American COP Magazine Sept. 2013


American COP Magazine Sept. 2013
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From The Chief:
High Tech:
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Aimpoint 3X
Gen2 M4
Stock Kit
Aimpoint Micro
T-1 Optic
Rear Sight
Vertical Grip
MOE Trigger
Vltor EMOD Enhanced
Modstock Kit $187.10
Comp Mod 1 $94.95
Magpul Low Profile
Rail Covers $11.35
SSA Trigger
Tactical Handguards
YHM Carbine Free Float
Handguard $99.95
EOTech 512 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $425.00
EOTech 516 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499.00
EOTech 552 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529.00
EOTech 553 SOCOM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699.00
EOTech 556 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $589.00
Aimpoint ML2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $464.00
Aimpoint M2 - NVD Compatible . . . . . . . . . . . $517.00
Aimpoint ML3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $542.00
Aimpoint M3 - NVD Compatible . . . . . . . . . . . $604.00
Aimpoint M4 - NVD Compatible . . . . . . . . . . . $813.00
Stag Arms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $525.00
Stag Arms 6.8 SPC with BCG. . . . . . . . . . . . . $525.00
BCM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting at $535.00
LMT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $485.00
Tactical Slings
MI Sling Mounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starting at $29.95
Specter MOUT One Point Sling . . . . . . . . . . . . $24.50
CQD Tactical Sling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $39.95
Troy Industries One Point Sling . . . . . . . . . . . $39.00
BlueForce Victory Two Point Sling . . . . . . . . . $40.00
Viking Tactics VTAC Two Point Sling . . . . . . . $40.95
Iron Sights
Vertical Grips
Composite Vertical Grip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
TangoDown Short Vertical Grip . . . . . . . . . . . . $61.20
TangoDown MK46 Vertical Grip. . . . . . . . . . . . $67.25
CQD Vertical Grip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $89.00
Geissele AR15 SSA Trigger, small pin . . . . . $210.00
Centurion Arms C4
Free Float Rail $218.00
M4 Upper Receiver Groups
Midwest Industries ERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $93.95
Midwest Folding Front Sight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $79.95
Troy Industries Battle Sight Rear . . . . . . . . . $119.00
Troy Industries Battle Sight Front . . . . . . . . . . $99.00
LMT Tactical Rear Sight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $119.00
VLTOR Sight Tower. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $213.75
Mount $179.95
BCM A2X Extended
Flash Hider $34.95
X300 WeaponLight
YHM Free Float Handguard - Carbine . . . . . . . $99.95
YHM Two Piece Handguard - Carbine . . . . . . $119.95
MI #17 Gen2 - Carbine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $124.95
MI #20 Gen2 Free Float - CAR . . . . . . . . . . . . $149.95
Troy Industries DI 7 Handguard. . . . . . . . . . . $149.00
Troy Industries TRX Handguard . Starting at $175.00
Daniel Defense Handguards . . . . Starting at $246.00
VLTOR CASV-EL Carbine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $227.95
VLTOR VIS Carbine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $569.95
Tactical Rail Covers
30 Round Teflon Finish GI Magazine
Magpul Gen 3 Enhanced Follower. . . . . . . . . . . $1.29
Magpul 5.56, 3 Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9.45
Magpul Ranger Plates, 3 Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . $14.20
Magpul 30 Round PMAG
Magpul 30 Round PMAG with Window
Magpul XT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $11.35
TangoDown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15.97
TangoDown with Pocket. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $26.95
10-8 Performance Magazine Catch . . . . . . . . . $34.05
10-8 Performance Tan Canvas Micarta Grip. . $49.95
ADM Recon-X Mount $189.95
SCAR Panel $13.70
Midwest Industries Gen2
#17 Handguards $124.95
Sling Mount
Magpul MOE
Pistol Grip
EOTech 512
EOTech 3X
Troy Industries
Front Sight $99.00
1911 Parts
B5 Systems
Enhanced SOPMOD
Troy Industries
Rear Sight $119.00
SureFire M300A
Mini Scout
VTAC Two Point
Tactical Sling
Troy Industries TRX
Std 11 Handguard
Magpul XT
Rail Covers
Magpul PMag
30 Round
Magpul Ranger Plate
3-Pack $14.20
Sling Mount
Grip Mod 1
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Volume 9, Number 9, Issue 57
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Patrol gear you should have for any situation.
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there are no Warrant Officers. When
you are selected for the program you
go straight to CWO-2 (Navy) and CW2
(Army). Pay grades are W-2 through
W-5. Most everyone refers to the whole
bunch as Warrant Officers even though
they technically don’t exist anymore.
Enjoy all your writings.
Seabie P. Rucker
CWO-3 USN (Ret.)
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Supporting The
You did a great job standing on the
right side of our Constitution (the law
of the land) in the July COP mag.
Keep up the good work.
[email protected]
Via email
And …
The Supreme Court of the United
States has declared the right to keep
and bear arms an individual right,
without regard to any membership
in any militia, and has extended that
ruling to several states — of which
many are totally ignoring those decisions. As a right it should not be
removed without due process of law, as
does apply to contested court findings
of guilt, as to a felony, or that of a citizen being declared “dangerously mentally ill.” New York and other states
are ignoring, as you pointed out, that
ancient legal requirement. When push
comes to shove, we should remember
President Thomas Jefferson prescribed
a solution for such tyranny.
James Pawlak
Via email
Cops Exempted?
I think Clint Smith’s (Reality Check
II, “Decisions?”) and your own article
(Vantage Point, “Very Personal” July
2013) should be shared far and wide.
My own wife thinks her status as a
law enforcement officer will somehow
exempt her from such consequences.
If our 2nd Amendment rights are
further infringed “by the scribble of a
pen,” as Clint puts it, we can always
fall back on the 5th Amendment. The
Supreme Court decision in Haynes v.
United States (1968) says once we are
declared as criminals, we have no obligation to register any weapons, as such
registration would be self-incrimination.
Daniel Branscome
Via email
Stand Your Ground
Jerry, excellent article (From The
Chief, “Loss Of Public Favor?” July
2013), and a ballsy one at that. Keep
them coming.
Walt Magnuson
Via email
Revolver Romance
I definitely related to Mike Thomas’s article (“Legacy: When Cops Carried Revolvers,” July 2013). When I
was a rookie in 1972 I hit the field with
my S&W 4" Model 19, Border Patrol
holster and ammo dump pouches. I
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soon added speed strips because I got
tired of the veteran officers unsnapping my dump pouches so they could
watch me pick up my ammo off the
ground. Sometime in the 1980s my
department decided to allow officers
to carry semi-automatics. But first we
had to go through 24 hours of transitional training. The first 8 hours of the
training dealt with malfunction drills.
I carried that same
Model 19, Border
Patrol holster and
dump pouches with
speed strips until my
last shift — in 1996.
After I completed the training I put
my auto back in its box and continued
to carry my revolver. When the lieutenant running the transitional training
saw I was still carrying my revolver
he asked me why I hadn’t switched. I
told him my revolver was like a Timex
watch — it takes a licking and keeps on
ticking. I know when I pull the trigger
six times, six rounds were going to
come out and I didn’t have to worry
about malfunctions. The lieutenant
wasn’t a happy man.
I carried that same Model 19,
Border Patrol holster and dump
pouches with speed strips until my
last shift — in 1996. Sometimes the
mantra, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”
really is the best way to go.
Michael J. Ryerson
Via email
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As many of my friends and coworkers, including my wife, will tell
you, there’s nothing I love more than
when an issue of American COP has
an article about revolvers. With my
20th anniversary as an LEO merely
days away I’m reminded of the time
when I carried a wheel gun. I attended
a county-run academy, which certified
officers who were going to work for
boroughs, townships and municipalities, as well as the county police. Only
officers who were required to carry a
semi-automatic pistol by their department (approximately 6 of the 40 cadets
in my class) were qualified with them.
