Friday, May 31, 2013

Shooting

Police shootings often happen in a period of 3 seconds or less.  On the range, stand in front of a target six feet away.  Have your handgun in the holster, loaded, charged and snapped in.  Have your gun hand at your side.  On command, draw and fire two rounds into the center of mass of the target, all in under three seconds.

As you draw your pistol, move one foot to the left or right.  Move just enough to be out of the direct kill zone of your opponent.  If you have cover to either side, move towards the cover, even if you don't actually get to the cover.  Most officers killed are within a few feet of cover.

Once you fire your two rounds, reassess your target.  If you did not hit the target, fire two more rounds.  Keep firing until you get two center of mass hits.  Practice this drill until you can perform it in three seconds or less.  Speed and accuracy are the two most important technical aspects of shooting.  Perfect practice will bring those to you; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ambush!

http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20130526/NEWS01/305260046/Police-Bardstown-officer-fatally-shot-while-removing-debris-placed-road?odyssey=obinsite&nclick_check=1

Imagine you are driving down the freeway.  You take an off ramp and notice a dangerous bit of debris in the roadway.  You turn on your overhead lights and stop your car so that you can warn other motorists.  You exit your vehicle and begin to remove the obstruction.  Suddenly, bam, bam, bam.  An unknown assailant shoots from out of the darkness.

This story really happened to an officer in Kentucky.  He was shot to death.  He was doing his job.  He was trying to prevent a traffic collision with a bit of debris on the roadway.  There was no indication of any other danger.  There was no threat, no concerns other than clearing the road.

Anything you do can get you killed.  Even performing the most mundane routine activity.  Always call in your activity.  Always take a moment to check the area, even if it is only a quick glance around.  Blocking a roadway to get vehicles stopped is a classic ambush technique, used for thousands of years.  Always watch your surroundings; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Recruiting

Recruiting good people is important.  It is one of the most important parts of having a police department.  If you recruit bad people they will never get better.  Recruits should have the highest morality.  Background checks should be only done by police who have worked as police for at least five years.  They need to have the experience to detect lies, falsehood and misrepresentations.  Background officers should go to a background training class so they know what to look for and what not to get involved in.

Recruits should have no drug history.  I know there are many who say that "everyone" uses marijuana but I don't agree.  People who have used marijuana sometimes go on to harder drugs.  They are both breaking the law and using a dangerous drug.  They don't belong as police officers unless it was a tiny amount and a very long time ago, with a great history in between.

Recruits should have no adult criminal history, no gang affiliations and should have no significant juvenile criminal record.  Officers should be in good shape, they should have a willingness to serve their community and be of high moral standing.  Officers should show responsibility towards their dependants.  They should not father children that they don't take care of, and should not sleep around.  I my opinion, they should not even live with a woman without benefit of clergy.  Too many agencies have officers who get in trouble with alcohol, drugs, bills and women.  Proper screening out of bad candidates would go a long way towards limiting those problems; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Officer Suicide

http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/?gclid=CMyRmNX7trcCFQSCQgodt2UADw

Many of our officers are military veterans.  Sometimes the stress of civilian life and the stress of police work can cause veterans to feel as if they don't want to live any longer.  As our brothers in blue, it is our duty to watch out for each other.  Here are a few warning signs that someone might be considering suicide taken from the Veterans Crisis Line website:

"Performing poorly at work or school
Acting recklessly or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking
Showing violent behavior such as punching holes in walls, getting into fights or self-destructive violence; feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
Looking as though one has a “death wish,” tempting fate by taking risks that could lead to death, such as driving fast or running red lights
Giving away prized possessions
Putting affairs in order, tying up loose ends, and/or making out a will
Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other means of harming oneself"

Police officer suicide is one of the major causes of officer death in the nation and yet it is one of the least recognized forms of officer death.  We ignore it at the peril of our fellow officers.  Don't let one of your partners die because you failed to save him from himself, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is today.  At my agency we had an officer killed in a pursuit during World War Two, killed in a motorcycle crash.  A couple years ago we had and officer die of a massive heart attack during a training exercise; he was a young man too; in good condition.

