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Respect for Old Glory

October 13, 2017

I am a firm believer in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and condemning anyone who burns our flag.

Resilience Defined

September 5, 2017

Rebounding from a true crisis is difficult but not impossible, as Sgt. Bob Bemis' inspiring story proves.

People of Probity

August 7, 2017

Modern law enforcement officers uphold a longheld tradition of protecting citizens and preserving freedom.

Real Change

July 10, 2017

Obtaining tacit knowledge is considered our most important and powerful learning activity, but too often the folks with the tacit knowledge are left out of the decision-making process, in favor of the most institutionally educated folks; the ones with explicit knowledge only.

He Said, She Said

June 10, 2017

Modern science tells us men's and women's brains are different in very significant ways. Let me give you some pointers to help you communicate more effectively with crimefighters of the opposite gender.

A Healthy Fear of Lightning

May 5, 2017

I was on duty when a monsoon hit, killing the power grid and filling the arroyos with flash floods. It was to be a night of adventures and scares

What Dreams May Come

April 7, 2017

Worrying enhances the anxiety associated with our dreams, and most experts say dreams are the "subconscious mind" resolving anxieties. No cop ever said they didn't think about confronting life and death situations; anxiety is a healthy result of those thoughts.

Where are the Helmets?

March 13, 2017

Departments hoping to reach out to "alienated communities" are implementing training designed to: make us feel bad about who we are; encourage us to try to diagnose the "root cause" of a miscreant's bad behavior; and tempt us to hesitate to do our job for fear of prosecution or punishment. This is a recipe for disaster where officer safety is concerned.

Personal Maintenance

February 7, 2017

In the modern world there are many great reminders to help us make sure we do our maintenance chores right on time. I just wish the critical tools in my life had the same reminders.

A New Day

January 4, 2017

Well, it seems the times they are a changin' after all. The bizarre "War on Cops" seems to be diminishing somewhat. America has taken a side, and it is law enforcement's side.

´╗┐The Basics

December 7, 2016

When officers do well it's inevitably because they have kept true to the training they were given.

Traits of the Trade

November 4, 2016

The very curiosity that led to a burglary arrest the night before can drive your 12-year-old nuts.

Are You a Cynic?

October 6, 2016

While the Cynics say "People are stupid" and walk away, the Stoics say, "Some people are stupid and I can't change that; I can only control myself and choose to help them anyway."

You Did What?

September 1, 2016

Officers who make a mistake should report it immediately. Lying to cover up a mistake is a much greater offense.

Give Me an Unlisted Number, Please

August 12, 2016

Any officer who is on social media should know it makes us too easy to find. So here are a few steps to take to protect your identity and your family.

Pass the Blue Crayon, Please

July 6, 2016

All of us have activities that simply make us stronger and better, like working out or fishing or hunting or … coloring! Look, I don't judge (OK, maybe a little). Just find things that you enjoy and help you recover from the stress of your job.

The Age of Unreason

June 9, 2016

We don't control many things in the world except ourselves, and I think the key to happiness is just that: control the things you can (your beliefs, your emotions, your dreams, and your efforts) and let go of the things you can't control (meaning the world.)

The Names

May 4, 2016

It is right and fitting that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall memorializes a great panel of individuals who have shed their blood, and given up their dreams and futures, for all of us.

Good Old Condition Yellow

April 6, 2016

We do control ourselves, and like all who must go into danger to serve and protect, we should take stock of our assets to counter the greater risks to our safety.

Off Duty, Not Off Guard

March 2, 2016

Even with the limited weapons and carry options I had, I always carried off duty. What about you? Are you ready to defend the ones you love against deadly force when you are off duty?

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