Monday, March 23, 2015

Secret Service Scandals: Review, Resolve, Renew

The professionalism of dedicated secret service agents since 1865 is deserving of recognition, respect, and appreciation.

It is important to accentuate their service to America by understanding the vision and mission of the agency:

VISION STATEMENT
The vision of the United States Secret Service is to uphold the tradition of excellence in its investigative and protective mission through a dedicated, highly-trained, diverse, partner-oriented workforce that employs progressive technology and promotes professionalism.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Secret Service is to ensure the security of our President, our Vice President, their families, the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, national and visiting world leaders, former Presidents, and events of national significance. The Secret Service also protects the integrity of our currency and investigates crimes against our national financial system committed by criminals around the world and in cyberspace.

Transparency, Accountability, Commitment
But recently, this once-proud agency has been blistered with numerous scandals.

Transparency, accountability and commitment must be front and center for the agency’s renewal.

America needs the Secret Service and we must appreciate all who proudly honor the calling to its vision and mission.

The dignity of this renowned agency demands transformation and refusal from within its ranks to accept deviance, deficiencies, and dysfunction.

The fact is that agents are human beings and like all of us are capable of meritorious actions or shameful behavior.

But because the Secret Service is responsible for safeguarding lives, property and critical information-as well as preserving the morale of the nation-mediocrity and distractions from duty can be devastating.

The Secret Service mission deserves world-class on-going training, certifications, critically discerning recruitment, performance reviews, and, when necessary counseling, reassignments, suspensions and terminations.

The mission of all law enforcement, especially one as critical as the Secret Service-responsible for protecting the president-cannot be undermined by mediocrity, superficiality, incompetence or apathy.

Honor, leadership, ethics, and character must be the hallmarks of the Secret Service and these virtues deserve unwavering perseverance.

Recent Secret Service Scandals-A Partial List
Renewal of the agency will take place when recent scandals including these published reports are honestly addressed and remedied:

June-Aug. 2011: Agents responsible for protecting the White House are pulled from their posts to protect the home of a friend of agency Director Mark Sullivan.

Nov. 2011: Several bullets hit the White House but an inferior Secret Service investigation fails to realize it until four days later when the marks were noticed by a housekeeper.

April 23, 2012: About a dozen agents are sent home from Columbia after a scandal of their involvement with prostitutes.

May 2013: An agency supervisor tires to re-enter a woman’s room after mistakenly leaving a bullet there.

March 23, 2014: After being found passed out by intoxication in a hotel hallway during a presidential trip, three agents are sent home from the Netherlands.

Sept. 16, 2014: an armed security guard violates the agency protocol by being in the same elevator with the president.

Sept. 19, 2014: a knife-wielding man climbs the White House fence, enters the mansion and has access to the bottom floor before being apprehended.

Oct. 29, 2014: the agency’s investigator of the Columbia prostitution scandal is forced to resign after his arrest regarding prostitution in Florida.

June 13, 2015: Four assistant agency directors were fired, with the option of retiring or reassignment.

March 4, 2015: After drinking at a party, two senior agents run into a White House security barrier, passing through security tape of an active bomb investigation.

Renewal Without Excuses
Dysfunctional alcohol, prostitution, incompetence, or apathy issues deserve swift accountability and cover-ups, excuses, or enabling is unacceptable.

In my many keynotes for the FBI and law enforcement officials, the human deficiencies that can distract us from our mission are honestly addressed. As counterpoint to these weaknesses, character, ethics, leadership, and moral courage are always stressed as the pillars of patriotic and personal responsibility.

The good name of the Secret Service can be restored when leadership is the foundation and this must begin immediately, as it is critical, not only to their vision and mission, but to America.

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Photos
1. Secret Service agent (Courtesy U.S. Secret Service)
2. Secret Service agents providing motorcade protection (Courtesy U.S. Secret Service)
3. Secret Service Canine Explosives Detection Unit screens vehicles and event sites for explosives (Courtesy U.S. Secret Service)

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Monday, March 16, 2015

America’s Flag, Patriotism: Resuscitating Our Destiny

The American flag is the symbol of our nation, deserving of reverence, honor and dignity.

As immortalized by the iconic flag raising by U.S. Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima, our flag is the rallying point for America’s patriotism. Iwo Jima’s flag raising gave America hope, a counterpoint to the heart-wrenching sinking of our ships at Pearl Harbor.

This heroic battle profoundly portrays America’s courage, claiming nearly 7,000 U.S. fatalities and 25,851 casualties.

As documented in Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, more medals for action on Iwo Jima were awarded than any battle in American history. It is a profound expression of when “Uncommon Valor Was A Common Virtue.”

