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)

Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Hi All, Please read this article, entitled: 2019 Saw Most Mass Killings on Record, US Database Reveals. The mass killer can be stopped by bullets.  No doubt. Let’s be clear right off the bat.  When it comes to how Americans may die, mass killing incidents are still relatively rare in number.  Americans are far more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and … Continue reading Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?

Riley Howell: A Real Jedi

Hi All, Please see this brief article about the University of North Carolina Charlotte student, Riley Howell.  He was the young man who was fatally shot in last April’s shooting incident.  He died, while protecting his fellow classmates, as he took the shooter off his feet. He is now being recognized – in an official manner – as being a Jedi.  Yes, we said Jedi, … Continue reading Riley Howell: A Real Jedi

Simple Human to Human Conversation

Hi All, Please go here to read this brief article about the exceptional policing of San Antonio Police Officer Josue Vallejo. Watch the video in the article.  Listen up to what Officer Vallejo shares at 1:45 which includes: It was just being human talking to another man who just needed help.  It was just simple, human to human, conversation. May Officer Vallejo’s presence and performance … Continue reading Simple Human to Human Conversation