The broken windows theory states that ignoring signs of crime, anti-social behavior and civil disorder creates an environment that encourages further crime and disorder, including serious crimes. Mute testimony to the theory was exhibited throughout most of 2020. Protests bought crowds to the area which did then either joined in the protests or simply added to the congestion. On many, many occasions the demonstrators turned to vandalism breaking store window. This led to looting, [...]
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Sometimes at the range, the old saying “A penny saved is a penny earned” proves not to be true—at least when it comes to buying defensive products. I attend any training class that I can, believing I can get something from every instructor, even if it’s what not to do. [...]
Trap shooters describe people taking tactical carbine courses as “Tactical Timmys” or “Tacticool.” Those taking carbine courses say that standing in one spot to shoot a clay bird is a huge waste of time. Precision rifle shooter believe cowboy action shooters have not grown up and are still playing “cowboys [...]
Back in 2012 I received an email from a friend that said he had been asked to see if I would like to attend a three-day carbine class and would it be OK to forward my contact information to the instructor. My friend admitted up front that he had not [...]
On May 25, 2020 Derek Chauvin a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis, Minnesota PD knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes. Chauvin’s actions may have contributed to Floyd’s death, but his autopsy showed he had methamphetamines and four times the lethal amount of fentanyl in his system [...]
I was watching a short lecture video on TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design, www.ted.com) and it really got me thinking about my career. More importantly, it got me taking a hard look at the bigger picture of life. The lecture — or as they’re called on TED, “TED Talks” — is entitled “Should you live for your résumé … or your eulogy?” The talk is presented by New York Times columnist David Brooks and is only five minutes long.
A previous column (“Can Something Be Too Good?”, December 2013) prompted a lot of e-mails, most of which were in agreement with my opinion. My concern was that the amount of equipment carried by officers, particularly if carried in external vest carriers, could make it difficult and time-consuming (if not [...]
The wars are deescalating and one of the byproducts is a flood of military surplus equipment into the civilian market. While some of it may reach regular folks, I doubt we’ll be buying anti-tank missiles at the local gun show. Although I confess there’s a tiny part of me thinking [...]
Here at American COP we’re all too aware of how tight budgets are for the average law enforcement agency — that’s you in small town USA. While it would be nice to have gear right out of some cop TV show, those guys live in the world of make-believe. So what do you do if your agency can’t afford new or improved gear? Some of you will sit around and whine about how bad you’ve got it, while others will simply make do with whatever they can get, but a few will be proactive. Huh? What?
As a former SWAT member and team commander I’ve watched with great interest the growth in sophistication of SWAT tactics over the years. I’ve also observed with interest the necessary and appropriate use of technology designed to enhance the safety of all, including citizens, during high-risk incidents. As my recent [...]