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Mark Rivera

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Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

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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?

Dark Days

February 10, 2016

Everyone gets depressed at some point, and whether you are simply recovering from a loss or bad event or suffering from true clinical depression, here are some thoughts on what to do.

Warriors or Guardians?

January 13, 2016

One of the big mistakes of the past is the fantasy that law enforcement causes criminality and that if only we can change the police we can stop poverty, crime, gangs, etc.

Monkey Business

December 2, 2015

Whenever we gathered, we knew someone was getting a "monkey" so just in case it was you, you stayed alert to the issues of the meeting.

Snack Food

November 17, 2015

Years ago, while working at the Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN), I heard an anecdote from one of the producers who had worked on a corn chip commercial earlier in her career. This event helped her put things in perspective in whatever she did for the rest of her life.

The Last Time

October 22, 2015

To ensure the next time doesn't turn into your last time, you need to reflect and learn from the other last time.

Mental Toughness

September 4, 2015

It's called the McGuire-Ivey-Lattner Model of Mental Toughness, and coaches are using it to focus their athletes and build their mental skills. I think crime fighters should use it, too.

Normalcy Bias

August 20, 2015

Officers might find themselves in a mental state called "normalcy bias" which can cause them to woefully underestimate the possible negative impact of a crisis or disaster.

The Crowd

July 2, 2015

He raced to help one of the victims and, as he struggled vainly to save her life, he was stunned by the crowd that gathered around; not to help, but to observe, to…what?

Wearing Armor

June 25, 2015

Next to training and modern medicine, the single most important factor in the increased survivability of today's police officer is this modern version of the chainmail worn into combat for centuries by warriors. Back then no clear-thinking fighter would have been caught dead without his mail under his tunic, so what is our excuse?

Positive Negativism

May 24, 2015

Optimism is a sense of control in your life, the belief that you can control your destiny and your emotions, and that if you continue to strive you can create positive outcomes.

Magic Lessons

April 10, 2015

Magicians use humor and empathy to lower your guard, so keep yours up and don't relax just because the subject you are dealing with seems "nice." Rather, you should be the one to use humor and empathy to lower the guard of the people you're dealing with: suspects, witnesses, and internal affairs alike.

Thank You for Freedom

March 23, 2015

People who live in fear are not really free, or cannot stay free long with such anxiety, and you are the ones they call in a crisis.

Caring and Camaraderie

February 27, 2015

How can it be that when one of our brotherhood is suffering they don't get the emotional support so desperately needed, or worse get criticism for failing to do this or do that which "surely would have changed the outcome?"

The One with the Effective Toys Wins

January 13, 2015

If some gizmo looks cool, but replaces nothing on your belt and yet requires you to change the way you do your job, you need to think twice, or three times, before acquiring it.

Wash The Hands

December 21, 2014

Infection control is about taking care of yourself and the people around you by just doing some simple things that can be a pain in the butt.

Estate Planning: What Will You Do?

November 21, 2014

You have a "go-bag" for the rare active shooter and even visualize racing down a school hallway to put a stop to such evil. But do you have a "doomsday file" for your friends and loved ones should something happen to you?

Learn or Die

October 16, 2014

It seems continuing to learn stops the forgetting process, which is important because in our profession forgetting can have dire consequences. How many times have you watched a video of an officer getting hurt and thought, How did he forget to keep proper positioning? or Why did she stop watching the hands?

Posts for Public Consumption?

September 9, 2014

If you shot somebody tomorrow, how would the post you put online today read in the mind of Miss Mary Poppins sitting at her breakfast table?

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