Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A female chief of police has been accused of sexually harrassing her subordinates and retaliating against officers who refuse her advances or otherwise cross her. Officers face possible death in the field every day and yet they have reportedly tolerated inappropriate behavior from their chief for at least four years. They are too worried about their jobs and pensions then they are about making sure they have an ethical department.
I have long said that no government worker should have any penion other than Social Security and whatever 401(k) type plan they can use to save their own money. That way they don't have outragous pensions that interfer with their police work and they don't bankrupt their agencies. Officers who get fired should not lose their pensions, no other type of work does that.
Officers who have a legitimate problem with their chief have several things they can do, they can go to their union. They can go to the agency HR department, the internal affairs, the county sheriff, the city government or even a private attorney. What they should not do is let the problem go on, unreported, for years; that's what the SGT Says.
Monday, January 30, 2012
An officer was having a sexual relationship with a 17 year old. His agency decided to arrest him and tried to do so at a DUI checkpoint. The officer resisted arrest, pulled his gun shot and was in turn shot to death by another officer. A terrible disaster that may have been preventable.
There are so many ways they could have done this differently. The offense was sex with a 17 year old. While a crime, hardly sex with a five year old. They may have been able to wait for a time when the officer was not armed, not in public view and not in uniform. Have a SWAT team confront him in the parking lot after he gets off duty. Have him take a DUI prisoner to the jail and then arrest him inside the jail when he does not have a gun.
Perhaps suspend him and have him surrender on the next business day, during normal business hours with his attorney; unless you think he is a flight risk. I would also consider having another agency perform the arrest. Especially if it goes bad, it will be difficult to be the officer who shot another officer on the same department. Particularly when it is a small agency where it's hard to hide. Protect the public, protect the victim but also protect your officers, protect your agency and even protect the suspect; those are all important; that's what the SGT Says.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
we lived in big anonymous cities. When we lived in small towns everyone knew
who the police were. Everyone knew where the judges lived. Every criminal knew
everyone on their jury. It is good to know these types of sites exist and that
we are no longer hidden by the fact that we live a long way from where were work
or that the bad guys will never be able to find our wife and kids or our mother
or other relatives.
to respond to threats. We need to make sure our homes are burglar resistant and
that we use reasonable care as we move around our neighborhoods. But we should
have been doing this all along anyway.
all my movements are being tracked, every time I leave the house I am being
watched and all my transactions noted by someone. If not by man, than at least
by God; that's what the SGT Says.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The police car continues to develop but there is still a
long way to go, not only for police cars but vehicles in general. They need to be cleaner, and more fuel
efficient. Cars are costing more for
fuel than for the cost of the car for the first time ever, as fuel costs are
increasing faster than the fuel economy.
Police cars need to be larger inside. Big cops need space to sit and space to enter
and exit the vehicle. Computers, patrol
rifle, patrol shotgun, coffee cups, note pad, vehicle tracking system, camera,
radio, light controls, and spotlights take up a lot of room. Most police vehicles are too small inside for
all this stuff and often it interferes with the air bag deployment and use of
the air conditioning.
Carbon Motors is making a dedicated police car. It may help bring some real competition to
the police vehicle market. I like the
front opening back seat door, which will make getting prisoners into the
vehicle easier. I would like the vehicle
configured so prisoners sit facing the rear. That would make it harder for them to spit on officers, and kick the
front grill and also be safer for them, even without a seat belt. Police cars need new technology to be more
energy efficient, safer, larger, that’s what the SGT Says.
Friday, January 27, 2012
In Islamic culture a woman who dishonors her family may be
murdered by a male member of the family. A woman who wants to divorce her husband could be murdered by her
father, a brother or even her husband. This is considered an Honor Killing. Her acts have “dishonored” the family and by her death, “honor” is
Women have been killed in the
increasing numbers. These are seldom
simple murders. They often involve the
victim being raped, or tortured. It does
seem counter intuitive that a father might rape a daughter because she has
dishonored the family by becoming too westernized.
