VIDEO: Once Again, Proof that Words Matter!

VIDEO: Once Again, Proof that Words Matter!

The video below is on YouTube under the title: “Kid beaten and arrested all for a grinder.” As I’ve mentioned in many other articles: Words matter! They are used for a reason, and too often when it comes to portraying cops they are designed to place blame. Your personal ...
So You Think You Want To Be A Dog Handler?

So You Think You Want To Be A Dog Handler?

Recently I was asked to write an article about being a K-9 handler and the experience gave me pause. I've written articles in the past, but it had been a few years. After participating in a couple decades of training and education I had to ask myself: What do I have to offer? Sure, I ...
The Shells We Wear

The Shells We Wear

[Publisher's Note: This is the first in a series in which Joseph Padilla, a decorated and recently retired captain from Colorado, reflects on his storied career. His personal experience is, as you will see, remarkable. But more remarkable is his compassion and desire to improve this ...
Mindfulness and Condition Orange

Mindfulness and Condition Orange

I recently read an excellent article by Richard Fairburn about Jeff Cooper’s work on the color-coded levels of awareness. It got me to thinking about my own training and the ways I subconsciously use different levels of awareness while on patrol. I realized how badly neglected the ...
Case in Point: Baltimore Shoot

Case in Point: Baltimore Shoot

Contrary to what many in the general population believe, a police officer's decision of if and when to use force is not in any way clear-cut, easy or definitive, and it's nothing—nothing—like you see on television and in movies. And contrary to what many pundits will say, the ...