It might not be dialogues with Plato, but sometimes striking up a conversation with strangers can offer up all forms of enlightenment.
In conducting interviews with the officers profiled in my Shots Fired columns, I was surprised at how many either didn't know that they'd been injured, or if they knew they'd been injured didn't know where their injuries were located or their severity.
At some point in his or her various travels, the patrol officer will ask a question that pertains equally well to the task at hand and his or her career in law enforcement: Just how the hell did I get here, and where am I going?
Lessman inched forward. Beyond the refrigerator and deeper into the kitchen was a large table that had been upended on its side. He suspected that the table was shielding someone behind it.
That a stranger would go so far out of his way to offer words of comfort and counsel instead of chastisement and condemnation left each child wanting to do the same as police officers themselves.
A certain degree of self-assurance is obligatory to our profession. But how fine is the line between self-assurance and arrogance? When does self-confidence become conceit? And at what point does a full blown narcissistic personality disorder become harmful?
Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca said something that needed to be articulated a long time ago.
That there's an ongoing race problem between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles County that is resulting in deaths on both sides.
Motels are often the first destination for parolees and sex offenders upon their release from incarceration. And that makes for an unfortunate dynamic.
The patrol life of a trainee is never easy. But when you don't have the luxury of getting along with your training officer, it can be damned difficult.
You can’t anticipate everything, and inevitably, there will be surprises. Just remember that when checking on the welfare of another, to look out for your own.
I have been at enough domestics to know that some officers can be a little more lax than they should be. And that can get you killed.
Many criminals exploit our bias in order to fly under the radar. Some get away with their criminal acts by hiding in plain sight. Often
it comes down to attire and timing. And often, they approach it from
opposite ends of the sartorial spectrum.
When Jim re-holstered his sidearm in preparation for handcuffing the
man, the suspect was off the curb, going for Jim’s gun, which he
apparently felt was—literally—up for grabs again.
On Easter Sunday 1998, I was injured when a suspect ambushed another deputy and myself with an AK-47. In the shooting's aftermath, I considered how I owed my survival to formal and informal training that others had given me.
Sometimes you can use finesse to gain compliance and stop a situation from escalating into violence.
There is no shortage of inducements to work specialized units. Cool tools, flexible schedules, prestige, and the ability to work at something one is truly interested in are but a few of the perks.
As the three met near the front of Kilbreth's patrol car, two red flags immediately registered with the officer.