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The Dose Makes the Poison

August 22, 2012

When you're a young officer, moderation seems likely to leave you missing more than a few good times. I think back to the "choir practices" I participated in as a young Tucson cop only to awaken in the afternoon looking for the train that hit me.

Oklahoma Trooper Gets Murder-Mystery Novel Published

August 14, 2012
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Betsy Randolph loves writing, but lucky for lead-footed motorists, she has another outlet besides her ticket book. Randolph's first novel, a murder-mystery titled Tokens of the Liars, is about to hit bookstores.

Pelican Introduces ProGear Sport Wallet

August 11, 2012
The Pelican ProGear Sport Wallet is designed to protect and hold and protect personal belongings such as keys, identification cards, credit cards, and cash from the harshest situations.

Police Product Test: BlackHawk Women's Performance Polo

June 7, 2012
I have to give kudos to BlackHawk for creating its Women's Performance Polo Shirt as part of a line of clothing for women that's great for both on and off duty and meets the needs of the tactically minded woman.

Mo. County Sets Off-Duty Alcohol Policy

May 2, 2012
St. Louis County (Mo.) Police officers must have a blood-alcohol level of 0.04 or less when driving a take-home patrol car under a new policy set by the county.

Relocating To a New City for a Police Career

December 14, 2011
More and more, recruits are taking on the challenges of being a new officer as well as a new resident. Being the FNG (fabulous new guy) and knowing nothing about the area can be challenging, exciting, and downright stressful. External supports are necessary elements for survival.

Recruit Life As a Single Parent

December 7, 2011
This blog often focuses on tactics, off-duty survival, surviving the FTO program, or making it though the academy. However, what can often get overlooked is making it through those first few years as a parent. A single-parent recruit has been given the most difficult assignment of all.

Oakland Cop Discusses Occupy Role

November 14, 2011

Oakland Police Officer Fred Shavies responds to claims that he infiltrated the Occupy movement by participating in protests.

Ford Explorer Video Features Denver Cop

October 24, 2011
Ford Motor Company will feature a Denver Police officer in a short film promoting the Ford Explorer, called "Go Do Adventure: Men Vs. Mountains."

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.

Know Your Recruit

April 26, 2011
If you find yourself in the role of Field Training Officer (FTO) or occasional trainer, please make an effort to understand the background of your recruits. For the one-on-one trainer, try to grasp the knowledge, skills, and abilities of your trainee. If both of you do this, you'll save yourself wasted time, aggravation, ruffled student, egos and probably maximize valuable training time.

Are the Elements of Your Life In Balance?

April 19, 2011
I'd compare your life foundation to a table with four legs holding it steady. What are the four legs? Family, faith, friends and vocation. Let's explore them to help you achieve balance.

Financial Planning: Think Twice Before You Spend

April 4, 2011
Watching younger officers entering long-term financial obligations such as homes, credit or vehicles worries me greatly. Research the stability of your job during the next two to three budget cycles before you ink any contracts.

The Bikini Car Wash Incident—A Chief's Perspective

September 27, 2010
Bottom line: Think about what you are doing? Give it a reality check and see how you can defend your actions or presence to your boss if something should occur. If you can't come up with at least three good reasons, stay home.

Avoid Being Identified As A Cop

August 30, 2010
Telling a story about your most recent call, as others listen within ear shot, gives two ideas. Either you are a young cop or a 'mall ninja' who has overdosed on police shows.

Video: Mexican Cartel Threatens Arizona PD's Off-Duty Officers

June 27, 2010
The threats were issued following two large drug busts by off-duty officers with the department. Nogales Chief Jeffrey Kirkham learned about the threats via a criminal informant in Mexico who told the agency about a list of officers held by the cartel.

Dating Difficulties

June 2, 2010
When I became an officer, dating wasn't fun at all. It felt like men were looking for a challenge.

Should Police Reality TV Depict Off-Duty Life?

May 3, 2010
"Cops" only depicted officers responding and handling calls, and oftentimes the banter that goes along with doing this job. With the newer shows, I was taken aback by how these officers allowed cameras into their personal lives.

'Police Women' Crosses a Blue Line

August 19, 2009
When I watched the first episode, I was shocked that these women who risk their lives every day are showing their children's faces on TV for the world of criminals to see.

Credit History and Job Applications

May 26, 2009
In this country, we call it a credit history or credit score. I tend to refer to it as your credit reputation, because that is what prospective employers are reading into your credit history.
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