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They Think You’re Stupid

December 1, 2006

One of the worst things about American society is that we tend to equate wealth with intelligence. Anybody with half a brain can tell you it’s not true. I mean look at Paris Hilton. Heck, look at any Hilton since Conrad, the man who built the family’s wealth.

The Wisdom of Warriors

October 1, 2006

Attendees to this year’s TREXPO East had the opportunity to attend presentations by two of the most passionate and inspirational speakers on the law enforcement lecture circuit: Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Col. Danny McKnight, both retired U.S. Army Rangers.

Leadership and Laughter

December 1, 2005

"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on." — Bob Newhart

Gifts From Home

December 1, 2005

A Marine died in Anbar Province, Iraq, yesterday. It’s Nov. 8 when I write this. And a Marine died yesterday in Anbar Province. Far from his or her loved ones.

TREXPO East 2005: Words of Wisdom and Warning

October 1, 2005

This year's TREXPO East, held Aug. 29 through Sept. 1 in Chantilly, Va., was an unusual kind of law enforcement trade show. It actually had star power. It had Sgt. Major Billy Waugh of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

November 1, 2004

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

Walking the Line

June 1, 2004

As a supervisor, get to know your people, support them and provide the guidance to ensure they are making the right decisions. When you are successful, anonymity is often your reward, while failure brings the press scandal that brings down careers and departments.

Seven Days in Baghdad

December 1, 2003

Smoke still rolled on the horizon and sporadic gunfire could still be heard around the city when I was ordered to report to the Palestine Meridian Hotel for reassignment. We were in the fabled city of Baghdad, and it was a chaotic mess.

A Message of Hope

December 1, 2003

In post-war Iraq, the only order will come from the work of good cops.

Breaking Out the Big Guns

August 1, 2003

I read today about a Canadian team in Afghanistan making a confirmed kill at 2,670 yards. That's a mile and a half, give or take 30 yards. I can't even see a bus at a mile and a half, let alone a man-size target.

CZ P-01 Compact Duty Pistol

August 1, 2003

The company's pistols are so well designed that its classic CZ 52 was a mainstay of the Czech military for 23 years.

Battlefield Medicine

March 1, 2003

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

Outgunned

March 1, 2003

There is a tendency among all law enforcement to believe that no matter the odds, their bravery and training can save the day. It’s an instinct that a good SWAT officer must overcome. Because believe it or not, there are times when even a SWAT team may be outgunned or otherwise need help.

The Fifth Element

August 1, 2002

Welcome to the new battleground. Called "fifth-dimensional battlespace," it takes the old three-dimensional battlefield (the spatial dimensions of length, width, height or depth of an area), and the temporal dimension of time, and adds the fifth dimension of cyberspace.

TWO if by Sea: Tactical Waterborne Units

August 1, 2002

The lesson of the Baltimore exercise is quite clear: police agencies can't just arbitrarily decide that their jurisdictions end at the water's edge and assume that anything on the water will be handled by the Coast Guard, the Navy, or somebody else.

Temporary Insanity

June 1, 2002

Every officer on the New Orleans Police Department knows instinctively when Carnival season begins. No one needs to check the calendar. It's in the air like the smell of alcohol and the laughter of excited crowds gathering on the streets of the Vieux Carre (the French Quarter).

Own the Night

May 1, 2002

Most commercial burglaries take place at night, and the darkness works in the favor of the burglars. Maybe it’s time for us to take back the night with night vision equipment.

Wear Your Body Armor ... and Ear Muffs

April 1, 2002

What possible duty could give an officer more satisfaction than shutting down rogue karaoke bars? That's what the Cambodian National Police have been tasked with, and they're getting a little extra support from the Cambodian Army: tanks.

Team LAX

April 1, 2002

You can say with just a little bit of hyperbole that all Americans and all American landmarks are targets of Al Qaeda in the war on terror. However, some places are more vulnerable and have drawn more attention from the worldwide network of Islamic fanatics than others.

The Call Up

April 1, 2002

As the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, began to unfold, many Americans watched the burning North Tower of the World Trade Center on their TVs and wondered what kind of horrific airline “accident” had taken place in Manhattan. Then as the live TV cameras rolled, United Airlines Flight 175 sliced into the South Tower, confirming the worst fears. This was no accident; it was enemy action.

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