“Step forward now, policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets,
You’ve done your time in hell.”
Johnny Paycheck popularized this song originally written by David Allen Coe in 1977, and despite having been his only #1 hit, we recall with clarity those famous words, “Take this job and shove it.” He sings about the dissatisfaction and hurt of a man who gave his life to his work without reciprocation of reward. Ok, I’m not quitting, but it gets your attention. It also gains the attention of supervisors, Chiefs and Mayors who ask, “Why?” Well, there are many reasons […]
An Act of Not-So-Random Kindness I regularly contribute to Law Enforcement Today that hosts a members and internal messaging section. I have become connected through e-mail with a California Police Department’s Chaplain, having exchanged a few messages for personal introductions. This week while praying over a difficult situation, I happened to log onto LET to receive the message included below. I’ve removed his name and contact information, but leave his simple gesture and act of kindness. I consider it not-random because I […]
This is a two-part series about the needs, challenges and promises for revolutionizing the profession of policing. We have performed brilliantly at times, and with an openness for improvement, we will be brilliant always. CHANGING the CULTURE and HISTORY of POLICING PART 2 This is where the executives become increasingly interested. There are zero additional expenses associated with the implementation of the DDACTS (Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety) philosophy, strategy or tactic. Officers already assigned to Patrol are, or should […]
The Old Bull & the Young Bull Written for LET and published this week about the Oakland PD searching for positive change, and the nature of Blue Culture.