It is increasingly apparent that amorphous promises of "hope and change" can have serious implications for each.
Monday, April 14 | Patrol
I do wonder to what extent the federal employees among our ranks ask themselves whether or not these people are worth protecting and their laws worth enforcing? Just where are the conscientious objectors within the federal fold? Are its ranks really filled with men who are content to be given their marching orders and sent out to wreck havoc? And do they really think that all this won't some day come back to bite them in the ass?
Police Magazine reviews a just-released PERF report on active shooter responses.
Saturday, April 12 | Patrol
The author reviews the PERF report on police response and results from 84 active shooter incidents from 2000-2010.
Sometimes I think we have too many damn laws. On other occasions, I wonder if there aren't a few more laws we could really use.
Monday, March 17 | Patrol
Making my way to the urinal, I was passed by a man who'd stepped out the adjacent stall in a hurry. As he did, I noted the presence of crumpled tissue paper on the floor about the toilet. The man's presence in the stall had not been diet-related. Normally, this would not have been something I'd have felt compelled to concern myself with. Different strokes for different folks.
Watching this year's Academy Awards, I realized why movie makers now have such a hard time celebrating the good guys.
Thursday, March 6 | Patrol
And so I sat down and waited for highlights of hero-celebrating fare, looking forward to clips of "End of Shift," "Ladder 49," and "Backdraft." I figured I'd maybe catch a glimpse of a pre-"Cheers" Ted Danson in the role of ill-fated LAPD Officer Ian Campbell in "The Onion Field."
What some less scrupulous types won't do for page views.
Monday, February 17 | Patrol
Working patrol, you never know when or where you might find yourself in a knock-down drag-out fight. As such, it makes sense to have some stratagem in place ahead of time. That thought was in the forethought of my consciousness when I decided that if I ever faced an asskicking and really needed assistance, I'd key my mic and advise that I had Jessica Alba oiled down and naked rolling around on a front lawn.
Account for longer nights and other tactical considerations during this cold season.
Friday, February 14 | Careers
As you settle into this snowy, stormy season your thoughts should also migrate toward winter patrol tactics.Take a few minutes to prepare and think what you need to do to be tactically safe and comfortable.
How I maintain my femininity while still garnering respect.
Friday, February 14 | Women in Law Enforcement
Being feminine is often seen as a hindrance as opposed to an attribute when garnering respect from male coworkers because they feel like they have to protect us instead of focus on the problem they are called to handle.
Listen to "Shots Fired" narratives being read aloud.
Tuesday, February 11 | Editor's Notes
We published the 100th "Shots Fired" feature in September. We've decided to present these features of officers under fire as monthly audio podcasts.
Is it time for head and face armor on patrol?
Friday, February 7 | Patrol
Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"
Sometimes, cleaning house means just that.
Tuesday, February 4 | Patrol
Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?