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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
Preparing for the Prospect of a "Suicide by Cop" Incident
Amid the COVID-19 Crisis, Officers Persist in Acts of Kindness
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

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

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