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Law Enforcement Today | July 12, 2014

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Baltimore PD to Publicize Use of Force Investigations

July 5, 2014 | 1

Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts recently announced that the Baltimore Police Department will begin posting Use of Force reports online for public view.  These reports, compiled by a “Force Investigation Team,” will be reviewed and scrutinized by a board … Read More

Be Wise When Disseminating Wisdom

July 4, 2014 |

Every organization has one or more (depending on size – large agencies are filled with them) supervisors or managers who cannot get people to follow him or her to the water cooler without formal authority to command obedience. Everyone knows … Read More

Overcoming an ASI – Protect and Serve!

July 3, 2014 |

Protecting and serving are basic policing tenants. Protect and serve IS law enforcement’s foundation in overcoming the challenges of tomorrow. The greatest challenge before the law enforcement community today is to reduce the growing frequency of Active Shooter Incidents (ASIs).

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Finding Help Should be Easy

July 2, 2014 |

I’ve often thought about the difficulty I had finding help while my husband, East Hartford Police Officer Paul S. Buchanan, was feeling depressed, anxious and in crisis during the fall and winter of 2012.  We didn’t know who to call … Read More

A Better Image for NYPD

July 1, 2014 |

If you’ve ever visited Times Square in New York City, you’ve probably seen tourists posing for snapshots with smiling New York Police Department officers. Many visitors to New York, remembering the heroic police response to the 9-11 attacks in 2001, … Read More

In Memoriam: Deputy Jacob Calvin

July 1, 2014 |

Sheriff John Moses of Tipton County Sheriff Department in Indiana sadly reports that Deputy Jacob D. Calvin died as a result of a single vehicle crash.

Deputy Calvin, 31, was responding with his emergency lights and siren activated to an … Read More

Officer Involved Shootings: Public Perception vs. Reality

June 30, 2014 | 3

Why can’t you just aim for the leg?  How many times have you heard that question from the public, the media or even a family member or friend?  Television and film consistently show action heroes flying through the air and … Read More

Streamline Your Agency’s Training for Less

June 29, 2014 |

Basically, I’m a teacher.  It’s what I do. So, let’s talk training. It’s a necessary part of any demanding career, especially law enforcement. Unfortunately, training costs time, money, and resources. Most, if not all are in short supply. However, training … Read More

Who Wears The Pants In Your Law Enforcement Family?

June 28, 2014 |

I’ve been retired now for twelve years after a 30-year career in law enforcement. One look in the mirror speaks volumes for where my body has been. I wear wrinkles on my face much like the hash marks I wore upon my sleeve, both displaying years of service. I’m happy with this, but it’s what the mirror doesn’t reflect that has me concerned.

My mind is growing old too, and for the most part that’s a good thing. Unlike the mirror that reminds me of my body’s condition on a daily basis, there are only occasional little strange things I do at times that reflect on where my head is at, and on some occasions, where it isn’t. It’s the latter that scares me. Here’s an example.

My wife and I left our home in New Hampshire this past winter for two weeks of warmth in southern Florida. We had a great time. We ate at the best restaurants and enjoyed a few beers all within walking distance of our bungalow. On the plane ride home I complained to my wife about the weight I had gained, confessing I overdid it once again.

By coincidence I had my annual physical the following Monday. Everything checked out well, but the doctor let me know that I had gained eight pounds. Really? What a surprise! I wonder how that happened.

The following week my wife and I attended a funeral for a friend of hers. While getting ready to go to the service we both got dressed in our bedroom where we each have our own closets. I took a pair of black slacks from the dry cleaning bag and struggled to get them on, verbally complaining to my wife during the process, while trying to suck in my stomach long enough to fasten the waist clasp.

After my successful “struggle of the slacks,” I went into the “combat of the collar” phase of dressing, trying to get that top button into the little hole where it belonged. This was also a very difficult procedure as the only thing that existed in the space between my neck and the collar was a very thin layer of darkness. I’m not a scientist, but I theorize that absence of light is all that remains where space no longer exists. I’ll bet everyone has sucked in his or her stomach for one reason or another, but I can honestly say I know of no one who has ever sucked in his or her neck.

After much complaining, using my finest locker room lingo, I made it. Complete in dress jacket, necktie, tight pants, and choking collar I sat through an excruciating hour-long service. The pastor’s words about how the deceased was now free of all worldly pain and suffering held special meaning for me to say the least.

As soon we got to our car to head home I loosened my collar, which proved to be just as difficult as the fastening part. I can’t prove it as I had no medical means to take a correct measurement, but I think my oxygen level had sunk well below 50. As soon as proper blood flow was restored to my brain, my lightheadedness disappeared and my face went from bright red back to a normal skin tone. Circumstantial evidence I guess, but quite convincing nonetheless.

I wanted to loosen my pants but questioned the consequences of such an act in public. After all, it wouldn’t have been a simple unsnap release procedure, and trying to explain all the commotion created would have been difficult at best. Right in line with “Honestly officer, I only two beers, really that’s all I had.” Try saying something like that about your pants. “Honestly officer, I was just trying to loosen my, you know, my pants. People do it all the time.”

After the service my wife and I returned to our home where we proceeded to change from our dress clothes into something more relaxed. I took my slacks off and when I went to put them on a hanger noticed they were size 10. I had worn my wife’s black slacks to the funeral. After I blurted out, “No wonder I had trouble, these slacks are size 10!” my wife gave me one of those, “there are homes for people like you” type of looks. The same look she gave me when I accidentally used the ladies room at a local restaurant a couple years ago.

I admit that what I did bothers me with respect to my aging thought process. What was I thinking? What wasn’t I thinking? There is an upside to all of this though. I am after all a guy who over indulged during two weeks of vacation who came home and could still fit into a size 10. I’m sure guys won’t fully appreciate this but the ladies will get it for sure.

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Does This Look Like Love To Any of You?

June 27, 2014 |

The pictures are disturbing: Angela Brower, a 37-year-old resident of Memphis, Tennessee, was hit so severely by her ex-lover that a metal plate had to be implanted in her face; other injuries included ruptured blood vessels and a broken nose. … Read More