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When the advertising teasers came out prior to American COP what caught my eye was By cops for cops as the mission for your magazine. I subscribed, hoping maybe this magazine will be different.
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I have been a subscriber to American COP since its first issue. Prior to COP, I had subscribed to a few other LE pubs of varying credibility. There were times I would renew my subscription to another magazine just in case a few articles in a future issue might be useful to me. This, despite the fact those same magazines suffered from a lack of credibility both in the resumes of their authors and the content and focus of many of their articles. When the advertising teasers came out prior to American COP what caught my eye was By cops for cops as the mission for your magazine. I subscribed, hoping maybe this magazine will be different. I read the first issue and found COP is the real deal. Ive been a loyal subscriber ever since. The articles in every issue are on-target and applicable to law enforcement, written by authors who know their subject matter and their audience but also have that on-the-job background. There are several other LE magazines but yours leaves them in the distance. I have recommended your magazine to other cops at my agency and to rookies in the classes I have taught at the academy. I now find myself nearing the end of my career due to an injury, compelling me to put my papers in for retirement. Funny thing, in winding down for my eventual retirement I have dropped some law book updates and law enforcement magazine subscriptions, but I never considered not renewing American COP. I will be a loyal reader as long as I am able to read, because it simply IS different. Geoff Hawthorne Monroe, NY Thanks for your kind words Geoff. Good luck in your retirement. Well keep COP coming your way so long as youre able to read, that is. SH police officer. His column (Insider: The Cycle, American COP, May/June 2009) struck home. My own agency has gone though the same cycle many times no money, training drops off, equipment gets worn out and old, officers morale goes down, etc. then something happens and somebody gets hurt and suddenly we have money again. Why cant they just allocate the money in the first place and prevent the injuries and deaths? Ill never understand it, especially when many working cops warn the upper management about poor equipment and safety issues long before its a big problem. Big agencies have unions but we smaller ones dont have the clout to lean on the administration. I appreciate the fact Mr. Huntington took the time to remind everyone of the problem. Name and agency withheld by request. Unfortunately big agencies arent immune from this problem even with the clout of police unions leaning on administrators. My former agency is losing about

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As one of your original subscribers, and as a corrections officer with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Brian Dawes Corrections articles are absolutely essential for a magazine seeking to represent all law enforcement officers. Corrections Officers are COPS! (Cops or Not? May/June 2009). As Brian stated, we sacrifice without the respect and dignity of being recognized as law enforcement professionals and our off duty safety is being jeopardized without full peace officer status. This must change now. I am accepted as a brother law enforcement officer at the NRA Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor Development Courses I attend but not within my own department. Even PA law says were cops just
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dont ask the PA DOC, they say the only cops the DOC have are in the Office of Professional Responsibility (internal affairs) even though precedence has been set in PA Superior Court. But this still doesnt fit the DOCs objectives to recognize and respect COs as law enforcement officers the most we get is to be referred to as uniformed staff. Many COs tend to be called mister instead of their rank by supervisors and management, despite the fact theyre always addressed by their rank. My nametag says CO; dont call me Mister! And its shameful our departments memorial to our fallen officers uses classifications (CO I and CO IV) instead of rank/title of Corrections Officer and Captain to memorialize law enforcement officers whove died in the line of duty. Thankfully, our Pennsylvania brothers and sisters in Probation and Parole have recently been afforded the protection and recognition of Peace Officer status now its time for legislation for corrections officers in Pennsylvania to be clearly and decisively recognized as full-status Peace Officers. Name and agency withheld by request

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many of the reasons officers do the things they do to protect us. Its also interesting to read about the equipment they carry and how its used. I had to comment on the article by John Morrison (Why We Carry On, May/June 2009). It was a very powerful explanation of the kind of person who makes the commitment to become a police officer. I only wish I were 40 years younger, as it made me want to be a part of that special group. Thanks to all police officers for your work, and to American Handgunner and American COP for telling it like it is. William E. Jackstone Via e-mail William, weve noticed a trend of noncop folks reaching out to American COP to learn more about the real world of police work. An informed citizenry is a powerful citizenry and allows people like you to make solid decisions when it comes time to support local law enforcement. And the fact youre informed may also help you make a decision if your local agency is experiencing problems with morale or, um, shall we say, misbehaving? SH

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I must respond to the Cops or Not? article in your magazine. Its common for correction officers to think they are law enforcement. I dont understand the name law enforcement should spell out the difference between the jobs corrections officers do not enforce laws; they house the people who break the laws. Law enforcement officers respond to calls and patrol, looking for criminal activity corrections officer do not. Corrections officers are outnumbered 60:1 two patrolmen and I cover a city of 10,000 theyre armed and drunk or worse. Im not bashing corrections officers, because they do provide an invaluable service, but theyre not law enforcement officers. Sgt Tony Crawford Michigan Law Enforcement Officer This seems to be a sticky issue for law enforcement on both sides of the fence. If youd like to weigh in on this too, send me your thoughts to suzi@americancopmagazine.com and well see where the chips fall. Cops or Not tell me what you think. SH.

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Regarding your article on page 9 of the May/June American Cop magazine, about six months ago Todd Jarrett did a segment on shooting through windshields with a .223. He showed point-of-impact correction to compensate for the angle of the windshield and other tips. Quite good. You
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JOHN CONNOR The Diamondhead Sight is one of those ideas so logical and obviously effective you smack your forehead and wonder, Why didnt I think of that? Essentially, it is a high-quality, rock-solid rear BUIS unit for ARs and other attops, with a diamond-shaped aperture actually, two apertures, one for CQB and one for precision or longer-range shots which provides super-fast intuitive sighting. How it works so well is simple. Rear sights are blurry when youre aiming, and its far easier to nd the exact center of a blurry diamond than to nd the exact center of a blurry circle. Adding to the sight-sharpening effect of looking through a diamond-shaped aperture, there are also posts added outboard at the three, twelve and nine oclock corners of the diamond which provide instant, almost unconscious reference points. One quick look through the Diamondhead Sight and youll see how much this can help when youre sighting under a full adrenaline load. The unit is machined from blackened stainless steel and mil-spec Type III anodized aluminum, and the precision of its machining is readily apparent. It clamps securely on 1913 rails, and a locking system ensures the sight stays up and zeroed through violent action. A suitably stiff release button lets the sight fold down to a low prole but prevents accidental knock-down. It is fully adjustable for windage. www.mirrorsight.com (and check out the Tactical Mirror Sight while youre there).

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JOHN CONNOR If youre a cop today youre luggin' no-end of widgets around, and Ill bet your BDU pockets are bulging, rattling and clanking. A trunk bag is good for toting your big stuff, but all that little stuff gets lost or stashed wherever. That duct-taped el-cheapo bag you bought at the swap meet aint gonna cut it either. I know, because Ive tried em all. Maxpedition makes about the worlds best line-up of pouches, bags, holders and solutions to so many gear problems that if you cant nd it from them, you really dont need it. Were showing you this little MOLLE compatible pouch just to give you an idea. Itd be nifty for carrying digital camera goodies, that spare ammo for your back-up gun (you DO carry a back-up gun, right?), cash, a cell phone or even that new feathery-light polymer weapon light from Streamlight (The TLR-3) your sweetie just bought you. Youre only limited by yer imagination, which is a scary thing if youre like me. Check out Maxpeditions Web site and sift through all the goodie-holders. Youre bound to come away with a full shopping cart if youre savvy. Which you are, cause you read American COP. www.maxpedition.com

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JOHN CONNOR Imagine an oversized archers quiver, but instead of being lled with arrows, it carries the tools you need to bust through doors, breakand-rake windows, and defeat locks and chains. Thats the Active Shooter Breaching Kit from BlackSheep Tactical Training. Actually more of a tool platform than a quiver, the kit securely fastens an eightpound sledge hammer, a 24" bolt cutter with hardened steel jaws and one of the handiest devices ever designed for emergency entries and rescue work: a 16" Halligan tool. The broad shoulder strap allows you to carry the kit over either shoulder and poses no obstruction to quick transitions from handgun to long-gun. On the front, the strap has ve loops for shotgun breaching rounds and a quick-release buckle. The entire package shows solid thought by BlackSheep staff. The tools provided will give you fast breaching ability in the vast majority of forced-entry situations you may encounter with an active shooter. Its made with your duty belt gear and hard armor in mind, so your sidearm, magazines, cuffs and comms are still accessible and it keeps you as agile as possible. Every SWAT unit needs this kit, but patrol ofcers need it even more. In an active shooter situation, the rst ten minutes are critical, and we know whos going to arrive on-scene rst, right? And, youll nd lots of use for it in other patrol work. MS MSRP: $280.00 BlackSheep also offers the best, most compact rescue litter Ive seen the Hand Hammock. www.BlackSheepTacticalTraining.com

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JOHN CONNOR Energizer, whose founder invented the modern ashlight and battery, recently jumped into the tactical lighting market, and as could be expected, it looks like they did their homework. The Hard Case Tactical 2AA Handheld Light is a multi-source variable-intensity light with six modes: a bright white 70-lumen main LED, a red LED for night sight preservation, a blue LED for medical and blood-tracking use, and a green LED for mapreading. These four modes can also be used for team ID and light discipline, and all offer high, medium and low intensity settings controlled by dedicated push-switches. All visible light sources also have a quick-extinguish feature. Then you have an 880 nanometer IR illuminator for use with night vision devices, and an IR FFI Friend or Foe Identier strobe which ashes twice per second. The waterproof body is crafted of polymers and shock-absorbing over-molds to prevent damage, and the Total Internal Reection lens is shatterproof. The head rotates 180-degrees, and a sturdy clip on the back allows attachment to MOLLE gear, straps and belts. It comes with two AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries which have a 15-year shelf life and heres a nice touch: The batteries are both inserted tip (positive end) down, so theres no guessing. Once you learn switch usage, this is a very user-friendly, feature-loaded, durable little unit which could pay for itself in one use. The MSRP is $125.00. www.energizer.com (and see the Hard Case Helmet Light too).
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REVISION GOGGLES STOPPED A .22 MAGNUM BULLET.


