A Special Breed

A Special Breed

Most Law Officer readers know that I spent a good deal of my time as a detective assigned to narcotics unit duties, most of it in an undercover capacity. My wife and I recently had the occasion to spend some quality time with my old narc unit boss, retired Deputy...
Image Is Everything

Image Is Everything

I’m starting with the man in the mirror.” Those of us old enough to remember the Michael Jackson hit “Man in the Mirror” might connect these words to that song. There’s no doubt that police trainers are frequently emulated by younger cops. I know I was. I once heard a...
5 Major Consequences

5 Major Consequences

Recently, I got into a discussion about Rodney King with one of my more liberal friends. After the usual and customary dialogue about the “brutal” beating of King at the hands of the “vicious” Los Angeles cops, the conversation turned to the 1993 federal convictions...
How Social Media Can Imperil Your Credibility

How Social Media Can Imperil Your Credibility

Quite a few trainers wind up serving as expert witnesses—either unwittingly, due to an excessive force allegation against one of their own officers—or by voluntarily entering into that arena after retirement. I’ve been in both circles: first as commander of force...
A “Free” Cup of Coffee?

A “Free” Cup of Coffee?

In December 2009, I wrote a short piece for LawOfficer.com entitled “There’s No Such Thing as a Free Cup of Coffee.” It got a lot of attention, and 99% of our readers were in agreement with my premise that it’s simply wrong for police officers to accept, let alone...

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