Police Life

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

Police Life

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

Police Life

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

Police Life

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

Books

Author by Accident

I didn’t ever set out to become a writer.  For that matter, I didn’t initially set out to become a cop, either.  Both just kinda happened.   Well, not exactly true, you don’t accidentally apply, complete a thirty-page background packet about everything you’ve ever done, ever thought about doing, or ever been within range of doing,… Continue reading Author by Accident

Police Life

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

Police Life

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

Police Life

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