Inside the Fishbowl

Inside the Fishbowl

Being inside a marked police car is often compared to a fish bowl: we’re behind glass in the public eye. This visibility makes police officers in their patrol vehicles easy targets for those wishing to cause us harm. 2014 was another tragic year for American law enforcement, with 118 ...
The Stress-Proof Career

The Stress-Proof Career

Highly publicized events of the last year confirm for me that these are difficult times to be a cop. In addition to the usual family, organizational and personal stress we carry with us, we’re now up against homegrown violent extremists. Additionally, antipathy for law enforcement is ...
The Moment We’re In: “We’re Done!”

The Moment We’re In: “We’re Done!”

Demonize the police. Assign evil intent to their activities. Scream about the profession’s malevolence. Label all 800,000 racists. Spit on them at protests. Throw bottles at their heads. Call them “pigs,” “cowards,” and “murderers.” Tell them that they’re slaves to their slave ...
Heat Is On

Heat Is On

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts stirred up political controversy following comments about his officer shot during a traffic stop Monday night. The offending remark? “We’ve had marches nationwide for the fact that we have lost lives in police custody,” said Batts at a ...
Enough Is Enough

Enough Is Enough

“If it saved the life of only one child it is worth changing the law on ___.” (Insert agenda, law, policy, or cultural practice.) I’ve heard this line used by people of every political persuasion pushing an agenda or belief system countless times over the years. It’s been used ...