It might not be dialogues with Plato, but sometimes striking up a conversation with strangers can offer up all forms of enlightenment.
In conducting interviews with the officers profiled in my Shots Fired columns, I was surprised at how many either didn't know that they'd been injured, or if they knew they'd been injured didn't know where their injuries were located or their severity.
That a stranger would go so far out of his way to offer words of comfort and counsel instead of chastisement and condemnation left each child wanting to do the same as police officers themselves.
A certain degree of self-assurance is obligatory to our profession. But how fine is the line between self-assurance and arrogance? When does self-confidence become conceit? And at what point does a full blown narcissistic personality disorder become harmful?
Yesterday, Sheriff Lee Baca said something that needed to be articulated a long time ago.
That there's an ongoing race problem between blacks and Hispanics in Los Angeles County that is resulting in deaths on both sides.
You can’t anticipate everything, and inevitably, there will be surprises. Just remember that when checking on the welfare of another, to look out for your own.
I have been at enough domestics to know that some officers can be a little more lax than they should be. And that can get you killed.