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Tag: U.S. Secret Service


D.C. shooting a no-win situation for police

Training scenario: An unmedicated, psychotic driver crashes through a protective barrier, hits and injures a police officer, smashes police cars during a chase at speeds up to 85 mph on densely populated streets,  and speeds off towards a potential terrorist target.

You have one second to react – what is your response?

By now you have recognized this scenario as the real-life incident that played out on the streets of our nation’s capitol last Thursday. On a dry mid-afternoon in Washington, D.C., Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old woman reported to be suffering from postpartum depression, inexplicably attempted to drive through a

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Lack of leadership may be the Service’s secret

Back in 1996 I had an opportunity to work alongside the U.S. Secret Service’s presidential security detail. Bill Clinton was scheduled to speak at the T-dome and a “jump team” flew out to brief the police officers assigned to assist. My partner, a young agent with the Secret Service, and I spent hours on our feet facing out towards any possible threat.

Despite my impression that the event was an exercise in organized chaos, Clinton’s appearance went off without a hitch. After a stressful day, the presidential detail and the local cops shared some good times before they caught a

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