Beware of Fentanyl

June 1, 2017 – 10:21 am

ScreenshotEvery law enforcement officer needs to be able to recognize fentanyl and be aware of its dangers. Fentanyl is a concentrated opioid drug that’s can be deadly even in small amounts.

If you have any doubt about Fentanyl’s toxicity, take a few minutes to read this Washington Post article entitled “I was in total shock’: Ohio police officer accidentally overdoses after traffic stop”, about an Ohio police officer who came into contact with fentanyl during a traffic stop.

Officer Chris Green was wearing a protective mask and gloves and thought he was safe. Later at the station house, he brushed some white powder off his uniform. The powder was Fentanyl and it would have probably killed him if the paramedics hadn’t have dosed him up with Narcan.

Don’t forget to check out the short video “Five Things to Know about Fentanyl” that is at the top of the page when you visit the article.

Where Are The Players In The Colin Kaepernick Scandal?

August 29, 2016 – 19:07 pm

KaepernickAs I watched the news tonight, I couldn’t believe that, out of the entire 49ers team, not a single player came out and forcefully condemned Kaepernick’s disrespectful conduct.  A couple of player offered a lukewarm statement of disapproval but not a single player was willing to go on record and condemn his arrogant and disrespectful conduct.

If they are in need of motivation, I have an excellent way that they can express their disapproval.  There are 7 offensive linemen.  I think each of them should take turns “sitting out” one play.  That’s right, just choose to not participate in one play by not blocking the defense – for just one play each.

Radford Sheriff’s Office CIT Deputy Sheriff Position

April 13, 2016 – 13:52 pm

RSO PatchThe Radford Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) deputy position. Candidates must be 21 years of age and a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate. Candidates must have a valid Virginia driver’s license, or obtain a one within thirty days of appointment.

Preference will be given to individuals that currently hold a DCJS jailor/civil process service/courtroom security certification, a law enforcement certification and/or certification as a CIT officer.

This is a full time position that requires the deputy to work rotating shifts. The starting salary is $31,009. The pay increases to $33,861 after the successful completion of a one year probationary period. Deputies will receive the City of Radford benefits package that includes VRS-LEOS retirement and health insurance.

Applications are available at Radford City Hall, 10 Robertson Street, Radford, VA or the Radford City Sheriffs Office at 619 Second St. Suite 8, Radford, VA. Applications are also available online by clicking here.

If you have questions concerning this position, please contact Major Richard Schumaker at (540) 731-5501.

Applications should be returned to:

Major Richard Schumaker
Radford Sheriff’s Office
619 Second Street, Suite 8
Radford, VA 24141

The application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

The Results of Helicopter Parenting?

December 18, 2015 – 9:56 am

Broken EggsI have suspected that the increase in the “helicopter” parenting methodology and the decrease in holding children accountable for their actions was going to have an impact on our culture.  If you couple that is the “everyone gets a trophy” crowd so we can protect our children from ever experiencing the joy of accomplishing a goal and the lessons that are learned from failure, I thought we might be raising a generation that is ill-equipped to handle the challenges of life.

In this Psychology Today article, Dr. Peter Gray discusses the impact that the current generation of children are having on our institutions of higher learning.  This is must reading for anyone that is a parent, an educator or a university law enforcement officer.

Click Here: Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges

The Real Michael Brown

August 26, 2015 – 13:25 pm

Michael BrownThis is the real Michael Brown who was shot on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown was the 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson was cleared after two investigations of the shooting revealed that Brown attacked the officer. This is a video that was taken from Brown’s cell phone.

Click Here To See The Real Michael Brown

Take a Screenshot on a Windows Device

August 6, 2015 – 13:30 pm

ScreenshotCNET recently published an article by Associate Editor Dan Graziano that details how to take a screenshot using any flavor of Windows. I thought I would re-post the article so it would be easy to find when it is needed.

CNET Article

But I’m A Free Inhabitant!!

August 4, 2015 – 14:18 pm

Pager This is a classic sovereign citizen event – and ending. The cop deserves a medal and a drink. I love the comment by Michael Quagliano:

“According to her way of thinking …..all the officer had to do was claim he was a free inhabitant as well. At that point he does not have to obey the law according to her. Then beat her dumb ass senseless. Free inhabitants don’t have to obey the laws ha ha!”

Girl Thinks She Knows The Law But Ends Up Getting Arrested

New VA Moped and Motorcycle Laws

June 28, 2013 – 12:43 pm



Beginning July 1, 2013, Virginia law requires every moped driver to carry a government-issued photo ID (does not have to be a driver’s license but ideally will show name, address and date of birth) and every driver and passenger must wear a helmet while riding a moped. Drivers must also wear a face shield, safety glasses or goggles unless the moped has a windshield.

