Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sleep!

Sleep deprivation adds to the physical, emotional and spiritual havoc that police work wreaks on its practitioners.  This problem is part of the complex of issues that we as a service must begin to address systematically.  This blog has offered … Continue reading

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Leadership Matters: Transformational Leadership Can Enhance Emotional Health for Police Officers

Here is a new study that suggests a strong relationship between effective leadership and the long-term health and wellness of police personnel. “An empirical investigation of high-risk occupations: Leader influence on employee stress and burnout among police,”  Lisa M. Russell, School of Business, Indiana … Continue reading

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One Officer’s Moral Guidelines

A question posted recently on the website Quora asked, “What makes an officer more or less likely to issue a speeding ticket?” Former police officer Justin Freeman gave his opinion on the topic, below. He also implicitly described his moral … Continue reading

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Correction

In the most recent CC post, this paragraph should read as follows. I believe we should de-criminalize pot and regulate it thoughtfully. If research says it helps with illness and pain, then make it a controlled therapeutic substance and sell … Continue reading

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When the Solution Is the Problem

Police in a democratic society exercise great discretion in what they get involved in.  That’s how it must be.  Even carefully made laws sanction much more behavior than they intend. When we passed speed limits no one intended to slow down … Continue reading

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Ownership + Accountability = Crime Prevention

Here is a vote in favor of Commissioner Bratton’s hypothesis.  The more officers in the community know, about who is doing what, the more effective they will become.  By pushing ownership and accountability out and down The Commish will unleash … Continue reading

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Who Pays When Situational Values Win?

The article below on GM’s response to a very apparent problem with ignition switches in thousands of its cars is yet another lesson in what happens when situational values trump core values. US Transportation Secretary Anthony R. Foxx said that … Continue reading

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