Saturday, March 31, 2012

Officer Death

A young officer killed in the line of duty.  He was in a traffic collision on his way to assist another officer who was in a pursuit.  His patrol car burst into flames.  When responding to an incident like this, be careful, you can't help anyone if your are in a collision on the way to the scene.  Too often officers drive too fast and run red lights, without realizing that other traffic may not hear or see you. 

Police vehicles need to be much safer.  I have believed for decades that all vehicles need to be safer, and I think a vehicle should be developed that will not catch on fire.  Police fleet managers need to consider the implementation of on board fire extinguisher systems.  Many military vehicles carry them so if the tank catches on fire it can be extinguished by pulling a switch.

Police uniforms need to provide better protection.  I can't understand why we continue to wear a simple cotton or polyester shirt that provides no protection from water, knives, or fire.  There must be a way to make uniforms that would provide fire protection.  My condolences to the family and partners of Trooper Javier Arana, and may light perpetual shine upon him, that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wanna Be A Cop?

Being a police officer is more than being a guy with a job.  It's a lifestyle.  You have to give up all criminal activity and associations.  If you smoke marijuana, you have to stop, forever.  If you have friends or relatives who are gang members you have to cut them out of your life, forever.

You have to go on yellow alert whenever you leave your house.  Everyone you meet you will asses for their criminal potential.  You will not walking into any bank, convenience store, or donut shop without checking to see if there is a robbery in progress first.  You will carry a gun and your badge everywhere you go and you won't drive past a traffic stop without checking on the officer.  You may even feel a moment of anxiety if you don't see the officer right away.

Your friends, neighbors and relations will all act differently around you.  Some will drop you.  Some will constantly throw every bad thing every cop in the nation does in your face.  Being a good cop is not just being a good employee, it is a lifestyle; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Most people who are shot, recover from their wounds.  There is much that can be done to help this happen.  The military now use a blood clotting material that can be applied to a major injury to prevent blood loss.  Military experience has also shown us that the tourniquet can be very beneficial. 

It was believed that tourniquets should not be applied because it might cause the loss of a limb.  Now that most who receive a tourniquet would likely see a doctor quickly that fear is greatly reduced.  The loss of too much blood is also more deadly than the loss of limb. 

Every patrol car should have a major trauma first aid kit.  Officers are often the first one on scene in a medical emergency.  We have other officers to worry about too who may crash or get shot.  Every officer should be taught first aid, and CPR, that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

On Duty Death

What do you say when an officer dies in the line of duty?  He did his duty.  He died helping others.  He died doing what he loved.  He died while doing his job.  He died doing the best he could do.  He died trying to make his community a better and safer place.  He died doing what was right.  He died bravely.  He died in honorable service.

He did everything right and died anyway.  He did not have a chance.  There were just too many of them.  There was nothing he could have done better.  Any of us would have done the same thing.

He died because he did not wear his seat belt.  He died because his weapon malfunctioned because it was dirty.  He died because he did not wear his body armor.  He died because he failed to do a good search.  He died because he became complacent.  He died because he did not wait for backup.  He died because he never thought it could happen to him.

He died like a cop; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Radio Traffic

If your neighboring unit goes out on a traffic stop, note where he is at and the nature of the stop.  If he has not put out a Code 4, a message that he's okay, withing a few minutes, drive generally in that direction.  You don't have to hurry or go directly there.  Just move that way in general.  Delay your lunch.  Don't go back to the station.

The longer the time passes without that message, the more directly you need to drive that way.  If it seems a long time, check with dispatch on his status.  There are not that many officers in the field so you need to watch out for each other.

He's just writing a ticket.  Or he is on the ground, fighting with some killer.  He just forgot to call in.  Or his wounds are too sever for him to use the radio.  It's probably nothing, or nothing but your arrival is going to save him.  Don't let your complacency kill your partner, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Listen to the Radio

No matter where you are or what you are doing, listen to the radio.  Where are all your neighboring units and what are they doing?  You need to know that information all the time.  If you are unsure what they are doing, ask dispatch what is happening, or check your computer screen.

