Wednesday, March 22, 2017

NYPD Leaders Exemplify Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

These words, highlighting the achievements of the NYPD, are detailed on the New York City government website:

“For the past 25 years the NYPD has created and refined a crime-fighting system that led the nation and proved that police can drive down crime even as the population grows significantly.”

It is important to review some statistics to appreciate the achievements of the NYPD.

NYPD Crime Data Warehouse

Information from the NYPD present insightful statistics from 1990 – 2014 on the historic reduction in crime. As the population grew from 7,332, 564 in 1990 to 8,475,500 in 2014, crimes dropped from 560,000 to 106,000.

The NYPD Crime Data Warehouse, cited as the source for these statistics, also notes that the number of murders dropped from 2,245 in 1990 to 333 in 2014.

New York City recorded the lowest number of murders in 2014, since 1957, dropping a staggering 85 percent since 1990.

New York City Transit Crime reduction also deserve attention. The total felony crimes have dropped 87% since 1990 although ridership has nearly doubled.

In 1990, subway ridership was estimated at 1 billion people per year with 17,497 crimes.

In 2014, ridership was an estimated 1.7 billion with 2,333 crimes.

Driving Down Crime: Reducing Use-of Force

The aforementioned statistics are leading crime reduction achievements for America. They were achieved with reductions in use-of-force and officer-involved shootings and fatalities.

In 1990, there were 39 subjects that were shot and killed by police with an intentional discharge during an adversarial conflict. In 2014, there were 8.

Regarding the controversial stop, question, and frisk encounters, the NYPD Crime Data Warehouse cites a 93 percent drop since 2011.

Aside from the years noted above, current NYPD CompStat documents (open-source public records) also document the success of crime prevention. This program holds NYPD leaders accountable and memorializes continued achievements with reducing crime.

The NYPD, in collaboration with law-abiding citizens is making New York City a model of crime prevention for America.

For instance, compare New York City to Chicago. In one published report during 2016, Chicago had about 67 shootings per 100,000 people while New York City had five.

The aforementioned statistics are positive but unfortunately the media often sensationalizes the negative.

This is an injustice to the gallant efforts of dedicated NYPD rank and file, citizens, and police leaders.

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill

Over the past 24 hours, I have had the privilege of speaking with, and listening to the highest level of NYPD leadership.

Although the character of these officials would direct praise to their rank and file, their highly-decorated careers exemplify authentic leadership.

According to his official bio, James P. O’Neill is the 43rd NYPD commissioner. Previously, he served as chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank.

Commissioner O’Neill is credited with developing neighborhood based policing. This concept highlights more personal police and community interaction.

During a moment with Commissioner O’Neill on March 21, after his presentation for the American Academy for Professional Law Enforcement (AAPLE), I asked him for an explanation of the difference between community policing and neighborhood based policing.

He stressed that neighborhood based policing demands more of an accountability on the officer. The officer not only develops partnerships with the community but assumes an ownership of responsibility.

The key to neighborhood based policing is ownership according to O’Neill. “Fighting crime is what we get paid to do,” he says, “But we can’t do that unless we achieve full partnership with the community. Unless we have that connectivity, it’s not going to work.”

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce

On Monday evening, March 20, at a National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA) event, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert K. Boyce was the featured speaker.

Prior to his presentation, I took a moment to personally thank Chief Boyce. I expressed to him that he was fulfilling his sacrosanct mission to protect the people of New York, and his work deserved gratitude.

As detailed on his NYPD official bio, Chief Boyce has been with the department since January, 1983. He ascended through the ranks over the years, and has always respected for his leadership, professionalism, and dedication.

According to NYPD News, Chief Boyce is virtually responsible for all of the Department’s investigative resources. Each of the eight Patrol Boroughs has a Detective Chief, who reports directly to Chief Boyce. These individuals are responsible for the Patrol Borough’s Precinct Detective Squads, Homicide Squad, Night Watch, Narcotics, Vice Module, and Gang Squad. A Detective Chief works collaboratively with the uniformed Borough Chief. This ensures that the work of Precinct Detective Squads, Narcotics, Gang, and Vice have resources that are closely coordinated to address crime in the boroughs.

Final Reflections

Emblazoned on every NYPD vehicle are the words courtesy, professionalism, and respect.

For Commissioner O’Neill and Chief Boyce, these is not merely a motto but principles of ethical protectors.

Although the humility of these two fine men would direct attention to the hard working rank and file, a moment to express gratitude for their well decorated careers is in order.

Respect is at the heart of every dedicated police leader because their work is not just a job but a vocation.

Praise, gratitude, and encouragement are the order of the day for Commissioner O'Neill and Chief Boyce, and for all police leaders who inspire respect.

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Photos

1. NYPD substation, Times Square, Dec. 19, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. NYPD officer assisting Times Square visitor. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Commissioner James O'Neill, while serving the NYPD as Chief of the Department. (Courtesy NYPD News)
4. New York Police Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce speaks to the media in New York on June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Drain the Swamp: Championing America’s Ethical Renaissance

The term drain the swamp is originally associated with a method of destroying disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Yet, drain the swamp also has a figurative meaning of exterminating something harmful, toxic, or abusive.

Therefore, drain the swamp is applied to corruption, government waste, fraud, or deceptiveness.

Just as mosquitoes can transmit disease, unscrupulous individuals in positions of authority, with a toxic addiction to power, can be venomous to society.

America Requires an Ethical Renaissance

When Thomas Jefferson authored the Declaration of Independence, he began with these immortal words:

“When in the course of human events.”

