Article: Top 7 Degrees for Police Officers to Advance Their Careers

THE TOP 7 DEGREES FOR POLICE OFFICERS TO ADVANCE THEIR CAREERS

MAY 4, 2018 BY SHOOPS

How Police Officers Can Advance Their Careers

Across the criminal justice landscape, the law enforcement professionals of today are facing challenges unlike ever before. Criminal enterprises are becoming more complex and their methods require new skills to thwart properly.

Many years ago, police and other law enforcement workers did not need a college degree, but many organizations are starting to favor candidates with some form of higher education under their belts. As someone in law enforcement begins to spend several years working in the field, they may be thinking about their options to move up in their careers.

As far as career advancement goes, pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees is one of the most straightforward ways to reach a new level as a professional. It requires considerable effort and resources to do so, but here are seven of the top degrees police and law enforcement officers can pursue to advance their careers.

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Article: The Myth of Pain Compliance

The Myth of Pain Compliance

A good use of force can be brutal to watch, while at the same time saving lives and preventing injury

By H.K. Slade | Oct 2, 2018

Almost 20 years ago, I attended a conference and listened to law enforcement trainer Phil Messina talk about the problems of using pain compliance to stop a violent attacker. This was well before I went into law enforcement myself, and, at the time, I scratched my head and wondered why he was spending so much of the limited class time to make an argument that seemed self-evident. After all, the act of attacking someone is inherently painful. If someone is angry enough, drunk enough, or scared enough to swing a fist at something as hard as my head, he probably isn’t going to mind me pinching that little meaty tab between the thumb and forefinger.

After I became a police officer, and later when I became an LEO instructor, I finally understood what Phil was talking about. Almost all of the training I received depends on causing an attacker so much discomfort that he or she quits doing what the officer is telling them to stop doing. Pressure points, pepper spray, strikes, even to a lesser extent ECD—they all attack the nervous system (i.e., they do little more than cause pain).

Pain will not stop a motivated attacker.

Like It or Not, It’s Demonstrably True

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The Myth of Pain Compliance


Blue Courage at the World Summit on Countering Violence and Extremism

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Promoting love, nonviolence, and compassion

Blue Courage is honored to be a part of this courageous movement, especially for the 149th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Join us in promoting love, nonviolence, and compassion.

Blue Courage is honored to be a part of this courageous movement, especially for the 149th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. Join us in promoting love, nonviolence, and compassion.
“The principles of nonviolence (‘Ahimsa’) that were used to transform society by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Mandela and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. seem even more relevant today to bring social justice, peace and harmony in the world. Their work inspires us to choose love over fear and hatred.”
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Honoring Sen. John McCain

We have lost a true American hero and patriot who’s love of country drove his life’s work. Often stubborn and intemperate, he was also filled with compassion, purpose clarity and courage.

Below are remarks from a speech he gave — they are such a moving description of America; a land and ideal we should all honor, live and cherish.

Part of his speech on receiving the 2017 Liberty Medal for his lifetime of sacrifice and service to the nation:

“Some years ago, I was present at an event where an earlier Liberty Medal recipient spoke about America’s values and the sacrifices made for them. It was 1991, and I was attending the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The World War II veteran, estimable patriot and good man, President George H.W. Bush, gave a moving speech at the USS Arizona memorial. I remember it very well. His voice was thick with emotion as he neared the end of his address. I imagine he was thinking not only of the brave Americans who lost their lives on December 7, 1941, but of the friends he had served with and lost in the Pacific where he had been the Navy’s youngest aviator.

“’Look at the water here, clear and quiet …’ he directed, ‘One day, in what now seems another lifetime, it wrapped its arms around the finest sons any nation could ever have, and it carried them to a better world.’

“He could barely get out the last line, ‘May God bless them, and may God bless America, the most wondrous land on earth.’

