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Give Credit Where Credit is Due

October 15, 2009
I still can't wrap my head around President Barack Obama's being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As a Los Angeles Times editorial noted, it's embarrassing to him and diminishes the prize. But getting rewards and being deprived of them is nothing new.

Shots Fired: Brownsville, Oregon 02•16•2008

October 14, 2009

Sgt. Lawler popped up over the hood of the Pontiac just as Thompson's upper torso rose off the pavement, his gun again swinging in Lawler's direction.

From Survivor to Warrior

October 14, 2009

"There's nobody here to fight for my dad. I feel like if I stop fighting, who else has he got? I'm it."

What Happens to the Children of Fallen Officers

October 14, 2009

"I love my father, but one thing I know he would want me to learn from his experiences is that this kind of dedication can cost you. There's always a cost, and in his case, it cost him his life, but also time with his family."

-Jim Chadwell Jr.

Delaying, Delayed, and Good Ol’ Hamstrung Justice

October 6, 2009
As I like to bitch and gripe at the lack of novel approaches in the justice system, I should at least look at some when they do pop up. A couple of novel ideas were brought to my attention during the last couple of weeks, so I figured I'd share them herein.

The 'How to Be a Better Cop' Reading List

September 29, 2009
I sincerely believe that if you were to read one or two of these books, you'll be a better cop for it. And if you haven't the time or inclination for reading, then it might hearten you to know some are available on audio books.

Sitting on Your Ass Can Get It Buried

September 22, 2009
When you've compromised your body through fatty foods, aspartame, caffeinated sodas, sugar, chocolate, and other crap, you can only hope that somehow things will get incrementally better just as they'd gotten incrementally worse in the first place.

Shots Fired: Minneapolis, Minnesota 06•12•2000

September 17, 2009

The officers didn't know how many people were in the apartment and who else could either be at risk of injury from the knife-wielding Schneider or pose a threat to them.

Be On the Lookout for Loners

September 15, 2009
Take parks for instance. The lone male may be there to 1) buy his dope, 2) do his dope, 3) sell his dope, 4) drink his beer, or 5) relieve some sexual tension.

A Crappy Job of Parenting

August 31, 2009
I have had parents tell me to discipline their kids, yell at them, take them to jail, and lock them up. One asked to borrow my service revolver.

Your Role in Homeland Security

August 25, 2009
The arrests of Oklahoma Bomber Tim McVeigh and abortion clinic bomber Eric Rudolph were affected by street cops, and more than one routine check at a Canadian border checkpoint has averted more stateside terrorist attacks.

Shots Fired: College Park, Maryland 11•06•2006

August 19, 2009

As rounds flew back and forth before him like some ballistic tennis match, Soden got back to his feet and in the fight. Lining up his sights on the suspect nearest him, he fired.

Stacking the Jury

August 14, 2009
Each prospective juror has to answer seven standard questions: name, marital status, etc. The only two that strike me as concerns for exclusion are type of work and whether or not we’ve been a victim of a crime.

Communications: Sound Tactics

August 7, 2009

Columbine is a vivid example of what happens during a tactical operation when communications break down. It and 9/11 are also strong examples of why first responders need radios that can talk to personnel from other agencies.

PC Collateral Damage

August 6, 2009
Much has been made of the educational opportunities afforded by the Gates incident. But it really shows, once again, just how conditioned we have become to tolerating acts of idiocy

Knock on Any Door (Except Mine)

July 30, 2009
I understand full well how unnerving it can be to see cops parking their patrol cars on and around your property and atop your cat—especially if you haven’t called them. The imagination starts working in overdrive and pretty soon you’re convinced that these badged brethren are going to be the bearers of bad tidings or at the very least the neighbors will think you’ve been beating your wife or molesting your dog.

How to Give and Receive 'Assistance'

July 23, 2009
One of my training officers started to search a car one night so that all I could see of him was his feet dangling out the passenger side door as he snooped beneath the seat. Looking at the ID of one of the detainees, I happened to read the man’s name aloud. Upon hearing the name, my t.o. hurriedly got out.

Shots Fired: Spring Hill, Tennessee 11•05•2003

July 22, 2009

This is what Magro had trained for, why he had spent his nights performing the mundane duties associated with being a small town police officer, to take down a dangerous threat to the community.

Explosive Situations

July 17, 2009
At the City of Industry (Calif.) Sheriff’s Station, we had one deputy actually transport a grenade in the trunk of his patrol car before parking in the station parking lot. Once the grenade was discovered, it was left in the trunk of the deputy’s patrol car and the parking area was immediately taped off pending the response of the Arson/Explosives Detail. Our watch commander was livid and for good reason: The deputy had parked right next to her new Corvette.

Perverts, Police, and Priorities

July 9, 2009
Clearly, even though he was a talented musician, singer, dancer, and performer, Jackson’s passing and the nation’s reaction to it is another example of our subverted priorities. Now here’s an example of someone who should be memorialized with every honor this country can give instead of MJ.
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