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I was point man on a Tactical Response Team serving what could have been a routine drug search warrant. It wasnt. When I stepped on the porch, approaching the glass sliding door and yelled State Police , the guy in the house suddenly opened up with a .22 mag shooting through the glass door. I felt myself get hit in the head it felt like getting hit by a truck. Lucky. The round hit my Revision Desert Locust goggles. They absorbed the impact and deflected the bullet. They took the energy from the bullet that otherwise would have been used to penetrate my skull. Ive been a cop for 12 years and full time SWAT for 8 years. Im a first-hand account that quality eyewear can save your life. Revision goggles saved mine.

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love it when someone comes out with some new gadget or idea causing me to think, why didnt I think of that? The most recent forehead-slapping example of this Ive run across is a clever little device called the Keeper Pouch and yes it really is that simple. Its just a pouch integrated with a keeper. While that might not sound like a big deal to some, those of us whove managed to keep our fit figures through the years but have more and more gear we have to squeeze onto our belts are always reevaluating what we can get along without. Putting the X26

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Taser on my belt caused a complete change in what I carry and some good stuff just had to go. With the Keeper Pouch, made by Tuff Products, I can consolidate Not just a belt holder-onr now your keepa few things on my gun belt. ers can multi-task Tuff Products Keeper Currently, theyre making Pouches offer dual-purpose keepers you can these pouches for extra X26 put stuff in. This one carries an extra Taser Taser cartridges, and another cartridge, while others can carry ammo, slightly smaller pouch perfect latex gloves or stuff. for a J-Frame speed loader. Thats not to say you cant use these uses are only limited by your imaginapouches for extra back-up gun ammo tion. The way I see it, its a bonus spot to or a pair of latex gloves their many carry stuff; youll be putting to good use a spot that otherwise was nothing more than a belt holder-onr. Tuff Products is rapidly expanding the line to include pouches for OC, flashlights, individual keys and yes, even cell phones. Tuff Products makes other justmakes-sense goodies too. One of my favorites is the Quickstrip. It holds six or eight rounds of ammo in a convenient and compact plastic strip. The rim of the case is held firmly in the circular cutouts of the strip, allowing for quick and easy access to your spare rounds. And to keep them close at hand, Tuff Products makes a Quickstrip Pouch: a handy and secure way to carry a loaded Quickstrip on your belt for easy and quick access. They even make a double pouch you guessed it for two loaded strips. If youre a revolver fan, this really makes carrying the extra ammo easy. Granted, these arent speed loaders, but the simple design will definitely minimize any fumbling youd have with loose rounds floating around in your pocket and without the bulk. Ill be carrying a double pouch with The Quickstrip and the Quickstrip Pouch offer a great way to carry extra two Quickstrips loaded with six .44 rounds for your back-up or off-duty revolver without extra bulk.
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Mag rounds each when I head into the wilderness with my S&W 329PD. This handy little combo will significantly improve the versatility of my S&W 340PD, which up until now, Ive been carrying off-duty with only five rounds and a prayer. While these are among my favorites in the Tuff Products line, there are several other very useful holsters, belts and pouches in their family of products. They make a holster for the C2 Personal Taser, which is a great selfdefense tool for your family members use. Having a handy, clip-on holster for the C2 may well make the difference between your loved one having it available when its needed or it being in the glove box of their car. One item on my list of Tuff things to try out is their Quad Mag Pouch for single stack magazines. Now that I carry a 1911 nearly all the time, Ive tried numerous configurations of mag pouches to get the right balance of having enough bullets and not having too few bullets. Yeah, you read that right; I like having plenty of ammo with me and having enough is as many as I can carry without ruining my posture or causing me to lose my balance. Judging from the quality of workmanship on the Tuff gear Ive tried, the quad pouch is going to find its way onto my gun belt right next to my Keeper Pouch.

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PRIVATE SECURITY

ED PALUMBO

Issues and trends on the private side of law enforcement.

CREEPING CRUD
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s Von Moltke the Elder once said (or maybe it was the Younger, I cant remember, but it definitely was a Moltke) no plan survives five minutes into a battle. But it certainly helps to have one, at least the basic outline or semblance of a plan, before sending in wave after wave of massed infantry or light cavalry or chariots. Stretching this analogy to ludicrous lengths attempting to make a point here corporate security or safety managers charged with responding to global crises must have, at the very least, thought about the possibilities before actually pressed into battle. The recent global pandemic is a fine example of such a crisis. Any company without a plan going into this could have, and probably did, suffer significant setbacks, both internally and in the public relations realm. Most crisis management experts in particular, risk analysts from the insurance industry recommend business, government and universities review business continuity and crisis management plans and revise or update them to make sure they address the various challenges that could arise from a possible human pandemic. As a veteran Navy diver once told me, plan your dive, and dive your plan. Plans without testing are not plans, theyre pointless reports.

Pandemic Pandemonium

ts a fascinating aspect of pandemic planning and studies to note the widespread aspects of this phenomenon. There are two levels: the nature of the disease and its propensity for fast, extensive release capabilities, rapidly and without remorse crossing borders and political and ethnic lines and the equal and concurrent spread of the panic that always attends the pandemic. They are, in fact, inseparable. Crisis management for the corporation then is about two battles, one to contain the spread of illness and insure business continuity. Or, put another way, to insure their employees are safe from such spread. The second is to contain or limit the panic and ensuing media distortions that, in many cases, surmount the actual disease in terms of costs ultimately born by public and private entities alike. Another feature of a lasting pandemic is the devastation is so dispersed and unbiased it delivers a shivering, paralyzing fear into people and governments that is different from a terrorist attack, even a concerted one like 9/11. While it took months, if not years, to delve deep enough into the 9/11 attacks in order that some degree of certainty was achieved about who, and why, these criminals did what they did, pandemic influenzas have no mind, no ideology, no precise timing or date-specific milestones. The amorphous, human-carried component registers a kind of primal shudder and its because at the very core of the issue, there is the fantastic and unavoidable notion a pandemic may have no end (see Will Smith in I Am Legend). A pandemic could escalate quickly, last months (or longer depending on the number and intensity of waves) and infect 25 percent or more of the worlds population, according to public health experts. Many organizations believe at the peak of a severe pandemic, up to 75 percent of the workforce may be absent from work.

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anagers should evaluate their firms risk management controls, human resource and other pandemic policies, as well as update their crisis management plans and crisis communications capabilities based on the threat of a pandemic. Additionally, there are preparatory actions that can and should be taken once a crisis hits. This would include prioritizing business activities, review and understand potential impacts to their supply chains, review company travel policies, identify possible social-distancing and other means to minimize exposure and spread of

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illness within the work place. This would be especially useful; albeit difficult to enforce; for employees returning to their regular workspaces after visiting an area suspected of being a pandemic hot zone. Insuring crisis management and business continuity management plans include pandemic scenarios and exercising those plans where possible ranks high on this list. If a plan could be expected to collapse after five minutes into a battle, the

A pandemic could escalate quickly, last months (or longer depending on the number and intensity of waves) and infect 25 percent or more of the worlds population, according to public health experts.
company without that plan could be expected to implode soon after. A great case for study of this is how Johnson & Johnson responded to the Chicago Tylenol killings in 1982. The CEO refused to adopt hide-behind-the-curtains approach promulgated by PR experts, grabbed the media reins and saved his company. He may not have had a formal plan (but he certainly acted like he did) and his impromptu plan of action lasted a lot longer than five minutes. The focus of business continuity planning and management should be to reduce exposure, proactively minimize impacts and communicate extensively this cannot be emphasized enough. This is where companies most often fail badly. As I write this, the Influenza A pandemic has not abated. WHO has raised the level to 5 a full pandemic would be a level 6 and may yet descend the world into a true global crisis. Give or take Von Moltke the Elder or his nephew, no company can succeed without the framework for a concerted, viable, contemporary plan of action.
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OFFICER SuRvIvAl

JOHN RuSSO

GETTING HOME IN THE SAME CONdITION YOu WENT TO WORk IN.