During all of World War II, which lasted over four years, eighty-four Medals of Honor were awarded to U.S. Marines. This averaged to twenty-two a year, about two a month. But at Iwo Jima, in just one month of fighting, twenty-seven Medals of Honor were awarded to Marines.

Iwo Jima, inseparable from the sacrosanct moment of the flag raising, stands as America’s most heroic battle.

At Iwo Jima, the flag was raised forever proclaiming the greatness, courage and character of America. Our flag, honored at Iwo Jima, must be eternally revered in every community, school, workplace, home, police department, military base and heart of all privileged to call America home.

University of California Flag Ban Scandal

The recent scandal at the University of California, Irvine by the student government to ban displaying America’s flag from a lobby is dysfunctional, disappointing and disturbing.

The student council approved a resolution prompting removal of America’s sacred symbol from a lobby wall. The resolution cited 25 reasons for the ban including the possibility of the flag symbolizing America’s “exceptionalism and superiority.”

The resolution stated “freedom of speech, in a space that aims to be as inclusive as possible, can be interpreted as hate speech.”

One could only imagine if any of those responsible for this reprehensible dishonoring of America’s sacred symbol would have had the courage to endure the sacrifices made at Iwo Jima. Or aside from this epic moment, would any of those supporting the ban have ever honored the flag as heroically done countless times throughout America’s history.

One wonders where the lack of wisdom, understanding, fortitude or patriotic influence was lost on those who supported this flag banning, as it is clearly dysfunctional. Perhaps a deficiency took place somewhere during formational years by the family, community, school or media.

The shameful contempt for our flag to create “a culturally inclusive space” was delusional. The fact is irrefutable for if one truly understands the American flag; diversity, unity, bravery, freedom, liberty and human rights are honored, upheld and protected whenever our flag is honored.

Honoring the American Flag

Throughout my entire life, respect, honor and dignity for America, symbolized by our flag was instilled and continuously cultivated.

Honoring the flag took place in my earliest years when I proudly raised the flag on the home of my parents and grandparents. This respect continued throughout college and post graduate studies as I always took the initiative to display a large American flag from the room of wherever I lived. Honoring the flag remains with me always, even as I write this column, with the flag proudly displayed prominently at my home. It is a personal reminder of devotion to country and a testimony to my community of the courage, compassion and character of America.

Final Reflection

Respect for America through our flag is a sacred privilege and responsibility. This respect is solemnly proclaimed in our pledge of allegiance, deserving of luminosity within our souls.

May honor for America’s flag forever live in the hearts of all who love her and are truly dedicated to the reawakening of the nation.

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Photos
1. The Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., can be seen prior to the Sunset Parade, June 4, 2013 (Adrian R. Rowan, public domain photograph from defenseimagery.mil)
2. American flags, Rockefeller Center, Nov. 7, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. American flags at Rockefeller Center, Memorial Day weekend, 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Ferguson’s Mission: Cultivate Community Policing

Society can only be harmonious when governmental authority is moral. This is demonstrated when the dignity of every community member is respected.

Legitimate government honors a moral code demonstrated through good-will toward community members.

Society needs behavior that is moral, reasonable and just, otherwise authority becomes shameful, abusive and intrusive.

Positons of trust in every level of American government must have moral principles as the foundation. Respect is the fundamental right of every person and enshrined in our Bill of Rights as:

•freedom of speech, press, religion
•prohibiting unreasonable searches and seizures
•the right to peaceably assembly
•citizenship rights, due process and equal protection of laws

Government must also dedicate itself to the development of the entire community through family, education, health, employment, housing, security and culture.

It is government’s role, understood as both politicians and government employees to serve. Government’s dedication to improving the lives of community members-especially those who are marginalized, vulnerable and oppressed must always be paramount.

A just government dedicates itself to the dignity of the human person. In return; truthfulness, justice and patriotic participation throughout the community is animated.

Ferguson’s Failure of Community

The tragic chaos that unfolded after the lethal shooting in Ferguson was exacerbated due to the failure of government officials to honor principles of reasonable authority, community policing and human dignity deserved by each and every community member.

A community cannot be harmonious when members are oppressed and dignity is denied.

Government representatives must have a code of ethics that respects the principles of society, authority and the common good. When these principles are honored, society flourishes. When they are violated, the results are dysfunction, disparities and disorder.

Effective policing demands moral courage by law enforcement officials that includes the refusal to be pawns of political leaders-who without a moral code, reprehensibly view community members merely as revenue pawns.

Interaction between the community and police officials demands initiatives that cultivate collaboration. This is summarized in this timeless policing principle of Sir Robert Peel:

•Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police.

