Friday, July 31, 2009

Fake Cop

Police: Fake officer tries to stop real officer -

A fake police officer tried to conduct a traffic stop on someone that turned out to be a real police officer. Oops, epic fail. It is important that people have the confidence of the police. Those who impersonate police should go to jail for a very long time.

Fake police generally try to commit other crimes while disguising themselves as police. They use the authority of a police officer to get people to stop their cars and comply with their orders. They use that compliance to rob or rape their victims.

I think the use of a police impersonation should be used as a enhancement to the original offence. They do this with guns too. Use a gun in a robbery get a few extra years. Impersonate a cop while doing a robbery, get a few extra years; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ride Along

Sometimes we get to have someone ride along with us in the patrol car. I always start off with a short conversation about who they are and why they want to ride in my police vehicle. It could be a police applicant, a police explorer or cadet, or even a dispatcher.

Next we do a tour of the police car. The radio is the first stop on our tour. Press to talk, release to listen. This is my call sign, but if there is an emergency and you can't remember it, just say your name and the dispatcher will know who you are. I explain the hand held radio and how to work it too.

I explain to the ride along that I only expect them to observe and if things go badly to contact dispatch and save themselves. I do not expect a dispatcher, cadet or other non-sworn officer to stand beside me in a gun battle or gang fight. I also want them to be able to protect themselves, so I go over the shotgun, patrol rifle, my duty gun and my back up gun. Get them back to the station in one piece at the end of the ride along is my goal, that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Cop's Wife

There's an old country and western song that says "stand by your man." That is the short version of what a cop needs his wife to do for him. Police work will cause your man to work on the weekends, probably for years, maybe forever. He will work long shifts and miss family gatherings, the kids functions at school, and your anniversary.

Your cop will come home and be upset, but he won't talk to you about it. He will see things you can never imagine, and he won't want to you try to imagine them. He will have to deal with politics, and judges and administrators that will seem unfair to him. He will be angry and yet, tell you he is fine.

Your cop will need you to love him. He will need you to listen when he talks and not force him to talk when he does not want to talk. He will need your support when he has to go to court on his day off, when he needs a new uniform because his got torn in a fight. He needs you to be there for him and stand by him; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Getting Hired

Many times young people ask about working as a police officer. There are many things they can do to give themselves and edge. Have a stable work history. Even working at Starbucks selling coffee is okay if you are a good employee. Have a stable love life. Get and keep relationships, a new girlfriend every week is not a good sign. Have a stable address. Having a stable life is a good idea, it shows you are dependable.

Don't set your sights on one specific agency. You are looking for a job, a career, but not a marriage. If your "favorite" agency is not hiring, apply somewhere else. If an agency says you are approved to be hired but never gives you a start date, then keep applying. Until you start working, you don't have anything. Without a job offer, it does not matter how high you are on the "list" or how much of the process you have passed.

I have known many people who tested over and over again with one agency because they wanted to work for them, but were just not quite what they were looking to hire. If the agency wants you bad enough the will find a spot for you and hire you. If they don't you may test forever, be on their lists and never get a job. Keep trying different places until you find someplace that wants you; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, July 27, 2009


Booze, broads and bills. That's what gets cops in trouble most often. How's your financial situation? When you got hired, your agency probably did a credit check. Could you pass it now? It is easy as a young cop, making more money than you ever made in your whole life and all those things you always wanted are right there for you.

Jet ski, new sports car, new house, lots of guns, vacations, all kinds of toys. Suddenly, the young officer is working all the overtime he can get, the wife is on his neck for never being around, and he is stressed out all the time. So that young officer spends more and more time at work to say away from her nagging and to generate more money to pay the bills.

We have all seen this happen. Eventually something has to give. The officer laterals over to another agency that pays more. He starts drinking and eventually gets fired. He gets divorced and ends up living in a crappy apartment paying alimony and child support after the bankruptcy. Maybe he falls asleep on they way home after his third overtime shift this week and dies in the traffic collision. Don't let this happen to your or your partner; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Reaction Time

A few years ago my adult daughter asked me what I would do if someone pointed a handgun at me. I told her it depended on many factors, but that my preference was to take positive action as soon as I determined I had an advantage.

