General Topics

  • The Privilege of Volunteering

    Volunteering takes us outside of our police world and puts us in contact with positive people. Volunteers may be naïve to the ways of our world, but they are almost invariably positive people. There’s something to be said about being around the...

    Article • November 20th, 2013

  • National First Responders Day

    The first proposal to establish a National First Responder Appreciation Day was made in 2006. This movement was recently renewed by Andrew Collier, the brother of a slain law enforcement officer.

    Article • November 13th, 2013

  • Zero Tolerance Strikes Again

    When a high school volleyball captain is punished for doing the right thing by helping an intoxicated friend, professionals tasked with maintaining school and student safety including law enforcement need to questions our zero tolerance.

    Article • October 25th, 2013

  • The Gift of Uncertainty

    Being able to say, “I don’t know…” is very liberating. It leads to asking more and deeper questions, and the mind to alternatives we wouldn’t otherwise consider. Embracing uncertainty slows us down and, if we’re wise, encourages reflection and...

    Article • October 2nd, 2013

  • Collaborative Justice

    Juvenile justice, social services and mental health need to form partnerships, pool resources and share experience. By doing so, we can be a team of connected professionals offering solutions meeting unique needs.

    Article • September 24th, 2013

  • Training: It’s All In Your Head

    How do I train when my department has cut training? You don’t need the latest and greatest technology.

    Article • September 4th, 2013

  • Making Good Habits Stick

    Developing life habits requires hard work, effort, and intentionality. Start with a plan that encourages you to build on your successes and be wary of plans requiring overwhelming life changes and restrictions.

    Article • August 21st, 2013

  • My Early Days As A Female Cop

    After over three decades in police work and law enforcement training, I look back now and wish I’d known a little more about navigating a male-dominated work place when I was first starting out in 1980.

    Article • August 19th, 2013

  • The Real Skinny On Energy Bars

    Do you know what to look for in an energy bar, or are you just buying a high-priced candy bar?

    Article • July 2nd, 2013

  • Reporting on ILEETA 2013

    The best law enforcement training took place in Wheeling, Illinois in April. Where were you?

    Article • April 30th, 2013

  • Officer Safety and Survival for Dispatchers?

    Let’s acknowledge that our missions on the street may seem different than the mission in the communications center. Dispatchers have to take the call, sort out what they can, and get it out to the officers as quickly as possible. Time is a...

    Article • February 25th, 2013

  • The Powers of a Police Dispatcher

    What I do and what I do not do from a Police Telecommunications Operator: I’m not a secretary, a dating service or a switchboard operator. I do have a sense of humor and can do 10 things at once. These are just a few of the things I wish my officers and...

    Article • February 15th, 2013

  • Trauma-Informed Policing

    A large percentage of the children law enforcement interacts with have a trauma history. Tips for coping with life’s stressors and being resilient can be taught by officers on scene, as well as, in daily interactions.

    Article • January 29th, 2013

  • A New Year Relationship Check-up

    As you enter 2013, take time to honestly assess the health of your relationships and, if necessary, root out complacency and unproductive or harmful behavior. You have a lot to pay attention to at work to keep yourself safe, make coming home to safety...

    Article • January 28th, 2013

  • Training a Dispatcher

    So often it seems like we want to flush out new hires. We feel elite. We are elite. But if we don’t take the time to focus on the strengths, minimize the weaknesses encourage and train good 9-1-1 operators/dispatchers we’ll be elite AND overworked.

    Article • January 9th, 2013

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