A Law Enforcement Poem

After one of our Blue Courage classes, a participant shared a poem that she wrote with one of her Blue Courage instructors:

A poem written by Anna Briceno with the Town of Mount Hope, NY Police Department

After the events in Dallas I felt anguish and pride. I knew that there was so much inner turmoil and I needed to get some of it down on paper. I wrote this poem, which seems to have some relevance to the class, as a way to purge and express my feelings about the events and work overall. Just wanted to share:

Now I lay me down to sleep
The horrors of the day I keep
I fight the demons every night
So you can wake safely in the morning light

Now I lay me down to sleep
The sheepdog’s vow I swear to keep
If one should stray in the darkness of night
I’ll keep it safe ‘til the suns bright light

Now I lay me down to sleep
My head held high, my pride I keep
The thin blue line swells wide for all
Together we stand, together we fall

Now I lay me down to sleep
I watched my fellow brothers bleed
Their blood ran red, the same as you
But still you took them way too soon

Now I lay me down to sleep
One eye open I always keep
I will stand tall no matter what they do
I will stand tall with my brothers and sisters in blue

Now I lay me down to sleep
My soul so heavy from the pain I keep
The tears burn my pillow every night
But I will rise again to fight
If I should live another day
I pray the Lord to guide my way.

Media Advisory: Michael Nila of Blue Courage to Receive Attorney General Award for Meritorious Public Service

Media Advisory

October 27, 2016

Contact: Jocelyn Little (702) 277-8518, info@bluecourage.com


Michael Nila of Blue Courage to Receive Attorney General Award for Meritorious Public Service

Attorney General Loretta Lynch will present the Attorney General’s Meritorious Award for Public Service to Michael J. Nila on November 10, 2016 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. The ceremony is the 64th Annual Attorney General Awards Ceremony. There is only one award for this category and Michael J. Nila, the founder of Blue Courage, is the sole recipient.

This award is the top public service award granted by the Department of Justice and is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations that have assisted the department in the accomplishment of its mission and objectives.

Michael J. Nila is a retired Police Commander with 29 years of service with the Aurora, IL Police Department. Mr. Nila is a dynamic and inspirational leader who has spent the past 10 years developing the curriculum and infrastructure to support the Blue Courage Training Program. Mr. Nila has worked to inspire law enforcement officers to fully understand the nobility of policing, and to embrace their role as guardians of our rights and freedoms.

With Mr. Nila’s leadership and passion, over the past two years, the following results have been achieved:

> Over 10,000 law enforcement officers in 706 agencies have been trained. Of those, 700 officers, representing 196 law enforcement agencies, have been certified to teach Blue Courage in the field and in their respective agencies. It is this Train-the-Trainer approach that facilitates the rapid spread of Blue Courage principles throughout the country.

> Mr. Nila fostered a dynamic and effective partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) to infuse Blue Courage principles throughout existing recruit and in-service academy curricula – from firearms and tactical to community policing curricula.

> Mr. Nila’s outstanding contributions are reflected in the work and mission of the Department of Justice. In line with DOJ’s strategic goal three (Ensure and Support the Fair, Impartial, Efficient, and Transparent Administration of Justice at the Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and International Levels), Mr. Nila’s work is promoting positive and impactful relationships with state and local law enforcement partners and helping officers learn how to police in the 21st Century.

Blue Courage is a major force in cultivating trust and legitimacy in communities throughout the country. Their partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance in the Office of Justice Programs has facilitated a transformation in policing that is anchored in a passion for service. As stated by City of Doral, FL Police Chief Don De Lucca, “Michael is an inspirational leader to all of law enforcement; I’ve personally seen his impact on organizations and how his teachings have developed the leaders of our profession.”


Article: The Dangerous Lie Cop Haters Tell to Neuter Our Police (NY Post)

The dangerous lie cop haters tell to neuter our police

By Eugene O’Donnell October 24, 2016 | 7:58pm | Updated

After a sustained onslaught of negative publicity, you would think that Americans had lost faith in the police, but a recent poll in Philadelphia gives some insights on the regard ordinary people really have for the men and women in blue.

In the City of Brotherly Love, a whopping 72 percent of respondents to a recent Pew poll said they had either “a great deal” or “a good amount” of respect for officers, a year-on-year increase of 5 percent for the city’s peacekeepers. Sixty percent of black and 60 percent of Latino residents expressed the sentiments.

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Course Announcement: SFPD Hosting Blue Courage Course, Open to Area Agencies

The SFPD Regional Training Academy is holding a Blue Courage class on October 31-November 1, 2016. Members of all ranks are encouraged to enroll.

Please see the attached announcement for details.

Blue Courage Academy:

Join us for the 2-day course and the certification course.
Participants of the certification course will be certified to teach the 2-day Blue Courage: The Heart and Mind of the Guardian course.

Blue Courage 2-day Course
October 31-November 1, 2016

Blue Courage Certification Course and Master Trainer Day
November 2-4, 2016

(Note: all attendees of the certification course must complete a 2-day Blue Courage course.)

Location: SFPD Regional Training Academy, 350 Amber Drive, San Francisco, CA 94131
Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm daily

Uniform: Business casual

Fees for the 2-Day Blue Courage Course:
For each participant from outside agencies, there is a non-P.O.S.T. reimbursable fee of $125.00. Please make checks payable to the City & County of San Francisco (CCSF) Training Reimbursement Fund.

Fees for the 2-Day Blue Courage Course, Certification Course and Master Trainer Day combined:

For each participant from outside agencies, there is a non-P.O.S.T. reimbursable fee of $585.50. Please make checks payable to the City & County of San Francisco (CCSF) Training Reimbursement Fund.


