That Thin Blue Line Sticker

"It's there to let them know that the person driving is 80 percent likely to be carrying a duty weapon, weapon, and it starts the conversation." more »

Oct 6, 2011 by in On The Beat

The Gentle Art of Custody

I got him cuffed after using my expendable baton as a pry-bar, and do you know what happened? The same neighbors that called this in called in an Excessive Use of Force Complaint because there were so many officers “on him”. more »

Oct 26, 2011 by in On The Beat

Chattanooga Occupation, Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote a bit I considered ‘less crappy than usual’ about the inanity of various U.S. cities’ “Occupy Wall Street” protesters being extremely annoyed about not getting arrested despite their best efforts. more »

Nov 10, 2011 in On The Beat (2 Comments)

The Courts, Cops, and You

Are my days up? Am I the last rabbit in the warren to be culled? I doubt it, Dear Reader, because what’s vanilla ice cream without a few sprinkles? more »

Nov 17, 2011 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Unofficial Response: AR-15s

This being a matter of public record and I being a quasi-public figure, I felt it appropriate to give Chattanooga Organized for Action a public response for such an excellent rhetorical question. more »

Nov 23, 2011 by in On The Beat (5 Comments)

March of the Bums

Do you ever get a kick out of overhearing a random conversation from the table behind you at a restaurant? Same thing, but going 24/7 in our heads, even while walking down a sidewalk, as I was tonight. more »

Dec 1, 2011 by in On The Beat

The Name Drop And How Not To Drop It

Traffic stops and arrests, in general, are done to change behavior. Your behavior, specifically, not mine, so when you do stupid shit, don’t take advantage of a “friend”... more »

Dec 8, 2011 by in On The Beat

History of the Bluesmobile, Part One

It’s kind of funny. In the Golden Age of policing (the ’30s and ’40s, to me), police forces across America began using motorized vehicles as a means of saving money. more »

Dec 15, 2011 by in On The Beat

The Five-Oh Top One-Oh of 2011

The headlines of 2011 as seen On The Beat. more »

Dec 29, 2011 by in On The Beat

Mosaic: Lost in a Masquerade

The mayor? Furious, and rightfully so. The chief? Neighbors? Everyone in general? Furious, too. But just days later, the loonies are emerging from under their rocks and giving their “expert” opinions. more »

Jan 5, 2012 by in On The Beat

Gang Problem? Good as Solved

Besides the dozens of dollars saved by reducing public safety officers, incentives to stay and their equipment, the mayor is shoring this up by spending money on a “study” to further access the gang threat. more »

Jan 12, 2012 by in On The Beat

Body Armor: What Spiderman Already Knew

Soldiers and cops have historically had two things in common: Shitty pay and the risk of perforation. Throughout history they have endured these inequalities and personal dangers to allow us to evolve as a civilized society. more »

Jan 19, 2012 by in On The Beat

DUI: No Longer Badge of Shame, But Behave

I started my career working Brainerd. Everyone partied there, they all drove drunk, and it didn’t take a lot of training to make a case. more »

Jan 26, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Farewell to a Friend

It’s an awkward situation to be in when someone you know passes away. Proximity to the person (both literally and emotionally), the way in which they passed (expected or unexpected) … something so predictable shouldn’t be so complicated. more »

Feb 2, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Love Blossoms in Purgatory

“Love.” A very wise mentor of mine once indirectly described this as “the other half of crime.” “Indirectly” isn’t even a good word for it, because unlike me by comparison, this guy was direct as Hell itself. more »

Feb 9, 2012 by in On The Beat

Mr. Cheerful, The Eternal Optimist

Except for the New York Giants recent example of a great Bowl game, I literally can’t remember the last thing I was right about—and who saw that coming? more »

Feb 16, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

You Call it OCD, I Call it Comfort

I know I do these things, but why is it wrong? I’m just responding to a truth that few have realized or will at least admit to: That “control” is an illusion. more »

Feb 23, 2012 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Swingline Blues

I’m fearful, folks. And I’m not talking about “dropping your keys on the floor of the porn theater and you’re going to have to touch them again” kind of fear. more »

Mar 1, 2012 by in On The Beat

Camaraderie at 20,000 Feet

As most infrequent fliers will attest to, sleep aboard a plane is like spotting a unicorn in the wild: It’s a magical and elusive beast akin to a logical or fundamental-thinking politician, but sadly they are both only things of fiction. more »

Mar 22, 2012 by in On The Beat

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