Many of these crimes are also very violent, with women being
stabbed a hundred times or more. When
looking for a motive in the murder of a Muslim woman, it certainly is helpful
to look for a male relative who is a radical Muslim. They may have determined that they needed to
kill their sister, wife, mother or daughter. Other members of the community and family will often deny this was an
honor killing because they don’t want their religion to look bad. Murder makes your group look bad, interfering
with the police investigation makes it look worse; that’s what the SGT Says.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
An arsonist was setting fires all over the Hollywood Hills
recently. The area is steep; brush
covered, and has narrow streets. There
are multi-million dollar homes all over this area too. At this time of year we often have fire
alerts because the brush is dry and the winds can gust over fifty miles per
A Reserve Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy on patrol in the
area was able to arrest the arson suspect during a traffic stop. Reserve officers have the same arrest
authority as regular officers. Depending
on the agency, many don’t get paid or they get paid less than regular full time
Reserve officers are an excellent way for agencies to
supplement their regular officers. They
can be assigned to work special events, and are the perfect way to supplement
your regular force in a major emergency. Many Reserve officers’ organizations got started in
regulars were joining the military and there was a concern about enemy
attack. Situations that have not changed
that much in 70 years; that’s what the SGT Says.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Some agencies are issuing their police exterior body armor,
Kevlar helmets, M-16 series rifles and putting their officers in military style
uniforms, even to the point of wearing goggles and balaclavas. Some people are concerned that officers are
becoming too militarized. I think there
are two aspects to this problem. The
first is that police are not soldiers and while during an active shooter
incident may play a role similar to that of a soldier; these incidents are
still rather rare. Officers need to
match their equipment and uniform to their duty. In general we don’t need to patrol around
dressed up like soldiers and we should not be hiding our faces.
The primary concern I have with this militarization of
police is that it is coming from the Federal Government. You take the Federal money to pay for
equipment, and you have to conform to Federal rules. For years LAPD and other agencies have been
forced to hire police recruits that were unable to meet their traditional
requirements simply because the Federal Government mandated more hiring of
minorities and women. Agencies should
hire who they want to hire, without the interference of the Federal
The Federal Government is mandating training, radios, and
hiring standards. Policing is a local
government function. It should not be
taken over by the Federal Government. Local control means that the local people can get the type of police
they want, not the type of police the Federal Government thinks they should
have. If you agency has the Federal
Government buying them armored cars and M-16’s how long before the Federal
Government requires your agency to use them all the time? Local police, local control, we should not
let the lure of Federal money take that away; that’s what the SGT Says.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
When you are on duty, just assume that everything you do
will be on video tape. I have been
telling officers this since at least the Rodney King video more than twenty
years ago. Now cameras are just about
everywhere and with the Internet something that happens in a rural county in
international news within a few minutes, even carried live as the event
Many officers are on video because their patrol cars have
video feeds, some wear cameras and some have cameras mounded on their headgear
or on special glasses. Cameras are an
excellent tool, but the camera only records what the lens sees and the
microphone picks up. The officer has a
brain that will filter what he sees from a different angle and will interpret
the image differently than the camera will record. The camera may show a young man, the officer
may see a gangster. The camera may show
a knife but the officer may not see it at all.
The act of people filming police activity can be disruptive
as people try and get good camera angles. I am uncomfortable with citizens filming police actions when they are
close enough to be a part of the action. I would like legislation that prohibits people from filming the police
if they are within 20 or 30 feet of the officers. I like distance between myself the suspect
and bystanders. The guy filming me now
may become the guy jumping on me as I try and take the suspect into custody. I don’t mind being filmed; I don’t like being
interfered with while I do my job; that’s what the SGT Says.
Monday, January 23, 2012
A deputy of Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been murdered in the line
of duty. Deputy William Coleman was
murdered by a suspect in two other murders. The suspect was killed by other deputies. The deceased deputy was fifty and had many
years experience. He and his partner
were approaching a van during a burglary call. The suspect jumped from the vehicle and began shooting a rifle at the
deputies. My condolences go to the
family of Deputy Coleman and to Sheriff Arpaio.
