Everything is Not Code 4

Everything is Not Code 4

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Radio codes vary from agency to agency, but most I’ve been around use Code 4 as “everything is OK”. That doesn’t really mean that everything is ok, it just means that for the moment, as far as the officer on the scene can tell, nobody is trying to kill Read more »

Emergency Services Units and Extraordinary Duties

By Stephen Owsinski Even though the patrol division is the traditional nucleus of every police organization, elite units diligently train to exceed the ordinary boundaries, often resulting in extraordinary saves. Bomb squads and SWAT teams and aviators and scuba divers are what we are generally talking about. Specifically, we’ll explore the Emergency Services Unit (ESU). Read more »

A Cut Above the Rest: Cop Enduring Chemo Sees ‘Shear’ Solidarity

By Stephen Owsinski Although there are formal websites dedicated to monetarily supporting cops with cancer, which is self-explanatory in two distinct ways, a contingent of law enforcement officers with the Jamestown Police Department informally sought out shears and snipped away their coifs to show solidarity for one of their own: A cop with cancer, experiencing Read more »

Honoring Families of the Fallen

By Stephen Owsinski Ever look back at fallen law enforcement officers and wonder, How about their loved ones left behind? Although it may not be highlighted on most legacy media networks (surprise, surprise), police agencies’ personnel and law enforcement-supporting entities, such as Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), honor their fallen brothers and sisters by caring Read more »

Hero Report

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D If a police officer hurts a suspect it can be national headline news. The daily heroic performance of the other 800,000 cops might be a blip on the local news station at best. In case you’ve missed it, here are some things that law enforcement officers are doing every Read more »

Canine Cops Dedicated to Duty, ‘Four Sure’

By Stephen Owsinski One of the magnificent realms of police work involves “working dogs.” Not meant as a euphemistic reference to humans with extreme dedication to duty, but the literal kind: four-legged creatures who enjoy catching bad guys and sleuthing out narcotics and detecting explosive devices and recovering missing persons like it’s a walk in Read more »

Women Warriors Working the Frontlines

By Stephen Owsinski During Women’s History Month, which runs throughout the entirety of March, International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, and law enforcement-centric social media sites populated with a bittersweet mix of bravado exuded by female cops who continually confront head-on the challenges inherent in policing. As written about in a previous post Read more »

The Things That Haunt Heroes

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D It was a quiet morning as I sat at the breakfast table visiting with my brother who had stopped by on his travels. The small farming town was going through its routine when I heard a muffled whoomp not far from our house. Of course, nothing was far from Read more »

Bowing Heads in Honor, Not Bowing Out

By Stephen Owsinski While the anti-police noise continues to undermine public safety, cops assailed and/or killed in the line of duty persists. And the same ole’ hives of hypocrisy —otherwise known as politicians— continue to sidestep responsibility for defund-the-police fester. America’s cops, however, keep on keepin’ on. One of many stand-out formidable traits among law Read more »

Band of Brothers and Sisters in Blue

By Stephen Owsinski In the miasma generated by the anti-this or anti-that mouthpieces, America’s law enforcement community is smack dab in the middle of mayhem. The Officer Down Memorial Page is getting laden with official reports of casualties and the oft-violent catalysts involved in deaths of police officers. In all this, cops continue to step Read more »