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The Gift of Forgetting and Helping

The Gift of Forgetting and Helping

You're not alone. There's always some help, and we have your back. As a police officer, you will see horrors second only to those who have been in combat. You can suppress some of the most horrific days of your life for a while. But a similar incident can create a recall and these memories will come roaring back.

October 9, 2012

One Book You'll Want To Read

One Book You'll Want To Read

My editor asked me the other day what single book I would recommend to any young officer coming on the job. It was a simple answer; it doesn't matter whether you're a student, rookie, veteran officer, instructor or chief. You should read, "A Book of Five Rings" by Miyamoto Musashi.

January 10, 2012

Practical Tactical Thinking

As you gain more experience, you'll gain a patrol sixth sense that's not available on the internet with shipping and handling added. It's something that develops, and those who have it never quit developing it.

November 9, 2011

Facing the Realities of Life

The cruelty of man toward his fellow man never ceases to amaze me. How and what some do to others is sad, senseless, and boggles my mind at times. You've got to deal with it and drive on with a grip on reality.

July 11, 2011

Setting Goals: Aim High

Setting Goals: Aim High

A trusted firearms instructor recently expressed frustration with the recruits at his academy. Because some aren't natural shooters, he must constantly remind them that every shot is aimed. Projectiles don't miraculously appear on the target. The fundamentals are the same for each shot: you aim each one.

May 16, 2011

What Rattles Your Cage?

Every recruit has their inner fears or phobias. They must be addressed and not suppressed. Much like the monster that was under your bed as a child, they will haunt you.

September 24, 2010

Know Your Limitations

Know Your Limitations

One of my former defensive tactics instructors taught me a valuable lesson about sizing up an opponent. He asked me if I had ever seen a Japanese tea cup and what is different about it?

August 23, 2010

BOOK REVIEW, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street

This book differs from similar collective works in the sheer passion of the writers. For once, they are allowed to write from their inner warrior's soul. You will sense a certain energy from the contributors that you do not normally sense in this genre of writing.

June 24, 2010

Tough Outer Shell, Soft Center

If you ever attend a police funeral, you will see the two cops that you know are roughest and maybe even jaded, hug each other. Don't let this shock you.

May 28, 2010

Start Financial Survival Now

In my decades of police work I have seen far too many coppers get in over their heads by living large and not preparing for a rainy day. I don't care what you call your savings, just have some.

May 11, 2010

Bad Behavior and Attitudes

There are no free passes on the streets. Therefore study, work, and sweat here to avoid getting hurt out in the real world.

February 1, 2010

Calling All Young Warriors

In today's post-9/11 world, we are fighting a different source of evil. I need young warriors. Can I get a volunteer?

November 21, 2007