NOPTIC Thermal Imaging System

…And another thing–I am jealous of the FLIR system on the orbiting police helicopter above!  It would be cool if I had a thermal imager in my cruiser to pick out bad guys hiding in the darkness like those rotorheads up in the chopper.  Well, someone has come up with just this idea.

I had not seen the NOPTIC, nighttime optical thermal imaging camera, until recently.  The NOPTIC camera mounts on the A-pillar spotlight of a police car and sends infrared imaging back to the in-car computer screen so the officer can see at night without the compromises of a visible light beam.

Using a passive IR camera, the NOPTIC unit allows an officer to stealthily locate suspects at an officer safety advantage.  As you can see from the videos, you find them before they even know they are under observation. Continue reading

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QALO Thin Blue Line Ring Series

QaloQALO Rings, about which I have previously written, has a new line of wedding rings that honor police officers and firefighters.  The Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line rings allow you to show commitment to your profession while protecting the hands that hold your spouses tight.  Yes, they make them for both men and women.

QALO, pronounced Kay-Lo, will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sales of these rings to care for the families of fallen officers through the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.  A similar fund will distribute the 20% to families of fallen firefighters through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Firefighter Wife.  Says QALO:

“QALO’s new Thin Line collection offers law enforcement officers and firefighters the ability to casually show their support to their professional communities while safely wearing their wedding rings. The Thin Blue Line and Thin Red Line rings are constructed with the same high quality medical grade silicone as all of the other QALO rings. It provides a safe, functional alternative to the traditional metal wedding bands because of its pliability. The rings are predominately black in color with a thin blue or red line running around the center of it.

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Graphic Dash Video Shows Cruiser Hit Active Shooter

On February 19, 2015, a wanted felon in Marana, Ariz. stole a rifle from a Walmart and strode down the street firing bullets.  Officer Michael Rapiejko saw an opportunity to end the incident before the suspect made it to commercial businesses and a busy roadway. This video is graphic, but illustrates the split-second decisions officers have to make while on the job.

Ofc. Rapiejko was praised for his decisive action by Marana Chief Terry Rozema, who credited the officer with saving citizens and the suspect’s life.  This felon spent only two days in the hospital before his transfer to jail.  He was wanted in connection with three incidents in Tucson:  a robbery, a burglary/arson, and a home invasion/auto theft.

Just this morning, a couple of detectives and I were talking about two instances here in Florida where officers we know were forced to strike suspects with their police cars during deadly force encounters.  Later today, this popped up after the video was released by MPD. Weird, sobering coincidence.


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Civilian Version of the FN M249 SAW?

semi-automatic-m249s-fn-minimiHow much is that SAW-y in the window?  FN Herstal USA will be producing a civilian version of the U.S. Military’s M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), according to news from the NRA Annual Meeting 2015.  Also in the works from FN are two Military Collector versions of the M-4 and M16.  Here is the presser:

(McLean, VA – April 10, 2015) FNH USA is excited to announce that three new products, including a brand-new product line, will be making their first appearance on the FNH USA Booth #2324 at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville, TN. Expected to be released in the Fall of 2015 are the mil-spec FN M249S™, a semi-automatic version of the U.S. Military’s M249 SAW light machinegun and two new additions to the company’s modern sporting rifle line, the FN 15™ M4 and M16 Military Collector Series. Continue reading

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New Remington RM380 Pocket Pistol

Remington RM380 left sideYet another new handgun officially launching at the NRA Annual Meeting 2015 is the Remington Arms‘ RM380.  This .380 ACP caliber hammer-fired DAO sub-sub-compact pistol has an aluminum frame with a fiberglass reinforced nylon grip overlay.  It will have a 6+1 capacity and a weight of 12.2 ounces.  The new gun will ship from Remington’s Huntville, Ala. plant with extended grip and flush grip magazines that will release from ambidextrous buttons.

Much like the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380, with which it will directly compete, the hammer-fired locked breech RM380 has a multiple-strike capability for stubborn Continue reading

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New Heckler & Koch P30SK Pistol

imageHeckler & Koch announced a SubKompact version of their popular P30 pistol at this week’s NRA Annual Meeting.  The new double-stack 9mm handgun is designated the P30SK.  SK, get it?