Always know where they are so if things go horribly wrong you can get there quickly to back them up.  Even if you have to get out your map and find out where they are at so you can start to drive that way without having to look up directions.  It is hard to look up a street address when you are stressed out.

You should have a mental image in your head that shows your city with all your neighboring units and what they are doing.  That map should be updated with every radio call.  Knowledge is power and a quick response time can help you use that power, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

French Mass Murderer

The French Police have tracked down the primary suspect in the murders of seven French people.  One was a three year old child, intentionally shot in the head, at close range.  The initial reports say the suspect may be linked to terrorist organizations and other reports say he was not.  In an investigation as complex as this there are bound to be new and often contradictory leads. 

That is the nature of detective work.  It requires a lot of foot work.  A lot of checking computer records and talking to people to get them to provide you will information not available on line.  Then you have to compare all that reading and talk with the physical evidence and the information the suspect is willing to disclose.

In this crime, the suspect may be an international terrorist.  The suspect is also dead.  Those two facts complicate the investigation.  A full investigation still needs to be done.  He may not have acted alone.  He may be part of a larger plot.  He may be a lone wolf who has no relationship to anyone else.  We need to know so we can better protect others; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, March 24, 2012


Some agencies are so strapped for cash that they are laying off officers.  I think that is a terrible idea.  The number of officers an agency deploys should be related to the number of officers needed to keep the public safe.  Rather than lay off officers agencies need to look at other methods to reduce costs.  Since payroll is the vast majority of the spending, it's usually the only place major savings can be made.

One method is to slow hiring new officers.  Don't stop hiring , but hire fewer than needed right away, hire them in smaller groups over a longer period of time, until the crisis is resolved.  Cut overtime.  Make sure that officers are scheduled in the most efficient manner so that they don't incur overtime.  Use Reserve Officers to cover open shifts since they won't cause overtime.  Or have salaried supervisors and command staff pick up a shift or two to avoid overtime.  Make sure dispatch, records, the jail or other employees don't get any overtime either.  Rate supervisors on how well they control overtime on their shifts.  Supervisors should not allow officers to wait until the end of the shift to write reports, bring them in to write reports so they don't pile up and create overtime.  Some reports can wait until the next day if it means avoiding overtime.

Ask your union for concessions, bring them into the budgeting process so they can see there is no money.  I think it is better for everyone to take a 10% pay cut than to cut 10% of the staff.  90% pay is better than getting laid off.  Cut back on vacation, or sick time rather than on pay.  Officers can still make their mortgage payments if they don't get a vacation.  When an officer is gone his spot has to be covered by overtime.  Note attendance in annual evaluations and tie it to their raise or promotion. The economy is in bad shape, unemployment is very high and few agencies are hiring.  You are not serving the public or yourselves if you allow or force agencies into layoffs, that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 23, 2012

French Mass Murderer

The fact that the killer used a .45 caliber pistol is unusual.  The 9mm is far more common in Europe and while there are many European gun makers who make .45 caliber handguns, the .45 is generally an American caliber handgun.  There may be an American connection to these killings.  The suspect may be American.  He may have lived in America or he may have served in the French Army with Americans.

When looking at a major crime, don't overlook the obvious clues.  Try to distance your emotions and be objective.  Look at every likelyhood to try and solve the crime.  Look for what the victims have in common and what motive there may be for killing them.

There is much that can be deduced from even small amounts of evidence.  Even as a patrol officer it can be helpful to pass along information to  your detectives, even speculation.  Detectives often need to develop a working theory to help them solve the crime.  Sometimes your field contacts can allow you to work some of the leads you develop, that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

French Mass Murderer

Recently there was a shooting at a Jewish school in France.  A man walked up to the front of the school and just started shooting people, adults and children.  One child was only there years old.  Police and EMS responded to the location.  The suspect escaped on a motorbike.  He was using two handguns, one of which was a .45 caliber.  Later that same gun was determined to have been used in two other shooting incidents.  On two separate occasions, French soldiers, who were non-whites, were shot at and three were killed.  They were in public places. 