Today is a good day to remember that sixty officers a year are murdered in the line of duty in the United States.  A equal number die of accidents and other non-felonious ways in the line of duty every day.  An average of 120 officers per year.  Some years a few less, some years a lot more.

Wear your body armor, every day.  Wear your seat belt every time you are in the car.  Encourage the other officers on your shift to do the same, especially the new guys.  Let's try and get those numbers down for this year; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Budget Cuts

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/05/23/911-dispatcher-tells-woman-about-to-be-sexually-assaulted-there-are-no-cops-to-help-her-due-to-budget-cuts/

When agencies are faced with budget cuts there are several things that agencies can do to try and maintain a police presence for their community.  It takes four people to work 40 hours per week with one working 48 hours to have 24/7 coverage.  Even if there is only one officer on duty, agencies should have someone there all the time.

A single officer responding to a call is often enough to scare off the criminals.  If crooks know that officers are not on duty at a particular time, then they will schedule their criminal actions for those hours.  With only two officers you can run two 12 hour shifts per day, seven days per week.  That does mean overtime, but overtime can be cheaper than hiring more employees.

Agencies can contract with neighboring agencies, county or state agencies for full or partial police services.  Private companies can be hired for smaller fees than public police and can perform custody, crime reporting, parking control and even patrol and response.  Volunteer reserve officers can be trained and hired like regular police and work part time for free.  We became police at least in part to help keep the public safe, sometimes that requires taking a non-traditional approach; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Budget Cuts & Assault

http://seattle.cbslocal.com/2013/05/23/911-dispatcher-tells-woman-about-to-be-sexually-assaulted-there-are-no-cops-to-help-her-due-to-budget-cuts/ 

A local county sheriff has had such severe budget cuts that they only provide police services a Monday through Friday.  They rely on the state police the rest of the time.  They maintain a 911 service 24/7.  A woman called and held on the line for a long time until an attacker finally entered the home and assaulted her.  The state police eventually arrested the man.

This woman had been victimized previously and there is much she could have done to prevent a second attack.  I don't like to blame the victim, but it is not unreasonable to take reasonable precautions to avoid victimization.  The first responding officer might have provided here with some options to avoid future attacks.  Sometimes the victim does not show an interest and sometimes you don't have time.  Still, prevention is better than a later response.

She knew her attacker, so she probably should have moved, or she could have gotten a large roommate, or maybe a big dog.  She could have gotten OC spray, a Taser or a gun and practiced with them.  She might have hardened her home to prevent intrusion and perhaps added a safe room.  There are many things that people can do and with declining police resources they need to do them more frequently; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Traffic Stop

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/shot-montague-county-deputy-all-i-saw-was-a-gun-2/

This officer explains in detail what happened in the shooting I linked to yesterday.  He says his survival was just luck.  He is wrong.  Wearing your body armor is not just luck.  Walking up on the passenger side is not just luck.  He said he put his thumbprint on the back corner of the car so the car could be identified later in the event of an incident, that's not luck either.

The officer said he had a gut feeling about the suspect vehicle before he initiated the traffic stop.  Always listen to that little voice in the back of your head that says something is wrong.  I believe that we get those gut feelings because subconsciously we know there is something wrong that we are not aware of it on a conscious level.

He said he did not call for backup because the next unit was ten or fifteen minutes away.  So, follow the suspect for ten minutes.  At least get them started in your direction.  Use extra caution as you approach.  Have your hand on your gun, maybe even order the occupant to put his hands on the windshield before you approach.  It's not unreasonable to take reasonable care of yourself in the field; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Traffic Stop Shooting

http://texomashomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=277932

An officer is Texas makes a traffic stop along a stretch of open highway.  Nothing unusual, officers do this all day long, all over the country.  The officer checks the trunk, very good officer safety.  He walks up on the passenger side and looks into the window.  BAM, BAM, BAM.

The driver shot the officer in the chest and head and drove away.  The officer was hit twice in the body armor and once in the head.  An off duty officer stopped to render aid, soon others stopped and paramedics arrived soon.

