Vehicle Stops are People Stops: When you train for one, you train for both

Hi All, See this article over at Police1. Note that the same de-escalation (and hopefully non-escalation as well) tactics taught for the purpose of making vehicle pursuits as safe (physically, legally, emotionally, and otherwise) as possible are (should be) the same as keeping any people-stops safe, namely self/attitude management, nimble judgment & decision-making skills, all the while maintaining awareness of the need for immediate violence … Continue reading Vehicle Stops are People Stops: When you train for one, you train for both

What Boys Look Like: QAnon, the Far Right, and other Extremists

Hi All, Read this interesting article. Boys are born; Men are made. As long as boys continue to NOT grow up with some kind of more selfless purpose and reason for existing (and better yet, serving humanity), they are likely to decompose into minds like those depicted in this article. Parasitized by toxic fantasies of white, violent glory, their minds, kept tiny, will do nothing … Continue reading What Boys Look Like: QAnon, the Far Right, and other Extremists

Seek to Ethically Serve & Protect (being unconcerned what your ego wishes to be called)

Hi All, See, read, and consider the points in this article entitled: Why we are warriors, guardians and ambassadors. Let’s keep this brief. Self-identify yourself as whatever you’d like…Guardian, Protector, Ambassador, Warrior, as long as what you DO (which is far more significant than what you say) includes: Gladdening the heart of human beings (this can be achieved in innumerable ways), Feeding the hungry (be … Continue reading Seek to Ethically Serve & Protect (being unconcerned what your ego wishes to be called)

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