• What You Measure is What You Get.

    Einstein : Not everything that can be counted counts. And not everything that counts can be counted.
  • About me.

    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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  • C.T.C. Constabulary.

    A Strategic Community Diversity Partnership. We are cutting bureaucracy and reducing the recording of target and monitoring related statistics. Our senior leaders will drive small, economical cars from our fleet surplus to save money to invest in better equipment for our frontline response officers. We are investing money to reinstate station canteens for the benefits of those 24/7 response officers. We have a pursuit policy. The message is that if you commit an offence and use a vehicle, we will follow you and stop you if necessary. It is your duty to stop when the lights and sirens are on. We take account of the findings of the Force questionnaire and are reducing the administration and management levels and returning these officers to frontline response duties. We insist on a work-life balance. We have no political masters. We are implimenting selection processes that take account of an individuals skills and proven abilities for the job. Our senior leaders will have one foot in reality and still possess the operational Policing skills they have long forgotton about and seldom used. All ranks are Police Officers first and specialists second. We will impliment career development and performance evaluation monitoring of our leaders by those officers who operate under that leadership. The most important role is that of Constable. All other roles are there to positively support the role and the responsibility of Constable and the duties performed.
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    “We trained very hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising. It can be a wonderful method of creating the illusion of progress while creating confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.”......Petronius
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Sheriff Judd, the Florida Way.

When Police stopped motorist Angilo Freeland in October 2006  he shot the officer who had stopped him. Officer Vernon Williams, 39, was been shot eight times. He was not wearing a protective vest, but shots hit him in his right leg and behind his right ear, among other places. Diogi, his German shepherd police dog, was also killed. The dog had been shot once in the chest.
A statewide manhunt ensued. Ten SWAT officers surrounded  Freeland as he hid beneath brush and a fallen tree in a rural area following the manhunt. Authorities say he raised the gun belonging to the deputy he had killed, prompting nine officers to fire a total of 110 rounds, killing him.

“I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had,” Judd said. “We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back.”

The post mortem revealed Freeland was hit 68 times. 
68 times out of 110…………………………………


5 Responses

  1. Hm, I’m actually quite impressed with the hit ratio. There have been lots of other shootings, where the officers weren’t specialists, where only about 10% hit the target.
    “I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that’s all the ammunition they had,” If that was the UK they would all be being pilloried now, in the press and in the legal system. At least the US most times sticks up for its Officers.

  2. Time for the officers to get a little more training…they should have hit him 110 times, don’t ya think…ciao

  3. 68 times out of 110 seems pretty good to me, I am sure that as he started to get hit he started to move and twitch etc etc so you can’t except all 110 to hit him. What was the range for example? IF they are shooting from 40-50m away at a body only 50cm wide and 170cm tall even the simple at of him falling down will cause some bullets to miss him by being too hgh.

    68 out of 100 by 9 people, yep sounds like a pretty good hit ratio to me.

  4. My gosh, for a minute there I thought I was reading about a case here. This guy shot two State Troopers and one was killed. There was a massive manhunt for this guy, kids even had to stay in lock down at the schools in certain areas. It even made America’s Most Wanted. They got the guy – alive, and he is thankfully behind bars.

  5. Got to say that I think Sheriff Judd gives an honest response, this guy has killed two officers (I’m including the dog, it too was an LEO) and had pointed his gun at other officers, so they made sure he wasn’t going to shoot at them.

    And yes, credit to the Sheriff for not hanging his men out to dry, it would be lovely if a few more Chief Officers over here took lessons from him.

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