Virginia law also requires mopeds operated on Virginia roadways to be titled and registered by July 1, 2014, but moped owners can jump start the process this summer. DMV will begin titling and registering mopeds on July 1, 2013. A moped title is $10. The annual registration fee is $20.25. DMV will issue one license plate to be displayed on the rear of the moped.

These requirements address the law enforcement community’s concerns that under current law, the lack of any identifying information on a moped makes them nearly impossible to recover after theft and complicates identification of the vehicle and operator in the event of a crash. While studying this issue, one of your fellow officers recounted a situation where it took a few days to identify a victim who had died in a moped crash because there was no identifying information on the victim or moped.

Requiring titling and registration of mopeds will allow you to better track mopeds that are stolen and/or used in the commission of crimes and allow you to more effectively deal with moped crashes.


The Virginia General Assembly approved a measure that changes motorcycle classifications on new applicants’ driver’s licenses. The new motorcycle classifications will specify if new riders can operate two-wheeled or three-wheeled motorcycles.

With the popularity of three-wheeled motorcycles on the rise, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is changing how motorcycle road skills tests are administered for two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles, emphasizing the skills and maneuvers necessary to operate each type.

Starting July 1, 2013, riders applying for a motorcycle classification on a driver’s license will be required to certify the type of motorcycles they operate. The appropriate classification will be marked on the driver’s license. Riders who successfully complete the road skills test for two-wheeled motorcycles will receive an M2 classification. Riders who successfully complete the road skills test for three-wheeled motorcycles will receive an M3 classification. Riders who successfully complete the road skills tests for both two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles will receive an M classification.

Experienced riders that received a motorcycle classification prior to July 1, 2013 will not be required to make any changes.

Miranda: The Definition of Irony

June 8, 2013 – 19:57 pm

Ernesto MirandaAfter several decades, Ernesto Miranda, the namesake of the “Miranda Warnings”, is still probably one of the better known modern criminals. His case, which was combined with several other similar cases being brought before the U.S. Supreme Court, resulted in the necessity to inform suspects that they have a right to remain silent, have an attorney present during questioning, etc.

Ironically, Miranda was murdered upon his release from prison and the suspect that the police apprehended invoked his “Miranda Rights.”  Since there was no confession, the prosecutor elected not to file charges.  As a result, no one has ever been prosecuted for the death of Mr. Miranda. Karma wins again.

Autodialing Extension Numbers With iPhone

March 25, 2013 – 10:36 am

Dialing Contact ExtensionsSome of the numbers that you have listed under your contacts may require the use of extension numbers to reach the contact. Fear not, iOS can automatically dial those extension numbers for you if you know how to set up your contact.

All you have to do is launch your Contacts application and select a person who requires an extension number. Tap the Edit button, then tap the contact’s number to bring up the keypad.

In the lower left corner of the keypad is the symbols key. Tap the key to reveal the pound and star characters you need to dial typical extensions. In addition, remember the + key is used in front of international numbers.

If the system you are dialing requires you to wait a few seconds before you dial the extension number, you can use the pause or wait command to help you customize the setup for different kinds of automated answering systems.

The Pause command is a comma (,) which causes a two seconds before continuing to dial. You can enter more than one pause if you need to. The Wait is a semicolon (;) which halts dialing until the Dial button is tapped again.

Now, let’s see how you would use this technique. First, add an extension number by inserting a the pound symbol before the extension number #200. If a simple pause will work, enter ,#200 after the main number ((540) 731-5501,#200). This will cause a 2 second pause before dialing the extension number after the telephone number is dialed.

If you find that a pause is not sufficient, the wait option may be the way to go. Just enter ;#200. This will cause a Dial button will appear on your screen with the extension number stored in it (200 in our example). You can manually send the extension when it’s appropriate, but you don’t have to remember the number.

Just give both methods a try to see which one works best for your situations.

Safely Click On Shortened Links

March 25, 2013 – 9:50 am

decryptlinks.comMicro-blogging sites like Twitter limit the length of messages so it is a common practice to shorten web links using services like TinyURL. However, hackers can also hide malicious websites or programs behind these generic links. Unfortunately you won’t know until you click. Before you click on a shortened link, run it through DecryptLinks first. Just copy and paste the tiny address into the Decrypt field.

The site will reveal the long version of that address so you know if the location is legitimate before you click. It is a free service so check it out.

