Time to Stop Eating Our Own

Time to Stop Eating Our Own

Photo Courtesy: Chuck Humes The law enforcement profession is a culture where we eat our own. We don’t discriminate; we eat our own regardless of age, service, sex, size, color or department. As much as we all would like to blame management, the media and the public...
Force Science Certification Course

Force Science Certification Course

Holy cow, I graduated from Harvard. Well, not the Harvard, but the “Harvard” that every law enforcement use-of-force instructor, LE use-of-force investigator, municipal defense attorney and PIO really needs to attend: the Force Science Analyst Certification Course....
Let Them Shine

Let Them Shine

“We eat our own,” he said. I clearly recall my former chief making this comment several years ago. Law enforcement has a tendency to embrace the negative and minimize the positive when it comes to our own people, he was saying. This would seem out of place in a...
The Boldness of Below 100

The Boldness of Below 100

Law Officer’s Below 100 initiative was, from the outset, bold. The vision was, after all, to change police culture in order to dramatically lower line-of-duty deaths. With approximately 800,000 officers in the U.S., we knew we’d jumped right into the deep end of the...
Motorcycle Escorts: Worth the Risk?

Motorcycle Escorts: Worth the Risk?

When Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Police Officer Trevor Phillips died in a motorcycle collision while escorting a funeral, it brought back some thoughts I’ve expressed to many but have yet to make those thoughts public. I hesitate somewhat to air these thoughts now, but I...
Below 100: Let’s Get It Done!

Below 100: Let’s Get It Done!

Last month, I talked about a basic plan to decrease the number of officers who die in the line of duty. I call it the Below 100 Project, and there are five key elements: • Wear your belt. • Wear your vest. • Watch your speed. • WIN—What’s Important Now? • Remember:...

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