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Monday, May 4, 2015


My new coin phrase for the serious side=cop topics and transformed into the land of Twitter and Instagram= #coptopics. I'm getting jiggy with techknow. That's another coin phrase for tech knowledge, or social media know how. I do not even pretend to be able to keep up with Instagram, Snapchat, Tinder, and all that other jazz. Besides, who has time for that?

So...I am going to talk about cop topics. That's all good except there isn't much new.

I, who have nothing....

We interrupt this broadcast to give you a little Candace who took Ben E. King's masterpiece and made it contemporary with the old still shining through...

Police are under fire each day as our country is making some serious changes of face. It concerns me we are moving to a very dangerous time of civil unrest. It may be reminisce of the 60s with defined contemporariness (that is a word) which leaves me with queasy.

It is Police Week, which leads up to one of the most honored days...marking Police Memorial Day on May 15th for the 34th annual law enforcement memorial for the blue line. It is a big hoopla...that is a big deal (in case you didn't know what hoopla  meant) in law enforcement and a very well done national commemoration in honor of fallen comrades. My flags are out in full force and stay up.

I noticed there is a new Blue Line American flag. What do you think of that?

I don't know what to make of it. I'm still on the fence. I like the thought of honoring the police officers, but at the same time the American flag is the American flag. I'm not fancy (for my only personal tastes and home decor) on any type of spin on the good 'ol red, white, and blue. I like traditional. I think flying a separate blue line flag is better with the American flag by itself, higher of course. It is just me. I know that response will get a lot of boo hiss.

Speaking of American and good 'ol stuff....May I just say, Rest In Peace, Ben E. King. Loved his music, forever more. I grew up with it, so it brings back childhood memories of good and living on the ranch, fishing, and riding in the truck with dad-windows down-no AC back then-jamming out. And how many movies has Stand By Me been in? I don't know...but it is a classic great song.  There were many moments late at night when I patrolled in residential areas that I would put on the classics and jam out to oldies. King pretty much dominated the music play list along with the other King-Elvis. Until the end of time, this will be one of my favorites...

In the national news, we are hearing about shootings and crazy assed people going off in public. WTF, over? I don't know if I will ever "get used" to the violence in the news. Never before have I longed to go back to the 70s and 80s of innocent times just to savor the peace. Or could I get a rich benefactor to buy me a nice spread out west in Buffalo, Wyoming in the wilderness equipped with a well built log home and hot tub? Is that too much?

How about this ROCKET SCIENTIST?

Not the sharpest crayon in the box.

So what do you think of the charges against the 6 officers in Baltimore? Here is an article on it from ABC News.  Do you think the charges are appropriate or did the prosecutor over charge the police?

The social media challenge to stomp on the flag. Grr. I am so disgusted at the lack of respect from Americans. It's no wonder we are sliding down the scale from powerhouse to nincompoops. I am sure the other nations waiting to take our place are glowing with big smiles at the deterioration of our country and how nincompoopitis is taking over in an epidemic wave across the nation.

Ok. Now I have succeeded in making myself irritated. Tomorrow-gardening news.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Out of the Mouths of Nincompoops

Michael Moore, you silly goose.

He was a lunch money kid. 

Out of the mouth of a nincompoop and into the hands of the media lying in wait for some controversial greatness from him. It never happens.

He is obsolete.

So are unicorns. 

Michael Moore...meet Chuck Norris.

I tweeted a lot today about the twit. It's highly unusual for me. BUT HOW MUCH FUN WAS THAT? And it was so easy. 

I'm getting together some rich folks to buy up property next to Michael Moore's mansion so we can open halfway houses for released criminals. Any donations?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gym Thoughts

Here are some thoughts running through my head while I was at the gym...

How do you heal a nation of us versus them with the cops when every police contact becomes a potential tinder box? You need to create community partnerships and "interface" the cops with the public through other means rather than just beat walks and daily "chattin' them ups."

Fargo predictions...

The Future Evolution of Law Enforcement

Leadership development will take precedence as police administrators reinvent their departments with those who will implement forward thinking and positive growth. Leaders may not fast track in the traditional chain of command advancement, but from any level for the betterment of the organization based upon department needs and leadership characteristics of selected persons. Additionally, leaders will be expected to contribute in progressive needs and positive change at all levels of law enforcement from patrol officer to chief, regardless of rank.

Police standards will increase in response to the public outcries for excellence. Officer development tracks will be revised to raise the expectations and merit of the profession. Departments will focus efforts on quality rather than just quantity; addressing career path development, enhanced training, and certifiable skillsets. Reorganizing internal procedures such as officer evaluations will have to reflect qualitative information along with quantitative data and productivity. Emotional intelligence, business acumen, and competencies will become forefront in hiring processes, evaluation, and retention. Training deficiencies and acknowledging standard shortfalls will have immediate responses from management followed by more stringent retention policies.

Community policing is not a new concept but one which will become redefined. Officers will expand communications with citizens to engage in partnerships, projects, events, youth activities, and charities. Public input will be key in centralizing efforts to improve neighborhood problems and address community concerns. Some of the partnerships and projects will use best practices to combat crime as a village, focusing first in target areas. Activities and events will be designed not only to be educational but also mesh police with community members, humanizing the badge. Not only will this allow community buy-in to law enforcement goals, but as relationships are built, it will reestablish rapport with citizens and create law enforcement trust.

Police organizations will have to integrate new technological and equipment upgrades which in turn will have administrators reaching out to city government for budget increases to affect these changes. Technological advances will aid in record keeping, evidentiary value, and officer/citizen accountability.

With all that said, most all of law enforcement has welcomed positive changes but has been constrained by financial limitations.

I have no idea why I think of these things while running. My brain does not stop, I guess.