Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fallen Officers Demands America’s Reawakening

The diabolical brutality raged against our police pierces the hearts of loved ones, communities, the law enforcement family, and the very heart of America.

This senseless, unending anguish violates America’s security and rips the cohesiveness of police-community relations, critical to the preservation of society.

The alarming killings of police throughout the country is like one not experienced in decades. It is not just the horrific recent killings of police in Dallas or Baton Rouge. Police are being killed nationwide and the appalling reality is that things might get worse before they get better.

These tragedies are a sad commentary about the brokenness of American society since without collaboration between the police and the people, a society cannot endure.

America must be reawakened and build ethical bridges of respect, dignity, and decency within every facet of society, especially between the police and the people.

These bridges must be built in our schools, campuses, workplaces, families, and communities.

Honoring Fallen Baton Rouge Officers

America was shaken to its core when five police officers were senselessly killed and nine wounded in Dallas on July 7.

The somber memorials and funerals were witnessed not only by America but by countries around the globe, bearing testimony to this reprehensible violence against law enforcement.

Compounding this heart-wrenching loss of heroes gone too soon, was the additional unspeakable killings of three additional officers, and three wounded only ten days later in Baton Rouge.

These officers, representing the best in all of us, were killed responding to protect their community to a call about a suspicious person with an assault rifle.

It is a dangerous time to be a police officer in America. This is manifested unceasingly with violence in our schools, campuses, workplaces, homes, and communities. The violence is also inflicted upon our society’s ethical guardians who have sworn to protect us.

America must respond with full force commitment to resolve the crisis. The lives of the most recently fallen officers, along with all who have died protecting and serving America, must not be in vain.

Corporal Montrell L. Jackson – was a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department. He was a proud new father since he and his wife had just celebrated the birth of a baby just two months ago.

The morning after five police officers were killed in Dallas, Corporal Jackson memorialized his sentiments on Facebook.

“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat.”

Corporal Jackson added foreboding words applicable not only to his city but to America:

"Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city must and will get better.”

Just nine days later, Corporal Jackson was dead, killed by the hatred that his admirable life of duty, sacrifice and honor contradicted.

Officer Matthew Gerald – was assigned to the Baton Rouge Police Department uniform patrol bureau.

He was a member of the police department for less than one year and a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq.

Shortly after the Baton Rouge rampage started, his wife ominously posted on Facebook a link to television coverage of the tragedy. “Everyone please pray!!! She added, “My husband along with others is out there.”

Deputy Brad Garafola - was a father of four and member of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office since April 23, 1992.

Tonja Garafola, Deputy Garafola’s wife posted these heart-wrenching sentiments about her beloved husband on Facebook after the tragedy, “Our hearts are completely broken and still in disbelief of it all. Brad, I love you so much and I don’t know how to do this without you, you’re my best friend, my rock, and my hero.”

Final Reflections

According to grim statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), preliminary 2016 law enforcement fatalities as of July 19 show a 72 percent increase of firearms-related deaths compared to the same time frame of 2015.

The unity of effort between the police and the people is critical to America. Our nation will only be on the path of reawakening when we fully commit ourselves to ethical pillars of leadership, character, dignity, and respect.

The virtues enshrined on the Baton Rouge Police Department website are protection, obligation, leadership, integrity, courage, and excellence.

The fallen Baton Rouge police officers honored these virtues with their heroic sacrifices. America must honor their lives, and the lives of all who perished protecting and serving our nation. Only when our police and people are truly united will America be on the path to reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage:

Dallas Police Tragedy: Healing, Unity, Renewal

Mass Shootings, Police Fatalities: America’s Culture of Trauma

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

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1. People attend a vigil on July, 18, 2016, for Matthew Gerald, one of the three officers killed Sunday, July 17, at the Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, La. (Leila Macor/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Police officers slain in Baton Rouge from left to right: Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garfola. (Photo Credit, Baton Rouge Police Department, East Baton Rough Sheriff's Department)

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Dallas Police Tragedy: Healing, Unity, Renewal

The tragedy in Dallas, with the reprehensible murder of five police officers, illuminates the dangers of those who take the honorable oath to protect and serve America’s communities.

This cowardly attack, the most deadly against law enforcement since 9/11, must inspire America to appreciate our police, and fully commit ourselves as a nation dedicated to police-community unity.

The current storms of police-community controversies, tensions, and brokenness must serve as a turning point that ignites healing, unity, and renewal.

Although our nation’s police-community issue is national in scope, the entire world is watching America’s response.

Last week, while traveling throughout China, I followed the events not only through American sources, but witnessed extensive coverage of our police-community issues through Chinese television and newspapers as well.

Honoring the Dallas Fallen

The loss of police officers in Dallas is not only an indescribable loss to their families, but to the law enforcement family nationwide, and a wound to the heart of America.

America’s police are called to serve as ethical guardians, and protect communities as the lifelines of security and safety.

Our country wound quickly erupt into anarchy, chaos, and turmoil without our police, and we must appreciate their service and dedicate ourselves to a unity of effort.

Let us pause to respect those who have fallen in Dallas on July 7, and pledge to honor their sacrifices with a commitment to renewing the nation by enhancing police-community cohesiveness.

Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol – an eight-year Dallas Police Department veteran, previously served as a jail worker with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Detroit, Michigan from 2003-2007.

