-
tivate the device. They also use Protec-
tive Anti-Felony Identifcation (AFID)
Tags. Every TASER cartridge contains
a bunch of these confetti-like AFID
tags, which contain the serial number of
the cartridge deployed. This allows law
enforcement to determine the registered
owner of the cartridge if its used in a
crime. But there are already signifcant
legal penalties in place for illegally us-
ing TASERs in most places.
Poking Your Eye Out
One of the most impressive aspects of
the TASER C2 package is the quality of
the video instruction provided on the in-
cluded DVD. The instructions are clear,
concise, and offer a signifcant amount
of direction concerning the care and use
of the TASER C2. Overall, theyre fairly
simple to operate and the video offers a
lot of important information. Yes, you
need to train with it. In fact, most agen-
cies require offcers to complete mandat-
ed TASER training before allowing them
to carry one. And for Petes sake, dont
ever point a TASER at a cop because
theyre trained to use deadly force if nec-
essary to avoid being TASEd. Training
should spill into your personal life too,
especially if other members of your fam-
ily will be carrying one. Remember that
attorney attached to the barbs?
Stunning
The TASER C2 can also be used like
a stun gun type device to shock some-
one by touching him directly with the
activated device when the cartridge is
either out of the device, or has already
been deployed. This technique is called
Drive Stunning and is an effective de-
terrent, but it doesnt provide the overall
NMI associated with a true deployment
where the probes spread several inches
apart on the subject.
Another important option is the laser-
aiming device. The C2 is offered with
or without the laser sight. I wouldnt
consider getting one or giving one
to a loved one without the laser. Not
only are the lasers very accurate for
probe-placement, they serve as a huge
deterrent. In every case where Ive per-
sonally used a TASER for enforcement
purposes, it didnt require an actual de-
ployment. The laser did all that was nec-
essary to show the suspect I was serious,
and they complied with my commands.
Id estimate in an overwhelming
number of instances, the display of
the C2 with the laser pointed at the
suspect would cause him to find an-
other victim whos
a little less prepared.
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contact your representative to initiate a
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Crooks Will Have Them
It really is funny how some people
think some people are just destined
to be victims. The frst thing they think
when they hear how effective these tools
are is, Oh my God! Somebodys go-
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Lets make them illegal! Sure crooks
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guns, knives, clubs, vehicles and an un-
told number of other implements they
use as weapons.
Its highly unlikely therell be much
of an increase in the use of TASERs
for illegal purposes. For one thing,
TASER International has taken a cou-
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this, requiring a background check be
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Many other frms, though, continue to
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because theyre more concerned with
the appearance of security. Adding to
the diffculty of modernizing a security
program, even if frms want to invest
in needed upgrades, the economic
slowdown may make it impossible to
do so as budgets become more and
more constrained.
Feeding The Muse
Other private sector security initia-
tives have been announced, showing
signs maybe the Indian government
if not the national power, then
individual states have a more far-
reaching mission, which may yet gain
the traction to last. The Karnataka
Chief Minister (governor) called for
a meeting on November 29th to brief
industry and trade representatives on
the security situation in the city of
Bangalore (capital of Indias booming
tech sector) in light of the recent ter-
rorist attacks in Mumbai, and also to
take suggestions from them. This may
prove illusory, too, but Ill be damned
if I can recall the last serious meeting I
was invited to by the U.S. government,
where the opinions and advice of pri-
vate sector professionals was
sought, never mind heeded.
In the end the citizens of India not
known for homogeneity, in the best of
circumstances are ultimately respon-
sible for the stature and character of their
own government. But with such frst steps,
serious actions may follow, and maybe in
India the urgency will not fade, and they
will not forget.
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can recall the last
serious meeting I
was invited to by
the U.S. government,
where the opinions
and advice of private
sector professionals
was sought, never
mind heeded.
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DOING THE
NUMBERS
A
ccording to the UPI, the
head of a new local police
commander was left in an
ice bucket at his police station in
the Ciudad Juarez area. A Mexican
paper reported Martin Castro Mar-
tinez was one of 15 people killed
execution-style in 24 hours. Castro
Martinez was abducted four days
after he became police chief. It was
evidently a message from a drug
cartel. Go fgure.
