My Cup Overflows

This Thanksgiving, my cup overflows. I appreciate being part of a team at Law Enforcement Today that gets the job done. Moreover, it is accomplished with career cops, so we can walk through the valley of catharsis without co-workers getting emotionally wounded, i.e. butt-hurt.

I am grateful that LET/CEO Robert Greenberg had the vision to launch LET about nine-years ago, and it’s now flourishing into a serious player on the national stage. Moreover, I appreciate that he gives me free reign as I edit material for publication.

When he initially asked if I was interested in the position 15 months ago, I replied, “Do you want a career cop who knows law enforcement culture, but is a novice at editing, or a professional journalist-editor who doesn’t know diddly-squat about police work?”

“I want a cop as editor,” he replied.

“Then I’m your man,” I concluded.

Admittedly, he is one of the best bosses I’ve worked for.

Humorous comments from readers regarding my editorial faux pas bring a smile to my face. My eyes are typically glued to a computer screen 8-10 hours per day, seven days per week. So gentle reproof when I mistake “you’re” for “your” is appreciated.

At times I might re-read an article 10 times before hitting the “publish” button, only to have my wife find a simple typo or confusing syntax several hours later. That is when I remove my ASP baton from a wall mount and smack the computer screen!

No, that is not true. I humbly correct any errors that are brought to my attention and move on.

LET features a tribute to every officer who suffers a line of duty death. As such, I thank Patrick Sharkey for writing each In Memoriam, and Rose Borisow for producing graphics that honor our fallen brothers and sisters. Furthermore, Patrick and Rose do so without prodding or reminders, they simply deliver their fantastic work in a timely manner.

I was thrilled that LET added John “Jay” Wiley to the stable of professionals earlier this year. Actually, I think Robert queried about his interest, and Jay booted the door down in order to make entry. The radio show ignited like an explosive device due to Jay’s on-air skill as well as his heart for police interests.

“Now that is command presence,” were the first words from my mouth when I heard Jay’s voice. But he is so much more than a presence, he is passion in action and we are better for having him play a crucial role on our team.

Our recent addition of Kyle Reyes as our national spokesman has been a blossoming affair. Kyle is able to articulate in a nanosecond something that requires five minutes of thought and consideration before I get the appropriate words onto a page. That is why he speaks and I write. And he is really good at it.

Finally, I would be remise if I failed to mention two guys who keep the old guys (Robert, Jay, and Jim) in the game when it comes to behind the scenes technology. Jeff Proctor and Ben Huber have been our go-to IT experts, website-doctors, not to mention coach and counselor helping us figure out how to expand our Internet footprint. They have taught me the meaning of certain terms that I formerly thought were part of a foreign language. They are too nice to say it, but I’m certain there were times they thought we were the most ignorant people on the planet. Nevertheless, they diplomatically provide education that helps us perform better.

Most noteworthy, I’d also like to thank our many contributors by name, but there are hundreds and I’m sure I’d inadvertently omit someone. So to all who share their expressions of experience, education, and training, we are in your debt for the selfless contributions you make on our behalf.

Finally, I want to thank readers for your support. If you didn’t like, comment, and share our material, we would cease to exist. So thank you from the bottom of our drumstick for your support and encouragement.

On behalf of our team at LET, Happy Thanksgiving!

– Jim McNeff, editor-in-chief, Law Enforcement Today

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