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Fine Line Between Lawful and Unlawful Protests  

Officers working demonstrations must be consummate professionals in order to preserve the protesters' First Amendment rights and protect the public.

Monday, December 15 | Patrol

There will always be issues and decisions that every citizen may not agree with – it is simply the nature of who we are as Americans.

Aimpoint Micro T-2 Red-Dot Optic  

This lightweight rugged sight is an improvement on its already impressive predecessor.

Friday, December 12 | Weapons

With its Micro T-2, Aimpoint has taken a proven winner and made it even better by adding flip-up lens caps, increased protection for the windage and elevation turrets, and a new lens coating to enhance clarity.

Fueling the Flames in Ferguson  

In my experience I have never seen a riot that was truly justified, or worth the cost in lives and property.

Monday, December 8 | Patrol

So far I have exercised what I consider "commendable restraint" in holding back my public comments on the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Frankly I have not voiced my strong opinions because, like Sheriff David Clarke says, it just pisses me off.

My Response to Ferguson  

Officer Darren Wilson did not wake up that morning wanting or intending to take Michael Brown's life.

Thursday, December 4 | Patrol

As a 17-year police veteran and a use of force/defensive tactics trainer, I held my opinions until I was presented with the facts of this case; I did not base them on suppositions or emotions.

Police Rifles: Why We Carry What We Do  

Most coverage I have seen in a post-Ferguson world focuses on the "stuff" that the police have without examining the substantive benchmarks of what makes a department worthy of public confidence.

Friday, October 10 | Patrol

Chief Michael C. Koval of the Madison (Wis.) Police Department recently wrote a post on his blog in response to commentary in a local newspaper regarding whether police need AR-15s. He deftly refutes claims of militarization and presents his perspective as a law enforcement officer.

Law Enforcement's—and Society's—Only Hope  

Our enemies are extremely vocal, so our supporters have to be even louder.

Wednesday, October 8 | Patrol

Today, for the most part, the best and the brightest in law enforcement still run directly toward the violence and the trouble when it erupts. But if special interest groups continue to go unchallenged in setting the rules for how we work and how we defend ourselves, society will be left with mediocre and desperate officers shuffling toward the trouble and perhaps even running away.

Security as a Second Career  

If you're contemplating what you'll choose as a second career, you might want to add private security to the list.

Friday, October 3 | Careers

We all agree that owning our own private security firm was the right choice for us after retirement. Part of what has made our partnership a really good fit is that we all have similar backgrounds.

The Reality of Police Retirement: Live Lean or Keep Working  

Don't count on your pension to keep you afloat and don't count on the public to have any sympathy for you.

Monday, September 22 | Patrol

Are you doing your retirement planning in the briefing room or through the patrol car window? It may be better to seek a financial professional who knows your police retirement system and can guide you though the intricacies of retirement.

Officer Safety Training Tip: Defending Against the Bear Hug  

By stepping back and delivering strikes, you can escape an assailant's bear hug attack.

Wednesday, September 17 | Training

Coach John Crouch of the Lab MMA Training Center in Glendale, Ariz., demonstrates how to defeat an attacker who gets you in an underarm bear hug.

"Unarmed" Suspects and Un-brained Media  

Reporters draw on their own prejudices and political agendas when covering incidents like the Michael Brown shooting rather than asking legally relevant questions about police use of force.

Tuesday, September 2 | Patrol

Few if any pseudo-journalists or pseudo-pundits on the nightly news have bothered to mention Graham v. Connor, which for a full quarter century has been the law of the land regarding how to evaluate a police use of force.

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