Burglary calls are often considered low priority calls. Many agencies don’t even bother to respond to
burglary alarms anymore. I think this is
a mistake. Agencies need to respond to any
type of call for service, barking dog, burglary alarm, UFO, tree limb in the
roadway or strange noises heard. Any of
these can lead to the discovery of a crime, an injury, an arrest or even an
officer involved shooting.
Every call should be handled as if there is the potential
for it to become a dangerous event. Only
after you clear the call can you know if there is no suspect present. Dispatch and police supervision can
prioritize calls so that the ones that seem the most important can be handled
first. Other calls can be handled in turn. Always be ready and never become complacent;
that’s what the SGT Says.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
A reporter discovered that an 87 year old officer was living
across the street from the city limits. He had been living there for the last 15 years. The agency has a residency requirement. The reported notified the agency and the
officer refused to move and so was fired for living outside the city
limits. How foolish.
The agency should have known where the employee lived when
they hired him. They should have done a
proper background check and determined where he lived. They should have known his present address;
they have to know where he lives to send him mail, paychecks, and tax
information. How ridiculous that they
did not know where he lived all this time.
A residency requirement is a stupid requirement anyway. What business is it of your agency where you
live? When you are off duty you are on
your own time and free to come and go as you please. You are obligated to arrive to work on time
everyday, but as long as you do that, who cares where you live? Even if they want you nearby in case of an
emergency does that mean you can’t go out of town when you are off duty? Can’t go on a camping trip in the wilderness
or go out of state? If you have a take
home patrol car I can understand placing a mileage limit on the vehicle, but
not where you can actually live. Unless
they are paying you 24/7 it’s none of their business where you choose to live;
that’s what the SGT Says.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This video shows a drive by shooting. A car full of young men drive, and murder someone standing on the curb and drive away. They video their crime. This shot clip has several lessons for us to learn. The first lesson is that these criminals perform their crime quickly. If you get a drive by shooting call chances are the bad guys are a long way away by the time two or three minutes pass. So don't send everyone straight towards the scene. Try and get a direction of travel from the reporting party and head there if you can.
The other learning point is the suspects are very cruel and vicious. They make sure the victim is dead. They have only one goal, and that's murder. There is no personal gain, this is not about robbery. It is about killing. These are very dangerous criminals. Use your patrol rifle or shotgun when you make the car stop. Have back up with you if you can. Don't go in foot pursuit of them if you can avoid it.
Finally, remember these people took video of their crime. When doing the investigation take every video chip, memory card, memory stick, cellular phone, computer, iPad that they have with them or in their car. It may have a record of their crime. Check social network sites like Facebook to see if they are posting about the murder. You may be lucky and find the criminals have convicted themselves, that's what the SGT Says.
Friday, January 20, 2012
A radical Muslim man in
police. He got a gun and began shooting
at store windows. Police arrived and he
started shooting at them, at least eight officers were shot at during the
course of the incident. Eventually a
police negotiator was able to convince the man to surrender without hurting
Radical Muslim terrorist attack in
years ago. The War on Islamist
Terrorists continues and it is being fought right here in the heartland of
Even in the most rural of communities we must be mentally
prepared for the criminal who is not simply someone who wants to steal a car or
rob a store. In this instance the
suspect said he wanted to provoke a confrontation and murder police officers,
in a small town in
anywhere in the
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Believe North Carolina Inmate Hid 10-Inch Revolver In His Rectum. Luckily,
Was Unloaded. The Smoking Gun
you search prisoners or suspects remember that they will go to extreme lengths
to hide weapons, drugs, cell phones and other contraband. When you do a search,
do a really good one like your life depends on it, because it does.
metal detector to catch metal objects that might be difficult to locate. A small
semi-automatic can be difficult to find on a person, drugs can be as small as a
pair of dice. A small weapon can be just as deadly as a big one.
custody of a suspect you must search them again. Even if the suspect was just
searched. You don't even want them to smuggle in a razor blade in the jail, they
can kill themselves. Suspects are very clever, they know we don't want to search
the nether regions; that's what the SGT Says.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I think if you are doing this full time you need to make the commitment to train and you need to go even if you have to pay for it yourself. My resume is quite extensive because I have been to a lot of training classes. It has kept me productive and current. Laws change, tactics change, case law changes all the time.
