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November
07
2019
Study Finds Police Are One of the Most Trusted Groups in America
A recent study from Pew Research Center indicates that police officers are one of the most trusted authorities in America, ranking just below public school principals and ahead of the six other groups discussed in the survey, including religious leaders and journalists. Members of Congress ranked at the bottom of the list. I think this […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
October
07
2019
It Has Been an Honor and a Privilege to Serve
If you have followed me as Chief, you know that I was raised by an Irish Catholic mom who provided the foundation for my faith life. So for those who may not be aware, we Catholics have a patron saint for literally everything and everyone. So it is only fitting that on September 29–the feast […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
September
09
2019
Adventures in Babysitting
I have deemed this story “Adventures in Babysitting.” Nice Mom: “Officer, I have to run into the store to grab one thing. The thing is, my child is having a pretty good nap in the back seat. Are you busy for one minute?” Officer Tom Valente: “I am going to be here for a while […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
September
03
2019
This Patch Is Ours
This is our patch. There are many like it, but this one is ours. That saying was borrowed from the Rifleman’s Creed and was spoken in jest over the years referring to our uniform patch. “There are many like it” was a poke at its generic design that was adopted by police and security agencies […]
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Kristen Ziman
Chief of Police
Aurora Police Department, Illinois
August
26
2019
Recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement Activity
I recognize and understand that recent reports about increased Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity nationwide have raised questions and concerns on campus and in our broader community. The UW–Madison Police Department (UWPD) is committed to providing exceptional service to all members of our community regardless of immigration status. I want to reach out and […]
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Kristen Roman
Chief of Police
Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, Police Department
August
12
2019
Supporting Young Entrepreneurs
I missed Reece’s lemonade, but apparently several cops picked the word up from some of their street connections and discovered what everyone was raving about. With Reece, in the photo on the right, are Bangor Police Department Detectives Kyle Pelkey, and Gary Decker. I am hopeful they tipped her well, as I know that both […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
August
05
2019
Know of a Teen Interested in Law Enforcement?
What Is an Explorer? An explorer is a volunteer scout that participates in civilian observer ride-a-longs. He or she assists the police with searches for evidence: report writing, desk officer duties, command post operations, crime prevention surveillance, disaster assistance, crowd and traffic control, security at major events, and other challenging assignments, some of which help […]
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Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, California
July
29
2019
The Social Media Effect
For many of us in public safety, the advent of social media has been a really great way to engage the communities we serve. It aids in government transparency, connects us with community and helps us message those things that folks should or need to know about their community like crime trends, wanted/missing persons and […]
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David Westrick
Chief of Police
Hollister Police Department, California
July
22
2019
Proactive Work With At-Risk Teens Yields Positive Results
Most of what the public sees our officers doing is reactive: showing up after something bad already has happened. There is a lot of proactive work going on behind the scenes, however, and one of those initiatives starts today. Today is the first day of this summer’s Teens in Transition program, a partnership that aims […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
July
15
2019
United Madison
Some of you may or may not know that I have been in support of the work of United Madison since their launch in November of 2016.  United Madison’s mission is to “unite and lift up our community and bring people together to better understand and learn from each other” (you can even see my […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
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