Reflection from a K-9 Police Handler

For the second time this summer Jago and I were called to the scene of a State park for report of someone missing. This evening it was to Wallum lake in Douglas for 2 young girls who wandered off into the woods. The outcome was good, the girls were located and safely returned to their parents.

As a civilian you all get to flip on the television to watch the news, or read a news paper or look on social media or search the internet to hear of these stories. I want to give you a perspective of what it is like as a police officer to actually be there. Being a K9 officer and on other specialized units I have been able to be a part of some critical incidents like this and watch as they unfold from the inside.

Today I saw what OUR tax money and resources go to. And quite frankly its amazing. When I got on scene I saw a state police helicopter in the air, numerous state troopers, state police K9’s, local police officers from all over, environmental police, paramedics from all over, dive teams and their boats, local k9 teams from marlboro, webster, paxton, douglas, oxford. I saw fire fighters. I saw ambulances from towns all around. Everyone had one main objective and it was to find these 2 girls none of us had ever met. Many of us were home when we got the call. I myself had just got home and was about to eat dinner with my kids that I hadnt seen all day. I got the page, put my food down before the first bite and raced out the door.

The Douglas police chief and state police Sgt. Had k9 cops huddled around them devising a plan to devour the whole area till we found these kids.

After the kids were located everyone had huge smiles on their faces and a sense of relief could be felt. As I pulled away from the scene watching everyone put their gear away, loading the boats on the trailers, putting the k9’s in their cars, I couldnt help but think one thing. How good it feels to be an American, knowing that so many people can come together to help someone else in need, and to do it no matter what the cost or sacrifice.

Next time you hear someone complain about all of these resources and how they can be a waste, think of the 2 little girls we found today and how you would feel if they were yours. I know how I would feel…….thankful.

via Oxford Police K9 Unit

Louisiana State Police, #TBT
via Louisiana State Police on Facebook
Want to be an Ohio State Trooper? Now is you chance! Apply at http://tinyurl.com/lnhngzk   via Ohio State Highway Patrol on Facebook

Want to be an Ohio State Trooper? Now is you chance! Apply at http://tinyurl.com/lnhngzk   via Ohio State Highway Patrol on Facebook

Cottonwood Heights PD, Utah

Cottonwood Heights PD, Utah

Northern Mariana Islands, DPS Commonwealth State Police, Jeep Cherokee 
Evening Fire 

