Nov 2, 2015

So You Were a Cop

We must remember that anyone who wore a badge is also human. Our experiences are real. The things we saw are real. Officers are not playing parts in the latest crime drama. By asking some of these questions upon first meeting or by the water cooler, you could be bringing up one of the darkest moments of their lives. Are you prepared for that? I am. If you need to talk we are here for you.

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 27, 2015

Bring Back Personal Responsibility

Unless your head is buried in the proverbial internet sand, you've no doubt encountered this brief video that's been all over the "news" today...Yet, as with so many (if not most) stories about cops out there: there's more to the story.

Oct 22, 2015

The Real Drama Unfolding

This morning, while drinking my coffee and catching up on the news, there was a blurb I caught about the NYPD now sending recruits to a one act play "Anne & Emmett" by Janet Langhart Cohen (who is the wife of former Secretary of Defense William Cohen). The play is an imaginary conversation that takes place between Anne Frank, who died in a Nazi concentration camp, and Emmett Till, who was killed in Mississippi in 1955.

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

Sep 7, 2015

Make no mistake: We Are Warriors

“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” -heard at a “peaceful” protest in NYC 12-13-14 “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” -heard at a “peaceful” protest by the #BlackLivesMatter group in St. Paul Minnesota 8-29-15 I’ve got some pretty thick skin; most cops do.  Doing this job long enough will make you relatively immune to name calling, assaults on officers and just general jackwagonery.  Still, when the lives of my brother’s and sisters are being threatened by mis-informed, mis-guided and hate filled groups, I feel the need to speak up and do my

Sep 1, 2015

“Being a cop is less dangerous than…”

With the recent focus on the rising, media-induced tensions between certain radical elements of the population and police, a time-worn cliché has once again reared it’s illogical, ugly head. The old canard goes something like this: “Being a cop is safe. More people are killed in crab fishing than in law enforcement.” I have yet to see this silly line of “logic” applied to other jobs in which the employee bears arms in the course of their duties. You don’t hear people say “being a Marine in a combat zone is safer than crossing the street, because more people die

Aug 23, 2015

Hesitation kills… if you’re lucky you just get hurt badly

By now we’ve probably all seen the news story of the Alabama detective who was beaten with his own service weapon by a suspect who disregarded the detective’s verbal commands to stay in his vehicle during a traffic stop. That suspect, who also happened to be “unarmed” (at least initially), gained control of the detective’s gun and savagely assaulted him. Fortunately the offender ended the attack once the detective was left bloody and unconscious. The detective has since said what most of us suspected when the story first broke: He hesitated to take an action he knew he should have

Aug 13, 2015

Through the Eyes of a Police Officer’s Child.

I hear the pitter patter of his purposeful little steps running down the hallway.  I know the swan dive into our bed is imminent.  “Take me to see a police car!”  He’s 4 years old, he has bright blue eyes, and resembles his father.   Just in the past few months, he has finally understood that his daddy wears the same uniform as the guys who drive his favorite toy cars and play his favorite characters on TV.   He doesn’t understand the weight that comes along with his father’s occupation.  In his world, there is only good.  Bad doesn’t exist.  He

Aug 10, 2015

The Kind of Racism Killing America

Tonight, as I type these words, I’m keeping an eye on the fresh batch of rioting, looting and other lawlessness going on in Ferguson, MO on the one year anniversary of the attack on Officer Darren Wilson.  In doing so, this picture came across one of my newsfeeds: My eyes were drawn to the sign that states “Racism is Destroying AmeriKKKa” juxtaposed next to shirts bearing the image of assailant Mike Brown and the words “Chosen 4 Change”.  As I stared at this picture trying to make sense of its inherent contradictions, my mind was stirred to remember some words (ironically)
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