She was not sure what I meant by all that, so I got out my Redgun Glock and handed it to her. I told her to point the gun at me as if she was a robber or other criminal threatening me with a gun. He held the gun in her right hand at about waist level, and rather close in, pointing it at my midsection. I slowly raised my hands and told her, please don't shoot, whatever you say goes, you got the gun, you are in charge.

As I spoke I took two very small steps forward and then executed a quick front snap kick and knocked the gun across the room. She stood there stunned. After about three seconds she finally spoke and said, "I had no idea you could do that." I told her that most of the time the person with the gun will think they are in charge and will be vulnerable to rapid action to disarm them. Remember, that also applies to you, when you point a gun at the bad guys, that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Police Unions, Drop the Democrats

With the recent events in Massachusetts perhaps it is time for the police unions to reevaluate their continuing support for Democratic Party candidates for office. A police officer does his job and investigates a burglary in progress call. While he is there, the homeowner verbally abuses him to the point where the officer arrests the homeowner. As usual, the charges are not filed and the resident returns home.

The mayor of the town and the President of the United States both feel compelled to publicly criticize the police officer. Apparently in their minds verbal abuse is simply a part of the job and the officer should just put on the happy face and live with it. Try up close verbal abuse of an elected official and see how well that goes for you.

It is time for the big police unions to re-evaluate who they endorse for elections. If the Democrat mayors don't support their police, then the police union should stop supporting them. If the Democrat governors, or president or congressmen don't support the police, then the police unions should stop supporting them. Their support is more than just how big of a raise are we going to get, it is about how they support us when there is controversy and we really need them; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, July 24, 2009


Stopping a motorcycle is a bit different from stopping a car. The first concern is that a motorcycle can go places your big police car can't go, and it can get there faster. So I try to stop them when they are someplace open so I can chase them if I need to go after them. I don't turn on the lights until I am right up on them so they can't be sure I am stopping them until it is too late. I call in the license plate before I turn on the lights, so if they do run, I can find them later.

Once I stop the bike I have a couple options. Sometimes it is a good idea to have the rider stay on the bike with the kickstand up. It makes it hard to jump off and attack you without either dropping the bike or putting the kickstand down. Most bikers like their bikes too much to lay them down and dropping the kickstand will telegraph their actions. The disadvantage is with you on foot they can easily start the bike and ride away. They can put a lot of distance between you before you can get back to your car.

Most of the time I have the rider get off his bike, remove his helmet and step to the curb with the bike on the kickstand. This gets them away from the bike and any weapons that may be on board. It also makes them more vulnerable by taking away their head protection. They also have a reduced ability to escape because they are no longer on their bike; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Appologize for Doing Your Job?

Sgt James Crowley Defends Gates Arrest

Adam 12 respond to the location and investigate a citizen report of two male Blacks with backpacks burglarizing the home. So you show up and find a male Black forcing the door. What do you do? Call for back-up and confront the man at the door. "Police officers, keep you hands where I can see them and walk over to me."

Who are you and what are you doing here? Show me some identification that shows you live here. Code 4, resident, no crime, Ten 8. This should have been a very easy, very simple call with no arrest and a resident who was thanking us for keeping his house safe. What went wrong? Why is the President of the United States making comments about this local matter?

I keep reading about this incident and about how the person arrested has all these degrees, and how important a man he is in his community. That's all well and good, but when officers are responding to a crime in progress, how are the officers to know who is there until they get there and investigate? Treat everyone with dignity, respect, fairness, and caution; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Camera Force

Video Cameras Change Police Habits

Even AOL is now showing stories that tell about the value of cameras in investigations of police misconduct. Police have to remember that cameras are everywhere and their actions are probably being filmed. On patrol, stop at a corner. Look around. How many cameras do you see there?

