"Always be honest with yourself and the people you serve...Do the right thing ." - Mark D. Melville
For law enforcement professionals, just doing our job in and of itself is often demanding, sometimes extremely difficult, and let us not forget, often dangerous. The men and women who serve in the often thankless position of law enforcement are constantly faced with making split-second decisions during rapidly-changing conditions while dealing with their own surprise, fear, and shock.
Despite thousands of hours of individual and team training, officers continue to encounter situations that tax their abilities, their emotions, their knowledge, and their skill-set to the highest level of mastery. This is the harsh reality of what we endure, all the while policing our communities. However, no matter the challenge or potential consequence, law enforcement officers who choose this career will continue to risk their lives for the people they serve, most of whom they will never get to know.
As law enforcement leaders, it is not only our duty, but our responsibility to listen to those who are out there doing the job. We as leaders are responsible for creating interaction with our employees, and then respond by doing what's right for the entire organization. We must realize that everyone in the organization is in a position to lead, as leadership is in the eye of the follower, not necessarily the one who is wearing the stripes, bars, or stars.
Today marks the 16th anniversary
of September 11th.
We as a nation should reflect back to those moments in time wherein we literally saw our country crumble in the blink of an eye. There were many casualties created by this cowardly attack.
I personally want to extend a prayer to all of the public safety personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow man and country. I also wish to extend my prayers to the survivors of those who lost loved ones during that very dark day. We remain strong as individuals, but more importantly, we need to remain strong as a nation, vowing to never allow this type of incident to strike us again.
It was an honor and a privilege to attend the Public Safety Memorial Service honoring the men and women who served in law enforcement, the fire service, and emergency medical services who gave their all for the citizens of San Mateo County.
This service honored both those who died in
the line of duty, and those who had served and subsequently passed away.
I was disappointed that neither our Sheriff, nor any member of his command staff attended this solemn event.
The Sheriff's Honor Guard did an outstanding job representing all those who passed and all those who were in attendance. In addition, I want to thank the Sheriff's Explorer Post for their presence, and for assisting with refreshments, serving everyone there. This service reinforced my strong belief that I entered the law enforcement profession to serve God's people.
I am shocked and saddened by the terrorist shootings in Las Vegas last night. My heart goes out to all who were affected, and I am proud of the first responders - uniformed and civilian and courageous heroes who helped the injured. May God bless the victims and their loved ones.
October is usually the worst month for wildfires in California, and this October is no exception. Northern California in particular right now is experiencing its worst fire storm in recent history.
At this time, I want to honor the men and women who are risking their lives to save others in this crisis. The infernos and devastation are almost too much to comprehend!!! There are many deputies putting in overtime right now, so that others in our department can assist law enforcement in those counties to help find residents, clear roads, stop looting, and in other ways that are needed.
Firefighters and law enforcement work hand-in-hand, to keep our community safe, and to help in any way possible with recovery. My thoughts and prayers go out to the those who lost loved ones, their homes or their businesses, as a result of this natural disaster. For anyone wishing to help at this time, you can find a few good suggestions here: http://www.7x7.com/how-to-help-north-bay-fires-2494885475.html
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection, and treatment options available to women and men who are diagnosed with one of the many forms of breast cancer. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease. For more information on how National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference, please go here: https://healthfinder.gov/nho/OctoberToolkit.aspx
I want to extend my condolences and prayers to the victims of the October 31, 2017 NYC terrorist attack by a member of ISIS yesterday that left eight dead, and at least 12 injured (including students and staff on the school bus that stopped the truck).
I also wish to honor the NYPD for their apprehension of the suspect, especially NYPD police officer Ryan Nash, who shot and stopped the suspect (without killing him), and also to the first responders who were quickly on-site to help the injured, including the witnesses who provided information. We need to pull together during these times as a nation, to ensure that the terrorists never win.
Once again, in what appears to be an epidemic in our country, there was a mass murder of innocent people, in a public place.
This time, it was in a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The shooting at the church claimed 27 lives, with many injuries. Twenty-three of the dead were found dead inside the church, officials said.It's the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history -- and the fifth deadliest in modern US history.
More would have died if it were not for a man who lives next to the church, who grabbed his own rifle and engaged the gunman, said Freeman Martin, the regional director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. "The suspect dropped his rifle, which was a Ruger AR assault-type rifle and fled from the church," Martin said.
As always, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their family and friends. My heart is heavy, and weary with these continued threats to public safety. My gratitude goes out to the First Responders, and in this case, the heroic efforts of that man who confronted the killer. That could have turned out differently – one never knows, as each incident is different. I do know that law enforcement faces more challenges than ever in our country. It is important that law-abiding citizens support us in helping to protect and serve, as we pledge to do when we put on our badges. Thank you.
This Veteran’s Day holiday is a good time to remember and honor our service members EVERY DAY for the sacrifices they have made, and the courage it took to defend our country. Much gratitude and respect!
Another shooting rampage came over the wire, this time in Red Bluff, CA. This one started out in a domestic violence incident, and involved several locations, including a school. Among the 5 dead, one was the shooter, who was taken down by the police. Unfortunately, it's sometimes necessary to end the wholesale slaughter of innocents by taking down the killer.
I wish I had answers for why people do these things. I do know that we in law enforcement have to deal with these incidents as best we can, to prevent as much loss of life as possible. As always, my thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones in this terrible tragedy.