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August
13
2018
Beauty and Life All Around Us
There is beauty and life all around us. This past Saturday was yard clean up day at Fort Awesome. Mrs. Chief mowed, so I picked up the yard beforehand and cleaned off our deck. While cleaning the deck, I saw this spider hanging out between two railings and I have no problem admitting that I […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
August
06
2018
Thank You for Your Support in Wake of Officers’ Shooting
Three of our officers were shot yesterday while trying to apprehend the man that we have identified as the suspect in the murder of a UMKC student from India–Sharath Koppu–on July 6. Fortunately, all three officers’ injuries were not life threatening. The suspect was killed in a gun battle with police. You can see pictures […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
July
31
2018
National Explorer Conference
Last week the Edina/Eden Prairie Explorer Post attended the National Explorer Conference at Purdue University in Indiana. Sixteen of our Explorers attended the conference and participated in academic and competition sessions through the week. The Edina/Eden Prairie Explorers were split into four-person teams for the team competitions and one of the teams received a fifth-place […]
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Eden Prairie Police Department

Eden Prairie, Minnesota
July
23
2018
Literacy Volunteers of Bangor
Officer Dan Gastia was downtown in early June to help out with the 6th annual book drive for Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. Apparently, in the photo, taken in front of the Briar Patch bookstore on Central Street, the kids allowed Gastia to look at the pictures during the photo op—we appreciate it. Community members volunteered […]
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Bangor Police Department
Authored by Sergeant Tim Cotton
Bangor, Maine
July
16
2018
MPD’s Special Investigations Unit
What is our MPD’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU)?  This unit is staffed by two detectives and one intelligence officer.  This unit uses a focused deterrence model which is an evidence-based policing approach that identifies the most prolific repeat violent offenders in our community.  The offenders, once identified, are directly confronted and informed that continued criminal […]
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Michael Koval
Chief of Police
Madison Police Department, Wisconsin
July
09
2018
Weekly Tip – Host or Join Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was […]
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Arcadia Police Department

Arcadia, California
July
05
2018
Intentional Acts of Kindness
“Kindness and authority are not mutually exclusive; neither are kindness and effectiveness.” The old adage calls for “random acts of kindness.” On May 1st, I wrote about the role of kindness in policing. In part, I said: “Is not kindness in our tool kit? Let’s think about this. What would it be like if police […]
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David Couper
Former Chief at Madison Police Department
Madison, WI
June
25
2018
Implicit Bias, in the Blink of an Eye
In my last newsletter I discussed “white privilege” and it reminded me of an interview and subsequent on-line article a local high school student wrote. The author has graduated and is off to college soon to begin her new life. Meena contacted me a few months ago about the article she was writing on the […]
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Rick Mathwig
Chief of Police
Roseville Police Department, Minnesota
June
18
2018
With Your Help, We’ve Enhanced Our Response to Threats Against Schools
Since my previous blog on mass shooting threats, I wanted to update you on what’s been happening regarding this in Kansas City. After the horrific shootings at the high school in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, school threats came pouring in across the metro. As far as we can tell, there have been 21 verifiable […]
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Richard C. Smith
Chief of Police
Kansas City Police Department, Missouri
June
11
2018
New Scam Technique
This morning, our office took a report of a possible scam to blackmail somebody into sending them money through a large chain store gift card or money transferring service. Here’s how it works… Somebody you do not know messages you via a social media account and you reply. That leads to them contacting you via […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
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