Things may be tough in the
states at times, but at least we
dont usually see this sort of thing
with our police chiefs. But then
again, theres some chiefs nah,
just kidding.
BUST A CAP
B
ust A Cap attaches to your existing full-size
Streamlight and Mag-Lite fashlight and turns
it into a glass-busting machine! You just screw
it on the end of your handy cop-type fashlight and in
less than a minute, presto, no more Mr. Nice Guy. Best
of all, according to the maker, it requires no training
and breaks glass upon impact. Two things I always
enjoyed: not having to go to training and
breaking windows. So there you go.
www.bustacap.net
N
o, really. The HD Torch
from Bushnell shines
a new light on fashlight
beams. Unlike other lights, the HDs
pattern is a perfectly square and uniform
beam of light. The beneft is the light beam
is consistent from center to edge without
dim areas or doughnuts of light. This might
make some things stand out a bit better.
I saw a quick demo but were waiting to
get one to seriously play with and well
get back to you. Just when you thought
youve seen everything, weve got a square
fashlight beam now. They say it makes
it easier to search in quadrants and it can
light up an entire wall at once. It gives you
165 of those Lumen-things and runs 1.5
hours on two of those lithium batteries we
all hate to buy. Theres even a fnd me
glowing light on the rear button thats also
a battery life indicator. And all for around
$80. Whod a thought? www.bushnell.com
Classy Cufinks
S
ometimes you just have to insult the sensibilities of
a certain group of gun-grabbing liberals and this is
a subtle way to do it. Oh my god, are those what
I think they are!? would be a wished-for response when
you wear these in front of some defense
attorney one day. You barbar-
ian! Perfect. You can get bullets,
cuffs, scales of justice, badges
and other cop-like goodies
from these people, made of
real metal or sterling and
better. Now, if they could
do a cuff/gun/bullet/AR15
cuffink, thatd get
their attention. Call
me a barbarian.
www.cuffinks.com
T
he name is just right. This new goodie from BLACK-
HAWK! is a bit longer than a foot and guaranteed to rip,
break, rake, snort, poke, pry, chop, dig and well, you get
my drift. Its powder-coated, and the checkered plastic rubber
handle is secure and comfy. Its made of good-old D2 tool
steel so is tough as a Russian T-34 tank. Nothing fancy
here to mess up its ability to do its job. I like this
lots since it doesnt violate the simple-is-good
rule. A bit pricy at frst glance at $199, but
its one of those if you need it, you re-
ally need it things and youd probably
gladly pay 200 bucks for
it then! So do it now.
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SMALL PRY
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1,095
HOMICIDES BY LE OFFICERS
DURING ARRESTS BY STATE AND
LOCAL AGENCIES, 2003-2005.
75%
OCCURRED DURING ARRESTS FOR
VIOLENT CRIMES.
192
JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDES BY
CITIZENS IN 2005.
343
JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDES BY
POLILCE IN 2005.
381
JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDES BY
CITIZENS IN 1976.
420
JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDES BY
POLICE IN 1976.
50%
OF HOMICIDES SINCE 1976 HAVE
OCCURRED IN CITIES OVER 100,000.
86%
OF WHITE VICTIMS WERE KILLED
BY WHITE SUSPECTS SINCE 1976.
94%
OF BLACK VICTIMS WERE KILLED
BY BLACK SUSPECTS SINCE 1976.
NOTE: ALL DATA FROM U.S. DEPT. OF JUSTICE
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ere seeing it again. Budgets are getting cut,
equipment upgrades ignored, new armor left
un-bought, practice ammo gone, new gun
bids shut down, old beat-up beat cars asked
to go one more year, training time cut or eliminated
you know the drill. If youve been around more than a
few years, youve seen it happen. Its happening again,
and it gets people killed.
I joined the San Diego PD in the late
1970s. Vests were still relatively new tech-
nology and we didnt even have to wear
them. Ammo was lead .38 Special, the
SWAT team was something we hardly
ever heard anything about, much
less used for much. We handled
most of the stuff ourselves. Our
armor usually consisted of the
cotton of our duty uniform
shirts, backed up by
18 rounds of .38s
on our gun belts.
