Politician Shows What Not to Do When Pulled Over

Politician Shows What Not to Do When Pulled Over

By Steve Pomper  Police Traffic Stop (Photo: versageek, creative commons) In keeping with the NPA’s mission to educate the public about what cops do and why they do it, here’s yet another example of what not to do on a traffic stop, generously provided by one of America’s principled public servants. This avoidable traffic kerfuffle happened Read more »

Politician Shows What Not to Do When Pulled Over

By Steve Pomper  Police Traffic Stop (Photo: versageek, creative commons) In keeping with the NPA’s mission to educate the public about what cops do and why they do it, here’s yet another example of what not to do on a traffic stop, generously provided by one of America’s principled public servants. This avoidable traffic kerfuffle happened Read more »

When There’s No Music For You

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D The sensations of sight, smell, and touch are the stuff of memories – sometimes traumatic memories – in the minds of first responders. Less considered is the soundtrack that goes with the job. One thing I missed from my TV and movie cop heroes was the lack of theme Read more »

Can Modern American Cops Benefit from Ancient Greek Stoicism?

By Steve Pomper   Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Roman Emperor, Stoic Philosopher (Photo: Jastrow, Public Domain) When I was first hired as a cop, our police chief gave each recruit Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends and Influence People. Before the academy he “encouraged” us to read it and he’d ask us about it after graduation. Not Read more »

No Spring Break for the Police

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D We aren’t yet a third of the way into 2024. As Springtime provides its annual renewal of hope, the season of mayhem has not abated. As of March 12, 2024, 7 law enforcement officers had been murdered by gunfire, 1 by stabbing, 1 has drowned, 4 were killed being Read more »

Treasured Moments

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D I read a lot of police-related articles in law enforcement publications and consumer media. As I skim along to see what’s new I often nod in agreement or sigh in frustration and, every once in a while, pause to ponder something I’d never thought of quite the way the Read more »

It’s All Relative

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D It’s trauma time in America. There is a truism that those who have been in battle are the most silent about its realities. My own father and uncle served in combat zones in WW2 and I could never pry from them the war stories that I so wanted to Read more »

Oddities in Police Work

By Stephen Owsinski Rhetorically referred to as the best seat in the house of life, police work affords some inexplicable experiences catering enough material for any law enforcement officer to write a non-fiction book that may be interpreted as fiction. Unrelenting tides of life-threatening encounters confronted by cops are enough to take anyone’s breath away. Read more »