Jefferson continues with enumerating grievances against the corrupt British crown.

He ignited fire in the hearts of patriots hungry for liberty, freedom, and human rights.

The heart of Jefferson was reechoed in 1858 with the senatorial campaign of Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln described Jefferson’s words as “the electric cord … that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty loving people together.”

As in the times of Jefferson and Lincoln, America is experiencing corruption, greed, and abuses of power.

The swamp must be drained, not by impotent words but by actions built on pillars of moral courage, transformational leadership, and persuasive character.

Only these principles can conquer our culture of corruption and lead us to an authentic ethical renaissance.

Public Corruption Undermines America’s Security

As we make efforts to reawaken the nation by remedying our culture of corruption, we must again turn to Lincoln.

On Jan. 27, 1838, in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln addressed the reality of dangers, not from outside America, but from within.

In his address titled “The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions,” his words against the destructive ability of a tyrant demand our attention:

“Is it unreasonable, then, to expect that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time spring up among us? And when such a one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Distinction will be his paramount object, and although he would as willingly, perhaps more so, acquire it by doing good as harm, yet, that opportunity being past, and nothing left to be done in the way of building up, he would set boldly to the task of pulling down.”

The reality of Lincoln’s words are upon us. There are many in positions of power that violate the public trust. They are not honoring their sacred oaths to serve. Instead, reprehensible examples of greed, self-aggrandizement, arrogance, superficiality, and self-centeredness are wrecking havoc on our moral compass.

America must remember that it is built on the foundation of “We the People.”

We must stand against this culture of tyranny and reignite principles of ethics, character, and leadership in the heart of America.

Public Corruption: A Swamp of Tyranny

Tyranny corrupts society when individuals use authority to exercise power oppressively or unjustly.

America is experiencing a swamp of tyranny as illuminated by this information on the FBI website:

“Public corruption, the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority, poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It can affect everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected to how verdicts are handed down in courts to how public infrastructure such as roads and schools are built. It also takes a significant toll on the public’s pocketbooks by siphoning off tax dollars—it is estimated that public corruption costs the U.S. government and the public billions of dollars each year. The FBI is uniquely situated to combat corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance.”

These are only a few examples from the FBI site, from the last 30 days alone, highlighting the magnitude of a swamp of tyranny.

• Former State Representative Indicted on Fraud Charges
• Former Treasurer of Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department Pleads Guilty to Fraud, Tax, Obstruction of Justice, and False Statement Charges Arising from His Embezzlement of More Than $5.6 Million
• Former Postal Employee Convicted of Soliciting Bribes During Election
• Former New Jersey Attorney General and Chairman of Port Authority Board of Commissioners Sentenced to One Year of Home Confinement for Bribery
• Fulton County Contract Supplier Guilty of Giving Kickbacks Tied to Construction of Fulton County Detention Center
• Two Corrections Officers Sentenced for Smuggling Drugs Into Middleton Jail
• Former Arkansas State Senator and Two Others Charged with Bribery and Fraud Scheme
• Seven Baltimore City Police Officers Arrested for Abusing Power in Federal Racketeering Conspiracy
• Seven Defendants Plead Guilty to Millions of Dollars of Fraudulent Sales to Defense Department
• Former Ville Platte detective sentenced for filing false police report to cover up civil rights violation
• Former North Carolina State Senator Pleads Guilty
• Former Bayonne Official Sentenced to 21 Months Prison for Accepting $65,000 in Bribes for Awarding HUD Grant Funds

Igniting America’s Ethical Renaissance

The conclusion of my article for the Feb. 6, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times titled “America’s Corrupt Culture Beckons Ethical Renaissance” deserves reflection again.

“America will be the nation of character it is destined to be when these words become the heartbeat of the nation:

“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.”

Related Coverage:

American Government Requires Ethical Leadership

America’s Realignment: Character, Ethics, Leadership

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Photos

1. Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson, 31 December 1799. (Rembrandt Peale / Public Domain)

2. Abraham Lincoln, 1865, 2 months before his death. (Alexander Gardner / Public Domain)


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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Protecting America Demands Cutting Edge Security Measures

The world has changed and these are challenging times for police, private security, our military, and citizens.

We must rise to the occasion with an unwavering dedication to collaboration and protect our homeland’s hard and soft targets.

Hard targets include military bases, embassies, and numerous high-risk government facilities.

These are normally more challenging to compromise because they are fortified with countermeasures of layers of protection, or defense in depth.

Yet, hard target security must continually be assessed and enhanced. The reality is that there are individuals making sophisticated and unprecedented plans to exploit vulnerabilities.

Soft targets are easier to compromise and are normally understood as places full of ordinary people, as opposed to a military base.

There are soft targets throughout society that include trains, subways, museums, hospitals, corporations, schools, colleges, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, houses of worship, transportation terminals, cultural sites, financial institutions, and sporting events.

Law enforcement, private security and our military, along with the general public, must remain vigilant to safeguard the nation.

Public, Private, Citizen Collaboration

As one walks the streets of New York City, the vigilant presence of dedicated NYPD officers protecting us must be appreciated.

Their dedication must be recognized, not only with its presence throughout the city with special events, but with uniformed officers walking the beat, and with highly trained and heavily armed units.

But the NYPD cannot do it alone. There must always be collaboration with private security, and citizens.

All of us must be aware of our surroundings and work together to protect one another.