A red light traffic camera, a traffic flow camera, an ATM camera, a business or home security camera, even the camera in your police car may all be at any given corner. Think about how you make an arrest or defend yourself. How does it look not only in person, but on camera too? How does it look to a camera from above?

There are several ways to prevent getting into trouble with cameras. The most obvious is to take proper enforcement action. Don't think that your criminal actions can hide behind a badge. The next most important thing is to use enough force if you need to use force. A few swift hard strikes with the baton looks better than a large number of hits with limited force. A short Taser hit is much better than wrestling around with some suspect. Think about what you do and how it looks, that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Save Money,0,1856950.story

The Los Angeles Times newspaper is reporting that the present California legislature wants to release 27,000 inmates this fiscal year. They want to save money, but I don't think that releasing tens of thousands of criminals on the people of the State of California is the best way to do that.

Agencies are looking for methods to save money. There are many ways to do that, without jeopardizing public safety. Keep your cars longer. A rebuilt police car is nearly as good as a new one and will last for years but is a third of the cost of a new one. Keep raises to no more than the rate of inflation. While we all like to make more money, most people in the private sector are paying more taxes and getting little or no raises. Public sector employees will have to tighten their belts too.

Insure officers are safe at work. Workers Compensation payments, work injuries, and early retirements are very expensive. Officers who lift carefully, have car seats that are in good repair, and wear body armor are less likely to get hurt. Make officers document use of force carefully, it is easier to defend lawsuits with proper documentation. There are plenty of ways to save money; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, July 20, 2009

3 Blades

On duty I carry three knives. One is a standard Buck folding knife. I carry it in a black leather pouch behind my handgun. Long blade, very sharp, and maybe 30 years old. I use to to cut strings, open packages, clean fingernails, jimmy gate locks and other utilitarian uses. I can also open it left or right handed with one hand, very fast. Hold the blade and snap the handle down and it will open due to the weight of the handle.

I carry two other knives, identical, one small with a 2 1/2 inch blade, one large with a 3 1/2 inch blade. Both are clip on knives that are designed to be opened with one hand. I can open them with either hand. I carry the small one on my left side front pants pocket. I carry the large on one my right side sap pocket or pants pocket.

Front or rear, left or right, standing, sitting or laying down I can reach at least one knife, with at least one hand. My plan is that if someone were to try and take my firearm I could reach at least one knife and disable the attacker by cutting their arm that is trying to remove my gun from the holster. Having a plan is an important part of winning, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Side Approach

Vehicle approaches don't all have to be done from the drivers side of the police car to the drivers side of the offenders car. As APOA Voice said in one of his comments, the passenger side approach is a good idea. I usually work with a partner and we have it worked out to a science. The instant he stops the car, I am out of the passenger seat and approaching the vehicle on the passenger side. I check the trunk, look in the back seat and on the back floor and then into the front seat. I make sure I get the driver's attention, even if I have to knock on the window glass.

When the driver is distracted by me, the driver officer then approaches on the driver side. If I see anything I don't like, I back up and may even draw my handgun and my partner will not approach. My partner will stop with the rear view mirror of the police car about where the driver side tail light is on the violators car. That way he has a safe lane to walk up to the violators car. Once he makes contact and gets whatever paperwork his needs and walks back, he will pass behind the police car to get back up to the curb. That way the suspect vehicle can't slam in reverse and crush him between the cars.

While we are both at the car, I make sure to watch everyone inside the vehicle, and check out the floorboards, center console, purse, visor, glove box as the driver reaches for insurance paperwork, registration, or drivers license. Just prior to walking back to the police car, I walk forward and check for a front license plate (required in CA) and make sure it is the same as the one on the back. Always has been but some day...