The rest of us were trained and quali-
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fied with a revolver, loaded with .38
roundnose regardless of whether you
were carrying a .38 or a .357 Magnum.
I never loaded my S&W Model 19 with
.357 Magnum (which I had to purchase
myself) until my first day of on-the-job
The transition to pistols was slow,
with little consistency. Most of us eventually moved to 9mm pistols — purely
to increase capacity — as the .40 S&W
was making very slow inroads into LE
use at the time. Although I can count
the number of officers on one hand I
know who still carry a revolver, they
still have a certain appeal and practicality. Many young officers only shoot
when annual qualifications come around
and have great difficulty clearing
malfunctions. A friend, who’s a local
chief, and I often talk about how much
easier it would be if we went back to
revolvers. You only needed to know
which direction the cylinder rotated and
whether the cylinder release was push
or pull. Thankfully, the manufacturers
made it easy to figure out based on the
marks on the cylinder and the design of
the cylinder release. If things were only
still that simple. To be young again!
I still carry a 5-shot .357 Magnum as
my primary backup, in part because of
its simple effectiveness and to remind
me of where I came from. As far as my
original Model 19, it remains loaded
and ready for those times when I want
to roll old-school when off-duty.
Finally, if anyone’s having trouble
absorbing Clint Smith’s article “Decisions?” ask yourself this: If the federal
government is really so worried about
saving lives, why don’t they outlaw
motor vehicles instead of firearms?!
Driving is a privilege, not a right (see
Amendments I-X of the US Constitution). DUI-related deaths markedly outnumber gun-related deaths every year,
but nobody claims cars are the root
cause of this far more pervasive evil.
The truth is, the federal government
doesn’t care where or how you drive,
as long as you can’t thwart their armed
implementation of a socialist regime in
the process.
Richard “Patch” Adams
Via email
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That’s Roy in the middle with buddies, graduation day from the academy in San Diego, 1978. He
went on patrol with a straight baton, a 6-shot revolver and no portable radio. Limited technology
forced him to learn solid street skills that paid dividends later.
e’ve talked about the loss of what
we call institutional knowledge —
that deep-rooted, core cop sense,
and skills the “old timers” often
have. When they retire, that knowledge is gone forever unless they’ve
taught it to the younger cops. And what
I’m finding out is many of the younger
generations aren’t really interested in
learning how to do it the old-school
way. We now have, literally, a few generations of cops who’ve grown up with
the digital age and haven’t been trained
by guys who used to hit the streets with
a straight stick, a revolver and no portable radio, much less a computer in
their beat car. Others who also grew up
in the digital age have trained today’s
street cops, and the old-timers didn’t
train them either; it goes back 15 or
even 20 years now. But, do today’s
cops really need to know how to do
police work using old methods?
Yes, as a matter of fact, they do. And
here’s why.
It’s about basics. Advanced skills are
simply basics applied in new or innovative ways. If you don’t have basics,
then the “advanced” stuff you’re doing
is often just a smoke and mirror setup,
and you might be fooling yourself and
setting yourself up for failure. As long
as the electrons flow, you’re fine. But
when the switch is turned off (laptop
crashes, systems go down, batteries
die, the tornado hits and destroys cell
and radio service…) many cops today
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would scramble to find their feet. Let’s
take it to the most basic.
You’re talking to a potential suspect.
You run him and find he has a warrant,
so you arrest and book him. Now, same
situation but no warrant system. Do
you have the skills to find out who this
moron might be, and what he’s doing
on your beat? Do you have the street
skills and cop sense to talk it out of
him? To badger, cajole, trick, twist and
otherwise beat him at his own game?
Could you figure out he’s a crook, and
why and what he’s up to, in spite of the
system being down? Generations of
cops before you could — and did.
It’s fine to use modern conveniences to enhance and expand your
own knowledge of something. Are you
suspicious of someone or something?
Great, now double-check using your
resources. If they don’t agree with your
suspicions, but you’re still convinced,
that’s fine. Dig deeper. Get a backhoe
if you need to, but don’t let the bad guy
go until you — personally — based on
your own Spidey sense, are comfortable with the fact it’s safe to let him go.
If you don’t have the street sense
you wish you did, find some old cop,
even a retired one — and get some.
Trust me, they love to help. It’s honestly amazing what you can learn from
some of them. And they did it using
pay phones, a pencil, note pad, no air
conditioning and a revolver
on their hip. Imagine that.
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Want an inexpensive laser that will
jump from Glock to Glock, requires no
alteration and is compatible with the
majority of holsters? I got to play with
the CAT Laser OS Magnetic Detachable
Laser Sight from ATI, and it’s surprisingly solid and capable.
The short polymer body simply pushes down over your stock rear sight
and engages the slide serrations for a precision fit bolstered by a powerful
rare earth magnet. A stout pull straight up removes it. It won’t shoot loose or
be dislodged by random impacts.
It contains a red laser (on/off switch just below the rear sight) and a
set of well-defined conventional sights. Although the sight radius is really
short, at 7 and 10 yards the irons were quick and accurate, and the laser was
right on. Independent elevation and windage adjustments for both, once set,
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Auto-closing, auto-locking security doors once found only in some industrial buildings and hospitals, now are everywhere. And how many times have
you really needed to keep one open — and couldn’t? One veteran patrol
sergeant got tired of trying to wedge them open with folded matchbooks,
ballpoint pens and garbage cans that skittered away, and Notable Concepts
developed CHOCK-IT. This oddly shaped 1-ounce piece of tough, mediumhard rubber is designed to slip over a security door’s hinges or hang in its
strike-plate, or wedge under the bottom edge of the door, and it works great!
It also works fine on regular interior and exterior doors.
He designed it to be
carried easily in a pocket.
It’s 2x4x.5", so it’s an easy fit. If
you work in an urban, built-up area,
carrying one on you makes good sense. If
not, keep a set handy in your cruiser. A
2-pack lists for $12.
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Fenix has put the TK22 into a complete kit
for both stand-alone duty and as a versatile
weapon-mounted light. It features a tailcap
switch for momentary and constant-on and a
collar-mounted button that runs you through
light levels of 7, 75, 240 and 650 lumens.
Its Cree XM-L U2 LED and the new “loss-less”
orange-peel reflector produce a terrific balanced beam. Waterproofed and hard anodized, it’s a tough, precision-built
unit and “dual-fuel” — running on either two 123A lithium batteries or a
single rechargeable 18650 Li-ion.
The kit includes the light, a 2-battery AC charger, a DC auto adaptor, a
weapon-mount, a corded tailcap switch with remote pressure pad, two Li-ion
batteries (most makers only supply one), lanyard, pocket clip, spare O-ring
and replacement tailcap cover, plus two belt pouches, all in a plastic hard case.
List price is $245.
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When I saw the press release for LimbSaver’s new SW
Tactical Sling I immediately called for a sample. If you don’t
know LimbSaver and their parent company, Sims Vibration
Laboratories, they’re masters of recoil, vibration, noise and
load control, with products for firearms, archery and industrial applications.
The goal was to produce a lightweight single or 2-point
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How Much Is
Too Much?
When you see this during a traffic stop, what do you do? The
results of your decision — and your actions — may have a longterm, significant impact on your career and your personal life.
ost of us have been pushing our beat car around town
when some yahoo screams by at the speed of heat.
You feel the familiar adrenaline rush, hit the lights
and you’re off to the races. You stop the car, schlep up to
the offending vehicle and are met with a piece of tin looking
eerily similar to the one on your chest.
You just stopped a fellow cop/firefighter/EMSer.
If you’re anything like me you get that “Dammit, dude!
You’re mucking up my chi!” feeling. You may grumble and
grouse, but eventually, you tell the offending brother-in-arms
to “knock that silly crap off” and you get back in your patrol
car and await the next violator.
Let’s up the ante. It’s not merely an infraction, but a collision. It’s not simply a fellow cop, but the chief or the mayor.
And worse? They’re at fault. Now what? Do they get a pass
because of their position?
