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Leading By GPS

Feb 21, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By: Jim Glennon

“Our sergeants literally sit in their offices, stare at their computers, and track where we are at by our GPS! They’re pathetic.” This is almost exactly what a police officer told me at a recent seminar, and it was corroborated by several others with him. I won’t say where because they were very concerned about what the ramifications might be if word got out they had criticized their “pathetic” supervisors. Sure, cops complain about... Full Article »

Painting of Police as Pigs Finally Down

Jan 18, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I’m a very imperfect person and ashamed of some of the decisions I’ve made in my life. I’ve lied to and hurt people I loved and still love, in moments of selfishness, childishness, and spite. I have been, and still am at times, weak, stupid and self-centered. That being said, I have a real hard time with hypocrites. And right now we’re chockfull of them. National Divisions I’ve never seen this country as divided as it is right now—... Full Article »

When in Doubt, Blame the Cops

Jan 03, 2017 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

60 Minutes recently ran a 15-minute segment on the skyrocketing violence and astronomical number of murders over the last two years in the city of Chicago. My dad was a Chicago cop. I was born in the City, lived in it until I was seven and still reside within its suburban borders, where I spent 30 years as a police officer. In other words, I’m more than well aware of what is happening a few miles from my front door. The carnage—more than 4,... Full Article »

Good Stop or Chicken Sh#t?

Dec 09, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

On Nov. 1, 2016, at approximately 1:15 a.m., Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Officer Lucas Jones stopped Jerime Mitchell because the rear license plate on his SUV failed to have illumination. It ended with the subject resisting and an assault on the officer. A shot was fired and the motorist was paralyzed—a motorist with drugs, scales and an apparent intent to distribute. So let’s start at the beginning to understand the violent ending. Good stop? It... Full Article »

Training vs. Learning

Nov 16, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Driving & Roadway & Law Enforcement Today & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

On October 29, in Haddon Township, N.J. a police officer made a traffic stop on Edmond Brown Jr., 38, of Camden. The reason was displaying a handicap placard while driving. "Do me a favor. Shut the car off," the officer said while standing outside the driver’s window. But instead of complying, Brown hit the gas. Instinctively the officer reached into the car, presumably to prevent Brown from driving away. Perhaps the officer’s intention w... Full Article »

The Apology Heard Around the World

Oct 27, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Wellesley (Mass.) Police Chief Terrence (Terry) M. Cunningham and President of the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population at the convention in San Diego last week. “While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future. For our part, the first step is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the... Full Article »

Bias: Implicit, Explicit, & Illicit

Oct 13, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

Currently, we find ourselves lacking trust between segments of the black community and the police. It is a daily headline. A political issue. An agenda for many. Outside of all the noise we have a real issue that desperately needs fixing. That issue: The belief that this country’s police officers are unduly suspect of African Americans and use force against them at an alarming rate disproportionate to the population. The problem is a complica... Full Article »

300 Murdered White Kids

Sep 29, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The population of Chicago is 2.179 million people. Of that 2.179 million approximately 33% are black. As of this writing, Sept. 26, 2016, 3,218 people have been shot and 556 murdered in Chicago. Of those shot and killed approximately 95% are people of color. The vast majority are black. In contrast, DuPage County is the second most populated and the richest county in Illinois and lies directly west of Cook County and the City of Chicago. The po... Full Article »

How Many Is Too Many?

Sep 26, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

One is too many. No question about it. One person, just one, out of the over 300 million in this country, shot unjustifiably by the police is one too many. Goes without saying. Let’s all agree. When you talk about human lives no price can assigned. No tolerance of an unwarranted loss can be accepted. That being said, how many unjustifiable deaths at the hands of America’s law enforcement community should be expected annually? With more t... Full Article »

On Police Reform

Sep 23, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By: Jim Glennon

I keep saying the same two things over and over and over after the police fatally shoot someone, in particular black men, whether armed or unarmed: We need to wait for all the information to come out before we make definitive statements, condemn the officer, declare racism as the predominant factor in the decision to shoot and start tearing up neighborhoods that result in injuries and property damage. If the shooting winds up being unju... Full Article »

The Sad Case of Colin Kaepernick

Sep 14, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By: Jim Glennon

This will probably bother some of my friends and colleagues but I couldn't care less that Colin Kaepernick is sitting, kneeling, or sleeping during the National Anthem. It’s his right. His First Amendment right as a matter of fact. If he wants to dishonor himself, that’s up to him. Most think he’s a petulant, hypocritical idiot. Others brand him a hero standing up for injustice. I still don’t care. I don’t like it. But I just don’t ... Full Article »

