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I Feel the Need...the Need for...an ER

February 23, 2012
A person has to know their limitations. No less than Dirty Harry has expressed his opinion on the matter, and I like to think most cops adhere to the philosophy.

Off-Duty Gang Confrontations

February 17, 2012
Do yourself a favor. Your planning for the many facets of an unthinkable off-duty situation must be serious and deliberate. Think about it, and be prepared for these confrontations.

Duty Dangers: Vehicle Pursuits

January 12, 2012

Officers who underestimate a suspect's resolve to evade capture or overestimate their own limitations or those of the patrol car only enhance the dangers of vehicle pursuits. It's not just the lead unit in a pursuit that is imperiled. Upon hearing of a pursuit in progress, other officers may attempt to catch up and join the chase.

Making Technology Work for You

December 30, 2011

While we're a far cry from replacing man with machine, technological innovations have vastly improved the safety, speed, and accuracy with which today's patrol officers do their jobs.

Study: 40% of Officers Have Sleep Disorder

December 22, 2011
A survey of U.S. and Canadian police officers reveals that 40% of respondents suffer from a sleep disorder that may cause health issues, affect job performance, or create safety issues.

Let's Stay Alive in 2012

December 22, 2011
A 23% rise in firearms-related fatalities factors into that total, with many of these officers having been killed in ambushes. Over the course of the past few days when I first scribbled down an idea prompt for this blog, four more officers have died.

Foot Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?

December 16, 2011

Foot pursuits by their very nature are emotionally charged and dangerous events that occur frequently in police work. Law enforcement officers must balance their obligation to enforce laws and arrest perpetrators with their personal safety.

Handling Threats: "I'm Going to Kill You!"

October 10, 2011

Most threats against police officers are verbal threats used to control, harass, and intimidate the officer. But situations involving threats at the next level—where violence is a grave possibility—are different.

Morphix Introduces Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit

September 29, 2011
Morphix Technologies has introduced the Chameleon Chemical Suicide Detection Kit that offers police, EMS and first responders a field-configurable, low-cost, easy-to-use, hands-free solution when encountering a chemical suicide, according to the company.

Bad Tactics Can Get You Killed

September 15, 2011

Enforcing the law is inherently dangerous. Therefore, developing bad officer safety habits is like playing Russian roulette: You can only beat the odds for so long-then you take a bullet.

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

August 22, 2011
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has recently acquired ballistic helmets for its patrol personnel. While there are still a lot of stupid practices within my alma mater, LASD has a deserved reputation for emphasizing officer safety and equipping its personnel accordingly.

Familiarize Yourself with Firearms

August 3, 2011
The more you know about firearms, the more likely you are to be proficient and capable in their use. Having this knowledge can have a significant impact on your ability to survive in the field.

The Threat of Technology

July 11, 2011

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

Code 3: The Hazards of Friendly Police Units

July 11, 2011
Hazards from other responding units include a neurological response known as "auditory exclusion" that may limit the officer's ability to hear another unit's sirens.

An Unsung Lifesaver

June 24, 2011
Upon hearing of the circumstances surrounding his friend's death, Houze decided to do everything he could to ensure that his friend's death would not be in vain.

Federal Grant Expands Police Fatigue Study

June 15, 2011
The study will focus on the role of fatigue and distraction in police officer performance, and will be completed at the center, which is located at Washington State University in Spokane.

Officer Seat-Belt Safety

June 14, 2011

Cops are cursed by a tragic mix of impatience, skewed priorities, and self-preservation instincts that sometimes fail to rise to those of a drunken frat boy. As a result, traffic collisions have for decades been one of the top two causes of officer fatalities.

The Bling Factor: Jewelry on Patrol

May 9, 2011
Most departments have a policy or regulation regarding jewelry. The boilerplate verbiage could include a limit of one wristwatch, one bracelet, and one necklace that's not visible to the public. One ring per hand is standard. Earrings are usually allowed for females, and policies may now also cover male officers.

Chemical Suicides

April 18, 2011

When called to suicide scenes, emergency personnel don't always know what they're up against. With some 90 percent of chemical suicides posting warnings on the windows of the cars and rooms in which they kill themselves, one would hope that officers and firefighters would think twice before opening doors and breaching windows.

Safe Searching: The Standing Basic Search

March 28, 2011

We search people in a variety of field situations and legal circumstances. As far as officer safety skills are concerned, I believe pat search techniques to be one of the most critical skills given too little emphasis in training, and therefore worthy of analysis.

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