Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Honoring American Immigrants: Family, Neighbors, Heroes

America is a land of immigrants who enrich our nation with their talents, sacrifices, and character.

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

Prior to sharing these words, I held in my hands a document very sacred to me. It is a detailed copy of my family tree, complete with names, dates of birth as well as deaths where applicable, and a meticulous layout of the connections between each family member.

This family tree begins with Joseph Nicolosi Cirrito, one of my great grandfathers, who was born in 1858 and died in 1941 at the age of 83.

Adjacent to his name is the name of his wife, my great grandmother Gaetiena (maiden name of Boscarelli), who was born in 1875 and who died from Spanish Influenza in 1918 at the age of 43.

Both of these great-grandparents (my grandmothers parents) were immigrants, representative of millions who came to America, beckoned by the words inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Joseph and Gaetiena had the fire of America’s greatness in their souls, inspired by our nation’s promise of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” memorialized as inalienable rights. This promise is the heart of our Declaration of Independence, one that demands protection by our government and respect for human dignity.

The grandparents on my grandfather's side of the family were also immigrants from the city of Afragola, Italy.

My great-grandfather Luigi Rufino and his wife Maria Rufino (maiden name of Pannone) also came to America and lived their dream of devotion. They were great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, and dedicated members of their community of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.

As memorialized by documents in the possession of his grand-daughter Bonnie, Luigi Rufino was always working hard to provide for his family. His profession is listed as a mason, but he also had a candy store and peddled vegetables.

Luigi's last job was the fireman at United Hospital on 189th Street in the Bronx. He was responsible for shoveling coal into the furnace to keep the fire burning before oil and gas heat became so prevalent.

After a heart attack, Luigi retired from this job of serving the patients, staff, and visitors of the hospital.

The Bronx: A Melting Pot

Although privileged to have outstanding educational credentials, I believe growing up in the Bronx with the richness of its diversity is one deserving notation on a curriculum vitae.

This experience allowed the world to be at my doorstep, expressed through countless encounters with classmates, friends, neighbors, and community.

My neighborhood was a melting pot with international representation. It was filled with people of every conceivable religion, culture, and language.

The goodness of these people, exemplified through their smiles, courtesy, and countless acts of charity is eternally etched in my memory.

Immigrants Securing America

During one of my career experiences, I managed security professionals for over 12 years at sites demanding extreme professionalism, vigilance, and commitment.

Before employment, these security professionals, many of whom were immigrants, went through a rigorous hiring procedure including meticulous review of government credentials, federal and state fingerprint checks, previous employment verification, an integrity exam, and drug testing.

I personally interviewed and conducted checks of these requirements for hundreds of security personnel and then assigned them to secure some of America’s most well-known clients. These clients represented corporate and residential properties, banks, hospitals, media, and retail enterprises.

A world map was proudly maintained in my office with pins representing these security professionals working for me who were from around the world.

These officers, many of whom were eventually promoted to supervisors and managers, protected property, people, and information. They provided leadership for emergencies including evacuations. Essentially, they protected our homeland, with many receiving commendations at award ceremonies for exemplary conduct, meritorious actions, and outstanding service.

Immigrant Medal of Honor Recipients

America must be forever grateful for the many heroes who died serving our nation, including those not born on our soil.

Over 20 percent (over 700) of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients in U.S. wars have been immigrants.

The official guide to this medal notes, “Those who have received the Medal of Honor since it was established in 1861 as the nation’s highest decoration are as different as the melting pot of our country.”

One recipient was Mercario Garcia from Mexico who after recovery from a D-Day wound, single-handedly took two enemy machine-gun nests on Nov. 27, 1944.

Only after protecting his unit from this danger, despite being shot in the shoulder and foot, did Mercario allow himself to be evacuated for medical care.

Final Reflections

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

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

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

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As authored for Vincent’s weekly column titled “Reawakening the Nation” for the Epoch Times, 35 countries, 21 languages and growing. This blog was updated from its original publication on Aug. 24, 2016 to include a photo of my grandmother's parents, Luigi and Maria Rufino. Both of them immigrated to America from Afragola, Naples.


Photos

1. Statue of Liberty, (Dominique James)

2. My great grandparents Joseph with his second wife. His first wife was Gaetiena Cirrito (maiden name of Boscarelli). Joseph was born in 1858 and died in 1941 at the age of 83. Gaetiena was born in 1875 and died in 1918 at the age of 43 from Spanish Influena. Joseph and Gaetiena are the parents of my grandmother Catherine, who was married to my grandfather Vincent Rufino.

3. An illustration of immigrants on the steerage deck of an ocean steamer passing the Statue of Liberty from Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, July 2, 1887. (National Park Service)

4. Luigi and Maria Rufino (maiden name of Pannone) with their daughter Maggie. They were the parents of my grandfather Vincent whose had brohters named Mario and Joseph, and a sister named Maggie. (Courtesy of Cissy Rufino)

5. President Harry Truman awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to Mercario Garcia in 1945. (Photo Credit National Archives and Records Administration

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Monday, November 28, 2016

America's Fallen Officers: Compassion, Vigilance, Unity

America is the land of the free and home of the brave.

This is only possible because of those who serve and protect our cherished way of life.

Service for America includes those making sacrifices in our armed forces, and all law enforcement officials protecting our communities.

America must appreciate all of them, as well as the sacrifices of their families and communities.

We must be fully dedicated to renewing our nation, and preventing the unleashed violence must be our priority.

The antidote to this violence in our communities requires compassion, vigilance, and character.

