A Police Officer Walks Into the Yoga Service Council

A Police Officer Walks Into the Yoga Service Council

I shared that my work is hard. I get caught in the hurry of the hurricane; those harrowing moments where I see the sick, marginalized, and forgotten, and feel powerless to do anything, but needing to do something. I take it home with me, wearing my slippers but constantly sliding into the vision of my battered police boots in the garage. Those boots get me everywhere I need to go in 8-16 hours each day, and trace every worry, every joy, and every fear I hold inside of me. At the end of the day I wonder, did I do it right today? I do take solace in the fact that my personal mindfulness practice has allowed me to process, assess, and accept my thoughts, fears and actions. Had I not developed this practice and mindset (which is still a work in progress), I would not be where I am today.

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The Answers We Seek In Divisive Times

The Answers We Seek In Divisive Times

Putting pen to paper, fingers to keys, was tough for this piece of writing. It’s been almost a week, yet my hands still shake with anger as I try to write what I feel in my heart (sadness). And my mind? Forget it. Trying to make sense of an event like this is something even the great minds of the world have difficulty processing. And so we’re swimming, all of us, upstream, in the middle of ruinous rapids. We’re inflamed and exhausted, scrambling to do our part to ensure something like this never happens again. Action. Arguments. Acquiesce. We all manage our emotions differently, yet similarly, in the raging waters of our time.

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Policing Youth: Truth and Training

Policing Youth: Truth and Training

I have seen several news stories recently that cast yet another shadow over the policing profession; “ACLU reports officers are likely undertrained and overzealous in their approach to disciplining students.” Many of these news articles and reports suggest there are systemic issues with regards to police in schools, and often share the negative interactions youth have had with police.

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Transforming Your Perceptions: Inspiration for Those in Service

Transforming Your Perceptions: Inspiration for Those in Service

I've been on a journey for the past few years. The path has led me to many realizations that have radically changed the way I serve as a Police Officer, School Resource Officer, Educator, Counselor, Friend and Parent. I realized that for anyone to be truly “in service,” we must drop our preconceived perceptions of others. There is a transformative power that comes when our actions reflect this new attitude.

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