When Cancer Calls

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Today, I write with a purpose much greater than hoping to offer the perspective of a police officer and create positive discussion about policing in 2019.

Today, I am asking for help.

A friend in need is a friend indeed they say.

When I started this website, blog, whatever you want to call it, I had multiple reasons for starting it.

  1. Help quell the negativity often echoed throughout social media and society that solely paints our police officers in a bad light that ultimately makes their job more dangerous.
  2. Write and share my thoughts, my perspective as a way of therapy having been in law enforcement for over 12 years, I carry a burden that will likely be with me forever. Writing helps get things out, helps me feel like I’m helping others through the sharing of my experiences.
  3. If ever possible, through any means derived from my efforts writing articles on this website and social media following, help officers and charities financially.

Unfortunately, the time has come that someone needs help.

He is currently a Dallas Police Sergeant, who is nothing short of an exemplary officer and community member.

Click the link below, to see his GoFundMe campaign and story.

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to help in anyway, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Sergeant Simonds Cancer Treatment

As always, thank an officer today.

And thank you for your help and following.

The Officer Next Door

 

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Portland Students Walk Out Of School, Protest Police Officers On Campus

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KATU-TV Video Screenshot

Portland, Oregon – In the latest protest in our fair country, a small group of students in Portland, Oregon, walked out of classes Wednesday to protest the presence of police officers assigned to protect the campus, usually referred to as school resource officers, according to KATU-TV.

Roughly 20 students from various Portland public schools walked out of classes and gathered and read a statement prepared by the group of students. In essence, the students are upset about a recent move by the Portland Public School Board that approved a plan to put more SROs on campus every day of the week, instead of four day a week.

The insanity, I know.

What I don’t understand is despite the continued school shooting tragedies across the country, these students are protesting the ONE thing that could help them, in the event pure evil arrives on campus with bad intentions.

Secondly, this may or may not surprise you, many school shootings have been thwarted or ended quickly, due to the actions of SROs on numerous occasions throughout our country. The mainstream media just doesn’t cover those stories as heavily for obvious reasons. They aren’t as tragic as the successful attempts. Therefore, not as profitable. Just telling the truth here folks.

Much like the new movement to keep ‘pointy eared’ puppies from patrolling our airports, police officers are under attack in the latest attempt to remove common sense from how we approach safety in this country. Sadly, common sense ways to keep our children and travelers safe, take a back seat to fighting for policies that won’t hurt anyone’s feelings.

I have a hard time comprehending how these teenagers already dislike police to the point they feel police officers in schools, “further contribute to an environment of fear and distrust,” Sophia Lucas, a senior at Jefferson High School stated before giving the prepared speech.

There was no comment or discussion as to whether the student’s efforts will cause the school board to reconsider their recent move. I can only hope the initial decision to have police officers in schools every day of the week, instead of four, won’t be changed anytime soon. For the sake of Portland area students, their teachers, and their parents. Let police officers do what they do, protect your schools and protect your children.

As always, feel free to share, comment, or discuss this story.

Thank an officer today.

The Officer Next Door

‘Pointy Eared’ Dogs Too Scary, TSA Says

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In an effort to keep up with the politically correct ways of the world, the Transportation Safety Administration is starting 2019 off with a bang.

The TSA Administrator David Pekoske told the Washington Examiner they will now make a conscious effort to use floppy-eared dogs.

The reasoning behind this move? “We find the passenger acceptance of floppy ear dogs is just better. It presents just a little bit less of concern,” Pekoske stated. “Doesn’t scare the children.”

I recognize dogs can be scary for those who aren’t fans of man’s best friend. However, I find it hard to believe if a child at an airport sees a German Shepherd walking around, it causes widespread panic or fear. I envision quite the opposite, the kid pointing at the dog and telling his parents, “Puppy!”

The important difference here, is according to the Washington Examiner, about one third of the 1,200 TSA canines are used to scan passengers at the airports. The rest are used for scanning baggage and detecting possible explosives. The difference between a Labrador Retriever and a Doberman coming up to smell a person standing in line is palatable.

So the question becomes, “Which breed does the best job and will ensure our safety?” If floppy eared dogs can be effectively utilized to smell people and not scare them, great. If the pointy eared dogs are more effective versus floppy eared dogs, then we have an issue.

What are your thoughts? Are we becoming too “PC”? Should we forge ahead with the floppy eared revolution? Comment below with your thoughts.

The Officer Next Door

 

 

It Keeps Happening

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148.

