A quick note to those who haven’t been around MCPD for long.
I used to do what was initially dubbed “The Saturday Question”. Â That quickly turned into “The Weekly Question” particularly during college football because nothing gets in the way of the Irish. Â When I finally realized that I suck at keeping to that particular schedule, I renamed the posts “Ask MC”.
Ask MC is an occasional post in which you, my motoring friends, submit questions to yours truly about police-type stuff. Â It doesn’t have to be relegated to traffic questions, although that is my particular bailiwick. Â Contrary to popular opinion, I do not know everything. Â I’ll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor from the shock.
Better? Â Excellent.
If I don’t know the answer, I will do my best to find out what it is. Â Or I’ll just make shit up. Â You know, either way. Â You are more than welcome, nay, encouraged to ask me whatever you like and I will make every effort to get to it before the end of time and post it here for all to see. Â What I’m trying to say is I will make you famous. Â Or at least my mom will read about it. Â Eventually. Â When I remind her I still write a blog. Â xoxo, mom.
Now…on to the question…
This iteration’s question comes from my Words with Friends nemesis, Warren. Â I have been playing Warren for something akin to 18 months or so. Â I have beat him less than ten times. Â I hate Warren with a verve that is incalculable. Â The only person that I have played longer and had less success at destroying is the Wife. Â No joke. Â I don’t hate her, though. Â She’s wicked hot. Â And she’s carrying our third kid. Â But mostly she’s wicked hot. Â Warren (and I’m only assuming here, since we’ve never met face-to-face) is not as hot as the Wife. Â Thus, my completely justified contempt for him.
Do you always carry your firearm with you while off duty? If so, what would you do in this scenario?
You’re out walking alone in San Francisco from the BART station and a couple of guys approach you from behind and demand your wallet and valuables. One of them is pointing a handgun at you. What does your training instruct you to do? Would you actually do anything differently?
Warren asked me that after I had the opportunity to meet a reader from South Bend (Go Irish! Â Twice in one post!!) who was in the Bay Area on business. Â As it happens, I typically don’t carry off duty. Â I did when I was a rookie because, well, I could. Â Eventually, it got to be more of a pain than anything else. Â At the time, I carried a Smith & Wesson 5906 (read: big damn paperweight) and it was cumbersome to say the least. Â Now, I carry a Sig P226 (which I love, by the way), but I leave it at work.
For the sake of argument, though, let’s assume I was carrying in the above scenario.
Let me start by saying I am not Quick Draw McGraw (dating myself). Â If I was carrying, it’d more than likely be in a concealed holster either on my right hip or on the small of my back. Â The suspect pointing the gun at me absolutely has the drop on me, regardless of whether his finger is indexed or not (finger in the trigger guard). Â The safest and smartest thing for me to do is memorize every detail I can about their description. Â Race. Â Sex. Â Age. Â Height. Â Weight. Hair color/style. Eye color/glasses. Facial hair. Â Clothing. Â Language (accent? vernacular? slang?). Direction of Travel. Â Associated vehicle.
If there’s an associated vehicle I need the following: license plate, color, year, make, model, outstanding features (bumper stickers, body damage, after market gear, etc).
All that needs to be done in as little time as conceivable. Â Most folks vapor lock on details. Â We train not to do that because it could mean our lives.
Would I attempt to disarm him? Â Totally depends on circumstance. Â More than likely, no. Â I’m out of uniform (read: no Kevlar vest) and I don’t have a radio. Â Let me throw a monkey wrench in your question, though. Â I’d like to think I wouldn’t find myself in that scenario. Â Why? Â Because I am constantly looking around me.
Ask the Wife. Â I’m pretty sure she’s gotten tired of hearing “Dirtbag two aisles over. Â Keep the kids with you, I’ll keep an eye on him.” Â It’s a necessary evil that we as police officers live with. Â We can’t go to the grocery store, bank, movies, Disneyland, or even (sadly) church without scanning crowds looking for signs of something out-of-place or just not right. Â It becomes second nature, but it is mentally taxing.
Thanks for the question, Warren! Â I’ve got a Z I’m waiting to drop on the TL and double play that bastard, you son of a bitch!