16 01, 2014

My Story of Survival (Part 2): Voices Never Forgotten

By |January 16th, 2014|Law Enforcement Training, Opinion, Public Education|3 Comments

As a former police dispatcher, I spoke to a lot of people. And after only a year working at a busy agency, I had heard it all: shootings, stabbings, rapes, robberies, assaults, domestic violence, and very interesting combinations of all of the above. They became routine in a single shift.  However, suicide calls were always the toughest. […]

5 01, 2014

My Story of Survival (Part 1): Police Suicide Survivors

By |January 5th, 2014|Law Enforcement Training, Opinion, Public Education|2 Comments

In Remembrance of Anaheim Police (CA) Officer Kathy Johnson, 1971-2006 […]

1 01, 2014

A Review of 2013

By |January 1st, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the complete [...]

1 01, 2014

Operation 10-8 is Back Online

By |January 1st, 2014|Opinion|0 Comments

Operation 10-8 is back online. Thank you for your patience and support. Happy new year to all.

26 11, 2013

A Brief Leave of Absence

By |November 26th, 2013|Opinion|4 Comments

As of November 13, I resigned my position in Dispatch at the Anaheim Police Department (CA). Since January 2004, my primary responsibility has been answering 9-1-1 calls. On Halloween, I handled a suicide by gunshot incident, my second one within the year. Since then, I have been off work because I hear their voices in [...]

21 07, 2013

George Zimmerman Trial Verdict: A No-Win Situation

By |July 21st, 2013|Opinion, Public Education|0 Comments

In the last month, people across the country have been captured by the trial of George Zimmerman, a resident in Central Florida who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, allegedly in self-defense.  On July 13th, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of all criminal charges, including second-degree murder and manslaughter. […]

26 06, 2013

Baby Shower Brings Smiles to Dispatch Center

By |June 26th, 2013|Opinion|0 Comments

Madison Grace is not born yet; in fact, she is not even due to arrive until late August.  However, that did not stop dispatchers at a local emergency communications center in Orange County, CA, from throwing her a party . […]

14 04, 2013

2013 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay

By |April 14th, 2013|Law Enforcement Training, Opinion|0 Comments

Law enforcement agencies from all around the world gathered in the California desert this weekend for the 2013 Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay. […]

1 01, 2013

Happy New Year to All: Welcoming 2013

By |January 1st, 2013|Opinion|0 Comments

As the clock struck midnight, I heard people wildly celebrating the arrival of 2013 in my neighborhood. Some neighbors were singing, dancing, and kissing outside their houses turning my quiet residential street into our own party hall. I wondered if any of my neighbors realized how many police officers were out in force for public safety on a night like New Year’s Eve. […]

22 11, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving To All

By |November 22nd, 2012|Opinion|0 Comments

There was not any traffic on the Interstate-5 Freeway as I drove to work this Thanksgiving morning at 5:30 a.m., an odd rarity for a freeway running through Orange County, CA.  As I approached my exit in Anaheim, I saw the familiarity of heavy traffic as cars exited towards Disneyland.  Families would be spending time together at “The Happiest Place on Earth” this holiday. […]