SFPD: Training coordinators must submit training requests to SFPD.Training@sfgov.org or fax to 415-401-4747.  Members will receive a phone call or email confirmation within one week of receipt of the training request. 

Outside Agencies: Please email SFPD.Training@sfgov.org with your name, rank, agency, email address and phone number.

Blue Courage: Heart and Mind of the Guardian

Blue Courage is a transformational two-day leadership development workshop designed for all levels of the organization. This revolutionary educational process is a 360-degree approach to developing our police officers both personally and professionally. It will touch hearts, awaken minds, and ignite spirits through dynamic presentations and learning processes in the following modules:

Foundational Principles of Policing

Police Culture

The Nobility of Policing


Resilience and Hope

Positive Psychology

Practical Wisdom

Health and Wellness

“The Immortal Cop”

With continuing national events including Tulsa, Los Angeles, North Carolina, Minnesota, Baltimore, New York, and Ferguson, statewide events like the passage of Prop 47, and local events like text messages and our coworkers going to prison, there is a fierce urgency of now to address the professional challenges of the 21st Century police officer and the toll it takes on ourselves and on our families. We need to develop the resilience to overcome these emotional drains and develop the courage to look in the mirror and ask: “Where must I be doing better, personally and professionally, in these 4 dimensions of a ‘whole’ person: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually (commitment to purpose).”

Excerpts from SFPD Blue Courage student reviews:

“You cannot afford to not incorporate this program from a risk management viewpoint, a Department integrity viewpoint, and for the health of our organization’s members.”

“I believe this training will eventually help improve police/community relations. I am going to implement these techniques in my professional and personal life–to help this cynical cop connect the mind and body back to why I chose police work.”

“This training was definitely a breath of fresh air! We have to find a way to get every cop to this course. It was heartening to hear my supervisors talking openly about these concepts.”

“It took me the entire first day to have the courage to open the mirror. It took me the entire second day to have the courage to look in it.”

“The day we can define courage as quickly and easily as we define bravery is the day we’ve made it in law enforcement and in life.”

“Man, I’ve had an ah-ha moment for every section of the class. Blue Courage, thank you. I have hope for our profession again. I only wish I had Blue Courage 20 years ago. Mastery, purpose and autonomy, empathy and compassion. You guys nailed it. I can see a future and it looks good.”

“I needed this training to reset, I needed clarity of my direction in this profession. I feel re-energized…focused…I am reminded of the choices I have. I am re-committed. Thank you for inspiring me and sharing your expertise.”


Professional Development Unit
San Francisco Police Academy
350 Amber Drive, San Francisco, CA 94131
Office: (415) 401-4600
Fax: (415) 401-4747
Email: SFPD.Training@sfgov.org


For an informational flyer, click here.

Instructor Coaching Call!

The next Blue Courage Certified Instructors’ Coaching Call has been scheduled for October 3 at 1 pm central time!

The Blue Courage Team is conducting a series of coaching calls that will occur monthly. This series will be conducted by Blue Courage Master Trainers and are designed to take instructors to a deeper level of the Blue Courage content. Grab your laptops and facilitation manuals to follow along with the presentation, take notes, ask questions and gain a richer grasp of Blue Courage. All sessions will be recorded and made available on the portal to instructors.




To register for the instructor portal:

Blue Courage Instructor Portal: Click Here.

Blue Courage for non-commissioned/civilian Instructor Portal: Click Here.

Blue Courage for New York Police Department: Click Here.


CrossFit Gym in San Diego Honors Fallen Officer

Sarah is a CrossFit Coach at the “Mighty CrossFit” gym in San Diego, and daughter of Blue Courage Senior Consultant, Howard Powers. Her gym was honoring a San Diego officer, Jonathan “J.D.” De Guzman, by dedicating and naming Saturday’s WOD (Workout of the Day) for Officer De Guzman. Officer De Guzman was recently shot and killed in the line of duty. Several gyms across San Diego were honoring him in this way.


De Guzman WorkoutGroup photo WOD - Honor of Ofc. De Guzman

Article: Their loved ones were killed by police. Now the LAPD wants to help them out (LA Times)

“The Los Angeles Police Department will create a novel program to reach out to the families of people killed during encounters with officers and help them navigate the often-complicated aftermath of such incidents…”

Continue reading the article at the link below.

Article: One Kansas City Police Officer’s Take On Police-Community Relations In KC (KCUR)

Great article…


One Kansas City Police Officer’s Take On Police-Community Relations In KC


Amidst rising tensions between law enforcement and communities of color across the nation, Black Lives Matter supporters joined forces with the Wichita Police for a cookout last weekend. What was originally planned as a protest turned into a picnic, where over 1,000 community members came together for food and dance.

“It wasn’t about officers dancing, it wasn’t about the food, it was about the issues we’re trying to address within this community,” Wichita community organizer AJ Bohannon said. “It was really genuinely only the first step in a long journey ahead of us.”

AJ Bohannon, community organizer and activist in Wichita, hugs a fellow community member at the First Steps Cookout at McAdams Park last weekend.

Here in Kansas City, Chato Villalobos, a Latino officer with the KCPD, hopes that Kansas City can start, and continue to have that same conversation.

“Not just talk, but action plans,” Villalobos told host Matthew Long-Middleton on KCUR’s Central Standard. “We have a long ways to go.”

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A Must Watch Video

Help Savannah Say Thank You to Police Officers (Facebook)

Please help Savannah get her message to as many officers as she can. Thank you.