WHY ARE MY BROTHERS DYING – NEEDLESSLY?

  CARS MORE DANGEROUS THAN GUNS?   The recent Mid-Year Officer Fatalities Report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. (NLEOMF) tell the horrifying story.    This country has witnessed the vehicle-related deaths of twenty-six...

CAN TECHNOLOGY SUCK YOUR BRAIN DRY?

  MAN VS. MACHINE In recent times, I have heard people discuss Situational Awareness – and its evil twin: distractions.  Oh so often, the object of current distractions are borne from some new techno-gizmo and someone doing something really stupid with it....

NINE FUNERALS

  NINE FUNERALS IN EIGHTEEN WEEKS In the last eighteen weeks, our community has suffered the gut-wrenching experiences of burying nine of those whom we love the most:  our brother cops. 01/17/17 - Sheriff Stephen Lawrence, Lea County [NM] SO 01/19/17 – Officer...

FUNERALS ARE CHEAPER THAN TRAINING

  Dateline: Metro Detroit; Friday, June 4, 2004, 2030 hours.   I was working with my partner in a crime-ridden Detroit suburb.  The dispatcher sounded frantic:  BOL for a red Firebird or Camaro, occupied by a white male.  He is armed and dangerous.  The vehicle...

VIRTUAL REALITY ARRIVES AT THE RANGE

  NEW DRIVER TRAINING TECHNIQUE ANNOUNCED  Imagine: you are checking the latest news on your kid’s school website.  Avoiding last-minute surprises is a good thing. Then, you happen upon an article announcing that due to budget cuts, the driver training program...

USELESS TRAINING – WHY WOULD YOU PAY FOR THIS?

  A cop loses his life in the line of duty every 53 hours in the U.S.A.    Over the last ten years, the majority of those losses happen when the cop is in or around his vehicle.   Too many of them are one-car crashes where the cop lost control.   If you refuse to...

THE MYTHS OF MULTI-TASKING

  A term that is new, yet widely used today: Multi-Tasking.  Hmmph.  It didn’t even exist when I was in college.  Well, maybe it did - in a laboratory somewhere.  But you would never have heard it in conversation intermixed with discussions of Jefferson Airplane,...

THE MOST DEADLY JOB IN POLICING

  THE MOST DEADLY PLACE TO DO IT Recently, I had the experience of preparing for an in-service class for an agency in South Florida.  The subject matter was teaching them the tactical and practical implications of moving from handwritten traffic tickets to using...

ARE WE STILL USING CALL BOXES?

  You are driving your patrol car down the road when a call for service appears on the computer.  You look at the screen to check the address for what seems like just a split second.  When you look up, you suddenly realize that you are about to run into the car...

THE PHYSICAL FITNESS MODEL IS BROKEN

PREFACE I penned this article a few years ago. I had just endured an injury while engaged in a 1.5 mile run for the physical agility test portion of the hiring process for the Madison (WI) Police Department. It was the last one of approximately six such tests in which...