Thursday, May 26 | Patrol
Officers were deployed on foot and in patrol, motor and mounted units — and even in the air. I was certain the officers visibly present were just a small representation of the total number of officers that would be available if needed.
Bruno hung on until his handler could be by his side.
Thursday, May 19 | Patrol
Before he died, Bruno — the iconic Anaheim (CA) Police Department K-9 who became internationally known after he took a bullet to the jaw and chest two years ago, almost certainly saving the life of one or more of his human partners — hung on for his best friend, Officer RJ Young.
The president's silence as police officers are vilified and even killed disqualifies him from speaking at Police Week.
Friday, May 13 | Patrol
Those chosen to speak will be people of prominence and influence and their words will have power if they are spoken from the heart. If they are not, if they are hollow and bereft of passion, then the words themselves though mechanically correct will be devoid of meaning and in fact insulting.
Three new trends in law enforcement communications are moving forward in 2016, but not everything is changing.
Monday, May 9 | Technology
The emergence of simultaneous LMR and LTE capabilities, along with PTT apps on smartphones, tablets and WiFi-only devices, opens up a world of potential new products such as more robust phones for industrial use, dual- or triple-band radios with LTE phones built inside, possibly even with a USB port on the side for uploading data.
Officers across the nation are no longer allowed to take the actions they know could prevent crimes and save lives.
Tuesday, April 5 | Patrol
What do we do? We drive on, for we are not police officers in an ideal world. We are police officers in Los Angeles in the year 2016, and we know there is little to be gained and much to be lost if we get out of our car and engage these young men.
Can you draw faster from in front of your hip than from behind?
Friday, April 1 | Weapons
During the course of the 3-hour run of scenarios in their “town”, I found the appendix style to work very well. I consistently outdrew my competitors and teammates from the seated position and even seemed to be faster than usual in the standing scenarios.
Law enforcement officers and leaders must unite in solidarity to push back against anti-police people and organizations.
Friday, April 1 | Patrol
And as incredible as it seems, law enforcement “leaders” cower in silence or worse yet voice their support for the new politically correct mantra of “softer policing,” which is nothing more than a euphemism for surrendering the “warrior mindset” necessary for survival.
An officer who shot and killed a man in a justified deadly force action writes a powerful account of its impact on the perpetrator, himself, and his career.
Tuesday, March 15 | Patrol
I remember visiting the scene of the shooting on the first anniversary of your death, not knowing what I would find there. What I found there was absolutely nothing to mark the occasion. There was however, a small token of remembrance there when I left. That struck me as very sad; the only one who bothered to pay their respects was the one who put you in the ground.
Whether a suspect is unarmed or not depends on the definition of "unarmed."
Friday, February 12 | Patrol
The “unarmed” label is literally accurate, but it frequently fails to convey highly-charged policing situations. In a number of cases, if the victim ended up being unarmed, it was certainly not for lack of trying.
Failure to report corruption and other crimes by fellow officers is not how we show loyalty to fellow officers, it's how we tarnish our entire profession.
Thursday, February 11 | Patrol
No one wanted to be responsible for bringing this terrible betrayal of the public trust to light for fear of being labeled “a snitch.” This has been a pervasive problem in law enforcement all over the country. The culture within many agencies has been one of “loyalty versus integrity,” a perverted view of an “us versus them” philosophy that some call “brothers before others.”