Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Maintain Officer Safety

Good day to all!! I have adapted a new company slogan.  "Officer Safety Is Our Main Goal".  This is really what it boiled down to when I came up with the idea about the Heads Up Mic Clip.  I know that the majority of officers working the streets are very vigilant in demonstrating officer safety, from wearing their body armor, to positioning on traffic stops and being aware of their surroundings.  We work in a very different environment now and must be even more vigilant about what is going on around us.  It is very scary when you see the level of violence directed towards us and we must keep our heads on swivel.  One of the worst examples here recently, was the officer in, I think it was Philly, who was driving his marked unit through and intersection, and he was ambushed by an ISIS guy (though our Feds won't admit that). Then there was our Texas Brother Darren Goforth, who was fueling his patrol car when he was murdered. 

How many times throughout the day are we in a disadvantaged tactical position? Almost all times is the reality.  Pretty revealing...   As LEO's, we have all been taught to plan ahead.  A quick discussion with your partner or your group about what y'all are going to do if 'something goes down'; where y'all would rather sit in a restaurant so when Johnny Crackhead or ISIS comes-a-callin', y'all can minimize and neutralize. Be ready to act when the fecal matter hits the oscillator.  Have the right equipment that is ready to go, when and if you need it.  It's better to have it and not need it,rather than to need it and not have it!!  Our main goal every day is to make it home at the end of our shift.  Officer safety is the key, at every end of the spectrum.  Y'all be safe out there an God Bless!

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Heads Up Mic Clip Race Weekend

Good Saturday y'all!! We hope that everyone enjoys the weekend and the big race tomorrow.  Hopefully Dale Jr. will win!!  I'll tell ya what...  The race weekend coverage is amazing.  Having been a race fan all of my life and having raced motorcycles back in my younger days, seeing all of the new cool stuff and the visual images that the racing media brings us, is incredible!! The business sure has come a long way and so technical.  You still hear people say that NASCAR is boring since they only turn left, but the showmanship, the team work, strategies and the levels of camaraderie,, enthusiasm and personalities is awesome.  i can't wait until they come to Texas in April!!  It's gonna be so much fun!!

Well, as y'all watch the races please remember all of our incredible guys and gals in the service that can't be here because they are protecting our liberties.  Also remember the ones that we have lost over the years and for the coppers, fire-dudes & dudettes and EMS folks that keep us safe!!

Be safe, stay vigilant and keep your head on swivel!!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Heads Up Mic Clip

Good morning and happy Friday to all. What a beautiful morning here in the Fort Worth area, it is hard to believe that it is February and the high temp is supposed to be 79... Sweet, another shorts-day!!!

Much is happening across our great nation and I hope and pray that we can turn the political spectrum around by cleaning house and electing some leaders that actually love our country, respect The Constitution and will do what is right for "We The People"!!  There is so much wrong with what is happening now and it makes my heart ache. Enough of that talk...

Here at The Heads Up Mic Clip CP we are gearing up for some trade shows that we will be attending this spring. We plan to be at The Texas Police Chief Association's event in Austin in March and the ever-so awesome TTPOA Convention in San Marcos in April. If y'all happen to attend, be sure to stop by and say hello. The TTPOA puts on a great event that includes a huge trade show, sweet courses that involve lots of weapons training, mindset training and much more. They always have great speakers and truly honor those officers that we have lost along with honoring our profession. It's top notch and if you can go, get there.

Here is a tactical-tip for the patrol guys and gals. I think I learned it from Bullet Head, the guy who writes some pretty good stuff in one of the cop mags. So everytime I exit the patrol vehicle, I would ensure that I left the back doors unlocked. This is done because if you are having to deal with an unruly customer and you're trying to put them in the back of the unit,  you don't want to have to worry about fumbling around for your other set of keys to unlock the front door, to hit the button to unlock the back doors. Hopefully you unit has a cage, (state troopers say, "Cage...? We don't need no stinkin'  cage!!!), when I'm rolling up or typically have done so earlier, I'll hit the unlock button then reach over to the shotgun side and manually lock the front passenger door. That way when I bail out of the unit, I simply hit the manual lock on my door, that way the front of the unit, where all the cool stuff is, is now secure. This way when you and your buds are trying to install Mr. or Mrs. "I ain't going without a fight", into the back of the unit, y'all can just open the back door and SHAZAM... One installed knucklehead!! That's my Heads Up Mic Clip "Tip O' The Day"!!!

Y'all be safe out there and remember... We are the sheepdogs! 💨💨

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Heads Up Mic Clip

Hi y'all. Well this is my first time "blogging"...  So here is a brief overview on what we are doing.

After working the streets as a police officer for a number of months and having been involved in a few struggles, scraps and foot chases with numerous unsavory characters, it became very evident that some of the equipment that we carry can become detached from you. Other than your handgun and a torch for nighttime operations, the other most critical piece of equipment is your handheld radio and the mic that we attach to our uniform or vest. Without it and in a bad situation, you can find yourself in a world of hurt and your dispatcher gets freaked out and your colleagues start getting anxious... It's not good!! So I used to attach my handheld mic by clipping it either in between two buttons on my shirt or at the top button. It would never stay there when you were having to "deal" with someone. I tried using rubber bands,  the wife's hair bands and the ever faithful bailing wire. None of them worked very effectively and that's when I came up with my idea of using s bent piece of metal that you secure to your inner vest carrier and then attach your mic to it. It worked!!!

The device kept the mic in a great location too! Some officers like their mic's on their shoulder, but I noticed that every time they spoke into their mic, they turned their head, which to me could be a safety issue when operating in a situation where you need to be Heads Up and aware of everything around you. It also positioned the mic right under your chin so you get great voice clarity when you are either having to use your outside voice or have to speak quietly. I also used an earpiece, so I was able to route the speaker wire under my shirt which kept it tucked in and away from being snagged by those pesky tree limbs or seat belts. The other great additional feature is that if both of your hands are unable to "key up" your mic, you can activate the PTT button with your chin and transmit your message.  I have changed materials a couple of times and reconfigured it a couple of times and it has become a well received piece of equipment for the cops on the street. i named it The HEADS-UP-MIC-CLIP. "Keep your focus straight ahead".!!

We now have 7 part numbers that include the standard Heads Up Mic Clip in both powedercoated 16ga steel and in Kydex, the sm/med camera clip for body worn cameras like The MAXSU SHIELD V in both steel and Kydex, the large camera clip for Vievu in both steel and Kydex and the combo clip for both the body worn cameras and your mic. The camera clips addition is also vital because it also keeps the camera secure and keeps it in a great location to capture video of what the officer is facing. We offer a lifetime warranty and a money back guarantee on all of them. We are dedicated to providing world class customer service to the Sheepdogs, the guys and gals that go out there and risk their lives every day to help keep our great country safe.

In a time we find ourselves in where there is a literal "war on cops", we must stay alert at all times and keep our equipment where we can access it. I personally believe that our products will help keep officers safer, I know The Heads Up Mic Clip keeps my gear where I need it, when I need it.

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Y'all be safe out there and I'll catch ya next time.

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