Alarming Statistics: Perilous Times

According to statistics documented on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), these are indisputably perilous times for law enforcement.

As of Nov. 28, the preliminary 2016 law enforcement officer fatalities have a 61 percent increase of firearms related fatalities.

This sobering statistic is not only a challenge to law enforcement throughout America, but a grave concern to their families. It must also be a concern to all of us.

Our law enforcement communities are the ethical sentinels of civilized society, separating us from chaos, anarchy, and turmoil.

America must appreciate the service of all who protect and serve and stand united with them.

The dangers faced by law enforcement are exacerbated by the devastating spike in ambush-style attacks against them.

This year, one-third of law enforcement officers shot to death on the job, were purposely targeted by their killers, according to the NLEOMF.

Police Officers are Community Members

Statistics can become sterile, cold, and impersonal if we fail to remember that they represent Americans who have grieving families, friends, colleagues, and communities.

Here are just a few fallen law enforcement heroes from 2016, whose dedication to protect and serve represents the best of all of us:

Police Officer Collin James Rose – a member of the Wayne State University Police Department. Officer Rose was shot and killed on Nov. 23. while detaining a suspicious individual. He was the 61st officer killed in the line of duty in 2016 and he seventh of the year for the state of Michigan.

Detective Benjamin Marconi – a member of the San Antonio (TX) Police Department. Detective Marconi was shot and killed on Nov. 20 while conducting a traffic stop. He was the 60th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed this year and the 18th officer fatality for the year in the state of Texas.

Deputy Commander Patrick Carothers – a member of the U.S. Marshalls Service. Deputy Commander Carothers was shot and killed on Nov. 18 while attempting to serve a warrant in Long County, Georgia.

Deputy Sheriff Dennis Wallace - a member of the Stanislaus County (CA) Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Sheriff Wallace was shot and killed while responding to a call about a suspicious car and person.

Police Officer Scott Bashioum – a member of the Canonsburg Borough (PA) Police Department. Officer Bashioum was shot and killed in an ambush attack while responding to a domestic disturbance.

Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo – a member of the New York Police Department (NYPD). Sergeant Tuzzolo was shot and killed on Nov. 4 while responding to a robbery call. He was the third officer shot and killed in the state of New York in 2016.

These officers, along with all the fallen, and all of their families, deserve our unwavering compassion, respect, and prayers. They are not only those dedicated to protect and serve, but members of our families and communities.

Final Reflections

After the Columbine High School tragedy, I conducted presentations throughout America to prevent school, campus, and university violence.

During these presentations, I addressed the culture of violence taking place nationwide. It was my concern, shared with many audiences, that incidents of violence would not only increase, but America would lose its outrage.

The tragedy being witnessed in America is that school, campus, and university incidents are indeed becoming the norm. Parenthetically, a tragedy is unfolding at Ohio State University as I write this article.

This reprehensible violence, is now compounded with the senseless killing of our police officers, which is also tragically becoming the norm.

This is a sobering commentary of violence in America, and the violence must end.

Only when America realizes that law enforcement is critical to the safety and security of our communities, and we give them the support they deserve, will we be on the path to reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage:

Fallen Officers Demand America’s Reawakening

Dallas Police Tragedy: Healing, Unity, Renewal

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

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Photos

1. NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo funeral procession, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo Credit NYPD)

2. Memorial for Detective Benjamin Marconi. (Photo Credit San Antonio Police Department)

3. Lisa Tuozzolo, wife of the late Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo is escorted by a high ranking New York Police Department officer, at the conclusion of Tuozzolo's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Massapequa, New York, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Photo Credit / Associated Press)

4. A child speaks with police officers at the Livingston N.J. Police Department National Night Out on Aug. 7, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Bigotry, Prejudice, Racism: America’s Toxic Virus

As America celebrates Thanksgiving, we must pause and reflect on the words of Abraham Lincoln.

These words from his October 3, 1863 proclamation, set apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise:”

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Lincoln’s proclamation continues to solemnly address the “unequalled magnitude and severity” of the Civil War which has depleted the wealth and strength of the nation.

The proclamation ends with his calling upon the nation to offer “humble penitence for perverseness and disobedience.”

Lincoln also calls upon us to “heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility, and Union.”

A virus had entered America, and Lincoln called upon the nation to combat it.

America: Combatting a New Virus

Lincoln responded to the virus infected by the Civil War through his character, ethics, and leadership.

These virtues are once again critical for America, as a new virus, propagating by bigotry, prejudice, and racism, is now infecting the nation.

According to recent data from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), “incidents of hateful harassment since election day now number 701.”

The SPLC based its report from news articles, social media, and direct submissions. Therefore, although this report has anecdotal aspects, the reality is that it is most likely underreported as crime reports usually are.

A pattern in the SPLC “hatewatch” update is that anti-immigrant incidents are at the top of the harassment concerns. A more sobering aspect of this issue is that nearly 40 percent of all these incidents occurred in educational (K-12 schools and university/college) settings.

This is an alarming statistic as educational communities must be havens of character. Character is essential to the heartbeat of the nation and to the welfare of our communities and families.

Incidents in the SPLC report ranked by volume after anti-immigrant, are anti-black, anti-LGBT, swastika vandalism, anti-Muslim, and anti-women.

The NYPD: An Uptick in Hate Crimes

Responding to a swastika discovered in a Brooklyn Park, Robert Boyce, Chief of NYPD Detectives, stated that it was the 13th reported in the city since Election Day.

Boyce also stated that other swastikas have been found in a Manhattan school, and a Brooklyn housing development.