As we conduct our business, it is my job to watch the suspects car while he writes the ticket and runs the driver. Our dispatch center will always automatically give us a return on the license plate. If everything is okay, then we do the same thing again, and I will approach the vehicle first. I try and take a good close look at the floorboards, seats, cargo area before we leave. Sometimes an open beer will magically appear on the floor, so you gotta check; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Kids Die In Cars

Kids die in hot cars. They die in trunks, or in abandoned vehicles. They die in cars when they are playing and climb inside when not attended by an adult. Children most often die in cars on hot days when the parent leaves them alone in the car because they forgot them or were only going to leave them for a moment.

Children die in cars when the temperature is as low as 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Sometimes two or even three children die in the car together. Sometimes the children die as quickly as fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes alone in a car and a child is dead. Any parent that leaves a small child alone in a car for any length of time on a hot day should have the incident documented by police.

If you find a small child alone in a car, get them out. Right now. Don't wait. Even fifteen minutes on a hot day can be enough to let them die. Notify Dispatch and ask for paramedics, turn on your overhead lights and siren. That gets peoples attention. I would not wait more than a few minutes for a parent to come or a locksmith to open the door. The child may not even show distress, they may appear to be sleeping. Get the kid out. Car windows are cheap; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Missing Teens

Sometime you will get a call of a missing teenager, and you gotta find them. Missing teenagers will typically go where other teenagers go, or where they always go when they are not missing. On the assumption that a missing teenager has not been kidnapped, there are many places to look to try and locate them. Often they will go to the home or workplace of a nearby relative or good friend. Ask the parents where they think the teenager is at, frequently they will have a couple good suggestions. Ask them to call everyone they know that the teenager has visited in the last few months, often the kid will show up and say that their parents said it was okay for them to visit.

I like to check out the public transportation locations, teenagers often have little money and so have to ride the bus or train. I also go to schools and parks nearby, particularly those parks where kids often hang out at night. I check any business that is open late, fast food places, convenience stores, video game arcades, even laundromats are good places.

Contact the teenagers friends, and ask them were the teenager may be at, ask them about other friends the teen may have that the parents may not know about. Search the property where the teen lives, sometimes they simply retreat to the attic, basement, barn, garage, tree house, or other out of the way spot, giving the impression they have left, even the car parked in the driveway; begin at the beginning; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stay Alive

If the day comes for you like it did today for five officers in New Jersey, where you find yourself having been shot, you must keep fighting. You must remember that most people who are shot, don't die. Most people who are shot fully recover. Most people who get shot are saved by the paramedics and the doctors.

Your first concern is to keep fighting the suspect. You must insure that you win the gunfight. If you are with other officers who can take over, then relinquish your role as soon as they are able to take over from you. Give yourself first aid. Apply direct pressure to your wound. Notify your dispatcher or your partners that you have been hit.

Control your breathing, breath slowly, deeply and remind yourself that you will survive. Remind yourself of the reasons you have to survive. Say a prayer. Say the Lords' Prayer. It is short and will allow you to focus on something that can calm you. Stay alive, don't let the bad guy win; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


When you make a traffic stop, after the initial approach to the driver, where do you go? I usually move to the rear, passenger side of my patrol car. Passenger side front door open. When I am alone, I write the ticket on the roof of my car, I am tall enough to do that. If not, I would use the car door frame. I want to be able to see the violators vehicle while writing. I keep the driver in the car. Since I usually work with a partner, he uses the trunk lid to write the citation, and I stand a step back from the patrol car so I can see the suspect vehicle.

I don't like to sit in the patrol car because I want the freedom to move quickly if something happens. I don't let the driver get out of the car unless I want to do a cursory search of them or search their car. I never let the other driver get into my car, unless I have at least detained them and searched them and usually not unless I have arrested and handcuffed them.

