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

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?

Training the Ethical Protector

  Hi All, There is a gap in most (yes, most) law enforcement, public safety, police, and security training programs.  If your agency or organization is not suffering from this gap, then perhaps this article is not for you.  I caution you, however, to not allow ego to so quickly pull you away.  Ego blinds and is ever-present in protection circles. Please see this great … Continue reading Training the Ethical Protector

Be a Conscious Change Agent

Everyday we all have the choice to pick the same old path, or to step forth on a new path, probably alone, that actually can make a difference. The world is made by Change Agents. That’s because we are all actually Change Agents. And this is precisely because we all cause changes in the world by how we show up, by how we present ourselves, by how … Continue reading Be a Conscious Change Agent

Ethical Intervention & Bystander Mobilization for Protection Professionals

  Here I share an article, with some minor changes, that I initially published on LinkedIn. See this important video of a Law Enforcement Officer assaulting a hospital patient.  Click here for the article/video. The important topics of ethical intervention and bystander mobilization are made obvious in the video footage, specifically, by their conspicuous absence. Note how the video came from one Police Officer who … Continue reading Ethical Intervention & Bystander Mobilization for Protection Professionals