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,...

AMERICAN COURAGE REAFFIRMED ON September 11th

  I had a great childhood in a home provided by two loving parents.   I am a baby-boomer.   Dad served in the Army Infantry, landing at Normandy on D-Day + 4. I learned about World War II in school.   December 7th was a day that, “Would Live in Infamy.”   I did...

LOVE IS ALL AROUND

  Love ... really? In the past few years, cops have been kicked, spit on, called horrible names, shot and killed. In the past ten years, one thousand, three hundred and seventy cops have been killed in the line of duty.  Yes.  THAT’S 1,370 of my brothers and...

I Met Terrence Copeland Today

MEMORIES THAT ARE SEARED INTO A COP'S BRAIN - FOREVER   DATELINE:  Boca Raton, FL, July 26, 2009                         FROM THE CopBlue VAULT I met Terrance T. Copeland Jr. today at about 2:45PM. Terrance seemed a pleasant youngster of about 3 years old.   He...

IRON FIST IN A VELVET GLOVE

  It’s an old Irish saying: “Iron fist in a velvet glove.”   That is an Irishman’s way to describe a demeanor that is soft and gentle yet prepared to beat your ass, if necessary.  Because there is Irish blood running through my veins, I was raised hearing a whole...

KILLING COPS

  It is reported that there are currently just over 800,000 cops in the United States as I write this.   In addition, it is estimated that there are approximately 500,000 reserve / auxiliary cops in service.  Unfortunately, we are killing cops all too frequently....

GETTING TIRED OF THE DONUT JOKES?

  I recently received an email message from a reader.  It started, “I’ve been out of the academy for a few months now, and my eating habits are in the pot.”  Probably too many donuts, i figured.  Due to my experience as a competitive bodybuilder, the writer hoped...

MY BROTHER IS A VIRGIN

  Over my twenty year career as an LE trainer, I have had the honor and pleasure of speaking to recruit classes of virgin law enforcement officers who are in the academy.  They are typically bright-eyed young faces. It is usually refreshing because recruits are...

THE REWARDS OF LEAVING HOME

  CHICKEN SOUP FOR A COP’S SOUL   In the world of consultants and trainers, it is often said that the further one has traveled, the smarter he must be.  That may be true. Sometimes, I feel inadequate and incapable when I am on my home turf.  Overwhelmed is a good...