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Leadership Lessons of Sports Radio

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

I was Jeeping around Miami this weekend prior to the start of the first round of playoff games. I had on my favorite sports radio show as I navigated around the horrid South Florida drivers. Being a diehard Rams fan, I really was not into the radio conversation too much. Now, don’t get me wrong: I wish the Dolphins well. It’s just that I, well, the Dolphins have not won a Super Bowl … since Nixon was in the White House. In any case, the ta... Full Article »

Police Use of Force: The Reality

Jan 16, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Jim Glennon

A police officer using his or her firearm, shooting and taking the life of another, is as serious as it gets for civilian law enforcement interacting with the citizens they are paid to protect. There is, and should be, a visceral response, by most everyone to such an event. In addition, there is, and should be, an examination of the facts, concerning what happened and why after every shooting scenario. But, in this day and age, where being firs... Full Article »

An Open Letter to Police Leadership

Jan 14, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Scott Hughes

In the first two weeks of 2019 we have already lost seven law enforcement officers in the United States. Six in the line of duty and one to a domestic violence incident (off-duty). That’s one every other day. One of the officers killed in the line of duty this year was my friend Officer Dale Woods of the Colerain Township, Ohio, Police Department. The department is located north of Cincinnati, Ohio. Officer Woods was struck and killed by a pas... Full Article »

TARGETING SOLUTIONS: Recruiting, Retaining, & Inspiring the Best

Jan 09, 2019 in Defensive Tactics & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Calibre Press

When: Feb. 27 & 28 Where: Bloomington, Minn.  Why: Over the past several years, law enforcement finds itself struggling to attract qualified candidates to the profession. In addition, veteran officers are leaving their agencies at a rate never seen before. In a climate of clashing media narratives, how do you cut through the noise and sell your culture and your profession? This solutions-oriented, two-day symposium features Lt. Jim... Full Article »

Cop Think: Get Your Mind Right About Wellness

Jan 09, 2019 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training
By Brian Casey

When I apologized to my barber for being too cynical, he replied, “That’s okay, I think you know too much.” Society asks police officers to approach or confront strangers on its behalf. This is what patrol officers do for a living. Many of these strangers are not society’s success stories. What these strangers hide in their pockets, their waistbands, their minds—all is unknown to the officer. What will happen when an officer closes the... Full Article »

Finding Fault in ‘Default’

Jan 04, 2019 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Jesse Williams & Randy Larcher

In his book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, Wharton Business School Professor Adam Grant shares the results of a research project that studied what factors encourage customer service agents to stay in their jobs longer than others. 30,000 employees were surveyed regarding what factors made them happier at work. While sorting through the data researchers looked at what internet browsers these employees used to apply for their curre... Full Article »

The Incident

Dec 21, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By David Magnusson

By now you have seen it over and over on the news (be it local or national). Coming from South Florida, there has been an endless array of viewing and the subsequent commentary. In any case, I want you to take a look at it once more. My Take on It Here’s my take: I’m not going to give my take on it. Yes, I have an opinion. And, yes, I can make a very strong case for that opinion. But, in fairness, the case is under investigation. Investig... Full Article »

What’s in Your Cup?  

Dec 19, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Sam DiGiovanna

Nothing beats a good cup of coffee at the station, sharing stories with the members of your department during shift change.  But the other day I read an anecdote on social media that made me think a little more deeply about this tradition.   You’re holding your cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere.  Why did you spill the coffee? “Well, because someone b... Full Article »

I’m Coming Home

Dec 13, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By Rajib Bhattacharjee

“Every time you train, train with the motivation and purpose that you will be the hardest person someone ever tries to kill.”--Tim Kennedy Throughout a multitude of law enforcement training courses that I’ve taken in my career has been a consistent message that the most important mission objective of a LEO is to come home at the end of your shift. Setting aside any philosophical or doctrinal disagreements that you may have with this goa... Full Article »

The Darkening Horizon

Dec 10, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival
By David Magnusson

“The latest CDC data show that the U.S. life expectancy has declined over the past few years. Tragically, this troubling trend is largely driven by deaths from drug overdose and suicide. Life expectancy gives us a snapshot of the Nation’s overall health and these sobering statistics are a wakeup call that we are losing too many Americans, too early and too often, to conditions that are preventable. CDC is committed to putting science into act... Full Article »

