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REALITY CHECK II | The 13th Letter

The number 13 is often considered unlucky, as in Friday the 13th, or then again, it could promote something tasty like in the extra doughnut in a baker’s dozen. The 13th letter is “M” and I use Ms already in training in the “M&M” mode and have for years. Following are a few rambling “M”s for your consideration. MARKSMANSHIP Although marksmanship might be on the verge of becoming a lost art there are still old [...]

By |April 27th, 2022|

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 [...]

Not If, But When

By |December 14th, 2011|

Will you be ready? On Aug. 27, 2011, Hurricane Irene made landfall over North Carolina’s Outer Banks and began a trail of destruction stretching all the way to Canada’s eastern seaboard. Irene impacted almost 100 million people, with over 50 million suffering the brunt of her effects. Tens of millions [...]

The Noble Sundae

By |October 4th, 2011|

A Taste Now And Then Is A Healthy Thing Police work ain’t exactly ice cream, chocolate and cherries. If it’s ugly, we see it. If it’s mindlessly violent, dirty, demeaning and dark, we roll in it, steep in it, and despite the thick skins we develop and wear like armor, [...]

A Case For Professional Sergeants

By |July 28th, 2011|

Two messages from polar opposites, both focused on three stripes: The first, a retired captain, concerned about the state of sergeancy today, noted the dwindling numbers of seasoned, experienced “career first-line supervisors,” and the increasing percentage of those only occupying the rank as a stepping-stone to lieutenant and beyond. He [...]

Looking Versus Seeing

By |June 10th, 2011|

The Art Of Perception You’d never tag Amy Herman as a law enforcement trainer. Tall, chic and sophisticated, you might guess she’s an expert on fine art, working for a major gallery or perhaps a Manhattan corporate attorney. Actually, she’s all three. Ms. Herman has a master’s in art history [...]

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