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  • Animal Hoarding

    Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant in Drakesfield, Iowa and found 322 animals, both dead and alive, all in one home. The Animal Rescue League recovered 30 types of animals including rabbits, roosters, dogs, cats, pigeons, mice, sheep, and pigs...

    Article • April 9th, 2014

  • Teen Relationship Violence

    We often view relationship violence through the lens of adults. Unfortunately, more and more adolescents are experiencing the power and control of partner abuse.

    Article • March 25th, 2014

  • When LE and Society Seem to Disconnect

    Culture evolves. Like it or not, societal evolution is inevitable and whether the resulting change should be celebrated or mourned will inevitably be debated. Our culture is evolving now, as it actually must from time to time, and as a generally...

    Article • March 5th, 2014

  • Status Offense Reform

    When children commit crimes that are only crimes by virtue of their age, they require a different response from the juvenile justice system. Thankfully, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals are making changes to return help and hope from the...

    Article • February 25th, 2014

  • Toxic Relationships

    Cops spend their much work days confronting toxic people and the chaos they create. Many of these same officers walk into their own homes and relationships every bit as chaotic or dysfunctional at the end of the day.

    Article • February 19th, 2014

  • Staying Happy in Law Enforcement

    A lot of people sit around waiting for happiness to find them, without ever realizing that finding happiness is their responsibility. They make no effort to search, or change, or take stock of themselves when they find it elusive. They become...

    Article • February 5th, 2014

  • The Word THUG

    Do we now have to be politically correct when referring to bad guys?

    Article • February 3rd, 2014

  • Restorative Justice Practices

    Restorative justice is about more than punishing a wrong doer for breaking a law therefore making the state a victim. School, criminal justice and social service professionals are trying on a new “old” concept with a foundation of building...

    Article • January 31st, 2014

  • Make the Most of Disappointment

    Disappointment has an upside. If used correctly it can also be a motivator for growth and a recalibration of expectations to meet reality.

    Article • January 22nd, 2014

  • The Bucket List

    Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions stick to them. Most people abandon their resolutions after just one week. Why?

    Article • January 8th, 2014

  • Schoolyard Bullies or Criminals?

    Bullying is a hot topic, and it is important officers be alert to at-risk kids, pay attention to patterns of behavior they see between alleged perpetrators and their victims, and creatively apply existing (and ostensibly better-written and conceived...

    Article • January 3rd, 2014

  • Buying Injustice

    16-year-old Ethan Couch stole beer, got drunk and plowed his father’s truck into a group of people killing four. His consequence? Probation and a stint in $450,000 rehabilitation center courtesy of his wealthy parents. According to an expert witness...

    Article • December 26th, 2013

  • Murphy's Laws for Law Enforcement

    Mr. Murphy is a different guy for law enforcement professionals. Do you change your behavior according to his anticipated presence?

    Article • December 11th, 2013

  • Scapegoating the Public Sector

    Police, firefighters, schoolteachers, and other public sector workers were seen as essential and valued. Those days are largely gone and we may never see them again as scapegoating of public employees has become one of the enduring legacies of our...

    Article • December 4th, 2013

  • Defining 'Victim'

    When you work in law enforcement, you have defining moments. Those times where something occurs that is so profoundly contradictory to your world view that you have to stop and take a moment, or more, to try and reconcile a new reality.

    Article • November 26th, 2013

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