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Leadership and Laughter

"Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it, and then move on." — Bob Newhart

December 1, 2005

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

The Money Crunch: Getting the Goods

Gone are the days of simple two-way radios and revolvers. Now each officer must carry a multitude of less-lethal weapons in addition to a gun and probably a PDA. While grants are useful, they aren’t the only means by which to acquire funding for equipment.

November 1, 2004

Walking the Line

As a supervisor, get to know your people, support them and provide the guidance to ensure they are making the right decisions. When you are successful, anonymity is often your reward, while failure brings the press scandal that brings down careers and departments.

June 1, 2004

A Message of Hope

In post-war Iraq, the only order will come from the work of good cops.

December 1, 2003

Seven Days in Baghdad

Smoke still rolled on the horizon and sporadic gunfire could still be heard around the city when I was ordered to report to the Palestine Meridian Hotel for reassignment. We were in the fabled city of Baghdad, and it was a chaotic mess.

December 1, 2003

Battlefield Medicine

Battlefield Medicine

Since police officers are routinely the first to arrive on the scene of a car wreck or a gun battle, they need something more effective than a tourniquet or a pressure bandage. And several companies are now competing for that business with hemostats that they claim will stop bleeding in seconds.

March 1, 2003

Temporary Insanity

Temporary Insanity

Every officer on the New Orleans Police Department knows instinctively when Carnival season begins. No one needs to check the calendar. It's in the air like the smell of alcohol and the laughter of excited crowds gathering on the streets of the Vieux Carre (the French Quarter).

June 1, 2002

Own the Night

Own the Night

Most commercial burglaries take place at night, and the darkness works in the favor of the burglars. Maybe it’s time for us to take back the night with night vision equipment.

May 1, 2002

The Call Up

The Call Up

As the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001, began to unfold, many Americans watched the burning North Tower of the World Trade Center on their TVs and wondered what kind of horrific airline “accident” had taken place in Manhattan. Then as the live TV cameras rolled, United Airlines Flight 175 sliced into the South Tower, confirming the worst fears. This was no accident; it was enemy action.

April 1, 2002

Team LAX

Team LAX

You can say with just a little bit of hyperbole that all Americans and all American landmarks are targets of Al Qaeda in the war on terror. However, some places are more vulnerable and have drawn more attention from the worldwide network of Islamic fanatics than others.

April 1, 2002

Wear Your Body Armor ... and Ear Muffs

Wear Your Body Armor ... and Ear Muffs

What possible duty could give an officer more satisfaction than shutting down rogue karaoke bars? That's what the Cambodian National Police have been tasked with, and they're getting a little extra support from the Cambodian Army: tanks.

April 1, 2002

Who's A Warrior?

Who's A Warrior?

Not just anyone who decides to become a cop can claim hero status.

January 1, 2002

Adventures in Law Enforcement 2000

Whatever inspired you to become a police officer, when it comes to police work you know law enforcement has many faces.  Aside from the array of different specialties within your own department, each jurisdiction, county or state may put its own spin on these specialties.

March 1, 2000

Aiding and Abetting a Success Story

On my drive home that evening, I remembered that first day in the police academy.  I'd been told I wasn't there to make a difference in people's lives.  I would now have to say: I beg to differ.

October 1, 1998

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