For a little bit of lighter fare for this week, here are 10 of my favorite feature films with police officers as the central characters.
Being a civilian in the law enforcement universe for more than a decade now, I've learned that—in addition to talking directly with cops, doing ridealongs, and attending police training—there is enormous value in reading a wide variety of law enforcement books and training materials.
Professor Joshua Clover—who teaches English and comparative literature at University of California at Davis, and according to his official bio, specializes in Marxism and "the end of capitalism"—said in an interview published in early 2016, "People think that cops need to be reformed. They need to be killed."
Formal youth programs—cadet, explorer, athletic league, summer internships, and others—can go a long way toward creating strong bonds between police and the community they serve. So, too, can one-on-one relationships like the one between Alanna Rodriguez and Mitch Brouillette.
Here are some tips on staying safe on these types of calls for service, and ensuring the welfare of the individuals who have been victimized.
Here are some tips to ensure that you're safe on the streets when Old Man Winter takes up residence in your jurisdiction.
Mountain lions and other very dangerous predators have been known to show up in densely populated cities. Elk have been known to get tangled in a farmer's fencing. Raccoons and opossums end up in storm drains and dumpsters on a regular basis. Here are some thoughts on dealing with non-human subjects in a way that keeps both the animal and the officer safe.
Here are some of my favorite quotes—some of which are famous and some of which are somewhat obscure—framed in the context of policing in 2019 and beyond.