Officer Krol, 40, is best described by his mother as a “caring person who always wanted to help others. He knew the dangers of the job, but he never shied away from his duty.”

On the night of the protest, Officer Krol texted his girlfriend that “everything was going peacefully.”

Dart Police Officer Brent Thompson – was the first police officer in the history of his Rapid Transit Department to be killed in the line of duty.

Officer Thompson, 43, was also a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was the father of six children, who all took the stage during his funeral service to honor their dad.

His daughter Katie Thompson said, “His only goal in life was to provide a better life for his children, for us. Whether it was becoming a Marine and going overseas, he worked so, so hard to provide for us his entire life. He worked two jobs lots of times. He worked countless hours of overtime so he did not have to see us struggle.”

Another daughter Sandy said, “He was not just a hero to Dallas, but to the world. He fought overseas for many, many years.”

Dallas Police Officer Patrick Zamarripa – served three tours in Iraq with the Navy as a security officer.

Officer Zamarripa, 32, joined the Dallas Police Department after his military service and recently was assigned to do a bicycle patrol in downtown Dallas.

Valerie Zamarripa, his mother stated, “from when he was a little boy, Patrick always wanted to be a police officer. He loved life, he loved his family, his job, he was a happy man and where he wanted to be.”

Just a few days prior to his death, Officer Zamarripa, father of a 2-year-old, was planning a Disney cruise with his family.

In a test message on July 4, one of his last written messages, Officer Zamarripa noted “Happy Birthday to the greatest country on the face of the planet, my beloved America.”

Dallas Police Sgt. Michael Smith – was an Army Ranger veteran before joining the Dallas Police Department in 1989.

Sgt. Smith was received a “Cops’ Cop” award from the Dallas Police Association. He was married and had two daughters and admired for having a positive attitude and compassion for others.

His sister, Yea-Mei Sauer, shared these heart-wrenching words at his funeral. “My brothers murder will not be in vain, his selfless legacy will live on. He wound want us to continue the good fight, to be guardians, leaders, peacemakers, to love one another, to set the example, because this is what we are supposed to do.”

Dallas Police Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens – served as a deputy at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) from 1991-2002 before beginning his service with the Dallas Police Department.

Ahrens leaves behind a wife and two children. He was described by Captain Ken McWard, a former colleague with the LASD, as “someone who always wanted to be in law enforcement. You can tell that when you first met him. He was a big guy with a big heart and you could always count on him. He really loved what he was doing.”

Final Reflections

In my article titled “Principles of American Policing” published in the April 24, 2016 edition of the Epoch Times, I summoned a clarion call to enhance dialogue, communication, and trust between police and communities.

This was highlighted in my first principle, “Being pro-police and pro-community are inseparable, indefatigable, and pre-eminent.”

But this first principle is best described by the broken heart of a father, Rick Zamarripa, who lost his beloved son, Officer Patrick Zamarripa in Dallas on July 7.

Mr. Zamarripa said, “all of this hate has to stop. I don’t care if your black or white … we are all God’s children.”

Related Coverage:

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

Police-Community Crisis: Rise to the Occasion

NYPD Fallen Officer Randolph Holder: Fidelis Ad Mortem

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Closing Photo: The Procession makes its way on the George Bush Turnpike to Restland Funeral Home in Richardson, Texas, for the graveside service as law enforcement paid their respects following the funeral service for Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. (Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NYPD SHIELD: Forging Partnerships, Protecting New York

On Monday, June 27, I attended the NYPD SHIELD conference at One Police Plaza in Manhattan.

As detailed in my article titled “NYPD SHIELD: America’s Public-Private Collaboration Model” published in the July 25, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, NYPD SHIELD is a public-private partnership. It is a unique unity of effort dedicated to countering terrorism through information sharing.

These are perilous times throughout America with the threat of terrorism as witnessed in horrific attacks. These have included the Boston Marathon Bombings, San Bernardino, and the Orlando nightclub.

Each of these tragedies is a sobering reminder that terrorism is a real and present danger demanding moral leadership and collaborative vigilance. Law enforcement officials, private security professionals, and members of the public must be dedicated to a unity of effort.

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton

As normal protocol for NYPD SHIELD conferences, the event began with NYPD Commissioner William Bratton’s remarks.
Bratton advised over 400 attendees on the dangers of ISIS, particularly with its exploiting the destabilized Middle East due to the Syrian crisis.

The commissioner explained how ISIS ignited terror attacks by inspiring, enabling, or directing them.
Bratton assured attendees of the NYPD’s commitment to terrorism prevention, preparedness, and response. This includes 550 members of the Critical Response Command (CRC), an elite cadre of officers trained for terrorism and active shooter scenarios.

The CRC is supported by 800 additional officers in the Strategic Response Group (SRG). In addition, Bratton stated that there are over 700 officers in the Emergency Services Unit (ESU). All these units are supported by a robust investigative unit in partnership with many other law enforcement agencies.

Boston Marathon Bombings Retrospective

Although numerous terrorist attacks were cited during today’s conference, a presentation titled “Boston Marathon Bombings Retrospective” was emotionally riveting.

This presentation began with FBI special agent Timothy Brown who stressed that it is difficult to stop terrorism, as with the Boston Marathon, during the attack stage. Therefore, Brown stressed that effective investigations, especially to thwart pre-attack surveillance plans, were critical to terrorism prevention.

