By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Growing up, Warren Wilson used to buy issues of The Police Marksman magazine at the local book store.
This month, the Enid Police Department lieutenant had his first article published in the online version of the magazine for law enforcement officers.
“I used to read it back when I was a kid,” Wilson said. “It was real high-quality, almost like a National Geographic-quality magazine, physically. Very traditional.”
He said The Police Marksman was sold alongside other magazines of the day, and despite its high price for a kid, he would buy them whenever he could.
“The bookstore where I grew up had them,” he said. “I would buy one every once in a while.”
Last November, Wilson was reading an online forum when he saw an open call for article submissions for the magazine he read as a youth.
“The editor had an open call ... I sent him an email and my resume,” Wilson said. “He said my grammar and spelling were better than most of the one’s he’d seen so far and wanted me to give it a try.”
The first article he submitted was over last year’s statewide SWAT team competition. But, since the online magazine publishes bimonthly, the article likely will appear in this year’s November issue.
The article published this month is titled, “ A Case For and Against the Pistol Light.” Wilson said the idea came from a problem he was having with his own pistol and light.
“I was working with the light on one of my pistols, and a combination of the light and a certain kind of ammunition started causing problems,” he said. “I began to think a lot of people don’t understand that having a light can cause a lot of problems.”
He said after some research, he found a police force in another state was having the same problem he was.
“They had to send back a lot of their pistols because they had the same problem,” Wilson said.
There are issues, both good and bad, that arise from using a pistol light, ranging from functionality to officer safety.
“People don’t know the pros and cons. I personally like having a pistol light, even though I don’t carry one all the time,” Wilson said. “I’ve seen a lot of Internet forum arguments about it, so I had the idea to write the article.”
Wilson estimated it takes two to three weeks to write an article, including time for fact checking and research. He’s written five or six articles so far, but the one about the pros and cons of pistol lights was the first one published.
Wilson’s other articles cover topics about close quarters clearing tactics with a carbine, how to build your own assault rifle and the cost savings involved in the process, carrying a full-sized duty gun while off duties and the benefits of that, and an article about the benefits of Simunition with force-on-force training. He’s currently working on an article about clearing attics and overhead spaces.
“All of my ideas I send to the editor to see if he likes them or not, and he gives the thumbs up or thumbs down,” he said. “So far, he’s been real positive about it.”
As a six-year member of EPD’s SWAT team, Wilson said he gets ideas from fellow SWAT members.
“Lt. (Gary) Fuxa is one of my mentors, and I’ve learned a lot from him about guns and tactics,” Wilson said. “Really, everyone on the team has taught me something.”
He said SWAT tactics always are changing, and he looks for ways to help not just his SWAT, but all others teams and law enforcement officers.
“SWAT tactics are a living object we constantly have to change,” he said. “Plagiarism is completely acceptable when it comes to SWAT, because it’s all about safety. It’s not about pride.”
Wilson said he enjoys working with other departments and teams because it allows for the exchange of ideas and the for the creation for newer, and safer, tactics.
“That’s my goal, is to get that information out there that might help somebody,” Wilson said. “The editor told me he once helped change an entire policy at a department based upon an article he’d written, and it was to the benefit of the officers.”
Chief Brian O’Rourke said Wilson was a good writer and has plenty of knowledge to share with other law enforcement officers.
“It’s pretty neat what he’s doing,” O’Rourke said. “He’s a member of the state championship 2011 SWAT team, so he knows what he’s doing.”
The chief said Wilson’s writing also offers exposure for Enid Police Department on a national level.
“We like to promote the department. We like to promote the professionalism,” he said. “We like to have the exposure with other agencies and other law enforcement professionals.
“We’re trying to be a leader in law enforcement the state with some of the things we do.”
To read Wilson’s article, go to policemarksman.com.