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It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege

It’s Been an Honor and a Privilege

Several themes emerge as I look back on my own small piece of that history. They are things that I wish I understood better when I was younger on the job. They are also things that I hope those who come after me can find of some service as they continue the work that I am leaving behind.

June 22, 2018

Taking the Leap into Chiefdom
Up Through the Ranks

Up Through the Ranks

Now that Williams has achieved one of her greatest career goals by becoming chief of her hometown Phoenix PD, she has equally lofty goals for the department.

December 7, 2016

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

Shots Fired: Burton, Michigan 07/01/2009

At the sound of Barksdale's commands, Kalahar spun the shotgun toward him and leveled it. As the man flinched, Barksdale's finger squeezed the trigger of his gun—repeatedly.

October 18, 2013

The Detroit Blues

The Detroit Blues

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

October 10, 2013

The Chief Trainer

The Chief Trainer

You are a chief or sheriff. Get real and train with your officers. You should be one of the first enrolled in your defensive tactics and subject control training classes. Your attendance and participation will speak to all, and what it will say is this stuff is real and it's important.

October 3, 2013

Keeping up with Case Law

Keeping up with Case Law

Much of what I learned in basic academy in the late 1960s is no longer good law. If I were still operating on the basis of 40-year-old understandings, I wouldn't be very effective.

November 1, 2008

Police and Politics

Police and Politics

Politics, politically correct ideology, and the police. The "three Ps." How well do they work together?

April 1, 2002

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