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End of Year: Seeing 2020 in Hindsight

End of Year: Seeing 2020 in Hindsight

Looking one more time at the highs and lows of the year that was… 2020 and seeing perhaps more clearly today than on those days that comprised the year.

December 31, 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

Stopping Officer Suicides

Stopping Officer Suicides

Know the warning signs and the resources available so you can get help for a colleague contemplating suicide before it's too late.

March 12, 2020

2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

2 Thoughts on Policing in 2020

Here are some thoughts for 2020 to continue to reduce line-of-duty deaths and reverse what appears to be a significant spike in police officer death by suicide.

January 3, 2020

2019 in Review: American Police Officers Under Fire From All Angles
Axon Employees, Customers, and Partners Are Making Policing Healthier

Axon Employees, Customers, and Partners Are Making Policing Healthier

Earlier this week I attended the Axon Accelerate Conference in downtown Phoenix. The official theme was "Run In"—in recognition of the fact that police officers run toward danger while everyone else runs away. But there was another underlying theme, "Total Wellness" for law enforcement.

May 2, 2019

Suicide Warning Signs and Available Resources

Suicide Warning Signs and Available Resources

Families and colleagues of officers who died by suicide frequently say the officers displayed visible warning signs of life-threatening mental or emotional crisis that only really registered after the officer's death. Here's what to look for.

April 26, 2019

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

Speaking on the Unspeakable: Ending the Pandemic of Police Officer Suicide

Speaking on the Unspeakable: Ending the Pandemic of Police Officer Suicide

I've talked with officers who have lost a colleague to suicide—as well as many widows of officers who died by suicide—and just about everyone has said that the warning signs were there before tragedy struck. They just didn't put the pieces together until it was too late. Let's all do a better job of helping officers in crisis.

November 9, 2018

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