New York Police Department Commissioner James O'Neill told a New York radio station on Nov. 20,2016, that he was disturbed by the trend of hate crimes.

"We've had an uptick in hate crimes, actually a little bit more than an uptick. We're up 31% from last year. We had at this time last year 250, this year we have 328, specifically against the Muslim population in New York City -- we went up from 12 to 25, and anti-Semitic is up, too, by 9% from 102 to 111," O'Neill said.

"I have no scientific evidence as to why, but you've been paying attention to what's been going on in the country over the last year or so and the rhetoric has increased, and I think that might have something to do with it," O'Neill added.

Final Reflections

America must heed the words of Lincoln in his Thanksgiving proclamation. Lincoln’s words must resonate throughout every generation of those privileged to call America home.

Lincoln’s call to “heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it” has lessons to be applied to a new virus infecting America.

Our new virus, propagated by hatred, demands a full force response of character in our families, educational institutions, government leaders, workplaces, houses of worship, communities, and law enforcement agencies.

Our nation is facing an entirely new virus from one that unleashed catastrophic devastation through the Civil War. This new virus wrecks a different type of havoc through hatred, animosity, and polarization.

These depravities divide us and are destructive to the principles of our Constitution, Bill of Rights, and every principle of moral decency.

The virus of hated is a grave danger that festers into threats, division, and violence.

America must immunize itself from the virus of hatred. This is only possible when character is our moral compass.

We will overcome hatred, and our nation will be reawakened, when character is the virtue that we cultivate, inspire, and animate.

Related Coverage:

America’s Mission: Eradicating Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

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

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Photos

1. Black and White iconic Abraham Lincoln photo. (Public Domain)
2. NYPD officers stand guard as people watch the 90th Macy's Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 24, 2016 in New York City. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
3. The Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C. (Bboserup/iStock)

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

NYPD Counterterrorism: Protecting New York City

On Nov. 9, 2016, I attended the First Precinct Financial Area Security Council meeting at the NYPD Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center (LMSCC) in New York City.

The First Precinct Financial Area Security Council is primarily composed of active and retired law enforcement officials in collaboration with private security professionals. These individuals network and share security information to safeguard lower Manhattan, as well as New York City.

This council is a model venue that is building partnerships that are critical to protecting the city.

The LMSCC was the perfect location for the event as it is essential to counterterrorism, the topic of the meeting.

NYPD Counterterrorism: A Robust Commitment

NYPD Inspector Joseph A. Gallucci, a counterterrorism authority was the featured speaker. His insights, experience, and knowledge painted a picture of NYPD counterterrorism initiatives.

These initiatives, detailed as open source information on the NYPD official website, include the following:

Counterterrorism Deployments: The Department's strategic counterterrorism deployments include: Hercules, Transit Operational Response Canine Heavy Weapons (TORCH), and teams of Emergency Service Unit officers with heavy weapons. These individuals protect landmarks, critical infrastructure, transportation hubs, and mass gatherings. Counterterrorism initiatives also include Critical Response Command (CRC), with uniformed highly-trained officers who meet as massive show of force at strategic locations in to protect the city. They fall under the leadership of Chief James R. Waters, personally involved with their selection, training, and deployment. Chief Waters is one of countless NYPD officials deserving admiration for his unwavering dedication to keeping New Yorkers safe. The CRC is made up of over 500 elite officers and superiors.

Counterterrorism Division: This includes the following:

• The Technology and Construction Section, involved with counterterrorism projects, such as the LMSCC.
• The Training Section which provides leadership for counterterrorism training to the patrol force, other law enforcement agencies, and private sector entities.
• The Threat Reduction Infrastructure Protection Section (TRIPS) which identifies and develops protective strategies for critical infrastructure sites.
• The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Section researches and tests emerging technologies for detection and prevention.
• The Maritime Team which is responsible for researching and developing systems and programs to increase harbor security.
• The Emergency Preparedness and Exercise Section is the Department's interface with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF): NYPD detectives partner with FBI agents on terrorism investigations in the New York metro area and around the world.

Lower Manhattan Security Initiative (LMSI): The project, managed at the LMSCC, is designed to detect threats and perform pre-operational terrorist surveillance south of Canal Street in Lower Manhattan. LMSI combines an increased police presence with technology to accomplish its mission. At the heart of this initiative is the public-private partnership fostered amongst the NYPD, private entities, and public agencies in Lower Manhattan to enhance information sharing to defend the nation's financial capital.

Terrorism Threat Analysis Group: The Terrorism Threat Analysis Group (TTAG) performs strategic intelligence analysis and disseminates this information, both open-source and classified, to the appropriate recipients in the NYPD, private sector, intelligence community, and other law enforcement agencies.

NYPD SHIELD: America’s public-private collaboration model. It provides training and information sharing through numerous methods including:

• Intelligence and Analysis Briefings
• Counterterrorism training
• Website postings and documents
• Informal conferrals with Patrol Borough Counterterrorism coordinators
• Alert email messages to members
• Conferences that often include over 500 participants

Operation Sentry: A multi-regional, multi-agency coalition designed by the NYPD Intelligence Division to help detect potential terror threats. On Tuesday, November 15, I was privileged to attend their tenth annual conference at One Police Plaza in Manhattan, the headquarters of the NYPD. The event was attended by over 250 law enforcement officials from throughout the U.S. and numerous other countries. Topics included lessons learned from the San Bernardino attack, attacks on police officers in Baton Rouge and Texas, cyber-threats, and the recent Chelsea bombing in New York City. An overview of terrorism incidents world-wide was identified with insights on their propaganda, recruitment, indoctrination, mentality, and attack methods.

