Build Better Humans to Really, Truly Address Active Shooter Incidents

Hi All, See this article. It highlights the value of creating and leveraging technology to help prevent and respond to tragic occurrences such as active assailant events. Using technology to support prevention and response to active assailant incidents is a good thing. Let’s keep up our efforts there. No argument here. However, we need more in-depth, effective, mitigative work to take place way upstream of … Continue reading Build Better Humans to Really, Truly Address Active Shooter Incidents

How not to Represent an Organization (Hint: It’s not about you)

Hi All, Please read this article over at Police1. It’s about a young man who felt he needed to express himself on TikTok. It’s important to note that this gentleman was disciplined because of what he did. He could have kept his perceptions and intentions to himself. The moment he acted on them, however, by posting them on social media it became an issue for … Continue reading How not to Represent an Organization (Hint: It’s not about you)

Serve everyone and don’t be concerned about what is your label

Hi All, See this article. Why must we keep going round and round with whether we wish to call ourselves Warriors, Guardians, Ambassadors, etc.? Why? Because we love to have our egos stroked, and made shiny for all of our look-at-me behavior. We are (ought to be) Servants of the public, of the community, of humanity. As Servants, we ought to be physically, emotionally, and … Continue reading Serve everyone and don’t be concerned about what is your label

Turning Adversaries into Allies: An Example of Race Relations Transformation

Hi All, A friend shared with me recently this powerful TED talk entitled: Why I, as a black man, attend KKK rallies.  It’s the story of Daryl Davis, a well-known African American musician who also, though, has an unusual passion for befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and, ultimately, leading to amazing transformations of relationships and experiences. Go listen now to the TED talk … Continue reading Turning Adversaries into Allies: An Example of Race Relations Transformation

Is Mental Illness a Contributing Factor to Mass Shootings?

Hi All, Please read this Washington Post article entitled “Are video games or mental illness causing America’s mass shootings? No, research shows.” There is a statement in this article which is: “The fact that somebody would go out and massacre a bunch of strangers, that’s not the act of a healthy mind, but that doesn’t mean they have a mental illness.” This is a very important … Continue reading Is Mental Illness a Contributing Factor to Mass Shootings?

Empathy is not Sympathy

Hi All, I continue to witness how many people confuse empathy with sympathy.  They are not the same! Just the other day, I was having a conversation with a high-level law enforcement leader.  I mentioned the value and importance of empathy for Law Enforcement, Police, and Security Professionals.  He quickly nodded, affirming that he agreed.  Then he made a statement where he explicitly made synonymous … Continue reading Empathy is not Sympathy

The Challenges with Law Enforcement Management of Hospital Behavioral Health Patients

Hi All, Please read this article, entitled “Cops Are Illegally Detaining and Hurting Mental Health Patients.” It raises very important issues with which I’ve personally witnessed health systems struggle for years. This article highlights the very important subject of how to manage behavioral health patients (really any patient who exhibits volatility or violence) with available hospital resources.  And what exactly are the most fitting resources … Continue reading The Challenges with Law Enforcement Management of Hospital Behavioral Health Patients

The Dangers of Hypervigilance

Hi All, Please read this article from the folks over at PoliceOne.com. Note the casual mention of item # 8 and item # 9.  And be very aware that you’re not simply giving those items a casual glance as you unthinkingly move quickly onto the other items. When you spot those (item # 8 and item # 9) in your life, be very (very) cautious, … Continue reading The Dangers of Hypervigilance

Being a Change Agent in Law Enforcement (or Security, Public Safety, any role)

Hi All, Please read this brief article from the folks at PoliceOne.com It’s always important to ask the right question. I propose for consideration that the primary question is NOT: How will being a Police Officer, Security Officer, Public Safety Officer (any role) change me?  The primary question should instead be: How can *I* change what it means to be a Police Officer, Security Officer, … Continue reading Being a Change Agent in Law Enforcement (or Security, Public Safety, any role)