Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Missing Gun

A Orange County Sheriffs Deputy put his patrol rifle on the trunk of his patrol car.  He then drove away with it there and it got lost when it fell off the trunk.  Deputies and dogs are looking for it now hours after it happened.

Who knows who may have found it or where it may turn up.  Some kid, some gangster, some terrorist, or some solid citizen who will turn it in.  Maybe it is lost in the weeds and will never be found.

Almost every cop will put his posse box, ticket book, or other gear on the car and lose it at some point in his career.  I make it a point to never put down the shotgun, or the patrol rifle except in the rack in the car or in the rack in the armory.  They are too easy to lose, that's what the SGT Says.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Spike Strips

Spike strips are of very limited value.  They are good in theory, but in practice they often don't work.  Takes too long to deploy. You have to be in front of the suspect vehicle. Nothing to protect the officer from being run over. 

The spikes only cover one lane. Try it on the freeway in LA. Too dangerous, too limited in use. Spike strips also don't always work, even when the car drives over it.  Blowing out the tires can also cause the suspect to continue on the rims, rather than stop.

We need a way to kill a car engine from patrol car that is behind the suspect vehicle. Sort of a car Taser.  A device that would overload and stop the vehicles electric system would be a great tool.  The car engine would simply stop running.  The suspect would not lose control, and could not continue; that's what the SGT Says.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stop Resisting

The guard was useless. The officer watching the other two suspects was of limited value. The man with the shopping bag needed to go to jail for interfering with the arrest when he grabbed one of the officers on the ground. 

 The suspect on the ground needed to submit to the arrest as required by law.  Many states need to strengthen their laws concerning both resisting arrest and interfering with an officer in the performance of their duty.

Too many people fail to provide their driver license or submit immediately to arrest when told to do so by the police.  These incidents then escalate and sometimes the suspect even ends up dead.  There is no reason for this type of behavior on the part of the suspects; that's what the SGT Says.