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

TRAINING WITH A FLASHBANG | Getting The Most Bang For Your NFDD Training Buck

  The noise flash diversionary device (NFDD), also commonly referred to as a flash sound diversionary device (FSDD), diversionary device, flash grenade or flashbang, is an essential tool of the trade for tactical teams. NFDDs are designed to produce dramatic pyrotechnics that are intended to provide a brief distraction without causing permanent injury. HISTORY OF THE NFDD The world’s first grenades appeared in the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire shortly after the reign of Leo III [...]

By |December 23rd, 2020|

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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