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Responding to a Code Z

Responding to a Code Z

A plethora of TV shows, movies, and novels explore all types of the undead or living dead. Future generations will no doubt attribute this fixation to one or another of our social ills, and one certainly has to admit that there must be some strange social collective fear that has made these critters the subject of so much attention.

November 14, 2011

Learn From the Replay

Learn From the Replay

Feedback can come from the officer watching himself on a dashcam or a sergeant telling him he turns his back on a violator every time he keys his mic. This is a lot better than spitting teeth out in the back of an ambulance or worse.

October 10, 2011

DVR Dreams

DVR Dreams

I had the strangest dream the other night. I was a detective on my way to a homicide and my partner was that big guy from "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" who knows everything about everything.

August 16, 2011

Stay Refreshed

Stay Refreshed

When I took over firearms instruction in the academy the first thing I did was try to imbue everyone with the ideas that shooting was fun, anyone can do it, and if there is a problem it is only the technique, and not the person.

June 9, 2011

The Hole

The Hole

Over the years I have had so many "if only" moments; most of them have been about debt and its related stresses. When I was developing officer safety programs at the academy, I was stunned to find the number one cause of divorce among law enforcement officers was not dispatchers, but financial stress.

May 4, 2011

My Inner Cro-Magnon

My Inner Cro-Magnon

What the heck happened to us? Cro-Magnons were big, athletic, and healthy until they died (mostly young), and had bigger brains than we do.

March 14, 2011

Dumping Garbage

Dumping Garbage

We have to decide not to carry garbage around ourselves and not to accept it from others.

February 10, 2011

Spring Forward, Fall Back

Spring Forward, Fall Back

The funny thing is most Americans can't even name the time zone they live in much less understand why they are changing their clocks twice a year, and they have to ask the flight attendant what time it is wherever they've just landed.

December 28, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

Everything Old is New Again

My friend pointed to his weird five-toed footwear and said since wearing them his body had found new vigor and was pain-free.

November 5, 2010

Illusion of Confidence

Illusion of Confidence

The scary part is when we ourselves are confidently wrong we're completely oblivious to it.

October 31, 2010

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

Stings, Stabs, and Bites

Nothing focuses the mind during a search warrant like discovering a diamondback rattlesnake in a dresser drawer.

September 16, 2010

The Bureaucratic Touch

The Bureaucratic Touch

We put high sensation-seeking folks like you in a highly structured bureaucracy and are shocked when it stresses the heck out of you.

August 10, 2010

A Weighty Issue

A Weighty Issue

Crime fighters have a unique problem. Our meals are part of our socialization, our warrior bread-breaking ritual.

May 20, 2010

Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive Dissonance

I focused on several likely hiding places: a container of Comet cleanser, filled with just cleanser; a PVC piece of pipe—only a bomb; a box of "SOS" pads....wait a minute!

March 11, 2010

Not Your Average Drunk

Not Your Average Drunk

Something wasn't right. The apparent drunk hadn't felt right, smelled right, or acted right.

January 5, 2010