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February
04
2019
Struggling for Words in 2019
This nation has had seven law enforcement officers killed in 2019. Reading this headline from Alabama this morning got me thinking as I sit here in disbelief. I don’t know what to say anymore. I am struggling for the words. Perhaps a thought on why some of us made the decision to work in law […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
January
28
2019
Why Do You Leave Your Squad Car Running?
One of our Commissioners asked me this week why our deputies often leave our squad cars running. He explained he’s been asked this question by voters in his district. It’s a great question. Here are the reasons: Squad cars today are way different than they were back in the day. When my Dad (Bob Rose) […]
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Scott Rose
Sheriff
Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota
January
22
2019
Who Do You Want To Be?
I attended a retreat with the Mayor and the City of Aurora Executive Team yesterday. This has become an annual event under Mayor Irvin’s leadership, and the purpose is for all department heads to come together and recap our collective achievements and chronicle our challenges from the previous year. It allows us to get in […]
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Kristen Ziman
Chief of Police
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
January
14
2019
What We Did in 2018
Although we don’t have the final statistics for 2018 compiled yet, we do know that we had a busy year at the EPPD. Here are a few of the ways we spent our time: We produced a video on the impact of opioids in Eden Prairie that profiled two families who lost their sons to […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
January
07
2019
A Safe Place to Be
The following survivor’s story is being retold with her permission. All names and some details have been changed for the safety of our survivor and her children. 3 year old Gage, “Mommy, are we going to that safe place?” Kate, “Yes, baby, yes, we are. We are going to that safe place.” (Kate and her […]
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Gordon Ramsay
Chief of Police
Wichita Police Department, Kansas
January
02
2019
Missouri’s New Medical Marijuana Law and KCPD
Earlier this month, Missouri voters approved Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana. I’ve heard many questions about how this will affect our enforcement activity. The short answer is: it won’t. Amendment 2 allows state-licensed physicians to recommend marijuana use to patients. Doctor-approved patients must obtain an identification card from the state indicating they are permitted […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
December
26
2018
Thoughts and Lessons
I have been involved in public service more than half my life. Officially, 28 years on February 4th, 2019. It’s been a journey. I have learned a lot. I have learned many lessons of humility and patience. I have seen tragedy, violence, hate, fear, happiness, joy and sometimes something in between all that. You cannot […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
December
17
2018
The Meeting
I get a text that starts something like this. “Hey, would you do me a favor . . . ” The conversation continues and I’m asked if I would be willing to give this person their 1 year sobriety tag. I respond with “Of course, I’d be honored.” I’m given the location, date, and time […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
December
10
2018
Government Alliance on Race and Equity: Project #1
Earlier this year, I wrote about the City of Roseville’s participation in the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE). The Police Department has been an active member of Roseville’s team and we directly helped facilitate city discussion on a current project. The Roseville City Council asked Public Works Director Marc Culver for a report […]
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Rick Mathwig
Chief of Police
Roseville Police Department, Minnesota
December
04
2018
Campus Notifications: Confusion & Consternation
One of the most visible yet most misunderstood campus safety measures that UWPD facilitates is the issuance of timely warnings and emergency alerts. Required under the federal Clery Act, timely warnings and emergency alerts (we call themCrime Warnings and WiscAlerts on our campus) are intended to alert our campus community members when specific crimes have […]
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Kristen Roman
Chief of Police
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Police Department
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