Terrorism Awareness and Prevention

Information sharing with public and private professionals, as well as with the community, is critical to terrorism awareness and prevention.

During the last two years of articles for the Epoch Times, and in my presentations nationwide since 911, I continually encourage collaboration between the police, private security, and the community.

This is emphasized in my article titled “America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets,” published in the Jan. 7, 2016 edition:

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

Final Reflections

During this year’s Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue, the dedication of the NYPD Counterterrorism bureau was once again evident. Officers, including the CRC, were a deterrent, visible at key locations throughout the parade route.

The NYPD is dedicated to protecting New York City but all of us must work together.

This is our country and these are our communities that deserve security, safety, and protection.

Each of us has a responsibility to have our eyes wide open, enhance our unity of effort, and to live by the mantra, ‘If you see something, say something.”

Photos:

1. NYPD heavily armed officer on post at Fifth Avenue and 41st Street, NYC, during the Veterans Day parade, Nov. 9, 2016. Member of the US Air Force are marching in the background. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. NYPD Maritime Unit, Sept. 16, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

3. Participants at NYPD SHIELD Conference, One Police Plaza, NYC, June 27, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

4. NYPD Mounted Unit in front of the Plaza Hotel, NYC, Sept. 24, 2015, during the visit of Pope Francis. (Vincent J. Bove)

Related Coverage:

Terrorism Prevention Requires Police–Community Collaboration

Sanctuary Profaned: Protecting America’s Houses of Worship

Mass Shootings: America’s Public Health Crisis

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Monday, November 07, 2016

America’s Commander in Chief Must Protect the Homeland

The U.S. Constitution affirms that “the President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several states, when called into the actual service of the United States”.

Although there are new dangers since the Constitution was crafted, particularly with terrorism, the responsibility of the president to protect the homeland is unending.

It will be the responsibility of the new president, to protect our democracy by upholding the principles of our Constitution. This is detailed in the oath of the president:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will do to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Founding Fathers Directive: Protect the Homeland

The principal reason that the Founding Fathers came together to create our nation is clear.

It is memorialized in the Preamble of our Constitution as to “provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and to secure the Blessings of Liberty.”

The nation must be protected and America’s new president must abide by these sacred principles.

This will only be possible when character is the heart of our presidency, and the principles of an ethical protector are exemplified by our new Commander in Chief.

Only character has the persuasive power to unite the nation, remedy the challenges we face, and forge collaborative partnerships within the nation, and throughout the world.

Safeguarding Our Homeland: Securing the Nation

America’s security will be a daunting task for our new president.

The continual threat of terrorism by radical extremists that are either inspired, enabled, or directed from abroad remains. Most likely, the dangers of terrorism will intensify before the threat is remedied. Therse are individuals with no conscience, sense of moral decency, or respect for life. They would desecrate the sacredness of every faith by committing the most horrific atrocities against innocent members of society.

The treat of a terrorism is always a possibility and can take place anytime, not only here on our homeland, but abroad as well.

The very real threat is memorialized on the FBI website as their “top investigative priority.”

Terrorism Defined: The U.S. Code

Terrorism is best understood as detailed in the United States Code as follows:

"International terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:

• Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
• Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
• Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:

• Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
• Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
• Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

18 U.S.C. § 2332b defines the term "federal crime of terrorism" as an offense that:

• Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
• Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including § 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and § 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).

Final Reflections

America has elected a new Commander in Chief whose principle responsibility is to safeguard our nation.

The new president must exemplify character and stand as an ethical protector “to provide for the common defense” of the nation.

Each person privileged to call America home must also exemplify the qualities of character and remain vigilant.

The challenges of terrorism are upon us, and we shall prevail with courage, dedication, and commitment.

Protecting our democracy, freedom, and way of life will be the responsibility of the new Commander in Chief. Each of us privileged to call America home must also rise to the occasion.

Related Coverage:

Terrorism Prevention Requires Police–Community Collaboration

Terrorism Demands Police-Community Unity

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

America’s Next President Demands an Ethical Protector

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Photo

1. US President Barack Obama salutes while getting off of Marine One prior to departing on Air Force One in San Salvador, El Salvador, on March 23, 2011. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

2. Members of the NYPD Strategic Response Group, which is funded in part through the Urban Area Security Initiative grant, stand outside NYPD headquarters in New York City on Feb. 17, 2016. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Monday, October 31, 2016

In Memoriam: United Nations Peacekeeper Jori DeMarco

On Wednesday, October 26, I attended the Fifth Annual United Nations (UN) Memorial Service at their headquarters in New York City.

The solemn event, presided over by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, commemorated men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice working for peace.

This year, the UN honored 210 members who perished between January 1, 2015 and the end of June 2016.

UN Secretary-General: Inspirational Remarks

After lighting a candle, the UN Secretary General recognized the sacrifices of the fallen with words including the following:

“The men and women we recognize today came from all corners of the world. They served in difficult and dangerous conditions. What drew them together? Our blue flag and all it represents. All countries. All faiths. All people. One flag. Others have tried to turn it into a target. But the flag remains a beacon.”

As hundreds of UN representatives, peacekeepers, and family members of the fallen listened to the Secretary General, these words from his speech echoed throughout the assembly: “there is nothing more powerful than the human spirit.”