I don't stand on the driver side of my car because I don't want to get run over. I don't stand near the hood of my car because it puts me too close to the violators' vehicle. I don't stand at the back of my car because if someone crashes into the back of my vehicle I don't want to be crushed. Stand where it is safe, that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


What do you carry on you? I carry my wallet. I try and have about $20 to $50 dollars, but no more than that. If someone says they bribed me they would be hard pressed to prove it with the small amount of cash I carry. I carry my work keys, but not my personal keys. I go through my key ring and toss all the old ones that don't work. If you fall on you keys it can hurt, and keys can jingle and give away your location.

I carry my glasses in my shirt pocket. I only need them to read, so I only wear them when I am writing a ticket or doing other close work. I carry a spare in my personal car, so if I break them I have another set. I carry sunglasses, they are impact resistant lenses that I can wear on the range. That gives me some eye protection in case of an attack, or pepper spray, or even running through bushes.

I carry two handcuff keys. A big one on my key ring and a second one in a little space on my handcuff case. That way I always have a handcuff key. I carry a whistle on my keyring. It really helps when directing traffic to have a whistle. I carry a couple of rubber gloves too. Just a few things you may want to bring along, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Draw & Shoot

Be a good witness. If you are in a business when the robbers show up and you are on duty in uniform, your ability to react quickly could save your life. Most officers who are shot in the line of duty are within three feet of good cover.

Once you realize the armed and dangerous suspects are coming into the business, take cover, and draw your gun. Call for help on your radio and give good verbal commands, "police, don't move" is always a good one.

You may not always have time for all that. Sometimes you just have to draw and fire. From a standing still start you should be able to bring your hand up, unsnap your holster, grasp your handgun and fire at least two rounds under five seconds, and even that is a bit slow. If you can't you need to practice, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Cite When They Violate

When I make a traffic stop and determine I need to write a citation, I try and sell the citation. I seldom write a ticket unless either the violator did something very unsafe, obviously did not learn as a result of the stop or if they have multiple violations. I try and inform them why I cited them so that they can learn the reason that what they did was unsafe. I will also inform them of other violations and explain I am giving them a break by not citing for those other violations.

I do make a notation on the back of my copy about the events of the stop. If the violator was swearing, abusive or agitated then I make note of that. If they had more than one violation, I make note of that too. Almost everyone I stop has more than one violation, even if the subsequent ones are minor. Items dangling from the rear view mirror are an offense in California, bald tires, cracked windshield, no seat belt, no proof of car insurance in their possession are all common items that I may not cite for if I am citing them for something else.

Every stop I make gets called into dispatch. Every car license plate gets run through the system and nearly every driver I stop gets run too, so I know I am not releasing a hardened criminal. Even that 50 year old soccer mom may have been a domestic terrorist in 1973, so it does not hurt to check, that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Stop It

The guy who blew up the Oklahoma Federal Building was caught in a low risk traffic stop. His license plate was not firmly attached, in the course of the traffic stop the officer learned the driver had a concealed handgun. With no permit the driver went to jail. Later, they learned he was wanted in connection with the bombing.

There are several reasons to do traffic enforcement. One is to decrease traffic collisions. The other is to give you an opportunity to talk to people in cars. Sometimes those people turn out to be criminals. The automobile it the preferred method of transportation for most criminals.

Call in every traffic stop. Run every license plate. Run every driver. Inspect the interior of each vehicle as carefully as you can when you are contacting the violator. While standing at the side of the car you can look inside for alcohol, drugs, weapons or other contraband. The California Highway Patrol has even found murder victims seated in the car next to the driver. Traffic enforcement is not just for a high ticket count; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Unusual Patrol

While some shifts are back to back to back calls, there are other shifts that are pretty boring. On twelve hour shift my partner and I worked had no dispatches, and we did not observe anything that needed our attention. Those slow shifts can be as challenging in their own way as the busy ones.

When the shift is slow there are some things you can do. Patrol those areas where police cars seldom visit. Drive down those back alleys, cruise the schools, check out the transportation hubs, buses and trains and trucks and any government facilities. Since the usual locations are not giving up any bad guys, then check the unusual places.