Security Countermeasures: Practical Tips

A robust security program must be comprehensive, proactive, and continually updated. Security must never be piecemeal, negligent, or have its importance minimized.

Approaches to security in workplaces, schools, campuses, houses of worship, communities, and iconic locations, must include the following:

Security Vulnerability Assessments: These deserve attention by board-certified, reputable, and experienced public safety professionals in order to most effectively identify and evaluate areas of risk. Competent professionals have the experience to harden the targets through defense in depth principles, conduct efficacious training initiatives, and implement layers of protection.

Background Checks/Investigations: This is an essential due diligence countermeasure that prevent hiring individuals who do not deserve employment or access. These checks must be made by qualified, licensed professionals who honor laws conducting background checks. Background checks include criminal history reports, drug testing, motor vehicle driving records, credit checks, liens and judgments, sexual offender registries, employment and professional credential verifications.

Investigations that include surveillance, interviewing, and information sources by experienced, conscientious, and ethical professionals are critical to protecting public and private enterprises.

Training: A critical component of security and safety is ongoing training that includes personal safety, substance abuse awareness, bomb threats, active shooter response, domestic violence, diversity, conflict resolution, ethics, situational awareness, cyber-security, workplace violence, fire prevention, crisis management, emergency preparedness, loss prevention, economic crime, crime prevention, drills, evacuations, and warning signs.

Warning Signs: We must recognize that warning signs are critical and provide the necessary intervention, training, health care, and security measure necessary to prevent tragedies.

Physical Security: This includes countermeasures preventing unauthorized access that includes fencing, barrier arms, access control and card access systems, ID cards, lighting, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), defense in depth, locks, alarms, fire extinguishers, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), mass communication systems, radio communication programs, ID management systems, guard tour systems, and metal detectors.

Access control is critical as these countermeasures deny entry to individuals who must not be authorized to enter.

Personnel Security: Certified, well-trained, respectably paid, and licensed security officer and fire safety programs involving reputable contract or in-house professionals with either armed or unarmed personnel. Our world has changed and security must be enhanced.

The presence of licensed, trained, certified, law enforcement or military experienced individuals who are armed and present in tactical gear deserves serious consideration at many locations.

Procedural Security: Drills deserve planning and evaluation with table-top exercises and involve partial and full-scale initiatives based on numerous possible scenarios. These must be complemented by the expertise and involvement of law enforcement and first-responders. Essential to training and drills is the Active Shooter program detailed on the FBI website titled RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

Informational/Cybersecurity: In this age of instantaneous global data at the fingertips of individuals across the globe, some with nefarious intentions, protecting information is vital to security.

Informational security must be effective and continually updated with ongoing training for personnel that empowers them with preventive techniques. This protects from breaches of information through the Internet, dumpster diving, ransomware, phishing scams, mobile payment and banking hacks, and social engineering. Prevention measures and training can prevent unnecessary turmoil to companies and employees.

Rise to the Occasion

America must do everything in its power to enhance security during these challenging times in the nation.

We are a nation that has a history of security challenges. Yet, once again America will rise to the occasion with the dedication, commitment, and professionalism of our citizens and all in the public and private sectors.

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Photos

1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Feb. 14, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. NYPD presence at Macy's, Herald Square, New York City, Nov. 21, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Vanquishing Intolerance, Bigotry, Discrimination After Hatred Is Unleashed

The recent desecration of a Philadelphia Jewish Cemetery follows a disturbing trend of contemptuous acts of intolerance on American soil.

These acts of hatred, bigotry, and discrimination demand the strongest condemnation and firmest resolve.

We must be a society of character that has the unwavering dedication to vanquishing intolerance,bigotry, and discrimination.

Desecration of Sacred Grounds

On Feb. 27, law enforcement officials were investigating the desecration of about 100 tombstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Philadelphia. Many of these sacred headstones were not only criminally toppled but broken.

The words of Rabbi Yosef Goldman of Temple Beth Zion-Beth, who viewed the scene at Mount Carmel Cemetery express the violation of the sacred. “When I got there, I saw the degree of desecration … Seeing it in person was heartbreaking … you feel the violation.”

This desecration took place shortly after another massive violation of another cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Chesed Shel Emeth, one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the state, had more than 170 tombstones vandalized sometime during the last weekend of February.

These desecration's not only destroy property, but they violate the dignity of loved ones, families, faith-based communities, and America itself.

Our nation is built on the foundation of freedom of religion and this sacrosanct principle must be eternally defended.

All privileged to call America home must denounce this desecration. All forms of hatred must be vanquished through not only the words, but the actions of America.

Society can only have harmony when it is built on a foundation of respect, dignity, and tolerance. These virtues must be expressed toward every human being, not only in life, but also in death.

All who have died deserve being remembered with dignity and the places where they rest deserve honor.

The Muslim Community Responds

A response from a faith-based community to these reprehensible acts from the Muslim community gives hope to America.

It is a reminder that human decency is a powerful antidote to the venom of hatred.

With profound sensitivity to the desecration at the St. Louis Cemetery, members of the Muslim community united in a fundraiser to repair the damaged tombstones.

The heartwarming success of their charity resulted in the raising of over $100,000 in just over 24 hours.

This silver lining is a reminder of the decency of humanity and a celebration of goodness overcoming hatred.

Jewish Communities Victimized by Bomb Threats

The desecration of Jewish cemeteries is being compounded by pervasive bomb threats against their communities and schools.

Since the beginning of the year, bomb threats have continually disrupted the normal routines of Jewish communities.

