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I Feel the Need...the Need for...an ER  

February 23, 2012
A person has to know their limitations. No less than Dirty Harry has expressed his opinion on the matter, and I like to think most cops adhere to the philosophy.

If You Can Read This...Please Don't  

February 14, 2012
Well, a couple of weeks ago I blogged about the attempted arrest of a Santa Maria (Calif.) Police officer that resulted in his shooting death. I'd like to think that a vast majority of the few thousand—we keep a running tally—who read the piece at least understood where I was coming.

Taking Down One of Our Own  

February 2, 2012
Why did the Santa Maria (Calif.) PD attempt to arrest one of its officers on a public street? Was there some other precipitating factor at work? Because absent such explanations, I fail to see the need for the PD to take the officer down then and there at a DUI checkpoint.

Video: Fighting Fire With Fire  

January 30, 2012
I believe that police unions can get together to produce an educational video exploring the matter of force. Since we know the news media isn't going to grant us the air time to actually run our wonderful and well-produced infommercial, we can post the video on YouTube.
<p>The Safariland/Kona patrol bike is an all-terrain bicycle with 29-inch wheels. Photo: Mark W. Clark</p>

Walking the SHOT Show  

January 26, 2012
Another of the great things about the show is that there are so many products directly tailored to our profession; indeed, a third of the 630,000 square feet of the show's floor space is dedicated to Cop World.

High Court Decision Backs Law Enforcement  

January 25, 2012
What do you call a federal court that changes facts to fit its argument and issues rulings so far outside established law that it's routinely chastised and reversed by a higher court? In California we know it as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

California's Prison Realignment Plan Off To a Terrible Start  

January 10, 2012
State leaders might have seen an ideal budget fix in their new law allowing felons with prison terms of six years or less to be housed in local jails and then supervised by local law enforcement agencies, but the past few days have already given us two examples of just how terribly bad this idea will turn out.
<p>Photo: Joseph Nelson</p>

Product Test: Pelican 1910 and 1920 Flashlights  

January 3, 2012
The 1920 makes a perfect alley light. When the light-bar alley light is too much of a flood light or up too high to get a look at the ground, the 1920 is perfect.

Let's Stay Alive in 2012  

December 22, 2011
A 23% rise in firearms-related fatalities factors into that total, with many of these officers having been killed in ambushes. Over the course of the past few days when I first scribbled down an idea prompt for this blog, four more officers have died.

In Praise of the Unreasonable Cop  

December 16, 2011
The first rule of Law Enforcement is: You do not talk about Law Enforcement. The second rule of Law Enforcement is: you DO NOT talk about Law Enforcement (and those that do will get a Fight Club beatdown).
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