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Emergency Dispatcher: What really happens when you call 911


911, what’s your emergency? As I begin this article, I reflect on the thousands of calls I have answered during my years as an emergency dispatcher. I have handled calls ranging from what time does the public library open to murder. I have learned and have tried to put all of the negative aspects of the job behind me. From…

Stalker Warning Signs that Should Not Be Ignored


Stalker As a cop who has worked the streets, stalkers can be the most persistent and perplexing players for  law enforcement to handle. The reasons are many. The biggest are the laws written to define what a stalker actually is. I have responded to many calls where the victim is claiming to be stalked by an individual. I’m sure in…

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Domestic Violence: 4 warning signs that could save your life


Domestic Violence When I decided to try my hand at starting a blog, the obvious topic of choice was my experiences as a cop. It’s what I know. Like it or not, it’s who I am. I could have taken the safer route like becoming a food blogger or a blog blogger (someone who blogs about how to start a blog).…

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Sexual Assault: A veteran cop shows you how to survive


Fight to survive a sexual assault Up until now, most of my articles have been mostly “feel good ah shucks” type of personal and family safety topics. I have covered topics like cyber bullying, burglary prevention, online scams and other worthy tips uniquely provided from my experience as a cop. Not to sound overly cliche but the gloves are coming…

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Crime Scene Investigation (CSI): Truth vs. Fiction


What every cop wants you to know about CSI It didn’t take long. The television show, CSI, or “Crime Scene Investigation”, soared in popularity quickly from the start. Americans love cop shows. Almost every night of the week you can catch some variation of one. It was only a matter of time before someone would create a niche for the…

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Personal Safety Apps: The 5 that could save your life


Why personal safety apps are a must Personal safety apps, or simply just “Apps”, are here to stay. There is literally an app for everything these days. But as you already know, all apps are not created equal. Most apps come to you at no cost. The apps that cost you are usually an upgraded version of the free ones…

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Online Scams: The top 5 from a Veteran Cop


Online scams: the top 5 The birth of the internet almost 20 years ago has ramped up the ingenious ways online scams are carried out. As a veteran cop, I have seen every possible scheme and hustle that has been hatched by these keyboard hucksters. Although these online scams showed up on day 2 of the internet, most have been refined…

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Cop Killer: PTSD and its effect on police officers


The American Cop is at War On a regular basis my officers are sent to calls with individuals suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. It only makes sense with many returning soldiers from our decade long wars on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. We have come a long way in understanding and treating those military members suffering from…

School Shooter: The Sandy Hook Promise


The Sandy Hook Promise  The Sandy Hook Promise was created by a group of parents whose children were slain on that terrible day back in 2012. This event was one of the worst active shooter incidents to ever occur in our country. It is one of the most powerful public service announcements I have ever seen! This is not your…

5 Reasons Why We Need More Female Cops


More Female Cops Will Benefit American Policing I know that some of my brothers in blue will call me a sell-out for promoting the need for more female cops and I don’t care. I have been doing the job long enough to know better. We need more female cops. Policing in America is at a crossroad. Agencies are losing officers…

Cop Humor: The living dead and a sea-bag


  Cops Can Find Humor in Almost Every Situation  I started this blog to help families to be safer in their everyday lives. I noticed while writing these articles that not all of my experiences have been dark and scary. Some have actually been quite funny. I have learned many valuable lessons after spending the better part of two decades facing…

Lost on the Autism Spectrum: A Police Response


Spoiler Alert: This has a Happy Ending Raising children and ensuring their safety is a challenge for parents in the 21st Century. Raising ones who are on the Autism Spectrum presents a whole different challenge! In my 20+ years as a cop, I have responded to many calls for runaway or missing children. In 95 percent of these, the child…

Serial Rapist: A Case Study


A Serial Rapist Among Us   One function of an intelligence officer is to support major case investigations. Although I had previous experience as a burglary detective, my new assignment took some adjustment as I would be performing in the shadows, helping detectives make a case or provide leads. This marriage of investigations and intelligence would be put to the test not…

Running Safe: 5 Ways to Stay Alive on that Next Run


Everyone is Vulnerable  Running safe should be the goal of every runner. Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the occasional late evening or early morning run. Running has become a way to re-set the body, soul and mind. Running, for some, brings on a euphoria and Zen like endorphin rush that many need on a daily basis. Statistically, the chance of being assaulted while enjoying this…

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The 4 Secrets to Preventing a Burglary


A Burglary occurs in this country every 15 seconds! Before becoming a homicide investigator, I spent several years developing my skill set as a burglary detective.  Statistically, burglaries are one of the hardest major crimes to solve, hovering around 11 percent. There are many ways to prevent being the victim of a burglary but I have chosen these four that…

Bus Stop Abductions: Keeping your kids safe from child predators


A school bus stop is an easy target for child predators! Child abductions from school bus stops are a startling fact that no parent wants to think about. And yet a 10-year-old girl was abducted as she walked to her bus stop and was sexually assaulted in Atlanta, GA just a few weeks ago. It’s to warn you that this…