When this indefatigable principle is honored, community harmony is promoted. If violated by politicians, government employees, law enforcement officials or community members, the outcome-as witnessed in Ferguson-is disorder, contempt and chaos.

Department of Justice: A Scathing Report

On March 4, the Justice Department (DOJ) released findings of two civil rights investigations related to Ferguson.

The DOJ found that Ferguson Municipal Court has a pattern or practice of:

•Focusing on revenue over public safety, leading to court practices that violate the 14th Amendment’s due process and equal protection requirements.
•Court practices exacerbating the harm of Ferguson’s unconstitutional police practices and imposing particular hardship upon Ferguson’s most vulnerable residents, especially upon those living in or near poverty. Minor offenses can generate crippling debts, result in jail time because of an inability to pay and result in the loss of a driver’s license, employment, or housing.

The DOJ found that the Ferguson Police Department (FPD) has a pattern or practice of:

•Conducting stops without reasonable suspicion and arrests without probable cause in violation of the Fourth Amendment
•Interfering with the right to free expression in violation of the First Amendment
•Using unreasonable force in violation of the Fourth Amendment

The DOJ found a pattern or practice of racial bias in both the FPD and municipal court with intentional discrimination by direct evidence of racial bias and stereotyping.

Final Reflection
Ferguson must rise by rebuilding trust, healing hostilities and building community. A transformation is possible when the bill of rights is respected, a moral code honored and community policing principles adhered to.
America, take heed as human rights, morals and ethics must be the order of the day in every level of government, community and heart of each person.

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Photos
1. U.S. Capitol (Courtesy U.S. Capital Visitor Center)
2. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson speaks to media on West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 19, 2014. (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Understanding Islam Is Essential to Community Policing

All who adhere to the great religions of the world understand that faith, hope and charity are sacrosanct.

Every human being experiences these virtues throughout their lifetime as well as pain, trails and anguish.

For those who believe,faith allows individuals, families, society and the international community to blossom-despite life’s challenges.

Faith gives people answers to the meaning of life. It provides a guide to conscience and our actions, demanding that respect, goodness and tolerance are expressed for every member of the human family.

The true hallmark of any person who proclaims a life of faith is manifested through honoring the dignity of every human person.

Moral Code: The Heart of Humanity

In the life of faith, a moral code is exemplified by the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

This moral foundation is essential for not only believers but for every human person. It urges respect for humanity and especially compassion for all wounded by the trials of life.

The golden rule requires acts of charity by every person including:
• Feeding the hungry
• Giving drink to the thirsty
• Clothing the naked
• Sheltering the homeless
• Visiting the sick
• Burying the Dead
• Visiting the Imprisoned

A Call for Dialogue

There are destructive tensions throughout the world. Dialogue must remain an antidote to the venom of war, conflict, violence, ignorance and misunderstandings.

For those who represent the great faiths of the world, especially Christians, Muslims and Jews, dialogue is expressed through respect, dignity and charity. Dialogue has the power to build harmony for faith based communities-as well as for non-believers-fostering social justice, moral values, freedom and liberty.

America is a land filled with churches, mosques, synagogues and temples with the responsibility to intensify dialogue through faith-based communities. Our bill of rights proclaims that freedom of religion is sacrosanct. Therefore, we have the moral foundation to cultivate human rights, religious freedom and peaceful coexistence.

Our nation must be the catalyst for resolving misunderstandings between nations and faiths that include intolerance, racism, injustices, ignorance, wars and violence.

Community Policing, Cultivating Dialogue

Law enforcement and communities throughout the United States have recently experienced controversies crystallizing the importance of community policing.

The community policing philosophy is misunderstood if only perceived as a crime prevention mechanism. It also has the capacity and responsibility to build cohesiveness not only with race relations but with all faith-based communities.

During my community policing initiatives over the last 20 years, I have experienced outstanding dynamics between law enforcement and faith based communities. These were witnessed not only through invocations and benedictions at law enforcement events by leaders from every faith but also through ironclad partnerships.

One example that comes to mind is an event coordinated by the North Jersey Regional Crime Prevention Officers Association and hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

It featured Sohail Mohammed, a dedicated Muslim and respected attorney who delivered an insightful presentation to law enforcement and community leaders titled “Understanding Islam and the Muslims.”

Sohail Mohammed demonstrated how the Muslim communities throughout New Jersey forged strong ties to police, the FBI, government officials and religious leaders from other faiths. I attended another event, as a guest of the FBI, that exemplified this collaboration.

