Thoughts and Prayers – Do They Make a Difference?

Thoughts and Prayers – Do They Make a Difference?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D As a writer on law enforcement issues, I get almost daily notices of officers killed, injured, or being prosecuted in the line of duty. Many of those announcements include the request for “thoughts and prayers”, and the occasional “vibe”. Some organizations have dropped the “prayers” part in order not Read more »

Bicycle Pursuit: Cops Cover Plenty of Ground, Etch Wins

By Stephen Owsinski Another sticky-fingered kleptomaniac whose poor decision to heist a young kid’s bicycle found out that cops can cover all kinds of terrain with varying modes of travel to get the crime-fighting mission accomplished. Police officers in Menlo Park, California, caught up with a bicycle thief after a fresh pursuit was initiated by Read more »

Kids Hooked on ‘Casting with a Cop’

By Stephen Owsinski Despite the onslaught of guff constantly hurled at cops, they nevertheless develop and roll out ways to interact with the community. I thought I knew of most of the novel police programs…until I came across a multi-agency effort involved in a concept called “Casting with a Cop.” Similar to “Shop with a Read more »

Policing: Still the Gateway to Social Services

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Some positive conversations about non-law enforcement (NLE) response are ongoing in the aftermath of cries for police reform. The mythology that often underpins these conversations is that police have no skills or training to deal with persons in a mental health crisis and are prone to using deadly force Read more »

Reserves Putting in Time on the Job

By Stephen Owsinski We hear much about the otherwise avoidable exodus of law enforcement officers from mostly liberal-run jurisdictions —because of liberal-run jurisdictions— making it even more difficult and excessively dangerous for cops fulfilling their oaths by performing public safety duties. That conveys deserved gratitude to career law enforcement officers who retire but stay on Read more »

The Ride-along

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D I enjoy visiting with other police agencies and have had the privilege to do so throughout my career. Usually, I make connections well ahead of my travels, either through fellow chaplains, friends I have made at trainings, or simply by contacting precinct commanders or public relations officers. Most agencies Read more »

Sheriff Demolishes House of Crime

By Stephen Owsinski It is nice for a community to be free of criminal dens operating in their midst. What isn’t nice is the inherent dangers to law enforcement striking a final blow, at great risk to themselves, while sanitizing a city of a historical scourge. Deputies did it anyway, and residents are elated to Read more »

Public Safety Servant’s Heart

By Stephen Owsinski There is a multitude of questions on the psychological examination process every police officer candidate must endure, so any discrepancies in personality generally surface for police psychologists to render acceptable or questionable. In that context, imagine the pure heart comprising America’s public safety servants fulfilling the hearts of others! Whereas mainstream media Read more »