Northern Mariana Islands, DPS Commonwealth State Police, Jeep Cherokee 

Evening Fire 

Fontana Police, California

Fontana Police, California

via the  Wyoming Highway Patrol
Currently the Wyoming Highway Patrol is experiencing a somewhat disturbing trend, one which is plaguing law enforcement across the nation. Finding and hiring qualified police officers is becoming increasingly more difficult. As we visit with our counterparts from around the country we find that most other agencies are experiencing the same problems. There are a number of plausible explanations,… none of which serve to counteract the problem. When a law enforcement agency has unfilled positions in its first line ranks the consequences are felt throughout the agency, and they are significant.  The vast majority of our instructors, our subject matter experts, our specialized officers, our field training officers, our special services squad officers, etc come from the ranks of our first line troopers. A vacant position doesn’t just mean one less officer to respond to a call for service. It means another officer must teach two classes at the training academy must field train two rookies, must reconstruct two crashes, etc. It means when a trooper goes home at midnight or 1 in the morning and takes calls until morning he has twice the chance of being awakened. It means a trooper has a much better chance of being too busy to sneak a dinner break in with his family in the evening or catch the last 3 innings of his son’s summer baseball game. It means the supervisor has to deny a vacation here and there or give up his own weekend so a trooper can catch a couple days off. The list goes on. Wyoming Highway Patrol officers are tough, loyal, committed to their profession, and pride themselves on serving the citizens of Wyoming, however, continuous long hours and the potential for employee burnout are concerns for us today and into the future. We’re not complaining here, just letting you know we are always looking for a good man or woman to join our fantastic organization, so if you know someone age 22-50 who likes to serve, who loves their country, who is willing to learn and work hard for a very decent wage, encourage them to contact us!!! We are in a continuous open enrollment process meaning applications are accepted any time. If you apply and qualify we’ll contact you regarding actually testing dates etc. Send an email to klief.guenther@wyo.gov or give us a call at 307 777-4303 if you want to visit about a career with a great organization!
Currently the Wyoming Highway Patrol is experiencing a somewhat disturbing trend, one which is plaguing law enforcement across the nation. Finding and hiring qualified police officers is becoming increasingly more difficult. As we visit with our counterparts from around the country we find that most other agencies are experiencing the same problems. There are a number of plausible explanations, none of which serve to counteract the problem. When a law enforcement agency has unfilled positions in its first line ranks the consequences are felt throughout the agency, and they are significant.
The vast majority of our instructors, our subject matter experts, our specialized officers, our field training officers, our special services squad officers, etc come from the ranks of our first line troopers. A vacant position doesn’t just mean one less officer to respond to a call for service. It means another officer must teach two classes at the training academy must field train two rookies, must reconstruct two crashes, etc. It means when a trooper goes home at midnight or 1 in the morning and takes calls until morning he has twice the chance of being awakened. It means a trooper has a much better chance of being too busy to sneak a dinner break in with his family in the evening or catch the last 3 innings of his son’s summer baseball game. It means the supervisor has to deny a vacation here and there or give up his own weekend so a trooper can catch a couple days off. The list goes on.
Wyoming Highway Patrol officers are tough, loyal, committed to their profession, and pride themselves on serving the citizens of Wyoming, however, continuous long hours and the potential for employee burnout are concerns for us today and into the future. We’re not complaining here, just letting you know we are always looking for a good man or woman to join our fantastic organization, so if you know someone age 22-50 who likes to serve, who loves their country, who is willing to learn and work hard for a very decent wage, encourage them to contact us!!! We are in a continuous open enrollment process meaning applications are accepted any time. If you apply and qualify we’ll contact you regarding actually testing dates etc. Send an email to klief.guenther@wyo.gov or give us a call at 307 777-4303 if you want to visit about a career with a great organization!
Broward County Sheriff - Sergeant

Broward County Sheriff - Sergeant

RCMP cruiser and SUV, blocking in a suspect vehicle - Prince George, BC, Canada

RCMP cruiser and SUV, blocking in a suspect vehicle - Prince George, BC, Canada

bluewasp335:

So this happened today in Santa Rosa on the 101.  Please remind everyone to “move over” when they see emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder with their emergency lights activated. 
The officer received a fractured skull and a broken femur and was transported to the hospital.

#moveover

bluewasp335:

So this happened today in Santa Rosa on the 101.  Please remind everyone to “move over” when they see emergency vehicles parked on the shoulder with their emergency lights activated. 

The officer received a fractured skull and a broken femur and was transported to the hospital.

#moveover

National Police Week 2014

National Police Week 2014

thesquadroom:

Florida Highway Patrol raising awareness for lane changes when an emergency vehicle has its equipment activated, a simple 2 second lane change can save a life.     


#moveover

Rest easy tonight America - there are Guardians protecting us

Rest easy tonight America - there are Guardians protecting us

Nassau County Police, Long Island, NY

Today begins National Police Week. Police Week was established in 1962 at the direction of President Kennedy and the 87th Congress of the United States of America.  This week we honor police officers from all levels of service who have sacrificed their lives and well-being to serve others. According to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. One every 58 years is one too many. We live in a free country and with freedom comes free will and the dangers associated with will and choice. Police officers stand guard in cities and towns across this great country every minute of everyday, attempting to stop the impact of those who use their freedom, will and choice to do evil.
 
via Brimfield Police Department
Today begins National Police Week. Police Week was established in 1962 at the direction of President Kennedy and the 87th Congress of the United States of America.

This week we honor police officers from all levels of service who have sacrificed their lives and well-being to serve others. According to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, on average, one law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty somewhere in the United States every 58 hours. One every 58 years is one too many.

We live in a free country and with freedom comes free will and the dangers associated with will and choice. Police officers stand guard in cities and towns across this great country every minute of everyday, attempting to stop the impact of those who use their freedom, will and choice to do evil.