Brown also stressed that the importance of public safety and first-responder cohesiveness was critical after an attack. He emphasized that balancing these two factors was paramount so that medical assistance can take place while safeguarding all from the possibilities of additional attacks.

According to Brown, the focus of the Boston Marathon bombings was directed by the FBI as the lead agency since it was an act of terror.

In this role, the FBI worked collaboratively with other agencies to gather evidence. This included digital evidence collected from closed-circuit TVs and smartphones. Brown stated that private and public sectors were extremely cooperative with providing digital evidence. This evidence helped law enforcement to identify a person of interest, who was accompanied by another suspect in the evidence, which led them to the two attackers.

Following FBI special agent Brown’s presentation, was Steve Mellin, deputy criminal chief of the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Mellin’s passionate presentation focused on making the lives of the victims a priority for prosecution. He stressed that the horrific nature of the attacks resulted in deaths, amputations, and injuries to hundreds of innocent people. During the prosecution, Mellin used graphic photos and videos to successfully convict the surviving attacker.

This digital evidence powerfully depicted the attacker’s callous contempt for human life. It clearly showed their awareness that the explosion, filled with nails and other projectiles, would impact children who surrounded them as they stood preparing to leave their bombs in the crowd.

Final Reflections

America must remain collaboratively vigilant during these perilous times as terror incidents continue to accelerate.

We must also have hope and remain determined that our unity is our strength. This was emphasized at the NYPD SHIELD event by Chief Edward Deveau of the Watertown Police Department. The chief, now retired, had his officers involved with a shootout with the two attackers, who also attacked the officers with exploding pipe bombs.

Deveau stated that the slogan “Boston Strong” was a reality due to the courage of the victims, the compassion of the first-responders and medical professionals, and the commitment of law enforcement.

These are the qualities that make “Boston Strong,” “New York Strong,” and “America Strong,” Deveau stated, and that “no fear of terror will ever diminish the greatness of America.”

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1. NYPD presence on Fifth Avenue, NYC during Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 1, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. NYPD presence at Macy's, 34th Street/Herald Square, NYC, Nov. 21. 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. NYPD presence in Times Square, NYC, Feb. 11, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians

As detailed in published works for the Epoch Times over the last two years, these are defining times for American policing that demands ethical guardians.

There has always been corruption in government, but this is no excuse for unethical behavior to continue.

The dignity that represents America demands renewal, and our police, so vital to the integrity of government and security in our communities must rise to the occasion.

Every law enforcement official who takes the sacred oath to protect and serve, must be fully dedicated to society as an ethical guardian.

There can be no compromise by law enforcement officials to ethical values. Law enforcement must be totally and wholeheartedly committed to their sacrosanct duty, never faltering with the responsibilities bestowed upon them.

NYPD Scandals: Leadership, Transparency, Accountability

In my Oct. 10, 2014 article for the Epoch Times titled “Transforming the NYPD: Terminating Toxic Police Officers,” I encouraged the NYPD-and every police department-to be inspired by the ideals of the United States Military Academy (USMA), commonly referred to as West Point.

The article stressed that the mission of West Point is to educate, train, and inspire leaders of character, ethics, and moral courage.

In the article, I also expressed by appreciation for the ethical leadership of NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton, detailed during his words to over 800 top department officials in 2014.

Bratton addressed the small percentage of NYPD officers who are “poisoning the well” and needed to be weeded out.

“My intention going forward is to ensure that we will aggressively seek to get those out of the department who should not be there—the brutal, the corrupt, the racist, the incompetent…

“They are poisoning the well, and the trust that we deserve and the trust that we need is eroded by some of their actions,” Bratton said.

U. S. Attorney, NYPD, FBI: Collaborative Ethical Leadership

On Monday, June 20, 2016, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York posted a document on their website reminding society that no one is above the law.

The document, complimented by a news conference on the same day, was titled “Senior NYPD Officials and others charged with Federal Public Corruption Offenses.”

It detailed the arrests of NYPD officials and charges against them.

These NYPD arrests complement the commitment expressed by Commissioner Bratton throughout his career, and during the retreat. The arrests also reflected the collaborative ethical leadership of the U.S. Attorney, NYPD, and FBI as detailed in the following statements:

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara: “The alleged conduct violates the basic principle that public servants are to serve the public, not help themselves to cash and benefits just for doing their jobs. Jeremy Reichberg allegedly showered senior police officials, Commanding Officers Michael Harrington and James Grant, with bribes, and in exchange, got ‘cops on call,’ a private police force for themselves and their friends. As alleged, Sergeant David Villanueva and Officer Richard Ochetal in the NYPD’s gun licensing division were also on the take, issuing gun licenses in exchange for cash, liquor, and limo rides. It is heartbreaking to see police officers who have taken the oath to serve and protect allegedly bring dishonor to an institution and profession deserving of the greatest honor. I thank the FBI for their work on this important investigation and the NYPD for its commitment and courage to police itself.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriquez: “The abuses of power alleged in this case are not victimless crimes. The victims are the citizens of New York, who rely on officers to fulfill their sworn duty. The victims are the upstanding police officers who do everything in their power to uphold the law and protect the public. The victims are public trust and confidence in law enforcement, both critical to ensuring public safety. The FBI, along with our partners, will continue to root out this kind of decay at every level in order to protect our citizens from the devastating consequences of corruption that undermines safety, and erodes the trust between law enforcement and the public.”

NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton: “These charges and today's arrests are a culmination of the joint investigative efforts of the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau along with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. During the past three years, NYPD Internal Affairs and FBI investigators worked diligently in pursuing leads into alleged corrupt activity involving uniformed members of this department. Two separate investigations, by the NYPD and the FBI, merged seamlessly and resulted in today’s arrests of four members of the department as well as another individual. This investigation is not over and we will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners to go where the facts of these cases lead us.‎”

Final Reflections
One of my responsibilities throughout my career, has been empowering law enforcement with the character needed to serve society as ethical guardians.

This work will continue with a New Jersey conference scheduled for a partnership of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, Bergen County Prosecutor, and Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute (BCLPSI).

The conference, titled “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” will take place on Oct. 4, 2016 at the BCLPSI.

It will be my goal with this event, to compliment the noble efforts of countless police officials throughout the nation serving as ethical guardians.

I am confident their commitment, upheld by the U.S. Attorney, NYPD Commissioner, and FBI Assistant Director this week, will inspire police renewal, so critical to reawakening the nation.

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An extended version of this article was published in The Chief of Police, summer edition, the official publication of The National Association of Chiefs of Police, Volume XXXI / Number 2.

Related Coverage

The Cop: America’s Ethical Guardian

Ethical Guardians: Repudiating the Ferguson Effect

Policing Demands Ethical Sentinels

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

Principles of American Policing

Policing in America: Protect, Respect, Community


1. NYPD officer assisting Times Square visitor. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. NYPD Motorcycle Unit, Herald Square at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, April 18, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

3. NYPD presence in Rockefeller Center. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Orlando Shootings: Compassion, Empathy, Sympathy

America must prayerfully pause with profound compassion and listen to the cries flowing from the city of Orlando.

The senseless killing of 49 innocent people and wounding of 53 others inside a nightclub must ignite the deepest emotions of sorrow, empathy, and sympathy in the heart of America.

This most recent manifestation of hatred demands our condolences for the indescribable suffering of the victims, as well as for their families and friends.

We must also honor many unsung heroes who placed themselves in harm’s way to prevent additional fatalities. First-responders and medical professionals also deserve our praise for their dedication to help the victims.

Empowered by prayerful hearts that refuse to despair, we must encourage the suffering, and remain vigilant to prevent future tragedies.

America must have hope, courage, and resolve so healing may come to the heart of our wounded nation.

Orlando Victims: A Spotlight

In order to enflame compassion in our hearts, let us take the time to reflect on some who died in Orlando.

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49, a two time cancer survivor who raised 12 children. One of these children, a son, was with her dancing on that fateful night and would see her collapse after being fatally struck by a bullet.

Akyra Murray, 18, was celebrating her graduation from West Catholic Prepatory School with a trip to Orlando. Akyra had graduated third in her class and was a star basketball player who had signed to play form Mercyhurst College in Pennsylvania.

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
, 25, grew up in Manati, Puerto Rico, and moved to Orlando a few years ago. His Facebook page detailed his studying health care management at the Ana G. Mendez University’s Orlando campus.

Jean Carlos Nieves Rodriguez, 27, had just purchased his first home, so his mom could have a nice place to live. He was the general manager of a check-cashing store, who according to his sister Valeria Monroig, “cared more about other than about himself.”

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26, was a native of Queens, N.Y., who according to her Facebook page, graduated from Ridge Community High School in 2008. She was at Pulse Nightclub with her friend, Amanda Alvear, both of whom were confirmed killed during the shootings.

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 was a leasing agent in Orlando whose loss is best described on his Facebook page by his mother, "My heart is broken with the news of your departure, I can't contain the tears and the pain I feel inside of me. You will always be my baby and I will always love you. May the Lord receive you with open arms and I hope to see you soon my love."

Cory James Connell, 21, was a graduate of Edgewater High School, studying at Valencia College. His aspiration according to his Facebook page was to be a firefighter with one message noting him as “the greatest friend.” Cory was celebrating his 21st birthday on the night he was killed at the nightclub.

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31, was employed by Walt Disney World in Orlando. He was with his friend, Cory James Connell, apparently celebrating his 21st birthday on the night both were killed at the nightclub.

Final Reflections

The heartbreaking loss of these men and women, so cherished by their families, friends, and communities reminds us of the sacredness of human life and that we are all members of the same human family.

As we eternally honor their memories with compassion, empathy, and sympathy, let us remember that each life is sacred and every human being deserves dignity, respect, and reverence.

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Related Coverage

Terrorism Attacks Demand America’s Leadership

Mass Shootings, Police Fatalities: America’s Culture of Trauma

America’s Mission: Eradicating Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism

Diversity: America’s Heartbeat


People attend a prayer service for the Pulse nightclub shooting victims at Delaney Street Baptist Church in Orlando, Fla., on June 15, 2016. The shooting, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass shooting in American history. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

America’s Violent Culture: A Disturbing Reality

According to published reports, violent crime-including homicides, rapes, and robberies-have experienced an uptick in numerous American cities.

Although these concerns follow a period of historic low crime rates, the rise is disturbing and must raise concerns among law enforcement, private security, and law abiding community members.

Any level of violence is unacceptable as it brings brokenness to the lives of victims and their families, and wounds the heart of American communities.