On Feb. 27, the threats continued victimizing Jewish communities in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

These crimes reflect nothing less than hatred, bigotry, and discrimination and demand leadership, vigilance, and collaboration.

Bomb Threats: Have a Plan

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security website has information on a bomb threat deserving of review.
Information on the site must also be used for training initiatives and includes the following:

“Having a plan in advance makes the response to bomb threats, unattended items, or suspicious items as orderly and controlled as possible, reducing risk and the impact of false alarms on regular activities. Facility supervisors—such as school, office, or building managers responsible for the facility—should:

• Review the DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance.
• Develop a Bomb Threat Response Plan for their organization or facility. Contact the Office for Bombing Prevention at OBP@hq.dhs.gov for more information on planning workshops.
• Train employees, tenants, and/or visitors to take appropriate actions in the event of a bomb threat and/or identification of an unattended or suspicious item.

“Developed in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-Department of Justice (DOJ) Bomb Threat Guidance is a quick reference guide that provides facility supervisors with details on pre-threat preparation, threat assessment, staff response guidelines, and evacuation and shelter-in-place considerations. Download the DHS-DOJ Bomb Threat Guidance for more information.

“School-specific bomb threat guidance can also be found at ThreatPlan.org and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistant Center.”

Final Reflections

While earning one of my post-graduate degrees, I wrote a paper titled “Reflections on the Holocaust.”
The work, complemented by courses to understand the Hebrew language, profoundly moved me. It was an expression of my esteem for the Jewish people. The work also reflected my commitment to defend humanity against hatred, bigotry, and discrimination because we are all members of the human family. Each and every human being is mystically connected as a member of humanity.

The dark chapter of the holocaust must have eternal lessons for humanity. All of us must be completely dedicated to forever vanquishing hatred from the face of the earth.

Hatred has resurfaced in America with crimes against the Jewish community, as well as with a lack of tolerance toward anyone who is different.

America must stand against all who violate the principles of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and every noble principle of humanity.

The character of the good people of America will rise to the occasion. We will overcome hatred and be reawakened because tolerance, respect, and charity are the heartbeat that unites us.

Related Coverage:

Commemorating the Auschwitz Liberation: Renewing American Patriotism

Bigotry, Prejudice, Racism: America’s Toxic Virus

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets

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Photos

1. Rabbi Joshua Bolton of the University of Pennsylvania's Hillel center surveys damaged headstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery on in Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)

2. The Diary of Anne Frank

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

America’s Shadow of Internment: Executive Order 9066

Every year, on Feb. 19, the Japanese American community honors Remembrance Day.

It is a solemn day to reflect, resolve, and renew lessons from Executive Order 9066 which was signed on Feb. 19, 1942.

The executive order took place shortly after the “date which will live in infamy,” speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) on Dec. 8, 1941.

Although on face value, the order was neutral, allowing for areas of land to serve as military zones, it resulted in a dark shadow of American history.

This order, as cited on the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) website, gave the U.S. Army authority to remove civilians from military zones established in Washington, Oregon, and California during World War II.

The JACL is the oldest and largest Asian American civil rights league in America, and dedicated to preserving the memory of these events. Their website details information on Executive Order 9066 that includes the following:

“It is a reminder of the impact the incarceration experience has on our families, our community, and our country. It is an opportunity to educate others on the fragility of civil liberties in times of crisis, and the importance of remaining vigilant in protecting the rights and freedoms of all.”

Intolerance, Discrimination, Incarceration

Executive Order 9066 led to military removal, often by soldiers with bayonets ready, to residents of peaceful, law-abiding Japanese Americans.

The executive order led to the forced removal of 120,000 American’s of Japanese descent. These Americans, many with families including young children and infants, had to abandon everything. They lost the freedom they treasured and were immediately incarcerated into ten different concentration camps.

Although no Japanese Americans were ever afforded due process, nor charged, nor convicted of any acts of espionage or sabotage, they lost their freedom. They were forced by an executive order from their homes into years of intolerance, discrimination, and imprisonment.

America: A New Crisis of Intolerance

As America marked the 75th Anniversary of FDR’s executive order 9066 this year, we must have our eyes wide open to a new crisis of intolerance. Confusion has been ignited throughout our homeland and issues will apparently get much worse before the nation is reawakened to the principles of tolerance.

America must not compromise our national security. We must work vigorously to protect our homeland with principles that respect our Constitution.

America must also honor the dedicated men and women who serve in our armed forces and law enforcement agencies. We have the blessings of freedom, democracy, and liberty because of their sacrifices.

But America must also honor every person who respects our values despite our differences. These differences include race, color, religion, national origin, citizen status, gender, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, and military status.

Each and every human being is sacred and deserves dignity, freedom, respect, and security.

Broad Stroke Dangers

The lessons of Remembrance Day teach America of the dangers of a broad stroke approach to security, immigration, and patriotism.

The broad stroke of an American president’s pen with Executive Order 9066 led to 120,000 acts of intolerable injustice against innocent, law-abiding people.

These people, families with men, women, and children dedicated to American values, was a travesty of justice. They were discriminated against and lost their freedoms, properties, possessions, homes, and businesses.

America must learn the lessons of the past. There are mechanism’s with today’s state of the art security and technology that must be used to protect the homeland. But these must always be utilized with respect to our Constitution.

These mechanism’s, complimented by our Armed Forces, law enforcement, and all dedicated to our values have the capacity to safeguard America. Yet, we must eternally remember that safeguarding America must never violate the dignity of the human person.