Time To Update Adobe Acrobat and Reader

February 22, 2013 – 20:14 pm

AdobeBoth Adobe Acrobat and Reader are vulnerable exploits right now that allow hackers to load viruses onto your computer.

The virus can communicate with a remote computer that will cause your computer to start sending spam, commit fraud etc.

Use the links at the below to patch the security holes. Scroll down to Version 11.0.02 and click the link to download.

In order to download and use them, you must have a version of the program already installed. Be careful during the install because Adobe might also try to install Google Chrome and an Adobe toolbar during the update process.

Another way to avoid this problem is to just dump the Adobe Reader and go with Sumatra, Nitro PDF or Foxit Reader. They are all free so just Google them.

Update Links:

Adobe Reader for Windows

Adobe Reader for Mac

Acrobat for Windows

Acrobat for Mac

ESA-VA Scholarship Opportunity

January 22, 2013 – 11:48 am

ESAThe Virginia Chapter of the Electronic Security Association is inviting high school seniors that intend to enter college next fall to submit an application for the ESA-VA’s 2013 Youth Scholarship Program. Since 1996, the have participated in this national program, and in that time, they have provided many bright and high-achieving young adults with financial support to help offset the rising costs of higher education.

ESA-VA serves the electronic security systems industry throughout the Commonwealth and has five distinct regions. Each of those regions will select one winner and award him or her a $500 Scholarship. The applications of each regional recipient will then be judged to determine one statewide winner who will receive an additional $1,000 Scholarship. Statewide winners are then automatically considered for the national scholarship which now awards four scholarship prizes: first place – $10,000, second place – $5,000, third place – $3,500 and fourth place – $1,500.

Awards are based on a combination of academic achievement, national test scores, extracurricular participation and an essay. Students are awarded up to 25 points for GPA, 30 points for ACT/SAT scores, 25 points for an essay and 20 points for extracurricular activities. Points are awarded through a combination of earned academic points and judging by committee members.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, students must be between 15 and 20 years old, a graduating high school senior, and have been accepted for admission to an accredited college or university. For the third consecutive year, home schooled students will be eligible to compete. All applicants must provide a transcript with a calculated cumulative GPA through 11th grade to be eligible.

Each eligible student must have a father, mother or natural guardian who is an active duty, full-time police officer, fire fighter or volunteer fire fighter. Students will be required to write an essay titled, “What it means to me to have my parent or guardian involved in securing our community.”

Click on the link below to download an application. The deadline for submission is March 29, 2013.


Revolutionary Security With Master dialSpeed Lock

December 16, 2012 – 9:36 am

dialSpeedOver the years, I have bought, examined and evaluated a wide variety of tech gadgets. It is becoming increasingly more difficult for a new gadget to make me think, “This thing is Kool!” But the new Master lock dialSpeed electronic combination lock is definitely “Kool”. I use a MacBook for both my work and home computing needs because I like the intuitive design of Apple products. In fact, I am so spoiled that when I try a new product, I prefer to just pick it up and start using it. I am willing to read a short Quick Start page of instructions but if I have to read a manual to get started, it is dead in the water as far as I am concerned. Although, the dialSpeed is more of a revolutionary than evolutionary product, getting started was a breeze.

These days we have so many numbers and passwords to remember, it is wonderful to eliminate the need to memorize the number combination of a traditional combination padlock. The dialSpeed lock uses a combination of just four “characters” – up, down, left and right arrows. These arrows are displayed on the backlit keypad, and are each matched up with a group of letters and numbers. This arrangement makes it easy to set up codes that correspond to words or acronyms. I think for most folks this will be the way to go. However, I prefer to use a touch pattern system like “up/up/down/down/right/left.” I have used keyboard patterns to remember telephone numbers for years.

Programming the lock is a breeze. It comes with its own factory-set code but the user can reset it and program in up to three “guest codes” to allow different people use the same lock. I have several old combination locks laying around because I can’t remember the combinations. If you forget the code on the dialSpeed you can recall the original factory code from the Master lock website. That is a good thing because using bolt cutters on the dialSpeed’s shackle would be tough since it is made from cut-resistant hardened boron carbide.

There are a couple of issues that that need to be pointed out. First, the dialSpeed can only be used for dry indoor purposes. In addition, it is powered by a (CR2032) watch battery that needs to be replaced after about five years. On the upside it does have a low battery indicator so you will have a warning before the lock dies.

In the final analysis, I give the dialSpeed a big thumbs up. Check it out on the Master Lock website where it sells for $24.99.