General Topics

  • We Still Have Heroes

    We sat there watching the horror for what felt like hours. The ashes. The firemen and police officers grungy, dirty, tired and traumatized stumbling through the hell, resting against emergency vehicles parked haphazardly all over the place.

    Article • September 9th, 2011

  • Before September 11th

    Before September 11, several police officers and I went to Germany and worked with the Polizei. We checked into Hartsfield international airport and walked to our gate. We sat there without a care. No worries about airport safety. No security to speak of...

    Article • September 9th, 2011

  • Policing and Public Perception

    Banked goodwill between cops and citizens is easily poisoned by negative perceptions. We owe it to each other to do everything in our power to hold ourselves accountable for creating our share of positive perceptions.

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • Domestic Disturbance Officer Survival Reminder

    There is no such thing as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or a safe Domestic Disturbance call.

    Article • September 2nd, 2011

  • Juveniles: Our Future or Just More of the Same?

    He stopped coming to our house as much and I would see him wandering around town sometimes late into the night. He began to take on the look of a child making poor choices with no supervision.

    Article • September 1st, 2011

  • Legendary Lawman Seth Bullock

    By all accounts his life was one of honor and distinction.

    Article • August 25th, 2011

  • What Makes A Successful Female Officer

    While these women are often very different from each other, they all seem to share some general traits, so here are my personal observations.

    Article • August 24th, 2011

  • The Indecisive Leader

    You may already have one or more of these in your ranks and they will eat away at the very foundations of your leadership.

    Article • August 18th, 2011

  • Under the Microscope

    Words matter. We write often about how words matter in relationships and insensitive or intemperate words risk harming them. They matter just as much in our profession and how the public we serve perceives us and what we do. Their misuse carries serious...

    Article • August 17th, 2011

  • Liability for Police Lineups

    Recent DNA exonerations have revealed a significant problem with eyewitness IDs based on lineups. They’ve also changed the landscape for failure to train officers on reliable lineup procedures, and more …

    Article • August 15th, 2011

  • Ridding Yourself of Anxiety

    Anxiety is one of the easiest disorders to heal if only the patient would give up their resistance to change

    Article • August 10th, 2011

  • Gear Guys

    Gear guys endear themselves to us if only because of their fascination with all things police

    Article • August 1st, 2011

  • Legendary Lawman Chris Madsen

    In fact, the majority of his career, both in the military and law enforcement, were spent doing administrative duties.

    Article • July 26th, 2011

  • How Resilient Are You? Part 2

    Let’s be honest, cops love to bitch. Who doesn’t? It feels good to “vent” and besides, crimefighters have a lot to complain about. The public doesn’t like us, our families don’t understand us, and we often seem to get stuck working for...

    Article • July 21st, 2011

  • Overcoming Self-defeating Behavior

    Maybe we know someone with whom we work in law enforcement – somewhat ironic since the profession tends to work very hard at selecting the most physically, mentally, and psychologically sound from the applicant pool, but nevertheless true – who...

    Article • July 20th, 2011

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