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The Measure of Our Success

March 1, 2018

Good intentions are not enough when we make decisions for criminal justice.

Take a Breath

February 8, 2018

To prevent taking shallow breaths in stressful situations, make sure you practice and refresh your tactical breathing skills.

The End

January 4, 2018

You create the ending of your own story, every call, every crisis, every day.

Mise en Place

December 7, 2017

To be truly prepared for a situation on duty, you must
have everything in its place, mentally and physically.

The Toy

November 6, 2017

Play is one of the essential elements of a healthy life, so make time for it.

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.

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