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10 "Must Read" Books for Law Enforcement Officers

10 "Must Read" Books for Law Enforcement Officers

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.

March 8, 2019

PTSD: Breaking the Silence

PTSD: Breaking the Silence

We may think we can control our grief, our terror, or our shame by remaining silent, but naming offers the possibility of a different kind of control.

April 10, 2015

Make Your Own Luck

Make Your Own Luck

I know a lot of crime fighters who begin to wax philosophical after their fifth beer and one of the common axioms I hear is: "I would rather be lucky than good."

October 11, 2013

The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out

The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out

Every time law enforcement thought that they had knocked out or retired the Eme organization, they found that the Eme came back again. The Mexican Mafia absorbed the blows and grew stronger.

August 13, 2013

Myths Die Hard

Myths Die Hard

One of the things that never fails to amaze me is how often some precious belief I have turns out to just be a myth. Well, myth is a tough word because some of the meanings of "myth" are important, like: A legend or story that explains or demonstrates a virtue or message.

February 8, 2013

What Are You Seeing?

What Are You Seeing?

Everyone is well aware that humans are visual creatures. It is far and away our most dominant sense and that is one of the reasons I get so frustrated that we have so many distracters in our modern patrol vehicles.

January 2, 2013

Knowing the Ending

Knowing the Ending

While in fiction Sherlock Holmes' magnificent intuitive leaps lead to remarkable arrests, we would make a huge number of mental errors if we tried the same tricks. Worse, we might make assumptions that would get us or someone else hurt.

October 16, 2012

Are You Ready to Win?

Are You Ready to Win?

Even though we now have these marvelous tools, the key to winning confrontations is still what is happening behind our eyes, not in our hands. Yes, great weapons help us win, but we have to have our minds right, before and during a life-and-death confrontation.

September 4, 2012

Is Mass Murder on the Rise?

Is Mass Murder on the Rise? "Yes," says Todd McGhee. "No," says Jack Levin. Each can defend his answer.

August 17, 2012

Profiling an Active Shooter

Profiling an Active Shooter

Just like other criminals, active shooters fit a profile. Read this guide to identify their six common traits.

August 17, 2012

Oklahoma Trooper Gets Murder-Mystery Novel Published

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.

August 14, 2012

Book Review: 'If There Were Any Victims'

Book Review: 'If There Were Any Victims'

Author Bill Louis says Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office never investigated hundreds of crimes in the town of El Mirage, Ariz., which it was contracted to do from 2005 to 2007, and Louis was left to pick up the pieces after the fact.

July 27, 2012

Realistic Optimism

Realistic Optimism

Real optimism isn't just expecting good things to happen; it is how you internally explain to yourself the bad things that happen and what you do about them. Everyone is going to suffer bad events.

July 10, 2012

Can Education Cure Gang Members?

Can Education Cure Gang Members?

There seems to be an illogical perception in the U.S. that "bad guys," especially those associated with criminal gangs, are dumb—or at least uneducated. But education is not an elixir to cure the diseases of immorality or an upbringing steeped in situational ethics. It can't teach the gift of empathy for another human being.

June 13, 2012