When selecting classes, don't just take the really cool rapelling out of helicopters and shooting submachine guns on the move classes. Take classes on stuff you use every day. Search and seizure, report writing, and other mundane but necessary classes help you stay out of trouble and help you do your job better, that's what the SGT Says.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
One of the things I remember doing is developing plans to
use all the armed personnel in a given area in the event of an emergency. We compiled a list of all the public and
private police and security guards in our jurisdiction. Then we contacted each agency and discussed
emergency planning with them one on one. Later we began to meet with them as a group to discuss what each
organization could bring to the table in the event of an emergency.
We also discussed communication with one another. We developed a fax network to communicate to
one another. If we had a major crime or
other incident we notified the others in the network so they would be aware of
what was happening. It did pay off. Police developed several good leads and even
made arrested based on Field Interview reports from private security guards who
had spoken to suspicious people on their property they contacted.
By networking with other agencies you get more eyes on the
ground and maybe a little help in a major incident. The biggest problems are communications and
bureaucratic resistance. Sometimes
developing this kind of network can take a long time, but it can really be worth
the trouble, that’s what the SGT Says.
Monday, January 16, 2012
When you work alone, keep in mind there are may be resources
you have overlooked. I used to know of a
resident sheriff who worked in a rural mountain area; his nearest other sheriff
was at least a 45 minute drive away. So
he looked for other resources to help in an emergency. There are many people who are ready and
willing to help. Small police
departments that may only field one unit on one shift for tiny towns are a good
place to start.
Game wardens and forest rangers often have police powers and
carry guns. State agencies like the
highway patrol, alcohol control, and special drug enforcement task forces may
be available for immediate back up or you may call upon them for special crimes
Private security guards carry guns in many areas and some
work vehicle patrol. Their training may
be poor, but they usually are willing to be helpful. Fire department arson investigators often
have police powers and carry guns. Many
special districts have their own police, like transit districts, railroads, and
schools have police or security that is armed. There can be help out there, but it takes planning to use those
resources properly; that’s what the SGT Says.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
When working alone and with little back up, try and take
extra precautions to keep yourself safe. Be aware of danger cues and try to use every tactical advantage you can
get. On traffic stops, keep people
inside their vehicle. It is difficult to
attack you if they are seated inside a car.
When stopping a motorcycle, keep the motorcycle between you
and the rider. Make them take off their
helmet and put it on the seat or on the ground. They don’t need either the weapon or the protection a helmet
provides. The same is true for a bike
rider. If the person is on foot, or
exits their vehicle, have them stand by your vehicle headlight in front of your
unit while you stand near the front tire. That way you are out of easy reach and they have to go around the car to
get to you.
Another place for suspects to stand is with their heels to
the curb, one slight push and they will fall over backwards if you are standing
in the street in front of them, or one quick pull and they will go backwards
too. If you need to search a vehicle,
make sure everyone is out of the vehicle, and seated or standing a distance
away, stop searching if they approach you. Check on them every few seconds to make sure they are not moving towards
you or drawing a weapon. It’s all about
control, position and distance. They
give you the ability to overcome your lag time in the event the suspect
assaults you; that’s what the SGT Says.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
On a traffic stop, late at night, someone runs from the car
as you approach the vehicle. What do you
do about it? Chase them? No, don’t chase them. First call the information in to dispatch. Let them know someone has exited the vehicle;
give them a description and a direction of travel. Next, clear the car. Do this from a position of advantage. Move back to your patrol vehicle and deploy a
long gun, shotgun or patrol rifle. Using
the PA, command anyone inside the vehicle to sit up put their hands up and if
they do, then get them out of the vehicle. Prone them out, detain them for investigation and handcuff them.
