Is “Deny and Defend” the Best Practice?

Two practicing physicians, Bruce Lambert and Timothy McDonald, recently posted the following article about the healthcare industry’s practice of denying and defending their mistakes. After reading the article, I could see how this same argument against this practice could be applied to policing and the criminal justice system. Could what Lambert and McDonald propose as […]

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Ending an Immoral War

Nearly 500,000 people have already viewed this important talk by Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance.   It is high time that every police officer view this and intelligently talk about what Nadelmann is proposing!  

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Great Expectations

The news accounts have been fearful; a warning from the Governor of Missouri, unrest and increased firearm sales in the St Louis and Ferguson areas. Most of America (and its media outlets) are standing by for the St Louis County Grand Jury to decide on the fate of Officer Darren Wilson. Meanwhile… Yes, meanwhile, what […]

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Top Five Blogposts

Top Posts (the past week) 1.  Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police 2.  Thinking Outside the (Blue) Box 3.  Hope For the Future… 4.  Why Police Matter 5.  The Importance of Dialogue

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The Importance of Dialogue

The following letter appeared in The New York Times on November 10th. It is a response regarding police and the community from a reserve police officer and trainer who also teaches ethics at St. Louis University. I find his remarks insightful and have taken the liberty to underline what I believe to be some key […]

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Hope For the Future…

SOME IMPORTANT COMMENTS FROM OUR NATION’S (and Canada’s) POLICE LEADERS THEY PROVIDE HOPE! Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Town Hall Meeting Orlando, FL October 26, 2014     A recent copy of “Subject To Debate” from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in Washington, DC about a recent meeting of their members gives me great […]

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Top Five Posts

Top Posts (from the past week) 1.  Looking at the BIG Picture: Protest and Police 2.  Making Choices: The Moral Aspects of Policing 3.  What is a Good Police Department? 4.  What Nelson Mandela Learned About Leadership in Prison 5.  Hazing and Bullying in the Police Academy

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Thinking Outside the (Blue) Box

IT IS IMPORTANT THAT POLICE BE ABLE TO THINK “OUTSIDE THE BOX!” And by that I mean not only THINKING about it, but SHARING your ideas within your department and with your community and IMPLEMENTING the good ones. What do I mean by thinking “outside the box”? It is an open process of problem-solving and […]

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Police Instagrams in Iceland

The following is an excerpt from a recent on-line article by Whitney Blair Wyckoff (and some recent police Instagrams) from Iceland. There is an increasing use of social media by police all over the world to soften their image and relate with their communities: “Building snowmen and cuddling with kittens may not seem like typical […]

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Learning From Ferguson — Preventing Others

A good question for the people of Ferguson and St. Louis County is “Where do we go from here?” An answer, a plan, must be demanded. Too often, in the rush to improve things, there are unanticipated consequences and the desire for a quick fix. I have spent a good share of my life trying […]

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