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
The original article
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.
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.
FIT@50 / week 62
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
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.
FIT@50 \ week 4:
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.