When you approach a vehicle, watch the driver and occupants.  Look in the mirror and see what they are doing.  If their appearance is unusual, don't hesitate to step it up to a high risk stop.  Demand to see their hands before you get close to the vehicle.  Have your hand on your gun, unsnapped, or even out of the holster.  Sometimes you can do it all right and still get shot.  Wear your armor, it makes a difference; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Gear

Armored cars are expensive, but they do have their uses.  There are many items of police gear that cost a lot of money and don't get used very often.  Some items should be standard issue for every officer on every agency.  Uniform, footwear, body armor, hat, Sam Browne, holster, Taser, baton, high capacity handgun and at least five high capacity magazines, patrol rifle, hand held radio should be issued per officer.  They should not have to share any of these items so they know they are fit and ready for use at any time.

A patrol car in proper, safe, legal working condition to include a two way radio, fire extinguisher, first aid / trauma kit, road flares, blanket, plush stuffed animal, animal catch pole, police scanner, am/fm commercial radio, prisoner cage, molded rear seat, and drink cup holder. 

There should be additional gear on call to deploy as needed, riot and ballistic shields, riot batons, pepper balls, large OC spray canisters, bean bag shotguns, rubber bullet projectors, armored vehicle, SWAT team, forensics team, detectives, helicopter, bomb squad, search and rescue dog, bomb sniffing dog.  Not every agency should have these, but they should be available from neighboring agencies on an as needed basis.  My agency pays for part of a helicopter and we share it with several cities.  We got a hand me down armored car when a larger agency got a new one.  If you want it bad enough, figure out a way to get it; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Armored Car

http://www.policemag.com/channel/swat/news/2013/05/21/video-phoenix-police-ram-kidnapping-house.aspx

A man barricaded himself inside a house with several adult and children hostages.  He had kidnapped and raped a woman earlier in the day and had a long criminal history.  He had a rifle and took several shots at the police.

The SWAT team responded and surrounded the home.  They used both mobile bullet proof shields and an armored car.  Eventually the armored car rammed into the house and allowed the police to force entry.

The video shows the armored car hitting the house twice, in two different locations.  This allows the officers to make a reasonably safe entry without being restricted to using the existing doors.  This gives the officers a tactical advantage and makes the entry safer for them.  Just be sure you don't run over any hostages, make sure there is no basement, and have a back up plan in case the vehicle gets stuck.  Notice the officers on the exterior maintain their coverage of the exterior and don't all run up to the house, however many did leave cover who probably should have stayed behind their shields.  In the end the suspect was dead and the hostages were released and no officers were hurt.  No a bad days work; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Local Cops, Local Control

With Federal money comes Federal control.  Local police agencies should not take Federal money.  The Federal government has no business in local law enforcement except to provide technical support or to help with interstate or international crimes.  If anything they can provide surplus military and other equipment that would otherwise be sold as surplus.
LAPD takes Federal money and so they are under court orders to change how they hire, recruit and promote women and minorities. No one voted for those changes. No law enforcement officers said we needed to change to provide better services.  They may be a good idea, they may have some merit; but they should come from the local people, not be imposed by the Federal government.
Some agencies have taken to create special units SWAT that look very much like soldiers. While I understand the need for tactical helmets and armor and rifles, officers should still look like police. They should wear blue not black, they should have a hat device on their helmet and a metal badge on their armor along with their name and the name of their agency should be on their shoulder. POLICE should be on their backs. Camo and wearing dark should be secondary to proper identification. While in some ways their actions may mirror those of the military they are still police.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Jail or Sex?

http://wreg.com/2013/05/11/man-alleges-sex-assault-by-officer/

An officer on Memphis Police Department has been accused of detaining a man and then demanding the man perform oral sex on him.  If true, this is both a sex crime and kidnapping.  The officer is on paid leave and the agency will not discuss the investigation.  It is easy to accuse an officer of any number of crimes, but since they operate alone much of the time it can be difficult to prove them.  In this case the complaining party waited a day before making his complaint which would also make it more difficult to collect DNA and other evidence.

This is a good reason to have cameras in the patrol cars on the dash and in the backseat. It is also a good reason to have GPS on the car and on the handheld radio.  Officers must always try to avoid even the appearance of wrongdoing to avoid this type of accusation.  Any accusation of this magnitude should be investigated immediately.