America must always be faithful to its call to uphold and defend human rights. Respecting human rights is the heartbeat of America. Human rights is also the antidote to the venom of intolerance, conflict, ignorance, and misunderstanding.

Final Reflections

As detailed in my March 6, 2016 article for the Epoch Times titled “Understanding Islam Is Essential to Community Policing", America must cultivate dialogue. This must include with all who are different from us and with all the great faiths of the world.

Tensions, fear, and misunderstandings are high in America, and there are concerns world-wide about our nation.

America must have unwavering dedication to building harmony on the pillars of human rights, social justice, religious freedom, and ethical principles that honor our Constitution.

Perhaps these words, memorialized in the aforementioned article, may serve to light a fire of patriotism within us:

“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 nonbelievers—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.”

Related Coverage

Bigotry, Prejudice, Racism: America’s Toxic Virus

Honoring American Immigrants: Family, Neighbors, Heroes

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Photos

1. Bainbridge Island (Wash.) evacuation -- Group of young evacuees wave from special train as it leaves Seattle with Island evacuees, March 30, 1942. (Courtesy U.S. Government)

2. Poster (Courtesy U.S Park Service)

3. Japanese-American World War II soldier George Yamada places flowers on the "Go for Broke Monument", in downtown Los Angeles, on June 5, 1999. (LUCY NICHOLSON/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Members of the Mochida family awaiting evacuation bus. Identification tags are used to aid in keeping the family unit intact during all phases of evacuation. Mochida operated a nursery and five greenhouses on a two-acre site in Eden Township. He raised snapdragons and sweet peas. (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

5. Leenah Safi (L) looks on during a lecture at Zaytuna College in Berkeley, Calif., on Aug. 30, 2010. (Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Personality of American Leadership

As detailed extensively in my published works and presentations, leadership is critical to America.

Leadership has been addressed, as recently as last week, in my Feb. 10 article for the Epoch Times titled “America’s Hope: Leadership, Vigilance, Collaboration.”

It was argued that leadership is the solution to America’s challenges.

Before I continue with some personal insights on the personality of American Leadership, allow me to stress the necessity of cultivating leadership qualities throughout all of society. This includes our young people, the future of the nation.

The youth of America deserve our unwavering efforts, dedication, and good example. The power to influence begins in the family, continues in the schools, and expresses itself throughout every level of society. Our families, schools, communities, workplaces, houses of worship, and government must be dedicated to character.

All who are privileged to be in roles of leadership must remember the eyes of the nation are upon them.
Leadership is more than a privilege. It is a responsibility that demands the highest expression of character that is driven by respect, ethics, and dignity.

Ethics is critical to the nation and character education initiatives must be front and center in all of our educational communities.

Character, or the lack thereof, is the very heartbeat of the individual, and the nation. It is the essence of leadership and the antidote for remedying deficiencies throughout society.

Currently, America is under siege with divisive issues. These issues include immigration, civil rights, national security, violence prevention, racism, police-community relations, poverty, unemployment, education, and discrimination. A crisis of leadership compounds these issues.

America must ignite an ethical renaissance through all in privileged positions of leadership. This renaissance can only be ignited and sustained by the fire of character. It must be ignited throughout every facet of society.

Character must also be inspirited in every home, without compromise, from the inner city to the White House.

When each and every person in America realizes that they have the responsibility to exemplify character, we will be on the path to an ethical renaissance.

Personality of Leadership: Practical Tips

America is continually scorched with headlines illuminating a crisis of leadership throughout every level of society.

Individuals within privileged responsibilities throughout society, from the inner city classroom to the oval office, must are called to lives of character. Character is built on the pillars of sacrosanct trust that demands conduct beyond reproach.

Each of us must walk the path of character that is highlighted by courtesy, respect, and dignity.

Perhaps some of these principles of leadership, may serve to inspire:

• Leaders speak the truth with moral courage. They express words and actions that affirm the goodness of others. This affirmation has the capacity to inspire as individuals are uplifted through honesty, respect, and encouragement. Words can either be poisonous darts or healing remedies. A true leader is a person of word and action who persuades, influences, and encourages from a heart of character.

• Leaders realize that kindness is a power that is expressed through time, patience, and involvement. We are surrounded by individuals in our communities and families who are challenged by difficulties we may never imagine. We must listen to words and actions and use kindness to transform, inspire, and elevate broken lives.

• Leadership demands service that exemplifies compassion, empathy, and authenticity. Each of us must roll up our selves, get involved, and serve others from the heart.

Final Reflections

America is currently experiencing conflict, divisiveness, and dissipation. We must rise to the occasion.
This will only be possible when character is the foundation of society and the heartbeat of all privileged to lead.

Perhaps the character of Abraham Lincoln can motivate every American, from the student to the President.

As one studies the life of Lincoln, one observes character, ethical behavior, and moral responsibility.
These qualities are reflected in his life as a young student at the fireside, and throughout the decisions of his presidency.

Lincoln is a model of character for America. He realized that responsibility must have moral fiber.

Our sixteenth president lived during a time of national divisiveness, but his character served to transform the nation.

Each of us privileged to call America home must listen and understand Lincoln well.

We must exemplify the moral courage to ignite character into the arteries of the nation. Lincoln’s words from February 27, 1860 deserve our reflection:

“Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith let us to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.”

America, listen, understand, and live the message of Lincoln, as character is the foundation for reawakening the nation.

