May 4, 2016

Dear Officer, I See You

I want you to know that I see you. I see you choose the booth in the restaurant that allows you to have your back aga...

Mar 25, 2016

Fallen Heroes Makes Family of Us All

I have always known that we are family in the vague sort of way that you can know something is true without really focusing on it or seeing it all the time. There is something about seeing law officers, their spouses, service members in the armed forces, the “civilian” employees of departments, firefighters, dispatchers, corrections officers, EMS personnel and security officers, joining together to honor the life of one of their own, that brings this commonality home to the heart in a way that’s hard to put into words. Reflected on faces streaked with tears or those set firmly, iron-jawed with stoic determination not to cry, I could literally see the dedication that each man and woman in attendance gives to the emergency services family. There is a kindred spirit that we all share, a unity of thought and purpose that pulls us together when one of our own has given his or her all in the performance of solemn and sacred duty. We don’t all serve in the same role, but we all serve the same righteous cause.

Mar 23, 2016

Beneath The Surface

I woke up this morning and checked my phone like I always do, looking to see if anything important had happened while I slept.  I saw that there was a series of terrorist attacks in Belgium, and that was shocking, of course.  I saw that I received a lot of “junk” emails during the night, which is not unusual at all, and quite annoying as well.  But then I checked the messages on the social media pages I monitor related to law enforcement support, and was confronted with the most disturbing of messages, and one that I see all too often any more – that another police officer had chosen to end his life by suicide.  The message reads, in part:

Mar 21, 2016

More Than Condolences

It's happened again. Once more a promising young life has been extinguished for no discernible reason. Once again I will spit shine boots, affix ribbons, dust off my service cap and press out my class A uniform so that I can, once again, stand in ranks of other law enforcement officers at a memorial service. Yet again I will struggle to hold back tears as I hear the final call broadcast for a brother in arms, and try to suppress the lump in my throat as his wife, or perhaps his parents, cry out in anguish. I might even succeed at maintaining my bearing.

Mar 5, 2016

I've Been The Sheep

There was a time in my life where I had no idea who I was. When I was a child, I believed what my parents believed without challenge. When I was in school, I believed what my teachers told me to be true. As a friend, I've allowed people to speak their perceptions into my life about other people as fact. I've been the sheep before.   Even though I am older, I still find myself there from time to time.

Mar 3, 2016

We Are Fathers

There aren't many words that will be needed that can add to the powerful point this video makes.  A friend of mine said this Nothing says "Humanizing the Badge" like the things that make us the most fragile, angry and fearful. The most difficult days on the job are the ones that involve the innocents.The smallest and most helpless of our society are the ones that hurt us the most. Seeing something that reminds us of what we have at home makes for difficult feelings that few understand.

Feb 28, 2016

You Don't Know Me

I don't know you. I don't know your history. I don't know what kind of parents you had, how your teachers treated you in school, how many times you've had your heartbroken and how many mistakes you've made along the way. I have zero ideas of how you became the unique individual you are today. All I know is that you've experienced pain. You've experienced loss. You've had dreams and ambitions. I know that you've likely felt misunderstood, underestimated, and down for the count at one point or another in your life time. Even though I know all of these things, I still don't know you. I don't know your circumstances and in order to understand you better, I'm ready to listen. There's the flip side of the coin.

Feb 12, 2016

We Are In This Together

I don't even know where this post will go but I've thought about the LE community all day today. I've thought of our officers, their spouses, their children, the moms and dads, brothers and sisters. I've thought about it from every angle I can humanly imagine. I always wind up at the same destination: I can't say anything that will make it better.

Feb 6, 2016

Seven Lessons Learned by a Cop without a Badge

Eight months ago, just before the effective date of my resignation from my former employer, I was injured in the line of duty. The injury seemed relatively minor, nothing more than a tweaked wrist on my dominate side. The worker’s comp doctor assured me it was just a deep bone bruise and nothing to worry about. I went through with my resignation and moved 1800 miles across the country in a leap of faith to join my now-wife in her home state.

Jan 27, 2016

5 Reminders That What Brought You Here Will Keep You Here

Police work can be exhausting. No, that's not really a complaint; it's just a statement of fact. I don't say that to garner sympathy from anyone nor in any effort to say that other jobs aren't exhausting. But law enforcement does come with its own set of unique stresses.  It can be physically exhausting due to working in any number of harsh environments, the physical confrontations we may encounter, etc. It can be emotionally and spiritually draining because of how often we see people at their worst, deplorable circumstances or our brothers/sisters falling at the hands of an assailant or tragically, their own.

Jan 25, 2016

Who Will Really Care About Black Lives in 2016?

So "LT's" post about the “Black Lives Matter” bunch (on our Facebook page) got me to thinking about the state of affairs in our society today. No longer content to merely target police officers with a broad brush, the BLM “movement” has morphed into something larger. It's gotten to the point now where celebrity figures like Stephen Colbert are inviting the “leaders” of BLM onto the mainstream platform of their shows to apologize for the mythical, ill-defined collective sin of “white privelege”. A movement has been gaining steam as of late in which black celebrities are boycotting the Oscars because they are “so white”. As an aside, they're late to the party, I've been boycotting the Oscars for the entirety of the nearly 40 years I've existed.

Jan 18, 2016

Being Killed is Not a Job Requirement

It is true that officers have to reconcile that evil exists; it's a reality that an officer will see violence. It's a reality that officers are targets because many people do not want to be detained for their actions and some simply despise the badge. However, officers do not sign up in order to die. They sign up to fight and keep evil in check so that all of us, including themselves, can live.
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