The Mindful Officer: Facing Grief

The Mindful Officer: Facing Grief

Law enforcement is accustomed to grief on a daily basis. We grieve for our brothers and sisters in blue who are killed in the line of duty. But we also grieve with our communities at the scenes of shootings and car accidents, for example. What are the best ways we can support each ...
Contact & Cover & Divided Attentions

Contact & Cover & Divided Attentions

The contact-and-cover approach has been successfully used in police tactics for quite some time.  However, as increased call loads and chronic personnel shortages seem to be the rule these days, we appear to have strayed away from this practice in the name of “efficiency.” It seems ...
A Deadly End to Summer

A Deadly End to Summer

Fifteen officers were lost during the month of September. Eight officers died in vehicle-related incidents, three were killed by assailant gunfire, two succumbed to heart attacks, one was stabbed, and one drowned during training. The loss of these officers brings the total loss for ...
300 Murdered White Kids

300 Murdered White Kids

The population of Chicago is 2.179 million people. Of that 2.179 million approximately 33% are black. As of this writing, Sept. 26, 2016, 3,218 people have been shot and 556 murdered in Chicago. Of those shot and killed approximately 95% are people of color. The vast majority are ...
Whatever It Shows: Release the Video!

Whatever It Shows: Release the Video!

Over the weekend, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney decided to release police video of the officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott. As we saw, the video was inconclusive. It in fact raised many other questions about what happened: why the police fired when they did, and ...