Never off duty

Pastors and police officers have a lot in common. They deal with people going through crises. They are expected to have all the answers. They are believed to have unlimited resources at their fingertips. They are never off-duty.  On Thursday evening, March 31st, Harris County (TX) Deputy Darren Almendarez and his wife were grocery shopping in […]
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The Epicenter of Military Suicides

In February 1983, I was deployed to north-central Alaska with the 6570th Security Police Squadron from Brooks AFB, TX for “Operation Brim Frost.” It was a joint Army-Air Force exercise to train for combat in arctic conditions. The temperature was minus 55 degrees Fahrenheit when our C-130 troop transport landed on the makeshift runway of Alaska’s […]
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Moral Injury in Policing

Crime goes up in the summer months in San Antonio. It seems the South Texas heat drives people to stupidity. Nineteen-eighty-four was my first summer as a police officer, and the first time I was assaulted on duty. Not long after checking into service, I received a call to the downtown Marriott hotel. I drove […]
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Unintentional Shootings, Tragic Consequences

Firearms are not designed to kill. They are designed to accurately project a fast-moving object at a high velocity. A firearm is a tool. For law enforcement officers, it’s a piece of equipment. Although not designed to kill, firearms do so effectively. Contrary to the belief of some, officers are not trained to kill. The […]
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When Tragedy Hits Home

Law enforcement officers face tragedy daily. Sometimes that tragedy hits close to home. In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 2, Hazlehurst (MS) PD Officer Laquandia Cooley was dispatched to a shooting on Larkin Street. A body was laying in the street with a gunshot wound to the head. Officer Cooley recognized the victim. […]
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Vigilance is Critical

As we head into a new year, it doesn’t appear 2022 will be any safer than the last couple years for law enforcement officers (LEOs). It used to be police departments were safe places. Not anymore. Officers need to be in “Condition Yellow” even while at their agency. Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the […]
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