State Police K9 Igor Miraculously Survives Patrol Cruiser Slammed by Semi-Tractor-Trailer

Moral Injury and PTSD

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Moral injury is a relatively newly recognized distress that can affect first responders and combat veterans. It is short of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but can have long-term effects on emotional well-being. PTSD has entered the common vernacular so much that it is often self-diagnosed or labeled by Read more »

Over 700 Undercover Cops Sue Los Angeles for ‘Accidentally’ Releasing Their Police Profiles to Anti-Cop Site

By Stephen Owsinski Back in March 2023, news broke that more than 9,300 Los Angeles police officers’ detailed identities and respective photo images were “accidentally” released by the city, winding up in possession of an anti-cop site operating with the moniker, the operator of which put bounties out on law enforcement officers. Remember that Read more »

The Challenge of Domestic Violence Calls

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D On July 21st of this year Eastland County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sheriff David Bosecker, a 21-year law enforcement veteran, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call. As he arrived on the scene a male subject opened fire on him, fatally wounding him. Other responding Read more »

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! The Peril of Fake Surrender

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The chant of “Hands up, don’t shoot” echoed in the streets of protests across the country after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014. In the immediate aftermath of the false narrative that caught fire on social media faster than the torched convenience store in town. Read more »

Dangers Lurking Around the Corner

By Stephen Owsinski Thanks to the abysmal idea of defunding the police, exacerbated by soft-on-crime initiatives instigated by people who have zero business leading, police work is increasingly perilous, causing cops to exercise even more hypervigilance at every turn. Politicos trumpet reforms. Cities are in ruin. Hatred abounds. Dwindled police forces do their darndest to Read more »

Injuries Reported as Non-Life Threatening can be Life Altering

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D I’m always skeptical of the description of a law enforcement officer’s injury in a duty-related incident as “non-life threatening”. In addition to the lingering physical and mental injuries that may result, these injuries are often life-shortening. There are also those injuries that are reported immediately after a crash, shooting, Read more »

Sleep Deprivation – A Public Safety Threat

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Picture this. A young police officer works a combination of night shifts rotating between straight midnights and a “power shift” from 7P-3A. He is scheduled for days off to coincide with his Army National Guard drills one weekend of every month. He was working on his master’s degree, taking Read more »

Gunfights: It Ain’t Like TV

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The headlines don’t begin to tell the story. “Bodycam Shows Gruesome Moment Fla. Sheriff’s Officer Shot”, ” Fla. deputy ends hostage standoff with career criminal holding woman at knifepoint”, “Armed Man Waiting for Officer Smokes Meth in Calif. Station Lobby”, “13-year-old opens fire several times on Fla. officers, wounding Read more »

Police Often Short-changed by The Justice System

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D In a rural Colorado county, an injured deputy pleaded for justice after suffering a life-altering crash. Deputy Scott Eckhardt, now disabled and retired, appeared at a sentencing hearing for Travis Fouch. In May of 2021, Fouch led a multi-jurisdictional pursuit along I-25 in southern Colorado and was subsequently charged Read more »