SEARCHING PRISONERS EVERY ONE, EVERY TIME


HAPPENS TOO OFTEN
looked up from the watch commanders desk as the transport officer came in; I could see he had something serious to tell me but wasnt comfortable about it. I broke the ice and asked about his latest trip transporting our prisoners to the county jail. Well thats what I wanted to talk to you about, sarge. I was searching the prisoners in preparation to put

them into the van when I found this stuff. Then he showed me an array of personal items and paraphernalia hed taken from one of the prisoners. These included cigarettes, money, a watch, a necklace and a Bic lighter. These all come off the same guy? I asked. Fraid so, he said. Who the hell did

Just a few things that continue to be missed when searching prisoners. All of these have been found by the intake deputies.

that prisoner belong to? I grumbled. The transport officer shifted uncomfortably, not wanting to get another officer in trouble. Never mind, Ill take care of it. I told him.

he good news is this isnt an everyday occurrence. The bad news is this still Small handguns takes place far too often are frequently especially when its weapons missed in an initial, that are left on suspects. How hurried search in does this happen? Where do the eld. cops go wrong? Im not talking about missing a bindle of dope the guys got hidden where the sun dont shine. Im talking about laziness or careless searching of a prisoner in your custody. We all learned the basics of how to do it in the academy. If youve spent any time in patrol you should have refined search techniques. Now throw in the extra and refresher training you get from your defensive tactics guys and youre a polished searching machine. So why do we keep missing things? The main reason is because were human and prone to error. How many times have you been involved in a big, fun, this is why we signed up for this job type of incident? Youve just chased a bad guy around the county by car and then on foot maybe got to use a Taser or a K-9, and now everyones standing around catching their breath with the suspect in cuffs. The adrenaline is subsiding and thoughts are turning to the less enjoyable tasks like report writing, briefing the Sergeant, calling the tow truck and maybe getting Mr. Dirtbag to the hospital. Here is a where a large portion of searches are missed. Maybe the cop putting on the cuffs isnt the arresting officer. He assumes the arresting officer will search the guy before he puts him in his car. And the arresting officer assumes the cop who put the cuffs on already did it. This domino effect continues all the way to jail and weve all heard and continue to hear about the times when a weapon is left on the bad guy and another cop pays the ultimate sacrifice. So whats the solution?

enowned defensive tactics expert Al Owens recommends the following techniques to increase your searching abilities. Develop a searching pattern that completely covers the suspects body and do it the same way every time. Stay totally focused on the task when searching, its one of the most important things you do. Too often officers get distracted or in a hurry while doing this and as a result too many officers have been killed when transporting searched prisoners. When you transfer a prisoner to another officer, tell the officer taking custody to do another search if Im having a bad day, I want him or her to catch my mistake. Carry paper bags in the trunk of your vehicle and remove all property from the prisoner when possible. Some prisoners can pick handcuffs very easily with only a paperclip. If youve just had a violent fight with a prisoner, if possible, have someone else search the prisoner. When youre angry, you tend to lose focus and get in a hurry. And always search as if your life depends on it, because it does. The best practice is to search every prisoner that comes into your custody regardless of where or who they came from. Discuss it at briefings, coffee or choir practice, but make it known this is the way things are going to be done. Throw the fragile egos out the door. If your fellow officer is that easily offended, then theyre in the wrong job. Some agencies (mine included) even make it a written policy. We miss stuff often enough when were looking for it theres no excuse for not looking.

AVOIDING STUPID

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HARD TOOlS

PAul MARkEl

ESSENTIAl TOOlS fOR THE JOB.

Small Pry
The Small Pry carried in the Breachers Backpack.

ts 0200 hours and youve got a no knock warrant to serve on one of your local unregistered pharmacies. The team leader just got a call from his confidential informant. The guys youre after are inside and theyve just completed a buy. Youre given the green light to serve the warrant; after a lot of noise and confusion youre in, conducting service with a smile. After youve got everything and everybody under control, youre now faced with the daunting task of actually searching the place. Throughout the house you find locked cabinets, drawers and interior doors. The battering ram and Hallagan tool would be a bit of over-kill. Or you could pull out your fixed blade knife and start prying away until you snap off the tip. So what are you going to do?

or years SWAT guys and cops in general have been breaking the tips off of their knives by using them as pry tools. Who hasnt felt the sting of realizing youve just destroyed your $150 ninja warrior knife after you tried to pry open a window screen? Knives are meant for poking, stabbing and slashing. Pry tools are meant for well prying. The guys at BLACKHAWK! Dynamic Entry have come up with a solution its called the Small Pry. While its not really all that small, the Small Pry is certainly more diminutive than your Hallagan or Holligan tool (no letters please, both names are correct.) The prying end of the best Hallagan tool is still pretty thick when you have only a fraction of an inch gap to work with. What makes the Small Pry unique is the design was a collaborative effort between the knife guys and the smashing and breaking stuff guys at BLACKHAWK!. The Small Pry is a combination pry bar, window breaker, and heavy-duty knife. For you steel geeks, its made from D-2 tool steel and is RC-55-57. Its slightly over 14 inches long and has a checkered, rubber coated handle you can put both hands on. Its one solid piece and you can even hammer it into place. The head of the Small Pry is a purpose driven design the prying end has a chisel-type tip so you can wedge it into tight spots. The belly has a true cutting edge you can use for a variety of chores such as cutting through screen, rope/cord or even chopping through drywall. Flip it over to the side opposite the cutting edge youll notice it has a hard corner perfect for breaking glass even reinforced automobile safety glass. So, in addition to building entry work you can see how the Small Pry could be used for breaking and raking away car windows in emergencies.

BACK AWAY FROM THE KNIFE

ou arent going to stick this thing in your pocket so BLACKHAWK! has come up with a couple of ways to carry it around. To protect the head of the Small Pry an injectionmolded nylon sheath is included and like most every sheath or molded holster from BLACKHAWK! there are a variety of ways to mount it. If Dynamic you already have one of Entry Small their Breacher BackPry tool. packs you can order the Small Pry with a pack attachment kit. If youd rather mount it on your raid vest you can order the tool with the S.T.R.I.K.E. attachment kit. S.T.R.I.K.E. webbing is essentially the BLACKHAWK! version of MOLLE. If youre one of those guys who frequently need to legally break into buildings and vehicles the Dynamic Entry catalog can be as enticing as the current issue of Playboy. Its filled with super sexy tools for you to smash, crash, chop and break things. The Small Pry is the newest in a line of cool tools and Im certain once cops start getting their hands on them theyll find even more uses than the ones Ive mentioned. For more info: www.blackhawk.com

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RESERVES

PERRY W. HORNBARGER

dEdICATION ANd PROfESSIONAlISM THAT GOES BEYONd PAY.

one of our auxiliary officers, told me another auxiliary officer had been involved in a motor vehicle crash while on patrol. The good A moment of inattention has disastrous consequences. news was the officer wasnt severely injured, just banged up a little. What was hurt the most was his nyone in a leadership role wants to ensure their people go home at pride. Ive known this officer for a long the end of the shift in the same or time hes a very conscientious officer and hes very proud of the 2008 Crown better condition than when they Vic he was driving and kept it in show-car went to work. I received a phone call at condition at all times. I know crashing his midnight one night and you know car was devastating. So what happened? as well as I its generally not good He violated the first rule of emergency news at that time of night. The caller,

ARE YOU PLAYING IT SAFE?

driving you know the one if you dont get there in one piece, you cant help anyone. Well, he didnt get there so he wasnt much help. In this case, seat belts, vehicle safety technology and a little luck saved his life. One of my favorite related quotes is You may only need your seat belts once but which once? I read that on a road sign in Ft. Pickett, VA so I really dont know who should get the appropriate credits but I use it frequently. If I can figure out whom to give credit to, I owe it to them because it has definitely stuck with me.

Can they see you?

Often inexpensive, specialty equipment like this Insight vest goes a long way toward getting your sorry ass home.

opefully you have your head in the game enough to be aware of the horror stories of officers being struck by vehicles while performing dedicated traffic assignments, like directing traffic during a special event or during a power outage or during a lengthy investigation. Many departments by policy require officers to wear issued reflective vests when theyre working in or near a roadway. By my thinking departments shouldnt have to put things like this in policy I understand why they do but we should all have enough sense to realize the need to be seen when directing traffic or working around a roadway. I wont attempt to cite examples, but this is one of the more dangerous tasks we perform. Factor in the average driver is distracted at any given moment by their cell phone, navigation system, bratty kid in the back seat, cigarette lighter, stereo/DVD/microwave oven you get the point its only going to get worse. So, if you dont have a traffic vest, get one. If you have one dammit use it!

nless you have vision far better than mine, you cant see them. Im talking about the little bugs the bacteria and viruses we come into contact with every day. Each time you touch something in someones home on a call, every time you put the cuffs on someone, every time you go into those rat and cockroach infested tweaker homes youre exposed to cooties. Im quite certain weve all been through some type of infectious disease training and maybe your agency has graced you with enough personal protection equipment for you to play doctor or a really bad Darth Vader. But no matter how aware you are of the dangers or how often you actually wear your PPE, the easiest and most effective way of preventing infection is simply washing your hands and keeping them away from your mouth and nose. Youve probably heard that somewhere before maybe kindergarten but its true. I strongly recommend using gloves whenever possible, but you should still wash your hands afterward even doctors wash their hands after theyve had gloves on. If soap and water isnt right there, use hand sanitizer. You do carry some in your equipment bag dont you? We all have families we want to go home to and playing it safe will help us accomplish that goal. Pay attention and heed your training its all part of officer safety. Its the mundane stuff we do and come into contact with daily that often isnt talked about because it seems boring until something happens that hits close to home.

Did You Wash Your Hands?

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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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SURvIvING IN yOUR MOBIlE OffICE.

SUZI HUNTINGTON

ROADWAY R
oadways are chock full of good stuff to read stop, right turn only, ped xing to name just a few. We also read the lane markings double yellow lines, simulated islands, two-way left turn lanes, mandatory exit lanes, blah, blah, blah. But what about skid marks?You know, those black marks left in the road how do we read those? Skid marks or tire scuff can give us quite a bit of useful information, like how fast a car was going, what brakes were working, braking skid, versus acceleration skid but you have to know what youre looking at. Here then, is a quick and simple lesson in skid analysis. For you traffic geeks, this is basic stuff, so no hate mail please.

READING THE

This skid shows how the wheels lock-up independently. Its's the shorter of the two skids and shouldn't be used for your speed calculations.