Straining The Line

Dec 06, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Training

The thin blue line is strained. The strain is getting worse by the day. But what if the thin blue line breaks? What I mean by this is: Where will society be when no one wants to do the job anymore? Law enforcement agencies across the country are facing increasing shortages due to retirements, transfers, and a major decrease in applicants trying to get into the academy. The retiring generation often bought into the job at a time when major narco... Full Article »

To Serve & Protect

Dec 04, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training

“Not all men are created equal, but only the finest become police officers.” This anonymous quote is embroidered in thick, black letters on an oval shaped slab of concrete resting in the center of my backyard garden. My hero may not have a cape or a mask, but he does have a badge. My dad, Officer Wierenga, is my Michigan hero. My dad is a police officer, if you haven't figured that out yet. Everyday he is a hero. It's his job. Everyday, as s... Full Article »

Remembering the City as It Was

Nov 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Patrol & Training
By Joseph Padilla

“You worry too much,” my friend told me as we walked with our wives on the streets in the downtown section of Denver. I had just cautioned him to keep an eye out for someone walking behind us. I thought for a minute about what he said, and I replied, “No, I’ve seen too much.” We were in an area I knew well.  As a police officer, I spent many years patrolling these streets and am very familiar with what they had been like. It’s hard... Full Article »

Tactical Paraphrasing

Nov 30, 2018 in Defensive Tactics & Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training

‘Active Listening’ dominates discourse on ‘deescalation,’ at least as far as classes and training seminars go. As for using it in the field, however, that’s another story. The Problem You are in a situation where you are trying to calm down an agitated individual. In classic form of active listening, the officer is told to use stilted language like: “What I hear you saying is …” or “What you are sharing with me is …” The ... Full Article »

A Conversation with My Daughter

Nov 25, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Jim Glennon

On Monday afternoon one of my daughters, Kara, called me. There was a sense of urgency as well as desperation in her voice. “Do you see what’s going on at Mercy Hospital?” Mercy is a southside Chicago general medical center chartered as the first hospital in the city, I’ve learned in the last few days, in 1852. “Some asshole just shot a doctor and a cop!” With that I flipped on the television and there it was all over the local news... Full Article »

Emerging Issues in American Policing, Vol. 4

Nov 16, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership
By Rebecca Neusteter & Megan O'Toole

Emerging Issues in American Policing is a quarterly digest intended for police-practitioners and community members that presents innovations in the field of policing from the leading academic journals and research publications. Please forward any questions or suggestions to [email protected] Shift-Type and De-Escalation A simulated research experiment reveals that day-shift officers resolve situations more collaboratively and a... Full Article »

The Manhattan Boatlift

Nov 14, 2018 in Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training & Video
By Dave Grossi

There’s been a ton of stories written about 9/11. Most deal with the extraordinary heroics of our police, fire, and EMS personnel during and after the attack. Most are compelling and bring credit to each occupation. However, recently I came across a video of incredible heroics performed by a group individuals most would not associate with any of the three professions mentioned above. Yet collectively they were responsible for rescuing almost ha... Full Article »

Sucker Punched

Nov 13, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival & Patrol & Training
By Richard Hough

On the street, in jails and prisons, in the home, at work, occasionally even on an airplane, one person assaults another. This seems to be an inevitable part of the human condition, most often performed by males of the species. What sometimes is surprising is that even with the presence of what most people would consider a deterrent, many people will engage in the fight or simply strike another person. People, it would seem, often don’t conside... Full Article »

Time for Introspection

Nov 03, 2018 in Education & Law Enforcement Today & Leadership & Training
By David Magnusson

It is good—no, let me rephrase that—it’s quite necessary for me to look in the mirror and carefully, honestly, and methodically self-assess what I am about. As a law enforcement professional, my self-assessment deals with my actions, as well as those of my brother and sisters who put on the uniform, pin on the badge, and walk out their homes every morning, afternoon, and night protecting the citizenry. Why the Need Now? I recently retired... Full Article »

Even Cops Get Depressed

Oct 30, 2018 in Fitness & Health & Leadership & Officer Safety & Survival

I was a police officer for 30 years, I’ve taught Criminal Justice for 14 years, and I’ve dealt with Major Depression Disorder for 20 years. The purpose of this article is to describe my experience with Major Depression, which may assist police officers who are experiencing symptoms of depression or know someone with depression. What Happened As Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I loved my wif... Full Article »

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