Search them for weapons and if there driver is still there
try and obtain permission to search the car. Obtain identification on everyone and check them for warrants. Complete a Field Interview on everyone and be
sure to cite the driver if he was not the one who ran away and you stopped them
for a citable offense. Ask each of the
passengers who ran and why they ran away. Verify the vehicle registration and make sure it is not stolen. If you have the legal authority, search the
vehicle and tow it away.
You may not get the person who ran away, but you should at
least make a good effort to get their car. While waiting for the tow truck, keep an eye out often the person who
ran away will come back. Sit and wait
for them at a distance, even after the car is towed they will sometimes return
looking for the vehicle. That gives you
a second opportunity to detain and investigate them. Chasing after someone on foot is usually not
a good idea, particularly when you are alone, that’s what the SGT Says.
Friday, January 13, 2012
When making traffic stops alone there are several tactics to
enhance your safety. If it is night or
low light conditions, use all your lights, both side spotlights, the roof
lights and your headlights on bright. It
creates a wall of light that makes it hard for the suspect to see how many
officers there are in the unit. Consider
your unit exit and vehicle approach. You
can open your door quietly, close it gently and walk around behind the police
Then approach the suspect vehicle
on the passenger side. By being quiet
you don’t reveal your location giving a degree of uncertainty to the
suspect. Walking around the back of the
patrol car keeps you from being crushed between the two cars if yours is struck
by another driver. A passenger side
approach may confuse the occupants and permit you to observe them without their
knowledge; they will generally expect you to be on the driver’s side.
Don’t turn your flashlight on until you are
right up on the vehicle, you may see more without it than with it turned
on. Keep the violator unsure about where
you are, how many there are and what you are doing. It gives you a tactical advantage, that’s
what the SGT Says.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
My agency is small. I
remember years ago when I first started I had been there for less than a year
and I was the only one in the city on patrol for most of the shift. Everyone else had to write a major report on
an incident that happened the previous day and so it was just me. There are many things to do differently when
Call off all your activity. Dispatch should always know where you are and what you are doing. Even if you are just patrolling around, check
in every 30 minutes with your status and location. Call off every traffic stop with your
location and the license plate number, call off a description of the vehicle if
there is not license plate.
Use extra caution to stop vehicles in well lighted areas
where it is difficult for the suspect to assault you without being seen. Make vehicle occupant or pedestrian contacts
where you can be seen by the public. You
may not expect much help if you are attacked, but most of the time someone will
make a phone call on your behalf if you get in trouble. High visibility is a good idea most of the
time when you are alone, that’s what the SGT Says.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
There has been a movement in the
out to the police and explain what it is they need from the police when they
are contacted in the field. This is a
valuable concept, but the communication must be two way. Mentally ill people ask for understanding and
that police accommodate their unique needs. Mentally ill people also need to understand police and accommodate our
unique needs too.
Much of the gist of their complaint is that police often get
too close to them, speak harshly to them and don’t give them enough
respect. Certainly when there is no
immediate risk of harm to anyone, we can stand off; speak softly and
respectfully to just about anyone. If it
helps an officer to reach the objective of keeping the peace and enforcing the
law, the certainly those are good tactics.
We can’t jeopardize the safety of ourselves, the public or
even the disturbed person however. We
still have to gain control over the situation, that often means patting someone
down for weapons, and handcuffing them so they can’t attack us or others. We have to put people into the cage in our
police car too. Be sympathetic and
caring to those who are ill, but don’t take chances with officer safety, that’s
what the SGT Says.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
In 2011 at least 114 private security guards were killed in
the line of duty. Over 50 of them were
shot to death and another 30 were murdered in other ways. Private security guards perform a valuable
law enforcement function and it is often a very dangerous job. Too many of them are underpaid, undertrained
and improperly equipped.
Despite all these handicaps, most private security guards
try to do a good job. Many of them make
police jobs easier by preventing crimes or by reporting crimes. Guards handle many calls for service on their
own that police otherwise would have to handle. Guards in high rise buildings and large campus complexes monitor fire
and intrusion alarms and assist in fire fighting and evacuation. Their local knowledge and possession of keys
can be very helpful.