I’m not one to play the political game. While that may
be why I’m still wearing motor boots after 14 years, I find it
interesting how quickly the powers-that-be drop the “we’re
held to a higher standard” line when their officers perhaps
utter one of George Carlin’s Seven Words in front of a citizen
(Google it, I’ll wait ...). However, there seems to be quite
the proclivity for that particular tune to change if those same
powers land themselves in a jackpot.
Deeper Poo
ow matters get worse. The crash is alcohol-related (cue dramatic music). Do
we break out the big-ass push broom and football stadium-sized carpet and
get to sweeping? What are you risking if you do? What happens if our good
friends in the media get wind of the incident? Think they’ll understand the command-level officer at fault in a DUI crash being dusted off and sent home? Don’t
think that won’t land you in your own brand of hell? Just how dark and smelly is
it where you’ve buried your head?
If we are indeed all held to that “higher standard,” then it should cross all
lines and know no boundaries. What’s good for the goose is most assuredly good for the gander. Remember the days when line officers would
follow their superiors to hell and back because those superiors represented
something? Remember when they led by example instead of entitlement?
Make A Decision
omething else to consider: you may very well be saving
their lives if you hook them for deuce. A number of
years ago, I made a decision I will never make again.
It was late at night and I was working graveyard. I passed
by a lonely street and saw a car running, sitting still in the
roadway, with its lights on. I drove on. I returned 20 minutes
later and the car was still there. The lights were still on. It
hadn’t moved.
With Spidey senses all a-tingle, I pulled in behind the car.
The driver was passed out cold. Waves of the scent of alcoholic beverages cascaded from the slightly open window.
The car was in drive, but the driver’s foot was on the brake.
I roused the driver. Turns out he was a cop from a neighboring jurisdiction. He was nowhere near where he thought
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he was. He was also armed. He was a salty dog and had
been on the job for nearly the better part of my entire time
on Earth. Against my better judgment, I called him a cab and
told him to pick up the car the next day. He was all kinds of
I drove by 30 minutes later and the car was gone.
Do I know for certain he came to get it and risked killing
someone? No. Do I strongly suspect it? Absolutely. I risked
my job, my house and possibly my family because he was
a fellow cop. How could I have lived with myself if he’d
crashed and killed himself or, worse yet, an innocent citizen,
because I had let him go?
I can’t answer for you what you should do. You’re an
adult. Make a decision. What would I do now given the same
set of circumstances? Hey, we’re in the accountability game.
If you can’t take responsibility for your actions,
perhaps you’re in the wrong vocation.
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The Chameleon
The Chameleon Sensor Tray holds up to ten sensor
cassettes. It attaches to an armband and can be worn
over a HazMat suit, uniform or even SWAT gear.
he last few decades have brought about a demand for
more and more chemicals; along with that demand is
the necessity to protect our first responders. Who’s
the first to respond to the scene of a traffic accident,
train derailment, factory explosion or even some crazy dude
holding a bucket of who-knows-what? Right, it’s us.
The 2007 Commodity Flow Survey released in 2010
by the US Department of Transportation estimated 2.2 billion tons of hazardous materials are carried by all modes of
transportation throughout the US. That represents 1.5 trillion
dollars of product. More than half of the hazardous material
tonnage (54 percent) is moved via trucks over our highways.
The next greatest amount, 28.5 percent, is carried by pipeline.
Chances are if you’re on the road, you’ll run into this stuff at
some point.
Today, when conducting an illegal drug lab investigation
or raid, there’s as equal a threat level from that environment
as from the near toothless and organically psychotic tweaker
cooking the stuff. Now we need to protect ourselves and our
partners not only from the druggies engaging in a firefight,
but also from mechanical booby traps, IEDs and the chemicals used to create the poison.
Proactively Mitigate Danger
It’s what we do — if we know about it. Some of the most
dangerous threats, like toxic airborne chemicals, are often
unseen. We tend to look for the bad guy. If you’re investigating a potential chemical suicide, responding to an overturned tractor-trailer on the interstate or raiding a meth lab,
safe breathing is paramount to all involved.
The Chameleon from Morphix Technologies was
designed for just this kind of threat. The traditional electronic
chemical detection devices used by the military and handed
down to law enforcement require a lot of training and regular
maintenance; these devices can be a budget-buster for most
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jurisdictions. The Chameleon is more convenient, easy to use
and the cost is manageable.
The Chameleon is a wearable, configurable sensor
designed for an easy fit on your forearm. It’s worn over
your uniform, tactical gear or level-A suit. The sensor tray
attaches to the armband with hook and loop material. There
are ten plastic housings for the sensor cassettes, and you can
load up all ten housings with different sensor cassettes or
just one or two depending on the threat. Chameleon’s colorchange alert system is simple: one color on a sensor cassette
indicates the absence of toxic gas, but when two colors
appear in the Chameleon’s cassette window, it’s time to do
something — like get the hell out of there.
The sensors change color when toxic gases are present,
and require no power source or calibration. The system is
designed to military standards for use in a wide variety of
operating environments. It can be used in desert heat, arctic
cold or tropical conditions. It can even be immersed in water.
Just shake the water out of the sensor cassette window and
continue your mission.
The Chameleon detects gases and vapors in the air where
other technologies only detect hazards in liquid or aerosol
form. Gaseous forms of toxic chemicals are your most likely
danger source. And, the sensor cassettes activate at 50 percent of what would become a dangerous dose.
Prepared Kits
You don’t need to be a chemical engineer to figure out
which cassettes to use for given situations. Morphix offers
kits for a variety of situations. Each kit includes a 14" and an
18" armband and the appropriate chemical detection cassettes
for certain situations.
The Chameleon HazMat Detection Kit can be used in
a wide variety of HazMat incidents — anything from a
chemical spill, industrial accident or train derailment, to
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The Morphix kits are easy to use, and can make your life easier. You don’t need a chemical engineering degree to decide which cassette you need to place in the sensor tray, how to operate things or
how to read it. They’re cop-proof at every level!
a chemical suicide, possible terrorist attack or
just an unknown
substance along
the road. It contains cassettes for
Chlorine/Fluorine, Hydrogen
Fluoride, high
pH, Hydrazine,
Hydrogen Sulfide,
Iodine, low pH,
Phosgene, Phosphine and Sulfur
The arson kit contains cassettes for Ammonia, Hydrogen
Cyanide, Hydrogen Fluoride, Hydrogen Sulfide, Nitrogen
Dioxide, low pH, Phosgene and Sulfur Dioxide. The clandestine meth lab kit detects Ammonia, Hydrogen Sulfide,
Iodine, low pH and Phosphine.
Chemical suicides were first documented in Japan in
2008, where they’re known as detergent suicide. In 2008 a
chemical suicide by a young girl sickened over 90 people —
many were the first responders. Everyday household cleaning
chemicals are mixed in an enclosed space like a laundry
room, closet or inside a closed car, causing poisonous and
lethal gas to be released. Since then, over 2,000 cases have
occurred in Japan, and it’s become a very popular means to a
permanent end.
So, you’re not patrolling the mean streets of Kobe or
Yokohama, why worry? It’s happening here now — that’s
why. Over 72 cases in the last 3 years have been documented
in the US — 36 in 2010 and 27 between January and June
2011, according to the most recent reports.
Morphix, in response to this growing threat, has developed a chemical suicide kit. It contains sensor cassettes that
detect high pH, Hydrogen Sulfide, low pH, Phosphine and
Sulfur Dioxide.
Normal Patrol = Oxymoron
The only thing certain about patrol is it’s never normal.
You can go from sitting in the patrol car swilling coffee to
driving 100 mph faster than you can say, “What the %$&*
was that?” There are so many variables to encounter, the
term “a standard patrol shift” means be ready for absolutely
anything — from taking a burglary report to responding to an
asteroid strike. The threat of encountering Methyl-Ethyl-BadStuff, commonly known as HazMat materials, is very real and
an everyday occurrence.
