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Police Work Is Public Relations

Feb 08, 2017 in Driving & Roadway & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: David Kinaan

When I broke in at the Central Los Angeles Area of the California Highway Patrol, I knew I was going to be busy. I expected to be taught by my break-in officers the skills I would need to stay on top of my radio calls and my reports, and how to stay safe. What I didn’t expect was the lesson that I think was the most important one that I learned and the one that I tried to pass along to other officers throughout my career. That lesson was relat... Full Article »

The Long Ride: Still Worth It?

Sep 23, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: David Kinaan

In motorcycle training, the Skill Development Ride has long been referred to as the “Long Ride,” and with that name the training event has sometimes earned a poor reputation. It's often thought of as a day off, during which motorcycle officers take their departmental motorcycles to the beach for a nice lunch far from their beat. This poor reputation has caused many administrators, and others within the department, to question its benefit. In... Full Article »

When Efficiency Becomes Deadly

Jul 26, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Tech & Technology & Training
By: David Kinaan

Distracted driving is a common term today. It's also a common practice. Despite laws regulating cell phone use while driving, we all see it everywhere we go. Driver’s texting, reading, talking—even playing games—on their phones, all while driving. We get frustrated behind them when the light turns green and they're not paying attention. We try to get around them as they weave down the road 10 mph under the speed limit. We laugh at them try... Full Article »

Where Do You Get Off?

Jun 21, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Podcast & Training
By: David Kinaan

It’s a task performed by all motorcycle officers, and some officers have done it so many times that they may not really think about how they do it. Let’s take just a moment and talk about a few issues to consider when you mount and dismount your motorcycle. Considering It … Motorcycle officers routinely begin their day by mounting their assigned motorcycle. Whether you’re doing this in your garage or behind your station, do you take th... Full Article »

Springtime Tune-Up for Motors

Mar 30, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Training
By: David Kinaan

Many riders have been off their motorcycles for a few months and are just now getting ready to get back in the saddle. Most will take the time to change the oil, check their tires, maybe check their spark plugs, and on and on. But how many will take the time to tune up their skills before they head out on the road? Some will take the time to enroll in a one- or two-day riding course, which can be a great opportunity to work on their skills with ... Full Article »

DUI Stops for Motors, Part 2

Mar 11, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Patrol
By: David Kinaan

In part one, we talked about stopping our errant driver and directing them to a predetermined location. By having predetermined locations, then successfully directing violators to those locations, you will have with the best opportunity to conduct safe and effective DUI investigations. Considerations for the Stop Your predetermined locations should be a flat and level surface, away from the dangers of passing traffic, but easily seen and access... Full Article »

DUI Stops for Motors

Feb 08, 2016 in Driving & Roadway & Patrol
By: David Kinaan

A common assignment for motorcycle units is a roving DUI patrol. Motorcycles are uniquely qualified for this type of assignment due to their ability to maneuver through traffic and look down on vehicles. They can quickly reach a vehicle that's demonstrated signs of impairment. The goal, of course, is to stop the vehicle before any harm can be done. If the driver is simply tired or otherwise able to remain alert, the vehicle may be able to continu... Full Article »

Documentation Matters!

Dec 16, 2015 in Patrol & Training
By: David Kinaan

Motorcycle instructors and motorcycle officers look forward to motorcycle training days. The days are an opportunity for motorcycle operators to get together, disseminate information, discuss trends, review incidents, and work on skills, all designed to make the motorcycle officers better and safer while executing their duties. The more frequently the training days occur, the more the cumulative value of the training will be realized. Muscle memo... Full Article »

The Case for Motors

Sep 17, 2015 in Driving & Roadway & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: David Kinaan

From time to time, I am asked why motorcycles are used in modern law enforcement when they can be so dangerous. Recently, an administrator asked me this very question, qualifying that, in his opinion, motorcycles are dangerous. I couldn’t agree more: Motorcycles are dangerous. So are guns. Running after criminals with guns is even more dangerous. I don’t even want to talk about how dangerous charging into a bar fight or walking into a domest... Full Article »

Dress for Success

Jun 23, 2015 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: David Kinaan

I believe many of the issues facing law enforcement today stem from a lack of respect. I also believe that the lack of respect is a direct result of the presentation of law enforcement today. That's right, presentation—not the actions nor the responses, but how those actions are perceived. Let me give you a few examples. Cases in Point In 1984, I drove a black-and-white Dodge Diplomat down the Harbor Freeway in Los Angeles at 55 mph, and no... Full Article »

Practice What You Preach

Jun 08, 2015 in Leadership
By: David Kinaan

A few years ago, while teaching a Certified Motorcycle Training Officer (CMTO) class at the California Highway Patrol's Motorcycle Academy, I spent a fair amount of time instilling in the new training officers the need for them to lead from the front. I explained that by earning the status of a CMTO, they were promising to always display the level of good judgement and proper procedures expected from good training officers. They were promising t... Full Article »

Motorcycle Training Officers

Apr 17, 2015 in Driving & Roadway
By: David Kinaan

The selection process for any law enforcement instructor, or training officer position, should be approached with great care. Not only is the success of the trainee dependent on the ability of the training officer, but the success of the program—and ultimately the department—is influenced by the training process. Recently, my 8th-grade daughter came home from school to tell me about her new music teacher. I’d met the new music teacher at... Full Article »

Motorcycle Patrol in the Rain

Mar 11, 2015 in Driving & Roadway & Patrol
By: David Kinaan

I was fortunate to have spent my career riding motors in California. The climate here has got to be among the best in the nation for being a motorcycle officer. Most motorcycle officers will tell you there are about three weeks a year that are perfect riding weather. The rest of the time it's either too hot or too cold. In California, we're fortunate, we get about four perfect weeks a year, two in the spring and two in the fall. Even with all ... Full Article »

Break ‘Em In

Jan 19, 2015 in Driving & Roadway & Training
By: David Kinaan

When a new recruit graduates from the academy, they’re full of knowledge. They can usually recite policy and procedure verbatim and can demonstrate a handcuffing technique by the numbers. They’re normally in great physical condition and are generally willing to do anything to serve the public. So why not just put them in patrol cars and send ’em out? You’d never think of putting this new knowledgeable and skilled officer on the street ... Full Article »