The message the Los Angeles Police Commission is sending to officers confronted with a violent and dangerous suspect is clear: You can save your life or save your job, but you cannot do both.
Thursday, September 22 | Patrol
It sure must be easy to talk about “redeploying” an officer’s position while sipping a Diet Coke or bottled water while sitting in a police-guarded, air-conditioned room, in a cushy office chair, watching the events unfold in slow motion on a big-screen TV.
Law enforcement officers must be accountable to the people they serve, but politicians and anti-police activists are using calls for accountability to stop you from doing your jobs.
Sunday, June 19 | Patrol
Policing has always had dangers associated with the profession. Physical, emotional, and psychological threats have always existed. However, when the fear of those who work the streets behind those badges is directed more to their own agencies and the government they work for than it is towards the criminal element they are fighting every day, those who suffer the greatest will be the honest citizens of this country.
Word to ESPN: America Appreciates Police Officers
Friday, June 10 | Patrol
It appears Howard Bryant, a columnist employed by ESPN, is offended by police officers being honored by professional sports teams. However, there is a reason the majority of Americans have favorable views of the police and honor their service to their communities.
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.