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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Walking With Wonder: Three New Ways to Connect with your Child

Walking With Wonder: Three New Ways to Connect with your Child

I found that we became natural observers of the world we live in – a world that is far more beautiful when you’re paying attention.  I felt in awe of this new world, seeing it not only with my own eyes, but through the eyes of my child. I found that though we saw the world differently, we could collaborate to figure out the mysteries that unfolded before us.

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The Power of Silent Spaces: for Police, Parents, Educators and Kids

The Power of Silent Spaces: for Police, Parents, Educators and Kids

When I started working with youth, I knew I wanted to help them make good choices and avoid risky behaviors. It became my mission to understand the root causes of their actions, instead of putting a band aid on the problem. I learned that most risks are a product of the developing brain that is wired for just that – independence, and subsequent bad decisions. I learned that many of our kids have experienced trauma, which manifests itself in a number of negative, unhealthy behaviors. Finally, I learned that our kids lacked skills for self-awareness and emotional regulation.

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Why I Choose Front Seat Parenting

Alas, the final days of school are here! Many parents are busy rushing from one event to the next, as the end of the year brings many school, club and sport celebrations. We love showing up for these events, hoping we can get that front row seat to see our child perform. We relish in these incredible moments, seeing our grade schooler perform in their end-of-year show, or our high schooler receive an award.

We want the front seat for these moments.

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Something I thought I'd never do as a police officer

Something I thought I'd never do as a police officer

To Serve and Protect:

When I self-reflected on the motto to serve,  I realized I could do better.  I loved my job, but often felt defeated from observing the ills of society; the domestic violence, child neglect, substance abuse, and more. I didn’t think there was anything more I could do than to “show-up” when there was a problem. I often had the compassion and intention to help, but felt limited in my abilities and resources. I later realized I was providing a temporary solution that didn’t acknowledge the cause of the problem. I also struggled with whether it was my job to help solve this problem.

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How Prevention Inspires Community Policing

Benjamin Franklin once said, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Police Officers are in the business of providing the cure, and often times, that cure is a temporary band aid for a problem that existed long before the police arrived.

The public has learned that police work is largely reactive. Can you see the headlines? “Police search for woman accused of attacking employees.” “Two men arrested, drugs and guns recovered.” “Police arrest two after lengthy pursuit.” More recently, a shadow has been cast over the profession, painting an extremely narrow picture of the daily activities of police officers.

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