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Black Friday: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Law Enforcement Family

Black Friday: Holiday Gift Ideas for Your Law Enforcement Family

Wherever you patrol and whatever your shift, there will be mayhem and morons with which to contend on Black Friday. Hopefully, however, you will also enjoy some downtime during which you can get ahead on your holiday shopping for family and friends.

November 26, 2021

On Thanksgiving, Have a Healthy Heaping of Happy (Not a Holiday Headache)

On Thanksgiving, Have a Healthy Heaping of Happy (Not a Holiday Headache)

Holiday get-togethers are making something of a comeback, so you're headed over the river and through the woods to "Grandmother's house" for the traditional Thanksgiving Holiday gathering. In case the dinner conversation turns contentious, here's a small collection of short jokes and one-liners to break the tension when the food fight is about to begin.

November 19, 2021

You Traded One Uniform for Another: Veterans Day Deals 2021

You Traded One Uniform for Another: Veterans Day Deals 2021

It's not at all uncommon for men and women who have worn the uniform of one of our military services to dress in a law enforcement uniform in their next career after leaving the armed forces. Here's a short list of free and discounted goods and services for veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their dependents.

November 10, 2021

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

Pink Patches: How Police Agencies Are Fighting Breast Cancer

Pink Patches: How Police Agencies Are Fighting Breast Cancer

The Pink Patch Program—a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations—has raised more than $1M for cancer research and treatment.

October 4, 2019

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

Why Police Should Ignore the Starbucks Kerfuffle

The blowback on Facebook against Starbucks was especially vitriolic, leading an outside observer to conclude that mistreatment of law enforcement officers in the company's stores is a pervasive problem (spoiler alert: it's not).

July 12, 2019

Thoughts on Patrolling Your Community During the Summer Months

Thoughts on Patrolling Your Community During the Summer Months

Memorial Day Weekend has effectively become the unofficial start to summer. So this is an excellent opportunity to offer some reminders on how to safely conduct your police business as the months get warmer and the vacationers hit the nation's highways and hotels.

May 24, 2019

3 Keys to Financial Wellness for Police Officers

3 Keys to Financial Wellness for Police Officers

Jason Hoschouer—when he's not out on motor patrol in the San Francisco Bay Area—helps fellow LEOs with financial coaching. He's also written a book on the subject called "Badges & Budgets." Here is some of the wisdom he shares with his clients.

April 26, 2019

Video: 10 "Cop Movies" Worth Seeing—Again and Again
Tips for Safety on Patrol in Severe Winter Weather
Recharging Your Batteries: The Benefits of "Unplugging"

Recharging Your Batteries: The Benefits of "Unplugging"

There is certainly benefit to being current on events involving the people you consider family—your brothers and sisters across the country with whom you share a special bond—as well as the world at large. However, it's also important—and extremely beneficial—to spend some time completely disconnected from the job. This is a lesson I recently re-learned.

November 16, 2018

Off-Duty Safety Tips

Off-Duty Safety Tips

It's no secret that groups like Antifa and Anonymous are simpatico, and when you add BLM activists to the mix, you have a troika of anti-police groups that is not to be underestimated. Consequently, officers must maintain vigilant watch for threats while off duty.

August 30, 2018

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