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here are several types of skid or scuff marks commonly seen at most collision scenes, the most common being straight, locked-wheel braking skid. These marks are usually made when a driver, sensing something is horribly wrong, mashes on the brake pedal. One or more of the brakes will lock up causing the tire to stop rotating, dragging the locked wheel across the pavement and the rubber is then scuffed off onto the roadway. The end result is that nice, straight, uniform black mark. If that mark makes a sudden change in direction it means the driver struck or was struck by something. A critical element of identifying this kind of skid is to determine which tire left the mark. More importantly was it a front or rear wheel skid. Theres a difference? Yup, and heres how you can tell them apart. Front wheel skids will be slightly broader than rear wheel skid and theyll be darker on the outer edges of the mark. This is because of the weight shift during the sudden deceleration, causing the front end of the car to dip and all that weight is transferred onto the front tires. The tire flattens out a little, but the middle of the tread surface cups inward thus making the outer edge of the mark darker. The obverse is true for rear wheel skid the weight shift lifts the rear of the car, taking weight off the back tires and therefore less tire surface is in contact with the road. So rear wheel skids are slightly skinnier and will have a more consistent tread mark. Once youve identified these marks, what do you need to do? First, you should photograph them and then measure them. Remember that inexpensive tape measure I told you to get nows the time to use it. You should measure all the skid marks and document them in your collision report, but youll only use the longest skid to calculate an approximate minimum speed of the vehicle. Whats that approximate, minimum speed? You should never use absolute figures when determining speeds because some expert rodeo clown witness will do much more in-depth computations and be able to come up with a slightly different number than you. And if you report an absolute number, that rodeo clown will make you look like a bigger clown than he is in court. So just dont do it. And another thing, youre only giving a minimum speed it could be faster.

FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSES

Note the dark, outer edges of this skid mark, it's a tell-tale sign of front, lockedwheel skid

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ow that youve got your measurements you can plug them into the following algebraic formula to calculate a minimum speed. For some of you math wasnt your strong suit in high school and it may have been a while since you used algebra, but this is easy stuff so stay with me. Youll need

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a calculator, but if you dont have one, you can go on-line and use one there, no muss, no fuss. All youll do is substitute numbers for letter-values. Your answer will be solved in milesper-hour so no need for remembering a conversion equation. Here it is: * d is the distance of the skid you measured. * is the coefficient-of-friction and the industry standard is between .7 and .8. As an example of how this equation works, you find yourself at a collision scene where a vehicle has plowed into a tree or pole. The longest skid you measured is 100 feet this is how youll solve the mystery.

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5.5 d

5.5 d d=100 =.8 5.5100(.8) 5.580 5.5(8.94) 49 mph


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What A Drag

In traffic geek circles drag factor and coefficient-of-friction are closely related terms and their definitions and applications get confused and misinterpreted. For this very basic patrol cop application, coefficient-offriction is the ratio of the tangential force applied to an object sliding across a surface to the normal force of an object. Huh, what? Simply put, the industry standard is set as previously described after tests were performed using a drag sled on various surfaces. After a bunch of voodoo math stuff, an average is created based on those tests. Remember that rodeo clown? Hell tell you the average only applies to level surfaces and the tests are done at constant velocities, therefore inclines and declines can affect the results and I just saw your brain fall out of your head. This can be a very technical subject, what Im giving you is simply another tool to help you do your job better. If the guy at the side of the road with the front end of his car smashed into the firewall after a 130foot skid tells you he was only going 30 mph, you can easily call bullshit on the play. Youll be able to look at those beautiful, long, black beacons of truth and report the truth not his crappy lie.

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JOhN MORRISON

STRAIGhT TALK ON SUPERVISION & LEADERShIP ON ThE FRONT LINES ThE STREETS.

HIGH-TECH, LOW-TECH HIG & NO-TECH


Bushnells new BackTrack uses high-tech to teach no-tech skills like distance estimation.

t never fails and I hope it never does because I enjoy it so much. Every time I get together with a mob of young Marines, they want to hear about campaigns and battles which, for them, are ancient history and legend the Tet Offensive, the DMZ, the highlands. Every crowd of young cops wants to know what policing was like in the Jurassic, when we patrolled with rocks for radios and stone clubs for side arms. The conversation often gets around to questions about changes or the lack of changes since my LE career began in 1968. The biggest and ugliest changes have been political, sure, but here are a few more practical observations; just random shots:

ure One is the modern mini-version of an ancient computer a little $5.99 wrist compass and every cop needs one. Cure Two, twin squad room wall displays; one with aerial photos of your patrol area, and a matching standard street-andlandmarks map, same size, to the same scale. Often there will be one or the other of these in a briefing room, hidden in plain sight, because theyre of little use or interest without the other for matching and comparison. Get both. Convert a yardstick to a scale in yards and miles, and go over it often with your troops, creating and refining your officers mental maps and orientation, plus checking distances between known landmarks and trouble spots because Second, cops still SUCK at estimating distances! SWAT snipers have laser rangefinders, but blue-suit patrol cops have squat, and the only way to learn accurate range estimation is to do it. Its unlikely youll ever have to call in an air strike, but there are dozens of dangerous situations where distance estimation, both short and long-scale, can be critical. Just ask two different cops to estimate an evacuation area a half-mile in all directions from a given point, like a chemicals facility, or guess how many yards between this spot and that water tower and youll agree, I think. GPS units are great, but most are too complex and expensive. Bushnell makes the BackTrack, a $69 item which combines easy GPS technology with a digital compass. The user can designate different points, press a button, and get a reference to magnetic North, direction to your selected point, and the distance in yards and miles, meters and kilometers. Officers can practice during slow times, and perhaps save their butts with it during others. My wish would be one per squad, please.
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Not Lost

In my rookie days, we still had a handful of one-way only radio cars. To talk back to dispatch, you had to find a call box (they were scattered around the city), open it with your big brass key and use the vintage phone inside. Now our cruisers are crammed to the point of hazard with expensive high-tech computers and communications. In many agencies, officers can pull up detailed maps on their screens, and their cruisers position can be auto-located. But two old problems remain: First, once theyre out of their cars, cops are still directionally challenged. Especially at night, they dont know North from South, and after chasing a scumbag over four blocks of backyards and alleys, forget it. Radio conversations between lost cops, searching units and air support are humorous as hell (Were to your left? Gee, that helps, idiot!), but could be tragic. Two Lost? Not if you have a wrist comcures cost less than pass like this set-up from www. one percent of a para-cord.com $15. MODATS.
These tiny binos spent years on patrol; and clear safety glasses like these from Wiley-X can be worth their weight in saved eyeballs.

Saving Eyes & Asses

ve been present on firing lines in the old days when cops lost sight in an eye due to lateral blast; splattering bits of lead, gunpowder, sheared case mouths or jacketing material. I had a few close calls myself and since then Ive been rabid about eye protection. Forty years ago, if you wanted to wear adequate eye protection on duty, your choices were few, expensive and heavy. They made you look like a bug-eyed alien and left a semi-permanent painful pinch-mark on your nose. Today, I think cops are smarter about it agencies certainly are more sensitive to it though their interest seems to begin
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and end at the range. But I still see too many cops out on patrol without eye protection, often wearing sunglasses, which look oh, so cool, but which would multiply rather than reduce eye injuries from fragments and debris. Now heres the point no one talks about: even officers who religiously wear eye protection on day shift wear zero protection at night! Just think about that for a moment. When are you and your troops most statistically likely to be exchanging shots with crooks? Night, maybe, hmm? This makes about as much sense as only wearing your body armor on day shift. Several companies make ANSI Z87.1 and mil spec-certified ballistic protective glasses with tacti-cool frames and assorted lens colors including clear, for night use, guys and they cost less than our old clunkers did in 1970s dollars. Check out gear from Wiley-X and ESS, and Revisions Hellfly glasses come in eight lightweight frame and lens choices. The best clear lenses have anti-reflective coatings so youll actually see better at night, and if you havent tried amber-tinted glasses during dawn and twilight hours, youd be amazed at your improved image definition and pickup of movement. Excellent 24-hour eye protection is available and cheap. Get em and wear em! Another Eyes Issue: Tac teams have thermal magnifying optics, while patrol troops are still stuck with their Mark-I Eyeballs. Sure, a rare cop has his own set of Steiner Military Rs, but hes the exception. Back in the mid-1980s we experimented with giving officers a basic class on observation skills, then equipping them with inexpensive lightweight optics a set of mini-binos for two-officer units, and a monocular on a necktether for single-officer cars. Results were no less than fantastic for the former, and significant for the latter: arrests increased dramatically, particularly from in-progress crimes. That was 25 years ago. Now, you sergeants, for some real fun, ask your nightshift officers what time the moon will rise tonight and what phase it will be in? Can any of them find the North Star? Neither of those could ever be of any importance, could they?
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Caliber: .308 Winchester (7.62X51 NATO) Operation: Gas-Operated Autoloader Overall Length: 41.5 Overall Height: 7.5 Weight/Light Barrel, 20 Round Mag (Empty): 9.0 lbs Weight/Light Barrel, 10 Round Mag (Empty): 8.8 lbs Weight/Heavy Barrel, 20 Round Mag (Empty): 10.0 lbs Weight/Heavy Barrel, 10 Round Mag (Empty): 9.9 lbs Barrel: Fluted, 20 Light Contour Barrel: Fluted 20 Heavy Contour Trigger Release Travel: .10 Length of Pull: 14.12 Stock: Matte Black, Ergonomically adjustable, Black Polymer.

