Entries in police (3)

Monday
Feb162015

SHOTS FIRED! SHOTS FIRED! and Tactical Awareness!

Westerville, Ohio Police Officer Dave Leighty was able to stay alive because of his tactical awareness.  Check out this video.  

The complete story can be read on the Calibre Press site @ http://calibrepress.com/2015/02/traffic-stop-survival-2/

Remember these words "on any high risk call, I WILL SURVIVE".  

Sunday
Mar252012

I AM TIRED OF THE USE OF THE WORD HERO!

Every day I hear the misuse of the word hero.  I hear the media talking about a celebrity or an athlete being a hero.  I hear about reformed alcoholics or drug abusers being called heroes because they are now clean and sober.  I hear about a celebrity being a hero for standing up for an injustice somewhere in the world.  None of these circumstances or actions makes one a hero.

A hero is not someone who decided to start using drugs, got addicted and then got clean.  This is a flawed human being that got tired of the impact their poor decisions made on their life and change it.  A hero is not someone who can run a football down the field, shoot a basketball into a hoop or hit a home run.  A hero is not even an amazing doctor who performs life-saving surgeries (unless done in the battlefield).

A hero is someone who puts themselves in harm’s way to serve or protect another human being.  A hero is the man or woman who puts on a law enforcement uniform every day and puts their lives on the line to protect their fellow citizens and officers.  A hero is a man or woman who puts on fire fighter gear and runs into a burning building to save others.  A hero is the man or woman who puts on their military uniform and goes into harm’s way to protect this country and its citizens from those around the world that would like to see us dead.  A hero can even be a mom or dad who puts there life on the line for their child or another person.

There is a difference between a good example, a person who dedicates themselves to excellence in the service of others and a true hero.  Please think of this the next time you throw around the word hero.  By cheapening the word you cheapen the sacrifices made by a true HERO. 

God Bless our true American Heroes!

Sunday
Dec182011

The Idiots Guide to Law Enforcement Use of Force

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around regarding the use of TASER devices and most recently pepper spray (OC or Oleoresin Capsicum).  From the “don’t tase me bro” incident at the University of Florida in 2007 to the most recent use of pepper spray at the University of California, Davis protest in November, the general public has received a lot of misinformation about police tactics and the use of force.

Let us start with a basic overview of the general use of force progression in use in most police agencies around the country today.  In general, the use of force policy spells out the steps in the use of force and defines a hierarchy of use, without requiring that every step be used.  The use of force policy in its generic form looks something like this;

1.         Verbal commands (constructive authority)
2.         Physical manipulation (physical contact and physical force)
3.         Chemical or electronic weapons (mechanical force)
4.         Impact weapons (mechanical force)
5.         Deadly force

It is not required that an officer go through each step and may escalate over steps as the situation warrants.  For example, if a suspect is charging at the officer or another person with a knife, it is not necessary that the officer use physical or electronic force stop them.  In this case the immediate use of deadly force may be justified. 

It is easy to Monday morning quarterback a police officer’s use of force, but unless all aspects of the situation are analyzed, it is impossible for those that were not involved to make a judgment based on limited information. 

In today’s society many believe that what they see on video tells the whole story and most times it does not.  Rarely are video cameras rolling at the beginning of an incident and generally pick up after an incident has escalated.  What do you see on the news or on YouTube?  Generally, the last few, escalated, moments of a situation that has much more to the story.  Take a look at the UC Davis incident for example, did you see video on the news that showed the protestors blocking officers from leaving, protestors being verbally aggressive and being told numerous times to clear the path or they would be subject to pepper spray?  No.  What was portrayed were “peaceful” protestors being “attacked” by out of control cops, which in the end was simply not true. 

It is important that the public realize that there is a lot of training that is put into the use of force and the facts that lead up to the use of force are not always as clear as the video tape they may be viewing.  In the vast majority of use of force cases the officers were not only clearly justified, but many times had exercised extreme restraint in attempting to resolve the situation prior to it escalating to the point that citizens thought they could make a buck by videotaping the aftermath.