If your union or employee rights organization asked you to participate in a sick-out/blue flu to support an employee rights issue, would you do it, even if it put your job in jeopardy?
While not generally regarded as one of the more obvious dangers of the job, an officer’s lunch break is not without its liabilities.
Back in 1965, a few years before he helped found Intel, a scientist named Gordon Moore postulated a law of technology. What the brilliant Mr. Moore said is that the power of computers will double every year. Some say he said every 18 months.
There are many professions in which workers receive some kind of additional pay to allow them to buy essential apparel, gear, and equipment for their work. Traditionally soldiers, nurses, even some janitors have received uniform allowances. But few professionals have come to rely on this practice as much as law enforcement officers.
To be honest, I've never liked writing a hodge-podge of an editorial note. It's kind of a cheat. But I have a lot of things to talk about this month and, since this is my only platform to do it, I'm going to machine-gun some stuff at you.
In keeping with its tradition of supplying police officers with easy-to-use, rugged long guns built for specific police applications, Remington recently introduced the Model 7615 pump-action rifle that's being marketed as a patrol rifle for agencies that can't carry so-called "assault" weapons outside of tactical units.
When Derek Brinkman was born in January 1985, his father, Doug Brinkman, couldn’t believe his good fortune. He passed out cigars and received many slaps on the back.
There are many factors that can lead to an officer hesitating in the kill zone. Any hesitation in a crisis situation can potentially cost an officer his or her life. Factors contributing to this problem include but are not limited to training, the officer’s level of physical fitness, the officer’s mindset and attitudes, suspect/subject factors, and fear.
Duty use lights have become highly specialized over the last few years. The market is full of numerous weapon-mounted lights, handheld “tactical” lights that rival a Jedi light saber for wattage output, and even mini LEDs for navigation or searching for dropped keys.
Once a custodial suspect has been given Miranda warnings, there are three basic options he can choose to exercise: (1) waive his rights and agree to talk, (2) invoke his right to remain silent, or (3) invoke his right to counsel. The suspect’s response determines whether, and under what circumstances, he can later be re-approached by law enforcement officers to obtain an admissible statement.
We were working day tours and a July heat wave was stifling New York City. Sgt. Reibe was supervising on patrol and Lt. O’Leary was on the desk. My partner and I operated a sector patrol car, One-Ten Ida.