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Crowd Control: Policing in Politically Unstable Times
Command Staff: Calling Off the Chase

Command Staff: Calling Off the Chase

Options such as aborting a vehiclepursuit from afar or obtaining new technology that can help more safely end a pursuit must be explored and examined by law enforcement leaders.

September 30, 2020

The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

The "Accident Chain" and the In-Custody Death of George Floyd

In aviation, an accident chain usually ends with one or more people dead in a twisted mass of burning metal, investigators conducting a lengthy and expensive inquiry, and mourners lashing out at those responsible for a series of fatal mistakes... Sound familiar?

August 7, 2020

Mourning in the Era of COVID-19: How Police Funerals Have Changed
A COVID-19 Conundrum: Enforcing Lockdown Mandates vs. Enforcing the Law
Preparing for the Prospect of a "Suicide by Cop" Incident
Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, Officers Persist in Acts of Kindness
11 Inspirational Quotes to Boost Police Morale in Trying Times

11 Inspirational Quotes to Boost Police Morale in Trying Times

This week in this space, I want to do something a little different. I want to provide you with some inspirational quotes to help you muddle through these troubling and trying times. I'll also add my interpretation of the quotes as they related to law enforcement.

April 17, 2020

Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Police Press Forward

Coronavirus: Amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Police Press Forward

This is going to get worse—far, far worse—before it's going to get better, but contrary to what many in the mainstream media would have you believe, the world is not ending. We are going to get through this—the question is, "When?"

April 10, 2020

Police Humor: Finding the Funny in Challenging Times

Police Humor: Finding the Funny in Challenging Times

In this column for the past few weeks I've tried to pass along useful information about being safe during the global pandemic of COVID-19. This week I just want to provide some levity to aid in your sanity.

April 3, 2020

Coronavirus: What Police Need to Know About COVID-19

Coronavirus: What Police Need to Know About COVID-19

Hundreds of police officers have been exposed to the disease, with nearly 200 reported cases in Washington state alone. Here are some thoughts on how police officers can keep safe amid this current pandemic crisis.

March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Officer Health, Staffing Shortages, and Enforcing the Shut-Downs
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