The unusual locations may show criminal activities that might otherwise go unnoticed by law enforcement. Homeless people, gangs, tagging crews and other criminal groups may be using those places and since they are not frequently by police may continue their criminal actions undetected. If the usual is not working for you, try the unusual; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Cop Impersonator

Cop impersonator had lights, badge

There have been people impersonating police for a very long time. In the 1940's Caryl Chessman was convicted of being the "Red Light" bandit. He did a series of robberies, rapes and kidnappings and was eventually executed for them. He would drive up to parked cars, flash a red light to make the people in the parked car think he was a police officer and then rob them or kidnap and rape the women.

I see the use of police patches, badges and lights as a way for the criminal to gain initial control over their victim. These days nearly everyone has a cellular phone. If they think the person who is stopping them is not a police officer they are better able to contact real police and find out what is happening. One more reason to make sure your dispatcher knows where you are and what you are doing.

The impersonation of a police officer is a very serious matter because it degrades the authority of the real police. These crimes need to be carefully investigated. They need to be prosecuted fully to insure the public's confidence in the integrity of law enforcement; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nuclear Attack

Al Qaeda says would use Pakistani nuclear weapons Reuters

The new administration is now saying that there is no reason to have a war on terror because it is more of a law enforcement problem. So is your agency able to respond to a nuclear attack on a local American city? Do you even know what to look for or what to do in the event of a nuclear attack?

We no longer face a likely massive nuclear attack as a concern. We do have the possibility of North Korea or Al Qaeda using a single nuclear weapon against an American city. Nuclear weapons can be as small as a loaf of bread or as large as a small bus. They are very heavy and emit little or no radiation until exploded.

A nuclear explosion will have a giant flash of light, intense heat that can set everything on fire that will burn, and a massive overpressure to flatten or blow away buildings and vehicles. Wind with actually blow out from the explosion and then back in towards the explosion to create the mushroom cloud. Radiation can be minimal or intense depending on the design. The electromagnetic pulse will also destroy radios and electronic gear over a wide area. Nuclear attack, lets hope it never happens, but be ready if it does; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

No Burglaries

How hard is your target? Like me you probably have responded a zillion residential burglaries and you see all the different things that people fail to do that get them victimized. Sliding glass doors left open. Burglar alarms left turned off. Porch light bulbs turned off or burned out.

Check out your own home. Trim the bushes away from the windows. Cut the tree branch away from the second story window. Make sure there is good lighting all the way around the house at night. Install and use a good residential burglar alarm. Have a dead bolt lock on every exterior door. Lock your house when you are not home.

Have a good dog, even a little one that will bark when someone approaches the home will do the job. Keep the clutter out of the yard so that the house is visible from the street. Keep the mail and newspapers from piling up so the house seems occupied. Good residential burglary prevention begins at home; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Unload Your Gun and Practice This Skill

When you were a little kid you pointed at things and people with your index finger. You naturally pointed directly at things that were close and far away. Your parents and teachers eventually taught you it is not polite to point and you stopped pointing at things and people.

Draw your weapon and place your index finger along the frame of your weapon. Your index finger should be parallel to the barrel of the weapon. Remember when you were a child and you pointed at things? Now point that weapon at a target. Don't think about it, just point it. Notice that wherever your index finger points, the barrel of your handgun is pointed there too.

This technique works very well in low light where you may have difficulty picking up your sights. It works very well when you are trying to get a shot off quickly and don't feel as if your have time to aim. This works well in helping you to know where your handgun is pointing all the time because you know where your finger is pointing so you know where your gun is pointing too. A simple technique with many uses, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Dumb Stuff

Sea Lion Takes Fireboat for a Ride - KTLA

In California sea lions, seals, are protected animals and generally can't be killed. Sometimes there are many of them that will make a nuisance of themselves and they have to be moved. So the various police agencies are sometimes called to move them.

