Fargo, N.D. Night shift supports fellow officer, raises awareness of his cancer

During November, Fargo Police officers were issued a Movember challenge to raise money for East Grand Forks Police Officer Alex Schilke. He is going through treatment for cancer.

Officers were allowed to grow beards for a $100 donation and mustaches for a $25 donation.

The Fargo Police Department was issued a Movember challenge to raise money for Officer Alex Schilke with the East Grand Forks Police Department who was going through treatment for cancer. Officers were allowed to grow beards and mustaches if they donated money toward this challenge for the month of November. As you can see, we had a lot of fun with the challenge while at the same time supporting a brother in blue. I’m proud to say the men and women of the Fargo Police Department raised $9,681.63 which speaks to their generosity. We hope this contribution helps with the expenses incurred during his fight.

Rexburg, Id. Police Officer Shawn Scott teaches kids D.A.R.E. to be great!

December 2, 2015 Rexburg, Id. The Standard Journal posted an article written by titled “Valuable resource: Officer Scott’s efforts help shape young people

So many people have ideas on what resource officers do in schools, yet Caleb Despain actually went into Madison Middle School and saw for himself what a school resource officer is all about. It changed his mind and beliefs in short order and his preconceived notions were turned around quickly. Yet Caleb doesn’t yet fully understand the whole story either.

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Aurora , Co. Police Officer attempts to help motorist who tries to kill him.

November 30, 2015 Aurora, Co. While we often post wonderful stories about how Officers go above and beyond to help citizens every day many people think that the officers who help are just doing their jobs or nothing special. This story exemplifies what goes through an officers mind everyday during every encounter and rightly so.

If you are looking for a feel good story move on, if you are looking for the reality of Police Work, please read on, but be warned, I am just reporting facts.

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A found Post from an Officer who paid it forward .. we have nothing to add .. RIP

Found on Instagram Account 835apparel with the following notation:

This was posted on Insta by @rickyg17, Officer Galvez, who was just murdered the other night 
while sitting in his personal vehicle outside of his station. 
So many want to bitch, complain, and ask where the good cops are . . . THEY'RE DYING! 
And nobody seems to give a good God damn . . . because after all it is just "occupational hazard." 
Nah, being ambushed is an act of a coward. Rest in Peace, Brother ⚫️🔵⚫️ #thinblueline #humanizingthebadge

Found on Instagram - the WBL can add nothing but RIP - Godspeed
Found on Instagram – the WBL can add nothing but RIP – Godspeed

 

 

Georgia State Trooper Helps Orphaned Children

On October 31, 2015 Georgia State Trooper Nathan Bradley was monitoring his radio while on patrol when he heard a call from another Officer stating she was at a vehicle accident that had fatalities. He responded t assist in the investigation and found that two persons had died in the accident. Perhaps one of the worst of the unfortunate duties of officers is to make death notifications to surviving members of families of such tragic events. But it was about to get very bad for the Trooper.

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Norwalk, Ia. Police Officers pick up the beat

October 23, 2015 Norwalk, Iowa Under the command of Chief Greg Staples the Norwalk Police Department has returned to perhaps the best method of community policing that there is. The De Moines Register has done a fine job of encapsulating the initiative which has been coined “The Walk About Project” by the Department where officers have taken  to the Streets and are discovering unexpected things.

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A thought on the Ugly Gorilla

September 16, 2015 An article appeared in Law Enforcement Today titled “The Ugly Gorilla-Disability” written by Juli Adcock.

Well worth the read Juli Adcock touches on how Officers are taught from the very beginning about survival, stress management, including incident management and relationships.

She discusses two unspoken problems she encountered, which were suicide and disability. While they may not have been touched upon during her Academy or FTO classes I believe that all classes are not created equal. Some may teach more some may teach less. Regardless her article brings about a subject that nobody wants to think about after classes.

For the Blue – Andy of Mayberry or SWAT?

This site is not just for feel good stories my brothers and sisters in Blue. It is to gain lessons that are happening everyday that promote better relations between citizens and Police. This in the long run helps the profession of law Enforcement in more than a few ways.

