Can Community Policing Save Us?

In 2014, a police shooting of a young man in Ferguson, MO was followed by protests and unrest across the country. As time passed,...

Why We Need Mentors

Featured in the September 2021 issue of American Police Beat Magazine. Larry Wallace was the first person I met when I moved to town. I...

Superheroes, Symbols and the Real World

Featured in American Police Beat Magazine Hero flicks give us stability. They make us feel like there are still simple truths out there....

Apathy: The Enemy of Freedom

"We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor." That's some deep stuff. The men who made this pledge...

Changing People's Worlds

FEATURED IN AMERICAN POLICE BEAT MAGAZINE. I used to love being a cop. There was a time when I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. When...

Alike After All?

My father and I haven’t always seen eye to eye. I’m hardly the proverbial “chip off the old block.” This was never more evident than when...

Honor and Courage

*This article was featured in the Daily Post Athenian Newspaper* "I hope that if I do go, that I went with honor and courage. I hope...

Lessons from a Dog's Life

I recently, for the first time, had to put down a pet. The Duke was a hulking black Lab who’d been with me through thick and thin. I met...

Reform and Staffing

Featured in American Police Beat Magazine I was recently making my way through several bins in my basement. These particular bins...

My Friend Junior

Featured in the Daily Post Athenian Newspaper As a young college student, I was tasked with researching something related to the civil...

Cyclical Burnout

This article was featured in the February 2021 Issue of American Police Beat Magazine. “We have to do more with less.” I still remember...

Lessons From a Birthdate

Recently, I turned 41. The most obvious thing for most people to reflect on would be how rotten of a time the first year of their 40’s...

The Irony of the Defund Movement

PUBLISHED IN AMERICAN POLICE BEAT MAGAZINE “Defund the Police”. The headlines are chock full of announcements that various municipalities...

A Set Up for Failure

*This article was featured on Policeone.com. Of all the wrecks I had as a young deputy, the most noteworthy (or at least one of my top...

The Limits of Leadership

As a new police chief, one of the most surprising (and frustrating) things that I learned was just how limited I was in my ability to...

The Challenge of Change

*This article was featured on Policeone.com. You can access it here. I’m very quickly approaching the decade mark of my tenure as a...

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