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Command, Morale, and Humor in Dark Times

Some levity would be good right around the time you send your troops off into the wilderness to fight crime, write reports, and say inappropriate things over an open microphone.

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Pennsylvania Department Struggling to Put Even One Officer on Shift

The Colwyn (PA) Police Department has had significant attrition due to early retirements of officers, placing the agency in a spot where they may only have one officer on duty per shift in a community of 2,600 residents.

(Video) Building Morale Through Active, Positive Leadership

Morale in the ranks rises when there are thoughtful, active, positive leaders up and down the chain of command. Sgt. Steve Fish of the Racine (WI) Police Department discusses how leadership can be found.

A Tale of Two Trends: Police Supporters… and Unsupported Police

Several news items in the past couple of weeks clearly demonstrate two trends we've known for years to exist—that police supporters do exist, and where police are not supported, policing suffers.

Killing Police Morale

Verbal and physical attacks on officers are taking a toll on the officers and on the nation's safety.

Detroit Chief Eliminates Mandatory 12-Hour Shifts

Detroit Police officers will not longer be required to work three 12-hour shifts, newly appointed Chief James Craig announced today. Beginning Oct. 14, Detroit PD officers will begin working eight-hour shifts.

Pittsburgh Chief Forced To Resign

The second-highest-ranking member of the union representing Pittsburgh police officers said the rank-and-file are still shocked this morning by the sudden forced resignation of Chief Nate Harper and morale remains low.

Doing It Right, Doing It Wrong

If given the opportunity to make a difference in people's lives, are you more apt to toss a lifeline or an anchor?

New Orleans Police Union Surveys Patrol Morale

A New Orleans patrol officer union announced it would query its members about departmental policies and procedures to highlight rank-and-file issues that need to be addressed.

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Law Enforcement Is a Contact Sport

My Field Training Officer (FTO) often compared police work to playing on a football team. He would say, "The team with the least amount of penalties wins." The analogy always stuck with me and after 10 years as an officer, it still rings true.