The Memphis Police Department has had a number of problems in recent years.  While they are low paid, pay has nothing to do with morality.  The officers need to be screened better, have better supervision, better policies.  They should be doing active police work and not picking up hookers, kidnapping suspects and doing other criminal activities.  This poor behavior hurts the good cops worst of all; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Drug Raid

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/09/stunning-just-released-footage-of-wild-shootout-that-left-gunman-dead-and-a-police-officer-wounded-warning-graphic/

When doing a drug raid there is a lot to do before hand.  Make sure you got the right house. Make a controlled buy there if possible.  Watch the place for at least a few hours if not a few days and make certain your suspects are inside.  Use Google Earth or similar map programs to look at photos of the location, get a helicopter to do some reconnaissance for you if possible.

Take animal control with you to capture the pit bull dogs.  Take child services with you to round up the children.  Take a paddy wagon so you can arrest a lot of people if needed.  Notify your SWAT team, in case they are needed.  Take a drug sniffing down, and don't forget your search warrant.  Take a translator with you if the suspects don't speak English.  Take the paramedics with you, a response time of ten seconds is a life saver.  Have your command post set up.  Notify your dispatch and local patrol officers.

You want everyone in place before you knock on the door.  You want to be ready for the worst case scenario, an officer goes down in a hail of gunfire when you knock on the door.  If you don't need them, it's good practice and your lucky day; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Congratulations to Trenton PD

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/12/trenton-hostage-children-safe_n_3262425.html?ncid=wsc-dl-cards-headline

Police in Trenton, New Jersey saved the lives of three hostages in a dramatic rescue.  They went into the property on a welfare check and smelled the odor of a decomposing body.  They confronted a man with a gun who had three hostages and said he had explosives.  They also rescued another man who was hiding in the basement.  After a three day standoff officers entered the location a second time and ended the standoff, but were forced to kill the hostage taker.

This incident is not about the gun. It's not about the possible bombs.  It's not about the children. It's not about mental illness.  It's about a career criminal who has been convicted of crimes his whole life and is still out running around loose instead of being in prison.  The suspect had convictions of assault, conspiracy, robbery, weapons violations and child endangerment.  This is why many states have a three strikes law.  To keep dangerous felons like this from being out on the streets.

Because of a lenient penal system, this criminal murdered two innocent people, and terrorized and abused three others.  He forced the police to have to kill him to save the life of the hostages.  He is exactly why every state should have a three strikes law, three felonies and you go to prison for life; that's what the SGT Says.




Thursday, May 16, 2013

Police Officer Memorial Day

This week has been Police Officers Memorial Day.  We flew our flags at half staff.  If we remember those who went before us, we can learn from them. Watch this video and learn from what you see:
Two patrol officers detained an intoxicated man. They placed him in the backseat cage of their patrol car. They either did not do a search or did a poor search. The man pulled a gun out of his waistband.  This agency has a camera mounted in the back of the car so that prisoners actions are monitored.

Perform a search for weapons and handcuff all arrested persons for your safety and for their safety; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Drug Raid Gone Bad

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/09/stunning-just-released-footage-of-wild-shootout-that-left-gunman-dead-and-a-police-officer-wounded-warning-graphic/

Officers arrived at a possible drug house to do a search of the property.  They see a subject walk to the property and down the driveway.  Three offices follow him.  They walk past a car that has a second suspect inside.  As two of the officers are distracted by suspect 1, suspect 2 exits the car.  The third officer sees suspect 2 with a gun and begins to draw down on him.  Suspect 2 begins firing and the officers all fire back in his direction.  One officer is hit and the suspect is shot to death.  The officers withdrew to an area across the street with suspect 1.

Doing a search of a drug property is usually not an urgent event.  Officers should have plenty of time to prepare, sometimes weeks, or days or at least hours.  Several things should be done.  Everyone involved should be wearing a police uniform.  You have time to put on a uniform, at the very least a raid jacket with badge, name and police on the front and POLICE on the back.  Everyone should wear body armor.  At least one officer, if not several, should have patrol rifles or shotguns.  Drug dealers often have lots of cash and guns to protect it.

