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Pulling the Pin: Planning for Your Retirement from Law Enforcement

Pulling the Pin: Planning for Your Retirement from Law Enforcement

Here are a few thoughts I've collected over the years of knowing a great many retired officers who are incredibly happy and successful after they've shelved the uniform, returned to civilian ranks, and done amazing things as "regular people" after leaving active-duty.

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus, Infectious Disease, and Officer Safety

Coronavirus, Infectious Disease, and Officer Safety

The Coronavirus is presently not a substantial threat to American law enforcement but its emergence into the national narrative provides an opportunity to remember that other threats pose a significant danger, and to recall that some simple steps can prevent succumbing to infectious disease.

March 6, 2020

The Lighthouse: Cops Are a Beacon for American Kids

The Lighthouse: Cops Are a Beacon for American Kids

Cops have a truly unique opportunity to be the lighthouse that guides little ships—our children—giving them immediate safety, guiding them to future security, and finding them safe harbor.

February 28, 2020

Reforming Bail Reform: Thoughts on Finding a Middle Ground
Police Militarization: An Argument in Favor of LBVs, APCs, and 1033
Own the Internet: Best Practices for Police Agencies on Social Media
Stuck in the Middle: Policing in a Politically Charged Election Season

Stuck in the Middle: Policing in a Politically Charged Election Season

There are myriad other examples of politically motivated civil unrest throughout American history—from the Whiskey Rebellion in the 18th Century, to the Pottawatomie Massacre in the 19th Century, to the mayhem surrounding the 1968 Democratic National Convention in the 20th Century.

January 31, 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

Takeaways from SHOT Show 2020

There were far too many products on display at the Sands Convention Center and Expo in Las Vegas to adequately capture it all, but as I zoom along at 300 miles per hour about 34,000 feet above sea level en route home, here are some of the things that immediately spring to mind as having a lasting impression on me.

January 24, 2020

Apple vs. the DOJ (Redux): Balancing Privacy and Security

Apple vs. the DOJ (Redux): Balancing Privacy and Security

Like forensic, physical, testimonial, or any other form of evidence, digital evidence should not stand alone as the sole pillar of a prosecutor's case. But it is absolutely reasonable to have digital evidence included when it's relevant, and that is only possible when investigators gain the type of access Attorney General Barr and his Department of Justice is looking for in the case of the terror attack on NAS Pensacola.

January 17, 2020

2 Ways to Harden Soft Targets Like Churches, Synagogues, and Mosques
2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

Here are some thoughts for 2020 to continue to reduce line-of-duty deaths and reverse what appears to be a significant spike in police officer death by suicide.

January 3, 2020

2019 in Review: American Police Officers Under Fire From All Angles
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

7 More Tips for Off-Duty Officer Safety

Several recent events served as a reminder that off-duty officers risk coming under attack, as well as coming into contact with crimes in progress while not in uniform. Here are seven thoughts on staying safe when you're not on the job.

December 13, 2019

Tips and Tactics for Dealing with Subjects on the Autism Spectrum

Tips and Tactics for Dealing with Subjects on the Autism Spectrum

When you're dealing with a subject on the ASD spectrum, there may be no outward sign whatsoever of that individual's unique condition—people on the spectrum can physically look just like so-called "neurotypical" individuals. Here are some tips and tactics to keep in mind for encounters with ASD subjects.

December 6, 2019

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