Having seen decades of changes in Law Enforcement and society in general the trends have been clear. We went from a society of of small Town middle America “Andy of Mayberry” and “Adam 12”,  “S.W.A.T.”, “Hill Street Blues” to “COPS” showing perhaps the most violent encounters and worst sides of Police Citizen interactions possible.

The change has been slow but steady showing American Law enforcement Officers going from being ordinary people working with their communities being just part of the community trying to help everyday people with everyday problems to being outsiders of society who simply enforce laws.

In part the job and society has changed and the workload has increased dramatically to a point that most law Enforcement officers are no longer afforded the opportunity to actually enjoy the decent people that they serve and be part of the community on duty. Patrol officers routinely are running calls from one to the next and have a dozen calls backed up waiting to clear each before being dispatched to the next.

Detectives and Investigators in many departments are forced to take cases and determine solvability factors pushing off many cases that would be just too time consuming in favor of being able to close many others. They become buried in endless paperwork, especially in some states where Supreme Courts hold higher standards than others on paperwork. Officers from New York can attest to exactly what I am writing about now.

As the perception of what Officers do has changed and society has changed the role of Officers has necessarily adapted over the years to conform to society as well. While Officers once got out of their patrol cars with only a duty belt and a smile they started getting out with their hats on to appear more “professional”.

After that they started getting out of the car with nightsticks. Then they were issued black jacks, though those were always kept in their back pockets or in a separate pocket and out of view.  Then the advent of pepper spray, PR-24’s collapsible batons and now tasers. We have gone from no vests to level II or II body armor inside the uniform to armor outside the uniform. We have gone from uniforms to BDU’s. Constantly escalating from “Andy of Mayberry” to every officer being their own S.W.A.T. officer themselves.

As time has gone on the streets have been more or less dangerous like a pendulum swinging depending on the political atmosphere and how well efforts have paid off in individual areas regarding particular operations. Nothing lasts forever. But what does have long term benefits are community relationships.

Have you ever noticed that some officers are able to solve more difficult crimes easier than other officers? Have you noticed that some officers are able to gather confessions from suspects easier than others? Some officers actually are able to always get confessions? Have you ever met the officer that tends to seems to get along with just about everyone outside the station even though they may not do so inside the station?

Have you noticed that they have a book of informers or know just about everyone on the street and all the street people regard them as a friend? Have you wondered how they do it? They have been part of the community and they will ALWAYS solve crimes easier than most any other officer because they have earned the trust of the community.

There is another mindset involved here with these few officers. It is not hard to develop but one that is worth the time that it takes to do so. Anyone can do it and it will make your job much more rewarding and fruitful.

I am not suggesting that anyone forgo safety measures at all. An Officer safety should always come first and foremost. What I am suggesting is that from experience I learned when people see Officers bring articles out of the car such as a nightstick their first reaction is “What are you going to do, hit me with that?” When I heard things like that I thought, “if I don’t draw my weapon unless I am going to use it, why would I bring a nightstick unless I am going to use it?”

It is amazing what you don’t use when you don’t have it and how you can learn to use what you do have when necessity dictates. Whet you do have is your brain and your mouth. If you did not have back up coming how would you talk to individuals? would you talk t them differently than you do now? Would you give them more space? Would you treat them differently? Would you handle even the simplest traffic stop differently?

These are questions to ask yourself and in answering them you can begin to find solid plans for de-escilation techniques that will result in less confrontation overall with many people. Will it work all of the time? Of course not, we have that 1% of the population that is not going to cooperate under any circumstances what so ever.

However there is about 3% of the population that can go either way and our actions and re-actions to them are where many conflicts arise that could be avoided. These confrontations or even agitations also make gaining information from these subjects more difficult. In other words it makes your job that much harder.

You presentation, is their perception from the moment that they meet you. What is the first impression that you are giving?

Are you showing them that you are ready to help them or do battle? Because I can guarantee you there is a percentage of the population that will respond in kind.

WBL

Officer Talks to Citizen
Officer Talks to Citizen
Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes
Andy of Mayberry
Andy of Mayberry
Adam 12
Adam 12