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Happy New Year!

Wishing you the best in 2019!

“The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.”

Melody Beattie

Article: Police bear increasingly heavy burden of society’s problems

By ADAM MCGILL | December 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

On Dec. 26 in Newman, California, police Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, was shot and killed after making a traffic stop. From 1992 until Jan. 9, 2005, when Ceres police Sgt. Howard Stevenson was gunned down, I had never personally known a single officer killed in the line of duty. Officers were killed during this period, but not in my circle.

Now, in just the past 13 years, the number of officers I’ve known killed on duty has grown to 11.

The number of U.S. police officers killed in the line of duty is on the rise. So far this year, officer deaths have already increased 12 percent over 2017 numbers, and it’s not just officers being murdered. Peace officers are taking their own lives at an alarming rate, more often than being killed by other means.

Oddly, this escalation of peace officer deaths is occurring as crime is trending downward, but calls to police are trending upward.

What’s changed in policing that may be contributing to more officers being killed?

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“My Christmas Eve” – An Officer’s Story

Watch “My Christmas Eve”, a California Highway Patrol retelling of Ohio State Trooper Bob Welsh’s poem.

“Through a cop’s eyes are witness to life in all its darkness and light, all its hope and despair and all its pain and healing. It is to witness a world raw and stripped of its niceties and correctness – to see a world that challenges everything a cop once believed and hoped for. 

However, in its finest moments are reminders of why policing exists – the moments where the cop can be strong, courageous, kind, present and ‘Just’ for those we have promised to serve and protect. It is in these moments that lives are touched and stories are written, igniting ripples that shape and influence the fabric and future of people’s lives, communities and perhaps even the world! It is in these moments that the heart swells, purpose is realized, and the universe is right for one moment because the cop was there.”

Blue Courage

Season’s Greetings!

The holidays are a magical time of year that is often filled with joy, laughter, love and unity. It is a time of gathering with loved ones, filled with generosity and giving; a time to rejoice; a time to reflect on the past year; a time to begin planning for the year to come.

The holiday season is a reminder of what we feel inside of our hearts — a reflection that we should be feeling and sharing throughout the year.

We trust that your heart is full of warmth, love, and cheer, and that you will continually spread this magic to those you love, lead, and share your time with. We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, and the best in the new year!

The Blue Courage Team

Deputies Assist a Homeless Father

Helping Hands

(WSVN) – A homeless father was at his wits’ end until a pair of BSO sheriff’s deputies decided to lend some helping hands and changed his life for the better. 7s Brian Entin has the story.

It wasn’t long ago that this car was home to Raymond Niblack and his 6-year-old son Shawn.

Raymond Niblack, was homeless: “There was times I was literally crying and he would reach up from his car seat and rub my back and say, ‘Daddy, it’s going to be OK.”

Raymond had lost his job and apartment. He and Shawn were living in the car.

When Shawn wasn’t at school, they’d hang out at parks. For safety, they’d sleep in this well-lit Walmart parking lot at night.

It all got to be too much for the single father.

Raymond Niblack: “I had gone to his school to discuss the possibility of putting him into foster care or something like that because I just didn’t want my son living in the car with me anymore.”

Dania Elementary School resource officer and Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Taryn Session noticed how upset Raymond was.

Deputy Taryn Session, Broward Sheriff’s Office: “He was like, ‘You can’t help me. No one can help me.’ It just kind of stuck with me because I think everyone is a paycheck or two away from a crisis.”

She decided to help by teaming up with BSO Deputy Eric Hoff, and the two went to work.

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



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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Tribute to the Guardians of Our Community (Shared Post)

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

Blue Courage is honored to have our founder/managing partner, Michael Nila, to be part of the Advisory Council at the World Summit on Countering Violence and Extremism. He will also be speaking on Monday! #ChooseLove