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Stop Working

I’m metaphorically raising my hand. Now I’m gesticulating with the entire arm, furiously, while grunting the attention-getting signature: “Ooo-ooo!” Alas. It’s almost impossible to be heard over the din and incessant clamor resonating from the clueless and biased masses. But if someone here is willing to pay attention, I have the answer. I know how…

As a Police Officer, is it Good to be Prejudiced?

I’ve been watching the saturation of coverage on the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin verdict over the past several weeks and now the ‘Stop and Frisk’ controversy in New York. I’m not going to talk about the racial aspects being addressed ad nauseum in the media; instead I want to focus on the issue concerning “profiling” and…

Leadership Personality

What’s the biggest obstacle to overcome in order for you to lead effectively? It’s not budgets. It’s not educational restrictions. It’s not having the wrong people to lead. It’s not having a lousy boss yourself. It’s not the money you make or the assignment you’re given. While all of the above may be challenges, the…

Communication for the Street

In 1995 I was asked to sit through the canned communications course that was being presented to recruits at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in Glen Ellyn, Ill. I was teaching related subjects at the time that included Psychology of Perception, Stress and Variant Behavior. I sat through two hours of the lesson which was…

Is Bullying a Crime?

Humans have been coexisting on this spinning orb anywhere from 6, 000 to 30,000 years. To avoid any arguments let’s split the difference and say we’ve been bipedal with a functioning frontal lobe for roughly 18,000. That’s 6,575,000 days. In my opinion, so far, we’ve been doing fine without anti-bullying laws. READ MORE

Terrorism, Reality & Short-Term Memory

On 9/11–the actual 9/11/2001–around noon, our homicide task force was called out for a murder that just occurred. As the Investigations Commander, I was apprised of the situation while driving to what would be the command post at the West Chicago PD. Besides the obvious hell that was breaking loose nationally, we had our own…

Investigations: 10 Things Not to Do

I spent almost half of my career in investigations. I was even commander of the investigations division of our county’s homicide task force for six years.  I studied the craft, and trained, read and worked hard. Still, what I don’t know about investigations could fill a generally large receptacle. What I was good at was…

Let’s Get Real About the Gun Debate

“You cannot address crime prevention without getting rid of assault weapons and handguns. I consider them a threat to national security, and I will go door to door if I have to, but I'm gonna convince Americans that I'm right, and I'm gonna get the guns.” That is a line uttered by fictional Commander and…

The Trick to Training Cops

Two of the most common questions I get from officers around the country are: “How did you get started in training?” and “What is your advice for me (someone interested in training)?” Answering the first one is simple and it’s probably the same answer used by many instructors: “I kind of just fell into it.” …

Of The Highest Calibre

In September 2010, I had the opportunity to formalize a small training company I began approximately 10 years earlier. We named it LifeLine Training Ltd. Through hard work, the hiring of the right people and the brilliant leadership of our CEO Lisa Gitchell, Lifeline flourished quickly to the surprise of many. We had simple objectives…