General Topics

  • The Patriotic Cop

    Today's society is largely disconnected. We wander about with iPods or cell phones glued to our heads. Just getting through to someone is now more difficult than ever.

    Article • April 8th, 2011

  • Proper Off-Duty Equipment

    There are, of course, times when a situation may arise that would call for immediate action with less than lethal force, and we can postulate endlessly on what the circumstances might be.

    Article • April 8th, 2011

  • Police Week - Just Invite 'Em!

    Police Week is the experience of a lifetime. Please come. I would be happy to show you around.

    Article • April 4th, 2011

  • How We Learn To Lie For Each Other

    Although lying is not officially accepted behavior, in reality it is tacitly approved by our leaders and seasoned officers.

    Article • April 8th, 2011

  • Avoiding The Dog Response

    We spend an inordinate amount of time training officers to act tactically, but maybe we need to go a step further and assign an officer to the role of safety officer.

    Article • January 27th, 2011

  • Never Too Buff

    The quest for the ideal lean and mean body can lead to an obsession/preoccupation that is disabling, dangerous and deadly.

    Article • January 12th, 2011

  • Married to a Cop

    I've never heard of a trash collector's wife listening as her stone-faced husband tells the story of pulling a 4 year old out of the mud after being run over by her father's tractor, her mother standing wailing beside him. A trash collector's wife does...

    Article • January 11th, 2011

  • A New You in The New Year

    What are your chances of making a change?

    Article • January 3rd, 2011

  • Protecting Your Wallet

    With lean times ahead, it’s important to have a game-plan for your finances.

    Article • December 27th, 2010

  • What We Can Get Away With

    Just because something may not be specifically prohibited by law, doesn’t mean it won’t come back to bite us. Val Van Brocklin shares three examples from the front lines and offers a new way of thinking.

    Article • November 30th, 2011

  • The Informed Crimefighter

    Local news is a good way to find what your community is concerned about. Make sure you read the newspaper(s) that cover the community you work in, especially if you don’t live in the immediate area.

    Article • November 17th, 2011

  • Will You Live or Die?

    In the ER trauma world there is actually a formula that’s used to calculate a patient’s chances of survival. It’s critical to distinguish the difference between injuries involving knives, bullets and brick walls.

    Article • November 7th, 2011

  • Supervising Strengths

    By the power vested in me by the jurisdiction of ________, in the County of ________, and the State of ________, I’m the BOSS, DAMMIT!!! You WILL do to what I say!” Yeah, how is that working for you? There IS a better way to supervise.

    Article • November 4th, 2011

  • Another Academy Awakening

    What kind of lessons can a simple small marble teach Academy recruits and their instructor? BIG ones. Perfect ones.

    Article • October 17th, 2011

  • Their Sacrifice

    Be grateful when your wife or your husband, parents and children, respect and love you enough to sacrifice for your job, knowing it is how you serve mankind. That sacrifice how they serve, as well.

    Article • October 5th, 2011

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