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You Are What You Sleep

December 1, 2006

I will never forget the first time I heard myself snore. Yeah, I snore pretty good; just ask one of my ex’s or one of my sergeants. But I actually was so tired once my own snoring woke me up! I was working on the Coconino Hotshots fighting a forest fire near Prescott, Ariz., when our squad leader called a break. I just sat where I was on the line and, the next thing I knew, loud snoring awoke me. I looked around and I was the only one within earshot…weird.

The Plan

November 1, 2006

Jump into the fray then decide. —Napoleon Bonaparte

Generation What?

October 1, 2006

OK, I confess. I used to teach how to train the "new generation." You older cops know who I’m talking about: frankly, the generation not as good as ours.

Climate Control

September 1, 2006

Mailmen have nothing on cops when it comes to working in sleet and rain and blinding heat.

In Praise of Condition White

August 1, 2006

Condition White is the internal focus we go into all the time. In Condition White, you are not focused on the outside world. You do NOT want to have this mindset on the street.

Language Lessons

July 1, 2006

Sometimes just knowing a few words in a foreign tongue can make you safer and help you do your job better.

Backing Up is Hard to Do

June 1, 2006

Ask risk managers to tell you what causes the majority of vehicular accidents, and they will all sing the same tune: "Backing Up Is Hard To Do."

Perfidy Thy Name Is Fitness

May 1, 2006

I love being in shape. Running an eight-minute mile, benching 300, riding a mountain bike on rugged trails, playing a rousing game of three-on-three, are all things I would love to be doing. But I can’t do any of them today.

Junk Science on the Beat

April 1, 2006

Many police psychologists believe that if you don’t feel bad, something is wrong with you.

Distracted Driving

March 1, 2006

The other day a friend of mine had a rear-ender on duty that was caused by his responding to his MDT (Mobile Distracting Terminal) or MDC (Moving Destruction Computer) or whatever they are called.

A Maslow Moment

February 1, 2006

Bitching may be humanity's greatest need. It's certainly high on the list for cops.

Resolutions for Cops

January 1, 2006

Ah, the first month of the new year. It’s a month of parties, football, snow or snowbirds (depending on where you live), and just generally good feelings. Then the winter wears on. Football ends for nearly everybody’s team; ice appears on the roadways at the worst time (who hasn’t had the thrill of that tactical 360-degree spin en route to a call); and all those resolutions you made suddenly become ancient history.

December for the Crime Fighter

December 1, 2005

Ah, December, the holiday month, the month of giving and joy and general goodwill. However, if you wear the badge and gun, walk the cell block, or handle the calls of traumatized citizens, you may be thinking "bah humbug!"

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