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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Murder Suicide


Police responded to a report of a man threatening to kill his wife.  He also threatened suicide.  People who threaten to kill themselves or kill others need to be taken seriously.  You really can't know how serious they are until you are placed in danger.

If you respond to a call of a suicidal man or a man threatening to kill a family member, assume he is serious.  Have dispatch ask if there are weapons in the house, and what kind.  Ask if the suspect has the weapons and if he has made any attempts both recently and ever in the past.

Don't walk up to the house.  Contact them by telephone and have them come out of the house.  Treat them like a barricaded suspect if they won't exit.  People who make threats sometimes carry them out and sometimes don't.  You can't afford to take chances that they won't; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 27, 2015


A duty handgun policy should require that every officer carry a department issued handgun of a particular model and design.  Their should be a selection of handguns and they should be in a variety of calibers.  I support 9mm, .40 caliber, and .45 ACP as police duty handgun calibers.

.380, .38 special, and 357 magnum should be permitted for back up and off duty weapons.  Your standard duty handgun should be available in as many of those calibers as possible.  It should also be adjustable, so that it can be utilized by different size hands.

The Glock series of firearms meets these criteria, but there are others that are also excellent firearms.  The important thing is for your agency to obtain samples of different firearms, check the prices, and find out what works best for your agency; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 26, 2015


The perfect duty gun is the one that works best for you.  Some agencies have a standard that says everyone will carry the same department issued duty handgun.  I oppose this policy, unless it is flexible enough to allow for individual needs, wants, desires, and experience.

People are different sizes, they have big hands and little hands.  People with little hands can't readily handle every gun, and people with big hands may have trouble with some guns too.   Some people are big and strong and will practice frequently.  They can handle the recoil of a powerful handgun, some people cannot.

Duty handguns should usually be in a common caliber.  Ease of purchasing ammunition is facilitated by having common calibers.  Some people have substantial experience with a particular gun and may have difficulty transitioning to a new gun.  Officers needs should be accommodated in your duty handgun policy; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


The weather is warming up, time to start looking in parking lots for children left in cars to die.  Every year children are left in cars and they die.  Drive through parking lots in the morning when people first get to work, they forget to leave the kid at day care.  Drive through shopping center parking lots after 3:00 p.m. when the kids are out of school and mothers go shopping.

About 40 kids per year die after being left alone in cars.  If you suspect heat stroke, call the paramedics, remove the child from the car and into a shady space or air conditioned room, put cool water on them, and have them drink water if they can.  Fan them with paper

In California it is illegal to leave a child six years old or younger alone in a car on a hot day, or if the motor is running or keys are in the car.  Even older children and adults can suffer from heat related illnesses in a hot car.  Don't let any more kids die in cars; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Silence Is Blue

How much noise do you make when you walk around?  Put on your full uniform and equipment and jump up and down.  Do you rattle or jingle or clunk?  Do you have a pocket full of keys, coins or other bits?

Does your baton rattle when you walk?  Does your flashlight make noise as you walk around?  Do you have taps on your shoes?  Does your leather gear squeak when you walk?  How quiet are you?  Have your partner stand around the corner of your building.  Can you walk up to the corner without him hearing you?

Is your radio turned down, or do you wear an earpiece?  Is your cell phone turned off, or left in the car?  If you are on a response, what kind of phone call are you expecting?  Your ability to move in silence can be a huge tactical advantage when moving around; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Local Control

Police are a function of local government.  That means that local government should control them.  The police should answer through their chain of command to the chief of police, to the city council and the mayor.  They should not answer to the courts, the Federal Government or other governmental entity. 

The Federal Government should stop giving money to local police for any purpose.  They should only give them surplus materials and equipment.  Those items should not have any strings attached.  The ownership of those items should transfer to the local government and should never return to the the Federal Government.

Local control of police has been a hallmark of law enforcement since the beginning of police in America.  Beyond the state level there should be no interference with the policing of the nation.  Local people should decide what is important to them, police or fire, parks or roads, buses, or schools.  There is never enough money for everything.  Let local governments determine what the local people want, that's what the SGT Says.