Secure the scene.  You need an outer perimeter to stop traffic on the street in front and the street behind the property.  You need officers to secure the exterior of the property so you don't have to chase suspects.  You need to check every car within a reasonable distance of the house for people inside and certainly every car in the driveway.  All this before you knock on the door or contact anyone; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Basic Police Services

 
Memphis police are planning on what many agencies are considering.  Cutting back services.  This is a huge mistake in many ways and is unacceptable to me.  The first purpose of a municipal government is to provide police protection and fire protection to their residents.  They can provide a police department, contract with the county sheriff or other local law enforcement agency or employ private security guards, but it is a basic government service.
 
Failure to provide basic law enforcement response to any call for service will result in an increase in crime over time and will result in people dying because the nature of the call was not initially realized.  Sometimes a cold burglary will turn out to be a burglary in progress.  Sometimes a loud noise complaint will be an assault and battery or even a murder.
 
People pay enough taxes that they deserve proper police services.  If the city has to cut every department and only have a mayor, city council, fire and police department, then that's what they need to do to serve their citizens.  No other service matters if the city is too unsafe to enjoy the other services; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Old Armor

A friend of mine was telling me that a local police agency was deploying patrol officers with body armor with an average age of over ten years old.  Body armor is usually warranted for five years, the NIJ says it will last about ten years.  I thank any body armor is better than on body armor, but patrol officers should never have to wear armor older than six or seven years old and really should replace it every five years.  Detectives, and command staff who seldom go into the field might be able to get by with ten year old armor, but even that's not a best practice.
 
The sad thing about that is there is no reason for officers to wear old armor.
Get a federal grant for vests, they are often giving money away for that.  I am not a big fan of federal money, with federal money often comes federal control, but you have to keep your people safe.
Delay hiring one or two or ten officers and use the money saved for body armor.
Don't buy new patrol cars for a year and use the money for armor.
Give everyone a smaller raise and use the money for armor.
Go to the community and ask for donations for armor, city officials can be shamed into coming up with the money when police unions do this kind of tactic, because is a really small expense. $1,000 per officer for a piece of gear that will last five to ten years is nothing.
Implement a rotation program to buy 20% of the department a new vest every 5 years and start with taking the oldest vests out of service first.  Its the same thing you should be doing with your patrol car fleet, your guns and your computers; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Shootout in Middlefield

Graphic dash cam
Two officers stopped a man for failure to stop at an intersection. The driver exited his car with a rifle and a high capacity magazine and began shooting immediately. The male officer, driver, was shot in the knee, the female in the index finger and thigh. The officers returned fire and the suspect was killed. Consider the following points:
The officers stayed in their car for a long time once the suspect vehicle stopped.  The suspect exited his car for no apparent reason, always a potential danger sign.  Both officers stayed in the patrol car and returned fire with their handguns, they did not have time to deploy their rifle or shotgun (if any).

According to the video the suspect shouted "Kill me, kill me."
The suspect had hundreds of rounds loaded in magazines in his car and several books and magazines relating to criminal behavior.  The suspect was 42 years old, that seems rather old for someone to attack the police.  The car video certainly was an excellent tool to show what happened.  A bystander showed up, from behind the car, and said he has a pistol, apparently he wanted to help the police.  In less than three minutes from the time the officers begin the traffic stop until the suspect is dead.  These things happen very quickly; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ethics

http://wreg.com/2013/05/03/mpd-officer-indicted-on-rape-charges/

Police need to select only the most law abiding and most ethical people to join their ranks.  People who have a poor driving record, speeding, DUI, running red lights, are unsafe and don't care about the safety of others.  People who have a drug history are more likely to use drugs in the future than someone who makes it to adulthood and does not do drugs. 

People who have a poor credit history are more likely to be willing to take a bribe or to embezzle money.  Applicants who have a poor marriage history are more likely to cheat again, or to have difficulty to get along with others.