The director of the FBI, James B. Comey, poignantly expressed his concern on violence by recently stating, “Sometimes people say to me, 'Well the increases are off historic lows.' How does that make any of us feel better? A whole lot more people are dying this year than the year before. And I don’t know why for sure.”

Chicago: America’s Violence Epicenter

In my July 10, 2015 article for the Epoch Times titled “Chicago Gang Crisis: Epicenter of Violence in America,” I detailed blistering violence continually making headlines in the Chicago.

The article detailed tragedies on Chicago’s murdered children and summoned a clarion call to America. I pleaded with the nation to listen to the cries of broken-hearted mothers losing their children to violence.

I cited sobering information, including a 2009 published report indicating that 508 Chicago children were shot during a 16-month span, with 25 killed.

The Chicago crisis continues especially in poorer neighborhoods. This past Memorial Day weekend saw six people fatally shot and 56 wounded. The blood bath in America’s windy city has no end in site as the 66 homicides this May are 19 more than May 2015 and 25 more than May 2014. Already, May is already 50 percent higher than last year, putting it on pace to surpass the 500 homicides it experienced in 2012.

Aside from the fatalities, is the dramatic number of people being shot, making Chicago hospitals like triage centers for the battlefield.

As of the end of May, there are already over 1,200 shootings, compared to 800 at the same time last year.

Chicago is a city in crisis and the gangs, inseparable from the drugs, violence, shootings, mayhem, chaos, and death are at the heart of the issue.

Gangs are injecting venom into America’s communities and throughout the nation. The FBI website describes it, “Thousands of street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs … sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money making activities, which include drug and gun trafficking, robbery, fraud, extortion, human trafficking, sex trafficking, and prostitution.”

Violence is Chicago is out of control and America must have a full-force violence prevention commitment ignite in the city.

The renewal of Chicago will only be possible with transforming the Chicago Police to be ethical guardians building trust with the communities they have sworn to protect and serve.

Yet, as the police have responsibilities, so does the community. The police and the people in Chicago, and throughout America must enhance a unity of effort, trust, and confidence.

There must be unity of effort, and it must take place in law enforcement agencies, neighborhoods, families, schools, workplaces, and faith-based communities.

Final Reflections

We have just commemorated Memorial Day, one of America’s most solemn holidays that traditionally begins the summer season.

Unfortunately, the summer is off to a tragic start in Chicago. America must end the venom of violence being injected into the arteries of one of its most cherished cities.

When America realizes that being pro-police is inseparable from being pro-community, and fully dedicates itself to forging a unity of effort that builds trust, we will be on the path to violence prevention and reawakening the nation.


Ethical Guardians: Repudiating the Ferguson Effect

Mass Shootings, Police Fatalities: America’s Culture of Trauma

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline

Videos Are Transforming Police–Community Relations

Police-Community Crisis: Rise to the Occasion

Principles of American Policing

America’s Gangs: Guns, Drugs, Violence, Prison, Death

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Police investigate the scene where a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed by police after he reportedly pointed a gun at officers during a foot chase in Chicago, Ill., on June 17, 2013. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

U.S. Postal Inspection Service: Ethics, Integrity, Professionalism

One of America’s most iconic structures is the James A. Farley Post Office Building, formally known as the General Post Office Building, located at Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in New York City.

Although this magnificent architectural masterpiece is conveniently located across from Penn Station and Madison Garden, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, perhaps it is best known for prominently bearing the inspirational inscription carved above its Corinthian colonnade that reads as follows:

“Neither son nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Protecting Couriers, Employees, Infrastructure, Customers

Behind the scenes of this landmark facility representing America’s postal service, is the federal law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service.

The mission of this agency is “to support the U.S. Postal Service and its employees, infrastructure, and customers; enforce the laws that defend the nation’s mail system form illegal or dangerous use; and ensure public trust in the mail.”

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is one of America’s oldest federal law enforcement agencies, founded by Benjamin Franklin. It is critical to defending the American public from criminals who seek to violate our laws by attacking the postal system.

As detailed on the U.S. Postal Inspection Service website, the goal of this agency is to “ensure confidence in the U.S. Mail and to assure that American business can safely dispatch funds, securities, and information through the U.S. Mail, that postal customers can entrust their correspondence to the mail, and that postal employees can work in a safe environment.”

The responsibilities of this agency includes mail fraud, revenue protection, asset forfeiture, mail theft, identity theft, violent crime, facility security, child exploitation, detection and prevention of dangerous mail, global security and investigations, and homeland security.

Leadership Training and Development Empowerment

On Thursday, May 16, 2016, I was privileged to conduct a leadership training and development program for over 40 members of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s New York Division.

The program titled “America’s Postal Inspection Service: Ethics, Integrity Professionalism” was made possible through the leadership of Philip R. Barlett, inspector-in-charge of the New York Division.

Attendees included detectives, inspectors, administrators, and uniformed officers and took place at the Morgan General Mail Facility, another New York City landmark located just across the street from the James A. Farley Post Office Building.

The building is one of America’s largest mail processing facilities with over 1,000 employees on site. It was built in 1933 to connect the High Line Rail Road, now High Line Park, to support over 8,000 mail trains crossing the country.

The Morgan General Mail Facility handles up to 12 million pieces of mail each day.

America’s Head-On Collision

During this presentation, I used my signature metaphor of a head-on train collision causing catastrophic chaos, painting the picture of America’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence.