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FNHs FNAR 7.62X51

Dave Douglas

recision Rifle Teams, Sniper Teams or whatever you want to call them are a police administrators nightmare. They and the public know trained men are necessary for that job but theyd prefer not to see them or think about them. Rudyard Kipling noted much the same in his poem Tommy about the British Military. For its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an Chuck him out, the brute! But its Saviour of is country, when the guns begin to shoot; An its Tommy this, an Tommy that, an anything you please; But Tommy aint a bloomin fool you bet that Tommy sees! Excerpt from Tommy Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) Even though many an admin-type consider their SWAT snipers a necessary evil the smart ones know their teams should be highly trained and equipped with the very best. That means a superior bolt gun with top-end optics in the hands of the primary shooter and for the observer, excellent binoculars and a darn good semiauto long gun with great optics.

best option for suppressive fire when needed. Bolt guns, while supremely accurate, just dont posses the rate of fire capacity for the suppression role. Many teams now employ the Ruger Mini-14, AR-type rifles in .223 Remington, variations of the Springfield M1A1 or AR-style sys tems chambered in .308.

FNs FNAR 7.62X51


But now, a system is available from one of the finest firearm manufacturers in the world, Fabrique Nationale Herstal. At first glance youd think the gun looks like a slimmeddown version of the BAR, but looks can be deceiving. The FNAR is a new design variation of the BAR but with high tech materials. The accuracy they built into the gun is amazing for an autoloader. FNH touts 1-MOA with Federal Match 168gr GM308, Winchester Supreme 150 gr. Power Point X3085, Federal High Energy 180gr. Soft Point
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Autoloaders
Semiautos in the hands of trained precision shooters can be the
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308B, Remington 150gr. Core Lokt Ultra Bond PRC308WA and Winchester 180gr. Power Point X3086.

heavy contour barrel.

Controls
The factory trigger is fair. It consistently broke at approximately 4-lbs after an advertised .10" take-up. Theres no slop and the break is crisp. This might be a good trigger pull for hunting and for the company lawyers. Id prefer something in the 1lb to 1.5lb area for tactical use. The cross-bolt safety was easy to operate and quite reminiscent of the familiar Remington 870 shotgun so many of us have in our cars. I tried it with a pair of lightweight gloves and a pair that actually keeps your hands warm. Its easy to use and provides a tactile and audible snick in both directions. The bolt handle is slightly extended, making manipulation easy for loading, or ejecting the last round, and like the safety its easily engaged

Receiver
The FNAR receiver is precision machined from 7075 T6 aircraft grade aluminum alloy and anodized for a durable and aesthetically pleasing finish. Its topped with a MIL-STD M1913 accessory rail for an optical or electronic sight system.

Barrel
This light barrel version comes equipped with a 20" light contoured fluted MIL-SPEC match-grade hammerforged barrel. Its fluted, and the bore hard-chromed. The crown is recessed to protect it from the banging around youd expect from using it in a precision rifle team mode. Its also available with a 20"
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while wearing gloves. The bolt locking mechanism is placed on the right side of the receiver and a bit awkward to use but, after some practice and familiarization, engaging becomes second nature. The mag release is ambidextrous. Right or left-handed shooters can manipulate it with the first finger, allowing quick reloads. They didnt scrimp on the metal when designing the mag release either. Its low profile enough and protected by a ridge in the receiver to prevent accidental release, but also nice and big and round. You wont need to search for it.

Stock
Weight is always an issue for a precision rifle team. FNHs effort to save some resulted in the use of black polymer, thus saving a good deal of weight. The pistol grip is textured, assuring a

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positive hold on the gun even in wet weather. Three MIL-STD M1913 rails are fixed on the fore-end allowing a laser, a light or both to be mounted on the gun. Theres a sling swivel integrated in the bottom rail for sling attachment or a Harris bipod. Additionally, as with the pistol grip, the fore-end is aggressively textured. FNH includes three different sized cheek pieces and three butt plates to customize cheek weld and length of pull to fit to an individual shooter. Youll need a screwdriver and about five minutes to set-up the gun.

20-rounders are illegal. The mags are of steel construction with a low friction follower for smooth feeding.

proof and can withstand all sorts of abuse.

Does It Shoot?
The gun really shines when you reach out. At 300 yards, measured with a laser rangefinder, headshots can be performed with almost boring consistency. Turning magnification on the scope down to the minimum settings makes rapid semiauto fire at man-sized silhouette targets a breeze. The FNAR 7.62X51 is one heck of a gun to augment a precision rifle team. The design is well thought out and elegant. There are enough bells and whistles included, but theyre understated and useful. And, the gun shoots as well as most bolt rifles. If you combine adequate training, good personnel selection, a top of the line bolt rifle and the FNAR in the hands of the observer even the admin types might sleep well. Well maybe.

Great Glass
We mounted the Mark IV 6.5-20x50mm LR/T M1 with an illuminated reticle for some range work. The combo of this scope and the FNAR 7.62X51 is truly awesome in the tactical environment. The illuminated reticle is great for precision shot placement in low light or for use with night vision equipment. Additionally, it works really well in range estimation. Controls include a side focus parallax adjustment knob for quick and easy parallax focusing from 75 yards to infinity, and finger-adjustable .25-MOA windage and elevation adjustments with audible, tactile clicks. This scope is a beast with a 30mm tube. Its rugged, absolutely water-

Magazines
The model tested was the light contour barrel version and came equipped with a sturdy, box-type detachable 20-round magazine. Its also available in a 10-round configuration to accommodate those states where the
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Making Your Job Easier

Future
This is an LAPD patrol car modeling the new fall line-up of ALPR cameras.

Touch screen technology is fast and easy.

scant ten years ago, cops heard about mobile computers, but very few actually had them. About a third of the nations patrol cars had mobile data terminals (MDTs) but those were not computers. MDTs were pretty basic; calls for service were handled through them, keeping the air waves less cluttered and cops were able to handle their DMV and criminal checks on their own. Ultimately though, all reports were still taken the old fashioned way with pen and paper. You could access data, but not much else. Oh how life has changed so dramatically in just a few short years. Today we get instant pictures of people transmitted to the car, electronic maps showing the best route from our location to a call for service and virtually all reports can be written on the computer even traffic collision diagrams. Heck, it probably wont be long before ticket books become obsolete.

The ALPRs work at lightning speed and independent of each other reading license plates in adjoining lanes allowing you to pay closer attention to the road.

A patrol car with a broken computer is generally considered unfit for service by todays standards it gets sidelined until the computers fixed. What wouldve been unthinkable in 1999 is now the norm. So the question is whats in store with future technology and what changes will cops encounter with it? Here are three emerging technologies I believe will directly change the patrol function of tomorrow.

Automated License Plate Readers


I rode with a deputy from the Broward Sheriffs Office to learn how Automated License Plate Recognition or
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Heres a pretty basic view of a multi-level dorm using Viewpoint Command Systems PrePlan View. You can add comments to highlight specic information for future reference.

Jim Donahue

Its all in the details. Your agency can play what if? perhaps in preparation for a dignitary or some other special event.

ALPR works. BSO uses a system from PIPS Technology, a Federal Signal Company. Theirs is not the only brand or type, but is the one A picture to conrm youre at the right location sweet Ive seen and it apand then the program allows you to have a peak inside. pears to represent the Whats The Benet? best of breed. There are four cameras mounted applied to the system. The system's The ALPR software is running in the to the vehicle roof. Two at each front connected wirelessly through the ex- background of an officers mobile comcorner aimed at about 45 degrees, isting car computer or can run inde- puter so hes able to use the computer which read vehicle plates in adja- pendently on its own screen. for other things while its running. Uscent lanes, and two more cameras Twice daily, NCIC transmits an up- ing the system is like adding extra eyes mounted next to the alley lights to dated list of stolen vehicles to BSO. and hands to the cop whos using it. He capture plates on both sides of your They also use software for comparing can continue on active patrol watchvehicle as you cruise through parking plates against databases of vehicles as- ing the big picture or keeping his eyes on lots. Each camera has an infrared and sociated with wanted people, vehicles evolving situations while the ALPR color picture system and will work in related to crimes and vehicles related handles the city full of license plates. all weather and lighting conditions. to missing persons. The list is automati- Studies show in an eight-hour shift, most In the trunk is the ALPR processor, cally uploaded from the servers to the cops can run between 50 - 200 plates on which contains the Optical Charac- car computers at the beginning and mid- their computer the PIPS ALPR can run ter Recognition (OCR) software and point of each shift. If the system gets a 5,000 - 10,000 in the same time. An unis the heart of the system. It takes hit from any of the databases, a notice- expected, but welcome benefit at BSO is the camera images and converts it able audible alert more like an an- the detectives bureau and narcotics units to a data file, which is then checked noying alarm goes off and shows the are seeing value in the ALPR because it against whatever databases have been allows them to data mine for particular
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hit information. The deputy can then compare the vehicle captured as a hit against the picture and information of the wanted vehicle. The system automatically tracks the date, time, and exact location where the hit occurred. Federal Signal has just introduced a mobile computer and video system and ALPR that all work together. When theres a hit NCIC and the state system are automatically queried and the video camera starts recording. Im withholding judgment on whether or not Id like all that automation.

Nighttime or low light is no obstacle for PIPS Technologys plate readers.

The ALPR cameras work whether youre moving or not.

ford them. One other small drawback for this system Im told is the ALPR often cannot distinguish the state of origin of a plate therefore a stolen plate from Massachusetts could come up as a hit on a car from Florida if both had the same plate characters. But before you get all excited and fly off the handle, youre supposed to be comparing the hit vehicle to the one displayed as the wanted vehicle, therefore the onus falls back on you to be sure you really have a hit.

vehicles or hotspots from the database of captured license plates.

