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...
The Hope for Change

The Hope for Change

As of this writing, there have been 53 Line of Duty Deaths in 2018, and seven K9 Line of Duty Deaths. Despite our officers knowing the risks before heading out on shift, the losses (already exceeding the number at this time last year) affect families, partners, and...
Modern Day Knights

Modern Day Knights

This most recent addition to the Law Officer “Chaplain’s Corner” arsenal comes in the wake of recent critical incidents (not the least of which is the Florida school shooting) and the plethora of commentary from non-sworn pundits and other so-called...

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