Thanks for the great conversations of late. It hit me yesterday: Who am I to decide what I should write about. So, if you have a question or an issue related to police work, cops, or anything evenly remotely related, simply place it as a comment to this post. I will be honest and upfront, as always. My plan is to make this a monthly post, so that you control direction of this blog. Take care!
Are you a Hillary fan? Do you want McCain? I do not divulge my votes, but found this interesting survey that asks 20 questions and then pairs you up with a candidate. Entertaining and informative, I thought.
Elections really matter to cops, because we know that in the end it is money that drives our profession. When that money is government money, you start to pay attention.
Also interesting to me is that cops tend to have quite conservative values (I am pretty conservative, and usually the liberal in the room at Roll Call), yet we are union employees. So who on earth are we to support? The ones that sound good to me on policy are usually against union benefits (which I need). And the opposite is also true: pro-union usually equals anti-gun, anti-death penalty, etc. Sigh.
This survey called me a “Populist-Leaning Conservative.” Same to you, dude…
Let me know your results!
As you can see from my limited blogroll, I try to keep my recommendations to a minimum. My hope is that folks will actually visit and pay attention to the few that I recommend.
To that end, I strongly urge you all to check out www.truecopstories.com. It is quite a simple concept, it seems. They just put up stories by cops. That’s it. The site is not fancy, but I kinda like that. It is just cops telling what happened last night, last month, or last year on a memorable shift. Check it out and let me know what you think!
By now, most of us have had it with this story. As reported on Yahoo news, and every other place on earth, former Milwaukee Police Officer Oscar Ayala-Cornejo decided to lie about his citizenship to allow himself to become a police officer. I can understand Continue Reading
I wish we could all put this to rest, already. TASERs work. The Thomas A. Swift Electronic Rifle (named by the inventor, who was a fan of the children’s books) sends electricity through the body and incapacitates the recipient. In doing so, it saves lives — cops’ lives and suspects’ lives. Period.
However as a Canadian officer correctly points out, the alternative is often the use of a firearm — deadly force to be sure. Taser’s own website (admittedly a for-profit company) indicates numbers that are so drastically in favor of TASER deployment, that argument is difficult.
If you don’t trust the company that makes them, how about the departments that use them. In almost all major police departments, the TASER is considered “intermediate” force. That means it can be used when someone is fighting, charging, threatening to injure or kill, or displaying a non-deadly weapon at the police. With the TASER, that individual is immediately and effectively incapacitated. I was “TASERED” in the police academy. It hurt. But one minute later I was fine. The same could not be said of a steel baton to the knee (guaranteed lifetime injury), a bite by a police dog (arrgh), or a gunshot (duh!).
Watch the video here, and ask yourself the single, key, and only question about TASERS: Would I rather get hit with this, or one of the alternatives. The dog in the background of this video is ready to take care of business. I think the suspect himself explains the benefits of the TASER better than I ever could. That should settle the argument.
Sometimes police work is ugly. That is the suspects’ fault, not the cops’. Remember my favorite quote:
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
My favorite quote:
“The world sleeps peacefully at night because of good men willing to do violence on their behalf”
As many of my readers know, there is a strong link between America’s military and our police forces. A significant percentage of the officers that patrol the nation’s streets also wear another uniform. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, Coast Guard or reserve, we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
Most Americans will never serve in either capacity. That is just fine with these “double” heroes; their calling is as much personal as anything. Over and over again, I have said “goodbye” to officers as they shipped out to a new war zone. This time the fighting is thousands of miles away, and more dangerous than we could imagine. Yet our police officers continue to park their patrol cars and pick up the Humvee keys.
I just want to say “THANK YOU,” from a greatful nation and a fellow cop. Be safe out there.
I have a bunch of “dumb criminal” stories milling about smartly in my head. Once in a while I see one that just makes the ‘A’ list. Check out the genius who left his pants at the scene of a burglary. But wait, there’s more. He didn’t limit the idiocy to depositing his pants at the scene (possibly forgivable, since he was fighting with the homeowner / victim.) He left them there with pockets full of stolen property from other crimes in the same neighborhood.
Every so often during my tenure as a detective, I would sit on the witness stand and describe for the jury what the suspect had done. As I heard the words come out of my mouth I would think to myself, “thank god they are still dumb, or we might not catch anyone!”