We can’t go about our “normal patrol” duties wearing a
HazMat suit for protection. But we can use technology to
give us a little bit more of an edge — and to make sure we
come home after shift not glowing in the dark.
Unless you already do, that is.
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The RID3 lights are a 3-light
set. Made for deploying down a
hallway, etc., they right themselves
automatically to illuminate an area.
y our own data, much of our
contact with people is in low,
altered or failing light. There’s
no question: things like proper sight
pictures are under stress while being
applied in the dark. Even if we add laser
sighting assistance tools to our weapon
platforms, the laser systems are still only
as good as the trigger press behind the
gun. Shooting in the dark takes practice
— and light.
In our everyday lives, people use a
light source to see in low or no light
conditions. In reality you should turn
the light on to fight. If you go into a dark
building looking for a bad guy, what do
you think is going to happen when the
light comes on? The point of the exercise is to find the threat. If you turn the
light on and shine it into a dark room,
you have a 50/50 chance of finding the
bad guy. The light comes on to find,
fight or get compliance. The light identifies the threat,
then properly placed sights and a good trigger press
place hits on the target — if necessary.
Most lights have two forms, a spot aligned with
the muzzle, and the circle of light usually extending
from floor-to-ceiling. Keeping the spot of light on the
threat area, the eyes of the shooter should be scanning
the peripheral area of the larger circle for anything
out of place. My goal is to make visual contact with
the threat with the circle of light. That means the spot
would probably be in the area of the suspect’s feet as
I searched and found him. If the threat fails to comply
after verbal contact, or is threatening in nature, I would
raise the spot, placing the muzzle to the center of the
available target and then gain compliance by gunfire —
or surrender — however it goes.
Clint likes this “family”
of lights from BriteStrike. The main personal light in the center,
the Basic Tactical Light,
might be considered the
backbone, and the EPLI
penlight and RID3 rolling
lights are options to be
used as needed.
Then Now
n the old days, the police flashlight was a dismal failure.
The early aluminum-bodied lights were the first good
lights … sort of (at least better than the consumer hardware store brands we used to use). In reality, the new lights
then were nothing more than an aluminum club with a light
bulb in the end of it. A lot of people got whacked with them,
and they were usually better clubs than they were flashlights.
Today, illumination sources should be treated like guns.
They are amazingly powerful, reliable and versatile. And
because of that, we’ve come to really rely on them. But like
anything mechanical, they can break when needed most.
Remember the old “one is none and two is
one” mantra and apply it to your personal light needs.
I really don’t think the dark is a
cool place to fight. I like to properly
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identify stuff. So I like flashlights, and the results — light. In
particular, lately I’ve been using some lights from a smallish
company called Brite-Strike.
Brite-Strike’s EPLI (Executive Precision Lighting Instrument) is a favorite of
Clint’s. At 220 lumens on high using two AAA batteries, it’s a big
bang for the buck. He recommends you have several.
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rite-Strike’s RID3 (Rolling Illuminated Distraction and Disorientation Device) serves two purposes.
They may distract people, but they also
put modest light into darkened areas;
simply roll or lob the 1.5" balls into the
area to be cleared. The design makes
them “stand up” on hard surfaces, but
on carpet they may not stand up directly.
They’re carried in a small pouch that
holds three of the RIDs. Push a small
button on the ball to activate the light
before you deploy it. It’s powered by
two CR-2032 Lithium batteries, and the
runtime is declared to be about 20 hours.
Handheld lights are good tools and
should supplement weapon-mounted
light systems. The Brite-Strike Basic
Tactical Light is 5" long and the body
size reflects the use of the CR-123A batteries it uses. The light projects about
280 lumens, with a runtime of 3 hours
on maximum power. I like the fact it has
a “click” on/off push-button if you need
it to stay on. The end cap has impact
ridges, but does not impede access
to the on/off button. The fluted
front cap means the light doesn’t
roll easily if grounded, which can
be a real pain as you chase it off the
hood of your car.
Of all the lights I looked at,
the EPLI (Executive Precision
Lighting Instrument) is the one I
admired the most. The small pensize light projects 220 lumens on
high and 110 on low, all done with
just two AAA batteries! It has a
strobe I could do without, but the
small size and brightness overrides
the strobe’s silliness. Runtime is
90 minutes, even with the AAA
power, and if your search isn’t over
by then it’s time to move on. Its
biggest asset is its size. I cleared the
tactical house here without wishing
for another light. For me I’d just carry
two or three of the things. If I lost power
or had a partner who showed up to work
without a light I could share. The solid
click switch is a good thing. Simply put,
it works, it’s small and it’s affordable, at
around $50 or so if you shop around.
Be smart. Get a good light, and
then get another one. Cheap insurance
against those bogeymen
in the dark, eh?
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Holsterlight’s aluminum construction and easy
mounting system assures you a secure place to
keep your full-sized duty flashlight when on
bike patrol.
oday’s patrol vehicle is the epitome of visibility — and patrol bicycles
are the anti-cruiser. They’re quiet, unassuming and an excellent tool for
sneaking up on people. But using patrol bicycles at night adds a new
level of difficulty to the already daunting task of operating in an open environment.
The repetitive movements of riding a bicycle on patrol often leads to
equipment shaking loose from the duty belt. It doesn’t take long to realize our
duty belts aren’t the best place to store larger equipment. This begs the question about where to store a full-sized flashlight. And what do you do about the
need for a bike-mounted lighting system so you can see the road?
bered — 350, 500 and 650
NiteRider’s Lumina system offers a simple, single light system
Most officers use the
— for their lumen output.
for your patrol bike with up to 650 lumens of power. It’s easily
Streamlight SL-20, Pelican
The light and battery are conremoved for handheld use if needed.
8060 or similar — and all
tained in one small durable
are beasts. They’re excellent
lights and can even be impact
The top of the line model
weapons or glass-breaking
puts out 650 lumens! This
devices in a pinch. I’ve seen
light is no bigger than a Surethem stored on belt hooks and
fire 6P and runtime at full
in sap pockets. The truth is,
power is over 1.5 hours, and
though, there’s no good place
on the lowest setting you’re
to store a large flashlight on
good for over 5 hours. Charge
your person when you’re
it for about 6 hours and
riding a bike.
you’re back in business.
Scott Spillane joined a
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night bike team on his department and almost immediately
For $140 (retail), you get
became frustrated with dropNiteRider ’s rechargeable
ping his light every time he
light, including a USB cord
got into a pursuit. He quickly
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started working on designs for a bike- passed the test easily and kept my light your helmet and one for your handlemounted light holster. Scott started secure and accessible. I’m happy to bars. Mount the Lumina 650, and you
with a piece of PVC piping, mounted have my full-sized flashlight back. The have one light with one button on top
it to his front fork and realized he had a Holsterlight fits the standard Mag-Light for control. It doesn’t get simpler, and
lot of work to do. It took a few months D-cell flashlights, as well as most of the you have an uncluttered handlebar.
to hone the design to what is now the standard issue lights. The Holsterlight is
I’ve ridden over 240 hours with this
made in the US and sells for $60.
new light and am very impressed. The
Mounting is a snap. Simply set the
lowest setting on the Lumina is more
metal straps around the fork, insert Bike Lighting
than enough to safely light an urban
them into the mounting points on
NiteRider has been supplying environment. And, you can always
the holster, and screw them down to lighting to cyclists for over 20 years switch to the number two setting. It’s
tighten. The Holsterlight is essentially now, and produce some of the best bike practically overkill, but I’ll take it.
an aluminum shaft with just the right lights in the business. No other lighting There’s also a quick release allowing
diameter, allowing you to drop the light company has the street cred they’ve removal in one swipe. If your handheld
in and ride. There’s an o-ring (requires built in the cycling community. They light runs out of juice, simply grab the
a bit of silicon grease now and again) stake their name on quality and perfor- Lumina and you’re back in
inside the shaft helping to retain your mance — and deliver every time.
the game.
light under bouncy conditions.
