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25 Years Law Enforcement Experience. Bachelors & Masters in Criminal Justice.

CLEET Instructor. 15 Years in Business as a Private Investigator.

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I get asked a lot of questions about Private Investigations techniques, tools, training - and even interesting stories! I also get asked questions about my C.L.E.E.T. Certified Training. It is my hope that this blog will instruct you in topics relating to the field of private investigation. It is also my hope that the topics and content you find here will help you navigate some of today's safety issues.

Stealing your car in under a minute without breaking anything.

If you are interested in how criminal steal new cars with technology then watch this youtube video.  It is amazing how some criminals keep up with the latest technological advances and how to use them to commit crimes.   This youtube is only a little over a minute.  A side note is how useful good cameras are.

https://youtu.be/8pffcngJJq0

Tulsa Police Officer Shelby

Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby

As of May 17, 2017, the Tulsa jury has spoken on the trial of Police Officer Betty Shelby.  She has been found innocent of committing manslaughter, what a wonderful day this must be for her and her family.

The Crutcher family attorney stated today (May 18th) the only way to rectify the false verdict by the jury, is for the City of Tulsa to pay financial.  While I’m sure the attorney will file the necessary litigation on this case, I truly hope that no money is paid to the Crutcher family.

I listened to some of the comments made by the mayor of Tulsa and his lack of understanding the core problem which led to the shooting. The core problem is non-compliance.  It is not an officer versus citizen problem, it is not an officer versus black problem and it is not an officer versus any ethnic group. It is the non-compliance of a person who is being detained and/or arrested.

The politically incorrect evaluation of this shooting that most people and the administration are running from is non-compliance to an officer’s commands.  A reason that people are shot by police officers is due to threatening police officers and/or noncompliance with the police officers commands.  A second problem is the ingestion of illegal narcotics or legal narcotics to the point the person’s ability to be reasonable and comprehend what is being said to them is compromised.

Had Mr. Crutcher not been on PCP, he possibly would have been able to comprehend what the officers were saying to him. My experience undercover when PCP first came out was a person on  PCP was violent and not comply or comprehend commands given to them. 

I truly hope the Tulsa Police Department administration and officers are behind Officer Shelby’s career.  I hope the police administration is honest and forthright with the Tulsa community and tell them that officers are hired not to be injured or not to be killed, they are hired to enforce the laws passed by the legislature. Police officers have the right to go home every day to their families and their loved ones, just like all citizens have that right also. With 25 years of law enforcement, I can tell you that all the people who complied during all the arrest I made were never harmed or never mistreated and were able to get their day in court to explain their side of what happened. In my opinion, Police Officer Shelby didn’t go to work the day of the shooting with the mindset she wanted to shoot a person, particularly a black person. 

In conclusion, Officer’s Shelby’s shooting was not a result of some kind of racial tension, it was a result of a suspect not complying.  Citizens of all communities, your police officers have the right to go home to their families.  If a police officer stops you and issues commands to you during that stop or arrest, all you have to do is comply and you can go to court and argue your point.

A Deadly Time for Oklahoma Police Officers

A Deadly Time for Oklahoma Police Officers

I think it’s time for turds to stop killing us.  Enough officers have died in the recent past and left families behind.  The question is how do we as a law enforcement group stop this.  Yep, I agree killing turds first before they kill us is the best idea. That being said, let’s look at some ideas.  I believe the criminal element is keenly aware of body amour and is deliberately looking to shoot officers where the body amour is compromised or nonexistent.  In this article, I will use the term ASSAILANT, there is a key word in ASSailant and I think you can figure it out.

If body amour is a problem there are techniques that provide some protection and possibly the chance you need to effectively neutralize your assailant. One of the first things is to be ever mindful and informed of what size assailant you are facing.  Learning to read body language is very helpful.  Reading the facial micro expressions will often give away a person’s true attitude towards you and the situation.  In one interview, I was conducting with Inspector Bob Cannon, Inspector Cannon was watching the interviewee’s face.  After I had asked a question and looked down at my notes, Inspector Cannon caught a micro facial expression of the interviewee that changed the entire course of the interview.  He had caught her delayed facial response of getting by with a lie.  It was great because from that point on we watched her body language like an eagle and were able to conduct a very good interview.

Years ago, I read a book by the name of The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker.  I thank my daughter and her college professor for introducing me to this book.  At first I was reluctant to read a college assignment book but why not.  I am here to tell you it is a book well worth your time.  It’s not about being scared but about paying attention to the signals you receive from a person, place or thing and not socially disregarding the information because of social training that occurs in everyone’s life.

Outside of law enforcement, corporations spend a significant amount of money on consultants who have mastered the art of body language.  Attorneys spend money on consults who watch the jury’s reactions during a trial to hopefully determine if the jury is favoring them or not.