What can we deduced from this information?  Who may the suspect be?  All the victims were either Jewish or non-white French soldiers.  All were shot with the same .45 caliber pistol.  All were in pubic places.  The most obvious suspect is a French Muslim who is a radical.  The French have had troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  The French are in an election cycle.  A Radical Muslim might want to send a message against Jews and the French Army that the electorate needs to select a new leader who will be more willing to accommodate Radical Islam.

The Fact the the French troops were non-white may irrelevant or not.  Right wing anti-immigrant radicals may have done the shooting to kill non-whites and Jews to express opposition to foreigners living in France.  Not unlike the recent mass murder in Norway this may be a killer with a hatred of anyone who does not fit his concept of what a Frenchman ought to be.  I gathered all this just from a brief article about the event; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Risky Business

An on duty Memphis, TN police officer had an open microphone on his radio and it caught sounds of him apparently having sex in his patrol car.  Sex on duty in your patrol car is not a good idea, and will typically get you fired if you are caught.  It is a very risky behavior in so many ways.
What happens if someone needs help, perhaps an officer needs help call a few blocks away from you location?  Will you hear that call for help?  How long will it take to get yourself together and respond? What happens if a citizen walks up to your car, how will it look to the public?  How about if the citizen is an "activist" with a camera for a little YouTube action?  How about if it is a gangster with a gun?
This type of risky behavior is very dangerous.  What other risky behavior will this officer do, if he will do this?  Does he drive like a maniac?  Does he roust people for no reason?  Does he play with his duty firearm in an irresponsible manner?  People who take high risks will often do them in many areas, and that's very dangerous for a cop; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Guns & Crime

After years and billions of dollars spent on long gun control in Canada they finally admitted that it has been a complete failure.  They have not collected any information that lead to murderers being captured and provided leads in only a small handful. 

Gun control has almost nothing to do with crime control.  Restricting the private ownership of firearms is a right in the United States.  In those states with the loosest gun laws there is the lowest crime rates.  In Japan there is almost no private ownership of guns and there is no crime.  In Switzerland, almost every household has a gun and there is no crime.

A community and a society that values law, order, respect for authority and has a low incidence of illegal drugs will have little crime.  We used to have that here in the United States.  Poor appointments to judgeship's and a media that sensationalizes and glorifies criminals has given us a society that no longer shares these values.  As police we need to support, both as individuals, unions and fraternal organizations, candidates for office that will return America to a low crime nation; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Patrol Rifle

The biggest single advantage of the patrol rifle over the handgun is the patrol rifle.  The patrol rifle is much more accurate than a handgun.  With a decent electronic sight, like the Aimpoint, an officer can come up on target quickly and fire a group that is likely much smaller than he will fire with his handgun. 

The patrol rifle has more ammo than most firearms.  The patrol rifle has greater effective range than the handgun.  The patrol rifle can penetrate body armor, vehicles and even most house walls.  The patrol rifle should be readily available in the patrol car of every officer.

Even at very close distances, seven, even five, even three meters officers will shoot better with the patrol rifle.  I encourage officers to deploy the patrol rifle at every opportunity, consistent with the law and agency policy.  Robbery alarms, particularly at banks and liquor stores, felony or high risk car stops.  Any man with a gun call is a good time to deploy the patrol rifle, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, March 18, 2012


Some officers work in some very rural areas, if it snows, and you are out in the middle of nowhere you could get snowed in.  You stop at a traffic collision, you are there for an hour coordinating fire, rescue, tow trucks, and as the last to leave your car is stuck in the snow.  Maybe the battery is dead and the handheld radio just does not have the range.   What do you do?

