This Week in Policing – Jan. 9, 2009

Everyone must have what a relative of mine calls the Holiday Hangover, because it’s been a quiet week from a policing perspective.  There have been calls for service, and there was a shooting in Downtown Eastside on January 6th, but other than that, not much has happened.

On another note, I came across two articles in the last week that others should find interesting. 

The first, written by Globe and Mail journalist Andre Picard, had an impact on several officers within the VPD and from across Canada.  Mr. Picard covered the topic of law enforcement being an instrumental component of society and of health care, and his article, OFFICERS METE OUT MORE COMPASSION THAN BULLETS, is one all police officers should read.  After I read it, I contacted Mr. Picard and expressed my thanks on his ability to validate for many the belief that what we do for a living is actually making a difference.

The second article, IN HUMOR, THERE IS TRUTH, posted on PoliceOne.com, was a reprint on how important it is for officers to be physically and mentally prepared at all times.  It examines gun handling skills and the mental preparation it takes to ensure you survive a confrontation with an armed suspect. 

Not all things about policing are politically correct or about playing fair, and there are times when a police officer will be called upon to take drastic measures to ensure their safety and the safety of those they have sworn to protect.  I’ve included this article, which is more suited for active police officers, because it touches on having the ‘warrior mindset’. 

Others should read it and look past some of the humor to find the life-saving tips hidden in the message – you don’t have to be a police officer facing off with a gun weilding madman to understand you should always have a plan.

Rule #14 in the article states, “Have a plan.  Then have a backup plan, because the first one won’t work.”  This rule can be applied to everything from having a second fire escape route out of your home, to what you should do if your car breaks down on the highway.

Our gun laws are far more restrictive than those in the United States, but with gun crime on the rise in recent years, all Canadian police officers need to be fully switched on at all times.

That’s it for now.  Have a good weekend, and stay safe.

Sandra

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