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A Message to the Media

Until recently we have valued certain media relationships.  That value in our media relations has all but vanaished.  And it will take a lot to change that.  The way the news media as whole has shifted its agenda in recent months to portraying our profession as something it is not has strained our relationship with even those who have earned a level of trust with us.
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Fairness? Objectivity? Truth? All Victims of Current Media Standards

With the Ferguson incident capturing the nation's attention there has been much justifiable anger expressed about the way this event is being reported. People are angry because it is obvious to many that objectivity and fairness have been tossed aside. We share their anger. Sadly this is not something new. What you see in regards to Ferguson is not the exception it is the rule.
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Shooting the Unarmed Man – The Fallacy of Modern Perception

This insightful article was posted on August 11, 2014 by Ross Elder on his website “The Elder Statesman” http://ross-elder.com/  “He shot an unarmed man!”  “He wasn’t armed! Police had no reason to shoot him!” How often have we heard those screams from an angry community.
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The Law Enforcement Wife Challenge – A Powerful Story

There's a new challenge in town. A challenge to all those who love a law enforcement officer.  The challenge comes in the wake of the wave of condemnation, distrust, apathy and hatred for so many in law enforcement, when there is no validity to justify it.  Those of us in the law enforcement community are accustomed to such hatred.
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Open Letter to Captain Ron Johnson, Missouri State Patrol Overseeing Ferguson, MO Tactical Ops

This is a reprint of an open letter written by Chief Ed Delmore to Captain Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol who is currently overseeing tactical operations in Ferguson, MO.  It was published yesterday in LawOfficer.com.  Chief of Police Ed Delmore has an extensive law enforcement background.   Captain Johnson I have to call you out.
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A Real Attorney’s Thoughts on the Ferguson, Missouri Incident

I thought that I had flushed the Ferguson situation out of my system with my last post, but a two hour flight gave me more time with my thoughts. I have purposefully remained silent over the last week because the facts of the case in Ferguson were still unclear, though the original accounts certainly seemed suspect.
Read More...

Peace Officer PTSD Legislative Task Force 3rd Meeting – 08/14/14

The third meeting of the Colorado Legislative Task Force on Peace Officer PTSD will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  The hearing is open to the public and will be convened at the State Capitol in House Committee Room 0112.  That committee room is in the basement level next to the elevators. The agenda has not been finalized as of this posting.
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Download: Peace Officer PTSD Task Force Meeting Agenda 081414.pdf

The FOP - Where It All Began

Next year will mark the 100th birthday of this nation's oldest representative police organization, the Fraternal Order of Police. In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 or more hours a day, 365 days a year with little if any time off, for very little pay and no voice in their profession.  Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions.
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A Message to the Media
Until recently we have valued certain media relationships.  That value in our media relations has all but vanaished.  And it will take a lot to change that.  The way the news media as whole has shifted its agenda in recent months to portraying our profession as something it is not has strained our relationship with even those who have earned a level of trust with us. Read More...
Fairness? Objectivity? Truth? All Victims of Current Media Standards
With the Ferguson incident capturing the nation's attention there has been much justifiable anger expressed about the way this event is being reported. People are angry because it is obvious to many that objectivity and fairness have been tossed aside. We share their anger. Sadly this is not something new. What you see in regards to Ferguson is not the exception it is the rule. Read More...
Shooting the Unarmed Man – The Fallacy of Modern Perception
This insightful article was posted on August 11, 2014 by Ross Elder on his website “The Elder Statesman” http://ross-elder.com/  “He shot an unarmed man!”  “He wasn’t armed! Police had no reason to shoot him!” How often have we heard those screams from an angry community. Read More...
The Law Enforcement Wife Challenge – A Powerful Story
There's a new challenge in town. A challenge to all those who love a law enforcement officer.  The challenge comes in the wake of the wave of condemnation, distrust, apathy and hatred for so many in law enforcement, when there is no validity to justify it.  Those of us in the law enforcement community are accustomed to such hatred. Read More...
Open Letter to Captain Ron Johnson, Missouri State Patrol Overseeing Ferguson, MO Tactical Ops
This is a reprint of an open letter written by Chief Ed Delmore to Captain Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol who is currently overseeing tactical operations in Ferguson, MO.  It was published yesterday in LawOfficer.com.  Chief of Police Ed Delmore has an extensive law enforcement background.   Captain Johnson I have to call you out. Read More...
A Real Attorney’s Thoughts on the Ferguson, Missouri Incident
I thought that I had flushed the Ferguson situation out of my system with my last post, but a two hour flight gave me more time with my thoughts. I have purposefully remained silent over the last week because the facts of the case in Ferguson were still unclear, though the original accounts certainly seemed suspect. Read More...
Peace Officer PTSD Legislative Task Force 3rd Meeting – 08/14/14
The third meeting of the Colorado Legislative Task Force on Peace Officer PTSD will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  The hearing is open to the public and will be convened at the State Capitol in House Committee Room 0112.  That committee room is in the basement level next to the elevators. The agenda has not been finalized as of this posting. Read More...
Download: Peace Officer PTSD Task Force Meeting Agenda 081414.pdf
The FOP - Where It All Began
Next year will mark the 100th birthday of this nation's oldest representative police organization, the Fraternal Order of Police. In 1915, the life of a policeman was bleak. In many communities they were forced to work 12 or more hours a day, 365 days a year with little if any time off, for very little pay and no voice in their profession.  Police officers didn't like it, but there was little they could do to change their working conditions. Read More...

     

Across the country special interest groups are using Public Employees as scapegoats for the financial problems caused by politicians. These politicians are endangering the public in order to further their own agenda to silence public employee unions and gut public services. The safety of every citizen of the United States is threatened as Public Safety jobs are eliminated and the services and protections that these departments offer the public are scaled back to the bare bones. We cannot continue to allow the politicians that we entrust to run our government destroy the safety of our communities.

In order to arm you with the facts of what is happening to our country, The National Fraternal Order of Police has created a website as a place to share news of what these groups are doing to harm our public employees and the safety of our communities. Click on the poster above to see what is happening in your state and what you can do to help in this fight to Save Public Safety.

 
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