First stay with your car.  I read all the time about lost people, we find their car, can't find them. Know that the last place you were at is the first place they will look for you.  You need gear in your car, a shovel to dig the car out.  A broom to sweep the snow off of it. Warm clothing; a change of clothing too.  If you get wet you need to change clothes.  Emergency blanket to keep warm.  Emergency water, cold air is drying and dehydration is a potential problem. 

Those little hand and sock warmers can be very helpful too.  High calorie snakes to keep your metabolism up, so you stay warm.  Put on a hat and gloves or mittens, you lose a lot of heat through your head and extremities.  Road flares can be laid out to attract attention, especially at night.  Use the shovel to keep your car exhaust clean.  Seldom will you have to wait more than a day before help arrives, but without proper planning that can be long enough to die; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Sometimes it rains, but you still have to patrol.  Some officers like to return to the station and hang out there when it rains.  They don't want to be involved in an accident.  They are partially correct in bad weather it is a good idea to minimize your driving, but do it in a manner that still provides good police service. 

Every city has places where traffic collisions are more frequent than other spots.  I suggest you stake out those intersections or other spots where traffic collisions are frequent.  Be highly visible, keep at least your parking lights on.  You want people to see you and slow down.  Many traffic collisions in the rain are caused by people driving too fast for conditions.  By staking out those dangerous stretches of road you may prevent a traffic accident. 

You may be able to write a few good tickets, judges don't like speeders, and speeding in the raid is very dangerous.  You may simply find yourself on scene of an accident with zero response time as they happen right in front of you, that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 16, 2012


When was the last time you shot someone on duty? Probably a long time, and maybe never.  When was the last time you were on scene with a burning car or structure fire?  Maybe not too long ago.  How many times have you responded to or observed a burning car that was just starting to catch on fire? 

And you used your little fire extinguisher, it did not do much to put the fire out.  So you waited for the fire department to arrive and before they got one drop of water on the car the whole thing was ablaze, a total loss. 

Why don't police carry better fire fighting gear?  A $500 loss when we arrive and a $25,000 loss by the time the fire department gets there.  Police cars should have a hose with a chemical or foam fire extinguisher system in the trunk or back seat.  Then we could provide better public service, save lives, and property and put the fire out while it is still small or contain it until the fire department arrives.  It's all about public safety; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Watch this short video.  I think it is valuable enough that we should all take a look at it.

The suspect is walked to the police car by an officer. Note the demeanor of the officer. He pays little attention to the suspect. The suspect is able to reach around to his front and get a hidden handcuff key. The suspect tells the press that he is not going to be in custody long. That too should be a warning sign to the officer.

The suspect is wearing earrings, a long chain with medallion and that indicates to me that either he has not been booked or he was very poorly searched.

Always search every suspect you control, even if he was already searched and even if you only have him in your custody for a few minutes. Look for weapons, handcuff keys, drugs and any other contraband. Listen to what the suspect says, never take a suspect for granted. No suspect is too young, too old or too frail to potentially kill you or escape. If we can learn from the death of this officer then he will have died teaching us valuable lessons to keep us alive, that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


A man was out hiking a few years ago and he realized the place he was hiking had been the site of a body dump.  As a result he has been going to places, searching for sites of previous body dumps.  He then names the site after the vicitm, and he gives tours of the sites. He is helping to keep alive the memory of the victim and the terrible thing their killer did. He is not glorifying the killer.
When someone is convicted of murder, particularly mass murder or serial killing, I think we as a society should issue them a number and their name should be forgotten.  We remember Jeffery Dahmer and Charles Manson, but how many of remember Steven Tuomi or Gary Hinman; two of their victims?

Our media spends too much time glorifying criminals and not enough time making cops out to be the good guys.  The Godfather series of movies along with others pretends as if organized crime has a code of ethics and is a reputable organization.  They are vicious criminals who peddle drugs and death and are not worthy of emulation.  The next time you read about or hear of Charles Manson or Jeffery Dahmer, think for a moment about Steven Toumi or Gary Hinman.  It's the victims we are here to protect and I am glad someone is remembering them; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


A shoplifter with a long knife took a woman hostage in a shopping mall.  He threatened to kill her several times.  A police officer ordered the man to drop the knife.  The officer took the shot, hit the suspect on the side of the head in the ear and killed him instantly.  Could you take the shot?