NiteRider’s latest offering for cops
After mounting the holster and is the Lumina line. The lights are small,
For more info: www.americancopinserting my light, I took my patrol simple, elegant and rechargeable via a and click
bike out to a local trail. The Holsterlight USB cable. Lumina models are num- on the company name.
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his month’s giveaway includes items to keep you not
only safe and prepared, but also comfortable on the
job. Kahr Arms, a leader in technology and innovation, donated the PM9; its low weight (only 14 ounces without a magazine) and short length (just 5.42"
overall) make it a great choice for on-duty backup or off-duty
concealed carry. The barrel is just 3.1", and has polygonal
rifling and 1:10" RH twist. It’s DAO, drift adjustable and has
white bar-dot combat sights. The 2-tone finish is comprised
of a black polymer frame and a matte stainless steel slide;
the grips are a textured polymer. It comes standard with one
6-round flush floorplate magazine and one 7-round extended
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All cops know the best way to be comfortable on the job is
to have quality footwear, so Magnum Boots has provided a pair
of their high-tech MX-2 crew socks and Mach 2 8.0 boots. The
performance, lightweight sock stays cool throughout your entire
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bulk. The Mach 2 8.0 from the Speed Series is the lightest tactical boot on the market, weighing in at just 14.2 ounces. They
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To round out this package is the OPS Daypack from Fieldline
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Duty Boots
really enjoyed the level of attention to detail paid
to our work in the movie End of Watch. There’s a
great scene where the two heroes find themselves
babysitting a drive-by vehicle before detectives
rolled out to conduct their investigation. They took hours
processing the scene while the two officers maintained a
perimeter. In a comic moment, the Zavala character says,
“Comfortable footwear. Policing is all about comfortable
footwear.” I laughed out loud, but the more I thought
about it, the movie really got it right. It couldn’t have
been closer to the truth. Life is miserable when you’re
working a beat and your feet are killing you.
Patrol cops face all kinds of situations — every call is
different. Maybe it’s a traffic post, a hike into a canyon,
clearing a large commercial building or running someone
down through who-knows-what kind of terrain. My
department recently brought back the walking beat in
some areas. Officers on those beats are on their feet
upward of 10 hours a shift — wearing 30 pounds of gear.
It can get a little painful.
Yes, policing is all about comfortable footwear.
There are literally hundreds of excellent boots are
out there suiting a variety of situations. This year I’ve
rounded up a couple of old standbys and a few new editions. Testing was simple. I took them out on patrol and
used them for weeks. I worked as much variety as possible into those weeks. I got into a couple of foot pursuits
(drunks), some training runs, some range days, several
baseball game details, boardwalk patrol and bike patrol.
Let’s take a look at what performed.
Police work is all about comfortable feet! These BLACKHAWK!
Black Ops boots are among the best of the breed.
Comfy Feet = Happy Cops
Ben Douglas
Blackhawk!: Black ops
Black Ops boots have
around a while now. These boots
most rugged of the bunch. They
project an “I-don’t-mess-around” attitude.
They’re constructed to maintain their
shape and provide optimal support under
the toughest conditions. Black Ops feel
superb when slipping your foot inside —
as if BLACKHAWK! found some government classified foot-cushioning material and
sent it out to the public.
The steel shank imbedded in the base of the
boot helps distribute weight evenly throughout the boot, and it’s especially helpful on bike patrol. Most good cycling shoes have a steel or
carbon shank to help direct power to the pedals.
I’ve had several range days and training days in these
boots and I can tell you, putting them on is like putting
on your favorite pair of slippers — they feel great.
They’re good in the office too. The full-grain leather set
at the toe and heel polish up beautifully, making them
ideal for any Class-A occasion.
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Rocky boots: ram level 1
never tried Rocky Boots before. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but they wowed me
from the moment I slipped my foot into the boot. I knew the RAM (Rocky Athletic
Level 1 boots were aimed at warm climates so I expected the lightweight
airy feeling. What I didn’t expect was these boots to mold to my foot so well without
a break-in period. Chalk it up to all high-grade synthetic materials. Nope, there’s no
leather to shine.
The RAMs got a lot of wear on patrol. I used them on a canyon search for a robbery suspect. Walking around in near-black conditions while following a K9 handler
is one of the more precarious situations a patrol cop can expect. Out in that canyon
I learned how great these boots perform. I was out there for hours — my feet
never felt the wear and the reinforced toe and heel guards not only
protected my feet, they added traction while descending
in loose dirt. The RAMs made for excellent hiking
boots and when I was done in the canyon I was able
to wash them down and quickly bring them back to
like-new status.
Under Armour: Valsetz 7"
nder Armour is new to the Patrol/Tactical Boot game. These boots aren’t
aimed directly at patrol, mostly because they don’t have a shineable toe, but
they make a fantastic tactical boot. The Valsetz are the featherweight of the bunch.
They’re cushy and breathable and they make walking all night with 30 pounds of
gear an almost enjoyable experience — almost. One chilly night I did find them
lacking in the insulation department. A better wool blend sock might have helped.
Running is this boot’s forte. I haven’t come across a lighter, more comfortable running boot with better cushioning. That said, I’d prefer an 8"
version for more ankle support. Grip is also excellent. I ran across
a few wet slippery surfaces where other boots would have
failed to keep traction. The Valsetz always felt
planted. Hats off to UnderArmour for a successful first dive into the patrol boot market.
Bates: 8" Annobon
pleasantly surprised to open the Bates box and find such a great looking
boot; Bates’ photos didn’t do them justice. They don’t just look cool, they feel
on your feet and provide an immense level of traction in just about any terrain. Pebble roads? No issue. Oily roads? No problem. Rain? Whatever.
They remind me of a paratrooper boot. The sole is well cushioned, extremely
stable and gives a wider than average footprint for excellent traction. The upper
area of the boot is thin and breathable with a perforated liner and rubber
skeletal structure for support. It hugged my ankles and lower shin like a
sock and made it noticeably easier to wrap my backup holster
around the boot.
The 8" Annobon is definitely not waterproof with
all that perforated mesh, but it breathes wonderfully. Finally, the leather toe area shined up perfectly,
allowing me to take these boots straight from a night
of patrol to a morning interview with the Captain
without worry. What more can you ask for?
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Original SWAT: Chase 9"
he Chase 9" Zip is the newest member of the Original SWAT lineup. Original
SWAT took lessons from their other boots and applied them directly to the Chase.
These boots are truly as waterproof as a boot gets. Not an easy feat considering
they’re one of only two pairs of boots evaluated featuring a zipper for easy donning
and doffing. Getting them on and off quickly was easier than any zip boot I’ve ever
tested. The zipper is gusseted with a waterproof barrier that doesn’t get in the way.
The Chase boots are the Cadillac of this lineup. They boast Scotchgard-protected full-grain leather, a lightweight nylon shank, premium EVA insole
and non-marking rubber soles with a Siping feature. Siping sucks water
from the surface and directs it outward like a tire. This noticeably
increases traction on wet surfaces.
I gave this boot the ultimate torture test — I walked the
boardwalk after a particularly high tide washed up all
kinds of salty mush on the walkway. It’s 2 miles
long with plenty of places to slip if you’re not
careful. The Chase boots held up brilliantly,
kept me from slipping and when I was all
done for the shift, washed up beautifully. The
full-grain leather toes shrugged off the salt and
grime with no residue. Another coat of KIWI
and I was back in highly shined black.
Thorogood 8" ASR Side Zip Boot
hen I received Thorogood’s box in the mail I thought someone had made a misW
take. The logo on the box was one I recognized as belonging to the company who
makes dress shoes. They are my Class A, super high gloss, reserved for funerals and
graduations-type shoe. Not only does Thorogood make an excellent dress shoe, they
also make hundreds of different styles of boots. They sent their new 8" tactical ASR
(Athletic Slip Resisting) Side Zip boots. These boots did not disappoint.
