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Pray for Law Enforcement

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Scrolling through posts on Facebook after the first of the year, there were a lot of people happy to see 2016 go. There is so much hope in the turning over of a new year. Hope that things will be better, that all the really bad times are behind us. That is certainly my hope for my law enforcement brothers and sisters. One hundred and forty police offices died in the line of duty in 2016, 63 by gunfire.  As a retired cop I will remember 2016 as the year of the …

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Police Work : Fact or Fiction

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I don’t watch much TV.  One show I do enjoy is Castle. While at a writer’s conference some one made a statement and asked me a question, “But it’s so fake as far as law enforcement is concerned, don’t all the mistakes bug you?” The question brought me back to my writing beginnings. So many times I was told my writing was too much like a police report, just the facts. I wanted realism, but in truth, too much realism can be boring. Yes, I want my stories to be …

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Riots and Looting

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Over the weekend riots erupted in Missouri over the shooting of an unarmed man by police. (http://hotair.com/archives/2014/08/11/video-riots-tear-through-missouri-town-over-police-shooting/) This post is not meant to comment on the shooting, because all of the facts are not in and I’ve always believed that it is irresponsible to comment with out all the facts. This post is meant as an observation about the riot, and riots in general.  I was a relatively new officer during the Rodney King riots in LA in the early 90’s. Those riots were not pretty. I say those, because …

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Road Rage

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“Aggressive driving” refers to an angry motorist attempting to intentionally injure or kill another driver because of a traffic dispute. Aggressive drivers react negatively and use their vehicles to retaliate by making sudden, threatening maneuvers. This makes “road rage” a serious issue of traffic safety – the safety of yourself and others.(Iowa Department of Transportation) According to the AAA Foundation, “Eight out of 10 drivers surveyed in the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety culture Index rank aggressive driving as a “serious” or “extremely serious” risk that jeopardizes their safety….  Aggressive …

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Like Your Police on Facebook! – Police and Social Media

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Community policing, or community-oriented policing, is a strategy of policing that focuses on police building ties and working closely with members of the communities – Wikipedia. Social media was just starting up when I left police work. Background investigators were beginning to check out potential applicants Facebook and MySpace pages for any unsavory posts and/or pictures. Stupid posts could disqualify people. The PD had not yet embraced the medium for its own use and image. Recently, I came across an article about the Dallas Police Department and how they’re using …

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Stop and Frisk – Who is a Righteous Judge?

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“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” Deut 16:18   I’ve been following a news story about law enforcement in New York. Law enforcement and police officers are near and dear to my heart and when I read a while ago that an important tool was being taken away from police in New York I was puzzled. Called ‘stop and frisk’ it allows police, with probable cause, …

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Judgment and Police Shootings

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“Police Accidentally Shoot Two Innocent Bystanders Near Times Square, Fail to Actually Hit Suspect” I read that headline and had to click the link and read the entire article. The gist of the piece is that police officers were confronted by an emotionally disturbed man who pretended to have a gun in a crowded area (Times Square no less) and they made the judgment call that they needed to use deadly force. Obviously it was the wrong call as two innocent people were injured and the disturbed man was eventually …

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A Simpler Time – Growing up in Mayberry

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Over the years there have been several kids rescued after they’d been kidnapped and held for several years by their kidnapper. Most recently, the three women rescued from the “house of horrors” in Cleveland come to mind. Thankfully, there are a lot of names of the rescued I could list, which doesn’t balance out those who have been lost, but it does give hope for those still missing. My new book, Critical Pursuit, is about a police officer whose mission it is to find kidnapped and missing children. Her back-story …

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Who’s Watching You?

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Before I left police work completely, I worked on a training bulletin for a new technology, Automated License Plate Recognition software. Basically, it was a scanner mounted on the patrol car that would scan license plates while the officer drove and notify him if there was an alert attached to the plate, or if it were a stolen vehicle. I thought this was a great idea. When I worked in a black and white, the only way to run a license plate was to verbally ask the dispatcher to run …

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About Teenagers

About Teenagers

The other day I was sitting in a sandwich shop eating lunch. It was after three in the afternoon so school was out. There’s a high school just up the street from the sandwich place so consequently the shop was packed with students. In the group closest to where I sat, there was a guy and a girl hanging all over each other, they were probably about 13 or 14 and they were taking pictures with a phone, I guess trying to see how close they could get their faces …

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