P30SK has dimensions similar to a Glock 26/27.  The HK is 6.42 inches in length, 4.57 inches high, and 1.37 inches wide.  Bullets are launched from a 3.27 inch barrel.  Weight is tallied as 23.99 ounces.

The SubKompact can have a DA/SA trigger or HK’s Law Enforcement Modification (LEM) DAO “light strike V1″ trigger at a light 5.4 ounce pull.  The DA/SA is available with and without the ambidextrous safety/decocking levers.  Dual slide releases are worn by all versions. Continue reading

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BLACKHAWK! Debuts New A.R.C. IWB Holster

Blackhawk ARC IWBBLACKHAWK! has a new appendix carry holster debuting at the NRA Annual Meeting, which begins tomorrow.  Here are the details:

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – April 8, 2015 – BLACKHAWK!® announces its new Appendix Reversible Carry (A.R.C.) Inside the Waistband (IWB) Holster for civilian and law enforcement concealed carry. The holster’s design offers concealed carry users and professional operators who prefer the appendix carry position with a versatile and comfortable holster in one model. The new holster will debut at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, April 10 to 12 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Comfort is a top priority for someone who uses an appendix carry holster,” said Liam Yarbrough, BLACKHAWK! product manager for holsters. “The A.R.C. IWB Holster’s design gives the best fit for each individual. This gives our customers a variety of options with just one holster.”

The A.R.C. IWB Holster is designed to be as comfortable as it is versatile. The Urban Grey holster body is constructed of a soft, yet durable, injection-molded polymer material for all-day comfort. The fully reversible and ambidextrous holster accommodates left- and right-handed users and is packaged with two cant and ride height adjustment belt clips for 1.5- and 1.75-inch belts. Continue reading

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Ocala Officer Killed in Training Accident


Ofc. Forsyth, Photo OPD

Ocala Police Officer Jared Forsyth, 33, was accidentally shot at the Lowell Correctional Institution range in Marion County this afternoon.  He was rushed to the Ocala Regional Medical Center, but he succumbed to his wound after being rushed into surgery.  The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the training accident.  Ofc. Forsyth had been with OPD since April 16, 2012.  No further details were released at this time.

Ocala Police Department will announce service arrangements.  This is very sad.


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Flakka–A Deadly New Designer Drug Rises in Florida

imageSouth Florida is experiencing a spike in violent and unpredictable behaviors exhibited by people using the relatively new synthetic designer drug known as flakka.  A “bath salt”-style mixture, flakka can be smoked, vaped, snorted, injected, or swallowed.  It is classified as a synthetic cathinone under the chemical name alpha-pyrrolidinopentiophenone, or alpha-PVP.

Flakka, known as “gravel” in other parts of the country because of its coarse crystalline appearance, is highly addictive and can cause dangerous psychotic episodes.  It costs about one quarter that of methamphetamine, but seems to have worse short term effects on its users.

Since the beginning of this year, a naked and armed flakka user held police at bay from a rooftop; another one desperately tried to kick in the doors of the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department because he was severely paranoid; a third attempted to scale the fence at Continue reading

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Wives Behind the Badge–Florida Auxiliary

Wives Behind the Badge Florida2014Wives Behind the Badge is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in California in 2008.   They provide resources and emotional support to law enforcement families and serve as a positive voice for law enforcement in the community.  Florida has recently opened a chapter of WBTB.

A sample of Wives Behind the Badge programs includes:

  • Online support forums for LEO wives.
  • Families Behind the Badge:  designed to extend the same support offered the main Wives Behind the Badge forums to family members of law enforcement officers.  All family members are welcome – parent, grandparents, siblings, cousins, etc.
  • HALOS:   (Helping Aid Lost Officers’ Survivors) offers sympathy and support in the event of a line of duty or off duty law enforcement officer.  A beautiful condolence card is sent to each family with the contact information for an Angel (volunteer) who is ready to help with any support needed.  Angels are then available to assist the department and surviving families with any needs they have.
  • Blue Line Kids:  a forums section on the Wives Behind the Badge forums, where kids safely gather to meet other kids living the same lives as police kids.
  • Scholarship Program:  one for LEO kids, one for LEO spouses.
  • Auxiliary Committees in 48 states.
  • Special series focused on what it means and what it feels like to marry into the LEO business, stressors, worries, etc.  Examples are “Going Through the Emotions,” “Life Behind the Badge,” and “The Police Wife Life.”