Police don't need to be paid sums of money to be good, if they are good people when they are hired.  Good training and good supervision are also essential.  Good training will help to educate officers to recognize unethical and immoral behavior.  Good supervisor will detect officers who are off track and can help them from going wrong; that's what the SGT Says.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Car Hopping

http://autos.aol.com/article/car-hopping-thefts/?ncid=webmail26

Car hopping is a new crime trend.  Crooks perform a car burglary not in just one car, but in a series of cars all located in the same general area.  In the past, a car burglar would hit one car, take the stereo or a purse off the seat and then run or drive away in their own car.

Now that cars are difficult to steal, many car burglars are turning to stealing parts off of cars and stuff from inside the car.  They take the air bag, the catalytic converter, and anything inside that is worth taking.  Many cars have cash, sunglasses and other small valuables inside.

If you observe or are called to an auto burglary, be sure to check the area both for more car burglaries but also for suspects.  Catalytic converters are often stolen from under the car, so check under the nearby vehicles for creepers and for possible suspects.  It's hard to explain why you are under someone elses car parked on the street at three in the morning; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Ammo Supply

There has been a lot in the press recently about massive purchases of ammo by the Federal Government.  So how much ammo should an agency have?
Lets say a police agency with 1,000 officers with pistols, patrol shotguns and patrol rifles and off duty guns.  How much ammo per officer is enough for a year of duty and practice?  How many years worth of ammo should the agency keep on hand?
I think a 1,000 rounds per officer, per year and a two year supply on hand is not unreasonable.  So an agency with 1,000 officers would have 2,000,000 rounds on hand; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mass Casualty Event

 
The terror attack in Boston tells us that terror attacks continue to happen in the United States.  While we have managed to stop a few, we have not stopped them all.  As line officers we need to be open to the possibility that such an attack, a bomb, a WMD, or a shooting can happen on our watch, in our beat.
 
Mass casualty incidents happen often and not just terrorism.  The fertilizer plant explosion in Waco, TX was just such an incident.  Several first responders were killed in that one.  So don't think that a major incident has to be terrorist related.  In Boston it was a worldwide event with massive security and it still resulted in 200 injuries.  In Waco it was just another day at work.
 
Do you carry first aid supplies in your gear bag?  Are you able to render first aid?  Can you communicate directly with your fire department?  Sometimes it can be helpful to monitor their channels so you know what they are up to in case it involves something important to you.  Be ready, it could be your turn next; that's what the SGT Says.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wrong House

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95475&page=1&fb_source=message#.UX6EsaKOSrb

Officers perform a drug raid and are confronted by a man with a gun.  They shot and killed the man and arrested a woman.  They were at the wrong house and the two were innocent, thinking they were victims of a home invasion the man grabbed his gun.  The police admitted they were at the wrong house and two officers are on administrative leave.

The single most important thing about a raid is to be sure you are at the right location.  If you are doing a drug raid then you might want to consider a controlled buy at the home.  You might stake out the location for a while to see if the people who come and go are the right ones.  Have a helicopter overfly the location and take photos.  Talk to neighbors, the mailman, the kids in the neighborhood.  Check tax and utility records to see if the names match up.  Hitting the wrong house is bad for many reasons.  It lowers confidence in the police, it is a huge liability, and it allows the bad guys to escape.

Police on a raid need to look like police.  I am not a fan of green or black police uniforms.  Police should wear blue or tan.  If they wear blue they can wear dark blue so it is subdued.  They need to wear badges and the word POLICE in big letters on their back.  People should know at first glance that you are not military, not a gang, but are police officers; that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Butt Dialing

http://www.policeone.com/bizarre/articles/6206576-Police-find-missing-iPhone-ringing-from-prisoners-rectum/?source=newsletter&nlid=6206867

A man had his iPhone stolen.  He went to the police department and dialed the number and they heard it ringing from inside the rectum of a suspect in custody.  This shows how far some criminals will go to conceal things from the police.  First, it's evidence in a crime so the suspect wants to keep it away from the police.

Cell phones are highly prized contraband in jail.  Criminals like to make calls that are not monitored by police.  So they smuggle in cell phones.  That way they can continue their criminal enterprises, arrange to have witnesses intimidated and carry on business as usual.

