POLICE Magazine

MAY 2019

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30 POLICE MAY 2019 Editor's Note: The following article is the first in a series. F ORTY YEARS AGO, in 1979, Chief Daryl F. Gates of the Los Angeles Police Department sent a letter to the heads of the 50 largest police departments in America. It asked simply, "What suspect control de- vices do you use other than firearms, batons, saps, and hand- cuffs?" e commissioner of a certain large agency in New En- gland (it starts with a "B") wrote back simply, "Be advised, there are none." It was amusing to read at first, but for many agencies at the time, it was true. Seven years before that, in 1972, as they sat in their car New York City Police Officers Gregory Foster and Rocco Laurie were ambushed and murdered in a single incident by members of a militant group. Two years before that, in 1970, four California Highway Pa- trol officers engaged two men and were killed in "e Newhall Incident" that many of you may have heard about in training. Seven years before that, in 1963, LAPD Officer Ian Campbell and his partner Officer Karl Hettinger made an investigative stop and were disarmed, kidnapped, and driven to "e Onion Field," the title of former LAPD Detective Joseph Wambaugh's book and a movie that is still painful to watch. Campbell was gunned down in cold blood. Hettinger was fortunate enough to escape physically, but he never escaped mentally. PHOTO: POLICE FILE J TACTICS AND TRAINING: t Few tools have changed modern law enforcement practices, policies, and tactics more than the TASER. While TASERs were available 30 years ago, they were not very effective. HOW DO WE REACH THE NEXT LEVEL? The time has come to talk about not just where we've been and where we are, but where we're going and how to get there. H GREG MEYER

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