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Less Lethal: Talking Advantage Of New Technology

Tools For A Variety Of Situations And Distances. The oldest-known weapon used by man was an impact weapon, be it a bone, rock or tree branch. In this most-simple form, they were used, literally, to beat back early man. Today we have more modern options (we might call them batons), yet most are still a variant of the age-old weapon. And today’s technology offers us a wide variety of not only impact weapons, but also [...]

By |September 1st, 2020|

The Mark II Gimlet Eyeball

By |August 26th, 2013|

Spotting Problems Before They Get You Killed. In mid-May, a patrol officer responded to a call regarding an unruly student on a “special needs” school bus. It was potentially a very dangerous situation, as the kid was allegedly “out of control,” and “attempting to unbuckle the driver and pull the [...]

Don’t Do These Things

By |July 5th, 2013|

No Matter How Tempted You Are A reader who’s been a sergeant for 4 years wrote: “While recovering from a broken leg, I finally sat down and read my department’s rules and regs and policy manual from cover to cover. I took your advice and highlighted everything I thought was [...]

Off The Beaten Path Training

By |April 25th, 2013|

Wisdom Is Where You Find It. When I was promoted to sergeant in 1974 I went from Investigations back to Patrol and took over a squad on the graveyard shift. The squad’s senior officer, I learned, was Gene Chouinard. He had been a San Diego cop for only 4 years [...]

Tactical Lights

By |March 8th, 2013|

They're Only "Tactical" If They Work! When I became a cop in 1968 there were no cop lights — there were no tactical flashlights at all. We bought our flimsy flashlights in pairs from hardware stores, wrapped them in friction tape and hoped they’d survive simple drops. Even when I [...]

See, Stop And Ask

By |January 4th, 2013|

Rule #1 In Counter-Terrorism Along conversation with a young friend revealed some points worth sharing in two areas, distinctly different but in a disturbing way, very closely related: counter-terrorism and that most basic of cop functions, see, stop, and ask. My friend recently completed a 3-year government assignment doing critical [...]

Hell On A Podium

By |October 31st, 2012|

What Do I Say? Basically you have two kinds of community meeting presentations: First, addressing a specific issue or problem, like gang-related violence, a rash of burglaries, a sex crime series, etc. Your prep for these is pretty straightforward. Gather stats (and get them signed off for release), get position [...]

Perishable Skills, Perishable People

By |August 29th, 2012|

One of our readers, a patrol sergeant, told of a training range incident in which one of his officers wound up splashed with paint; like up to his elbows and with splatters on his uniform and belt gear. While the officer held out his dripping arms, he asked his boss [...]

The File Wars

By |July 11th, 2012|

Organizing Overwhelming Paper Piles When I was a young detective in ’72, I worked for a sergeant who had “the perfect filing system.” I had been amazed at how much paper the PD spewed on me as a patrolman and detective, and stunned at the paper tsunami sergeants drowned in. [...]

The Split Sheet

By |April 27th, 2012|

Simply put, a split sheet is a sheet of paper with a line down the center, divided into sections headed “I Said” and “They Said,” with lines indicating statements or questions and responses in chronological order. It’s a simple, straightforward format, which lends itself to your linear memory of the [...]

On Your Own Dime

By |February 6th, 2012|

Filling In The Training Gap Ask any group of LE trainers if their officers get enough training. I don’t think you’ll hear one “yes” in 100. Ask them what the three biggest barriers are to better training, and the first two will be budget and staffing. Those barriers are just [...]

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