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Just What the Hell Are We Protecting?

April 14, 2014
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?

Shots Fired: Berks County, Pennsylvania 06/30/2011

March 26, 2014

Upon their crossing, the trackers noticed that leaves blanketing the side of a steep hill had been disturbed. Regrouping with his K-9, Pagerly gave him the search command and released him again. Jynx appeared to immediately find an odor and began moving rapidly up hill and toward Hawk Mountain Road.

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)

March 17, 2014
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.

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes

March 6, 2014
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."

Reserve Officers: For Love of the Job

March 4, 2014

At minimum, an LASD reserve officer's service will include logging 20 hours a month regardless of obligations posed by the reserve's regular job and family responsibilities. He may find himself working his own patrol car, standing guard in the cold along a parade route, or handling that "change of shift" report nobody else wanted.

Fighting the "Never Say Die" Killer

February 25, 2014

Taking the one-percenter out is problematic. You're no doubt familiar with the extremely popular cable television series "The Walking Dead" in which you have to shoot the brain to put down the monster. This often holds true in getting the one-percenters to go "lights out," too.

"The Naked Truth About Well Endowed Women With High Caliber Firearms (With Photos)"

February 17, 2014
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.

Shots Fired: Marshalltown, Iowa 11/02/2012

February 14, 2014

The seemingly tireless duo crossed in front of Jefferson's patrol unit. Jefferson drew his sidearm and yelled, "Stop! Police! Let me see your hands! Get on the ground!"

A Plea for Ballistic Helmets

February 7, 2014
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?"

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff

February 4, 2014
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?

Friend, or Foe…Or, Neither?

January 20, 2014
I couldn't help but note how the absence of supervisorial intervention had played out for others elsewhere; how their failure to stem some cancerous problem exacted ever greater tolls later. What might have culminated with a written reprimand or a punitive day off instead ended up being the irrevocable loss of careers, families, and freedoms. A few employees ended up taking their lives.

Shots Fired: Riverside, California 09/11/2008

January 17, 2014

Officer Evan Wright chased after a gang member who fled and reached for his pocket while running. A flying tackle sent the two men into the middle of a residential driveway where some 20 guests were observing a quinceanera party in the front yard.

SHOT Show 2014: More Impressions from Vegas

January 16, 2014
Where else than an exhibition for hunting and law enforcement firearms are you going to see t-shirts asking, "Have You Hugged Your Colt Today?", exhorting you to "Buy A Gun—Annoy a Liberal,” or celebrating diversity in the form of a collage of Smith & Wessons, Glocks, and Kimbers? Hey, it gives me the warm fuzzies.

SHOT Show 2014: Impressions from Vegas

January 15, 2014
I don't understand the prohibitive nature of no firearms at SHOT Show, particularly since its demographic is represented by quite a few cops and military personnel.

And So the Baca Era Ends

January 7, 2014
But whatever Baca’s priorities, I have reason to question that the welfare of his personnel and countrymen were high among them. His tax dollar-funded support of a department Muslim Community Affairs Unit was less concerning to my mind than his open advocacy of other questionable Muslim entities such as CAIR. Also his mea culpa parading of contrite Century deputies in the aftermath of a shooting proved more embarrassing than mollifying.

Keep Your Sense of Humor

December 23, 2013
As a demonstrably immature 21-year-old, I defensively adopted a more reserved demeanor in the hopes that it would be interpreted by the academy staff as reflective of a sober nature. I beat down any temptation to crack a joke in the academy with whack-a-mole determination and my effort was so successful that I quickly became known as "stress cadet”

Shots Fired: Kitsap County, Washington 01/23/2011

December 12, 2013

If as it's said there's no rest for the wicked, then it follows that the Sabbath day offers no respite for law enforcement. Certainly, the third Sunday of January 2011 adhered to that truth as three Kitsap County, Wash., Sheriff's deputies could attest.

Getting Schooled

December 4, 2013
In the hierarchy of transgressions, we never pay more than when we pay for the unsatisfactory explanation. Sometimes it’s smart to be smart, act smart, and explain accordingly.

Shots Fired: Brown County, Texas 07/29/2012

November 26, 2013

Right smack in the middle of the kill zone, Sgt. Means figured tactical withdrawal was not an option—the shooter could nail him before he had a chance to get very far.

Streamlining the Job

November 22, 2013

New technology and modern practices are saving wear and tear on everything from budgets to personnel. In an era of doing more with less, it just makes sense.

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