6 Tips to Reduce Risk Related to Police Work

6 Tips to Reduce Risk Related to Police Work

“California catches fire every year. Risk management is not a class I teach; it’s a way of life. Do you really think I’d build my [freaking] house in the [freaking] woods?” Those are the words of Gordon Graham, retired commander of the California Highway Patrol,...
Unchecked Power

Unchecked Power

I knew a woman when we were both in college. She is Hispanic. Her parents were both very successful and they lived in a beautiful home. She and her siblings all went to good schools and got excellent college educations. She always dressed conservatively and was never...
Mental Health Matters

Mental Health Matters

As I write this article the number of completed suicides for law enforcement in 2019 is approaching 120 officers. Along with this number I also see stories and articles with quotes from well-meaning chiefs, sheriffs and other executive level administrators who say all...
Jargon

Jargon

Jargon: A special form of slang where special words or expressions are used by a particular profession and are difficult for others to understand. All police departments have jargon, slang, or colloquialisms that are common to their area or department. While they are...
Developing S.M.A.R.T. Leadership Skills

Developing S.M.A.R.T. Leadership Skills

Many supervisors, new and experienced, fail developing their leadership skills and officers.  New supervisors desire acceptance and respect by their officers, yet often miss perfect opportunities to mentor officers and correct undesirable behavior early in their...

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