There is much that can be done to improve the
professionalism of private security. They should all be given FBI and state background checks, and drug
testing. They should require a minimum
amount of training and similar training to the police if they carry
weapons. Police unions should not oppose
greater professionalism of private guards; that’s what the SGT Says.
Monday, January 9, 2012
A career criminal with arrests for drugs and assault has
been charged with murdering a New York City Police officer. The officer and his partner responded to a
home invasion type robbery and when he arrived the suspect shot him in the
face. The officers’ partner chased the
suspect a short distance and after a struggle arrested the suspect. The second officer was injured in the
struggle. A second suspect is still at
Officer Peter Figoski had been with NYPD for over 22
years. He is the second NYPD officer
murdered in the line of duty this year. The first one was pushed off a stoop during a domestic dispute and fell
to his death.
deserves good police protection. It’s
too bad the courts let a career criminal out on the streets to murder a
control in the nation; yet it failed to save this officer from a career
I wonder why the partner did not shoot the suspect, rather
than chase him and tackle him. Certainly
having just witnessed the suspect shoot your partner is a good reason to shoot
someone. Perhaps the background was not
safe. Perhaps the partner did not
actually witness the shooting and was unsure which suspect pulled the
trigger. Maybe he saw the suspect throw
his gun down or felt sure he could arrest the suspect without having to shoot
him. A 22 year long career, over in a
muzzle flash, my condolences to the family and NYPD; that’s what the SGT Says.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
An officer with the city of
pursuit of the robbers. Once the
suspects bailed out of the car the officer went in foot pursuit of the
suspect. The officer was shot and killed
by one of the suspects.
Bank robbers are generally very dangerous criminals. Two suspects are much more dangerous than one
suspect. Foot pursuits are very
dangerous activities. This officer was
rewarded for his bravery twice in the past. While I praise this officer for his bravery and I mourn his death, I am
concerned about his tactics as explained in this article.
One officer in foot pursuit of two armed bank robbery suspects
is not a good idea. I never go in foot
pursuit unless I have a good chance of catching the suspect right away and I
maintain sight of the suspect. One
officer chasing two suspects is rarely a good idea. In most cases a vehicle pursuit will bring many
officers to the scene. Use those
officers to cordon off the area and search carefully for the suspects rather
than run after them; that’s what the SGT Says.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Justice Department is investigating Joe Arpaio the toughest sheriff in the
that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is too hard on criminals. Now that President Obama is in charge of the
Justice Department they are investigating him to look for problems where in my
opinion there are none.
If a sheriff does something wrong it is the duty of his
state government to investigate the sheriff, it is not the role of the Federal
Government to investigate him. The
Federal Government has more important things to be doing that wasting their
time of what I believe are politically motivated charges to try and get a tough
sheriff to back down in his treatment of criminals and illegal aliens.
The Mexican drug cartels are active along the
border, they murder people everyday. They commit mass murder and try to corrupt government officials, the
media and bring drugs into our nation. The US Justice Department should be more concerned with this problem
than with a sheriff that has a proven track record and is reelected time after
time; that’s what the SGT Says.
Friday, January 6, 2012
One of the reasons police work is so interesting is that you
never know from day to day what exciting adventures are going to happen. In this instance there is an unusual
occurrence that happens to the officer. A
young cat keeps climbing onto the officer as he tries to write a ticket to a
I noticed several problems with this incident. The first problem is the officer is standing
in the open writing the citation, up next to the violators’ vehicle. If the violator were to attack him, the
officer would have no cover, and little lag time to react. The distraction of the cat would only further
distract the officer from the suspects attack.