In a recent incident a sea lion was in a sheriff boat and gain control of the wheel for a short period of time. This is one of those stupid things that sometimes happen in law enforcement. Nearly everyone who works patrol has at one time or another left a ticket book on the roof of the patrol car and drove away. I remember many years ago returning to a spot alongside the freeway and retrieving my ticket book from the side of the road after I did that. And who has not driven around for a while with the blinking lights on the roof?

I have had partners who showed up for work with no gun, no uniform, or no shoes. We all make mistakes and some of them are not really disasters. Police are only human and we will make mistakes now and again. Some of these can be minimized by training, experience and planning and preparation. I always keep at least one full uniform in my locker including a tee shirt and socks and a couple dollars. I hate wearing white socks with a blue uniform and black shoes; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Bad Video, Again

Police Chief Kissing Cop

Just this week I told you that three things get officers in trouble and since the beginning I have told you to avoid video cameras, and look what happens! Obviously these two officers have not been reading my blog.

The police chief and a female police officer were transporting a prisoner in the patrol car when the video camera mounted inside the car showed the chief and the officer nuzzling and kissing in the car! In front of a video camera? In front of a prisoner? While driving the car? On duty in uniform? And they are both married, but not to each other? What were they thinking?

One of the leading causes of traffic collisions is inattention by the driver. Getting kissed while driving is distracting. The leading cause of on duty death for officers is frequently traffic collisions. And why would you think a prisoner would not blab that to everyone he sees for as long as he is in custody? And of course, if you are married why does this seem like a good idea at any time? At work, keep your mind on the work; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Taser Controversy

Video: Controversial Taser shotgun weapon launched - Telegraph

The media loves to make the police look bad, in most western nations. They hate the Taser and always try and describe it as "controversial." They then go on to say that so many hundreds of people have been shot by a Taser and subsequently died. They imply that the Taser had a major, perhaps sole, role in their deaths.

What are the options for a person who is on drugs or otherwise acting in a violent or threatening manner? Shoot them with a gun? Beat them with batons? Use a chemical agent on them? Punch and kick them into submission? Each of those options can cause the death, perhaps immediate death, of the suspect, with the added danger to the public or to the officers.

Of course some people who get hit with a Taser will die afterwards. Many people who are arrested and never have force used on them die too. In custody death is serious, but when you are dealing with violent people, or people on drugs a few people are likely to die. The use of the Taser is more likely saving people who would otherwise have much more force used on them; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Bartlett Cop Charged With Threatening Girlfriend - WREG

Booze, Broads and Bills. When I was in the police academy they said that those were the three things that are most likely to end a police officers career early and badly. Officers get so stressed out that they drink too much and get a DUI, or crash their car, or even show up to work drunk. Talk about liability, get into an officer involved shooting with one of the officers intoxicated.

Officers get involved with women who are interested in cops, they cheat on their wives, they date dispatchers or other cops. They get involved in domestic disputes and the cops have to go to the cops house. If you are a plumber, your boss does not care if the cops show up at your house for a domestic violence call. If you are a cop, your chief does care, a lot, and you make likely lose your job.

New officers earn more than they ever did in their lives. They get married, have a couple kids, and a new car, and a jet ski, and a few vacations, and a new car for the wife and eventually their bills are more than the income will sustain. The academy and the field training just don't cover these problems, but a good friend or a good supervisor will; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Off Duty

How much off duty police work are you interesting in doing? How much do you project yourself as being a cop when you are not on duty? Do you wear police tee shirts and caps? Do you have police stickers on your car? Are you like me and just look like a cop?

I carry my gun on me or in my car nearly everywhere I go. I have handcuffs in the vehicle, a first aid kit, water, and a flashlight and a cell phone. My intention is to never get involved unless I am directly victimized or it is a life threatening situation or if I can handle it with a phone call.

When I am off duty I don't want to get tangled up in incidents that may cause liability to myself, my agency or to have to go to court on things that don't relate to my job. If something happens the responding officers won't know who I am or what I am doing, so I think in many ways it is better to just not get involved beyond what a good citizen would do, that's what the SGT Says.