Nov 23, 2015

The Right Kind of Monday Morning Quarterbacking

The phrase "Monday Morning Quarterback" carries with it a negative connotation and it's usually for good reason. You see, when we watch our favorite athlete from the comfort of our sofas, never having played the game at that level, it's quite easy to critique how a play was executed or how a split second decision was made that we didn't like.  And no one wants to be critiqued by people who lack the experience, pressure or perspective that one can only have by being "in the game."

Oct 29, 2015

What Really Matters

We all know this job isn’t easy--each day we prepare for battle; each day we live our life on and off duty in the proverbial fishbowl; we have a front row seat to the deepest moments of despair; and we ride a roller coaster that if we’re not careful takes a physical and emotional toll on us and those around us.But you matter and the work we do together matters as first responders.  Yes, this job has difficulties but they are worth it.

Oct 2, 2015

I Miss My Badge

I miss my badge.  You see, I never wanted to be a cop.  The joke was on me though because I did an internship and realized I loved it.  A series of events led me to a city I never even wanted to visit and plopped me behind the badge of a department that has had its fair share of blemishes.  More than that, it was chock full of men and women working miracles with little support and few supplies. As my mom pinned my new badge on my chest, it shined with the pride of thousands who’d gone before

Sep 14, 2015

Self-Sacrifice Wins

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends -Jesus of Nazareth By the time you read these words, it is likely that another law enforcement officer left for his shift and did not return home.  This isn’t happening in some far away place that you’ve only read about in books or seen in a documentary; it’s not just happening inside your television or on your social media newsfeeds; it’s happening to real men and women of valor in our own back yards and roads; It’s happening right here, right now. Still, as

Sep 11, 2015

Two Kinds of Monsters

“Those who fight monsters inevitably change. Because of all that they see and do, they lose their innocence, and a piece of their humanity with it. If they want to survive, they begin to adopt some of the same characteristics as the monsters they fight. It is necessary. They become capable of rage, and extreme violence. There is a fundamental difference, however. They keep those monster tendencies locked away in a cage, deep inside. That monster is only allowed out to protect others, to accomplish the mission, to get the job done…..Not for the perverse pleasure that the monsters feel

Jul 27, 2015

Sometimes, We’re Wrong

Among supporters of law enforcement officers, there is no shortage of police apologists, and rightly so.  Given the current climate of negative media attention and the toleration of outright lies that pass as truth at even the highest levels (such as “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” from the floor of Congress) we need both sworn and civilian men and women of intelligence who are ready to defend the appropriate, even when unimaginably difficult, job that cops do day in and day out. The job that involves (from my own personal experience) being spit on, assaulted, lied to, lied about, fled from,

Jun 1, 2015

Lessons in Losing a Brother

News of an officer involved shooting cut through the rest of the morning talk-radio chatter on the drive to work.  Most of the other officers at the department had also heard the news, but the disposition was unknown.  We all hoped for the best of course, but sharing a common in-car messaging system, several unanswered messages began to increase concern. Eventually, a voice on the other end of the phone from the Taylor Police Department (Taylor, MI) confirmed that in an early morning situation, an Officer had been killed in the line of duty. The next few hours, although I remember much

May 4, 2015

Dangerous Lies of an American Movement against Policing.

Officer Brian Moore died today.  He was 25 years old, loved his job, and was held with the highest respect from his fellow officers of the NYPD.  When I was 25 years old, I didn’t even know who I was yet.  I was stuck in that weird world between knowing how to be an adult and remaining a child.  Brian Moore was already serving his community, protecting it’s citizens, and putting his life on the line; a decision that would ultimately call him home at an incredibly young age. This is the 3rd NYPD officer to succumb to his injuries

Apr 12, 2015

4 Stresses That Cops Deal With That Non-Cops Should Understand

Being a cop doesn’t make someone more important than anyone else or any other profession but it does mean that cops are unique.  There are similar occupations (military, firefighting, ems/paramedic first responders) but just as a cop can’t claim to fully understand any of those particular jobs (with the exception in some cases of public safety departments) the job of a police officer stands unique in its own right.  The best men and women who take on the vocation of being a police officer understand that it truly is a “calling” and not just a job.  A good cop must be committed to a

Mar 17, 2015

To My Friends Outside My Police Family: This is Why We Can’t Stop Talking About It.

You may be my friend in real life.  You might just be someone who knew me when I was a child.  Maybe we grew up together and we follow each others life through social media. You see pictures of my child and I get to watch as you navigate your way through life.  You see my status messages that talk about how my family and I just took our 3 year old to the park or that my husband was just promoted at work.  Maybe you witness a birth announcement or the death of a family member as you look
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