Jori DeMarco: Peacekeeper

Aside from the over 200 fallen peacekeepers honored at this sacrosanct memorial, the Secretary General paid special tribute to Jori DeMarco, a security officer killed while serving the Observer Mission in Tajikistan.

This was a profound honor for DeMarco, a peacekeeper for the world. It was also an inspirational for his family who attended, including his beloved wife Beatrice, his mother Jo, his brother Daren, and other family members, including myself, since Jori was my cousin.

The Secretary General also met with DeMarco’s family privately after the ceremony. During this time he one again praised the heroism of Jori and presented the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the DeMarco family.

The Dag Hammarskjöld medal was established by the Secretary General in December 2000 as a posthumous award to members of peacekeeping operations, who lost their lives during service with a peacekeeping operation, under the operational control and authority of the United Nations.

Honoring Jori DeMarco: An Inspirational Letter

The words of the Secretary General were complemented in a letter shared with me by Jo, Jori’s mother.

In the letter, written by Andrew James Collingwood, a colleague of Jori, were inspirational and comforting words addressed to Jori’s parents.

Collingwood wanted to capture his admiration for Jori. His thoughtfulness, and compassion inspired him to share these reflections on Nov. 6, 1998, shortly after Jori’s death. Sentiments in the letter included the following:

“Although over two months have passed since the untimely death of your son Jori, I want to pass on to you my deepest thoughts and sympathies for the tragic loss you are facing … I clearly recall Jori’s arrival in Tajikistan. From my own point of view, Jori was right out of the movies, and the more I got to know him, the more I realized it.

"With his characteristic swagger, and his thick New York accent, I always thought he should play a leading role in the movies. He was always well dressed, and took pride in his appearance.

"He arrived proud and silent, with a large moustache, wearing sun glasses, rugged clothes, and minding his own business … His Marine experiences made him cautious, but not fearful of the unknown, which translated into an adventurous spirit … Jori was a leader, both at work and away from it … always entirely professional.

“Many of us used to say that if we had to be in a bad, life threatening situation, Jori was the man to have around … He was a beautiful man whose memory will live on with those who knew him.”

NYPD’s Daren DeMarco: A Peacekeepers Brother

Complementing the peacekeeper spirit of Jori is his brother, NYPD Sergeant Supervisor Daren DeMarco.

The leadership, determination, and character of Daren is comparable to the virtues of his co-peacekeeper brother.

Daren’s passion to serve in the NYPD are inspired by the tragedy of his brother Jori, as well as the tragedy of his sister Dana. Dan was murdered in 1994 by a serial killer who was pardoned by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Prior to his law enforcement vocation, Daren, like his brother Jori, also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

After the Sept. 11, 2011 World Trade Center attack, Daren worked for 16 hours per day for 90 straight days at Ground Zero. For the next two months, he worked 12 hour shifts.

Sgt. Supervisor DeMarco’s NYPD awards include the World Trade Center medal, as well as numerous excellent duty and meritorious duty awards.

After one of Daren’s promotions at NYPD headquarters, his inspiring words to me echoed the sentiments of peacekeepers all over the world.

“As an NYPD law enforcement officer, I am privileged because each day is an opportunity to combat crime and help the community.”

Final Reflections

On a wall recognizing UN heroes at their headquarters is a plaque that pays tribute to the greatness of Jori DeMarco.

Its words exemplify his courageous spirit, as well as those of his brother Daren, and all peacekeepers throughout the world.

“Jori DeMarco joined the United Nations Security and Safety Service in New York on July 1, 1991. He served on the Conference and Tour Platoons and the UN Secretary General’s Protective Detail before his field assignment to the UN Observer Mission in Tajikistan.

“Jori DeMarco was killed on August 17, 1998 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan while serving on the Protective Detail of the Special Representative of the Secretary General.

“Jori DeMarco performed his duties with high professionalism, dedication, efficiency, and enthusiasm. He was friendly, extremely cooperative, and his dedication to duty was second to none. His military experience made him cautious but not fearful of the unknown-which translated into and adventurous spirit.

“One always felt safe in his company. His performance made him a credit to the United Nations.

“His memory will live on within all those who knew him.”

Photos

1. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, flanked by the President of the General Assembly and President of the Security Council lighting a commemorative candle at the Fifth Annual United Nations Staff Memorial Service, Oct. 26, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. United States Marine Jori DeMarco. (Courtesy of Jo DeMarco)

3. Jori DeMarco, UN Peacekeeper. (Courtesy of Jo DeMarco)

4. NYPD Sgt. Supervisor Daren DeMarco with his mother Jo DeMarco at the plaque honoring Jori DeMarco at UN headquarters, NYC, Oct. 26, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

5. The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, presents the Dag Hammarskjöld medal to the DeMarco family. From left to right, the Secretary General, Jo DeMarco, Daren DeMarco, and Beatrice DeMarco. (Photo Courtesy Giles Clark)

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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Veterans Enlistment Bonus Scandal Requires Leadership

At the conclusion of each of my presentations on issues critical to America, I take time to honor America’s veterans with a photo tribute.

This tribute is mandatory as the sacrifices, courage, and patriotism of our veterans must always be appreciated.

These tributes also complement my published works that emphasize the sacrifices of veterans as a heartbeat of America’s character.

We are able to enjoy the freedom, democracy, and way of life we have because of those who have offered military service.

Liberation Monument: Depicting America’s Virtues

An inspirational statue depicting the courage, compassion, and character of military service is the Liberation Monument in Jersey City, New Jersey.

This monument is surrounded by the historic significance of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and the New York skyline.