When you go to the range to train with your firearm do you ever shoot "hostage" targets?  Several companies make targets with a suspect holding another person hostage, with a gun or a knife.  If you don't have those targets simply staple a white paper plate on your backstop and tape a second paper plate in front of it, with an X on it.  The X paper plate is the head of your hostage the blank paper plate is your hostage taker.

Practice drawing the weapon from the holster.  Give commands to let the hostage go, to put down the weapon.  Order the suspect to drop the weapon and warn then you will shoot if they don't drop the weapon.  Then shoot the suspect in a spot that will instantly stop them.  In real life you may not have the luxury of saying all that before you shoot, but if you can, give it a try.  Sometimes the suspects give up; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, March 12, 2012


Watch this video, a man puches a woman and chases after her and eventually drags her off and places her in the truck of a car, according to the text.  It appears they may know each other due to their body language.  Read the comments, I find several of them to be very interesting.
First off the description of the suspect does not mention his race, he is Black.  Descriptions should always mention the race of the suspect and any other important identifing features.  Piercings, tatoos, dark or light complexion, hair color, style and length, and anything else that can help to identify the suspect.  People also wonder why no one called the police.  Someone did call the police but as this video demonstrates, even one or two minutes seems like forever during a violent conflict.  If it took the police three minutes to arrive this suspect was long gone by then.
Had this woman had a firearm or even pepper spray she may have been better able to protect herself.  While people should not have to fear attack, it is a sad commentary on our society that there are criminals out there who will prey on others.  Rather than submit to a beating and kidnapping, we should train people to fight back.  If she could have held out for a few mintues perhaps the police or other help could have arrived.  I pray she is well, but I suspect the worst; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Best Candidates

A lesbian corrections officer shot her girlfriend, her uncle, her grandfather and kidnapped her neice before being stopped and arrested by police.  It used to be that agencies did complete background checks on applicants and careful psychological testing.  People who were found to be romantically involved with persons of the same sex were not considered suitable for law enforcement careers.

Law enforcement should exempify the best in the community not the lowest common denominator.  Officers should not live with their girlfriends.  They should not have multiple divorces.  They should not be having children out of wedlock.  Officers should not be driving while intoxicated or using their position as officers to meet people to date.

Less than two percent of the population is homosexual.  In many states homosexual acts are illegal, as they were in most states only a few years ago.  While everyone must be treated with dignity and respect, not everyone should be hired as a law enforcement officer.  Officers have to deal with suspects and victims who are in emotional turmoil and the officer should be normal, well adjusted and stable to be able to cope with the many terrible scenes officers have to face at work.  Officers need to be selected from the best candidates who apply, not selected based on political correctness, that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Crime on Facebook

 A woman went on Facebook and found that her husband had married another woman.  They had split some time ago, but neither of them had gotten a divorce.  So she contacted the other woman and learned that they were in fact married to the same man.  The same man was a corrections officer.
There is so much wrong with this problem.  First of all, he should have gotten a divorce from the first lady.  He should have kept his personal information off of Facebook, and his wife's information if he had a secret to keep.  What kind of background check did his agency do that did not reveal he was married, twice!?
While this is a minor crime, it is a crime none the less.  Officers are supposed to keep an ethical standard above that of society in general.  In the past, divorce was not generally considered proper.  These days standards have been lowered and divorce is rarely an issue anymore with most departments.  Unless you need one and did not get it; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Drinking & Shooting

Two cops go to a bar and end up in a fight and a shootout.  Now it seem from this, anti-police article that the cops did nothing illegal or against department policy. But is that how we should judge every action by police?  What could these officers have done differently that would have avoided a shooting?

