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In Praise of Condition Yellow

In Praise of Condition Yellow

Being in Condition Yellow has allowed me to identify a thief before he acted on his intentions, a would-be assailant before he launched his attack. It has given me pause to re-evaluate the decision to pet a dog, or patronize certain establishments.

August 9, 2013

We Need Smart Cops

We Need Smart Cops

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

May 16, 2013

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

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?

April 19, 2013

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

Off-Duty Interventions, On-Duty Aggravations, and Officer Safety

I would hope that the next officer who finds himself dealing with three street punks will be armed, and I mean truly "armed" with more than just a gun or a TASER. By that I mean that I hope he or she is armed with a special kind of survival mindset.

October 9, 2012

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

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.

February 23, 2012

Let's Stay Alive in 2012

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.

December 22, 2011

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

We Need Ballistic Helmets on Patrol

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.

August 22, 2011

An Unsung Lifesaver

An Unsung Lifesaver

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.

June 24, 2011

Click It or Die Bleeding

While vehicle crashes attributed to just 26 percent of all law enforcement deaths between the years 1980 and 1982, they comprised 54 percent of officer deaths between 2005 and 2007. Fatalities incident to foot or motorcycle patrol remained largely unchanged, yet deaths in patrol cars spiked.

August 26, 2010

Dealing With the Non-Compliant Threat

The one thing you have undeniable control over is yourself and your response to the situation. Your goal is to resolve the situation using the lowest degree of force possible.

August 19, 2010

When In Doubt, Whip Out Your Pistol

When In Doubt, Whip Out Your Pistol

Whether it was on vehicle approaches, pedestrian stops, or door knocks, I made a habit of having my gun out if I felt there was any possibility of danger.

August 4, 2010