What a Mess!

The capitol building overrun by rioters, police officers hurt and killed, unarmed citizens shot…. Did you ever think you’d see such chaos in our capital? I never did. While the new president and his administration will no doubt change the direction of our country, what does it mean for law enforcement? Some agencies will be greatly affected, […]
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Officer clings to life while community prays…

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at about 2:30 pm, Charleston (WV) Police Officer Cassie Johnson was dispatched for a parking complaint. Officer Johnson arrived to investigate the minor infraction and found Joshua Phillips, 38, had illegally parked his vehicle on private property. The property owner called the police to have the vehicle removed. The officer […]
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Mistaken Identity?

The vast majority of officer-involved-shootings involve uniformed LEOs. When officers are promoted or transferred to a plainclothes unit, it’s easy to become complacent. Uniformed officers condition themselves to “turn-off” when the uniform comes off. It’s impossible to remain in “condition yellow” all the time. I recall when I was promoted to detective, it was strange […]
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Parallel Careers

In 1979, I graduated from high school and began my law enforcement career as an Air Force security police officer. That’s the year Harold Preston joined the Houston (TX) PD. After my four-year enlistment, I joined the San Antonio (TX) PD in 1983. By then, Officer Preston was a four-year vet of HPD. Over our […]
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Can It Get Worse?

Officers across the country are being disparaged, assaulted, and even murdered like never before. While many of the assaults are not new for officers, the upsurge in physical assaults can only be attributed to the nasty rhetoric directed at America’s law officers. No doubt you heard the about the September 12th attempted assassination of two Los […]
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Wild, Wild West

While the larger metropolitan areas receive the vast majority of media coverage, policing proves dangerous in the small municipalities across the nation. Recently the Beehive State reported an unusually high number of officer-involved-shootings. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, police shootings across Utah surpassed the total number for all of 2019.[1] There were four in early […]
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