Its Gonna Cost Ya


The biggest hurdle for this technology is funding the system costs $25,000 - $30,000 per vehicle. As with all new technologies, the price
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will come down over time. Its another way to leverage the value of the human being: by relegating mundane or routine tasks to computers that can do them more quickly and generally more accurately than we humans. Only your agencys or citys bean counters will be able to crunch those numbers to determine if they can af-

Whered They Go?


Their names been around for years and most of us associate LoJack with recovering stolen vehicles well thats not all theyre capable of recovering. Working in conjunction with Project Lifesaver, LoJack technology is now being used by law

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In an already crowded patrol car trunk, the brains of the ALPR system tucks neatly away.

This is a LoJack Safetynet locator kit given to your agency for free. Consumers simply lease a locator transmitter in either a bracelet or anklet form.

This ofcers not looking for a good TV signal hes demonstrating how to nd an at-risk person using the LoJack Safetynet locating system.

enforcement to find missing people like Alzheimers patients, those with Downs Syndrome or autism or any person at-risk of wandering away from caregivers. A person with a cognitive disorder is fitted with a transmitter bracelet or anklet, which cannot be removed by the wearer short of cutting it off and is assigned a unique digital ID. If the wearer goes MIA the system is activated similar to a car with LoJack. The caregiver calls 9-1-1, gives the dispatcher the ID and code of the device and rescue personnel can start tracking immediately. Just like a cars signal, the closer you get to the device the more the signal intensity increases. The first responder immediately goes to the location where the missing person was last seen. Using a tracking receiver a hand-held antenna and a small computer he begins a methodical search for the missing person. Other deputies who are carrying the system in other districts can join the search and multiple units can
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be used simultaneously to triangulate and speed the locating process.

The Benets
Weve all had the experience of being involved in a search for a missing person. Alzheimers patient searches have an added dimension: their disease often causes them to want to hide in sewer pipes, sheds or under vehicles because theyre afraid. Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer patients dont just wander down to the local donut shop or mal, they tend to wander great distances and sometimes end up in heavily wooded areas or other cities. LoJack SafetyNet will give your agency the tracking receivers. Theres a flat fee of about $3,000 to certify uh, train you how to use the system. The fee covers as many officers you want trained. To date, Project Lifesaver has over 1,900 saves to its credit. With a limited initial cost and some ongoing investment of time, weighed against the money, time and manpower consumed by a single missing

Alzheimers patient, why havent you jumped at this technology? I cant think of a single reason not to have and use this system it just makes sense.

Movie Magic Reality


Weve all seen movies and television shows where its painfully obvious the writers have no clue about police budgets fantasy cops always have the latest, coolest, high-tech gadgets and computer technology cue James Bond. What a concept to have a 3D look a virtual tour, if you will at the insides of buildings you have to enter. Well that movie magic is becoming a reality thanks to the folks at Viewpoint Command Systems. Theyve developed computer software with an accompanying database called PrePlan View the sole purpose of which is to reduce some of the unknowns encountered by first responders when going to a call in a business, commercial or industrial facility. The creators originally envisioned the

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address every issue raised by 218 its a general survey of things you need to be aware of. If any of these issues apply to you, do not rely on this interpretation of the law until youve verified it with an attorney practicing in your jurisdiction preferably an attorney from a government agency charged with enforcing the law.

What It Is And Isnt


Its not a license to carry a gun on a plane, and in this post-9/11 world, trying to carry a loaded weapon onto a plane badge or no badge isnt going to be received well. Next, when youre carrying a weapon out of your jurisdiction/state, youre not a law enforcement officer youre only a citizen with the right to pack a weapon. Furthermore, you have no powers of arrest, or any other privileges of a law enforcement officer and youre also not covered by the
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qualified immunity that protects an LEO operating under color of law meaning if you shoot someone, you should expect to be sued personally. If youre carrying an agency-issued sidearm, and in accordance with department policy, theres an argument youre acting in some official capacity but I foresee this as being a justification to sue your agency as well, not as a reason to leave you out of the lawsuit. While every individual department can create their own policy on this, dont expect your agency to pick up your legal tab. Now, on to what 218 actually is. GenWWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM

erally, it says a LEO with powers of arrest, in good standing and not federally prohibited from having a gun, may carry in another state, provided both private and governmental entities may refuse to let you carry on their property. In addition to the limits of where you may carry, youll encounter other limits not in HR 218 and arguably arent authorized by it. The first is what type of gun you may carry, the second is what you must do in your own state in order to qualify for out-of-state carry, and the third is how other states will recognize your CCW status under 218.

Some Technical Stuff


While the raw text of the statute reads you may carry a concealed firearm, it explicitly does not include machineguns, silencers and destructive devices otherwise known as Class III items. One obvious exception not listed is the Any Other Weapon (AOW) classification, which includes things like pen guns and certain short-barreled shotguns. While Id avoid it, theres an argument theyre allowed. Your MP5SD, however, is right out. Also notice

they used the word concealed at least one Attorney Generals office suggests the weapon must be concealed in order to be legal. Californias AG also claims and others will likely follow suit 218 does not exempt the officer from local firearm laws, such as Californias limit on hi-cap magazines or New Jerseys ban on hollow point ammunition. As a technical legal matter, this may be a gray area, and the phrase notwithstanding any other provision of the law of any State or any political subdivision thereof just may supersede those laws. As a matter of pragmatism, dont push it. Find out what can be owned legally in the state youll be in, and stick with carrying that. Ten rounds may have to do, and there are defensive rounds out there plenty effective without having a hollow cavity in the nose. In addition to the state youll be visiting, your own agency may choose to limit what you can carry. HR 218 states only that active officers must qualify if their agency requires it, and retired officers must qualify annually with the same type of handgun they intend to carry presumably meaning either revolver or semi auto. It also states you must be

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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF PAtROL


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he vast majority of what we do as police officers is to interact with people. So its safe to say our interpersonal and communication skills will dictate our effectiveness. Any of us whove been on the job for any length of time know an officer who can come into almost any situation and calm people down and get them to do what they want them to do simply by their presence, manner, and skillful choice of words. Conversely, we all know that one officer who almost without exception can make any situation worse. Ideally, officers should learn to use an understanding of human nature, psychology, and ego to control situations, conflict, and to elicit cooperation. Entire volumes could be written on the subject, but Ill touch upon a few focal points to convey the basic tenets. But nobody should expect officers to tolerate

Behavior Management

Taking physical control of a subject is sometimes unavoidable but with a cool head, it may not need to come to this.

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blatant disrespect from the people they contact. Once theyve demonstrated that theyre not worthy of respect, youre similarly not obligated.

Initial Contact
As clich as it sounds, first impressions are lasting ones. How you first approach someone can likely set the tone for the rest of the encounter. Philosophically, this involves not only an understanding of behavior, but also of common manners and ethics the Golden Rule is in effect here. Treat others as youd want an officer to treat you or better yet your wife, brother, daughter, or mother. Common courtesy and consideration goes a long way with most people, and being polite shows professionalism. So, its easy to
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understand why, hey, you! is likely to result in a less positive, productive interaction than, Sir, Id like to have a word with you, please. Regardless of that, we all know courtesy simply doesnt work with some folks and of those many will interpret kindness as weakness. Once they demonstrate theyre unworthy of your courteous regard, other methods of interaction become necessary. Understand if your initial approach is one of professionalism and respect when the other guy fails to reciprocate youll retain credibility when things go downhill. With regard to traffic stops, one way to head off arguments or confrontations is to take control from the outset in a way thats not offensive. For instance, the trouble starts when a driver asks, Why are you stopping me? A better approach might be, Good evening, sir, the reason I stopped you was because my radar showed your car at 55 mph in a 40 mph zone. I need to see your license and insurance verification, please. This cancels out the initial objection with a greeting that sets the tone for the stop; at once it answers the first question thats on the mind of the offender, removing the need for the inquiry. Youre asking the questions here, right? Let the violator articulate their excuse you may see it as a waste of time, but it makes them feel better, thereby increasing the chances of a smooth contact. If youre writing a citation for a lesser offense than you could have sell it that way theyll probably thank you for it. And remember either write the ticket or lecture them but never, both.

Some people are hostile towards cops for a myriad of reasons knowing how to handle them to elicit their cooperation is crucial.

Inhale Exhale Repeat


Dont let them get you angry you cant think as clearly and objectively, you develop tunnel vision, and youre not as articulate. Dont let them suck you into their game you need to own the game youre not at your best when youre infuriated. Newer officers have a tendency to get overly excited in anticipation of arriving at a priority call, again resulting in an inability to think on their feet and often an over-blown response, the aforementioned tunnel vision, and a general tendency toward mistakes. One way to avoid this is visualization. While en route, mentally calm yourself. Take slow, deep breaths through the nose, letting the air out slowly through pursed lips. Tell yourself you have the training and the smarts to handle the situation, and youll break it down and take it step-by-step when you arrive as much as is feasible you know what to do. Visualize arriving at the call cool and calm methodically handling the situation. Dont get ahead of yourself. If you surrender to the flight or fight syndrome,
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heart pounding and ready for a fight, thats probably all youll be ready for.

Optional Delusions
A certain level of cynicism is healthy, even necessary to be an effective police officer. We cant lose sight were here to help and protect our fellow man. If we allow ourselves to sink into the delusion everyones evil, worthless and/or against us, when we come into contact with them, well fail to recognize those for whom we work. Equally delusional is the Andy Griffith syndrome in which we imagine everyones our friend. Crooks strongly resent us duh but deep down they know their faults and our duty to police them. You can be courteous and professional, but dont lose sight of officer safety, and dont get so invested in being nice you let your guard down. We must manipulate not only the psychology of others, but our own as well. Many officers feel theyre there only to catch criminals and protect society

There are documented cases of cop killers whove said they attacked one officer but not another because they could tell the one knew what he was doing.
from dangerous felons thats only a small part of the job but we also help people. This includes more mundane tasks, such as taking reports, mediating disputes, following up on petty crimes or lending an ear to victims of lesser offenses. Whats small stuff to us is likely the most upsetting thing in their lives at that moment they dont see what we see every, single day. Endeavor to see yourself as a part of your community and approach your job as such.

