Police Suicide Rising

In the January newsletter I mentioned that there were 148 law enforcement line-of-duty deaths in 2018. But line-of-duty deaths are not the only reason officers don’t live as long as the general population. A recent news article caught my eye, “Police suicides rising, union says media vilification is ‘leading cause of despair’”.[1] The article says, […]
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From Coast to Coast

The Strong Blue Line Great news, the trip to Sacramento is a go! On January 9th, I’ll be speaking to several officers from the Sacramento area who have been involved in shootings. Each officer will receive a copy of Winning a Gunfight. This is the first trip of 2019 that promises to be one of […]
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“I gotta go…”

The Strong Blue Line “I gotta go handle a call, I love you; I’ll talk to you later.” The 54-year-old Ventura County Sherriff’s sergeant didn’t tell his wife the nature of the call on the evening of November 7th. It was for shots fired at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, CA. Three […]
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“We almost lost him”

The Strong Blue Line Over the summer I met a police chaplain from California and gave her a copy of Winning a Gunfight. Earlier this fall, she called to say she was counseling an officer who was experiencing emotional difficulties after recently being in his third gunfight. The chaplain said, “We almost lost him. I […]
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The People You Meet at Hotels!

The Strong Blue Line This year’s travel schedule found me in Billings, MT (a couple of times). On one of those occasions I noticed a large private bus outside the hotel where I was staying. A quick inspection revealed that it belonged to a band from New Braunfels, TX. New Braunfels is close to where […]
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Busy Summer Comes to an End

The Strong Blue Line What a busy summer it has been—both in ministry and with the family! Immediately following the chaplains’ training in Lexington last month, I drove from Kentucky to Arkansas where I met up with Sherry. Her family is from Arkansas and we spent time catching up with them, some of which I […]
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