Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wish for More Days Like Today

Today I got to be part of and witness to a dream achievement for a special young man.

His teacher contacted our department to ask for assistance for a special needs student who is fascinated by all and anything to do with law enforcement.  I am proud of how our department stepped up for him.

When he arrived with his teacher and mom it was clear he was excited but very nervous.  We had prepared a special swearing-in ceremony.  Told him it would make him part of our team.  Afterwards he was given a sticker badge to wear.  I swear that little chest rose when he got his badge.  The officer signed the certificate and put it in the bag of logo items we had collected.

He got to work at our video policing board.  He even got a little time on the radio.  After a tour of the whole department and meeting other officers and detectives and lieutenants, he got to sit in the patrol unit.  Of course lights and sirens were checked.  A short ride in the patrol car as well.

Mom was almost in tears when we did his swearing-in ceremony.  Even his teacher was surprised on how we made him part of the department, not just a tour pointing out where things are.

Yes, the special tour did take some time and effort in planning, but so worth it.  For the boy it is a memory of a dream made true.  For the witnesses to this day, it is a memory that will make us smile for years to come. And hopefully shine a positive light on our dark days.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parental Guidance/Teaching

Yes, yes I know.  Haven't been good about writing lately.  But I just got to vent.  And that's what this is for, right?

I love Pinterest.  I admit I am an addict.  Lately there seems to be many pins about parenting.  Things parents can say/lecture to help their child learn how to behave, empathy for others, sharing, etc.  You get the picture.

Also, many of the on-line media pages I like to surf (not as bad an addict) seem to recently been on a bender about articles on child rearing.  Written by experts in their fields of child psychology, child education, etc.

And our job also exposes us to kids that follow the rules and those that don't.  Those kids who have learned manners and those that have not.  Daily we deal with both sides of the coins of behavior in kids.  Sometimes, the same kid.

Well folks, let me make this easy for you.  For all those parents and guardians who read all the articles and books and pins on child rearing.  Let me save you a lot of time.

TEACH BY EXAMPLE!

Three simple words that have a world of meaning.  If you want your child to feel and know empathy, exercise that muscle within yourself.  If you want your child to learn how to share, be willing to share with others.  If you want your child to learn how to speak properly, quit cussing all the time and badmouthing every perceived wrong in your life.

TEACH BY EXAMPLE!

Such a simple concept that any parent can learn.  Remember, our kids are watching us and mimic our behavior.  So show your child how you want them to act in the big bad world when they go out of the house on their own.  Show them how good manners and hard work can make a difference in their world and the world around them.

TEACH BY EXAMPLE!

Guess you weren't expecting a life lesson when you started this post.  Now go out onto the world with your newly learned life lesson on child rearing and see what a difference it makes.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Robbery vs Burglary

Okay... climbing on my soap box.

HEY... You police show writers... YES YOU... listen up!

There is a HUGE difference between robbery and burglary.  It is one thing when a citizen calls up to say they got robbed, and after a couple questions we know it was a burglary.

BUT, even if you are an over-worked wordsmith, at least get the terminology right when it is a police official (whether officer or detective or dispatcher or member of the brass) is talking about a burglary, they don't tell another LEO about a "robbery" when it was a BURGLARY. 

A writer is someone who uses words, hopefully in the correct context, to educate and entertain a reader.  So learn the correct usage between Robbery and Burglary.

I love watching cop shows (I am a die-hard lover of all the CSI shows except CSI: Miami and of course Blue Bloods as I am still lusting after Tom Selleck 30 years later).  But to watch them mis-use the comparison of robbery versus burglary, well... I yell at the screen.  And wish I could boot the bootie of the writer of the scene.

So listen up you scene writers!!  Get the terminology correct.!

  That felt good.  A little yelling never hurt anyone, right?  Okay, time to climb off the soap box and get back to work.