As highlighted in a graphic presentation, the crisis of leadership included the following:

• Massive and pervasive arrests, indictments, convictions, and imprisonments of public officials on the federal, state, county, city, and local levels including recent cases of New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver

• Continuous corporate fraud cases including Enron, WorldCom, Purdue Pharma L.P., Schering Plough, the narcissistic arrogance of Lehman Brothers’ Richard Fuld, and the long tentacles of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion swindle that wreaked havoc on so many lives

• Scandals within the world of sports including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, indictments of high-ranking officials and corporate executives associated with FIFA, and the fall from grace of Olympic champions

• Crimes in religious communities, including the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church compounded by disgraceful cover-ups from bishops who failed to protect society from contemptuous crimes that screamed to heaven for justice

• The entertainment world’s crisis of stars involved with substance abuse, domestic violence, and shootings
The crisis of violence was depicted in events including the following:

• Sexual assaults of teenagers by their peers with reprehensible postings of the attacks posted on-line that led to heart-breaking suicides of numerous victims

• Horrific incidents of school and campus violence including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Yale University where a murdered student’s missing body was found on what would have been her wedding day

• Senseless workplace violence massacres that include the killing of 14 at a Binghamton, New York Immigration Office, the killing of 12 people during a Batman movie in Colorado, and the Navy Yard mass shooting that left 13 dead

• On-going violence at houses of worship, once considered sanctuary, that include people shot dead during worship services and the killing of pastors and priests

• Senseless acts of terrorism including the Boston Marathon attack, 9/11, and the lone wolf attack of NYPD officers
Following my assessment of America’s crisis of character and culture of violence, I shared practical points with attendees, on the importance of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, as well as principles of crisis management, security, and violence prevention.

Following my assessment of America's crisis of character and culture of violence, I shared practical points with attendees, on the importance of ethics, integrity, and professionalism, as well as principles of crisis management, security, and violence prevention.

Final Reflections

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is vital to securing couriers, employees, facilities, customers, and America’s infrastructure.

It is vital that this federal law enforcement agency receive the encouragement, funding, training, and appreciation they deserve as they are essential to protecting our way of life, democracy, and, liberty.

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1. The iconic James A. Farley Post Office Building, formally known as the General Post Office Building, located at Eighth Avenue between 31st and 33rd Streets in New York City. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. The first few words of the U.S. Postal Service’s official slogan are displayed above the General Post office building in New York City on Oct. 26, 2001. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

3. The Morgan General Mail Facility, one of America’s largest mail processing facilities with over 1,000 employees on site. (Vincent J. Bove)

4. Members of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service’s New York Division including detectives, inspectors, administrators, and uniformed officers listen to Vincent J. Bove on May 16, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Memorial Day: Honor the Fallen, Widows, Orphans

As America honors Memorial Day, we must have burning within our souls the most profound appreciation for all who have offered the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom, liberty, and way of life.

The nation must prayerfully pause during this sacred Memorial solemnity and remember the sacrifices of the fallen, as well as of their widows and orphans.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address: Iconic Memorial Dignity

For America to truly understand the dignity of Memorial Day, it is imperative to reflect on Abraham Lincoln’s profound respect for those who died for the nation.

The eloquent words of the Gettysburg address, a speech delivered by Lincoln at the Nov. 19, 1863 dedication of Soldiers Cemetery, can ignite a fire of devotion in the soul.

Lincoln succinctly honored, with less than 300 words, Union soldiers killed at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War. His speech has been immortalized throughout the world as one of history’s most eloquent orations.

Lincoln not only honored the dead, but reminded listeners then and throughout the ages, that the soldier's sacrifice was sacrosanct and served America’s most noble values of liberty, equality, unity, freedom, democracy, and spirituality as exemplified in this excerpt:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth."

Lincolns Second Inaugural Address: Binding the Wounds

Complementing Lincoln’s devotion to those who consecrated the ground at Gettysburg with their sacrifices, Lincoln’s Second Inaugural on March 4, 1865, gave a comprehensive perspective on the ultimate sacrifice.

Once again, the master of brevity with only 703 words in his speech, Lincoln spoke of the the Civil War in terms of compassion, character, and the monstrous injustice of slavery.

Lincoln did not demonize the South by giving the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South of the inhumanity of slavery.

Instead, he called to task the entire nation as guilty, and pleaded for reconciliation, unity, empathy, and sensitivity which included this burning decree:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

Honoring a Hero, Widow, and Child

In October, 2013, I came across a published work with a photo of an angelic little three-year-old boy named Michael Wyatt that put a sword through my heart. I immediately clipped the photo from the magazine and placed it in a prominent place in my home, to remind me of the gravity of his father’s sacrifice, and so that I can always remember to pray for this little boy and his mother.

Michael was born in 2010, but the son of Corporal Derek Wyatt, a 25-five-year-old Marine killed in Afghanistan the day before Michael’s birth.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Wyatt, of Akron, Ohio, died Dec. 6, 2010 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.

His wife Kait, a Marine veteran, gave birth to the couples baby Michael, at Camp Pendleton in California, the evening after her husband was killed by a sniper while he was leading other Marines.

Final Reflections

America must eternally honor Memorial Day with profound gratitude to all who offered the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way of life.

Our nation must also reflect on Lincoln’s devotion to all who have consecrated America by their sacrifice, and to forever honor, assist, and support their widows, and children.


