Category Archives: Articles Written by Scott Reitz

“The Mad Woman of Cimarroncita”

Not everything ‘Uncle Scotty’ has done in the past has anything to do with either police work, tactics, deadly force or other activities along such lines. The following is a case in point. The year, if I’m not mistaken, was… Continue reading →

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An Important Factor in Use of Forces Cases

For those of you either military, police or civilian, who have trained with us it is important to note that the decision to apply deadly force also entails those events preceding such application. In other words, what events transpired prior… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Things Aren’t Getting Any Easier for Officers

Police work has changed… dramatically! Options used to be fewer, weapons were simpler and procedures less complicated. Reports did not involve orbital mechanics or complex MIT equations. You had a revolver and 18 rounds, two sets of handcuffs and a… Continue reading →

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A Dangerous Line

According to the Los Angeles Police Protective League, a recommendation was made by the Los Angeles Police Commission, which stated that when confronting an armed suspect officers should either back up or run away from a potential threat. Now, the… Continue reading →

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Rampart Division Grand Re-Opening

During my time in Metro, the Metropolitan Division was housed at 5th and Wall in downtown Los Angeles – second floor, Central Facilities. Metro dates back to 1933 and was originally housed in Parker Center in Room 114. It was… Continue reading →

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Objectively Reasonable Examination of a Shooting

Police application of deadly force has come under more intensive scrutiny than ever before. Objective reasoning should be applied when examining an Officer’s actions in the field especially with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight. It is an objectively reasonable examination… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Police Abuse

I did my probation on the LAPD in Wilshire. It is predominately African American. Almost all of my training Officers were, African American. Some of them had grown up in the division. I gained a real appreciation for what they… Continue reading →

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Why I Pay for Quality

Equipment well-made, will endure far longer than that which is constructed cheaply. The enclosed example is well-made, precisely engineered and most definitively ‘old school’ craftsmanship. The bore guides depicted are made by T.K. Nollan (http://benchrest.com/barrelsaver/). I came across Mr. Nollan… Continue reading →

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Police Response to Mass Shootings

Within 48 hours of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, I was interviewed by multiple news outlets regarding my take on the police response. Whenever there is a widely covered shooting I field a variety of questions, often critical in… Continue reading →

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Looking Back: Surf, Bullets, Beer and Camaraderie

There are bygone eras and there are bygone eras. In ‘Old School’ Metro we had blocks of training down at Camp Pendleton USMC Base. We stayed Oceanside in the Officer’s B.O.Q. (Bachelor Officer’s Quarters for the uninitiated.) Some of us… Continue reading →

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