Army Veterans Death at Brevard County Jail

The death of Gregory Edwards, a US Army combat veteran with PTSD in the Brevard County jail has many upset and looking for answers. After reading the full article in the Florida Today newspaper, I was crying. (Read: A death in custody: Army veteran’s treatment in Brevard jail violated sheriff’s office policies)

As a retired veteran with PTSD and a man who was tortured and spent time in prison, I couldn’t stop thinking about how this could have been me. What stands out the most and should concern everyone is, why doesn’t the Brevard County Sheriff release the video they have of the altercation in the booking area? The Sheriff contends that everything was justified. If it is justified as the Sheriff says, why not just release the video and let people see what happened.

Trust in government, trust in law enforcement, trust in our institutions is Read More »

Policing – Let’s elevate the profession – By: Larry Lawton

Policing in 2019 – A city of 100K

Where a community is located and what crime issues they have dictates what methods a police department uses to protect and serve the community. Policing in Mayberry is different than policing in NYC or Chicago, but the one common denominator is, no matter what size the community is, good community policing works.
What is Community Policing? According to the dictionary, (noun) the system of allocating police officers to particular areas so that they become familiar with the local inhabitants. But good community policing is so much more than that. It is a mindset and philosophy that comes from the top down, not the bottom up.

To make a real impact with community policing, the police have to change the minds and views of people who don’t like them. It is easy to Read More »

Understanding the Profession of a Chief of Police, Good and Bad. By: Larry Lawton

I’ve been thinking about Law Enforcement leaders lately and thought back to 2013 when I had the distinct honor of introducing the Reality Check Program to Chiefs of Police and representatives from all over the world at the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Ethics Committee in Plano, Texas at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration.

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration is a training facility used to host Judges, Prosecutors, Public Defenders. Lawyers, Law Enforcement officials and colleges for training and education. Director Dr. T. Neil Moore and Associate Director Dr. Daniel T. Primozic run a Read More »

City Policing – Is Your Police Department Friend or Foe?

With the recent negative media coverage of questionable policing around the country, it is a good time for ALL cities to evaluate how they address policing.

Policing is the most important job a Mayor / City Manager will ever have. Policing saves lives, prevents crime, solves crimes, keeps order, increases property values, and brings new citizens and businesses to an area.

How does a Mayor / City Manager address policing in his or her city?

The first and most important thing is, they hire the right Chief of Police with the same policing philosophy and then give him or her all the tools and support necessary to accomplish the most important job in any city.  

The Mayor / City Manager stays in close contact with the Chief and they get the community involved. 

What does the Chief of Police do?

Having a Police Chief who is always out there and not sitting behind a desk is the #1 job of the Chief. I call it “24/7 Leadership”. Since working with police departments since 2008 the two most impressive departments are the Lake Saint Louis PD, Chief Mike Force and Chief Chris DiGiuseppi and the Fort Lauderdale PD, Chief Frank Adderley and Chief Rick Maglione.

I used to see Chief Adderley everywhere, all times of the day and night. He would show up at Read More »

Inspirational Quotes From Every U.S. President

All 45 U.S. Presidents give great inspirational quotes 

  1. George Washington – “Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad company.”
  1. John Adams – “To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.”
  1. Thomas Jefferson – “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

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