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March 2009 Blog Posts (7)

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I don't know where this train is heading, but let's all jump on board. The destination may be blurry, but man....the ride is worth it.

Added by Jim Spoor on March 31, 2009 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

Brother in blue or "wanna be"?

You pull up on an active incident. In the middle of it is someone wearing a patch that says "Security" on it. What is your first thought? Maybe you should rethink your thoughts. IF you had to think in the first place maybe you should REALLY rethink your thought process. Just because someone is not "Sworn" does not make him or her an Officer. Yes, it might be far and few between BUT you might just happen when you need it. More so? Your treatment in public of that Officer might turn things around… Continue

Added by David on March 30, 2009 at 9:03pm — 9 Comments

The Lesson Isn't Worth the Cost

There is sad news from Oakland, California, as I am sure all of you know by now. One violent punk took out four experienced and tested law enforcement officers, all members of an agency that pulls no punches. Before I go any further, know that nothing I say is intended to belittle those officers, their ability, or their sacrifice. We all mourn with our colleagues in the Bay Area as they honor their… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on March 23, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Passwords you should never use

I have the same love-hate relationship with passwords as most of you. They're necessary to protect confidentiality and security, but they're also a pain in the butt. We're supposed to use a different password for every password-protected computer, account, web site, etc. we use, but most of us use the same one because it's easy to remember.

Lifehacker recently referenced an entry on Listable of passwords you should never use. Among these (and some I… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on March 13, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

How Many People Do We Need to Keep in Prison?

While I sat in a dentist's chair a few days ago, having a hygienist stick pointy things into my gums and scrape god-knows-what off of my teeth, I listened to Fox News ("We Report. You Believe.") playing on the TV set my dentist has mounted on the chair. This is supposed to relax me, but I haven't noticed it working. Anyway, the segment was concerned with the fate of a woman who had killed her baby in an especially gruesome way. Fox's e-mail polls on the story indicated its viewers had no use… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on March 11, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

TASER Announces AXON Bodycam

TASER made an announcement this morning of their new AXON product and its associated web site at

The AXON is an integrated head-worn bodycam, radio interface, and Linux-based computer that records and manages the output from the camera and microphone. is TASER's video management solution, where the video produced by AXON units is stored remotely and accessible to the subscriber agency.

The hardware starts with a camera and microphone… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on March 10, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Suicide method poses an officer safety hazard

There is a method of suicide being publicized around the Internet that can offer a deadly hazard to law enforcement officers and otherts who may come upon the scene of such an incident.

The information was received through our EMS information channels. Elsevier Public Safety publishes Law Officer magazine, but also JEMS and Fire-Rescue magazines, with corresponding web sites.

The notice came from Dr. Paul Pepe, a professor and chair of emergency medicine at the University… Continue

Added by Tim Dees on March 2, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

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