The Florida Auxiliary WBTB Chapter was recently formed and they are taking on their first fundraiser, which is a Virtual 5k.  This event is being held Continue reading

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XS Express Sight Set for the Bodyguard 380

Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 XS front port sideSomething was missing.  Hmmmm.  What could it be?  Where’s my tritium front sight?  The Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 came with many nice features.  A pleasing hydrogen isotope glow in the foreground was not one of them.  Not that I am prejudiced against serrated front ramps, but I need the green.

There is presently only one option for low- and no-light front sights for the S&W Bodyguard 380, XS Sight System’s Tritium Express Set.  They come in Big Dot and a smaller Standard Dot.  I chose the latter.  The biggun just comes off as disproportionate on this weapon.

I had once installed a set of XS Big Dot Express Sights on my Glock 27.  Hated ’em.  I did not like the huge dot and very shallow “V” rear sight.  In my hands, they were not as precise as any of the three-dots with which I was familiar. This was borne out by my sh#*tty range scores with the Big Dot.  Whap!  Back on with the TruGlo’s.  Ahhhh, better. Continue reading

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Larry Vickers Recreates Collateral Shooting Techniques

As a profession, law enforcement sometimes fails to teach practical shooting drills in favor of square range target practice.  Yes, I know, Collateral was a just movie.  But the essence of the action here is a Controlled Pair from the holster on suspect one, followed by a Failure Drill, a.k.a. the Mozambique Drill, to suspect two.  If you have not depressed a trigger on either of these techniques thus far in 2015, you are not keeping your shooting skills honed.

I was with a small group of sergeants who had rifle qualifications a few weeks ago.  Our instructor for the evolution is a reserve Tier One soldier with combat tours overseas.  He is also one of our administrative supervisors.  I enjoy his sessions because he is serious about providing excellent training that can save your life.  He has seen the elephant. Continue reading

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Latest Glock 43 Photographs

imageThese are the official photos of the Glock 43.  There were some Photoshopped versions out there, but these are the legit ones.  Specifications are below.  The G43 is slightly larger than the G42, but it is still more easily concealed carry than a G26/27.  The MSRP for the Glock 43 will be $589.00 according to some online retailers.

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Glock Teases New Release–Maybe a 9mm Single Stack?

Glock This Spring

Updated:  Someone apparently breached a nondisclosure agreement yesterday and confirmed the existence of the Glock 43.  Glock, in turn, gave the rest of the media a go-ahead to publish their “secret stories.”  Looks like we are getting the skinny 9 after all…

Here we go again.  I received a media invite for a Glock event at the NRA 2015 Annual Meeting.  Glock promises exclusive “…Range Time with New Product…” among other perks at the April 20 event in Nashville.  The flyer for the soirée had the silhouette of what looks like a G42, but industry insiders accuse it of being the new Glock 43 single stack 9mm sub-sub-compact.

As if that were not enough, Glock’s Facebook page has the “This Spring” photo of the short double-captive spring assembly that would be part of the 9mm’s internals and, in another advertisement, the top of a slide consistent with the truncated pistol.  Glock is asking us to stay tuned on March 20, 2015 for an important Continue reading

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Sarasota Police Body Cameras Stalled

imageDespite the procurement of 24 body cameras by the Sarasota Police Department, the recording devices will not be worn by officers pending a lawsuit and proposed legislation in both houses of the Florida Legislature.

A civil rights activist, supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, is suing the city over the cost of a public records request for 84 hours of police video taken during the cameras’ test program.  SPD gave a price of $18,000 for compilation, review, and redaction of the videos per F.S.S. 119, the Florida Public Records law.  The ACLU contends it is an excessive charge.

SPD Chief Bernadette Di Pino has also put the cameras on hold because of two bills presently working their way through Florida House of Representatives and Senate committees.

Synopsis of HB 57:   Continue reading

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