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Nickels, Dimes, and the Night Stalker

July 1, 2013
The romantic in me would like to believe that America would want to take care of those who take care of it. But I am increasingly of the opinion that it doesn't; moreover, it doesn't want to.

Financial Literacy for Cops

June 19, 2013

If ever a cop had to concern himself with providing for his family today and tomorrow, it is now. To that end, some cops have taken on second and even third jobs; others have deferred their retirement. And still they worry.

In Praise of Straight-Shooting Brass

June 19, 2013
"I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that's all the ammunition they had," Sheriff Grady Judd responded. "We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back."

Shots Fired: Carbondale, Illinois 01/29/2007

June 14, 2013

When Officer John Doogan and his partner arrived at the cottage house on Beveridge Street, all they knew was that it was a domestic call and that such calls took all shapes and forms. Neither officer knew just how out of control things had gotten before their arrival and how bad things were about to get.

The Will To Survive

June 5, 2013
Of the components of the will to survive, none is more important than mindset. How often have we seen a man of lesser skillsets come out the survivor of some confrontation simply because he refused to go down?

Can We Prevent the Next Chris Dorner?

May 21, 2013

Unlike most cornered suspects, the active, retired, or terminated cop who fights his former peers does so with a weapons cache that is wholly different from that of the usual suspects, one that comes with the experience, training, and tactical awareness unique to those who have worked in the profession.

We Need Smart Cops

May 16, 2013
I'd sleep better knowing that those tasked with the power of making life or death decisions were those most capable of doing so.

Shots Fired: San Dimas, California 06/20/1989

May 15, 2013

Belmontez raised the knife and charged at the officers with rapid steps. That the man had a wooden leg had already been made known to Brown. What he didn't expect was that the 250-pound man had long ago become accustomed to walking with it.

The Hazards of Sleep

May 2, 2013
If he worked in one of those small towns that prohibits the exhibition of elephants in a city park on the Sabbath, you could bet that he'd somehow find a way to be booking a pachyderm into evidence Sunday night.

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

April 19, 2013
There is something discomforting in hearing a convicted cop killer say, "He got careless, so I wasted him." But how often can a mere six words leave such an indelible imprint on our mind and help get us through our shifts?

Shots Fired: Cleveland, Ohio 07/09/2008

April 17, 2013

Officer Jim Simone glanced at a teller to his left. The two knew one another well enough for Simone to see that she was having a hard time preventing a bizarre expression from registering on her face. Simone realized very quickly that he had walked into a robbery in progress.

Who Are the Oath Keepers?

April 4, 2013

After witnessing what he saw as an unconstitutional outrage in the wake of Katrina, a constitutional law scholar founded the Oath Keepers, an organization for peace officers and soldiers who adhere strictly to the letter of the Constitution and swear not to obey any orders that they believe to be unconstitutional.

Good Cops, Bad Cop, Whatcha Gonna Do

March 28, 2013
It's been said that a truly good cop could have worked any era in law enforcement and done quite well. When my mind revisits those cops that I used to work with, around, and to varying degrees tolerated, there are two groups that stand out predominantly for their diametrically opposite approaches to patrol.

Social Media Ridealongs

March 20, 2013

Not only do social media help agencies establish better community ties, they also provide them with auxiliary networks of support personnel, informants, and sympathetic witnesses.

Shots Fired: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 08/29/2010

March 14, 2013

Before Lawson had time to open her car door, the man turned and raised a rifle and began shooting. Lawson's mind kicked into a hyperkinetic drive, her synapses firing in rapid-fire succession of one another and keeping pace with the man's action on the trigger of the AR-15 he was wielding.

If You Don't Learn This, You'll Die!

March 12, 2013
It's been said that the street cop wears many hats: psychologist, sociologist, counselor, arbitrator; electrician, firefighter, judge, jury, and even executioner. But how much formal training has he or she been exposed to in these various capacities?

The Dorner Rampage is Over…Now Comes the Repercussions

February 26, 2013
If I could somehow shoehorn Det. Jeremiah MacKay's name a million times over his shooter's, I would.

Police and PTSD

February 22, 2013

As time went by, not only was PTSD diagnosed of war veterans, but of others who'd suffered some damage to their psyche as the result of being exposed to a traumatic event. High on the list of professions associated with the condition are first responders, including fire, EMS, and law enforcement.

Shots Fired: Glendale, California 03/31/2008

February 15, 2013

Gonzalez glanced back in Anderson's direction a second time. "Aw, shit!" he said, his facial expression leaving no doubt as to the sincerity of the sentiment. And with that, he tossed his soda on the ground and took off running around the corner and southbound on Adams Street.

Out of Control on Gun Control

January 24, 2013
What kind of philosophy is being exercised when Second Amendment naysayers condemn the whole of gun-owning Americans for the transgressions of people who by and large are not even gun owners but have appropriated the weapons?
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