Is the pendulum swinging back?

For several years, law enforcement agencies have been purchasing or receiving armored vehicles from the military to be used for policing. Much of the funding for these specialized vehicles was from federal grants. Recently, there has been a lot of push back against using military-type vehicles for policing. I get that; who wants armored vehicles […]
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Them and Us

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) tend to see things as black and white. Right and wrong. Justice and injustice. Good guys and bad guys. This narrow view no doubt stems from seeing humanity’s real nature. The view leaves no room for gray areas, even in what should be normal social relationships and serves only to add […]
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“Vengeance is mine, I will repay!”

It was 1870, and tensions were high in Orange County, Florida. Cattleman Moses E. Barber refused to pay what he believed to be unjust taxes on his cattle. Mr. Barber publicly warned Orange County Sheriff David Mizell to stay off his property. The sheriff was not swayed by the threats. Lawmen, past and present, don’t […]
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“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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