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1. Students with their teacher at a character education presentation by Vincent J. Bove at Union City Public Schools, N.J., on Feb. 27, 2009. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. The White House in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 6, 2012. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

3. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

America’s Hope: Leadership, Vigilance, Collaboration

These are challenging times for America, but for those who cherish the nation, we must remain confident that we will endure.

America, despite the challenges, will rise as radiant as a morning summer sun.

These verses from The Stars and Stripes Forever, the official National March of the United States of
America, must serve to resuscitate our hearts with a renewed devotion:

Hurrah for the flag of the free.
May it wave as our standard forever
The gem of the land and the sea,
The banner of the right.
Let despots remember the day
When our fathers with mighty endeavor
Proclaimed as they marched to the fray,
That by their might and by their right
It waves forever.

This American treasure, was written by the composer John Philip Sousa in 1897. Sousa was a patriot who grew up during the Civil War with a devotion to inspiring the nation through music.

The song was influenced by the tragic loss of his band manager, which prompted Sousa to terminate his European holiday and return home to America.

America is now at a crossroads, and music from our tradition has the capacity to inspire leadership, vigilance and collaboration.

These qualities are desperately needed for the reawakening of the nation.

America Demands Ethical Leadership

The contemporary issues facing America demand leadership from competent, ethical, and inspirational leaders who are truly dedicated to the nation.

America demands ethical leadership, individuals who will steer the ship of the nation with steady hands and personalities that inspire confidence.

We must be honest about our current leadership crisis since throughout every facet of society – corporate, government, sports, entertainment, faith-based communities, schools, and families – we experience the flaws of human nature. These flaws, expressed through continuous scandals, do not represent the best of any of us. These scandals do not represent the best of America, and our nation deserves a reawakening.

Character must be the heartbeat of all entrusted with the responsibility of leadership. With good character, as the heartbeat of America, we will have the antitoxin for remedying challenges, deficiencies, and divisions.

The issues of immigration, national security, civil rights, violence prevention, discrimination, veteran’s services, education, police-community relations, racism, unemployment, and poverty are surmountable.

America will conquer these shortcomings when we have ethical leadership throughout the nation. But leadership will only be able to inspire, empower, and persuade when it is energized by character.

America Demands Unwavering Vigilance

While sitting at a meeting this week of the National Law Enforcement Associates (NLEA) with 125 law enforcement and private security professionals, there was a moment when everyone spontaneously received an Amber Alert on their smartphones.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Program’s website provides the following definition of this outstanding program:

“The Amber Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of the Amber Alert is to instantly galvanize the community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of the child.”

Fortunately, the Amber Alert Program proved to be successful on Feb. 7, as a 2-year-old Staten Island toddler, snatched by her father was rescued. This took place just a few hours after the abduction.

The Amber Alert prompted a vigilant driver, Rui Fernandes, to contact the NYPD after matching a vehicle and its plates with details communicated to his phone.

This is a practical example of positive results for our communities, possible when vigilance is the order of the day.

Vigilance is also the heartbeat of our military personnel and we must be profoundly grateful.

The world is often a dangerous, volatile, and tumultuous place. Our armed forces must always be honored for their service. The liberty, freedom and way of life that America cherishes is only possible because of their sacrifices.

America Demands Collaboration

Collaboration within every facet of American society is critical as divisiveness is demoralizing, discouraging, and disheartening.

For the best interests of America, collaboration is critical between government officials, political parties, police and communities, corporate leaders and employees, faith-based servants and their congregations, educators and students, and family members.

Collaboration, particularly among government leaders, is also critical to fostering diplomacy and good-will between nations.

Final Reflections

In another verse of the song “The Stars and Stripes Forever’ are these immortal words:

A flag appears 'mid thunderous cheers,
The banner of the Western land.
The emblem of the brave and true
Its folds protect no tyrant crew;
The red and white and starry blue
Is freedom's shield and hope.

The eyes of the nation, and indeed the world, are upon America. All who are privileged to live in the land of the free must boldly profess our patriotism. The profession of patriotism must be expressed not only in song but in action.

America is destined to be freedom’s “shield and hope” and we must not disappoint, but inspire those who are watching us.

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Photos

1. Stars and Stripes, Rockefeller Center, NYC. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. Stars and Stripes, Fifth Avenue, NYC. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Essex County Police Academy Honor Guard, graduation service, Aug. 13, 2009. (Vincent J. Bove)
4. Stars and Stripes, Rockefeller Center, NYC. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, January 30, 2017

America’s Houses of Worship Require Enhanced Security

In my article titled “Sanctuary Profaned: Protecting Houses of Worship” for the April 10, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I argued that places once considered sanctuary now demand state-of-the-art security.

The article highlighted sobering headlines depicting violent incidents in houses of worship. It also cited details from an FBI report of active shooter attacks throughout the United States.

Horrific hate crimes, domestic violence incident spilling over into houses of worship, murder, and acts of terrorism were also addressed.

The recommendations presented in the article remains, as acts of violence continue in houses of worship. The possibility for violence and even a major terror attack at houses of worship exists.

Vigilance must be the order of each day and sound security principles must be continually enhanced.

These include defense-in-depth, target hardening, awareness and prevention training, board certified security vulnerability assessments, private-public partnerships, drills, updated emergency plans, threat assessment teams, and certified security personal.

Houses of Worship: The Violence Continues

Just this week, there were headlines reminding America that violence at houses of worship continues.
In one incident, a Roman Catholic auxiliary bishop was punched in the face while praying in the sanctuary. The incident occured as over 100 congregants were at a Memorial Mass he presided over.

The assault against the Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, 63 years-old, sent him to the hospital.