Sohail’s presentation including practical demonstrations of Muslim customs-enhanced law enforcement/community bridges by understanding the pillars of Islam. These pillars-faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage-complement the teachings of every faith based community. The speaker enlightened attendees with information on the Prophet Muhammad, the Holy Quran, sayings of the prophet and Ramadan.

Final Reflection

Forged partnerships with the entire community based on America’s sacred principle of freedom of religion, is the strength of our country and hope for the future.

The ideals of community policing are critical to reawakening the nation by igniting dialogue, enhancing respect and cultivating partnerships with law enforcement agencies and communities throughout America.

Photos
1. The Kaaba at al-Haram Mosque during the start of Hajj, Dec. 4, 2008. (Al Jazeera)
2. FBI Tampa Field Officer holding forum to promote dialogue with law enforcement and the Arab/Muslim community. (Photo Courtesy FBI)

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Terrorism Concerns Accelerate: Protecting America

Terrorism is a contemptuous evil against life, justice and charity as well as a cowardly assault against human rights, moral law and the dignity of humankind.

On Feb. 21, al-Shabaab, an East African affiliate to al-Qaida encouraged attacks-comparable to the Sept. 2013 Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya-on “America or Jewish-owned” facilities.

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, one of the nation’s most prominent, was specifically mentioned.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary was prompted to “warn the public to be vigilant” emphasizing that “anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place we’ve got to take that seriously…public vigilance, public awareness and public caution in situations like this is particularly important.”

Recent Terror Incidents, A Partial List
Feb 14-15: gunman opens fire at a Copenhagen café killing a civilian and wounding three police officers. Later, a Jewish community member was killed outside the Great Synagogue.
Feb 13: ISIS releases horrific video of Jordanian pilot being burned alive while caged.
Feb. 1: parents of Kayla Mueller, an American aid worker abducted by ISIS confirm she is dead.
February: although the exact date is unclear, 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians are beheaded by Islamic state militants.
Jan. 8: two heavily armed extremists enter the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 including 2 police officers.
Oct. 22, 2014: a radical extremist charges four NYPD officers with a hatchet injuring two.

NYPD SHIELD
NYPD SHIELD held a conference at police headquarters on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 attended by hundreds of law enforcement and private security professionals.

The purpose of NYPD SHIELD is countering terrorism through information sharing by building collaboration between the public and private sector.

Nicholas J. Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center stressed that a formidable threat to our homeland hovers with brutal terrorists in more places than ever.

Rasmussen also emphasized that although law enforcement monitors homegrown terrorists, preventing attacks is difficult and the possibility of replicating the recent Paris attack is a concern.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton stated that terrorism has morphed into many directions with propaganda and social media used to inspire lone wolf attacks such as the hatchet attack against NYPD officers.

Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, stated that threats to America’s homeland are categorized as:
•Complex simultaneous attacks that kill thousands
•Weapons of Mass Destruction
•Single attacks that kill hundreds
•Single attacks that kill dozens or less
•Unsophisticated lone wolf incidents

Morell stated lone wolf attack possibilities against America have never been greater and we must do everything to keep our enemies on the defense. He recommended evaluating Indonesia, a Muslim country that has done a remarkable job with minimizing extremism and radicalization.

The NYPD SHIELD program is an extraordinary collaboration dedicated to safeguarding New York. This unity of effort deserves participation by law enforcement and private security professionals not only here but nationwide.

Safeguarding New York
Complementing NYPD SHIELD, I have conducted numerous “Leadership Principles: Crisis Planning, Community Partnerships, Violence Prevention” keynotes to safeguard New York City.

The goal is to inspire ethical protectors, fully dedicated to reawakening the nation by safeguarding lives, property, and information.

Attendees included NYPD, FDNY, security directors, and property managers, as well as representatives from other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

Events focusing on safeguarding facilities and infrastructure included:
•museums hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
•financial institutions and corporations hosted by The New York Stock Exchange
•hospitals hosted by Rockefeller University
•commercial and residential properties hosted by The Union Club of New York
•colleges and universities hosted by both Columbia University and the New York Athletic Club

As with crisis management events nationwide—complemented by published works including this Epoch Times weekly column—these initiatives serve to provide the tools needed to safeguard society.

The practical tools include physical, personnel, and procedural security but have ethics, honor, and valor as foundational principles.

Finally, all members of our communities are needed to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement officials as we are all in this together.

Note Well:
Due to the current dynamics of terrorism concerns, this blog has been updated and revised from its original version which remains posted on www.vincentbove.com as well as in the publication section of Linkedin.

