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Archive for November 5th, 2013

Everything You Want to Know About the FBI’s Hogan’s Alley

 Hogan’s Alley is a tactical training facility  in Quantico, Va. used by the FBI Training Academy. The 10-acre site provides a realistic training environment for new agents.
 
 
 
 
  
By Larry Wack
Retired FBI Agent

Questions about the name and origin of the FBI’s “Hogan’s Alley” surface often with law enforcement personnel, gun enthusiasts and history buffs.

Within FBI circles, it’s mentioned that the alley obtained its name based upon an 1800s comic strip having the same name.

The comic strip’s alley was in a rough neighborhood and the name fit the “neighborhood” of the FBI’s training area. That’s the short answer.

The longer answer follows the progress of law nforcement training from the 1920s through the 1950s, beginning at Camp Perry, Ohio and ending at Quantico, Virginia.

The Sunday comics edition of “Hogan’s Alley,” had its beginnings in New York City:

“Cartoonist, illustrator, and artist, Richard F. Outcault, was born in Lancaster, Ohio and studied art at the Cincinnati University School of Design. In December, 1890 he married and moved to New York City. In November, 1894, he became the founding father of comic strips with The Origin of a New Species. He then created Hogan’s Alley featuring the immensely popular character, Micky Dugan, later known as the Yellow Kid.”

Debuting in 1895, the Yellow Kid was an Irish urchin living and playing in the rough neighborhood of “Hogan’s Alley” within the sometimes dangerous slums of New York City. Online samples of the Sunday comic show the dilapidated row homes, complete with characters in and out of doorways and windows along with a variety of store fronts,vendors, local thugs and mixed nationalities.

With Outcault* having his original roots in Ohio, it’s not surprising that twenty or so years after the popular comic’s distribution, elements within that state would be the first to adopt the comic’s name. In this case, law enforcement took the lead during the 1920s at Camp Perry, Ohio. According to a 2010 article in the American Rifleman:

“The first reference found with the use of an operational “Hogan’s Alley” occurred at the Nat’l Guard’s Camp Perry, Ohio during the 1920s. The NRA, in close conjunction with the National

Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP), overseer of the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP), established at Camp Perry the Special Police School in 1926 under the Small Arms Firing School, which included a tactical course called “Hogan’s Alley.” It consisted of makeshift buildings with reappearing silhouettes to simulate urban shoot-outs.” 

Subsequent to the Kansas City Massacre in June, 1933 the FBI entered the “war on crime” with additional firearms acquisition and organized training being at the forefront.  Bureau files show that through the efforts of Hoover Committee Members, Assistant

Director Hugh Clegg, SA Frank Baughman, and others the FBI began training agents in firearms with U. S. Army assistance nationwide. This was before the FBI’s relationship with the US Marine Corps. Clegg, who majored in education, would eventually become Assistant Director of Inspection and Training and would play a key role in the founding of the FBI Academy.

One early firearms expert who assisted with FBI training, and was also familiar with Camp Perry, Ohio was Major Julian S. Hatcher, Ordnance Department, U. S. Army.

Hatcher wrote several books in the late 1920s and mid 1930s about firearms and during the period he was Ordnance Officer and Ordnance Representative for the National Matches at Camp Perry. In writing a “Foreword” to Hatcher’s book in 1935, Firearms Investigation, Identification & Evidence, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover praised Hatcher mentioning his service as a member of the Bureau’s training school faculty.

 

Importantly, Hatcher’s book, Textbook Of Pi s tol s & Revolvers, (1935) provides us with a visual of the layout and purpose of “Hogan’s Alley” at Camp Perry. He writes: “Something on this general order is found in the so-called “Hogan’s Alley” range which is part of the great Police School conducted by The National Rifle Association at Camp Perry each year. ‘Hogan’s Alley’ consists of several sham buildings erected on the target line, to represent a street in a slum section of a town. There are, of course, numerous doors and windows, and there are chimneys, etc. behind which gangsters might be supposed to be lurking. The officer then walks down the street, with his gun loaded. ……As each figure appears in some unexpected place, the officer fires at it.” 3

 

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Movie, Fox TV Series to Feature notorious mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was only a matter of time.

Since infamous mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was found guilty of murder and racketeering in August, plans started developing to depict Bulger’s inner circle in at least one TV show and movie.

According to Deadline.com, Ben Affleck plans to direct a movie for Warner Bros about the notorious mobster. Matt Damon is playing Bulger.

An upcoming TV series also was announced.

Fox is developing a limited series based on the life of Eddie Mackenzie, whose “life as an enforcer for the notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger details how he was able to extricate himself from Whitey’s gang without getting himself killed.”

ATF Tries to Boost Low Morale By Building Store at Washington D.C. Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It’s no secret that ATF employees are struggling with morale problems.

In hopes of turning around that morale, the federal government is opening a store inside ATF headquarters in Washington D.C., Townhall reports.

“Currently the Office of the Director is in the process of coordinating the opening of an ATF store, which will be located in ATF HQ,” ATF Chief of Strategic Management Ron Humphries wrote in an email to employees on October 28, 2013. “The mission of the store is to serve current and former employees of ATF, Task Force Officers, and family members by promoting the general welfare and morale of the employees of ATF by providing, encouraging and supporting social, educational, and recreational activities of interest to its employees. In the coming weeks, more information will follow about the ATF HQ store.”

It’s unclear exactly what would be sold in the store.

Not everyone is sold on the idea.

“At a time when our Bureau is plagued by years of mismanagement, lack of oversight and abuses directed at its agents, it’s very disheartening to the field that headquarter priorities have nothing to do with correcting the broken policies and practices or even relate to strengthening our mission capability,” ATF Special Agent and whistleblower Vince Cefalu told Townhall. “The best they can come up with is selling ATF SWAG. For a Bureau suffering such huge divisions between the field and management, this does nothing to rebuild confidence in our leadership by either the agents or the American public.”

ATF’s Undercover Hit Men Cause Big Problems for Would-Be Criminals

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Angry at a cheating spouse or jerk boss?

While most of us would handle our issues without violence, others look for “hit men” for payback.

Enter undercover ATF agents, who bust people who pay to have someone killed or injured, GQ reports.

Reporter Jeanne Marie Laskas tagged along with one agent, who took orders to cut up a man’s ex-girlfriend’s face. As the agent appears to go along with the plan, feds swoop in and bust the customer.

FBI Weighs Use of Video Technology to Help Identify Suspects, Crime Scenes

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is considering video recognition technology that would help quickly identify suspects, even when a portion of the suspect is captured on camera, NextGov.com reports.

“Think of it as automated police lineups for the YouTube generation,” NextGov.com wrote.

The idea is to match up footage with a technology called, “motion picture pattern-matching.” It would look for known people and locations.

“The FBI is currently undertaking a major issue study of video and digital image processing and video/digital image analytic capabilities to identify current capabilities, assess gaps, and develop a roadmap for the FBI’s future video analytics architecture,” a contracting notice read, according to NextGov.com.

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