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Courageous Respect: Tying a Tie

Courageous Respect: Tying a Tie

In the Courageous Leadership Seminar, it’;s called the “Power of Unconditional Respect.”  How do we as a profession treat our citizens and while our job is to catch bad guys, how we treat the citizens that we encounter is one of the most important aspects of the job.

What happened to a University of Wisconsin-Stout student in December 2016 is a shining example of Unconditional Respect.  After being pulled over for speeding near campus as he was rushing to give a presentation, he told the officer that he didn’t know how to tie his necktie.

According to the Menomonie Police Department, Officer Martin Folczyk spotted the student’s BMW speeding down 8th Street at 8:55 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 30 and initiated the stop. “I have to get a tie tied,” the driver said. “I have a presentation and I thought my buddy was home but he’s not, and I’m running behind.”

Before asking for his license and insurance, the officer asked the student for his tie, then loosely tied it around his own neck before handing it back. “While I do this, why don’t you grab your proof of insurance and your driver’s license real quick,” Officer Folczyk said. “Probably not the best knot, but it will work.” “Better than what I was going to do,” the student said. “Thank you so much.” The student was given a verbal warning.


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Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates has a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training ( and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (, providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.

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