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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Trouble at Home

Domestic violence is a serious problem in America. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that on average domestic abuse occurs to nearly twenty people per minute in the US.[1] Law enforcement officers are not exempt. Last month this was highlighted by a tragic incident in Chicago involving a married couple, who were both police officers […]
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Shootout on Train

A routine inspection for illegal contraband turned into a tragedy for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last month. On Monday, October 4th, DEA Supervisory Agent Michael Garbo (pictured) and another agent were conducting a routine drug inspection at the Amtrak Station in Tucson, AZ. The agents detained a man and were escorting him from the […]
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