Memorial Day: Honoring America’s Sacred Sacrifices

America’s Veterans Deserve Honor, Homes, Health Care

American Holidays: Time to Honor Military Sacrifices

Life Lessons From the United States Military

America’s Veterans: Honoring Our Heroes

America’s Flag, Patriotism: Resuscitating Our Destiny


1.Kyatt Wyatt carries her 1-month-old son, Michael at the burial of her husband, Marine Cpl. Derek Wyatt, at Arlington National Cemetery, January 7, 2011. Wyatt was killed December 6, 2010 in Afghanistan. (Courtesy Arlington National Cemetery)

2. Michael Wyatt, son of Kate and Derek Wyatt. (Credit Esquire Magazine, October, 2013 edition)

Kait Wyattt, widow of U.S. Marine Derek Wyatt, clutches the American flag which was draped over her husbands casket during funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery. (Courtesy Arlington National Cemetery)

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Monday, May 16, 2016

America’s Critical Ethical Issues Demand Resolution

Over the last 20 years, I have addressed issues critical to America in my training initiatives throughout the nation, as well as in extensive published works.

The published works include over 100 columns for my Epoch Times over the last two years.

These articles crystallize ethical issues in our society that demand resolution.

For the purpose of clarity and persevering with a clarion call to reawaken the ethical heartbeat of America, here is a sampling of quotes from these articles.

America’s Mission: Eradicating Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism

“Respect for human rights is the basis of moral legitimacy and the criteria of government’s rightful authority.

“This respect is also a reflection of character, not only of individuals, but of a nation. Respect always stands diametrically opposed to discrimination, prejudice, and racism. These vices are dehumanizing as they dishonor the moral heartbeat of humanity demanding respect for our neighbor.

“Every person deserves dignity and respect, as we are all members of the same human family.

“This respect must extend to all, including those who are different by sex, race, color, social conditions, language, ethnicity, age, country of origin, or religion.”

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

America demands a president with unwavering character, ethical principles, and influential leadership.

These are presidential qualities critical for a 21st century American leader who must ignite patriotism, community, and character in America.

America’s president must inspire an ethical society that stands as a counterculture to violence, apathy, and corruption we have seen unleashed in our society. Our president must be the preeminent model of ethical leadership and inspire a reawakening of the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

America’s Veterans Deserve Honor, Homes, Health Care

“Military service is the pre-eminent hallmark of honor, duty, and country and deserves America’s dignity, appreciation, and esteem.

“Hopefully, the solemn national holidays of Veterans and Memorial Day will be complemented by America’s renewed passion for honoring our veterans, especially those marginalized by poverty, homelessness, and health care deficiencies.

“But a travesty has infected our great land, for as we now walk American cities, the dignity of our flag is contradicted by the tragedy of dishonored homeless veterans, many with mental health needs. These patriots are further victimized by society’s indignation, contempt, and abandonment.

"America must respond to an inner moral call and rise by igniting an ethical renaissance. The principles of character, compassion, and altruism must be the heartbeat of America.”

America’s 21st Century Student: Character, Courage, Community

“Each American student deserves example, encouragement, and empowerment to cultivate virtues critical to society: character, courage, and community.

“Every educational community must be fully dedicated to character education. This philosophy is vital to reawakening the nation by giving hope, vision, and inspiration to our youth who must reignite America’s torch of character, courage, and community.”

Principles of American Policing

“Contemporary issues demand principles complementing tradition while respecting current realities.

“Therefore, I have developed Nine Principles of American Policing to enhance dialogue, communication, and trust between police and communities:

“1. Being pro-police and pro-community are inseparable, indefatigable, and pre-eminent. Police must at all times remain fully committed to protecting and serving the public through character, ethics, and leadership that is total and wholehearted. Police must be guided by a moral compass that honors the community, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

“2. Respect must be the heart of the police and it must be unwavering for the profession, colleagues, and community. Respect can only be earned through integrity, accountability, and transparency. These qualities build trust, legitimacy, and collaboration.

“3. Police deserve that every level of government provide the resources necessary for proper police staffing, training, and community service.”

American Teachers: Inspire the Heart and Transform the Country

“In my opinion, there are essentially two basic forms of education in American schools. There is the repressive system that makes rules known, watches for transgressions, and is quick to discipline a student by inflicting condescending correction and punishment. The errant zero-tolerance policy in so many schools is an example of a repressive system—rigid, bureaucratic, and impersonal.

"The proper approach is the preventive system of education. In this system, educators are vigilant in a caring manner and offer patient guidance from the heart consistent with kindness, character, and reasonableness. The preventive system of education builds trust and connections with students and the community. The opposite of a zero-tolerance approach is a measured intervention approach that promotes reasonableness, dignity, and respect.

"Simply expressed, the repressive system is dictatorial and may temporarily stop a disorder, but will not inspire students. The preventive system speaks the language of the heart and is transformational."

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets

“The violent rampages taking place throughout America, with probability that this scourge will not end anytime soon, must motivate the nation to enhance vigilance and harden targets.

“These are challenging times for police, private security, and citizens, but we must rise to the occasion to prevent all acts of violence with an unwavering dedication to collaboration.”

Honoring American Immigrants: Family, Neighbors, Heroes

“Immigrants represent the ideals, principles, and freedom of our country and are represented by our families, neighbors, and heroes.

