Understanding Police: My PhD Research

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Understanding Police: My PhD Research


I’m still in shock over the North Miami Police shooting of Charles Kinsey. I keep waiting for a plausible explanation before I make any comment on this. It’s hard, very hard to just remain silent.
 
So many folks want to understand the world of law enforcement, but will never gain an objective perspective. My research conducted for my PhD has been published twice – once as a textbook titled, Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad, and the other as A Darker Shade of Blue.
 
While the rights belong to my publisher, the research is all mine. I published this edition of my multi-year study on the organization and culture of cops to help you gain a factual view on the profession.
 
I tried cutting out the boring details about research methods and validity along with the qualitative methodology explanations – this will give you answers in a “PC Free” explanation.
 
I’d give it away, but Kindle requires 0.99 –>>1-Click

Stretching the Police: Point Break

I posted about police reform in Change Responsibly – Stretching the Police this week. It was a longer than usual thought, so I wanted to talk with you also about the actual dynamics involved with policing and change.

Stretching the Police: Point Break

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Shadow Ops Series Is Open For Review With Free Book 1

 

While doing research for a new thriller series, I went back to the Shadow Ops series I wrote for Amazon’s Kindle World. It is chock full of SWAT action and special operations characters.

It had limited distribution when released last year because it’s exclusive to Kindle. I wanted to gift this free copy to you for a few reasons.

  • It’s summer and makes for a great series.
  • It’s a series I really enjoyed writing and think you’ll enjoy it too
  • It would be freaking fantastic to get it moving again with some positive reviews

It’s yours for the grabbing. Just click the link and follow the instructions for downloading a copy to either Kindle or iBooks or both.

There is no limit on the link, so please share the Free download link as often as you’d like. You’re peeps will thank you. No obligation, except to consider leaving a review at Amazon.

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The last thing Krystal “Voodoo” Laveau wants is a partner from her past, especially a playboy like Hollywood. But when the safety of the United States is at stake, she’ll do what it takes to get the job done.

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FIT@50 / week 62

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FIT@50 / week 62

Missing You

 
Every May, the nation recognizes National Police Week. Thousands of cops from hundreds of countries gather in Washington DC at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund moment to pay respects to officers fallen in the line of duty.
 
I’ve been to Police Week numerous times over 26 years, and visit the names of 7 personal friends on the granite walls every time I visit DC. One year I even cycled 300 miles over 3 days with the Police Unity Tour to raise awareness and funding for the memorial.
 
Cops place a high premium on the honoring of their fallen. I think part of it is because with every officer we see killed in the line of duty, we realize that at most any time, that officer could’ve been us.
 
Despite the realization that our life is just a trigger pull, a blade’s slide, a car crash, or a disaster away from having our name engraved on the granite wall, we want to know that we too will be honored for public service.
 
There is a saying engraved on one of the walls of honor – it reads, “It’s not the way they died that makes them a hero. It’s the way they lived.”
 
This is the first time in my entire adult life that I’ve been out of law enforcement during Police Week. I have to say it was difficult watching from the outside. It wasn’t the uniform that drove me to help others, or to grieve over the loss of fellow officers. It was a human desire to help.
 
It’s also that humanity that has stirred my emotions all week. I still miss each of my 7 friends who died in the line of duty. Actually, I grieve for the 20,789 names of American law enforcement officers senselessly killed while doing only what we all swore to do – Serve and Protect.
 
Do I enjoy retirement – Yes, but I miss the fraternity of my blue family. Mostly, I miss my friends – Rest In Peace Brothers and Sister Blue.
 
#GoBlue
Do Good,

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Hug a Police Dispatcher – Do it today

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This week honors Emergency Dispatchers – the life lines who answer frantic 9-1-1 calls, dispatches officers to the scene and records the funny or painful details of each call for service. Often unsung, Emergency Communications Operators are the true heroes – Hug a Police Dispatcher – Do it today

FIT@50 \ week 5

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FIT@50 \ week 5

Legacy Building

Talking with a newly promoted commander I encouraged him to consider how he wanted to be remembered. “Think about building your legacy today,” I said, “not on your deathbed.”

He leapt to his feet and shared a movie scene he felt applied. Warring kings agreed to have their respective champions fight in their place. King A calls a giant, menacing soldier. King B calls a guy—who’d decided to sleep in that morning.

An apprentice was dispatched to retrieve him. The frightened boy told of King A’s mighty champion and confessed he’d be afraid to fight the giant.

King B’s warrior looked at the naïve and said, “That’s why no one will ever remember your name.”

Achilles entered the arena to slay King A’s giant. While today we associate the name with a tendon, in fact Achilles is remembered as the greatest warrior of Homer’s Iliad.

Looking at this picture from earlier in the month, I see warriors in various stages of battle. All have faced giants and insurmountable opponents regardless the years served. Each will be remembered for taking a stand on the side of human justice. And that’s an honorable legacy.

Do good,
Scott

FIT@50 \ week 4

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1 hour –

I was feeling a bit omniscient this week as my 25th year in law enforcement roared around. Sharing a few old stories with the guys helped me reflect on how incredibly different my life had turned out.

Our historical journey migrated to a generational generalization. You know the one about, “kids now a days…” Seems the moment 8 hours of accrued leave is earned, some employees miraculously become ill for precisely 8 hours.

Just then a commander interrupted. He shared the story of an officer who asked permission for 1 hour off to attend a doctor’s appointment. This senior officer’s eyes turned glassy, red and he dropped his face.

“This guy’s fighting for his life, and he asks permission to take 1 hour for the doctor.” I understood his emotion. Officer Paul Thibodeaux who suffers with Cystic Fibrosis has blessed us all. He needs a double lung transplant to survive.

His passion to live his dream of being a police officer is so incredibly intense, that he humbly asks permission for 1 hour away from that commitment to serve. Being fit at any age includes seeing the “amazing” in others – This young man inspires me.

1 Hour – Just imagine if we all shared that commitment.

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