14 Tales from the Thanksgiving Shift

14 Tales from the Thanksgiving Shift

Have you ever showed up to a domestic disturbance call on Thanksgiving Day to find a family in the midst of a food fight? If the answer is “yes,” you’re not alone. We asked the Law Officer Facebook community to share its favorite shift-related Turkey Day stories, and...
If I Knew Then: A Letter To My Son

If I Knew Then: A Letter To My Son

Editor’s note: This is chapter one from If I Knew Then: Lessons from Cops on the Street. It is a letter from trainer Gary Stoney with advice for his son, who is becoming a police officer. My Son, Congratulations on your graduation from the Police Academy and on...
So You Married a Cop

So You Married a Cop

Field Training Officer (FTO) programs have been around for decades; the San Jose, Calif., model is probably the most recognizable. Ranging from 14-16 weeks, most FTO programs focus on recruits fresh out of the academy, letting them learn the ropes with an experienced...
The Will to Live

The Will to Live

“Cappy … how’s it goin’?” was my typical salutation to Ron, a guy I’ve known for probably 10 years. Cappy was short for Captain, the nickname given to him after that horrible, straight-to-DVD movie starring Kurt Russell....
Emotional Survival

Emotional Survival

Police suicide is never easy to talk about, but with the two-year anniversary of the Hurricane Katrina-related suicides of New Orleans police Sergeant Paul Accardo and Officer Lawrence Celestine approaching, the issue needs some discussion. Accardo was one of the...
Family First for Peace of Mind

Family First for Peace of Mind

When large-scale emergencies arise, natural or man-made, citizens rush home to their families. Police officers are expected to do the opposite and report to their job. Faced with the same concerns citizens have for their loved ones, officers should not have to choose...

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