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No Room for Rambo!

Yeah, you met him. We all have. You walk into the office and there he is. He’s the EMT with tactical gear on. She’s the cop with a vest ready to conduct CQB in Fallujah. No, they are not on a tactical team that requires “high speed, low drag.” They just wish they were. Or, they are not capable of accurately perceiving the threat level. If you have yet to meet this person, then I have news for you: You are probably them.

Beyond looking crazy, the issues are significant. Often times, this person is the first to run into a situation without properly assessing the danger. Though bravery often calls for going into unsafe conditions, the difference between bravery and stupidity is that the brave person understands the risks and does what they can to mitigate them while getting the job done. This “balls-to-the-wall” behavior without regard for safety is not just putting them at risk, but the whole team who must clean up their mess now.

RamboOn top of that, the public perception of one is the perception of all. This is seen time and again. One police officer is a jerk or goes crazy and hurts someone they shouldn’t have. Now, all cops are violent, power hungry gun carriers with a badge. Well, the EMT strapped head to toe tells everyone that all who work with him are psychos ready for war but ended up in the wrong job.

As comical as it can be to watch this Rambo go to work, we have to put an end to it. There is no room for Rambo. By being a public face of safety, we must present ourselves as reasonable, level headed professionals who fully grasp our roles and the dangers associated with them. We cannot go about our day looking like we mean to raid a terrorist safe house when our job is to patrol a city street or to treat sick grandma. One of the indicators of a new guy in EMS is the amount of crap he carries on his belt. The more stuff there, the newer he is. If he isn’t new, then he’s crazy.

Never having been a police officer, I cannot say I can judge an officer’s tenure by the amount of stuff hanging off of him, but I can tell you what I see as a citizen. The officer who shows up and looks like a police officer with a duty belt with weapon, cuffs, etc… and a vest under his shirt with not much else, I feel like he is there to protect and serve. His demeanor will speak from here on out.  On the other hand, if the officer shows up with a tactical belt and a combat vest with more stuff on it than I carried on an anti-narcotics operation in the military, I figure he must be on a power trip and there is little his attitude can do to change that perception. He may be the nicest officer in the department, but most won’t see that unfortunately.

All of this is not to say that there is not a time and place to have high speed gear from head to toe. The point is that we must understand what role we are currently in and present ourselves accordingly. Just remember; Rambo was a joke of a movie. Don’t be Rambo.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Seth Belt

Seth grew up in Southern Arizona before joining the U.S. Navy. While serving in the Navy, Seth was an anti-narcotics operator and an anti-submarine operator for 5 years. He was lucky enough to travel to many of the Central and South American countries, as well as visiting many South East Asian nations and islands. One of Seth’s greatest joys from his time in the Navy was teaching new Sailors firearms education and safety. After leaving the Navy in 2010, Seth returned to Arizona and had a rough time learning how to be a civilian again, often working jobs that could barely pay the bills. After going to school, Seth became an Emergency Medical Technician in the Phoenix Valley, where he now lives with his wife and son.His areas of knowledge cover military, firearms, and emergency medicine.
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3 thoughts on “No Room for Rambo!

  1. Good article Seth. Lots of truth here. As a Vet and retired LEO (CA) I can relate to what you’re saying. I worked Dope for a lot of years and with the exception of high risk warrants, we always dressed down. The only others times that we went full kit was when we were working marijuana cultivations or dope houses. Great job!

  2. There needs to be a balance in current policing. Equipment is one, training a definite, supervision is another and policy and procedure is another. For the most part police agencies do this well. Uniform means more than clothes. It means being the same in appearance. The same in conduct and performance. Supervision and policy should control this. It is why law enforcement officers are issued the same type of shirts, pants, name tags, badges, patches have the same appearance standards. If someone is over the edge in any area, a Supervisor must make a correction for the good of other officers and the department.

    Citizens in generally view the police based on the officers they have had contact with and judge others by that contact. They’re fairly perceptive in identifying a poor officer. It doesn’t take a lot. For other police officers, it is the generalization that is difficult to overcome.

    Policing learned in the 70s that special tactics and weapons were needed when a situation was beyond the capability of patrol officers. Selection of SWAT Officers was stringent and the training and policy and procedure for deployment was very specific. A riot calls for an elevated police response. Barricaded subjects, hostage situations and high risk warrants are other examples. Uniformed officers should and probably do have standard procedure that specifies when tactical deployment and the equipment that goes with it is needed and the command decision and control to utilize when required.

    On another note, this is not something that POTUS should have a say in. He can hold back Federal equipment if he chooses but police are not responsible to POTUS. State’s license and certify peace officers. (There’s a term for you) State Constitutions, Penal Code, Traffic Code and Code of Criminal Procedures establish law enforcement and its enforcement priorities. A state mandated governing board specifies standards of training for all Peace Officers.

    Police are certified as “Peace Officers” and a section in the Penal Code specifies who Peace Officers are. Police Departments are generally established by City Charter and Ordinances. It may be time for Chiefs of Police to get their houses in order and stand up for their people. The governance of Police Departments in States, Counties and Cities is a matter of local control and right. POTUS needs to shut up and state and local authorities need to step up.

    Enough said!

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