That’s how many law enforcement officers have made the ultimate sacrifice so far in 2018.

Every time a police officer is killed in the line of duty and the story is shared on social media, inevitably someone comments, “Why does this keep happening?”

I have ignored the question every time I’ve seen it. I felt like the answer is obvious. But, since I keep seeing it, I’ll try to answer.

It keeps happening, because brave men and women get up every single day, strap on a bulletproof vest, kiss their loved ones goodbye, and head to work knowing they may not make it back.

It keeps happening, because police officers are the “thin blue line” that stands between the evil in our society and the rest of us who simply want to live a safe and prosperous life.

It keeps happening, because police officers do much more than write speeding tickets and take reports. They confront unknown dangers, violent gang members, and armed drug dealers.

It keeps happening, because there are people in the world that don’t value life. There is evil among us, willing to kill a police officer in hopes of remaining free and not be held accountable for their criminal acts.

It keeps happening, because police officers confront the most violent members of society each and every day, without fear, without knowing they’re dealing with, what their intentions are, or what they plan to do.

It keeps happening, because when bullets fly, all hell breaks loose, or tragedy strikes, the police run toward it, while everyone else runs away.

It keeps happening, because the media and anti-police “activists” want people to think police officers are the enemy, making the target on their back even bigger. Despite this, they still show up when called, holding the line, keeping you safe.

It keeps happening, because when police officers are cut, bruised, bleeding, or injured, they keep fighting, even if in the end, it costs them everything.

It keeps happening, because police officers are sheepdogs. Sheepdogs live to protect the sheep from the wolves, it’s innate, it’s in their blood.

It keeps happening, because police officers are human and under that vest is a servant’s heart. They’re no different than you or me, but they’re programmed to serve others no matter the cost.

It keeps happening, because the spirit of police officers can’t be broken, the bond is too strong, the family too close, the brotherhood and sisterhood too real.

Some days are quiet and go by fast, others are chaotic and seem to never end.

Some days are pleasant and uneventful, others they see things that will haunt them forever.

Police work is a calling. They’re drawn to it because being a police officer is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a way of life. A desire to be a part of something bigger than yourself.

As we go forward, remember why “it keeps happening” and support the sheepdog men and women who run toward all the things everyone else runs away from.

Thank an officer today.

The Officer Next Door

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson On Officer’s Death: “This Could Have Been Preventable” Blames Sanctuary State Laws

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Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Facebook

Stanislaus County California – In a press conference earlier today, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson spoke about how the death of Corporal Ronil Singh could have been prevented.

Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was taken into custody in Bakersfield, California earlier this morning. According to Sheriff Christianson, Arriaga is a self proclaimed member of the Sureno criminal street gang and has two prior arrests for driving under the influence.

Sheriff Christianson further stated “While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh’s service and sacrfice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable. Under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited, from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member.”

Two addtional men were arrested for aiding the suspect escape and evade law enforcement during this investigation.  Adrian Virgen 25,  and Erik Razo Quiroz 27, were arrested for accessory after the fact to a felony.

When questioned further by the media, Sheriff Christianson reiterated his belief this was preventable,  “I simply want to focus on the fact that this is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE, we were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of santurary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited, or had their hands tied because of political interference.”

Certainly, this is highly debated topic in the United States today. I hope this tragedy creates converstation on how tragedies like this could be prevented in the future. It’s a discussion we need to continue to have.

Hopefully these arrests begin the long and difficult healing process for the Newman Police Deparment and the Singh family.

 

Breaking: Newman California Police Officer’s Killer Arrested

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Newman CA – The man suspected of shooting and killing Corporal Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department has been taken into custody in Kern County, multiple news sources are reporting.

According to the Modesto Bee, sources said the suspect has been taken into custody. The exact details surrounding the arrest and the identity of the suspect, are expected to be released at a news conference scheduled for noon today.

A photo posted by a friend of Singh, Harinder Singh Toor, on his Facebook profile shows a photo of the apparent apprehension.

The arrest ends a mutiple day long manhunt for Corporal Singh’s suspected shooter. The story has garnered national attention as the police officer is a legal immigrant from Fiji, while the suspect is believed to be in the United States illegally.

Newman Police Chief Gives Emotional Press Conference, Suspect Still At Large

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Photo: Stanislaus County Sheriff Facebook Page

Chief Richardson begins talking at the 2:52 minute mark. Sheriff Adam Christianson follows from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department with updates on the investigation and the identity of the suspect.

Video from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.