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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?

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.

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