The officer is trying to do three things at one time. He is writing a ticket, watching the violator
and dealing with the cat. I would
suggest he stop writing the ticket, move back to the passenger side of his
vehicle, open the passenger side door and take up a better position from which
to write the citation. Pet the cat for
about ninety seconds so it will go away, and then continue with his
citation. Perhaps even lock the cat in
the caged back seat of the patrol car for a couple minutes while he writes the
ticket. Just remember to take the cat
out of the car before you leave; that’s what the SGT Says.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A robber hit a pharmacy and left with cash and drugs. He was confronted by two off duty police
officers and one retired police officer. They exchanged gunfire and the suspect was killed and one of the
officers was killed. I always carry a
gun off duty. I also carry or have in my
car, extra ammo, handcuffs, a flashlight, water and first aid kit and a raid
jacket with POLICE on the back and a stenciled badge on the front.
Even with all this gear, I try not to get involved in
incidents off duty. I don’t have body armor;
I don’t have radio communication with on duty offices. I don’t have a full uniform and equipment
readily to hand. All these things make a
big difference in a major incident, particularly a shooting. In this instance there may even been a
friendly fire casualty.
Generally, off duty it is better to be a good witness than
to confront criminals. Armed robbers who
are stealing drugs are very dangerous. The officers involved made a decision to intervene in the incident. There were three of them and only one
robber. They may have had other tactical
advantages; the robber may have threatened them without realizing they were
police. Sometimes you have to act, even
if it may not be the preferred option; that’s what the SGT Says.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Mexico and Honduras are in such trouble because of the drug lords and drug violence. That's why it is so important to enforce our drug laws, and not permit corruption of our law enforcement. Most of Central America is bad off too, El Salvador is at 66 murders per 100,000 population.
We need to invest more in crime scene investigation, in prosecution, in corrections so that we can arrest, convict and house criminals. We need to have our police unions focus more on politicians that are tough on crime, not just politicians that will protect our pensions. It won't do us any good to retire to a city with a crime rate of 82 murders per 100,000 population; that's what the SGT Says.
Monday, January 2, 2012
An officer was warned twice that local drug dealers were gunning for him. The officer had made many drug arrests and was hurting their business. Eventually the officer was shot in the chest; in his body armor yet continued to fight and overcame the suspect. There are several lessons in this incident for the rest of us beyond the encouragement to keep fighting even if the suspect shoots you.
The streets belong to the people, not the drug dealers, and the police are the representatives of the power of the people. When drug dealers start making threats against officers it is time for officers to make a concerted effort to clean up that part of town. Form a task force and close down those gangs once and for all. Partner with state and Federal authorities to break up the gang, and partner with the DA to insure harsh prosecutions to put the gangsters away. Have city crews paint over gang graffiti.
In the meantime, all patrol officers in the agency need to spend at least a little time during their shift patrolling that area. Make plenty of traffic stops for even minor offenses and cite everyone for those minor crimes. Have you motor units work traffic on those corners. Have your school truant officers pick the kids up during the day. Enforce the juvenile curfew and have your state alcohol commission hit all the bars and liquor stores in the area. Make life harder on the gangsters than it is on the police. Keep the pressure up, and bring it in from many directions. Have animal control cite their unlicensed pit bull dogs and cite them for unsanitary conditions. Don’t let the gang members threaten to kill a police officer without repercussions; that’s what the SGT Says.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
One thing about police work is that it only takes one moment of inattention and suddenly there’s a problem. In this instance the officer dropped his pen, reached over to get it and was suddenly off the road and up the tension wire for the electric pole. The officer was not hurt but he made himself and the police department look bad.
There may have been damage to the pole, the wires, the police car or the curb. Certainly there was the call out for the fire department and other officers were taken away from their duties to tend to the collision. This could have ended in tragedy if he had jumped the curb and struck a group of children waiting for the school bus.
If an officer has a collision and the primary cause is his poor driving, as in this collision, then the officer should face time off without pay. If he has a third accident in a year that is his fault then he should be terminated. If you drive for a living you will eventually crash. Crazy and drunk drivers, night, wet, snow, ice, heavy traffic, rapid response to calls all contribute to the potential for a collision. If the officer was driving in broad daylight, with no traffic and no weather conditions that would cause him a problem, he needs some time off; that’s what the SGT Says.