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Stay Refreshed

June 9, 2011

When I took over firearms instruction in the academy the first thing I did was try to imbue everyone with the ideas that shooting was fun, anyone can do it, and if there is a problem it is only the technique, and not the person.

The Hole

May 4, 2011

Over the years I have had so many "if only" moments; most of them have been about debt and its related stresses. When I was developing officer safety programs at the academy, I was stunned to find the number one cause of divorce among law enforcement officers was not dispatchers, but financial stress.

Reading Body Language: Leaky People

April 14, 2011

Experts say when we interact with others we are always "leaking" with our face or body what we are thinking or feeling. My wife, the Sarge, has a way of refusing to acknowledge what I am saying and demanding to know what I am actually "thinking," since I'm apparently a pretty bad "leaker."

My Inner Cro-Magnon

March 14, 2011

What the heck happened to us? Cro-Magnons were big, athletic, and healthy until they died (mostly young), and had bigger brains than we do.

Dumping Garbage

February 10, 2011

We have to decide not to carry garbage around ourselves and not to accept it from others.

Emotional Survival for Retirement

January 24, 2011

One of the great challenges of turning civilians into crime fighters is developing their sense of being initiated into a unique group of people who will share high-risk adventures and protect not only each other physically, but morally as well, preserving that collective honor we each hold so dear.

What I Wish I'd Told Them

January 4, 2011

Life's unfair. Get over it. If you understand this point you will have a long and healthy career and make it to retirement without hating everyone around you.

Spring Forward, Fall Back

December 28, 2010

The funny thing is most Americans can't even name the time zone they live in much less understand why they are changing their clocks twice a year, and they have to ask the flight attendant what time it is wherever they've just landed.

Everything Old is New Again

November 5, 2010

My friend pointed to his weird five-toed footwear and said since wearing them his body had found new vigor and was pain-free.

Illusion of Confidence

October 31, 2010

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

September 16, 2010

Nothing focuses the mind during a search warrant like discovering a diamondback rattlesnake in a dresser drawer.

The Bureaucratic Touch

August 10, 2010

We put high sensation-seeking folks like you in a highly structured bureaucracy and are shocked when it stresses the heck out of you.

The Dawn

July 29, 2010

Kids, lawnmowers, dogs, court, phone calls, worry, sunlight, spouses, chores, side jobs, storms. Everything seems to conspire to deny us our rest.

Not Getting 'Burned'

June 7, 2010

You can always tell the veterans because they don't wear hats or fake mustaches anymore.

A Weighty Issue

May 20, 2010

Crime fighters have a unique problem. Our meals are part of our socialization, our warrior bread-breaking ritual.

Deadly Routine

April 22, 2010

Routine doesn't just make us comfortable, it actually "detrains" us, robs us of our edge, and can even steal our lives.

Cognitive Dissonance

March 11, 2010

I focused on several likely hiding places: a container of Comet cleanser, filled with just cleanser; a PVC piece of pipe—only a bomb; a box of "SOS" pads....wait a minute!

Not Your Average Drunk

January 5, 2010

Something wasn't right. The apparent drunk hadn't felt right, smelled right, or acted right.

The Stupid Factor

December 10, 2009

I especially love the folks who are not only stupid but self-righteously stupid, which ought to have its own special term like "extremepidity."

A Vision of the Apocalypse

November 30, 2009

I was driving into town to get ready for a late swing shift and found myself admiring the massive towering anvil-headed clouds bearing down.

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