Treasured Moments

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 »

Resiliency of Cops After Experiencing Trauma

By Stephen Owsinski I watched a pseudo-TED speech by a seasoned policeman whose beginnings of swearing in as a cop were riddled with abject trauma from the gruesome loss of his mom (fatal crime victim) and dad (suicide), manifesting resiliency to turn worst-case scenarios into pure passion for helping people in dire straits. The presentation Read more »

Roll Call with a Role Model

By Steve Pomper After graduating from the Washington State police academy in 1992, the Seattle Police Department assigned me to a precinct that was not my first choice but only because of my selfish interest in a shorter commute. Still, a trade with a senior officer was already in the works when I showed up, so Read more »

Faith and Blue: Policing and Higher Power

By Stephen Owsinski The annual Faith and Blue weekend transpired recently, with community members and the clergy meeting and praying over cops and forging formidable bonds. Among many just like it, the following gratitude for cops’ blessings was published by the Whittier Police Department crimefighters: “Happy Faith and Blue Weekend! We are thankful to all Read more »

Age in Policing Matters

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends, so quotes the Good Book. In the world of police work, the man or woman who lays down their life for their community is likely to be in the prime of their Read more »

Losing Small Town Police Departments

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D As a monitor of law enforcement news, I frequently see headlines about small police departments affected by simultaneous resignations or simply being dissolved. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing is subject to debate. The demands on modern law enforcement are intense and expensive. Recent legislation, Read more »

Children of Cops

By Stephen Owsinski The uniqueness is true about cops and their loved ones standing behind them throughout a perilous career that can bring devastation at any moment. It is a poignant ingredient that children of police parent(s) endear their moms and dads as heroes, crime-fighting crusaders who hold special places in young hearts. Despite the Read more »

American Policing Unique in the World

By Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D American policing is unique in the world primarily because of our national historic interest in liberty and self-determination. 1) We are not a branch of the military. Even though law enforcement is often described as paramilitary, American policing is decidedly civilian. Many of the founders didn’t even want a Read more »