OFFICER, CAN’T YOU JUST GIVE ME A WARNING?

  NO GOOD DEED EVER GOES UNPUNISHED   That is a phrase which I first heard as a rookie while working with the time-worn, cynical, midnight shift sergeant one night when my FTO called off.   “How uncaring,” I thought in my naïveté.   Currently, I am on...

IS IT TRUE THEY MAKE YOU RUN IN THE ACADEMY?

  Have you ever had this happen to you?   You just finished a traffic stop or dealing with someone on a call. The person you are dealing with has a record as long as his brain capacity is short.  He says to you with a very serious look on his face, “I am...

JEFF’S LESSONS FOR US ALL

  Just minutes past 0900 this morning and the phone rang. It was Jeff, my best friend. It is always good to hear his voice.   My mind was racing.  Life doesn’t give us very many best friends.  Most friendships are here and strong for a season.  Then, they...

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS CAN KILL YOU

New Year’s Resolutions.  Most of us have come to hate them for a variety of reasons.   What is the official definition of a New Year’s Resolution?  It is typically a promise I make to myself.  It is a promise to change my behavior.   Resolutions address some of...

GET OUT and STAY OUT!

FLEETING THOUGHTS   If something happens to me while I am working, my family and I will be taken care of by the Department.   When you are a brand new, fresh out-of-the-wrapper cop, people who you have known in your former life are prone to asking questions...

THE LOWEST BIDDER

  Last night, Jeff called.   Jeff is my Brother in Blue.  I came to know him back in Michigan.  A few years ago, he landed a job with a medium sized agency in a state in the Pacific Northwest.     SMART COP   Jeff’s a one-percenter.  He trains...

New Year’s RESOLUTIONS

  To Hell with them!   It’s that time of year AGAIN.   We usually start the annual self-review and make the mental list of things that we want to change or improve.   Typically, these resolutions have a life span that’s measured in weeks and then they are...

WHY ARE THE HOLIDAYS SO TOUGH ON COPS?

  I CAN’T GET MY NOSE UP   Yesterday, I was whining to my wife.  “I just don’t feel right.   I feel like I’m playing in a minor key.”  That’s a musical term saying that my instrument is out-of-tune.   A long-time friend once said, “Getting old ain’t for...

STOP THE TANTRUMS

  The scene:  I’m in a store.  Nothing special; maybe Target.  Further down the aisle I see a 30-something woman with a young son of maybe eight.  The kid is OUT-OF-CONTROL:  yelling, screaming, and shaking fists at Mom apparently because Mom had the unmitigated...