The statue, designed by sculptor Natan Rapaport, depicts a World War II American soldier carrying a survivor from a concentration camp.

It is a masterpiece that ignites a spark of compassion in the soul, a virtue at the heart of America’s sacrifices during World War II.

Military Sacrifices: The Legacy Continues

As in generations past, America’s military personnel are making courageous and selfless sacrifice, not only for our country, but to protect life throughout the world.

America must always appreciate their sacrifices and demand that their valor is always honored.

The legacy of America demands a renewal of patriotism. We are destined to be a hope for freedom, liberty, and decency and must build our legacy on moral leadership.

America’s virtues will only be authentic when all who serve our nation in the military are honored.

America’s Shame: Forcing Bonus Returns

During the last few years, there have been numerous scandals that highlight America’s leadership crisis. This includes the incompetence, insensitivity, and disregard for our veterans.

The latest scandal involves the California National Guard with veterans being ordered to pay back millions of enlistment bonuses.

The epicenter of this scandal is the corruption case of retired Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe of the California National Guard.

In a Department of Justice (DOJ) statement, Jaffe pleaded guilty in 2011 to filing false claims of $15.2 million.

“When she pleaded guilty, Jaffe admitted that the fall of 2007 through October 2009, she routinely submitted false and fictitious claims on behalf of her fellow California National Guard members.

“Jaffe admitted that she submitted claims to pay bonuses to members of the California National Guard whom she knew were not eligible to receive the bonuses and to pay off officer’s loans, even though she knew the officers were ineligible for loan repayment,” the DOJ statement reads.

Jaffe was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison but the repercussions of her crime is wreaking havoc in the lives of nearly 10,000 innocent soldiers.

The Pentagon is demanding repayment of enlistment bonuses from the soldiers, many who served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This is a shameful travesty to those who have served America and who received the enlistment bonuses in good faith. The return of this money causes unnecessary hardships (including wage garnishment, tax liens, and interest costs) that is unjust, disgraceful, and insensitive.

One of these thousands of heart-wrenching stories is of Purple Heart Recipient Christopher Van Meter.

Despite being wounded in Iraq and spending a lifetime of service in the military, he received a letter demanding he return $46,000. This bill even included a processing fee.

Van Meter started paying back $1,300 a month in a multi-year plan. This causes financial hardships with expenses including daycare and food for his children.

Final Reflections

As detailed in my March 21, 2014 article for the Epoch Times titled “Life Lessons From the United States Military,” there are leadership lessons to be learned from the ideals of our military.

These ideals are compassion, courage, and character and are counter-cultural to corruption, apathy, and selfishness.

All those who have served our nation are worthy of respect, dignity, and honor. None of our veterans, nor their families, should be required to endure unnecessary burdens inflicted by crimes of corruption.

Corruption is not the honorable soldiers fault, nor should it be their burden.

America must rise to the occasion and express outrage at this injustice. We must demand that those in positions of leadership reflect the wisdom that will restore dignity to those who have borne the battle.

Related Coverage:

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America’s Military Suicide Crisis: Awareness, Compassion, Prevention

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Photos

1. "Liberation," a bronze Holocaust memorial by the sculptor Nathan Rapoport, located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey. (Ken Lund/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

2. Interment Ceremony of Lt. Mark H. Dooley at his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery on July 13, 2007. Seated in the front row are (L–R) Peter Dooley and Marion Dooley (Mark’s parents) and Peter Dooley Jr., Mark’s brother. (Vincent J. Bove)

3. U.S. Coast Guard honor guard at Times Square on Memorial Day 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

4. The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, taken from an airplane in January 2008, Public Domain/Creative Commons Attribution, Wikimedia Commons. (Photo Credit: David B. Gleason)

5. An American veteran and Purple Heart Recipient on Fifth Avenue during New York City’s Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

American Policing: Restoring Trust, Building Community

During the last few years, there have been incidents, controversies, and protests throughout America that must serve as a clarion call to renew, restore, and rejuvenate police-community unity.

A policing incident in any community can spark intense repercussions throughout the nation. Any breakdown of trust between community and police demands an urgent, unwavering, and complete dedication to remedy the problem.

Police-community collaboration will only be possible when leadership builds bridges of trust.

These ideals will become reality when human contact, with respect as the foundation, is enhanced between police and the community.

Respect is the heart of community policing. This virtue must be complemented by improving use of force standards, enhanced training and certification initiatives, transparency and accountability, and a renaissance of ethical values in policing but throughout all of society.

Community Policing: Cultivating Human Contact

Modern technology can be a great asset to life when properly utilized.

But this technology has a downside when it replaces human contact. Human contact is essential for a healthy person, family, and community. It is also irreplaceable for police-community relations, and must be continually cultivated on the pillars of respect, courtesy, professionalism, and ethical values.

In my presentations for police, educators, students, and community leaders, I often use a graphic slide to emphasize the dramatic technological progress over the last twenty-five years.

We are able to instantly communicate with messages, pictures, documents, and videos and share anywhere on the planet.

Yet, I argue during these presentations that human contact has not improved during this same time-frame.
Actually, it may have diminished as we have allowed technological communication to be a substitute for human contact.

This can be witnessed with the deterioration of family life, marriage, parenting, faith-based communities, civility, and community.

American policing has an opportunity to shine and enhance human contact, a critical component of community policing.

Human contact, built on the pillar of respect, must be the heart of policing. It is paramount for building trust and restoring community.

Pro-Police and Pro-Community

Trust and community is the heart of over two years of published works on issues critical to America for the Epoch Times.

