Cop stuff editorial




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. A few months ago, I attended a two-day carbine course. After a good safety brief, the instructor gave his opinions on accessories for a carbine [...]

By |December 4th, 2020|

A Profession? Or Entitlement Job? Part 2

By |January 6th, 2014|

Last month, we discussed the entitlement mentality within our profession. Now I’d like to explore the issue further, as I believe it’s critical to the question of whether we remain a profession or revert to a time when police work was simply a job almost anyone could do. One of [...]

Staying The Course

By |January 6th, 2014|

Since our first issue in Sept/Oct 2005, American COP has never feared to tread where others haven’t dared to go. We’ve tackled recalcitrant leaders, shoddy equipment, what’s hot (and what’s not) in guns and gear, delivered survival skills to street cops and compelled citizens to be supportive and understanding of [...]

America’s Not-So-Funniest Cop Bloopers

By |January 6th, 2014|

Here in the pages of American COP Magazine we talk an awful lot about the need and virtues of ongoing training. Given the volume of videos (from citizens’ to dash cams), news reports and lawsuits, it’s easy to see why training is critical. Some real gems out of Texas and New Mexico are the poster children for “What were they thinking?” It would seem the Fourth Amendment has been tossed out, or cops — and courts — have taken a literal interpretation of the idiom “Justice is blind,” because there have been some incredibly questionable searching practices occurring.

The Virtues Of Going Custom

By |December 10th, 2013|

Does the idea of a custom gun riding in a cop’s holster seem an oxymoron? I mean, “custom” and “cop” … does that really work? Absolutely. And I’ll tell you why. We’re inundated with “adequate” and “make-do” and “plastic” and “disposable” and, well, things that don’t really seem to matter. Our jobs are full of plastic, our homes are full of plastic and at times it seems we’re being overwhelmed by both instant gratification — and instant dissatisfaction. But I found one way out of the cycle, and so can you.

A Profession? Or Entitlement Job?

By |December 9th, 2013|

Part 1. I’ve received several requests to address the seeming growth of an entitlement mentality within law enforcement, which serves to the detriment of the profession as a whole. In fact, as one asserted, this sense of entitlement is almost diametrically opposed to the very definition of professionalism itself. Readers [...]

Rough Men

By |December 9th, 2013|

Iwas taken by the visual power of this ad in American COP Magazine, produced by Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC, dealers in high-quality night vision and accessories). Former soldiers and police officers, all people who have used these sorts of products in the real world, run TNVC. In short, these [...]

Tokin’ Gestures

By |November 5th, 2013|

There’s a lot of debate about the legalization of marijuana. Of the 20 states that have decriminalized its possession, most of them have done so for “medical use only.” Washington and Colorado are the only states allowing it for recreational use. I recall when it was legalized for medical use in California — I was amazed at the number of college students who suddenly had medical marijuana cards.

Can Something Be Too Good?

By |November 5th, 2013|

Igenerally leave matters of weapons craft to the experts — folks like Clint Smith and others — who share their wisdom and knowledge with readers. However, for some time now, one aspect of officer survival has been bugging me, and as a chief I have the ethical obligation to share [...]


By |November 4th, 2013|

During my police career, I was sometimes accused of being a suck-up or told, “You just seem to get every job you want around here. How come?” I used to tell them if networking, learning more about a topic than other people, making myself available if help was needed or [...]

Politically Auto-Correct

By |October 1st, 2013|

In this day it’s amazing anyone can get through the day, let alone a conversation, without saying or doing something to offend someone. It doesn’t matter how innocent the context or how far back into ancient history we have to delve, but I guarantee you I cannot make it through [...]

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