While I carry a gun nearly every waking moment outside my home, I don't hang out in bars. On those rare occasions when I do go to a drinking establishment, I usually leave my badge and gun at home or in my car.  It only encourages me to get involved in things when I am off duty to know that I have a gun and a badge.

In this instance, the officers confronted a man who was verbally abusive to a woman.  Perhaps they would have been better off to just leave it alone, since there was no violence involved.  Perhaps they could have called on duty officers to deal with the problem and simply been good witnesses.  Maybe they should have gone to a cop bar and not have to confront people with a history of drug and weapons arrests.  Maybe after work they could have gone to Dennys for a cup of coffee and some breakfast and avoided the drama; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 8, 2012


The family is the most important building block of society.  Your family is the most important thing in your life.  Officers spend a large amount of time at work.  40 hours a week on the schedule, plus over time, training, and courtroom time.  That does not include commuting.

As an officer and a husband you have two duties.  One to your agency and one two your wife.  You swore an oath to protect and serve the public.  You also swore an oath to your spouse.  Each oath is important, and one of them is for life.  Your oath to your wife is forever, your oath to serve the public is only for the time you work as a police officer.

Too many officers place the job above the family and that's wrong.  While every job requires separation from the family and time spent away, the amount of time needed to be a good police officer and work odd shifts is greater stress than most jobs.  That means that the officer needs to make a greater effort inform his wife of the requirements of the job.  He must also make greater efforts than most men to spend time with his family when he is not at work; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Annual Checkup

In Long Beach, California an ICE officer got into an argument with his supervisor.  The agent pulled his gun and shot his supervisor.  A third agent shot the upset employee to death.  The supervisor is expected to recover.  An officer may serve in a law enforcement capacity for twenty or thiry years.  In that length of time the officer may get divorced.  He may develop a drug or alcohol problem.  He may develop mental problems.  He could become a compulsive gambler and go deep into debt.

Any of those problems would prevent the officer from getting hired by his agency.  They seldom are alone enough to get the officer fired or relieved of duty.  Typically the agency does not even know about those problems, at least officially.  Often the first time the agency even becomes aware that there is a problem is when the officer snaps and does something horribly wrong.

I think local agencies should do an annual review of all employees as part of their evaluation.  A quick computerized check of their credit history, criminal history, and driving record every year is cheap, and fast.  It can give an agency a heads up that one of their members has a problem.  A problem serious enough that it would not allow the officer to be hired originaly should result in a suspension until the problem is resolved.  If the officer can't fix the problem in a reasonable time, he should be terminated; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


One of my friends is starting the police academy this week and I passed on a few works of wisdom to him.  No matter how many uniforms they issue you, make sure you have at least five complete sets.  You may have to pay for them on your own but it's better to do that than attend with a rumpled uniform.  The uniform should go to the dry cleaners every day.  You need your wife or someone else designated to pick up and drop off uniforms every day.

Have at least two pairs of uniform shoes.  Sometimes they can run you on the grass or in the mud and it can take a while to get the shoes back in service.  A second pair can buy you a little time.  Take a spare tee shirt, socks and underwear and keep them in your locker, your car or in your gear bag.  There is nothign worse than realizing you don't have white socks for your gym outfit.

When you are attending the academy, that's your full time 24/7 job.  Don't work part time, don't babysit, don't go shopping, just church and the academy.  It is all consuming.  You must have someone else as your support team to help you cook, clean, wash and do all that for you so you can concentrate on the academy.  It's worth it in the long run.  Get as much sleep as you can.  Eat right, don't rely on energy bars and power drinks.  Attend every pre-service training session they offer to exercise, learn the rules, memorize the informaton they want you to know.  The academy is difficult, but every cop passed, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, March 5, 2012

