The Alphabet Soup

The Alphabet Soup

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D When in Washington D.C. or watching newsworthy events on television, it may be hard to keep up with what agency is attending to what event. The plain-clothes and secret agents with law enforcement tasks can’t always be spotted with the ubiquitous earphones and wrist microphones, but they are there! Read more »

What Does the Vicky White Tell Us About Corrections Officers?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The dramatic escape of Casey White made possible by her lover, Corrections Officer Vicky White, has focused attention on the field of corrections. Are corrections officers law enforcement officers? These men and women do enforce the laws, even if their citizenry is behind walls, fences, and bars. Their citizens Read more »

Should a Retired Cop Carry or Not Carry a Firearm

By Steve Pomper   Your law enforcement agency has promoted you to the lofty rank of retired cop. So, it’s time to let down your guard, right? Wrong! While you may no longer have a target on your chest (badge) every day or intentionally place yourself in dangerous situations, danger can still find you. I’ve long Read more »

Cayce Police Chief: ‘He Murdered Our Officer!’

By Stephen Owsinski With the rampancy of depraved minds preying on and killing cops, there have been stellar police executives handling matters and proving precisely why they are law enforcement leaders. Cayce, SC police Chief Chris Cowan is among the latest examples. You’ve heard of “the cop’s cop.” Chief Cowan is one of them. While Read more »

A Landscape of Fear – Letting the Wolves Out

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D In ecological studies, the behavior of animals based on the behavior of their predators is described as a landscape of fear. The term and concept is part of the conversation regarding the increasing wolf population. In an excerpt of The Wolf’s Tooth by Cristina Eisenberg in Scientific American magazine, Read more »

Law Enforcement on the Fulcrum of Freedom

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D In public debate, whether in social media posts, legacy media, or legislative bodies, lines get artificially drawn to conveniently avoid the necessary intelligence of ambiguity. In the aftermath of Ferguson, Portland, Minneapolis, Washington, DC, Kenosha, and recently our neighbors to the north the lines divide protestors v. police. We Read more »

Policing in the Bloodlines

By Stephen Owsinski Although cops backing up their brothers and sisters is a constant in law enforcement, sometimes it is literal…in the familial sense. Following in someone’s footsteps has definitive roots in policing, with family-tree bloodlines —brothers, sisters, moms, dads, grandparents, great-grandparents, and cousins— comprising genetic transference reflected on uniform nameplates, sometimes within the same Read more »

Is Paramilitary Structure Bad?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D One of the terms thrown out by police critics is “paramilitary”, implying that law enforcement is an occupying force and, therefore, a bad way to operate. By definition, the term means “organized similarly to a military force” according to the dictionary. That is not inherently evil. As we examine Read more »