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Treated As You Look


Studies show people tend to respect and look to officers with a sharp appearance for authority. Do you need a wheelbarrow for that beer shed youre lugging around? Chances are if you look like a slob you wont be taken seriously. Defense teams spend a lot of time and money understanding and manipulating the psychology of making their clients look like nice guys you should use that same psychology to sell your appearance to the public. Keep a neat, clean, fit look to elicit a certain level of respect and credibility. Follow your

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tactics and procedures as youve been trained and know your job. There are documented cases of cop killers whove said they attacked one officer but not another because they could tell the one knew what he was doing.

Know Your Audience


The axiom, honey attracts more flies than vinegar holds a lot of truth with witnesses, and sometimes suspects. Witnesses will typically be more cooperative and willing to help when you courteously speak to them as adults instead of with condescension. Ive seen, first-hand, how a federal agents terse, patronizing manner earned him nothing but duhs and I dont knows from a salty old sergeant, during a robbery series investigation. As soon as the agent left, the sergeant gave me the particulars of his investigation and the agents holier than thou attitude didnt garner him exceptional cooperation from yours truly either. Have ease and establish a rapport with Will you

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witnesses, if possible, before switching to an interview. This could mean the difference between one-word answers and an extensive, in-depth statement. When feasible, explain things not to be confused with the moron who insists the situation be explained to him at gunpoint before complying. A large amount of animosity toward police is due to a lack of understanding of our methods and training. If possible, explain why you did what you did, how it relates to safety and procedure, and what the logical rationale is. A reasonable person will understand this. With suspects, being smarter than they are sometimes means giving them choices of their way out. This lets them feel a sense of control and lets them save face and it often works. The job we do is complicated and dynamic its not always just a muscle job. Learning to use your head and understand what makes others tick to educe their cooperation is crucial for the savvy officer. Using psychology to good effect can make our jobs easier and more rewarding for the people we serve and us.
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was time consuming and expensive, and documents were often delivered by the box load in trucks. Nowadays, we take evidence, create digital files of paperwork and then simply save them on a computer or hard drive. Courts officials and lawyers find it much easier to manage electronic files than receive boxes of paper. Furthermore, computer software insures all of the evidence is presented in a uniform fashion. We can convert materials like Microsoft Office files to PDF, and even do the same with scanned photos and drawings using a computer scanner. The files can be managed individually or combined into a single PDF file. Ive noticed a big difference in how efficiently I can do this aspect of my job now. I can build an electronic disclosure in days as opposed to the months it took when we needed to sort paper. This frees me up to work other investigations. It also allows everyone involved with the legal process to view a more streamlined product. Were also able to help prosecutors craft a better story when they finally go to trial. Attorneys dont need to look through pages of references to make a point or tell AM Page 1

their story. Computer files give attorneys instant access to the searchable resources or evidence they need. The materials are also safer: well-crafted passwords help prevent unauthorized people from opening and viewing materials.

Protect Your Ass-ets


Obviously, safety is our first goal, but in addition to protecting the public, computer software allows us to protect the taxpayers wallets and cut court costs. The end results are better investigations, more secure data, more efficient handling of cases and big savings of time and costs. In Ontario, more than 26 separate law enforcement agencies are now converting case documents to PDF and taking advantage of its associated security capabilities. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Hamilton Police Service and many other Canadian law enforcement agencies have all begun submitting case files to courts using electronic files. The move to electronic document security helps me ensure I can worry more about protecting public safety than paperwork. Its definitely helped us do our jobs better and allowed us to better safeguard our most important assets: our witnesses.

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might contact the Outdoor Channel and see if you can get some information from them. Todd does instruction for both the military and police, as well as being a champion shooter, etc. Hope this helps. Following is a link to his page, but not the video: http://www.shootingusa.com/ PRO_TIPS/JARRETT3-3/jarrett3-3.html Jim Huff P.S. Love the magazine Thanks for the link, Jim. If youre friends with the folks at your local wrecking yard, see if you can talk them out of a junker you can drag down to your range and shoot. You may find your .223 isnt as endearing as you once thought it was, unless youve got the right ammo loaded. SH

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The ID-2 from Decatur Electronics detects even trace amounts of methamphetamines without physical contact. Using optical technology, the ID-2 can conrm an ofcers suspicion of illegal substances almost immediately. Because it is battery operated, its extremely portable and reusable the rechargeable batteries last for up to 8 hours. Decaturs ID-2 saves departments money and time, but most importantly, keeps ofcers safe. To learn more, log onto www.decaturradar.com.

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he modern era of law enforcement firearms is pretty much geared to semi-auto pistols and semi-automatic rifles often based on the AR platform. There is, however, still a place and many applications for the police shotgun. Other weapons systems are effective, but no gun is better at short range. (inside a room, length of car) than the shotgun. If used in these short ranges and hits are placed on target its one of the very few guns

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lthough many of you consider me to be a strictly rifle guy I do admit to putting a lot of my energy into rifles I still have a warm spot in my heart or soft spot in my head for the shotgun. Being old and old-fashioned another way of saying I like stuff that works I still like pump Note the addition of the light-rail, sightaction shotguns. And the best rail and sidesaddle shell holder. Any duty of the breed in my world is the long-gun should be equipped with a sling. Remington 870. So as to not start WWIII, there are other types and theyre often good gear and your personal choice so all the other quality shotgun stuff is duly noted. That said, I like the 870 and particularly my old one Ive had since 1977; some of you werent even a sparkle in your parents eyes yet. This shotgun went through much of the combat transition upgrades while I was working at Gunsite circa 1980-1983. After leaving Arizona I taught quite a few shotgun courses using the information gleaned from seeing shotguns at work in Vietnam, applying them as a cop and my personal work with the gun. Robbie Barrkman did the cool stuff of the era Williams rear sights and Robbies homegrown front sight combined with his Robar finish all of which were of high quality. With the Robar work and a Milt Sparks butt cuff I used the old gun for three decades both as a cop and as a private citizen. Vangs tank-tough rear sight offers easy
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thatll physically remove pieces and parts on impact. Historically the shotgun although admired by many was still held in disdain by some in the law enforcement arena. The naysayers complained about the heavy recoil, due in part to ammunition. The other problem for many people was improper stock fit length of pull too much distance between the trigger and stock butt, translating to a harder kick. For these unfortunate and easily remedied reasons, the gun was often left in the LEO vehicle instead of being deployed. Over the last decade the quality and effectiveness of the shotgun has greatly improved by the production of tactical ammunition, which has reduced heavy recoil yet at the same time increased effective pattern potential. The advent of copper plating on pellets, better wad systems and improved choke systems in the barrels themselves, as well as gun operating systems, has created a whole new perspective of the defensive shotgun.

guess Ive known Hans Vang for more than ten years and in that time hes always asked me about building or working up a shotgun for me. Bluntly, I just sort of

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system being used by firefighters they could make firefighting plans for a structure in advance and keep them on file. While en route to a call, they could study the floor plan of a building to determine where hazardous materials and other dangers were located. Its ability to store additional information like entrances and exits, windows, ductwork, plumbing and electrical systems improved its value. Then, by adding contemporaneous notations and warnings it became complete and the cops discovered it.

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The software and database usually stored on the stations servers contains all of the up-to-date building and floor plans. More software is installed on each mobile computer along with a copy of the database from the host. The host and mobile computers then transmit the data between the two. A community can build their own database or Viewpoint will do it for them for a fee. The database combines all existing information on file about each commercial location: floor plans and/or site plans, information from the building department and the fire inspectors files. Added to that is information gleaned from prior calls for service and known dangers within the structure, i.e. hazardous materials. In addition, you can add digital pictures; 360-degree views and notations can be made, color-coded and even made to flash or sound audible alerts indicating high danger levels. Information entered into a mobile computer can later be uploaded to the server and made available to all system users. And because PrePlan View is displayed in 3D, it allows you to look at an entire building, a segment or just a single floor of a multiple story building. You see where the doors are, what direction they swing and if they can be opened from both sides. The amount of information available to a responder is only limited by the individuals using the system.

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authorized by the agency to carry a firearm, and many agencies use this provision to limit what they want you carrying. New Jersey, for example, has strongly discouraged agencies from allowing off-duty officers to carry their duty weapon out of state while some agencies, such as Atlanta PD, stipulate officers may only carry their duty weapon. One county in Kansas wont let you qualify with an ankle or shoulder holster. Tennessees Department of Public Safety limits the weapon carried to a pistol between .380 and .45 caliber (.44 Magnum excluded), with a capacity of five rounds or more and a barrel length of 6" or less, and the officer must carry the same weapon he qualified with. HR 218, however, does not appear to make these internal policies binding on whether or not an out-of-state officer can carry, which means its theoretically possible to be in violation of your agencys policy and yet still be in compliance with Federal law a theory that should remain the topic of academic discussion only by the way. Not only is it possible you could get fired or have your certification yanked for carrying a weapon that violates agency policy, if you have to use that gun, you dont want the ensuing lawsuit to reveal you were breaking your agency rules.

