Uniforms: Function or Theater?

Uniforms: Function or Theater?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The Montgomery County, Maryland police recently announced that they are exploring a “lighter” uniform look that is less intimidating. A notable experiment in Lakewood, Colorado put their officers in sportscoats rather than the traditional uniforms. They returned to the uniforms when they discovered that the public wanted their police Read more »

Are Bad Habits Fueling the Crime Wave?

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser sounded like the parent of a pre-schooler saying some people picked up “bad habits” during the COVID isolation. He made the statement during a closed-door public safety roundtable held in Pueblo, Colorado, a community of 120,000 suffering from the same challenges of violent crime Read more »

Use of Force Investigations’ Missing Link

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D When an OIS (officer involved shooting) occurs there is a major investigative effort by specialized units or by agencies outside of the officer’s employer. Witnesses are interviewed, measurements are taken, video is examined frame by frame, and physical evidence is collected. Even if no shot is fired but other Read more »

Revealed: Chicago Mayor Has Secret Police Protection Detail

By Steve Pomper   When we think about a “secret police,” we likely think of the former East Germany, the Soviet Union, the current North Korea, Cuba, or the many countries around the world run by tyrants. However, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is showing us another more mundane, though still sinister, definition of secret police. In Read more »

The Clock is a Police Officer’s Enemy

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D We talk about “split-second” decisions as though it is an exaggeration referring to a short period of time. In the world of policing, split seconds are the reality of critical incidents. Citizens are quite content to ooh and ahh over close calls in sports. Fans may be frustrated by Read more »

Guardian v. Warrior

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D In May of 2015, one of the most anti-law and order Presidents in the history of the United States lifted his scepter and redubbed police officers as guardians. Obama’s imagery of police officers being soldiers in a war against its own citizens preceded a spike in gun purchases and Read more »

The Briefing

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D “OK everyone settle down. We need to review our use of force policy today. There have been reports that some of you are trying to defend yourselves and avoid disabling injuries. The higher-ups wanted to remind you that death, traumatic brain injury, getting stabbed, being run over, exposure to Read more »

Washington State Forced to Reform Police “Reforms.”

By Steve Pomper  Nothing good happens when radical activists and politicians try to “fix” something that isn’t broken—just because they don’t like it. Policing in America is not “broken.” So, what happened when they tried to “fix” what wasn’t broken in Washington State? They broke it. Now, they really have something to fix. Their stupid new Read more »