No one who gets into law enforcement is naive enough to believe it's all kittens and sunshine out there. Of course there's an element of danger involved, 80 percent of the training is in preparation for that. No one should be the target of a random violent assault just because of their occupation. We lost a LVMPD cop off duty, in his own driveway last year, targeted because he was a cop. Then there are the two officers who were killed eating pizza. ALL LIVES MATTER G
Charlie, Charlie, Charlie, you hit the nail squarely on the head with that hammer my friend. I was told from the beginning that my mouth could get me into trouble quicker than ever. I was also taught how to talk myself out of trouble and schmooze the situation until lots of help got there. The job is nothing but communication and common sense. It seems some of my cohorts forget that communicating means speaking and listening. Interpersonal skills are an art form. I was always fortunate to work with the best and smart enough to shut up and learn. "We the people" means just that. i.e. You don't have to be a jag off to get the job done. "Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto" It was our motto, says it right there on the badge. It was drummed into us daily in the academy and we were constantly reminded of it throughout our careers. "Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law"
I cannot imagine what some of you guys are going through in regards to health issues and related costs. Every day I count my blessings that my health has endured. Thanks to MrsG I quit smoking, curtailed the drinking and as of today am 60 lbs lighter than two tears ago. Over the counter allergy medicine and Ibuprofen for some snuffles and twinges is all I require right now. I gave up on the VA decades ago and deal with those "issues" on my own. That's what the Ibuprofen is for. I am truly blessed. G
I don't know what it is, but more coppers get killed right before retirement than when they are brand new and stupid. I suppose it's the thought of finally getting out the allows one to let down their guard so to speak. This guy killed in Fox Lake by all accounts was a hard charger, so I don't really think that was the case. It's a dam n shame. G
November will be 36 years and two different agencies for me. I retired once, from arguably the most violent city in America, and never felt like I had a target on me. Ever. At least not like now. 8/29/15 was the anniversary of the death of a co worker and friend. His partner that night was wounded so severely, she retired shortly thereafter. I have known her since she was 15. There isn't a day goes by I don't thank the man above for allowing my survival. On two occasions I came close, real close. Too darn close. Four other times I squeaked by and made it through. All of us in, or retired, from the business thank you good citizens from the bottom of our hearts. Just acknowledging the issues we face daily goes a long way in our minds.
Charlie I was thinking of you Saturday night. I was walking into a casino and there in all it's glory was a '94-'95 Buick Roadmaster. She'd been repainted the original color and looked great. From what I could see the interior was still looking good. She had a Nevada "Retired Air Force" plate so I'm guessing the original owner. I didn't have the time for photos but take my word for it that was a fine looking car. I always wanted a Buick or Cadillac based on the platform. G
Every major casino resort built since 1990 has water conservation as one of the top priorities. I know it doesn't seem that way, but they do. I see the plans before they get built. Residential areas have their own rules dictated by the Southern Nevada Water Authority. Very interesting concepts at work out here. G
Every project since about 1955 has generated it's own level of toxic waste. My understanding is the development of radar absorbent coatings contributes the majority of the issues. That, and aliens of course..................