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Saturday, February 28, 2015


Firearms trainers should have a working knowledge of how firearms function.  I think they should be an armorer for the basic duty handgun, the patrol rifle and the shotgun.  If your agency permits more than one duty handgun, then your firearms staff could split up the armorer duties.

By being able to repair firearms the rangemaster can help to diagnose problems.  They can determine if a problem is mechanical or if it is the shooter.  Sometimes the same symptom can be due to the shooter or the weapon.

If there is a minor repair needed the rangemaster can fix the problem and avoid spoiling the course of fire.  Rangemasters should be sent to the official school given by the firearms manufacturer.  Each gun company offers courses and they are usually not expensive or take more than a day.  It's a good investment in time and money; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, February 27, 2015


When applying for a job with a police or security agency, it is important to tell the truth on the application.  It is likely that any significant falsification will be discovered.  A background check will be made and your friends, relatives, and associates will be interviewed.

Having a small blot on your record is no where near as important as telling the truth.  If you lie on your application, there is a concern that you may lie on police reports, or worse, in testimony you give under oath.

Certainly you are not required to provide information that is not requested.  You can also be careful to phrase your responses to applications in a truthful, but favorable manner.  It is also a good idea to work on repairing any damage to your reputation and to try to learn skills or information to help you to overcome previous failings; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, February 26, 2015



Once in a while a call comes out that you just know is going to cause you to look stupid.  A pair of alpacas were on the loose in Arizona and police had a hard time rounding them up.  Some calls can be a challenge, even if they are not particularly dangerous.

When you receive such a call, spend a moment to think about what is going on and how you will respond to the incident.  A minute or two probably won't make any difference in the response.  Remember your first goal is public safety, how much danger is the public in from a couple alpacas?  Not much really.  The next goal is the safety of property and here certainly alpacas are a form of property.  How much do you know about alpacas?

Still, your main responsibility is to keep people away from the animals and wait for either animal control, or the owner respond to capture them.  Block off traffic to prevent cars from hitting the animals.  Keep well meaning but clueless civilians away from the scene.  Don't let the urge to "do something" cause you to take actions that are ineffective and even dangerous; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Illegal Aliens


While the President talks about giving amnesty to perhaps tens of millions of illegal aliens, in the meantime local police are being murdered.  An illegal alien, who has been deported before is a suspect in the murder of a police officer.

He is a career criminal who has been in and out of jail for decades.  This is why we need to check the citizenship status of every person arrested and deport those who are here illegally.  There are 800,000 police in the USA.  If every officer arrested one illegal alien per month, in less than two years all 20 million illegal aliens could be deported, with very little expense.

Fingerprint readers should be standard gear in every police car.  Then everyone who is cited, or detained can be checked for legal residency and positive identification.  How often have you had suspects with no or poor identification?  The 9/11 hijackers were also illegal aliens too; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Station Attack


Three men have been arrested for a terrorist plot to go to Syria.  They were also discussing several other terror plans.  One plan was to shoot a police officer, take his gun and body armor, and then raid an FBI office and shoot everyone.

The terror model often being used is that of a leaderless group.  They subscribe to the ideology and that causes them to implement plans to create terror to forward that ideology.  In this case they were considering murdering police, attacking an FBI office, or even shooting the President.

This means that even sitting at our desk we need to be aware that an attack may come to us. Several times per year there are attacks on police departments in the United States, usually by deranged individuals.  Is your agency secure, it should be; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Shades of Grey


A college student was inspired by the movie 50 Shades of Grey.  He convinced a girlfriend to come to his room, then tied her up and raped her and beat her.  His roommate came back and the girlfriend was released.  She called the police right away.

The police responded, located him and arrested him for a number of charges.  It is important to be aware of recent crime trends in your area and nationally.  Copy cat criminals are an old phenomena.  Now in the age of instant media, many criminals are being inspired by actions in TV shows and movies.

It is important to stay current on crimes in the news, in the media.  Trends of dangerous behavior are also important.  Years ago several students were killed because they saw a show with kids laying down on the yellow line in the center of the road.  Kids saw recent movies showing cars driver under the trailers on 18 wheelers, and they emulated those behaviors.  Keep up with popular media; that's what the SGT Says.