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Is Your Boss a Weiner or a Winner?

Is Your Boss a Weiner or a Winner?

If the men and women of patrol have to be exposed to a cross-section of varied subjects, then law enforcement administrators are expected to have doctorates in each of those and be able to answer for and explain the seemingly inexplicable actions of each of their subordinates.

September 26, 2013

How to Survive Being Shot

How to Survive Being Shot

By understanding three basic steps—Breathe, STOT, Move—officers are able to maintain control over their physiological responses and employ more effective psychological responses to stressful incidents.

September 17, 2013

Hope and Change? How About Live and Learn?

Hope and Change? How About Live and Learn?

The wife says that there is usually justification to my umbrage—it's my bail schedule that sucks. And so mine has been a history of strained associations, parted companies, and dissolved friendships.

September 11, 2013

To Stop, or Not to Stop, That is the Question
In Praise of Condition Yellow

In Praise of Condition Yellow

Being in Condition Yellow has allowed me to identify a thief before he acted on his intentions, a would-be assailant before he launched his attack. It has given me pause to re-evaluate the decision to pet a dog, or patronize certain establishments.

August 9, 2013

The Real Danger of the Trayvon Martin Case

The Real Danger of the Trayvon Martin Case

We have seen this type of tragedy before and will doubtlessly see it again. It gave rise to the whole Tawana Brawley outrage; it led to the outrageous persecutions and prosecutions of Duke Lacrosse players Reade Seligmann, Collin Finnerty, and David Evans.

July 26, 2013

Nickels, Dimes, and the Night Stalker

Nickels, Dimes, and the Night Stalker

The romantic in me would like to believe that America would want to take care of those who take care of it. But I am increasingly of the opinion that it doesn't; moreover, it doesn't want to.

July 1, 2013

In Praise of Straight-Shooting Brass

In Praise of Straight-Shooting Brass

"I suspect the only reason 110 rounds was all that was fired was that's all the ammunition they had," Sheriff Grady Judd responded. "We were not going to take any chance of him shooting back."

June 19, 2013

The Will To Survive

The Will To Survive

Of the components of the will to survive, none is more important than mindset. How often have we seen a man of lesser skillsets come out the survivor of some confrontation simply because he refused to go down?

June 5, 2013

We Need Smart Cops

We Need Smart Cops

I'd sleep better knowing that those tasked with the power of making life or death decisions were those most capable of doing so.

May 16, 2013

The Hazards of Sleep

The Hazards of Sleep

If he worked in one of those small towns that prohibits the exhibition of elephants in a city park on the Sabbath, you could bet that he'd somehow find a way to be booking a pachyderm into evidence Sunday night.

May 2, 2013

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

Why You Should Talk to the Bad Guys

There is something discomforting in hearing a convicted cop killer say, "He got careless, so I wasted him." But how often can a mere six words leave such an indelible imprint on our mind and help get us through our shifts?

April 19, 2013

Good Cops, Bad Cop, Whatcha Gonna Do

Good Cops, Bad Cop, Whatcha Gonna Do

It's been said that a truly good cop could have worked any era in law enforcement and done quite well. When my mind revisits those cops that I used to work with, around, and to varying degrees tolerated, there are two groups that stand out predominantly for their diametrically opposite approaches to patrol.

March 28, 2013

If You Don't Learn This, You'll Die!

If You Don't Learn This, You'll Die!

It's been said that the street cop wears many hats: psychologist, sociologist, counselor, arbitrator; electrician, firefighter, judge, jury, and even executioner. But how much formal training has he or she been exposed to in these various capacities?

March 12, 2013

The Dorner Rampage is Over…Now Comes the Repercussions
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