Sunday, October 21, 2012
When I started in law enforcement police work was not much different than it had been for 100 years. A badge, a baton, a six shooter, badge, and a pair of handcuffs. That's about all the gear we carried, that and a pen and paper. We had radios, but only in the car.
Now we wear body armor, carry hand held radios, 15 shot Glock pistols and patrol rifles. We have computer's in our cars and write reports using word processors. We run suspects in seconds rather than in minutes, and even have special scanners that read license plates automatically. We carry Tasers and pepper spray.
There is still much to do. Uniforms should be fireproof. We should be able to breath for limited periods in smoke filled rooms when trying to rescue people from fires. We need lighter, more flexible body armor that covers more of the body. We need a wireless Taser with a 50 yard range. We need to be able to scan everyone to verify their identity. We need devices to sniff for drugs, bombs and guns in a way that is non-intrusive and fast. A flying car would be nice too; that's what the SGT Says.