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July
25
2016
Stand Strong Brothers & Sisters… We’ve Been Here Before
I’ve spent considerable time recently considering the status of law enforcement in this country. For four decades I’ve served in policing, mostly in central Ohio. I’ve made friends and acquaintances with law enforcement officers and leaders around the world. Obviously much has changed; technology, cultural and societal changes, laws, community expectations, social media and the […]
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Russell L. Martin
Sheriff
Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
July
18
2016
What to say after a week like this?
Hello everyone, It has been a while since I wrote a blog, and after the events of this week I feel the need to reach out, but also feel discouraged about doing so. Sometimes it feels like saying anything just risks adding to the division we should be eliminating. To begin, I want to thank […]
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Craig Schwartz
Captain
Santa Rosa Police Department, California
July
11
2016
If I was your chief…
Thoughts from Chief Sjolander… If I was your chief… If I was your chief, and we worked for the same agency, serving the same great community, I would attend rollcall, and here is what I would say… We have calls for service that we need to respond to. We have a grateful public that needs […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
July
05
2016
The old-fashioned way
With the explosion of social media and smartphones, there has been a growing expectation that police departments and 911 Centers ought to send tailored alerts of potential risks directly to citizens and organizations, such as schools, businesses, assisted living centers, and just ordinary citizens. Last night, a local TV station ran a story about this, […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
June
27
2016
Orlando…a new normal? Perhaps.
A week later I have some observations about the shooting in Orlando. We may be entering a new normal. Terrorism has been around for a long time, but generally not to this degree in this nation. In this country the foundation of freedoms in our Constitution have been valued by its citizens and mutual respect […]
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Russell L. Martin
Sheriff
Delaware County Sheriff's Office, Ohio
June
20
2016
Ground beef… $8.79
Thoughts from Chief Sjolander… Ground beef… $8.79 Standing in line at the grocery store, the person in front of me checking out says “You might want to pick another lane, I’m counting out change”. I say, “No worries, I’ve got time”, and they continue… I’m watching them, because that’s what I do. I watch people, […]
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Lee Sjolander
Chief of Police
Kenyon Police Department, Minnesota
June
13
2016
Appears to be working
A few months ago, the Lincoln Police Department implemented a new policy that encourages officers to take advantage more often of a state law that allows vehicles driven by suspended drivers to be impounded for 30 days. The policy change went into effect in late February, and provides an opportunity for a bit of evaluation […]
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Tom Casady
Director of Public Safety
Lincoln Department of Public Safety, Nebraska
June
06
2016
Why We Do This Job
Law Enforcement has certainly seen some drastic changes in the past decade or two, even more so in the last few years. Our honorable profession, in many areas of the country, has gone from respected to resented, from thanked to threatened. While this fortunately isn’t an accurate reflection of our county – it is a […]
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Scott Rose
Sheriff
Dodge County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota
May
31
2016
A Driver Thanks Us For a Traffic Ticket
I have said it many, many times: traffic tickets are about changing driver behavior from unsafe to safe. Traffic tickets are not supposed to be about revenue enhancement (although I know that they are seen that way by some drivers and by some courts and municipalities). Tickets are a way to get people to drive […]
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Doreen Olko
Director of Public Safety
Auburn Hills Department of Public Safety, Michigan
May
23
2016
The Trap
I guess just about anyone selling a product or just seeking attention these days has created a list, often ranking cities and organizations on a wide variety of criteria. Boca Raton usually pops up on these lists somewhere, with the most recent publication ranking us high on the “speed trap” list in Florida. News outlets […]
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Dan Alexander
Chief of Police
Boca Raton Police Department, Florida
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