Cop stuff editorial




By |November 4th, 2013|

During my police career, I was sometimes accused of being a suck-up or told, “You just seem to get every job you want around here. How come?” I used to tell them if networking, learning more about a topic than other people, making myself available if help was needed or [...]

Politically Auto-Correct

By |October 1st, 2013|

In this day it’s amazing anyone can get through the day, let alone a conversation, without saying or doing something to offend someone. It doesn’t matter how innocent the context or how far back into ancient history we have to delve, but I guarantee you I cannot make it through [...]


By |September 30th, 2013|

I’m not an attorney nor am I a legal scholar. I’m also not one who opposes the reasonable, necessary and prudent use of technology to solve crimes. I’ve always found great satisfaction in putting bad guys in bracelets and taking them to jail. However my sixth sense, which has served [...]

How Much Is Just Some?

By |September 30th, 2013|

I used to work a speed enforcement team when I was in Traffic Division. We used to terrorize San Diego, setting up in areas where we had citizen complaints — “Those damn speeders are going to kill someone ...” — and we’d write a basketful of cites. It was pretty [...]

Spending Too Little, Too Late

By |August 27th, 2013|

In the early 1980s, the department I worked for had financial woes. A hiring push got us up to speed with manpower, but left us short of portable radios, beat cars and about every other piece of issued equipment, including body armor. Officer safety equipment was essentially left over from [...]

Make It Realistic

By |August 27th, 2013|

The state in which I live establishes standards for both regular and reserve law enforcement officers and provides one training academy that all full-time peace officers in the state must attend. In terms of training law enforcement personnel other than full-time sworn officers, the specifics are left to the individual [...]

The Goose And The Gander

By |August 27th, 2013|

In celebration of making it to the big 5-0, I’d like to share a few pearls of wisdom about being a part of this machine we call police work. My advice isn’t so much about laws and the consequences for breaking them, or the mechanics of doing the job. My [...]

Who Speaks For Us?

By |July 23rd, 2013|

Editors note: This story was originally published in 2013.  We have brought it back to show some things never change! - BW I must be more of an old-school Neanderthal than most people say, because the voices which once spoke for police leaders in this country no longer speak for [...]

Me? Rules?

By |July 23rd, 2013|

Are you tired of seeing the SUVs with “Britney is #1!” painted in bright yellow letters on the windows? I’m sick of it. Britney is likely not “#1” and I’ve about had it with the entitled generation (Gen Y/Millennials). And we mostly did it. I’m not necessarily saying all of [...]

Basics Are Best

By |July 22nd, 2013|

We’ve talked about the loss of what we call institutional knowledge — that deep-rooted, core cop sense, and skills the “old timers” often have. When they retire, that knowledge is gone forever unless they’ve taught it to the younger cops. And what I’m finding out is many of the younger [...]

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