San Diego
policed with a
small town men-
tality but was
a big city and
we were about to
be reminded of it.
In the early 1980s,
offcers suddenly started to get killed. When the dust
settled, seven San Diego offcers had been murdered on duty.
Suddenly, money appeared for new body armor, training,
ammunition upgrades, more portable radios, mandated two-
offcer beat cars in some areas, upgraded communications
technology, an air-support unit, K-9s and the list goes on. One
moment there was no money, then suddenly money was be-
ing thrown at this problem. City offcials had been warned
more cops needed to be hired, new technology needed to be
adopted, training needed to be updated, etc. but hands were
wrung and heads shaken. Maybe next year.
Then the cops started dying.
So, did we learn from it? Actually yes. Since those days,
with very rare exceptions, training has been exemplary on the
San Diego PD. Money is spent even when it hurts and
vests are upgraded, cars are purchased, new radios bought,
training mandated and made current to meet new threats and
crimes, and an advanced offcer training routine is maintained
with all offcers mandated to attend
three day training blocks regularly.
Offcer deaths have been kept at a
minimum and crime in San Diego
remains at an all time low in spite of
frighteningly low numbers of offcers.
But will the thousands of agencies
across the country remember these
kinds of lessons? I doubt it. Hands
will be wrung, heads will shake and
the maybe next year comments will
be heard. If a miracle occurs and I
want a miracle to occur no cops
will get killed because of a lack
of funded training, poor ammo,
outdated body armor, police
cars with 150,000 miles on them
or radios that dont work when
they need to.
But if your agency is one
of those thousands slashing
budgets as we speak, keep
your head screwed-on tight
and your brain working
overtime. Its time for old-
time police work. Dont
rely on technology to
bail you out of some-
thing it might not be
there for you. And that train-
ing you hardly paid attention to in the past? Dig deep and
try to remember, refresh, re-read, buy the video and do what
it takes to stay current. Remind yourself what Contact and
Cover is and do it. And read John Russos Offcer Survival
column in this issue about that very thing.
But well try one more time to make those in command
understand the problem. Once, when I was about to buy a
cheap socket set, an old guy standing next to me in the store
said, I know its hard, but be prepared to spend more than
you want to on something, but never less than you should.
Youll never regret the investment in better quality, even
though it hurts a bit at the time. In the long run, it always
saves time and money.
And lives.
Are they listening?
One of many
tough assign-
ments I had to
deal with.
INsIdER
RUMINATIONS
THE CYCLE
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THE CYCLE
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The Choice of Americas Best.
www.kimberamerica.com
For information on products and dealer locations
please send $2 to:
Kimber, Dept. 184
One Lawton Street, Yonkers, NY 10705
Information is also available at (800) 880-2418
Crimson Carry .45 ACP pistols feature Crimson Trace
Lasergrips in a new, exclusive rosewood fnish with classic
checkering & the Kimber logo.
The Pro Crimson Carry II
has a 4-inch barrel & full-
length grip. Ideal for duty
carry or home defense, it
weighs just 28 ounces.
The Ultra Crimson Carry II
features a 3-inch bushingless
bull barrel & short grip to
enhance concealability.
Weight is only 25 ounces.
2008 Kimber Mfg., Inc. All rights reserved. Kimber names, logos and other
trademarks may not be used without permission. Names of other companies,
products and services may be the property of their respective owners. Kimber
firearms are shipped with an instructional manual and California-approved
cable lock. Copy of instruction manual available by request.
The Custom Crimson Carry II
is light, powerful & absolutely
dependable.
Crimson Carry pistols combine light weight and unequaled Kimber

quality with
the proven tactical advantage of Crimson Trace

Lasergrips

. Standard Kimber
features like match grade barrel, chamber, barrel bushing and trigger, rounded
and blended edges, beveled magazine well and high ride beavertail grip safety
ensure unequaled performance. Custom touches include a new recessed slide stop
pin and two-tone non-reective nish. Proudly made in America, a Kimber 1911
is the best choice for duty, home defense and concealed carry. See Kimber pistols
in action at www.kimberamerica.com.
Carry Light.
Introducing Kimber Crimson Carry 1911 .45 ACP Pistols.
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