Officer Survival


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Phazzer Enforcer

By Ben Douglas Phiscally-Phriendly Conductive Electrical Weapons. Aagh!” was all I could get out as I seized up and fell to the mat. I had “enthusiastically” volunteered to experience a full 5-second TASER cycle back when my department approved them for carry in 2006. Others in my training group managed more colorful expressions of the unique and debilitating pain, which come along with being hooked up to the device. Later in my career I would [...]

By |September 1st, 2020|

Dapper Dan… Or Stumbling Stan?

By |August 29th, 2012|

When I go to court, I nearly always show up in full uniform. However, sometimes the situation dictates I get all gussied up in my finest suit and most constricting tie, to do battle in the courtroom. Once, at the conclusion of my testimony, a family member of the defendant [...]

What Do I Need Today?

By |July 11th, 2012|

What's My Mission? Picture the scene. It’s a Sunday afternoon in a crowded local arcade/eating establishment, which caters to young children and their families. You’d think it would be a safe place for divorced parents to make the court-ordered exchange of kids, right? So, could anyone have predicted a father [...]

What If Grasshoppers Had Machine Guns?

By |April 27th, 2012|

I often flashback to certain past events in my life, like Marine Corps School of Infantry (SOI), circa 1989. Has it really been that long? I was an 18-year-old Private sitting with the others in my platoon, paying close attention to a crusty old Gunny who was going over the [...]

No Excuse!

By |December 7th, 2011|

I recently heard an officer’s rather liberal girlfriend questioning him about why he always has to carry a gun with him everywhere they go. She believed if they were assaulted and a bad guy saw her boyfriend had a gun, they’d be hurt worse. Wait, it gets better. If her [...]

MiDBaR: Minimum Daily Backup Requirements

By |October 4th, 2011|

The importance of carrying a backup and off-duty gun can’t be stressed enough. I’m a firm believer in the adage, “bring enough gun”; and even stronger in, “one in none, two is one.” Many of you subscribe to this philosophy when on-duty, carrying a backup gun in your pocket, vest [...]

The Value Of The FTO

By |July 28th, 2011|

Make 'Em Or Break 'Em Training is the foundation of any police officer, which is why the Field Training Officer’s role is so vital. Regardless of the recruit’s age or background, they’re at an impressionable point in their lives and careers. They’re eager to learn and be successful, so chances [...]

Upper Crust Or Just Crusty?

By |June 9th, 2011|

Detectives are supposed to be the cream of the crop, the senior officers who’ve mastered all facets of patrol and moved on to the world of investigations. Society is so enthralled with it, that at any given time there are literally dozens of movies and TV shows out.based on what [...]

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Breaching For Patrol

By |May 27th, 2011|

Not Just For SWAT Guys Some cops equate breaching with a SWAT entry; one definition of “breach” is: to make a hole or opening in (something), which pretty much sums up SWAT. Truth is, patrol officers probably breach more doors on a daily basis than anyone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until [...]

On Cheeks And Butt (Stocks)

By |April 28th, 2011|

Make Your Shotgun Work For You Recoil In Horror Shotguns are built to fit the average shooter, so smaller stature people will not always find shooting one a pleasant experience. Women especially have trouble finding a happy medium between properly shouldering the buttstock and keeping their cheek where it needs [...]

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Paddle Holsters

By |April 27th, 2011|

Are You Being Overprotective? I had to rethink my opinion of undercover holsters after a detective I knew was involved in a knock-down, drag- out fight with a suspect. During the struggle, the suspect grabbed hold of the detective’s holstered gun and tried to wrestle it away, all the while [...]

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