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Just What the Hell Are We Protecting?

I do wonder to what extent the federal employees among our ranks ask themselves whether or not these people are worth protecting and their laws worth enforcing? Just where are the conscientious objectors within the federal fold? Are its ranks really filled with men who are content to be given their marching orders and sent out to wreck havoc? And do they really think that all this won't some day come back to bite them in the ass?

April 14, 2014

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)

The Law is An Ass (At Least When it Comes to Photographing One)

Making my way to the urinal, I was passed by a man who'd stepped out the adjacent stall in a hurry. As he did, I noted the presence of crumpled tissue paper on the floor about the toilet. The man's presence in the stall had not been diet-related. Normally, this would not have been something I'd have felt compelled to concern myself with. Different strokes for different folks.

March 17, 2014

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes

A Hollywood Lesson in Heroes

And so I sat down and waited for highlights of hero-celebrating fare, looking forward to clips of "End of Shift," "Ladder 49," and "Backdraft." I figured I'd maybe catch a glimpse of a pre-"Cheers" Ted Danson in the role of ill-fated LAPD Officer Ian Campbell in "The Onion Field."

March 6, 2014

A Plea for Ballistic Helmets

Officers who object to wearing ballistic face shields/helmets in high-risk shooting situations should have a face-to-face discussion with their children and ask their children, "What if daddy or mommy would get killed at work and not ever come home again and not ever hug and kiss you or play with you, how would you feel?"

February 7, 2014

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff

Advice for the New L.A. Sheriff

Can the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department assert itself as one of the best and most innovative departments in the country? Can it say that it serves its communities as vigilantly and as well as other law enforcement agencies? Can it say that it still enjoys the reputation in the profession that it once did?

February 4, 2014

Friend, or Foe…Or, Neither?

I couldn't help but note how the absence of supervisorial intervention had played out for others elsewhere; how their failure to stem some cancerous problem exacted ever greater tolls later. What might have culminated with a written reprimand or a punitive day off instead ended up being the irrevocable loss of careers, families, and freedoms. A few employees ended up taking their lives.

January 20, 2014

SHOT Show 2014: More Impressions from Vegas

SHOT Show 2014: More Impressions from Vegas

Where else than an exhibition for hunting and law enforcement firearms are you going to see t-shirts asking, "Have You Hugged Your Colt Today?", exhorting you to "Buy A Gun—Annoy a Liberal,” or celebrating diversity in the form of a collage of Smith & Wessons, Glocks, and Kimbers? Hey, it gives me the warm fuzzies.

January 16, 2014

SHOT Show 2014: Impressions from Vegas

I don't understand the prohibitive nature of no firearms at SHOT Show, particularly since its demographic is represented by quite a few cops and military personnel.

January 15, 2014

And So the Baca Era Ends

And So the Baca Era Ends

But whatever Baca’s priorities, I have reason to question that the welfare of his personnel and countrymen were high among them. His tax dollar-funded support of a department Muslim Community Affairs Unit was less concerning to my mind than his open advocacy of other questionable Muslim entities such as CAIR. Also his mea culpa parading of contrite Century deputies in the aftermath of a shooting proved more embarrassing than mollifying.

January 7, 2014

Keep Your Sense of Humor

As a demonstrably immature 21-year-old, I defensively adopted a more reserved demeanor in the hopes that it would be interpreted by the academy staff as reflective of a sober nature. I beat down any temptation to crack a joke in the academy with whack-a-mole determination and my effort was so successful that I quickly became known as "stress cadet”

December 23, 2013

Getting Schooled

In the hierarchy of transgressions, we never pay more than when we pay for the unsatisfactory explanation. Sometimes it’s smart to be smart, act smart, and explain accordingly.

December 4, 2013

My Report from COPS West 2013

My Report from COPS West 2013

The expo can be a bit of an adventure. And herein I will share some of my thoughts on this year's edition.

November 12, 2013

Toy Guns and Cops: A Toxic Mix

As for those who have tried to damn those officers, I wonder what they would hope they might do if they'd seen 12-year-old Nevada teenager Jose Reyes whip out a firearm on teacher Michael Lansberry.

November 4, 2013

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking

Common sense law enforcement. A 14-year old gets arrested and charged for streaking and faced with being expelled, prosecuted, and branded a sex offender he commits suicide.

October 27, 2013

The Fourth Estate and Law Enforcement's Eighth Deadly Sin

The Fourth Estate and Law Enforcement's Eighth Deadly Sin

One would have thought that the news media—for all its protestations of harms incurred at the hands of police—might have adopted some form of its own Hippocratic oath by now. That it would swear to avoid putting cops and citizens in danger.

October 10, 2013