Nick's Blog

Personal opinions. Aggressively stated.

Walk This Way

The Walk-and-Turn test is the one that makes me laugh the most, because it seems so easy to explain, and is in fact so hard to do. The instructors are clear that, when properly demonstrated and administered, it’s an easy…

Watch my Finger

The last three days of the academy are to be spent doing standardized field sobriety testing – SFST. Of course, there’s a practical examination. “If you don’t do every one of the three tests perfectly, you fail SFST, and you…

Sims City

Oscar is back. Our PT instructor left us about six weeks ago to head to a deployment in Korea, where he did his annual duty as an Air Force Reserve captain, and popped his head back in the class late…

Asset Forfeiture

The art of confiscating from criminals their assets is a dark one. The United States is pretty good at guaranteeing liberty and freedom from confiscation, but over the last several decades, especially since the dawn of the “war on drugs”,…

Beatdowns

When I tell you that something is a “beatdown,” it’s a statement devoid of much meaning to most, because most have not ever had to sit through a 200 slide presentation created by the state law enforcement educational standards board.…

Guns ‘n’ Hoses

Spent Saturday in the library, and Saturday night headed out to Mesquite, TX, where the annual Guns ‘n’ Hoses charity event was being held. Guns ‘n’ Hoses is an evening of boxing that pits firefighters against police officers in three-round…

Active Shooter: 37 Rounds

After the shootings at Columbine High School, we’re told, law enforcement and use of force experts gathered to figure out how to do it better. A consensus was reached that cops should, instead of staying outside and establishing a perimeter…