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.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Violence Against Police Officers

As of this time, eleven police officers in the United States have been killed in 2011. That's almost one per every two days. "We don't have any data, but there seems to be a type of criminal out there looking to thwart authority," said Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee.

Think about it. Who is the authority in your park? Could it be..... you? The unarmed Ranger working alone, with often unreliable communications and help miles away?

The best advice I can give you is:
  • Be prepared for anything.
  • Back down, back up, and leave when things get dicey.
  • Pay attention to the hair standing up on the back of your neck.
  • Critique every confrontation or dangerous situation you have; what could you have done differently?

Being a Ranger is often fun, frequently rewarding, sometimes exciting, and occasionally dangerous. At least, it's a living.

But, as 'The Outlaw' Josey Wales said:  'Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.'


  1. We have another term for a good time to be wary: if your Creep-o-meter goes off, get out and get help!

  2. Exactly - we just have to listen to it!

  3. I used to even tell my law enforcement park rangers that I would respect them more for using good judgement and backing down then their getting them into a no win situation. Not listening to your instincts can get you in trouble.