Personal Perspective

It’s Green and Sticky | Christmas

I’m blessed to have served another year as a Chief of Police. Christmas is a natural season for the people I serve to graciously show gratitude through cards, foods and snacks delivered to the Thibodaux Police Department. Not unlike probably every agency across the globe, we become benefactors of an outpouring of goodwill from the folks we pour out our lives to everyday. Trust me, it is so very appreciated. The more chocolate the better I say! As I sorted through the pile []

Me and my Shadow | Character

It’s character. I love the motivational messages about “the ultimate competitor lies within” and themes encouraging you to do your best to be your best. While most address athletic competition, I also appreciate the aspect in building strength of character. As a younger man I lauded over the strength to lift heavy weights as a benchmark of who I was, and the lifting of even more weight for who I wanted to be. Thank God we grow past those shallow ambitions. It’s character. []

ENDURE

There is a song that says “Can’t Give Up Now” often times we give up right before our breakthrough. Truly the Lord knows us in and out.  But have you felt an extra boost of strength to keep moving just when you were about to give up? Why do we give up so soon? Is it because we have had enough? Or does it display a much deeper problem we have within ourselves.? It is so easy to give up then to []

It’s safe : Inside the Box

I enjoy the challenge of remaining creative in ways to better serve the public. While I passionately believe there is always room for improvement, I also understand that improvement, via “change” is not always welcome. We’ve worn out the phrase “Think outside the box” to the point that merely saying it shows complacency and cliché.  While I fully appreciate tradition, I could not imagine football played before the forward pass. Inside the Box: People don’t actually like creativity In the United States we are raised to appreciate []

Early and Often

I’ve been a bit scattered of late, but one appointment kept has been the switching of Pandora over to the Christmas station Thanksgiving night thru the New Year. Do I get kidded for the constant stream of Christmas music flooding the house whenever people stop by? Sure; but it isn’t long after, that they too are caught up in the nostalgia of the classics like Elvis, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole to name a few. A friend shared this []

Cops and Cavemen; Come out of the Cold

First posted Law Enforcement Today; March 25, 2013 in Featured, Leadership, Posts by Chief Scott Silverii, Ph.D. What’s With This Person? I was speaking with a Law Enforcement Agency’s Commander about an officer who just did not seem to grasp an agency’s vision. Although clearly communicated over the last several years in agency-wide meetings, in-services, e-mails, social media, and personal conversations the officer just refuses to “get on board.” This Commander is fully committed to the city, the agency and the progressive []