Clause Not Santa Claus


Effectively, the authorized by the agency clause means that, although the Federal government has overshadowed state law on concealed carry, they still allow the states some authority to control who does what on their watch.
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Other than limitations on the type of weapon you may carry, your state or agency may have other limitations controlling who can carry such as in Illinois, where youre required to have a Firearms Owner Identification card or California, which reads authorized to carry only to include those officers who are authorized to carry off-duty. Another example is Tennessee, which excludes people who have DUI convictions within a certain time period. While 218 says only that you can carry if you dont have a Federal bar to firearms ownership such as a felony or domestic violence conviction these limitations will, again, likely slide in under the agency authorization clause, where the question is not what you must do to be able to own a gun under Federal law, but what you must do in order to be a law enforcement officer. Although this interpretation may not seem to follow the intent of 218, local and state laws are what they are and unless you really want to be a test case following them is non-optional. You will, however, know in advance what they are. Traveling out-of-state on 218, however, you may not be aware of what standards youll be held to. The great caveat of out-of-state travel is your status under 218 will be subject to verification. Theres no standardized ID for law enforcement officers. Even if every state had a uniform ID card for officers meeting the 218 criteria, you cant expect a cop to know 50 separate IDs well enough to tell at a glance if one is fake. Theyve got to verify whatever credentials you present to them. What this verification will involve, however, will vary tremendously from state to state. Floridas Department of Law Enforcement suggests this requires doing a criminal background check on the person to
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determine if theyre Federally barred from possessing a weapon a question that can usually be answered by a quick check on NCIC but in some cases, may require weeks to answer. According to one NYPD memo, in New York, verification means detaining you and seizing your weapon until you can be checked out with your home agency. This seems reasonable enough, until you consider officers in very small jurisdictions, whose agencies may not be open for business at the time theyre detained, or very large agencies, who may have so many officers their dispatch cant identify them at a moments notice. Yes, the information should be available but still.

Retirement Made Difcult


The problem is compounded for retired officers carrying under 218 what if youve been retired for two years, and the dispatcher they call to verify your status has only been there for six months? Also, getting the written credentials may be difficult for retired officers. Some states such as Wisconsin which has yet to do it are of the opinion they need to create their own laws in order to classify which retired officers are eligible under 218. In reality, all thats required is the officer retired in good standing with 15 years under his belt, or have suffered a service-connected disability, have a right to benefits, and have qualified in the previous year with whatever type of weapon hes carrying none of which require a law to be passed. Even in those states that take HR 218 as written, some still believe separate qualification standards need to be set instead of simply having the officers shoot the qualification course their agency requires for active officers which is what 218 specifies. And some
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agencies refuse to open their ranges to retired officers, which is simply shameful. A final concern about 218 that may be uniquely applicable to retired officers, specifically those who retired due to a serviceconnected disability, is the provision you may not carry if youre under the influence of alcohol or any drug. Everyone with a brain knows carrying while drunk is stupid and in many places illegal. The problem is you can be under the influence of a lot more than alcohol, and if you take prescription medication particularly pain meds you may be prohibited from carrying while youre taking them. Theres a lot of work left to be done before HR 218 accomplishes its goal of allowing law enforcement officers the right to protect themselves in the way they best see fit, wherever they may be. The states and agencies that havent chosen to implement it need to, and they cant forget the retired officers who have literally given their lives one shift at a time to protect and serve. Even in those states that have implemented it, there needs to be a uniform way to determine if someone is an active or retired peace officer. A database approach, such as an NCIC entry, or an accessible entry on an officers POST transcript, seems like the obvious solution. Every officer should be grateful to have 218 in place. But dont get complacent. The fights not over. If youd like to read the entire content of HR 218, here is the link: http:// thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/ z?d108:H.R.218: Special thanks to Sgt. Michael Giugliano, APD, and Chris Coulter, PhD.

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sick, like Id been kicked and stomped on. My familys and my safety meant absolutely nothing to them for the next five years. I left with no legal ability to carry a concealed gun as a retired cop. Huh? Crap, what the hell just happened? The chief wasnt available for a quick meeting on the subject and I was terrified my concerns wouldnt be heard once I burned up my terminal leave (remaining comp and vacation time). To ensure I would have a voice I filed an Employee Grievance, although I think suicide might have been a better option its all about the process; not the issue. But heres what you need to be aware of HR 218 is not about age its a simple federal law with a three-prong test: 1: You must retire in good standing. 2: Before you retired you must have been a law enforcement officer for 15 years or more. 3: You must have a non-forfeitable right to benefits under the agencys retirement plan. No mention of age and nothing to indicate when you must receive your benefits; simply that you have a right to the benefits. Im still in the grievance process and am figuring Ill have to file suit so a court can define deferred retirement in relation to the working of HR 218. Its SDPDs belief Im not officially retired until 50, when I start drawing my pension. My take on it is the only thing being deferred is receipt of my benefits Ive satisfied the requirements of HR 218. Ill let you know how it turns out.

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NUMBER OF FIREARMS IN THE US. PERCENTAGE OF HOUSEHOLDS WITH GUNS. NUMBER OF HUNTERS IN THE US. NUMBER OF STATES WITH RIGHT-TO-CARRY LAWS.

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as at the NRA show recently in Phoenix and was greeted by this sign as we entered the trade show and it stopped us in our tracks. Arizona is an open carry state, allowing citizens who are legally allowed to own firearms (about everyone, unless youre a felon or a loon) to carry a gun in a holster on their belt, in the open. And damn if we didnt see armed citizens on the trade show floor, in the lobby and on the street. And the funny thing? There was no blood bath in sight. As a matter of fact, it seemed perfectly normal and safe. I mean, whod start anything? Robert Heinlein said, An armed society is a polite society and maybe he had a point there.

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spent years working a crash car handling fatal accidents, felony drunk driver crashes and other messy things. One thing that always stuck in my mind was the fact how un-prepared the vast majority of people (cops included) are when it comes to busting out of a crashed car. Some victims were simply stuck in their seats due to a locked-up seat belt but had no way to cut themselves out. What if their car had been on fire? The BreakOut Safety tool should be in all cop cars and your personal vehicle too. Tanktough and with a built-in visor clip, it has bright LED lights, window smashing points and seat-belt cutters. Its easy to find and hold, easy to use and lights the way. We tried the cutters and they worked great. This is a must-have-it for street cops. Around $45 cheap. www. breakoutsafetytools.com, (217) 283-7067

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et me tell you a story. No need for a box of tissues and on. I was fed up with my career and life being affected by no sympathy cards please this is a scratch-yourthe village idiots. Pushing a beat car, that alone was a scary head, no-shitter, what-are-they-thinking story about thought. I was no longer 25, but still tall and skinny, I had to an incomplete implementation of HR-218. be brutally honest with myself and my ability to hold Ive always been a bit of a Don Quixote my own in a fight. I already had chronic neck throughout my life and tilted with and shoulder pain from injuries sustained more than my share of windmills during previous violent encounters during my tenure with my the older you get, the longer it takes former agency, the to heal. I wasnt willing to risk San Diego Police needing a drool-cup the rest of Department. my life just to net a slightly Hired in higher retirement percentage. December of It was time to pull the plug. 1985, I was barely I was 44 when I made the 22 years old. Young decision and would be and full of piss damn-near 45 when I reand vinegar, I gave tired in 2008, a not-quite absolutely no thought 23-year career, and I was of how long Id be a keenly aware I would not cop or how old Id start drawing my pension be when I retired. until age 50. Hell, retirement was I gave my notices somewhat of a foreign at work, talked word. I knew Id be with the retireearning a retirement but ment planners that was about it. I knew and contracted Suzis gun Id be vested after 10 my pension and stays in the short years, but wouldnt health benefits. safe shes not worthy of carrying it be able to collect until age The proverbial light according to her neer-do55 with anything less than 20 at the end of the tunnel well former agency. years 20 was the magic mark was not a locomotive or to be able to collect at age 50. so I thought. Through the process of Retirement was just a far away hazy arranging my exit a deferred retirethought of old age. ment, because I was deferring the receipt of Man, time flies when youre having fun my benefits I was led to believe this was just like next thing I know Im looking at the 40-year old in the a standard service retirement. I was made to feel my years of mirror. Eighteen years of police work had come and gone service were appreciated by the administration and they valued and that retirement-word was no longer a distant thought, it me. All the paperwork I had been filling out and presented to was screaming at me, Suzi, you need to get going on some the department the day I left indicated a Deferred Retirement. long-range plans! By then the SDPD had implemented On that very day cue needle scratch across the Girl DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Plan), but that meant Id From Iponema record the deferred retirement exit sheet be working until 55 in order to gain the maximum benefit. was taken away and replaced with the pink, Resignation No thanks; Id rather retire earlier and still be young and exit sheet. The guy in Human Resources fancy term healthy enough to do something completely different. for Personnel told me, Youre not 50 and are therefore In 2007 Id been a Traffic Detective for about two years resigning. You wont be eligible for your retired badge and and was quite comfortable with and enjoyed the work, but ID card until youre 50. Im surprised he didnt pin a scarlet the politics, games and city shenanigans were taking their Q on my shirt for all to see I was now labeled a quitter. toll on me work, as a whole wasnt fun anymore. The What started out to be a really great day was now turning into good old SDPD had imposed salary take-aways in the form a nightmare, worst of all I wouldnt get my HR 218 credenof higher retirement contributions, we were involved in a tials. Damnit, that was a locomotive at the end of the tunnel. couple of lawsuits against the city over pay and benefit isWhen all was said and done at the end of my last day, I felt sues, there was talk they were going to pull detectives from INSIDERRUMINATIONS Continued on page 69 their jobs and put them back into the field and the list went

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