There is actually a purpose to this blog

Scott Adams - the writer of the 'Dilbert' comic strip - once described a Mission Statement as 'a long, complicated paragraph demonstrating management's inability to think clearly.' Therefore, I'll not call this a mission statement.

This blog is dedicated to informing civilian Park Rangers about topics routine taught to police officers but almost unknown to most of us who wear a uniform, work alone, and confront potentially dangerous on a frequent basis.

This blog is intended to offer suggestions based on my experience, and on my understanding of Maryland Law. It may be different where you are.

That's my mission.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Bad Guys' Cars Break Down, Too.

Thirty years ago, Dave Smith - who was assigned to the Arizona Department of Public Safety's Training Division - created the character of J. D. "Buck" Savage, a caricature of a inept, unsafe, but nevertheless rather egoistical police officer. Still a popular part of police training, "Buck's" pompous officer safety videos demonstrate exactly the wrong way of doing things.

In the following video. "Buck" totally misses numerous indications that the damsel in distress he is assisting is not what she seems.

Buck does get one thing right: Bad guy's cars break down, too.

Bad guys also go camping.



    My husband, an LE-turned-volunteer, spoke with one of these 3 last summer. He was a LE Ranger for 30 years, and his creep-o-meter, along with several other collegues, was over the top, even before his encounter with the guy. We get lots of odd ball questions where I work, but we all need to trust our instincts. If it smells like dead fish, it's probably dead fish.

  2. One time I had a report of a broken down vehicle on the Blue Ridge Parkway that turned out to contain three armed escaped convicts. I ended up holding them at gun point for hours waiting for backup.
    Remember you never know who you might be talking to out there.