Flashover & Backdraft: What Cops Need to Know

Flashover & Backdraft: What Cops Need to Know

Cops and firefighters like to make good natured fun of each other. I’ve heard cops call firefighters “second responders,” and every cop knows the look of sleepy firefighters just called out of bed in the middle of the night. I bring up these examples because they speak to this truth: ...
Art & Literature in Police Academies?

Art & Literature in Police Academies?

Some authors and publications have argued recently against police receiving and using equipment, training, and tactics similar to the military (the so-called “militarization of the police”). Like most cops, I disagree with this characterization. I present as evidence situations like ...
A Quick Lesson in Logic

A Quick Lesson in Logic

Humanity has made some mistakes along the way. I hope I don’t have to actually create a list of all the things we’ve been wrong about to get my point across on this issue. But in the past we have promoted slavery, prevented women from voting, thought the earth was flat, murdered ...
Finding Meaning in this Absurd Profession

Finding Meaning in this Absurd Profession

Jesse Williams and Randy Larcher recently shared a wonderful article through Calibre Press called "The Power of Thinking Small." I hope they’ll permit me to expand on their thoughts with some of my own. Their article sent me off on a mission to examine the current perspective, at ...
Unpacking Our Ethical Duties

Unpacking Our Ethical Duties

Is there ever a conceivable time that a cop accepting a free cup of coffee would be ethically acceptable? How about a time when a cop telling a lie in their official capacity would be the right thing to do? I can think of times where those two acts might not only be acceptable but ...