Cops Speak Out
Can we get a little help? E-mail
Written by Louis G. Dominguez   

Facing dramatic shortfalls in tax revenue, cities and counties across the nation are struggling to fund programs including public safety. One of the major factors aggravating the situation is the high cost of gasoline, and law enforcement agencies are looking for ways to reduce the quantity of gas used by cruisers and other vehicles in their fleets. With the cost of gallon now at $4 and quickly escalating to possibly $8 by the end of the year, chiefs and sheriffs are considering some alternatives, although none, on their own, will solve the problems.

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In the presence of a hero E-mail
Written by Simone Marie Labrador   

It's rare that one person can accomplish change for the greater good on their own. But every once in a while one individual is so courageous that they touch the lives of those around them in ways they don't even realize, enlightening others, providing strength, and renewing our sense of purpose and community. On the night of March 2, 2008, I got a call from PBA President John Rivera that a Miami-Dade officer had been shot, was in critical condition, and that he was on the way to Ryder Trauma Center.

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Officer safety is the issue here E-mail
Written by Mesa Police Association   

The Mesa Police Association (MPA) has a genuine concern for both Mesa police officers and the public's safety as the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office threatened to enter in the City of Mesa. The Association's distress stems from the dangerous atmosphere created by the Sheriff's publicity of his police operations. "Mesa officers and our citizen's safety are in danger," stated Sgt. Fabian Cota, president of the MPA.

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Brave new world for today's officers E-mail
Written by Lance M. Burris   

Police officers today have a much more difficult mission than they've had in past decades. Or perhaps it has only become apparent since the devastating attacks of 9-11 – an event that brought about changes unheard of prior to the disaster in New York City. It not only introduced everyday citizens to the concept of international terrorism, but also caused our law enforcement agencies to focus on domestic terrorist groups that are here in the United States.

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Are cameras reducing accidents? E-mail
Written by Lance Burris   

Twenty-three states presently employ red light cameras, to the dismay of many motorists who have received traffic tickets in the mail. This program, according to the states who participate, is aimed at reducing safety problems at urban and rural intersections. An added advantage, they say, is that the cameras produce monetary gain for the cities and towns. Of the states who have bought the cameras, 23 are facing class-action law suits filed that questions the benefits of the program.

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Don't compromise integrity E-mail
Written by Randy Sutton   

If you were to ask your friends, relatives or co-workers the question, "What do you think defines a persons' success?" you would receive a myriad of responses. But almost inevitably, there will be reference to financial achievements and personal wealth as well as reference to the level of position risen to within an organization. How many times have you heard someone being described as a "highly successful business person" solely on the amount of personal wealth they've acquired?

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How to score on the oral E-mail
Written by Andy Borello   
Sometimes small tweaks result in big changes. Like a small stone thrown in a still pond, the ripple from the stone affects the entire pond. There are small tweaks or changes that can be made in your oral interview presentation that can greatly increase your communication effectiveness and the ripple can be synonymous to higher scores. Often in promotional oral interviews, candidates answer questions in the third person. For example...
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Cut-backs Are Putting Us On A Dangerous Road E-mail

To say Oregon is shooting itself in the foot is an understatement. Oregon is sitting on the couch with its feet up on the coffee table, a case of ammo and having target practice on both feet! The Oregon State Police are laying off troopers at an alarming rate and threatening to lay off more.

To say Oregon is shooting itself in the foot is an understatement. Oregon is sitting on the couch with its feet up on the coffee table, a case of ammo and having target practice on both feet! The Oregon State Police are laying off troopers at an alarming rate and threatening to lay off more. They have eliminated narcotics teams, pulled most of the detectives and are closing down crime lab positions. Multnomah County is releasing prisoners and refusing to allow the police to book criminals unless the crime is Measure 11 status (that means most crimes are non-bookable). Even if a criminal is brought to jail, the Multnomah County District Attorney is laying off Deputy DAs and is not prosecuting misdemeanors, non-person felonies, drug charges and by the time this is printed, who knows what else?

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The time to speak out is now E-mail

If there ever was a time that law enforcement officers needed to sharpen their political skills, it is now. Elected officials from municipalities, counties, and states are all claiming deficit budgets and trying to impose significant cutbacks in service. As we all know, public safety is their largest expense.

