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Tribute to Law Enforcement Heroes

In National, Officer Down by rapsheet

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), dedicated to telling the story of American law enforcement and making it safer for those who serve, and its media partners Clear Channel Outdoor Americas , one of the world’s largest outdoor advertising companies, and iHeartMedia, Inc., the media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio or TV outlet in America, today announced …

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My Husband Is A Police Officer, And I Owe You An Apology

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By  Melissa Littles Thomas Hawk/Flickr There’s a reason my husband is an officer and I am not. I’m a relatively good person, but he’s better than me. He became an officer for all the right reasons. He was that little boy who never knew his daddy. He watched his mother struggle to make ends meet. He easily could have chosen …

6 life-saving lessons for cops learned on the battlefield

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Tactical Medicine for LEOs with Chuck Soltys In a critical incident, there is an unspecified amount of time where even the best intentioned EMTs may not be able to get to you — you are on your own Much of what we do as police officers today in self-aid/buddy-aid was passed on by our military troops who paid a high price …

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Thank you

In Inspiring by rapsheet

I just want to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the membership meeting last Tuesday night, those who participated in the survey, and those who have sent the dozens of emails, text messages and phone calls of support. Your input, ideas, and comments all are important in moving forward the message of the rank and file of the …

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Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Daryl Turner 503-225.9760 Phone president@ppavigil.org Portland, ORE – January 12th, 2016 Our Police Bureau Is Broken. We Need To Fix It. For the past year, I’ve been telling Chief O’Dea that morale in the Portland Police Bureau is as low as I’ve ever seen it in my 24-year career, in large part because of catastrophically inadequate …

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Pulse of Policing: How individual cops are overcoming injuries of the mind, body, and spirit

In Health, Lifestyle by rapsheet

Because virtually everything in policing begins with the individual officer, we decided that our first series of pieces would address the issues officers face with regard to wellness in mind, body, and spirit. Specifically, afflictions which have had significant negative impact on our law enforcers — maintaining morale in troubled times, reducing the risk of heart attack, and dealing with …

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I’m a Cop, and I Feel Grateful

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“If people could see what my eyes have seen, they would understand what the few do for so many. People would be so proud of these flawed yet extraordinary human beings who give so much hope and protection to the defenseless.” – Mike Parker Ed. note: American Police Beat received this message from Mike Parker at the L.A. County Sheriff’s …

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What’s it Like Being a Police Wife?

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I was recently asked, “What’s it like being a police wife?” Being an author and advocate on the subject of law enforcement, it’s a question I’ve been asked quite often. By  Melissa Littles I’m quick to point people in the direction of my article “Selfish Is Not An Option.” It’s been around for years and pretty much covers all areas. …