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1.NYPD on post at Rockefeller Center, Oct. 10, 2014. Regarding the Feb. 21, 2015 ‘threat’ NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Stephen Davis stated, “We are aware of the recent ‘threat’ and we have been in touch with our international and federal liaisons. Although there is no direct threats against New York City, as well as no credible intelligence of such, we have taken appropriate precautionary measures, such as alerting our Critical Response Vehicles and our ‘Hercules’ (special counter-terrorism) Teams. This is something we regularly do in response to terror incidents/threats in other areas of the world that may impact New York City.” (Vincent J. Bove)

2.NYPD SHIELD attendees listening to opening remarks of John J. Miller, Deputy Commissioner Intelligence & Counterterrorism on Feb 17. Miller began the conference stating that major incidents are no longer month-to-month but accelerating day-to-day and even minute-to-minute. (Vincent J. Bove)

3.Visitors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Feb. 14, 2015. The MET along with museums throughout NYC sent security management to Vincent’s keynote on museum security hosted by MoMA on May 16, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Terror Incidents Accelerate: America, Remain Vigilant

NYPD SHIELD held an outstanding conference at police headquarters on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 attended by over 400 law enforcement and private security professionals.

The purpose of NYPD SHIELD is to build collaboration between the public and private sector, countering terrorism through information sharing.

The information shared was sobering and must serve as a wake-up call for leadership, vigilance and collaboration to safeguard New York City and the nation.

Conference Highlights

John J. Miller, Deputy Commissioner Intelligence & Counterterrorism began the conference stating that major incidents are no longer month-to-month but accelerating day-to-day and even minute-to-minute.

Nicholas J. Rasmussen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center stressed that a formidable threat to our homeland is dynamic and dangerous with brutal terrorist actors in more places than ever.

Rasmussen also emphasized that it is a new era for terrorists with attacks against America through the airlines remaining a desirable and symbolic target. He also stated that although the FBI and NYPD are dedicated to monitoring homegrown terrorists, these type attacks are difficult to prevent and the possibility of replicating the recent Paris attack is a great concern.

Commissioner Bill Bratton of the NYPD stated that terrorism has morphed into many directions with propaganda and social media continually utilized to inspire lone wolf attacks such as the hatchet attack against NYPD officers. Bratton stated that 2015 will be a year of extraordinary technological advances for the NYPD and increasing highly trained officers with special equipment for prevention and response.

Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA, stated that threats to America’s homeland can be categorized as the following:
•Complex simultaneous attacks that kill thousands
•Weapons of Mass Destruction
•Single attacks that kill hundreds
•Single attacks that kill dozens or less
•Unsophisticated lone wolf incidents

Morell expressed concern that lone wolf attacks against America have never been greater and we must always do everything to keep our enemies on the defense. He also recommended that we learn from Indonesia-a highly populated Muslim country- on how to prevent radicalization as they have done a remarkable job with minimizing extremism.

Naureen Kabir, NYPD Intelligence Research Specialist, stated that the October 23, 2014 hatchet attack against four NYPD officers is the type of incident inspired by terrorist propaganda and especially difficult to detect and deter.

Jordan Carpenter, NYPD Intelligence Research Specialist shared takeaways from the Charlie Hebdo Magazine attack in Paris including:
•Multiplicity and simultaneity
•Hostage taking
•Soft targets

Teamwork

The NYPD SHIELD program is an extraordinary partnership dedicated to safeguarding New York. It deserves dedicated participation by law enforcement and private security professionals who can get involved through www.nypdshield.org.

The program is also deserving of duplication by other law enforcement agencies and private sector security professionals to prevent an act of terrorism elsewhere in America.

Safeguarding the nation is enhanced when individuals work together. Teamwork is an irrefutable and essential quality that America needs now more than ever when it comes to preventing terrorism.

This teamwork can be called collaboration, cooperation, or partnership but unequivocally it is a unity of effort between the public and private sector. This cohesiveness is essential for America’s security.

Safeguarding New York City

Complementing the outstanding NYPD SHIELD initiative, for many years I have conducted “Leadership Principles: Crisis Planning, Community Partnerships, Violence Prevention” keynotes to safeguard New York City.

Attendees included NYPD, FDNY and security directors, and property managers, as well as representatives from other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI.

Initiatives focused on safeguarding facilities and infrastructure including:
•museums hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
•financial institutions and corporations hosted by The New York Stock Exchange
•hospitals hosted by Rockefeller University
•commercial and residential properties hosted by The Union Club of New York
•colleges and universities hosted by both Columbia University and the New York Athletic Club

As with my crisis management events nationwide—complemented by extensive published works including my Epoch Times weekly column—these initiatives serve to encourage professionals and provide the tools needed to protect society.