No Race

Racing cars has been around for as long as there have been two cars on the street.  People always want to know who has the fastest car and best driver.  Racing on city streets is very dangerous.  While I support the idea of young people having a place to go to race cars, the city streets are not that place.  Local open spaces can be made into raceways with little investment in infrastructure.  Small entry fees can be paid to support medical and fire response.
Those who perform street races place not only themselves in danger but average citizens too.  They drive without proper safety equipment, without helmets, and without fire or medical response readily available.  People who participate in street racing need to be arrested, and their cars impounded.  I recommend using air units whenever possible because they are fast enough to follow street racers and can follow a second car while a ground unit stops the first.
Street racing is often advertised on line, on Facebook, and other social media.  Have your DARE officers and juvenile officers keep an ear open for potential street races.  Certain locations often become hang outs for street races and you should patrol them often.  Use two units when possible and come in from two directions at the same time, it makes it harder for them to run away.  Street racing is a lot of fun, until someone gets killed, that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Murder is Murder

Murder is a dishonorable act. It is not excusable. Murder is by definition a terrible, horrible, despicable, evil deed. The term, "Honor Killing" is sometimes used to describe certain types of murder. Under the extreme interpretation of Islam many consider the killing of a relative who has left fundamental Islam to be proper.

They are willing to kill people who have left the religion or done anything that is not in keeping with the most fundamental aspects of their belief system. Something as simple as dating someone who is not Muslim, or wearing Western attire may be considered an affront to Islam and worthy of an "Honor Killing."

The term "Honor Killing" provides a legitimacy to this evil act. I agree with others who are dropping this term and are now calling this for what it is, "Sharia Murder." It describes the reason for the killing and it describes the killing for what it is, a murder. From now on I plan to call honor killing, Sharia Murder, that's what the SGT Says

Saturday, March 3, 2012


 A suspect is being transported in the back of a police car. He is wearing a neck chain. That neck chain has a handcuff key on it. He gets the handcuff key and removes his handcuffs. He eventually murders one officer and wounds another before he is killed by police.

When you take custody of a prisoner, no matter where you get him or how long you have had him, be sure to pat him down for weapons, contraband and handcuff keys. It happens every year that an officer is killed by someone in custody who manages to get the cuffs off and kill a cop.

Everything should be removed from suspects when they are in custody. Everything out of their pockets, everything off their arms and neck, every bracelet, every necklace, and all his jewelry, including rings. Socks, caps, and cuffs can all hold contraband and handcuff keys or even a tiny knife. Search every suspect, every time; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, March 2, 2012


This is the 43rd anniversary of the Manson family murders.  They went on a killing spree and murdered young and old, rich and poor and even tried to assissinate President Ford.  They were motivated by money or politics, they were simply evil people bent on doing evil deeds.  They are an excellent reason why we need the death penalty for certain criminals.  They are far too dangerous to be released from prison and far too dangerous to expect someone to spend their life guarding them.

Think about that for a few minutes.  We in California value the life of Charles Manson so much that we have people spend their whole lives guarding him rather than put Mason to death.  We pay prison guards tens of thousands of dollars per year to guard someone who is partly responsible for many murders, there is no doubt of his guilt.

How would you like to be a prison guard and spend every day with people like Charles Manson?  Knowing that everyone you contact during the course of your workday is another officer or a deranged, murderous criminal who has killed before and could very likely kill again?  You are guarding people who often were sentenced to death but in nearly every case will die of natuaral causes before they are every executed.  I greatly respect those officers who work in our prisons, the toughest beat in the country; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Spend Local
Probably the largest single purchase you agency will make this year is buying new police cars.  One of the reasons we became police is to help our communities.  One way to do that is to buy American products whenever possible.  Did you know the new Caprice from Chevrolet is made in Australia?

Did the US Government spend billions of US taxpayer dollars to bail out an Australian company?  Should your local taxpayers be expected to see large numbers of their dollars go overseas to buy police cars when 10% of those taxpayers are unemployed?

When possible, agencies should have a policy of buying American made products.  At a time when our taxes are high, our unemployment is high and our trade deficits are astronomical we need to do what we can do buy local products from local vendors and help them to survive.  All this talk about cutting police pay and retirements goes away when the economy is roaring so you are helping yourself if your agency spends money in your own home town, that's what the SGT Says.