I also believe officers need to be taught the art of profiling.  This is one of the great tools that law enforcement can use to stay alive. It is a part to the body language of a person and can be coupled with what you see right in front of you. If you have a person who physically exhibits tattoos that appears to indicate this person rejects authority, it would be worth your time to be cautious. Back many years ago profiling was used in determining the probability of a person transporting narcotics. It consisted of known behaviors that were commonly exhibited by drug dealers.  These behaviors did not rise to the level of probable cause and were determined to be useless in arrest warrants and search warrants.  When the courts determined it to be useless, it obtained the reputation as not worthy of using.  It has somehow now become taboo to mention you use profiling.  Many years ago I was a guest speaker at a university.  During the question answer segment I was asked if I ever used profiling. I proudly said yes and I could see shock on many of the students face.  I believe profiling has unfairly earned the reputation of being a bad practice with the help of defense attorneys and political correctness.  The politically correct attitude has labeled profiling as unacceptable to even consider.

With the use of the concepts in THE GIFT OF FEAR and profiling, an assailant who appears to be cooperative may be giving a whole different message with his body, tattoos and language.  With the use of these tools your decision to be on alert and cautious can save your life. 

It seems today’s many killers are not that mad-crazed person who comes out and charge at the police.  Whether they are motivated by political ideas, religious ideas or are just mad at something, they kill just to kill.  To get that 15 minutes of social media fame.

At one time many officers carried clip boards with them.  Some clip boards the size of a ticket book and some large enough to hold report forms.  Ah, the age of digital entry and often gone the clip board.  Whether it’s a clip board or digital entry device, it can be used as an effective distraction on an assailant and provide life saving time to use more effective methods; yes, getting your gun out and shooting the assailant.  As a police officer I was never taught the concept of common place weapons.  Almost every place you go there are weapons abounding.  Let’s look at your seat in church.  I see a song book - I can throw that.  I see a bible - I can throw that. The keys in your pocket are stabbing and clawing weapon, if you still use keys on locks.  How about the menu at the place you eat after church.  The menu is a striking weapon.  If you don’t think so, ask your partner to strike you in the face at full force with the edge of the menu and then call me with your opinion.  The point is to learn to see the weapons around you that can enhance your survival.   

There also appears to be a problem with arterial bleeding when officers are shot. While this not new information it beckons the idea of onsite first-aid.  What are the first-aid skills of the average officer?  Is there more an uninjured officer can do at the scene of an injured officer or citizen.  Onsite first-aid is critical and with the changes in blood clotting medicine you could be very effective while awaiting more help.  If you are issued a basic first-aid kit or just keep one on hand become familiar with every device in it and how it is used.

In the end, there is no complete answer to preventing the death of police officers in the line of duty.  There is no satisfactory way to ease the pain the officers’ family will endure.  When you put on the badge you take on danger and so does your family.  Don’t forget every day to let your family know you love them.

Be safe out there, come home in one piece and lets be the best of the best.  

Hot Shooter-going it Alone: Full Article

Part 1 of 3

Yesterday I was reading an article from the Oklahoma Peace Officers magazine and it was addressing the recent shootings of citizens and police officers and how to improve on rapid deployment in such a situation. If you want to read more on the article and other articles get a copy of Oklahoma Peace Officers, Spring 2016 edition, volume 9. The article I will be mentioning was written by Richard Fairburn. This magazine is published by the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association. The article gave four ways to improve rapid in the rapid deployment term. The first one was do not wait for 4 officers. It stated several studies pointed to the need for instant response by the first responding officer. The second one was make immediate entry into the hot/kill zone and begin hunting the killer or killers. These two suggestions are a throwback to when police officers did not have bulletproof vest and often faced a deadly situation alone. In the article, it also acknowledged that any officer who finds himself in this type of situation needs to bring the 50 gallon barrel of courage and whip-ass attitude. (The author didn’t quite put it that way). I agree with the author on both of his two points and what it takes for a police officer to engage in such a deadly situation. If you are planning on becoming an officer or are already a police officer, when you pin the badge on you bet your life that you’ll make it through the day and through your career. There are always people who are willing to kill you.

 

Part 2 of 3

When I was in the patrol division I was moved to the northwest side of town. I patrolled 125 square miles by myself. A backup for me was 15 to 30 minutes away unless the helicopter was up or possibly a County Sheriff was close. I will grant this area was often called a silk stocking area, but oddly enough criminals maintain a presence in these areas also.

This new tactic is actually an old school practice. There are issues that don’t relate to the officer as much the legal system, the citizens, the President of the United States and todays environment. When an officer was confronted with such a situation, the first order of business for the officer was to come out alive. This did not mean the suspect would survive the encounter. The legal system at the time and still today takes a look at the totality of the environment the officer was in and the reason deadly force was employed. We didn’t have the small radical groups that are perceived to have some kind of pseudo-authority just because they have loud voices and screamed police brutality. The citizens at that time didn’t have the instant access to bogus information that was being broadcasted. The President of the United States did not offer his factually misleading opinion on the situation and his support for the position of the perpetrator.

Part 3 of 3

Here is the point I am attempting to drive home. If citizens want the police to adequately protect them and officers to endanger their lives and come home alive, then they need to allow the police to enforce the law properly. Law enforcement is just that. It is enforcing the laws mandated by the legislative and judicial system. Laws are not designed to make people feel good, there are designed protect community.

