What About Me?

What About Me?

All organizational changes, of course, affect people within the organization. But have you, as leaders, adequately considered just how that change will be perceived by those affected? Or are you simply barking orders? Taking a moment to examine the human side of the organizational ...
The Wheels on Holder’s Bus

The Wheels on Holder’s Bus

Last week Attorney General Eric Holder announced that, with some exceptions, federal law enforcement will no longer adopt seizures made by local, county and state law enforcement. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe in policing for profit. I don’t believe police officers should ...
Break ‘Em In

Break ‘Em In

When a new recruit graduates from the academy, they’re full of knowledge. They can usually recite policy and procedure verbatim and can demonstrate a handcuffing technique by the numbers. They’re normally in great physical condition and are generally willing to do anything to serve ...
Essential Fitness

Essential Fitness

In 2001, I was fresh out of the South Bay (Calif.) Regional Police Academy with my Field Training Officer (FTO) Program behind me. I was ready to hit the street. Or so I thought ... Within one week of being a “solo deputy” with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, I got my ass ...
VIDEO: Flagstaff Officer Murdered

VIDEO: Flagstaff Officer Murdered

The video shows a typical response to a domestic violence call, it captures the moments leading up to the deadly confrontation with Robert Smith. It starts in his patrol car on the afternoon of Saturday, December 27, 2014. The officer was looking for a suspect in a domestic violence ...