Street Tactics2020-09-06T09:03:28-07:00

The Traffic Stop

Sovereign Citizens. May 2010, West Memphis, Ark. — Jerry Kane and his son Joe are stopped by West Memphis officers. The stop ends in tragedy when Joe exits the pickup truck and opens fire with an AK-47 on the two officers, killing them both. Joe is 16 years old. The Kanes’ get back in their truck and leave the scene, ultimately meeting their own demise a short while later in a shootout with police in [...]

By |February 5th, 2014|
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Lighting Lottery

By |June 7th, 2012|

All lighting equipment on a car must work — properly — and this includes brake (even the supplemental in the rear window), tail, head, reverse and license plate lights. Proper function includes proper colors of lights, so no funny designer colors are allowed. If a brake or taillight shows any [...]

Distance Between Cars More Lidar Wizardry

By |April 3rd, 2012|

I’ve previously lauded the beauty of lidar over radar. One way to compare the two technologies would be like comparing a light saber (lidar) to a broadsword (radar). To further cover the virtues of lidar, let’s look at a very unique and incredibly useful function offered by Laser Technology Inc. [...]

In-Car Cameras

By |February 6th, 2012|

Big Brother Or Badass? Afew weeks ago, my agency became part of a growing number of police departments equipping their fleet with in-car cameras. In our case, we also have on-bike cameras. As you may expect, there exists no small amount of paranoia (at worst) and trepidation (at best) amongst [...]

There’s Movies

By |December 8th, 2011|

And there's reality. In 1989, Hollywood released the film gem that is “Lethal Weapon 2.” The opening scene featured heroes, Riggs and Murtaugh, in a vehicle pursuit. The scene lasts less than five minutes, but gives a veritable treasure trove of huge pursuit mistakes. Busy intersections? Check. Excessive speed? Yup. [...]

Event Data Records

By |October 4th, 2011|

Automotive Lie Detectors? Remember Lost? Of course you do. J.J. Abrams was brilliant (pre-Cloverfield) in the pilot episode in which a planeload of people plummeted from the skies aboard a 747, en route from Australia to Los Angeles. In Lost, search parties scoured the oceans looking for Oceanic flight 815. [...]

Officer Discretion: To Cite Or To Warn

By |July 27th, 2011|

Remember the show Happy Days? The Fonz had quite a lasting impression on me, as a child. I grew up to eventually ride motorcycles and wear a cool leather jacket. One of the Fonz’s difficulties in life was admitting he was wrong. He always stuttered over it. He’d say something [...]

Crashes Aren’t Accidents

By |June 10th, 2011|

I had a conversation the other day with a fellow cop buddy. We were talking about our respective work-related mishaps, specifically on-duty collisions. He was quick to comment that a person “isn’t a real cop until you’ve put one squad car in the junkyard.” My buddy’s a sarcastic guy and [...]

Slide Rules & Scientific Calculations

By |April 28th, 2011|

So, you say you want to be a traffic cop? Grab your cite book, calculator and CAD program, and read on. Of course, being a traffic cop is about more than simply being a heartless wretch and writing a stack of tickets (although it’s an awesome side bonus). On the [...]

Chevy’s Caprice PPV

By |April 28th, 2011|

Chevy has a long tradition of providing the nation’s police forces with vehicles, beginning in 1959 with the Biscayne. Other models followed over the years with the Caprice running from 1986 to 1996. After sitting in mothballs for almost 15 years, Chevy is bringing back the Caprice — with a [...]

Survey Say…

By |April 27th, 2011|

Forensic Mapping A few years ago, I rolled up to a collision scene that looked more like a roadside bomb than a car crash. There was debris everywhere. There were over 85 points of “body evidence” alone, not to mention the damn near innumerable vehicle parts strewn about. Sadly, the [...]

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