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End of Year: Seeing 2020 in Hindsight

End of Year: Seeing 2020 in Hindsight

Looking one more time at the highs and lows of the year that was… 2020 and seeing perhaps more clearly today than on those days that comprised the year.

December 31, 2020

Naughty and Nice: Policing During the Winter Holidays

Naughty and Nice: Policing During the Winter Holidays

The holidays offer myriad opportunities for officers to interact with the public in a positive and inspirational way. However, the season also holds the same perils officers face during the rest of the year—and potentially some heightened dangers due to holiday revelry and winter weather. Here's a quick recap of some of the things to watch out for.

December 20, 2019

How Citizen Volunteers and Reserve Officers Can Strengthen Policing
Why Citizens Academies are Good for Policing ...and How to Stand One Up
Why American Military Veterans Make Great Police Officers

Why American Military Veterans Make Great Police Officers

Veterans of America's military tend to make excellent police officers—they have baked into their very being a commitment to service, an unusually high level of discipline, an understanding of chain-of-command, and other qualities that police officers also share.

November 8, 2019

Amid Anti-Police Rhetoric, Police Remain Vigilant Public Safety Servants
A Tale of Two Trends: Police Supporters… and Unsupported Police
Celebrating the Heroism of American Police Officers

Celebrating the Heroism of American Police Officers

Acts of heroism happen all the time in big cities and small communities alike. Officers with departments of all sizes rise to the occasion on a daily basis to ensure the health and welfare of the civilians they serve.

July 19, 2019

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

The blowback on Facebook against Starbucks was especially vitriolic, leading an outside observer to conclude that mistreatment of law enforcement officers in the company's stores is a pervasive problem (spoiler alert: it's not).

July 12, 2019

The Perils and Pitfalls for Police Officers Posting on Social Media

The Perils and Pitfalls for Police Officers Posting on Social Media

An organization recently made available to the media a significant database of social media posts—that they deem to be potentially offensive—from thousands of officers from places such as Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, St. Louis, and elsewhere. Internal investigations have been launched at several of those agencies. Here's why cops need to use social media cautiously.

June 14, 2019

A Civilian Scribe Celebrating 11 Years of Writing for Law Enforcement
Why Every Cop in America Should Attend Police Week

Why Every Cop in America Should Attend Police Week

During this one extraordinary week you will experience every emotion. In one moment you might be laughing with a group of cops and then mere moments later crying with one guy or gal who is overwhelmed with grief.

May 16, 2019

Picture This: World Traveler Honoring Police in Compelling Photo Collection
How the Bond between Cops and Kids Might Help Solve the Police Recruitment Crisis

How the Bond between Cops and Kids Might Help Solve the Police Recruitment Crisis

Many police departments have a pop-up tent, a folding table, and a bunch of knick-knacks with the department badge or logo to give away during street festivals and other events. This is a very passive recruitment tool, and arguably a giant waste of time and resources. Where the real recruitment opportunities exist are in the day-to-day contact between young people and the police officers who serve their communities.

September 21, 2018

Telling the Stories of American Police Officers' Courage and Compassion

Telling the Stories of American Police Officers' Courage and Compassion

When the Fort Worth (TX) Police Department proactively invited their local media to a press conference to show the dash- and body-worn camera footage of a recent incident in which two officers rescued a suicidal woman who was standing precariously atop the safety barrier on a very high highway bridge — and allow their officers to answer questions and talk about their experiences on that day — I was very pleased indeed.

August 31, 2018