Why Do They Always Have The Money For a Funeral?

Why Do They Always Have The Money For a Funeral?

None of you need me to tell you that times are tough, and look to get tougher. With the economy in a downward spiral, tax incomes will drop, and government at all levels will start looking for places to cut not just fat, but muscle. And, for the first time in history,...
Developing Vision

Developing Vision

One day my training officer, Nick Najera, said, “Most of the burglaries in our district are committed by heroin addicts. If we could get them in jail, we would reduce burglaries. Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a month without any home...
Small But Effective

Small But Effective

In the United States, there are roughly 18,000 law enforcement agencies, and almost nine out of 10 have fewer than 50 officers. Although television often depicts departments with resources, such as helicopters, armored vehicles and cover officers only 30 seconds away,...
Humility in Leadership

Humility in Leadership

I was promoted to lieutenant at the age of 32. At the time, I thought I was mature and fully qualified to lead a group of nearly 100 officers as a watch commander of one of the LAPD’s divisions. Looking back, I realize just how much more I needed to learn. My captain...
Seniority Situation

Seniority Situation

DEAR BULLETHEAD: I’m the low man in a six-cop department. I generally agree with seniority and the way it works, but I’ve got a question. Our policy says two officers can’t take vacation at the same time. When hunting season comes, sometimes three guys are off. I hunt...
Chew Out in Private

Chew Out in Private

I was driving home after a tough day. Two officers were wounded, a friend called to tell me he had been diagnosed with cancer, and I was told to begin searching for ways to cut the upcoming budget by 10 percent. I was not in the best of moods. Then came the capper. As...

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