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Also by Dave Smith

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Bad Habits

October 14, 2009

Every time someone tries to kick our butts and we have him fully subdued and cuffed and searched we should look deeply into his eyes and say, "Thanks, I needed that!"

The Cuisine of the Road

September 17, 2009

Somewhere in crime fighters' brains is a junction of sensation and risk that makes us truly appreciate a good repast.

Backing Into Space

August 7, 2009

Dave Smith recounts his LAPD SWAT training, when he was "in the midst of a training scenario requiring a Spiderman-like trip from the top of a very tall building to a window on the sixth floor ... With only the hookers and cabbies of downtown Los Angeles to bear witness, I stepped backward into space 14 stories above the street."

Cutting Through the Noise

July 21, 2009

I find the world is filled with more and more "noise" that makes it difficult to find the actual "signal" that is the information we truly need.

My Life as an Expert

June 1, 2009

To the experts, this naked fellow was shot excessively at close range even after he had raised his legs in surrender…that's right, his legs.

The Marathon

May 1, 2009

An elderly woman passed us rather crisply and we were aghast to read the back of her shirt: "I'm 65 and a grandmother, but I'm ahead of YOU!"

Embracing My Sinister Side

April 1, 2009

I could shoot a pistol with either hand…while normal Southpaws and Righties had spent their lives neglecting their sad hand on the other side of the brain.

You Bet Your Badge

March 1, 2009

One of the strangest things we do in our crime fighting career is play a strange game I like to call, "You Bet Your Badge." Having the thrill of that badge being pinned to your chest instantly enters you in the game where things you do and say can cause that wonderfully important piece of metal to be removed.

To Delay is Human

February 1, 2009

Procrastinating can take a terrible toll on us if we let it get out of hand. And a lot of officers do.

Hail-Fellow-Well-Met

January 1, 2009

The door of the unmarked unit swung open and a giant of a man pulled himself out of the car. His humor and informal leadership skills made him not only our favorite instructor but the one who we all hoped to become.

The Long Road to Utah

December 1, 2008

No matter how many folks give input, often directions make no sense at all and only through the sheer fact we have actually observed another doing or using the directed item can we possibly succeed.

Missing the Mark

November 1, 2008

If you are always on a range with yardage marked and you're standing in a perfect stance out in the open, stop it!

The Value of "War Stories"

October 1, 2008

Whenever someone asks what they should do in this or that situation, I am usually comfortable telling them I am not real sure what they should do. But there's one thing I'm certain about: What they shouldn't do, since I've probably already done it!

The Quest for Organizational Change

September 1, 2008

You must always speak of the good, for if you turn your words to the Darkside and you use "The Power of Negative Annoyance" you will soon discover the phenomenon of "Career Setback."

The Things We Dread

August 1, 2008

Honestly, we have a lot of things in life that are like physicals: We don't enjoy them but we need to do them. For the crime fighter the list includes things like depositions, evaluations, and death notifications.

Playing the Odds

July 1, 2008

Sometimes it takes a smack in the face or some other bad event to remind us of the great risks we take and make us appreciate surviving.

The Laws of Physics

June 1, 2008

A second later my hood exploded and the cow's rear end smashed through my window.

Blind Ambition

May 1, 2008

“If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third.” —Marcus Tullius Cicero One of the early impressions I had upon graduating from the academy was the need to start studying for the sergeant’s exam that I would be eligible to take in three years. Tucson was a fast growing city and its constant growth was making it a great agency for promotion.

Something is Out There

April 1, 2008

Each of us who wears a badge and a gun gets to live a real-life monster movie.

Going the Wrong Way

March 1, 2008

The really great thing about a career in law enforcement is all the exciting and wonderful experiences we get to have. Using Oscar Wilde's definition of "experience" as the name we give our mistakes, I have had a lot of "experiences."

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