COMMENTARY: Creating Exemplary Leaders

As I watched nearly five dozen eager graduates of the Los Angeles Police Academy throw their hats in the air celebrating their achievement, I knew they were the survivors of a rigorous training, and that their journey wasn’t over. Ahead of them would be a full year of supervised field training, and it’s unlikely all of them would make it … Read More

A Powerful Tribute to Law Enforcement: Michael Josephson modifies iconic What Will Matter poem

In 2003 Michael Josephson wrote a poem called “What Will Matter” (and later named a personal blog by the same name The poem has been downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and more than two dozen videos of the poem have been made (see for example;; Last month, Mr. Josephson wrote a new version of the … Read More

The Power of Purpose

When you are inspired by some great PURPOSE, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness 

Dare To Be Great

A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle.  We must dare to be great; and we must

Oath of Honor

Oath of Honor. On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will 

Policing Matters

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth, or power.  Our souls are hungry for meaning,



Leadership is not magnetic personality

“Leadership is not magnetic personality – That can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not ‘making friends and influencing people,’ that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” – Peter Drucker

Words and Mindsets: Law Enforcement to Peace Officer; Warrior to Guardian; Use of Force to Response to Resistance; Retreat to Strategic Repositioning

Words Matter Law Enforcement to Peace Officer; Warrior to Guardian; Use of Force to Response to Resistance; Retreat to Strategic Repositioning Law Enforcement vs. Peace Officer. When policing organizations describe themselves as law enforcement agencies and their officers as law enforcement officers it reinforces the view that the mission of the agency is almost exclusively limited to law enforcement. Another … Read More

Make a Difference

Don’t settle for contentment. SEEK FULFILLMENT. Don’t settle for success.  BE SIGNIFICANT. Don’t settle for small ambitions. MAKE A DIFFERENCE. – Michael Josephson

Robert Peel

“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interest of community welfare and existence.” – Robert Peel


END OF SHIFT We made it through another one dad!

What my friends think I do

What my friends think I do, what my girlfriend thinks I do, what pot heads think I do, what my staff inspector thinks I do, what I think I do, and what I actually do…are very different things.