Once set-up, the zipper made it fast and easy to get the boot on and off. The ASRs
have a straight zipper going almost to the foot bed. Several other zipper designs out
there are frankly more cumbersome than simply loosening the laces on most
boots. And let’s face it, those few seconds it takes to put on your boots can
make it or break it when it comes to making lineup on time!
I use these boots day-in and day-out now. They were extremely
easy to break in, taking about one 10-hour shift. After a long day,
their light weight will reward you with very little foot fatigue,
and they breathe well so you don’t overheat out there.
These boots are not going to win a cold weather
competition though, so keep them
in mind for spring/summer temps.
For more info: and click on the company name.
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ll that it takes for evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.” Henry
David Thoreau might not have been referencing command posts when he said that, but he
could have been. Depending on who’s in charge, their level of experience, and how organized they are, command posts can range from a complete goat-rope to a well-oiled machine.
Seeing as how I’ve got the silver bars on my collar, the command post is the place I call home
when the poo hits the fan. More often than not, that poo hitting the fan can result in that
most common of patrol procedures, the K-9 search.
K-9s are a great asset, but they also
have to be managed!
Ti Goetz
Working a CP doesn’t have to be overly complex, you
just have to be organized. Having information you can
quickly reference is critical to making good decisions.
Personally, I love K-9s.
Those little 4-legged varmints
are a force multiplier like none
other. They not only save us
time, money and effort, they
can locate, close with and put a
hurting on the bad man before
he can put a hurting on us. That
being said they also need to be managed like
any other asset. And that requires a K-9 command post.
Keeping track of your K-9
resources is critical, especially
when the poo’s hit the fan.
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Like all command posts, situational awareness is the
name of the game. If you can’t visualize what’s occurring
with the forces you command, you’ll be unable to make
timely, well-thought-out or even merely good, decisions. If
you can’t make good decisions, you’re failing in your role
as a leader. Like many of you, I don’t work at a large department. Depending on the time of night, I may only have four
or five officers on duty. That can be a real challenge when
you’re trying to set up containments and organize searches.
Like most of you, we rely on mutual aid to fill in the holes.
Critical incidents are generally similar in how they begin,
usually with lots of chaos. People are running, yelling,
screaming, shooting, rolling code … the usual fun. Wildly
exhilarating as all that may be, part of the job is to get
control of all the craziness and start getting organized. The
simplest way to start getting your CP organized is to declare
yourself incident commander and announce your command
post location over the air (OTA).
Try to pick a CP location outside the containment area
and big enough to hold all the responding units. If the CP
area has a bathroom, all the better. Then direct all responding
units not directly involved in the problem to report to the
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A simple visual reference can do wonders to
help your situational awareness.
CP. That includes your K-9 officers
and search team members. I find it far
easier to coordinate a K-9 search when
the key leaders (your K-9 officers) are
at the CP. That face-to-face contact
helps ensure everyone is on the same
The next thing you need to do is
start setting up your CP. Remember,
your goal is situational awareness.
Standing next to a patrol car, with a
radio in your hand regurgitating what
people are telling you on the air makes
you a radio relay site, not a CP. Unless
you’re blessed with a photographic
memory, a CP requires you write information down, and, if possible, display
it in some manner where you can easily
reference it. Your ability to do so will
depend on how much thought your
department has put into that area of
Many departments, sadly, have
nothing but a radio and a No. 2 pencil
to work with. Others have command
post boards or — be still my heart —
even full-blown command vehicles
with digital display screens and integrated GPS tracking of all their units.
Even a dedicated dispatcher! Whatever
you have, it’s what you’ll have to work
with, so learn to make the best of it.
Which Way Is Which?
To begin with, I always orient my
command post, or command post
vehicle, facing north. I do this because
all maps, whether hand drawn or computer generated, should have north oriented toward the top of the map. By
orienting my CP and my maps in the
same direction, I find it gives me a
much better grasp of the relationship
between forces on the ground, how
they’re depicted on my map, and how
they relate to the real world around me.
If someone puts out the suspect is
breaking our containment, running
east, it’s much easier for me to look at
my maps with me facing north, visualize east to my right, and understand
the suspect is moving across my map,
and the actual ground, in that direction.
By being oriented to the real world,
I’m able to shift forces, plug holes and
respond more quickly to fast moving
events. I also find it much easier to
successfully brief additional resources,
especially when they’re from outside
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Even if all you have is a No. 2 pencil and a map book, you can
make a command post work. But oh, to have a genuine mobile
command post!
K-9s are a force multiplier like none other!
the area, when they, the maps and the
world around them are all oriented in
the same direction.
Where Is Everyone?
The next task is figuring out everybody’s location. In order to fully understand the “big picture” you’ll need to
draw a map of your containment (oriented north) and then plug in the call
signs of all the containment units in
their assigned positions. This can be
done on a piece of paper, but I prefer a
nice big whiteboard. I carry two whiteboards and two tripod stands in my
command vehicle for just such incidents.
I use the first whiteboard for my
map and the second I get to the lead
K-9 to list his search teams. That’s his
area of expertise so, at least on my
department, we let them sort out how
and with whom they want to search.
When they have a plan in place, they
brief me. As long as it’s reasonable, and
the vast majority of the time it is, I’m
good with it.
Once the teams are drawn up and
the plan briefed, one other bit of information I’ll put on my whiteboard is
each K-9 team’s call sign and their
direction of travel. This is just a quick
and easy reference to help understand
the movement of forces as the search
progresses. While keeping track of two
dogs on a parallel search is relatively
simple, tracking half a dozen dogs on
different tracks, in different directions,
can be a challenge. It’s possible, even
in a small city, to have anywhere from
two to eight dog teams with cover
officers from a multitude of jurisdictions, working together on one search.
A simple call sign and arrow depicting
their direction of travel does wonders in
helping keep all of it straight.
With the usual mishmash of policies, procedures and techniques, this
is another reason I like everyone,
including the K-9s, to form up at the
CP. Not only can we organize more
effectively, it gives the incident commander a chance to brief everyone as
to what has occurred, what is occurring
and to lay out any concerns or expectations. Two items to always brief on: use
plain English in radio transmissions
(particularly helpful when mutual aid
is working with you), and each search
team use, as its primary call sign, the
call sign of the K-9 on that team, and
not its own department designator (i.e.
everyone on “5 King 5’s” search team
goes by the call sign “5 King 5”). This
avoids the massive confusion arising if
each person on that search team uses
his or her own individual call signs.
Keeping Track
It’s been my experience once a K-9
search kicks off that there’s a tendency
for CP personnel to go into hibernation mode. The CP may be up and running, but it’s not really keeping track of
where everybody actually is throughout
the search. They “hear” addresses put
out on the air as the search progresses,
but they don’t truly “understand” in a
geographical sense where that team is
located. This becomes pertinent, and
painfully obvious, when that poo we
were discussing earlier catches a gust
and finds itself launched once again
into the oscillator.
This concept was recently highlighted when one of our K-9 officers, taking part in a large search in
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Effective Long-Term
John Thomas Grohn
ost patrol shifts go by uneventfully. But sometimes
we get blindsided by events. I’m not just talking
about active shooter events or some sort of incident involving massive casualties and chaos. During the
Joplin Tornado, many officers didn’t get home for three
days. We understand that. But raise your hand if you’ve
ever been tasked to maintain a perimeter on a homicide
First Line: In Your Pockets
First-line gear refers to the items we wear, or the items we
keep in our pockets. If you’re in the market for a new pair of
pants, try the 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pant with Flex Tac. They’re
flexible, lightweight and feature breathable fabric, quick
access, low-profile angled pockets and have a self-adjusting
waistband for comfort. One nice thing about these pants is
they don’t yell out to everyone “Tactical Ted has a gun!”
They also are resistant to stains — handy in our line of work.