Although his injuries were minor, the incident shed light on the unpredictability of violence against anyone, including religious figures, in places considered sacrosanct.

There was an immediate apprehension of the assailant by law enforcement assigned to the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey. But the incident is a stark example of the importance of security at houses of worship. Security should seriously consider a law enforcement presence, especially at iconic locations and also during large assemblies.

In a much more horrific incident this past week, six people were shot dead, and another six people injured at a mosque in Quebec.

The incident took place at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center and is being investigated as an act of terror.

Although in Canada, the incident must remind America of the critical responsibility of vigilance in our places of worship.

The January 10, 2017 death sentence of a white supremacist for the June 17, 2015 murders of nine black parishioners at a Bible class also took place this week. The senseless tragedy is still another wake-up call that must ignite resolve in our efforts to intensify security in our houses of worship.

Houses of Worship: Security Practices

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security document titled “Houses of Worship Security Practices Guide” released in May, 2013 deserves attention.

The document notes that there are approximately 345,000 religious congregations in America. These consist of about 150 million members from more than 230 denominational groups.

The guide stresses that the first step to developing a comprehensive plan for a religious facility is to identify the threats and vulnerabilities.

According to the guide, the threats include natural hazards, accidents, targeted violence, improvised explosive devices (IED’s), vehicle-borne explosive devices (VBIED’s), arson, chemical or biological attacks, assassination, or kidnapping.

The guide continues with the importance of having a threat assessment team comprised with a combination of facility personnel, members involved with services, mental health professionals, and emergency responders.

This document is outstanding and should be a resource for training staff and implementing enhanced security measures.

The guide also includes details on prevention, protection, mitigation, preparedness, and recovery.

Final Reflections

Although houses of worship must have a welcoming and serene environment, this must always be balanced with sound security measures.

It is a different world and not making efforts to enhance security in houses of worship is naïve, irresponsibly, and irrational.

Our houses of worship are sacred places of prayer where we exercise our constitutional and human right to pray.

But we must be realistic, blending the spiritual with the practical, and do everything possible to protect our houses of worship.

All who seek solace, peace, and community within their hallowed halls deserve our leadership, vigilance, and commitment to protect them.

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1. NYPD presence at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, NYC, Feb. 27, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. The Chief of Police Magazine featuring Vincent J. Bove cover story titled "Terrorism Concerns Accelerate: Protecting America," Spring edition, 2015.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The CIA Memorial Wall: Honoring American Patriots

America is the land of the free and home of the brave because of the sacrifices of those who have served.

Our nation must remain eternally grateful for our patriots, especially those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice.

Their sacrifices must be reverently remembered as our democracy, freedom, and liberty only exist because of their devotion.

America only be considered great when a fire of patriotism burns within the hearts of its citizens.

This fire must burn perpetually through reverence, gratitude, and respect for all who have given their lives for the nation.

“We the People,” can only be true to our democratic principles when respect is cultivated in the heart of our nation.

This respect must express itself through words and actions, especially at places considered hallowed ground.

CIA Memorial Wall: Hallowed Ground

There are places throughout America that demand reverence without compromise.

These sacred places beckon united hearts to forever remember our fallen.

In Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address on Monday, March 4, 1861, he sought reconciliation for a nation divided.

Lincoln seized the moment and offered impassioned words to unite the nation:

“The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

The lesson of Lincoln through his immortal words remains. We must eternally honor every battlefield, patriot, and sacred space that honors them.

Every living heart must forever honor our fallen, and reverence must always be exemplified on hallowed ground.

The CIA Memorial is one of America’s sacred spaces. Lincoln, if able to visit this hallowed ground, would inspire America with words of compassion, honor, and reverence. He would give dignity to this eternal memorial to patriots, CIA members who as inscribed on the wall, “who gave their lives in the service of their country.”

These words are one of the first things visitors see when they enter the CIA building, and they must ignite reverence at this hallowed place.

These words must also be engraved into the hearts of every American. We must honor all who gave their lives not only at this hallowed ground but on sacred ground throughout the nation.

This is the responsibility of our nation and all American’s must honor our fallen.

Stars on the Memorial Wall

Currently, there are 117 stars on the CIA Memorial Wall.

There are 84 stars for CIA members whose identities are known. The remaining stars are for those whose lives must remain a secret, even after death.

Each star represents a man or woman who died for America while serving in the field of intelligence.

The CIA website details criteria for individuals who earn a star:

“Inclusion on the Memorial Wall is awarded posthumously to employees who lose their lives while serving their country in the field of intelligence. Death may occur in the foreign field or in the United States. Death must be of an inspirational or heroic character while in the performance of duty; or as the result of an act of terrorism while in the performance of duty; or as an act of premeditated violence targeted against an employee, motivated solely by that employee’s Agency affiliation; or in the performance of duty while serving in areas of hostilities or other exceptionally hazardous conditions where the death is a direct result of such hostilities or hazards.”

Memorial Wall Honorees: A Partial List

According to published reports, these are some of America’s patriots honored on the Memorial Wall:

James McCarthy Jr. – a paramilitary operations officer who died in 1954, on a training flight in Southeast Asia.

William P. Boteler – killed in the bombing of a restaurant in Cyprus on June 16, 1956.

Barbara Robbins – killed in a Vietcong car bomb attack on the U.S. embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam, on March 30, 1965.