The heart of my work is to inspire ethical protectors who cherish American values and are fully dedicated to safeguarding lives, property, and information. The practical tools include physical, personnel, and procedural security that has ethics, vigilance, and collaboration as its foundation.

Lessons learned by attendees at these initiatives have principles fit to serve New York during these challenging times. These lessons apply not only to preventing terrorism but any acts of violence and mitigating consequences of natural disasters.


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Photos
1. NYPD SHIELD conference attendees, Feb. 17, 2015 (Vincent J. Bove)
2. NYPD cruiser in Times Square, Jan. 17, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. NYPD, Rockefeller Center, Oct. 10, 2014 (Vincent J. Bove)
4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Feb. 14, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
5. NYPD on post at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Dec. 26, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Law Enforcement and Race: FBI Director’s Hard Truths

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could have headlined the timely address recently delivered by FBI Director James B. Comey at Georgetown University, “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

Director Comey urged law enforcement and citizens to face the “hard truths” about the disconnect in places not only like Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, but all over America.

Comey emphasized that lethal encounters including Michael Brown and Eric Garner-both Afro-Americans, followed by protests nationwide and the assassination of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, now have police and community relations at a crossroads.

“We can choose to have an open and honest discussion about what our relationship is today-what it should be, what it could be, and what it needs to be-if we took more time to better understand each other,” Comey said.

Law Enforcement, Race: Renewal Requires Truth

Comey’s call to understanding through discussion is complemented by his example of visiting FBI offices throughout the United States and having audiences with staff, law enforcement partners, community leaders and citizens.

It was my privilege to be a guest of the FBI Newark Division’s Nov. 14, 2014 audience with Director Comey. I was impressed with his candor, respectful listening and exemplifying community policing by his personal rapport with attendees.

During his Georgetown University address, Comey was truthful about the scandalous side of law enforcement including bias a century ago against Irish immigrants-from whom Comey descended-and the improper surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These types of injustices are a reason Comey requires all new FBI agents and analyst’s to visit Dr. King’s memorial in Washington, as well as the Holocaust Museum, to inspire diversity and respect for human rights.

An Honest Assessment

During his address, Director Comey stressed:
•Law enforcement overwhelmingly attracts people who want to help all people.
•Cynicism can influence their decisions and initiatives must take place for minority communities to be enhanced through role models, improved education and employment opportunities. These are essential for avoiding a life of crime and imprisonment.
•Law enforcement must work-in the words of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton-to really see each other. We must simply see the people we serve.
•Citizens also need to see law enforcement as people and to appreciate the risks and dangers they encounter. The community needs to understand law enforcement challenges and give the respect needed so they can do their work.

Community Policing: Critical to America

Throughout his address and most importantly by his actions, Director Comey personified community policing.

Complementing Director Comey, I continually affirm that the heart of unifying law enforcement and race is immortalized in the Nine Principles of Sir Robert Peel. These are the heart of effective policing, especially that “the police at all times should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police…”

The police-public dynamics have been stressed in my Epoch Times columns including:
•Building Police-Community Trust: Wake Up America
•Police-People Unity: All Lives Matt
•Ferguson’s People-Police Chaos: America’s Warning
•NYPD, Inspire America: Courtesy, Respect, Community
•Respect: The Heart of the Police Officer
•The Police and the People: Unity of Effort
•NYPD Mission: Develop 35,000 Ethical Protectors

Lincoln, Catalyst: Police, Race Renewal

Comey wisely delivered his address on Lincoln’s birthday, whom I believe is the preeminent catalyst for America’s police-race renewal.

Through the prophetic words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address proclaiming “a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal”, America must rise to the occasion.

America’s future demands honesty about all aspects of our law enforcement, race history. Yet, we live with confidence that our destiny of reawakening the nation- inspired by the example of Abraham Lincoln-will be ignited by moral courage, persevering integrity and transformational leadership.

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Photo

1. FBI Director James B. Comey addresses students and faculty at Georgetown University, Washington, D. C. on Lincoln’s Birthday, Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo Courtesy FBI)
2. NYPD Officer with youth in Times Square, Aug. 23, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Abraham Lincoln

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Abraham Lincoln, Catalyst: Law Enforcement, Race Relations

As America honors Abraham Lincoln on the February 12, 2015 anniversary of his birth, the nation must pause and let his character, ethics and leadership reignite the heart of our country.

Today, the Director of the FBI, James B. Comey, honored the legacy of Lincoln. Director Comey spoke at Georgetown University on the imperative of improving law enforcement and race relations.