No matter if I’m working patrol, SWAT or off-duty, I will
always have some sort of cutting tool on me. It has been this
way for me since my dad gave me my first Case pocketknife
when I was a kid. Back then I would cut sticks (we called it
“whittling” where I come from). Now I mostly use my knife
to cut sections of rope, as an improvised screwdriver and I
have even cut away a section of seatbelt to help extricate a
passenger from a wrecked car. I have been finding myself
using a knife from BLACKHAWK! more and more. The
BHB30 is an assisted-opening knife with your choice of a
3.2" serrated or plain edge. The tiger-striped texture on the
handle aids in a sure grip and the blade is not so large as to
keep you from carrying it.
If you’re carrying a duty gun, you should be carrying a
back-up gun. Whether you’re a patrol cop or a detective, one
is none and two is one. Sound familiar? My standard backup
gun for years has been a 5-shot J-frame revolver, carried primarily in a pocket holster. I recently got a 9mm Kel-Tec as
a “deep-concealment” backup. At my department, we have
quite a bit of latitude when it comes to what patrol uniform
we wear.
There are times where I will forgo my “BDU” utility
uniform and wear the traditional wool blend uniform. When
I do this, I lose my cargo pocket where my trusty J-frame
lives. CrossBreed is a holster maker I’ve been using for offduty carry for several years and they’ve recently gotten into
the ankle holster market. The CrossBreed ankle holster is
designed around small-frame autoloaders like my Kel-Tec.
It sports a calf strap to prevent the holster from sliding down
your ankle and has a hook-and-loop fastener acting as a snap
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scene with an hour left on your 10-hour shift. Current time
is one in the morning, and the temperature has dropped
to 35 degrees. Ever been asked to holdover for another 6
hours to cover staffing until the next shift comes to work?
The gear you carry on you and the gear you have in your
vehicle can be the difference between comfort and effectiveness — or not.
to keep your gun holstered. The back of the holster is padded
to prevent your firearm from rubbing on your shin or anklebone. It’s comfy and practical.
Second Line: What We Carry
Second-line gear is devoted to the items we carry on our
belt, or load-bearing vests. If you’re like thousands of cops
across the US, you’re probably carrying a Glock. Tango
Down is one of my favorite places to shop on the Internet. I
recently put the Vickers pistol base plates on my Glock magazines, along with the Vickers magazine release and Vickers
slide release.
The slight ridges on the Vickers baseplates give you just
enough purchase to either rip a stuck magazine from the
magazine well or to give you a bit more to hold onto during
reloading drills. A nice added touch is there are indents on
the bottom of the baseplate you can use to number your
I always found the stock slide release on a Glock pistol
to be just a bit too small to activate with my thumb during
loading and reloading. The extended slide release comes
standard on the tactical models 34 and 35, and seems to stick
out just a little too much. The Vickers slide release is shaped
to be big enough to get to under stress but not so large as to
inadvertently hit after you fire that last round, keeping you
from achieving slide lock.
Nothing says “oops” like sending your partially loaded
magazine across the floor when you’re shooting. With the
standard magazine release on my Glock 35, that would
happen with alarming regularity. But the standard version
just wasn’t enough to reliably jettison the magazine when I
wanted to. So I would take the extended magazine release
and file it down to where it was comfortable for me to
operate. With this new part on my Glock, this is now a thing
of the past.
While we are on the topic of guns, we need a way to carry
them. Safariland has a holster to fit pretty much every duty
gun out there. I’m issued their Self Locking - SLS 6004 for a
Glock with a pistol light. I’ve recently been trying the AutoWWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • SEPTEMBER 2013
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500 lumens of
white light. Add
a DG pressure switch
and you have the ability to
activate you weapon light
without taking your finger off
the trigger.
matic Locking — ALS model —
and I really like the retention, and
how fast it is to get your gun out of
the holster and onto target. It’s perfect
for competition, but also duty use and
undercover applications.
Safariland has also designed an ingenious
method to make it easier to keep your gun holstered but also easy to take off your belt in those
situations where you need to “de-gun.” The Safariland QLS (Quick Locking System) is a 2-piece item.
One piece mounts to your belt and the other mounts to
your holster. The holster piece slides onto the mount and clicks to lock.
To remove the holstered gun, pinch the clips on the holster mount and pull
up. By having the QLS system, this lets you remove your handgun while
keeping it holstered for those times where you need to enter a gun-free
zone, like County Jail or your department’s holding facility. They also have
the same method for attaching accessories like magazines, batons and such
to your duty belt.
These days, a weapon-mounted light is no longer just a “nice-to-have”
item. In many departments, it’s a mandatory piece of gear, both on a long
gun and on a duty handgun. Surefire has unveiled their newest weaponmounted lights, the X300 Ultra and the 317LMG weapon light fore-end for
shotguns. The X300 Ultra will mount on any Picatinny or universal weapon
rail. This newest model features a light output of 500 lumens. Add a DG
pressure switch to the X300 Ultra and you have a blinding 500 lumens of
light available with 1-handed operating capability.
The 317 LMG is a dedicated weapon light for the Benelli family of shotguns. They also have models fitting Remington, FN, Winchester and Mossberg shotguns. The 100-lumen LED bulb has a runtime of 1.5 hours from
a single 123 battery. The light features three switches, including a lockout
switch and a constant-on switch.
With an assisted opening feature and tiger striped
handles, this BLACKHAWK! BHB30 folder offers a sure
grip and a managable blade for patrol use.
With the water bladder and the universal tube adapter
from Source, you have the ability to carry a leak-free
water source in a pack or a carrier and be able to refill
the bladder from any external source without removing
the bladder.
Third Line: Longer Duration Gear
Third-line gear refers to the items we carry to extend our mission capability or to increase our effectiveness. It’s easy to get carried away here. If
you take a pack, it’s our tendency to fill it to the brim with every conceivable item. The mission should drive the gear train. If you had to be gone
for 24 hours, what do you think you need to remain effective? It depends
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There are times where it’s nice to be able to get your
duty gun off quickly to secure it, while not removing the
pistol from its holster. With the Safariland QLS system,
you can do just that.
Whether you’re
on-duty (or off),
you should be carrying a backup gun.
CrossBreed’s ankle
holster is comfortable and concealable
for all-day carry.
Keep the items you need to remain effective in
a GORUCK pack. The main pocket opens up to
reveal three rows of MOLLE and several areas
keep your gear organized and easy to get to.
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The Vickers baseplates help you in reloading and
manipulating your magazine, while the extended
mag release and slide stop are just large enough
to speed up your reloads while not too big to
get in the way.
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must be more of an old-school Neanderthal than most people say, because the
voices which once spoke for police leaders
in this country no longer speak for me. It concerns me when organizations of so-called police
chief executives ramble in such a manner it sounds like
they’re choking on a mouthful of left-wing Kool-Aid. It’s
bad enough when individual police leaders grab headlines
through statements that make it clear they’ve forgotten
their oath of office. When organizations such as the IACP
and the California Police Chiefs Association go off the
deep end, I fear for the future of our profession.
The major issue causing me heartburn with these two
organizations, and others like them, is their position on
how to control gun violence; it’s not the only issue however. When dealing with gun-related issues, these organizations have adopted, without reservation or modification,
President Obama’s position — certain types of weapons
and magazines of certain capacity will, if made illegal,
bring an end to such things as school shootings.
Any street cop worth his salt knows that is patently
The truth is it’s not the tool, but the fool who uses it,
at the root of the problem. A nut job intent on harming
someone will use whatever weapon or device is available. Similarly, nut jobs or hard-core criminals will not
eliminate “assault weapons” (whatever those are) or
hi-cap magazines from their arsenals. In fact, only the law
abiding who wouldn’t commit a random mass murder in
the first place will be penalized. You would think organizations at least theoretically composed of honest, objective, ethical, experienced “leaders” would tell it like it is,
not like they think others would prefer they tell it. That
appears to not be the case.
In addition to “gun control” — which frankly, I view
as being more about “law-abiding citizen control” —
there are other issues major law enforcement associations
have taken positions about that would have been unheard
of just a decade ago.