Perhaps, these are best summarized by the first and second, of my nine principles, titled “Principles of American Policing.”

These principles, published in the May 1, 2015 edition are as follows:

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

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

The True Heart of American Law Enforcement

On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

Since I hold a profound appreciation for the FBI, and admire the leadership of Director Comey, I recommend careful reading of this speech.

Since Director Comey compliments my dedication to police-community unity, memorialized in my articles and speeches, I would like to highlight parts of his speech. His thoughts, paraphrased for the sake of brevity, include the following:

• There is a riptide of challenges for American law enforcement that demands leadership and truth to calm the waters.
• Leadership in policing demands that we know the people we serve and that we are completely dedicated to all the people, all the time.
• Good policing is respectful, disciplined, firm, fair, lawful, and transparent. Good police leaders blend combinations of kindness with toughness, humility with confidence, and decency with determination to deliver results.
• Leaders know the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain of black America. They know law enforcement’s historical interaction with black America, and that African-Americans, like all Americans, want good policing, essential to safety and prosperity.
• Leaders understand that contemporary police challenges are being multiplied by a false narrative stating “Biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates.”
• True police leaders never give up because they care. They talk to their citizens, elected officials, media, and officers. They are respectful, moral, transparent, and support the mission of their officers who are making a difference, saving lives, and building bridges with community.
• There are bad cops … departments with troubled cultures … people are flawed. Law enforcement is in the spotlight, entrusted with power and authority, and we must accept the spotlight and demand higher standards for ourselves.
• Police officers are overwhelmingly good people … who took exhausting, dangerous jobs because they want to help people. They chose lives of service over self, lives of moral content, because that’s who they are.

Final Reflections

Although I normally conclude my articles with personal reflections, the final words for this article, from Director Comey’s IACP speech, are respectfully reserved for him:

“As we work to close the chasm, we need to show the young people of America what it is like to choose service over self. We need to show them what American law enforcement is really like. Because if they know what we know, they will want to be part of it. And we also need to show the people of America, especially people of color and especially the black community, what we are really like. Because if they see what we see, the chasm will start to close.

“I saw the true heart of American law enforcement in a church in Orlando in June. I went down to have a private meeting with the first responders to the attack at the Pulse nightclub. I wanted to thank them, in person, and privately.

“As I stood looking out at the sea of faces, a hand went up. A man in uniform stood up. He told me his name and then he said, “I’m Jewish.” That confused me, but he went on. “I was one of the first there that night, and as I ran toward the sound of gunfire, at my side was a Muslim officer. We were Jew and Muslim and Christian. We were white and black and Latino and Asian. We ran to help people we didn’t know and we didn’t care what they looked like. We ran toward the danger because that’s who we are, that’s what we do. I thought you should know that. I think people should know that.” And then he sat down.

“That is the true heart of law enforcement.”

Related Coverage:

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Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

Law Enforcement and Race: FBI Director’s Hard Truths

Building Police-Community Trust: Wake Up, America

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Photo

Police officers face off with protesters on the I-85 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rape and Sexual Assault Highlighted in Presidential Campaigns

In my Feb. 24, 2016 article for the Epoch Times titled “Campus Sexual Predators: Issues and Response,” America’s nightmare of rape and sexual assaults on college campuses was addressed.

The article was a clarion call for all student’s attending college, and their parents to be aware of the magnitude of sexual crimes.

In the article, I stressed that “the college experience must not turn into heartbreak, tragedy, or a nightmare for anyone.”

The article also demanded that “American campuses must be havens of security, moral courage, and ethical behavior; not cauldrons of abuse igniting retaliation against victims, contempt for moral decency, or violation of the law.”

Staggering sexual assault statistics was presented in the article that highlighted a culture of enabling predators on campus.

A call to action for ending sexual crimes on campus was encouraged.

The Hunting Ground, a must-watch film of a powerful, yet disturbing exposé on the crisis of sexual assaults taking place on U.S. college campuses is highly recommended.

Spotlight on Rape and Sexual Assault

Recently, the issue of sexual assault and rape was in the spotlight due to the presidential campaigns.

This avalanche of emotion was ignited by one presidential candidate, whose reprehensible comments from a hot mic were exposed.

It was a reminder that sooner or later, behavior is exposed and accountability must be the order of the day.

The shameful exploits of this candidate was further compounded by additional resurfaced media coverage exposing salacious, lewd, and obscene remarks during interviews.

It is important to note that not only were his comments extremely vulgar, offensive, and dishonorable, but also a glorification of adultery.

Although I condemn these abhorrent remarks, the purpose of this article is not to sink his candidacy or endorse his rival. It is the responsibility of each voter to follow their conscience regarding their choice on Election Day.

But it is undeniable, the American presidential campaign has now ignited a national firestorm demanding transparency to prevent callousness, sexual assault, and rape.

Across America, there was an eruption of media coverage and stories from women sharing painful memories of being victimized.

Women throughout America have expressed outrage and publicly responded, “This has happened to me!”

The issue has also effected the democratic candidate with resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct of her husband.

The spotlighting of sexual abuse and rape must be opportunity for awareness, education, and prevention, not denial, avoidance, and dishonesty.

America must seize the moment and educate in all of our homes, schools, campuses, and workplaces so that sexual abuse and rape can be prevented.

Rape and Sexual Assault: Working Definitions

It is important to understand the distinction between rape and sexual assault.

Definitions from the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics are as follows:

Rape - Forced sexual intercourse including both psychological coercion as well as physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means penetration by the offender(s). Includes attempted rapes, male as well as female victims, and both heterosexual and same sex rape. Attempted rape includes verbal threats of rape.