“Today, there is a frenzy of emotion over immigrants and the role America must play with this issue that involves the security of our borders.

“Solving this issue is achievable and critical for reawakening the nation. But the fact remains that America is a great land because of the values, vision, and service of countless immigrants.

“Immigrants are our families, neighbors, and heroes and we must be forever honor their contributions to America.”

America’s Corrupt Culture Beckons Ethical Renaissance

“Inspiring an ethical renaissance in America is a daunting task but we must rise to the occasion. Our country has had seemingly insurmountable trials before and we have risen to the occasion.

“Corruption is a crisis that runs deep within the arteries of many public servants. Our first step toward renewal is to accept the crisis of character as a reality without denial.

“When we make an honest assessment of this crisis, we can commit ourselves to reawakening the nation through accountability in the criminal justice system, ethics initiatives throughout every level of society, and a world-class, second-to-none character education initiative for every American student.

“If we are serious about America, we will be fully dedicated to its ethical renaissance and find no excuses for changing the course of the nation.”

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1. American flags, Rockefeller Center, NYC. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. Martin Luther King, Jr. leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. (Photo by Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty Images)

3. Veteran Jose Gonzalez pauses at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in New York City during the Memorial Day Observation on May 26, 2014. Gonzalez served in Vietnam 1968–1972. (Vincent J. Bove)

4. NYPD at Times Square on March 25, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

5. President Harry Truman awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to Macario García in 1945. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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Monday, May 09, 2016

National Police Week: Honoring Ethical Guardians

As America pays special recognition to law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty, the nation must pause.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the calendar week in which it falls as National Police Week.

These are challenging times for the law enforcement community due to the culture of violence throughout American society, as well as the controversies involving policing.

Yet, the fact remains that law enforcement is an honorable profession, and our ethical guardians serve America when honoring the badge and communities they protect.

Alarming Law Enforcement Fatalities

As of May 8, 2016, there is an alarming uptick in law enforcement fatalities according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Compared to the same time frame last year, there are already 17 firearms-related fatalities, a 70 percent increase.

These statistics are alarming but never paint the picture of broken hearts suffered by family members and law enforcement communities.

We must honor these heroes by taking a moment to reflect on some of the recent tragedies of law enforcement officers gone too soon.

Police Officer Steven M. Smith - He died two days after sustaining a gunshot wound on April 12. Officer Smith was a member of the Columbus, Ohio Division of Police. He was shot while serving an arrest warrant as part of a SWAT team.

Trooper Chad P. Dermyer – He was a member of the Virginia State Police who was shot and killed on March 31 while interviewing a suspect who produced a handgun and shot him.

Deputy Sheriff Carl A. Koontz – He was a member of the Hudson County, Ind. Sheriff’s Office. He was killed on March 21 while serving drug-related warrants.

Police Officer Allen Lee Jacobs – He was a member of the Greenville, S.C. Police Department. Officer Jacobs was shot and killed on March 18 while conducting a field interview. While approaching a self-identified gang member, the suspect fled the scene while opening fire on Officer Jacobs and his partner. Officer Jacob was hit several times.

Police Officer Ashley Guindon – She was shot and killed on February 27 while responding to a domestic dispute call. While the fatality of every ethical guardian wounds the heart of America, Officer Guindon’s death was uniquely heartbreaking. She was sworn in as a police officer only the day before, and it was her first shift as a Prince William County, Va. police officer.

Ethical Guardians: Earning Community Respect

While complementing the honoring of fallen offices during National Police Week, it is imperative to also appreciate the work of our police throughout the nation, particularly through daily acts of their service we easily take for granted, and community policing initiatives.

Although controversies deserve honest evaluations in order for policing to make these issues opportunities for renewal, and addressed in numerous other articles of mine, the purpose of this article is to honor the fallen and accentuate positive policing initiatives.

One positive community policing initiative took place on Saturday, May 7 as a collaboration of the Essex County N.J. Crime Prevention Officers Association and Essex County Chiefs of Police.

The event, held at the Livingston, New Jersey Mall was supported by numerous law enforcement agencies from throughout the state, as well as fire officials, first responders, and corporate professionals.

It was a statement of positive interaction with the community as hundreds of shoppers, including many children, took pictures with police officers.

Despite the law enforcement community being under scrutiny, this was an outstanding initiative building trust, respect, and rapport between the police and the people.

As a speaker during the opening ceremony, I encouraged the police in their roles as ethical guardians and commended them for keeping communities, families, and schools secure.

Final Reflections

America’s ethical guardians are vital to the security of our nation and all law-abiding citizens must honor their sacrifices and respect their efforts.

These are defining times for American policing and we will be successful with reawakening the nation when there is a committed unity of effort between law enforcement and our citizens.


The Cop: America’s Ethical Guardian

Ethical Guardians: Repudiating the Ferguson Effect

Principles of American Policing

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

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1. Police Officer Steven M. Smith (Courtesy Columbus (OH) Division of Police)
2. Trooper Chad P. Dermyer (Courtesy Virginia State Police)
3. Police Officer Ashley Guindon ( Courtesy Prince William County (VA) Police Department)
4. Vincent J. Bove delivering opening remarks at the Essex County (NJ) Police & Public Safety Expo, Livingston, New Jersey on May 7, 2016. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Publishing)

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