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WHEN OFFICER SAFETY COMES SECOND

There are bad people in this world.

You wouldn’t have signed up to do this job if it weren’t so. You would not wear a shield or star of tin upon your breast if it weren’t so.

You would not wear body armor and a gun, or carry a heavy vest, helmet, and rifle on patrol if it weren’t so.

One of things drilled into all of us at every Police Academy across the country is, “Officer Safety First.”

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“WHEN WILL IT STOP?”

“When will it stop?”

It’s a cry for help. A plea of “enough!” A prayer to the almighty. A wail into the darkness.

Five good men have been slain by gunfire and ambush in five days. Their blood has been spilt in Colorado and Georgia; Texas and Ohio. Five families have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother. Four departments are in mourning.

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LOWLIEST NOBLE

This past week, I attended a course where one of the topics we discussed was the “nobility of policing.” There were a lot of great words used in the class – like courage and honor, duty and integrity, service and selflessness. Then we watched a video depicting all of the awesome stuff we do and the public graciously thanking us. It was all very “rah-rah-rah” high school pep rally-ish.

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THE DOG IN THE ROAD: (CUMULATIVE TRAUMAS AND INCREMENTAL HEALING)

As I cruised eastbound, starting to let my mind relax with the knowledge that it was my Friday and I had the whole next day off, I anticipated tamely completing my end of tour paperwork and finally getting out of my duty belt and body armor. But as I rounded a corner, my eyes glanced upon a small white sedan parked in the middle of the highway with its hazard lights on, far enough removed from any ambient light as to make the situation not immediately recognizable.

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THE ROOKIE

It will be my job to turn him into a warrior, a mediator, a counselor, a traffic light, a report writer, a guardian, a parent, an advocate for the homeless and downtrodden, a social worker, a friend. I will keep him alive and pour my energies into him as if I was his parent, coach, or drill instructor – of which I am equal parts.

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P2 CONCEPTS FEATURED IN PMCI MAGAZINE

P2 Concepts was honored to have been chosen as the featured training company in the July 2017 issue of PMCI magazine. With a reach of over 52,000 we are excited to be able share our story alongside some of the most elite and esteemed leaders in the industry.

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