Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Missing Gun

A Orange County Sheriffs Deputy put his patrol rifle on the trunk of his patrol car.  He then drove away with it there and it got lost when it fell off the trunk.  Deputies and dogs are looking for it now hours after it happened.

Who knows who may have found it or where it may turn up.  Some kid, some gangster, some terrorist, or some solid citizen who will turn it in.  Maybe it is lost in the weeds and will never be found.

Almost every cop will put his posse box, ticket book, or other gear on the car and lose it at some point in his career.  I make it a point to never put down the shotgun, or the patrol rifle except in the rack in the car or in the rack in the armory.  They are too easy to lose, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Spike Strips

Spike strips are of very limited value.  They are good in theory, but in practice they often don't work.  Takes too long to deploy. You have to be in front of the suspect vehicle. Nothing to protect the officer from being run over. 

The spikes only cover one lane. Try it on the freeway in LA. Too dangerous, too limited in use. Spike strips also don't always work, even when the car drives over it.  Blowing out the tires can also cause the suspect to continue on the rims, rather than stop.

We need a way to kill a car engine from patrol car that is behind the suspect vehicle. Sort of a car Taser.  A device that would overload and stop the vehicles electric system would be a great tool.  The car engine would simply stop running.  The suspect would not lose control, and could not continue; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stop Resisting

The guard was useless. The officer watching the other two suspects was of limited value. The man with the shopping bag needed to go to jail for interfering with the arrest when he grabbed one of the officers on the ground. 

 The suspect on the ground needed to submit to the arrest as required by law.  Many states need to strengthen their laws concerning both resisting arrest and interfering with an officer in the performance of their duty.

Too many people fail to provide their driver license or submit immediately to arrest when told to do so by the police.  These incidents then escalate and sometimes the suspect even ends up dead.  There is no reason for this type of behavior on the part of the suspects; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Titus ii. 11.

THE grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

That's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chicago Shooting

In this video, Chicago Police respond to a call and one of the officers shot a teenager to death.  The officer fired 16 times in 14 seconds.  Most of the rounds were fired after the suspect fell the ground.  There were several officers on scene, but they did not fire.

The person shot was 17 years old.  According to reports that I have read he was two weeks away from his 18th birthday.  The autopsy found PCP in his system and that he was under the influence of PCP at the time.

He was carrying a knife, when he drew while walking down the middle of a four lane street.  The police ordered him to drop the knife and he did not.  Once he was shot and on the ground, he picked up the knife again.  Although this incident happened about a year ago, there have been few details released so some of this information may be in error; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cell Phone

I carry my cell phone in my pocket on duty.  In the past, I did not carry my phone on duty, but I have changed my mind about them since then.  The cell phone should be on mute so that it does not give away your position by flashing lights or sounds.

Sometimes the radio does not work well due to any number of reasons.  Sometimes you may need to transmit a large amount of information and it's easier on the phone than on the radio.  Sometimes the radio may be busy with a number of incidents and so by using the phone you keep the air clear.

The cell phone also has a camera built into it.  It can be used to document the crime scene or other evidence.  I use my cell phone almost exclusively for police work.  I don't load embarrassing photos or have a lot of phone numbers programmed that are not work or home.  I think that agencies should even issue cell phones for work use; that's what the SGT Says.