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Our job is fraught with pain, complexity and danger E-mail

I don't know what it's like to be a doctor, a lawyer, a garbage man, a chef or a priest. I don't know what it's like to install power lines, sewer lines or cable lines. I realize that I don't know what it's like for many professions. I know that and I accept that. I do know, however, what it's like to be an altar boy, a bar-back, a fast-food cashier, a lawn boy, a loss prevention agent and a college student. I know what it's like to be a son, a brother, an uncle, a godfather, a husband, a father and a friend. I'm all of these and more. But I believe I'm best known in my community for being a law enforcement professional, a police officer, a cop.In times like these, when it seems easier than ever to offer an opinion about an incident or to second-guess the actions of others, I wonder: "Do others see things and situations like I do?" I've watched other professions and professionals do their jobs, and I've wondered how do they do what they do, and why do they choose to do what they do? What does it take to get up each day and deliver babies, to construct buildings, to tar a roof, to drive a taxi or to lead a nation? I know what it's like to be a patrol officer, a community policing officer, a burglary detective, a robbery/homicide investigator, a sergeant, a Special Operations lieutenant and an adjunct instructor. And I wonder if others really know - or even care to know -about some of the things I do day in and day out - about events and situations cops aren't too quick or too willing to share with others.

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Shared Emotions Of Police Week Touch The Heart E-mail

I would like to share something with you that I experienced while in Washington, DC for Police Memorial Week. I was there with my Police Emerald Society of Tidewater Honor Guard, and we had just completed the Emerald Society march with many other police pipe and drum units from all over the nation. Several officers from my old department - Chesapeake, VA Police Dept. - were there, and I asked them to join me at the place on the wall where my old friend and partner's name is engraved. None of those present had been on the job long enough to have worked with John H. Cherry, End of Watch 9/27/82. So, we stood at Panel 53E as I pointed to his name in Line 18 and introduced them to John.

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We're Human, Not Superhuman E-mail

Law enforcement has progressed by leaps and bounds in just the last eleven years since I've been a cop. Training and recruitment have improved, and the young glassy-eyed recruits entering the field today have more education and credentials than ever before. Most law enforcement agencies across the country have enthusiastically embraced the computer age and professionalism is at an all-time high. Salaries are higher than they have ever been and the citizenry is finally accepting us as highly trained professionals. So, things look pretty rosy right? Well, not really.

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We Act Like Nothing Bothers Us E-mail

A few months ago, our training unit brought in a guest speaker – Dr. Bobby Smith, a former Louisiana State Trooper who was blinded in a shootout. Dr. Smith's message was one that I did not take lightly, and in light of the recent loss of our friend and brother Jason Tye Pratt, Smith's message bears restating. Dr. Smith talked about the police officer perspective on weakness or perceived weakness. He accurately described most cops as "Type A" personalities who have difficulty admitting they need help and asking for it.

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Gangs Making A Comeback E-mail

"No news is good news," they say. But when it comes to the media coverage of trends in crime and violence, the reverse seems more accurate: good news is no news.

This may explain why the recent release of the latest annual compilation of national crime statistics from the FBI was ignored by so many media outlets.

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There’'s A Reason I Do This Job E-mail

Lately I've been thinking about what motivates us to be cops. My first thought was that money or lack thereof does not enter into the decision process.

Those of us who become cops rarely do it for the financial reward. That's obvious. And, if we did, how much would a person's life be worth?

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We Don’'t Get Paid To Run Away E-mail

In my 30 years as an officer, I have never seen any minority spokespersons say that using deadly force against a minority was justified.

How can that be when the law and department policy spell out exactly when officers can shoot?

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Sexual Harassment Laws Are Confusing E-mail

"I used to look dimly at people who were charged with sexual harassment until I became one".

There isn't a great amount of debate at the water cooler concerning the sexual harassment allegations filed against California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's an obviously open-and-shut case, isn't it? Famous, masculine, type-A male, and swooning, fearful female helpers. How could he not be guilty of it, and more? Like you, I used to look dimly upon people who were charged with or fired for sexual harassment. Until I became one.

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Coming Soon To A Police Department Near You E-mail

As a lifelong resident of the city of Cleveland and a city employee for 28 years, 24 of which have been with the Cleveland Police Department, I need to speak out about the crisis our city is facing. After reading the city's proposal and their final and best offer, the members of the Cleveland Police Department felt as though city hall was demanding that we and our families bear the city's financial crisis on our backs.

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True Blue E-mail

Thousands of cops from across the nation are coming to Boston to show their support.

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Police Work Leads To Good Friends E-mail
My nearly nine years as a member of the Portland Police Bureau were some of the happiest of my working life.
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Doing The Impossible Every Day Is A Cop’s Row To Hoe E-mail
So a 200-pound man, high on methamphetamine, emotionally distraught, confronts you with a box cutter he is willing to use to cut your throat.
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