In case no one has noticed, unlawful entry into the
United States across our international borders is still a
crime. Yet not only do many individual police chiefs (very
few sheriffs, thank goodness) adamantly refuse to enforce
the laws against illegal entry appropriately, they have
adopted a hands-off posture on just about any enforcement related to illegal aliens. They certainly wouldn’t
want to be accused of being insensitive or, much worse,
engaging in racial profiling.
Some police chiefs have gone so far as to provide
special treatment toward the “undocumented,” refusing
to enforce state motor vehicle registration and insurance
laws (Los Angeles) if the offenders happen to be illegal
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aliens. They, of course, have no reluctance to enforce those same laws against
US citizens. Where I come from that’s known
as discrimination, and was once something police
leaders and the associations representing them would
have done anything to avoid. No longer the case.
Organizational Advantages
So — and I’m not alone in this regard — what is a
police leader to do if the associations and organizations
which once responsibly represented them no longer do
so? Remain the “Lone Ranger” without any organizational
memberships? Some will choose that path though, and
I’ve found over the years belonging to the proper sort of
organization or association has several advantages. One
distinct advantage is the fact there’s strength in numbers,
and that can be extremely important when there’s a need.
One need might be to push legislation truly needed by the
profession and the public we serve. Second, collegial relationships among police leaders are a good thing. Others
with more experience or expertise in a particular area can
be networked with via mutual organizational membership.
I know in my career as a chief I’ve use the knowledge possessed by others on more than one occasion, to the benefit
of my department and the people I serve.
I try to stay abreast of what options are out there in
terms of representing what I view as the mainstream of
policing philosophy. Frankly, the associations once fitting
the bill in that regard no longer do so. There are only two
organizations related to leadership within the profession
that, philosophically, I can advocate. One is composed not
only of law enforcement, but military members as well as
others, and is focused on adherence to the oaths of office
we took (which some of us actually remember and try to
adhere to). The other is primarily, but not exclusively, an
association of sheriffs. There are, however, a number of us
non-sheriff types who proudly belong.
Alternative Thoughts
I must clearly note my recommendations represent
my opinion and do not state or imply the endorsement of
American COP Magazine or its publisher. Oathkeepers
( and the Constitutional Sheriffs and
Peace Officers Association ( are the only
two professional organizations focusing on organizational
leadership I’ve found which adhere to the ethics, duties
and responsibilities upon which our profession has historically been based. I commend them to your attention, and
at the same time invite readers who may know of other
reputable police leadership-related associations
to please let me know of their existence.
Questions, comments and suggestions for future columns can be sent to Jerry via email at [email protected]
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Continued from page 31
room. In the fuss that ensued, the K-9
officer quickly broadcast his call sign
and “shots fired.” What were the first
words out of the CP’s mouth at this
surprise announcement? You guessed
it, “What’s your location?” That should
never happen! A K-9 command post
must track every moving part in the
operation, so if (when) things go
wrong, they can quickly and effectively
respond. Trying to figure out where
everyone is after events have gone
south makes you a day late and a dollar
short in this game.
Fortunately, there’s a very simple
way to track K-9 searches requiring
little more than that No. 2 pencil. Most
departments carry some type of map
book or Thomas Guide to help figure
out jurisdictional issues. If you don’t
have one, then go buy one before your
next containment. Once your handdrawn containment map or whiteboard
is finished, crack open the map book
so you have a visual reference of all
the actual addresses in the search area.
We have a computer mapping system
on our MDCs so, instead of a map
book, I’ll pull up the digital map screen
which has addresses overlaid on buildings. Despite the differences in technologies, both systems will work. I prefer
the digital display due to its heads-up
viewing, as well as the ability to toggle
back and forth between maps and overhead satellite imagery.
Next, on a piece of paper, list your
search teams (by K-9 call sign) in a
horizontal column. As the search teams
call out their search location, simply
write that address under that team in
a descending column. As they move
along from property to property, you
can easily follow the progress of the
search. If sometime during the search
you suddenly hear one of the K-9 teams
calling out a contact or some emergency,
you only have to look at the last address
written to know where they are. You can
then look at your digital display, or map
book, and see exactly where the address
is physically located. With your map
board up, you can see which containment units are closest, or which available forces you want to move to support the team in contact. The same rules
apply if it’s one of your containment
units who call out an issue.
While there are a variety of variations
on this theme, as well as additional steps
you can take to be even more effective,
these simple procedures should serve
you well when getting started on your
own K-9 Command Posts.
Be safe — and never stop thinking.
Oh, and sharpen that No.
2 pencil.
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I like to pack ammunition, food,
5-hour energy drinks, extra socks, a
long-sleeve moisture-wicking shirt, a
beanie, a spare toothbrush, toothpaste
and dental floss and water. I have liter
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and water to drink. I’m a fan of having
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are waterproof (in housing) to 60 meters. For more info: (858) 755-4549, www.americancopmagazine.
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The Paul Howe Tactical Carbine has an exclusive
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re you tired of seeing the SUVs with “Britney is #1!”
painted in bright yellow letters on the windows? I’m
sick of it. Britney is likely not “#1” and I’ve about had
it with the entitled generation (Gen Y/Millennials). And we
mostly did it. I’m not necessarily saying all of us did it, but
it’s our generation (baby boomers?) that’s the most guilty.
It seems someone (let’s hope we find them some day and
hunt them down) decided it’s not nice to actually tell our
kids if they’re being idiots, or under-achievers, or lazy or
stupid — or a putz. Or worse. But, “Oh, we don’t want to
insult their self-image.”
What self-image would that be? The one they invent
showing they are the best at everything, that the world
owes them a happy life, they are entitled to a good job,
to be respected, well-liked, have or be pretty girlfriends
and drive cool cars? That self-image? Which, in case you
haven’t noticed, isn’t the least bit true, and sets them all
up for a crash when confronted by the real world without a
helicopter parent hovering over their every move.
A few years ago there was a serious move to outlaw
using red ink when correcting grade school student papers.
“It’s hard on their self-image [there are those words
again…] and we only want to keep empowering them to feel
good about themselves so they can succeed later in life.”
They even said, “Purple is a much less offensive color
and doesn’t send the same message of failure that red
sends.” It’s also the color associated with royalty. Ahem.
Failure? You bet it’s failure. They got it wrong, and
someone in authority needs to tell them, and correct them
and steer them in the right direction. That way, when
trying to navigate in the real world, they don’t crash and
burn when their boss has the audacity to actually tell them,
“Hey, show up on time and do your job or you’ll get your
ass fired.”
But that’s surely going to endanger their sense of selfworth, right?
Absolutely. And that’s why parents and teachers need
to give a solid dose of the reality pill to kids today. And do
you want to know why else they need to do that?
Because you have to police them.
And before anyone decides to sit down at his or her computer and send me hate mail accusing me of painting with a
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with a very broad brush — I’ve got several 5-gallon buckets
(assorted colors) I’m dipping said brush into — there aren’t
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In fact, while
I’m technically a baby boomer, I very much relate to the Gen
X crowd. This is not an exact science, it’s an observation. So
let’s get over any hurt feelings and read on…
How many times have you responded to a domestic dispute (family fight) to find an adult child still living at home,
rent-free, with mom and dad? It turns out the dispute arose
after mom or dad lost their cool because their freeloading
kid wouldn’t do some small chore or whatever. The parents throw up their arms in despair and proclaim, “I just
can’t control Johnnie!” Captain Obvious would say something like, “No duh. You’ve never had control over Johnnie
because you never laid down the rules — and enforced ‘em!”
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you contact him, Johnnie is usually directly beneath or in close
proximity of the big sign that reads, “DON’T DO THAT!”
He’ll want to debate the issue and complain how it’s not fair
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Every time Johnnie is the victim of a traffic stop, the contact degrades into a debate over what he thinks are “bullshit
laws” — he views most laws in this manner — and how he
could do your job so much better. Of course, he’d actually
have to go out and get a job, but that would require commitment and effort. Any of this sounding familiar? These all
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day, but it’s these things that are taking up an inordinate
amount of our time, keeping us from going after all those
murderers and rapists.
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