Slaying The Stigma

Slaying The Stigma

I just want to be real with you.  I understand why cops are killing themselves.  I understand because I have been all the way to the end of that dark, desolate road.  The only difference, the only saving grace, the only thing that saved me in that moment—was a fellow...
The Problem with Politics

The Problem with Politics

Politics!  The mere utterance of the word sometimes has a negative ring to it. No doubt we have all seen and experienced our share of politics in the workplace because it is in most, if not all, organizations to some degree.   How do I know this?  Well, I know it by...
Bumps, Bruises and Scars

Bumps, Bruises and Scars

I have been nursing a sore back the last week, a recurring reward from an auto thief I received in 1986 as he rammed me and another officer, in our cruisers, in his unsuccessful attempt to escape. I began taking stock of other lifelong injuries, the cost so many on...
The Disease…and the Cure

The Disease…and the Cure

I glance over at the clock, but my vision is so blurred that I can barely read the time because I’m so drunk.  In less than an hour, I have consumed an entire bottle of wine and I am now working on my second beer. That familiar feeling, that numbness, is one that I...
Great Law Enforcement Is The Norm

Great Law Enforcement Is The Norm

Recently, members of my community police force, the Kirkland Police Department (KPD), in Kirkland, Washington, were congratulated for their efforts during a service call. An unstable person tried to gain access to a resident’s home through the front door, using...
The Grass Is “Not” Always Greener

The Grass Is “Not” Always Greener

So is it true?  Is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?  Some people must believe it really is, especially when it comes to a job or a relationship.  It seems like some people change jobs and relationships like the weather. In all my years as a...

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