Real Life Crime

Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Prior to 1914, few governments regulated narcotics, and many modern controlled substances were readily available to much of the world’s population. For a time, cocaine was a readily accepted ingredient in both soft drinks and children’s cough suppressants. Sigmund Freud lobbied for its use as though he had a significant financial stake in the global… Continue reading Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

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Interpol

In 1923, in Vienna, Switzerland, the International Criminal Police Commission, the ICPC, was created by police authorities during the International Criminal Police Congress of that year. Prior to its creation, there had been a few attempts at building a cooperative force between nations regarding criminal law enforcement. Interpol’s main headquarters are today housed in Lyon,… Continue reading Interpol

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

It’s been a while since I sent out a humor blog, and I thought you might want another peek behind the curtain of what part of our cop lives are like when it’s just us and no one else is looking.  Especially when there’s no supervisor, HR, or OEO rep standing around to realize what’s… Continue reading Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

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Chinese Paramilitary Police Force Training

The Chinese Paramilitary Police Force has approximately 1.5 million officers and serves as a back up to the military in times of war. It is also responsible for counterterrorism, putting down protests, border protection, firefighting, and providing guard detail for key government buildings. Even though the Paramilitary Police Force remains separate from the army, their… Continue reading Chinese Paramilitary Police Force Training

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Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The purchase of the North-West Territories by the Dominion of Canada resulted in the need for a patrol along the border. A mounted force of between 100 and 150 men was recommended to keep the peace. These were first called The North West Mounted Rifles and then renamed The North West Mounted Police in 1873… Continue reading Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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Cop-isms: Misadventures in Report Writing

You might not be surprised to learn that I have a strong love-hate relationship with report writing.  I dislike the task itself, and I don’t recall the recruiting videos ever discussing that a huge chunk of my police career would be spent with a keyboard.  I don’t know anyone who went to the police academy… Continue reading Cop-isms: Misadventures in Report Writing

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Are they Enemies, Civilians, or Neighbors???

I recently read an article in the New Yorker about a former CIA employee who’s currently driving a patrol car around his hometown of Savannah, Georgia.  While I don’t agree with everything the article puts forth or attributes to the officer, this officer and NYer author do offer an important point that I try to… Continue reading Are they Enemies, Civilians, or Neighbors???

Police Life

Sir Robert Peel – The Nine Peelian Principles

The Peelian Principles were outlined by Sir Robert Peel, after the inception of London’s Metropolitan Police Force, in 1829. They demonstrate the purpose and mission of the force, as well as remind officers for their reason for employment and who they serve. These instructions have been passed on to each new entry into the force,… Continue reading Sir Robert Peel – The Nine Peelian Principles

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Are You Investing in People or Building Sandcastles?

There are a lot of tough realities about the police profession that everyone keeps forgetting to add to the recruiting videos.  One that’s recently come to mind is the fact that most of our personal contributions, sacrifice, and toil have the permanence of dry sand castles just before a rising tide. Every time a cop… Continue reading Are You Investing in People or Building Sandcastles?

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time

The mental health crisis in America is crushing a substantial portion of our people and their families. This is, of course, no laughing matter. It’s sad, depressing, and I, for one, feel horrifically helpless to stem the tide. Every week, it seems like the violence, harm, and death rooted in mental health issues grows. Helpless… Continue reading Suicide, Getting It Right The First Time