The United States is at a crossroads on matters of race relations and law enforcement, presenting "hard truths" that its citizens and police must confront, FBI Director James Comey said.

In my article titled Lincoln's Leadership Lessons for Law Enforcement, published in a February, 2014 edition, insights on these enduring principles that our great president lived by were published:

  • Leadership must be open to silence, study and self containment
  • Leadership possesses extraordinary empathy and concern for others
  • Leadership must be grounded in moral self confidence developed by understanding through study and hard work
  • The foundation of authentic leadership is moral character
  • Leadership realizes that some things that are right legally are not right morally
  • Leadership honors military service especially those who offered the ultimate sacrifice
  • Leadership is approachable and not confined to an ivory tower
  • Leadership utilizes the power of persuasion, not the manipulation of aggressiveness
  • Leadership masters the art of communication and public speaking
  • Leadership expresses visionary principles which are constantly reaffirmed

    These principles of character, ethics and leadership have been addressed in my presentations, articles, newest book and blogs including:

    Abraham Lincoln: An Enduring Icon of Leadership/Posted December 12, 2006
    Americans of all ages continue to be captivated by the life, death, legacy and message of Abraham Lincoln.

    During speaking engagements with students, educators and law enforcement personnel throughout the country, I am continually astounded at the detailed familiarity America has on Abraham Lincoln including specific dates from his life, the Civil War, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation, is second inaugural and his assassination by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC on April 14, 1865.

    During one character education presentation, students from a 3rd grade class were able to quote-with admirable precision-President Lincoln's words from Gettysburg on November 19, 1863:
    "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."
    In our troubled times, so besieged by violence, turmoil and scandal, Abraham Lincoln remains an icon of dedication to country. From his early days of studying by the fireside as a young boy to his rise to the presidency, the character of Lincoln is worthy of emulation. Lincoln's courage and perseverance in the face of great adversity serve as an example that what is needed in America's response to the current crisis of violence, scandal and division is newfound perseverance, unity, strength and transformation.


    Note Well:
    Aside from publication in the New Jersey Police Chief Magazine, February 2014, the full length article was also published in The Chief of Police, Winter, 2014 edition.

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015

    NBC Scandal Reflects America's Integrity Crisis

    Truth is a virtue and must be seared into the human conscience, heart and soul.

    In every respectable theology, society and philosophy from the beginning of time, truth is honored; while false witness, lying and deception rejected.

    There is a moral prescription within our hearts that demands truth and forbids misrepresentation. Whenever truth is violated an injustice is committed with society and ourselves.

    Lying is a contradiction to the moral path we are called to walk and it violates the natural order of life.

    Candor, sincerity and truth is critical to society as these virtues prevent hypocrisy, duplicity and moral decay.

    Offenses Against Truth

    The oath taken during court proceedings is a powerful reminder of the importance of truth throughout society. But unfortunately, the sacred swearing of “I do” after the question “do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God” is often not honored.

    Whenever truthfulness is violated in court, it is perjury and a grave injustice to our moral compass.

    Perjury is particularly contemptuous when innocence is condemned, the guilty exonerated and unfair punishments or decisions inflicted.

    Lying violates human dignity and undermines personal credibility and the effectiveness not only of the judicial system but facets throughout all society.

    Essentially, lying is the intention to violate truth and it deserves condemnation. Being dishonest is a violation of justice, charity and integrity. Lying is detrimental to society and destructive to reputations.

    Responsibility of Mass Communication

    The current NBC scandal of its prime time news anchorman is under scrutiny. Hopefully, there will be lessons learned that are medicinal for him, the company and the nation.

    Countless millions can be instantly influenced through a news story and so integrity is critical.

    Although it is not a court of law bound by an oath, the media must have a code of ethics and moral responsibility to present the truth.

    Responsible journalism demands moral principles built on integrity, character and ethics.

    All who hold positions of influence in the media have an obligation to honor their profession with integrity.

    At the same time, discretion is also a virtue and it must be understood that public safety, professional confidences and the need to know also deserve honor.

    American Integrity Scandals

    The current NBC scandal is nothing new with contemporary society that beckons an ethical renaissance.

    Although it is being dramatically scrutinized, it is indicative of the crisis of character within America that often has scandal, dishonesty and greed as underpinnings.