Okay now let’s finish the last 2 points. The officer needs to maintain situational awareness and use the clues the killer has left behind (more or less). You may not hear any shooting, but clues such as shot victims, dead victims and empty shell casings will often lead to the location of the shooter. The last point for the officer was to get medical attention to those who need it.

For the police officers reading this be safe and come home. For those who are not police officers be sure to recognize who protects you every day.

Just my opinion

Robert Smart- Smart Private Investigations

Hot Shooter-going it Alone: Part 3 of 3

Here is the point I am attempting to drive home. If citizens want the police to adequately protect them and officers to endanger their lives and come home alive, then they need to allow the police to enforce the law properly. Law enforcement is just that. It is enforcing the laws mandated by the legislative and judicial system. Laws are not designed to make people feel good, there are designed protect community.

Okay now let’s finish the last 2 points. The officer needs to maintain situational awareness and use the clues the killer has left behind (more or less). You may not hear any shooting, but clues such as shot victims, dead victims and empty shell casings will often lead to the location of the shooter. The last point for the officer was to get medical attention to those who need it.

For the police officers reading this be safe and come home. For those who are not police officers be sure to recognize who protects you every day.

Just my opinion

Robert Smart- Smart Private Investigations

Black/White Robbery Division

When I was in the robbery division at the Oklahoma City Police Department, the investigators in that unit were divided into two different groups. One group of investigators investigated what was term White suspects, which included Whites, Mexicans and Asians. The second group of investigators were assigned to investigating Black suspects. At that time we had approximately 2 to 3 more investigators working Black suspects as to the number of investigators working White suspects.

This had nothing to do with racism. It was simple factual workload division. There were substantially more robberies committed by black suspects at that time than there were by the other racial groups. It also improved the police department’s ability to solve robberies because investigators became familiar with population of suspects either Black or White, who are known to commit robberies. Investigators became familiar with the modus operandi of individual robbery suspects and people they associated with. This was nothing more than an intelligent way to investigate robberies.

When I hear the overbroad use of factual clichés on how the criminal justice system somehow is targeting blacks, I personally know they are skewing the information to fit their agenda. It seems to me the Ivy League educated politicians have no concept of what the reality of law enforcement is. As I discovered in my undergraduate work, I had professors teaching from a purely book knowledge position. Those professors had never spent any time in law enforcement. After I graduated and became a police officer, I found out how full of misinformation these professors were teaching. I did find it refreshing when I got into my Master’s program a significant number of the professors were currently in law enforcement or had spent many years in law enforcement.

I make this challenge, and certainly offer my services to teach to the Ivy League schools who are educating the next batch of misinformed young adults. I will be glad to come to your school and help educate the undergraduate or graduate population on the reality of law enforcement.

Hot Shooter-going it Alone: Part 2 of 3

When I was in the patrol division I was moved to the northwest side of town. I patrolled 125 square miles by myself. A backup for me was 15 to 30 minutes away unless the helicopter was up or possibly a County Sheriff was close. I will grant this area was often called a silk stocking area, but oddly enough criminals maintain a presence in these areas also.

This new tactic is actually an old school practice. There are issues that don’t relate to the officer as much the legal system, the citizens, the President of the United States and todays environment. When an officer was confronted with such a situation, the first order of business for the officer was to come out alive. This did not mean the suspect would survive the encounter.

The legal system at the time and still today takes a look at the totality of the environment the officer was in and the reason deadly force was employed. We didn’t have the small radical groups that are perceived to have some kind of pseudo-authority just because they have loud voices and screamed police brutality. The citizens at that time didn’t have the instant access to bogus information that was being broadcasted. The President of the United States did not offer his factually misleading opinion on the situation and his support for the position of the perpetrator.

Hot Shooter-going it Alone: Part 1 of 3

Yesterday I was reading an article from the Oklahoma Peace Officers magazine and it was addressing the recent shootings of citizens and police officers and how to improve on rapid deployment in such a situation. If you want to read more on the article and other articles get a copy of Oklahoma Peace Officers, Spring 2016 edition, volume 9. The article I will be mentioning was written by Richard Fairburn. This magazine is published by the Oklahoma Sheriff’s and Peace Officers Association. The article gave four ways to improve rapid in the rapid deployment term.

The first one was do not wait for 4 officers. It stated several studies pointed to the need for instant response by the first responding officer. The second one was make immediate entry into the hot/kill zone and begin hunting the killer or killers.

These two suggestions are a throwback to when police officers did not have bulletproof vest and often faced a deadly situation alone. In the article, it also acknowledged that any officer who finds himself in this type of situation needs to bring the 50 gallon barrel of courage and whip-ass attitude. (The author didn’t quite put it that way).

I agree with the author on both of his two points and what it takes for a police officer to engage in such a deadly situation. If you are planning on becoming an officer or are already a police officer, when you pin the badge on you bet your life that you’ll make it through the day and through your career. There are always people who are willing to kill you.

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