There are also small firearms that can be smuggled that way too.  They sometimes end up in the jail sewer system, clogging up a toilet as the criminal realizes he does not want to get caught with it.  That is also a good place for criminals to smuggle drugs.  Not exactly your average pharmacy but it can hold enough drugs to gain some favors for the criminal.  Do a good search on your suspects.  Make sure the jailer does an even better one; that's what the SGT Says.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Medical Aid Arrest

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20130426/ARTICLES/130429692/1139?Title=Police-Would-be-squirrel-killer-injured-after-taping-bullet-to-BB-gun

A man wanted to eat a squirrel for dinner.  So he strapped a bullet to a bb gun so that the bb would fire and strike the bullet, like a firing pin.  Not bad logic so far (apart from wanting to eat squirrel) but he forgot the whole bullets go into a chamber for a reason.  The chamber keeps the shell casing from flying apart and the barrel directs the burning gunpowder in the direction you want it to go.

The bullet flew apart and injured him.  Despite some home first aid, he still needed medical help.  Since there was a bullet involved the police were called.  After determining the subject was a convicted felon he was arrested for discharging a firearm and possession of ammunition. 

My training officer used to tell me to check everyone you contact for warrants and to see if they are wanted or on parole or probation.  Every driver, suspect, victim, friend, witness.  I don't do it every time, but I do think it is a good idea.  You never know when you will find some murderer from 30 years ago who is still on the run, or a salesman that never paid his last ticket.  It often allows you to solve problems by taking people to jail; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Leather Sale

25% Off
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Recently I purchased a custom duty holster from Black Hills Leather.  It was awesome.  As a result, I am a big supporter of their products.  They are running a sale and I wanted you all to know about it.  I am not getting anything from them for this, they don't even know I am forwarding this message.
 
I just think we need to buy American made police equipment and this is a great company doing business in America.  I hope you will be as happy as I was.  I got a black basket weave leather Border Patrol style holster for my S&W 626 .45 ACP revolver from them.  It was a custom job because they don't stock that style for that particular gun.  It fit perfectly.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Reload

Can you reach your pistol ammo pouches in every position?  Can you get your magazines out when standing, with your left and right hands?  Can you get to your magazines when seated in a chair, a restaurant booth or in the front seat of your car?  Can you reload without looking at your magazine pouch, your magazine, your handgun?

We never know when we may be attacked or need to reload our weapons.  A shooting can happen at any time.  Officers are attacked at lunch, in the patrol car and even in the station.  You need to be able to get to your ammo from any position.

Can you get to your magazines when laying down on the ground?  Can you reach your magazines with both hands?  If you are wounded you might need to reload one handed.  Can you do that?  When was the last time you practiced those skills?  Skills that you don't practice you lose over time; that's what the SGT Says.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Prayer

http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bcp/1928/MP.htm

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer has this "A Prayer for The President of the United States, and all in Civil Authority."

"O LORD our Governor, whose glory is in all the world; We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in thy peace. Grant to THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and to all in Authority, wisdom and strength to know and to do thy will. Fill them with the love of truth and righteousness; and make them ever mindful of their calling to serve this people in thy fear; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen."

Do you pray for your city council, your chief of police, your field supervisor?  Do you pray for the criminals and the gangsters in your town?  Jesus told us to pray for our enemies and for those who dispitfully use you.  Prayer is a powerful tool.  It can not only change those we pray for, it can also change us; that's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Five Years

Five years and 1,800+ posts ago I started SGT Says blog on pubic and private law enforcement.  My intent was to provide police and security guards with a daily source for training and information that can be used for roll call, and for new officers.  It's also an opportunity for experienced officers to get reminded of some of the dangers they face everyday.

I hope that some of what I have written has been of use to you in the field and that perhaps it has helped to keep some of you safe.  Law enforcement is inherently dangerous, but with careful application of good training the danger can be minimized.

God bless you all.  Thank you for reading.  Be careful and effective in your work.  Watch out for each other, particularly the new guys.  I hope you keep reading.  If the information is important to you, then tell your friends; that's what the SGT Says.