General Topics

  • The Importance of Perspective, Part III

    Fatalism poses a significant risk to law enforcement officers whose perspective is focused primarily on the worst society has to offer. The trick to staying emotionally healthy – to maintaining a healthy perspective – is learning how to sift the facts...

    Article • January 8th, 2013

  • What if it were my Child?

    In the shadow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the thought of losing my child to violence is too awful to contemplate. On the other side, the thought of having my child commit the atrocity is just as horrible.

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • Tales of 9-1-1 From A Veteran Dispatcher

    9-1-1 operators/dispatchers have many things in common including their experiences under the headset. We laugh, cry and get angry with each other. Who else could understand our wild, wonderful world?

    Article • December 11th, 2012

  • The Importance of Perspective – Part II

    Since 1991 crimes rates have actually dropped to levels comparable to those of the late sixties, and with a murder rate second only to those of 1962 and 1963. So why does the fantasy that crime is “out-of-control” persist?

    Article • December 5th, 2012

  • Hazards of Being A 9-1-1 Dispatcher

    We hear screams of terror and horrible tales of human suffering. We listen. We assist. We get help. We often empathize with our callers. We care and there are consequences.

    Article • November 16th, 2012

  • The Importance of Perspective

    Without historical perspective it is far too easy to become discouraged or depressed by the world around us. Lighten up! It’s not as bad as it seems.

    Article • November 15th, 2012

  • The 1911: Legendary Handgun of Lawmen, Part II

    Following a commendable term of service, from the Philippine-American War through World War I, John Moses Browning’s M1911 pistol was due for some upgrades. So, in 1926, the Army Ordnance Department recommended the following changes.

    Article • October 9th, 2012

  • Smoking in the Boys’ Room: Part II

    A continued look at the Breaking Schools’ Rules study and its impact on juvenile justice. Addressing school discipline is a law enforcement concern.

    Article • October 8th, 2012

  • The Sacrifices of Our Sisters

    As I write this, nine female police officers have died in the line of duty in the first seven months of this year. Women are 11% of our current fallen officers. Their average age was 39, their average tour of duty was 14 years. But there is so much more...

    Article • September 20th, 2012

  • Can Being a Nice Guy Get You Hurt?

    The common job shared by every cop (first & foremost) is this: go home at the end of your shift. If you think that you don’t minimally owe that to yourself (you do), you owe it to those in your life and in your world who love you; those who depend on...

    Article • September 20th, 2012

  • Protectors of the Thin Blue Line

    Nothing is more important than officer safety especially to those of us tasked with being their life-line. By following some suggestions from the beginning of your career to your last transmission, you can be the kind of dispatcher that takes care of...

    Article • September 19th, 2012

  • Feeling the Burn(out)

    Unchecked, this type of “professional depression” can not only affect you at work, but in all areas of your life. Fighting burnout is a critical survival skill for a police officer that is often overlooked.

    Article • September 18th, 2012

  • Smoking in the Boy’s Room: Part I

    With the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, students face strict rules and consequences on campus. Disciplinary actions range from mandatory, zero-tolerance issues to discretionary Code of Conduct violations. In this two part column, we will look...

    Article • September 10th, 2012

  • The 1911: Legendary Handgun of Lawmen

    Last year (2011) marked the 100 year anniversary of Browning’s M1911 pistol design, produced by Colt. This is made all the more remarkable in that he also designed the .45 ACP round that feeds that firearm.

    Article • August 22nd, 2012

  • Life's Lessons of Value to LE

    Looking back, there was yet, so much to learn. At the time, it seemed like I knew nearly everything which was truly important to know. Though I had yet to be introduced to the finer issues of trigonometry, I was already fluent in the issues of life: how...

    Article • August 20th, 2012

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