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The Pinkerton Detective Agency

Scottish immigrant, Allan Pinkerton was responsible for starting The Pinkerton Detective Agency in the 1850s. He unintentionally became involved in the search for a gang of counterfeiters, while running a barrel making company, and displayed leadership abilities and a high level of investigative skills. After the arrests, he was offered the position of deputy sheriff… Continue reading The Pinkerton Detective Agency

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Selma’s Shame

Over the weekend, my wife and I watched the pilot episode of David Letterman's new show.  She felt obviously compelled to talk me into it, and I sincerely had no real objections; I grew up watching, or more accurately, hearing Letterman's monologue echoing from my parents' bedroom whenever MASH wasn't on (quick tangent: the MASH theme song… Continue reading Selma’s Shame

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Crazy Christmas Crimes

Most people get into the holiday spirit by giving gifts, spreading good will and generally being in a more cheerful mood than at other times. There are exceptions to every rule, however, and over the years a few people have deviated from the true meaning of Christmas to engage in some form of criminal activity.… Continue reading Crazy Christmas Crimes

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Hard-Boiled Holidays

My family and I attended the Celebration of Christmas at Dream City Church last night, which has been a Phoenix-area staple for the last 39 years.  While it’s always an impressive display of talent and theatrical storytelling, this year’s presentation struck a particular chord with me.  Dream City Church is doing incredible work here in… Continue reading Hard-Boiled Holidays

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The American Police Force – History of Law Enforcement

Today American citizens could not imagine a society in which the police would not come to their rescue in an emergency. The police force as we know it, however, is a relatively new establishment. During the 1600s and 1700s citizens would rely on the ‘night watch’ to protect them, which consisted of volunteers. At the… Continue reading The American Police Force – History of Law Enforcement

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Kill Me First

I hate to speak in generalizations, especially about my people, so I’ll just speak from my own experiences, reasoning, and fears.  I go to work every day with the subconscious acceptance that I may not come home.  I accepted and filed that possibility as among the ‘costs of doing business’ long ago.  It’s not that… Continue reading Kill Me First

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The Craziest Thing

If you aren’t already aware, my wife’s office parties.  Because a few folks there know what I do, I eventually get dimed out when a stranger confirms in front of other strangers that I’m a cop.  Out of respect for my wife and her peers, I have to come clean.  Then, the conversation goes one… Continue reading The Craziest Thing

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Shared Hope

I wanted to share something that’s been weighing heavy on my heart.  I’m working to create a long-term partnership with an organization called Shared Hope International, which implements a multifaceted approach to curbing and ending the sex trade.  In particular, they do critical work to educate cops and the public on domestic minor sex trafficking,… Continue reading Shared Hope

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Mutual Salvation

I’ll call her Lucy.  I don’t remember now if she called 911 herself, or if someone else turned us onto her need for help.  Doesn’t really matter that much.  In my memory, it’s late spring, because it’s after midnight, there’s dew on the grass, and it’s warm enough that I’m in short sleeves.  I had… Continue reading Mutual Salvation

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Houston Round Two

I've just received word that Team Rubicon is likely sending me back to Houston to help residents there in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. This will be my second trip for the same reason, and I've already got a drink-up planned with some local lifelong friends I made there.  If you've ever watched recovery efforts… Continue reading Houston Round Two