    Here are some other contemporary integrity scandals:
    •Virginia Tech-the failure of the university president to give a full and transparent account of his decision to not inform the campus of two murders nor to immediately lockdown the campus to prevent 30 additional killings.
    •Purdue Pharma L.P.-as the maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin, they pleaded guilty to misleading the public about the drugs risk of addiction.
    •Enron-once an admired electric and gas company, now stands as an icon of dishonesty, deception and greed.
    •WorldCom-former CEO Bernard Ebbers was found guilty of fraud, conspiracy and false regulatory filings and sentenced to 25 years imprisonment.
    •Major League Baseball-dishonesty by players under oath on steroid abuse during a Congressional Hearing. Notably, Rafael Palmiero’s sworn testimony that “I have never used steroids-period.” Just a few months later, this steroid pumped slugger was suspended for abuse.
    •Tobacco executives-the CEO’s of America’s 7 largest tobacco companies perjuring themselves before Congress by each swearing that nicotine is not addictive.

    Tell the Truth

    The destructiveness of lying in relationships, business and court proceedings is an injustice. We must respond with lives of integrity and dedicate ourselves to telling the truth.

    Lying has negative consequences individually and collectively to families, communities, companies and the moral compass of America. Truthfulness must always be the heart of our ethical heartbeat as it is critical to reawakening the nation.

    Vincent J. Bove, CPP, is a national speaker and author on issues critical to America. Bove is recipient of the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award for combating crime and violence and is former confident of the New York Yankees. His newest book is "Listen To Their Cries." For more information see www.vincentbove.com.

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    As authored for Vincent’s weekly column (Feb. 13, 2015 edition) titled “Reawakening the Nation” for the Epoch Times, 35 countries, 21 languages and growing.

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    1. American Flag at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, Jan. 31, 2015 (Vincent J. Bove)
    2. FBI, NYPD with arrestee (Courtesy FBI)

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    Tuesday, February 03, 2015

    America’s Corrupt Culture Beckons Ethical Renaissance

    For twenty years I have addressed America’s culture of corruption through initiatives for the FBI, law enforcement agencies, educators, community leaders and students.

    America’s students are critical to America’s future. They must be encouraged and empowered turn the tide. American schools need to shape up with full force commitment to developing the finest character education initiatives the world has ever known. Our youth deserve it and the future of America is at stake.

    New York Government’s Corruption
    The joint announcement by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and FBI on Jan. 22, 2015 of the arrest of New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is a sobering commentary on ethical deficiencies within New York government. It is also a brushstroke of our culture of corruption that glorifies a pathology of power.

    Silver was arrested on charges he used his official position to receive nearly $4 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his official acts.

    The truism “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive” played out in the corruption crisis. Charges are that Silver cloaked his self-aggrandizement and violation of the public trust by covetously disguising illegal payments as income from a law practice specializing in personal injuries.

    Like many in public service in New York State and nationwide, the narcissistic violation of one’s sacred oath is pervasive. Instead of serving the people with humility, ethics and character, many in public service make greed an idol and build personal empires rather than serve.

    The public must become outraged, opens its eyes and demand accountability, transparency and the renewal of America through an ethical renaissance. This must take place through every level of government, society, families and especially in the heart of our youth through our schools.

    Political power is a privilege that must serve all, especially the disenfranchised, marginalized and downtrodden.

    When avaricious, heart-hardened politicians insert their venom into the vulnerable for self-reward, they violate not only the crestfallen but the most basic principle of human decency. Corruption is a debilitating disease crippling the morale of the nation and endangering our security by depleting valuable law enforcement resources.

    Crisis of Public Trust
    Public servants violating their oath ignites distrust, apathy, and pessimism in the hearts of law abiding citizens.

    There is no end in sight to the culture of corruption as reminded by recent FBI cases:
    •Hall County Deputy Sheriff Charged with Accepting Bribes
    •Former Morgan County Judge-Executive Sentenced to 87 months in Kickback Scheme
    •Former North Carolina House of Representatives Pleads Guilty to Theft of Government Funds
    •Former Spaulding County Battalion Chief and Firefighter Sentenced to Prison for Tipping Off Drug Dealers
    •Jury Convicts Three Gang Members and a Former El Paso County Juvenile Probation Officer of Federal Sex Trafficking Charges
    •Former Virginia Governor Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Public Corruption Scheme

    These recent cases are only an inkling of a pervasive culture of corruption that beckons a renaissance.

    Igniting America’s Ethical Renaissance
    Inspiring an ethical renaissance in America is a daunting task but we must rise. Our country has had seemingly insurmountable trails 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 character education initiative for every American student that is second to none.

    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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    As authored for Vincent’s weekly column titled “Reawakening the Nation” for the Epoch Times Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 edition, 35 countries, 21 languages and growing.



    Photo's
    1. Vincent J. Bove receiving the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award accompanied by his guests including police chiefs, the NYPD and Homeland Security.
    2. Photo depicting corruption (Courtesy FBI)

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