Sept 12th 2016

A farewell to the chief from a fellow police officer

I heard tales of Chief William (Bill) McCormack long before we actually met.

He was legendary in homicide investigation circles in the 1970’s, when I was a young cop and voracious reader of crime stories. I yearned to be a homicide investigator of his ilk. As I matured as an officer and started progressing through the ranks, I got to know more of his leadership style. I then wanted to be a similar leader – deeply connected with our people and always putting them first.

A farewell to the chief from a fellow police officer

 

Aug 5th 2016

A police officer's job can be a dream, and an ongoing nightmare

Imagine if you will, tomorrow morning you wake up and through some strange overnight twist of fate you are suddenly a police officer. As you ponder whether or not this is a dream or nightmare, you realize you’ll have to suit up and keep the world safe tonight!

A police officer's job can be a dream, and an ongoing nightmare

 

Jul 28th 2016

Should police vigils be worthy of concern?

Between anti-police protests; a series of “questionable” police shootings of black men in the U.S.A.; a barrage of homicidal attacks on police; and some biased media commentators that continually spew vitriol against law enforcement; I’m increasingly hesitant to open the internet in the morning. But yet I do – because someone that understands the culture and the challenges faced by the men and women in blue needs to stay on top of the issues and advocate for them.

Should police vigils be worthy of concern?

 

Jul 28th 2016

Police officers need to hear from the silent majority too

Few if any weeks go by that we aren’t hearing of another death of a black male at the hands of police – mostly south of the U.S. border, but occasionally right here at home. Some police use of force incidents “appear” to be questionable at first blush; others perhaps not so – but any loss of life is concerning, regardless of race. In each and every case however, a vocal minority of the public are quick to shout allegations about “police brutality” and “racism” before the investigative team has conducted a single interview, let alone formed any educated opinion as to whether the force used by police was justified, and when applicable – whether police racism was in a factor in any way.

Police officers need to hear from the silent majority too

 

Jul 14th 2016

The debate around killing by police robot

Highly-respected former Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey said, “It was a unique situation that required some unique tactics in order to resolve it”, while speaking to CNN’s Michael Smerconish following the horrific murder of police officers in Dallas, Texas last week.

The debate around killing by police robot

 

Jul 11th 2016

Unjustified police use of deadly force – error or racism?

No improper use of force by police is acceptable. Racist cops are completely unacceptable. But sometimes those two factors don't intersect. A good cop can err while using force against a person of another colour without being a racist. And it is possible that a racially biased white officer can be totally justified to use force against a black suspect, including deadly force IF the bias was not a factor.

Unjustified police use of deadly force – error or racism?

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