3 Deadly Falsehoods Gaining Steam

Aug 23, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By: Jim Glennon

The unchecked—and almost totally uncontested by the media—anti-police sentiment has reached a fever pitch. Every time I think it has hit its peak, I’m proved wrong. As of now, there doesn’t even have to be proof that a police shooting event was illicit or unlawful. Police shoot someone and immediately the most hateful of rhetoric ensues. Even before the facts are out, people are busy attributing racist motives or systemic evils. And, un... Full Article »

We Have an Opportunity; Let’s Use It

Jul 26, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

Ah, to be right! There's an intoxicating aspect to self-righteousness: Ecstasy, exhilaration, perhaps a euphoric elation due to an endorphin release that comes with the belief that you're the one holding the high ground—it feels terrific. We are now experiencing quite the chasm in this country, especially when it comes to law enforcement and their supporters vs. people who believe police are at the very least part of a very broken criminal jus... Full Article »

OK, You Try It!

Jul 19, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol
By: Jim Glennon

Monday-morning quarterbacking Sunday-afternoon quarterbacks is easy and fun. Some of us even played football in high school or college and so we think we have an expertise. We’d have done it differently—and better! And the best part? We don’t have a 350-lb. lineman trying to bury us in the astroturf! Monday-morning quarterbacking the police isn’t so different, apparently. Yes, I know you’ve seen countless episodes of “Law & Order... Full Article »

Statistically, Basically: We Never Use Deadly Force

Jul 12, 2016 in Uncategorized
By: Jim Glennon

I’ve been studying stats for quite a while. No dataset is perfect, and even raw data can reflect bias in the way that it was collected, so I try to diversify my sources. There's the FBI, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), the CDC (Center for Disease Control), for example. Among popular media there are stats to be found too: from the Huffington Post to the Washington Post and the Guardian. The media love stats—especially when they compor... Full Article »

What’s Missing: The Truth

Jul 08, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

It's palpable. But where did this hate for law enforcement come from? Who is responsible? Our Leaders I know that the media and pundits will never ever take responsibility for fanning the flames. Nor will the politicians, who often say unethical, reprehensible, and wildly dangerous things, publicly, about the police. Case in point: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who knows nothing about two shootings that made the news where white officers shot an... Full Article »

When Facts Don’t Matter, Neither Can Justice

Jul 07, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Video
By: Jim Glennon

When a crime is allegedly committed, an investigation ensues. That's how it's supposed to work. And when that crime is of a serious nature, details are of the essence. Emotion, from an investigator’s point of view, doesn't matter. Facts matter. When a police officer shoots and kills someone it's an incredibly serious issue and of grave concern to all involved. It should be. Those responsible for making a determination about the shooter—the ... Full Article »

This Video Doesn’t Look Good

Jun 30, 2016 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training & Video
By: Jim Glennon

A man explains to arriving Lubbock (Texas) police officers that his request is both simple and reasonable. “All I want is my money back, bro,” he tells them. “My son couldn't enjoy his meal because somebody else was trying to insult us.” [caption id="attachment_8748" align="alignright" width="223"] WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.[/caption] Seconds later the man is screaming, “Police brutality bro!” As he struggles with police, his son is ... Full Article »

Biggest Mistake Bosses Make: Failure to Listen to Line Level

Jun 30, 2016 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Video
By: Jim Glennon

Part of the problem with moving up is way too many who get promoted forget why the positions for which they’ve been assigned were even invented. I tell a story in every single one of my leadership classes about a conversation I had with my father that's one of the handful that changed the course of my life. The day after I received my shiny new gold sergeant’s badge I drove to my parent’s house to show my father. He had been a Chicago cop... Full Article »

Cameras are Revealing the Truth, Which Is: Cops are Liars

Jun 24, 2016 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By: Jim Glennon

A couple of nights ago as I was surfing the news channels I heard various people of differing political views discussing how video is proving that police officers lie constantly. A story in the Chicago Tribune addressed this issue on its front page. On the net I found similar stories where the end results were chiefs and sheriffs firing officers because their accounts of the incidents didn’t exactly match what was seen on a video—even though ... Full Article »