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Author: Jeffrey Rush

Coppery Ain’t Retail

And, we’re not Walmart greeters.   The Duluth, MN police department is about to (or already has) introduced customer service training for their new coppers. Really, customer service training. There are some terrific, nationally-known law enforcement training organizations that could handle this task very well. Has the PD chosen to “partner” (there’s that word, again) with The Verbal Judo (VJ) Institute? They offer a highly-regarded tactical communication program for cops.  No, the Duluth cops won’t get this one.   Since they are not using Verbal Judo, are they using one of the Verbal Judo imitators like Vistelar? One of the...

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Why Should We Care?

On 14 March 2018, students across the country walked out for 17 minutes to honor the memory of the 17 that were killed in the gun free zone known as Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school. Ooops. I was wrong. It was to support stricter gun laws. And there’s another one scheduled for later in the month of March. As I’ve done the past couple of articles, I quote the infamous Tommy Flanagan, ‘cause he’s almost always on it, “Yeah, that’s the ticket” (c. l985). Of course, the usual suspects tweeted and Facebooked their support (kinda sad to see Captain...

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Why The Brotherhood Matters

  We are family. I got all my [brothers and] sisters with me . . . (Sister Sledge, 1979)   Every time I hear that song, I can’t help but think of The Birdcage with Robin Williams. Yeah, I know, but seeing Gene Hackman in drag, dancing to the song is worth it.   I also can’t help but think about who we are as LEOs. The Boss here at CopBlue has written many an article on The Brotherhood, and has alluded to it in most of his others. Moreover, the most recent article, by Brother Doug Griffith of...

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We are Warriors

  It took me a long, long time to learn my elbow from a hot rock. I think I’m gonna ride down to that village – Vin, The Magnificent Seven, 1960 These people deserve their lives back. – Sam Chisolm, The Magnificent Seven, 2016 Prior to the election of The Donald, law enforcement was thought to be in trouble. That is, we were thought of as to rough, uncaring, looking or a fight, etc. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. This was not what a cop was, not then, not now.   Cops will always be warriors...

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