Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Safe Driving


45 officers have been killed this year in traffic collisions.  In just two days, three officers were killed in single vehicle traffic collisions.  In all three instances, these officers were responding to an emergency call.

What happens if there is a major call and you are involved in a significant, even fatal, traffic collision?  Your ability to respond is removed and you become a second major incident.  That means additional officers now have to respond to your circumstance, further endangering those on the original call.

When responding to calls, wear your seatbelt.  Don't drive faster than it is safe to drive for conditions.  Even if the call you are responding to is critical, your safety is still important.  If you are several miles away a few extra seconds you gain by driving at an unsafe speed are not worth the danger.  If you crash, you fail to help your partner, that's what the SGT Says.

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.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Titus ii. 11.

THE grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

That's what the SGT Says.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I write three blogs.  One on toy soldiers and one on politics and current events, and of course, this one on law enforcement.  They each are published officially at 9:11 a.m. Pacific Time.  I commemorate the 9/11 attacks in this small way.

Ask the younger officers with your agency where they were on 9/11 and see if they even remember it at all.  That was over 15 years ago.  Some of your new guys might only have been five or six years old then.

Still, it changed police work in the USA for a long time.  We now have to worry about response to terrorism, something often common in other countries, but new here.  Still, think about the basics, wear your vest, wear your seat belt, drive carefully.  All of these are just as important in the response to terrorism as they are in response to daily crime; that's what the SGT Says.