As many of you know, your not-so-humble publisher (me) is a full-time cop in the central Florida area. In addition to all of the typical shootings, kidnappings and general thuggery we encounter nightly, we’ve got the Republican National Convention rolling into town. While being a politician may, or may not, count as “general thuggery,” the event is certainly bringing with it a hardcore group of anarchists and other non-peaceful protesters.
Archives for August 2012
Wearing a vest sucks. Yes, body can save your life, and I will always wear one when in uniform. But they are still stiff, heavy, and hot. If you work in places like Texas and Florida, they can get blistering hot in the summer.
There have been a number of things done to try to make vest wear more tolerable. I think most officers are wearing some type of sports t-shirts that help wick away sweat. They help, but they are not miracle fabrics. Columbia Sportswear, however, may have a new product that could just be a God-send for anyone donning body armor.
Law enforcement agencies looking to equip their police snipers have an advantage these days. With the advent of contemporary police sniper training and a focus on better equipment, there is considerable competition coming forward from the factories to outfit the law enforcement professional.
I recently evaluated the FN Special Police Rifle (SPR). My initial impression out of the box was very favorable. The test unit I received came safely packed in a Styrofoam- molded shipping box. Included were a 100 yard zero target (group size — .41″); an owner’s manual; a safety booklet; and a progressive shot log/maintenance record.
The Springfield XD (X-Treme Duty) pistol continues to enjoy widespread acceptance among lawmen and legally armed civilians, as it offers a good combination of features most desired by the self-defense-minded. Along the way, the original standard full-size pistol has continued to evolve, going up in calibers from 9x19mm to .40S&W, then to .45ACP and then to .357SIG. XD slides have gotten both longer and shorter, with frames shortening — and becoming thicker thanks to changeable frame inserts.
One of our readers sent me an e-mail about the Diamondback DB9 and its use as a backup gun. She is looking for departments that allow officers to carry a DB9 as a BUG.
So, how about it – does your department give the Diamondback a thumbs up? Sound off in the comments section below if your agency allows the pistol on duty.
Revision Military Ltd manufactures the Batlskin head protection system, which includes mandible and visor pieces that help protect the wearer from ballistic and blunt trauma injuries. Protecting the “brain box” is obviously important, especially in light of a 2008 report that showed up to 30% of all current wartime casualties were presenting with neck and head injuries.
Revision put out a series of videos showing how to integrate the Batlskin system with your current gear. If you are not familiar with the system, these videos do an excellent job of showing you how the system works.
A 30-year-old man was killed in a traffic collision on his way home from work. It’s 2:00 a.m, and you have been assigned to tell the man’s wife this bad news. How do you prepare yourself? What will you say? How will you act? Does your agency have a death notification policy and procedure? Have you had refresher training to help you do your best? Are you prepared to deliver news which will forever change someone’s life?
A quick update on some of the BlueSheepdog goings-on.
First, the Ares cut resistant gloves that were offered by PPSS as giveaway items for our readers have been shipped out. Congrats to Trey S. in Kansas and Russell S. of Texas on winning those gloves. I hope you guys get good use out of them.
Second, BlueCrew member Robert B. of California is the recipient of a new Kershaw folding knife as a token of appreciation from us. We don’t have contests in the BlueCrew, but we do like to randomly send out appreciation gifts to our members. Many of our members have gotten BlueSheepdog.com patches and other items in the past. Going forward, we will continue to hand out gear and other items as a way of saying “thank you” for your support.
I’ve added more law enforcement training articles to the site. They include:
- Smith & Wesson M&P Shield
- The Tactical Reload: Reloading with Retention
- Breaking Glass
- Recognizing and Responding to a Diabetic Emergency
- The Demand for Mobile Forensics Continues to Grow
- New Social Media Surveillance Tools
- Body Armor Update: 2012
- Handheld Biometric Technology
- Police Vehicle News Update
You can find these articles and many more by following the links in the drop down menus in the navigation bar above. We have more than 80 training articles and dozens of gear reviews listed there. Of course, those are all in addition to what is posted regularly in the blog.