“The most wondrous land on earth, indeed. I’ve had the good fortune to spend sixty years in service to this wondrous land. It has not been perfect service, to be sure, and there were probably times when the country might have benefited from a little less of my help. But I’ve tried to deserve the privilege as best I can, and I’ve been repaid a thousand times over with adventures, with good company, and with the satisfaction of serving something more important than myself, of being a bit player in the extraordinary story of America. And I am so very grateful.

“What a privilege it is to serve this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, magnificent country. With all our flaws, all our mistakes, with all the frailties of human nature as much on display as our virtues, with all the rancor and anger of our politics, we are blessed.

“We are living in the land of the free, the land where anything is possible, the land of the immigrant’s dream, the land with the storied past forgotten in the rush to the imagined future, the land that repairs and reinvents itself, the land where a person can escape the consequences of a self-centered youth and know the satisfaction of sacrificing for an ideal, the land where you can go from aimless rebellion to a noble cause, and from the bottom of your class to your party’s nomination for president.

“We are blessed, and we have been a blessing to humanity in turn. The international order we helped build from the ashes of world war, and that we defend to this day, has liberated more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. This wondrous land has shared its treasures and ideals and shed the blood of its finest patriots to help make another, better world. And as we did so, we made our own civilization more just, freer, more accomplished and prosperous than the America that existed when I watched my father go off to war on December 7, 1941.

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.

“We live in a land made of ideals, not blood and soil. We are the custodians of those ideals at home, and their champion abroad. We have done great good in the world. That leadership has had its costs, but we have become incomparably powerful and wealthy as we did. We have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause, and we would bring more than shame on ourselves if we don’t. We will not thrive in a world where our leadership and ideals are absent. We wouldn’t deserve to.

“I am the luckiest guy on earth. I have served America’s cause – the cause of our security and the security of our friends, the cause of freedom and equal justice – all my adult life. I haven’t always served it well. I haven’t even always appreciated what I was serving. But among the few compensations of old age is the acuity of hindsight. I see now that I was part of something important that drew me along in its wake even when I was diverted by other interests. I was, knowingly or not, along for the ride as America made the future better than the past.

“And I have enjoyed it, every single day of it, the good ones and the not so good ones. I’ve been inspired by the service of better patriots than me. I’ve seen Americans make sacrifices for our country and her causes and for people who were strangers to them but for our common humanity, sacrifices that were much harder than the service asked of me. And I’ve seen the good they have done, the lives they freed from tyranny and injustice, the hope they encouraged, the dreams they made achievable.

“May God bless them. May God bless America, and give us the strength and wisdom, the generosity and compassion, to do our duty for this wondrous land, and for the world that counts on us. With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place. What greater cause could anyone ever serve.

“Thank you again for this honor. I’ll treasure it.”

Sen. John McCain

1936-2018


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Article: You Don’t Understand!

improvingpolice May 8, 2018

“But You Don’t Understand!”

From time to time, I get the opportunity to talk to today’s cops about today’s problems. With one foot still in the “culture,” and the other foot in the community, I think I have a perspective that could be helpful as to what’s going on and what needs to be done.

For example, at one meeting a young African-American woman (a correctional officer) explained how her husband, a military veteran, was coming out of a store when he was stopped by police, told to get on the ground (in which he wisely complied), handcuffed, taken to the police station, stood in a lineup, and was released two hours later. He was not the suspect police had thought he was.

Now this is not an unfamiliar story among American blacks. She stated this incident still leaves her angry because the police did not apologize.

Listening to this story were a number of police officers. One officer questioned the lady as to why there should be an apology. “The police did nothing wrong. They lawfully detained your husband because they reasonably and legally believed was a suspect. When their investigation revealed he was not the person they wanted, they released him. They did nothing wrong!”

“But they should have apologized!” she argued.

“Why?” the officer responded, “They did nothing wrong!”

Well, that’s it. That’s the rut, the loop, in which I find many conversations going between police and people of color.

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“But You Don’t Understand!”