Wednesday, August 5, 2009

25 Years Ago

Slaughter at McDonald's changed how police operate -

Twenty-five years ago and evil man walked into a MacDonalds in San Diego and murdered many innocent people. They police responded and were out gunned by the man with an Uzi, while the officers only had .38 revolvers. Since then police agencies have studied that incident and the response to it and added new weapons, new tactics and new procedures.

Police work changes frequently as we become aware of changes in criminal tactics and criminal trends. We have to add new equipment, new training and new ways of doing things. What we did thirty years ago may have some insights for us, but we also have to look to the future.

Simply adding guns with more bullets is not enough. We need officers who can shoot well, and who are brave enough to risk their lives to do the job when evil men do evil deeds. They must be overcome by brave officers willing to place themselves in jeopardy, and that's not something you will find with new technology; that's what the SGT Says.

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