“Send Me”

On January 24th, four burglars were breaking into a home in Cincinnati. The police were called. When the officers arrived, the four criminals fled on foot. While attempting to make their getaway, they encountered Officer Kunkel and another officer near Dayton and Linn streets. The suspects and officers exchanged shots. Officer Kunkel’s handgun misfired and […]
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Proper tactics are as old as policing…

The police tactics instructor drilled into our academy class, “Watch the hands! The hands are what kill!” That was in 1983. To this day, I watch people’s hands. It’s been second nature for over 40 years. As the following story testifies to, watching the hands has always been critical when dealing with someone who is […]
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Collateral Damage: Critical Incident Stress

“What does a law enforcement chaplain do?” is a common question I get. Allow me to give a little insight. The week after Thanksgiving 2023, the Spokane County (WA) Sherriff’s Office received a call for a woman lying in the street. When officers arrived, they found a girl, not a woman. Eleven-year-old Lily Stolworthy lay […]
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Dangerously Fatigued

Blue ran in the veins of Deputy Ryan Clinkunboomer. The 30-year-old deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was a fourth-generation law enforcement officer (LEO). Deputy Clinkunboomer left the Palmdale station on a typical sunny California day on Saturday September 16. At about 6 pm, he was northbound on Sierra Highway when he approached […]
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In Control, On or Off Duty

Tahlequah is a small town in eastern Oklahoma, located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains about 65 miles east of Tulsa. One wouldn’t think a murderer lurked on the streets of the quaint picturesque town. But one did. On Wednesday evening, October 18th, Jordan Hensley shot three people at a house on West Choctaw […]
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Greater love no one has than this…

In the early morning hours of September 7, Louisville Metro (KY) Officer Brandon Haley spotted a vehicle several blocks in front of him driving without lights on West Kentucky Street. Officer Haley sped up to stop the vehicle. The vehicle turned left onto South 40th Street, and immediately stopped, straddling a sidewalk. Two occupants bailed out […]
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