Nine officers were killed in action during the Vietnam War in South Vietnam or Laos from 1965 to 1975 – Unknown (d. 1965), Billy J. Johnson (d. 1968), Wayne J. McNulty (d. 1968), Richard M. Sisk (d. 1968), David L. Konzelman (d. 1971), Raymond L. Seaborg (d. 1972), John Peterson (d. 1972), John W. Kearns (d. 1972), William E. Bennett (d. 1975).

Matthew Gannon – one of at least four American intelligence officers aboard Pan Am Flight 103 when a bomb detonated and destroyed the plane over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988.

Nathan Chapman – the first U.S. soldier killed in combat in the American war in Afghanistan, assigned as a CIA paramilitary team’s communications specialist. He was killed on January 4, 2002, while investigating an Al-Qaeda safe house in Khost.

Helge P. Boes – killed by a grenade during a training accident in Afghanistan on February 7, 2003.

Major Douglas A. Zembiec –was killed in a gun battle in Baghdad in May 2007, while serving with the CIA's Special Activities Division.

Harold Brown, Elizabeth Hanson, Darren LaBonte, Jennifer Matthews, Dane Paresi, Scott Roberson, Jeremy Wise – killed in the Camp Chapman attack in Afghanistan on December 30, 2009.

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – killed during the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11–12, 2012. Both were former Navy SEALs and worked as CIA security contractors.

Final Reflections
America must pause and remember all who have fallen serving the nation, especially at our hallowed grounds.

We must always exemplify respect, dignity, and reverence at these places, and hold these virtues eternally within our hearts.

The CIA Memorial is sacred ground. It must forever inspire reverence, with its stars reflecting our fallen patriots forever shining in the heart of America.

Photo
1. An honor guard lays a wreath at the memorial wall of stars for those killed serving their country. (Courtesy CIA)

2. The Memorial Wall is on the north wall of the Original Headquarters Building lobby. This wall of stars stands as a silent, simple memorial to those CIA officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial Wall was commissioned by the CIA Fine Arts Commission in May 1973 and sculpted by Harold Vogel in July 1974. (Courtesy CIA)

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Monday, January 16, 2017

In Memoriam: NYPD Detective Steven McDonald, American Hero

During the past 20 years, I have been a privileged guest at many NYPD events.

The presence of rank and file police officials, dedicated to protect and serve, at these events always made me proud of being an American.

Yet, there was often another presence at these events, a true American champion of forgiveness.

Although a quadriplegic since he was shot on July 12, 1986, the presence of NYPD Detective Steven McDonald was always inspirational.

McDonald was always a larger-than-life presence at every assembly.

The presence of this great man was always a testimony on the efficacy of humility, respect, and dignity.

Detective Steven McDonald is a true hero to his family, the NYPD, his faith community, and to all of America.

NYPD Icon: Detective Steven McDonald

Life can dramatically change for anyone in a split second, as it did for Steven McDonald. His life changed while protecting and serving the people of New York City while on patrol in 1986.

Within seconds after he and his partner approached three boys in Central Park, one of them shot Steven three times with a handgun.

The incident paralyzed his body from the neck down for thirty years until his death on Jan. 10, 2017.

But Steven’s character transformed this tragedy into a mission for his faith, family, and country.

He became the NYPD’s greatest ambassador of police-community relations by illuminating a life of forgiveness, grace, and goodness.

Although paralyzed in body, Steven’s life became a supreme statement to the world that nothing is more powerful than the human heart.

During his son Conor’s baptism (born six months after the shooting) at a Bellevue Hospital chapel in 1987, Steven’s wife Patricia Ann read a statement. The words resounded throughout Steven’s life and will do so eternally as they epitomize the greatness of his character.

“I forgive him,” Steven’s wife read, “and hope that he can find peace and purpose in his life.”

Although his shooter was convicted for attempted murder, Steven always hoped that he find healing and peace.
This was expressed through his book, campaigning against gun violence, and most importantly through his life of charity, community, and virtue.

Steven will be forever remembered as a paragon of forgiveness. His life will be a perpetual statement that the value of life is not determined by physical strength but by the power of character.

Final Reflections: NYPD Commissioner’s Tribute

There are many moving tributes that have expressed the greatness of Steven’s life.

These words, from the eulogy of NYPD Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on January 13, deserve our reflection:

“He helped redefine what a hero is in the NYPD. And he did something good … every day.

“Detective Steven McDonald was a stronger person than anyone sitting in this grand cathedral – or anyone within the sound of my voice right now.

“What we can learn from Steven’s life is this: The cycle of violence that plagues so many lives today can be overcome only by breaking down the walls that separate people. The best tools for doing this – Steven taught us – are love, respect, and forgiveness.

“The shield Steven proudly wore on his chest symbolizes something sacred to every man and woman who has ever been a member of the NYPD. And every day that Steven was on this earth, he embodied its rich tradition of courage and compassion.

“If nothing else, Steven wanted people to know that police officers take their jobs seriously. Because policing is a profession. And Steven wanted people to know that if duty calls for it, police officers will give you everything.

“As we honor this great man today, let’s also ask that Steven’s fellow cops continue to be blessed and protected. For they are the ones who will forever carry on his important work.”

Photos

1. NYPD Detective Steven McDonald. (Courtesy NYPD News)
2. NYPD Detective Steven McDonald funeral procession, Fifth Avenue, NYC, Jan. 13, 2017. (Courtesy NYPD News)
3. NYPD Detective Steven McDonald with Timothy Cardinal Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York. (Courtesy NYPD News)
4. NYPD Detective Steven McDonald with wife Patti, and son Conor, and NYPD Sgt. (Courtesy NYPD News)

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