Sexual assault - A wide range of victimizations, separate from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender. Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling. It also includes verbal threats.

Scope of the Problem

Unfortunately, both presidential candidates lost a golden teachable opportunity by attacking one another during the Oct. 9 debate, rather than educating and offering solutions.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), calculated facts and statistics from a recent year in the United States include the following:

• Approximately 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to the authorities.
• 62,939 cases of child sexual abuse were reported.
• There were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 or older.
• 25 percent of the female victims of rape and sexual assault were victimized by strangers.
• About 20 million of 112 million women (18.0 percent) have been raped in their lifetime.
• In one year alone, 300,000 college women (5.2 percent) were raped.
• 81 percent of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short-or long-term impacts.
• About 1.8 million adolescents have been victims of sexual assault.
• 35.8 percent of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17.
• Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Perhaps additional data from the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), a nonprofit that advocates for survivors of sexual abuse, crystallizes the sexual abuse and rape culture.

According to RAINN, an American is sexually assaulted every two minutes, with the majority of assaults occurring at or near the victim’s home.

Final Reflections

In my Sept. 29, 2016 Epoch Times article titled “21st Century America Requires Police-Community Unity,” I recommended, after the first presidential debate, that candidates, and their leadership teams, review my articles on police-community collaboration.

After viewing the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, and observing the outcry unleashed throughout the nation on rape and sexual assault, I encourage both candidates to also read my articles on the critical importance of the American presidency.

These articles emphasize virtue, a moral compass, and ethical courage as pillars for the dignity of the presidency.

The oval office is a critical platform for America’s future and it deserves unparalleled honesty, character, and unwavering ethical values.

Americans must pray that our leaders have moral leadership to reawaken the nation, by galvanizing healing, decency, and understanding.

We the people, must demand these ethical qualities from our leaders and tolerate nothing less.

Related Coverage:

Lincoln’s Leadership Principles for Presidential Candidates

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

America’s Next President Demands an Ethical Protector

America’s Next President Needs to Have Altruistic Leadership

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Photos

1. The Hunting Ground, recommended film on the scope of campus rapes, sexual assaults, and cover-ups.

2. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) in Warren, Mich., on Aug. 11, 2016. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images); and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Policing Requires Ethical Protectors

America must rise to the occasion and remedy contemporary deficiencies with an unwavering patriotism that honors our democracy, Constitution, and freedoms.

The current issues that demand attention are police-community relations, compounded by our culture of violence and crisis of leadership.

These problems impact not only communities, corporations, agencies, schools, and families, but the very moral fabric of America.

Collaboration: Catalyst for Renewal

America must forge partnerships throughout every level of society as collaboration is critical for renewal.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4,2016, this collaboration was evident with a unique conference that focused on ethical leadership, violence prevention, and building bridges of trust with police and communities.

The event titled “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” was held at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute (BCLPSI) in Mahwah, New Jersey.

It was a collaboration of Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association (BCPCA),the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), and BCLPSI in partnership with Vincent J. Bove Speaker Services and Resolution Group International (RGI).

Over 100 law enforcement rank and file officials attended the event from agencies throughout the region.

These included large agencies such as the NYPD, Port Authority Police Department, New York State Police, New Jersey State Police, BCSO, Jersey City Police Department, and United States Marshalls Service.

Smaller agencies also were represented including the West Orange Police Department, Verona Police Department, Rutherford Police Department, Garfield Police Department, North Bergen Police Department, Emerson Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, Wyckoff Police Department, and Livingston Police Department.

The representation from local, city, county, state, and federal agencies, reflect the make-up of American policing nationwide.

21st Century Policing

As a member of the BCPCA for the past fifteen years, it was an honor for me to develop the program in collaboration with its president, Chief Frank Regino of Westwood, Sheriff Michael Saudino of the BCSO, and Chief Louis Ghione, (retired) from the North Arlington Police Department.

It was also a privilege to serve the event as one of the two featured speakers.

My presentation titled “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” used my signature metaphor of a train wreck caused by a head-on collision.

This metaphor dramatized the crisis of leadership and culture of violence throughout America.

During my presentation, highlighted with graphic slides, I also addressed America’s broken family crisis, the gang culture, substance and alcohol abuse, principles of visionary leadership, and current police-community controversies.

Numerous reports including the “Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” the “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department,” and the “Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department,” were identified and summarized.

Attendees were encouraged to carefully study these documents, as well as my published articles in the Epoch Times over the last few years, as they punctuate police-community issues.

The article titled “Transforming the NYPD: Terminating Toxic Police Officers,” published in the Oct. 14, 2014 edition of the Epoch Times was also shared and reviewed.

In this article, I expressed appreciation for former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton’s remarks to 800 of his police brass during an Oct. 2014 retreat.

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

Bratton said, “My intention going forward is to insure that we will aggressively seek to get those out of the department who should not be there-the brutal, the corrupt, the racist, the incompetent … they are poisoning the well, and the trust we deserve and the trust we need is eroded by some of their actions.”

I stressed that the moral courage exemplified by Bratton has lessons to be learned for law enforcement agencies throughout America.

My presentation concluded with a call to action, reminding all that law enforcement is critical to America, and as ethical protector’s, they must remain committed to the ideals of their noble profession.

The Ethical Protector

Jack Hoban, President of RGI, and coauthor of “The Ethical Protector: Police Ethics, Tactics, Techniques,” also delivered a presentation. It was inspirational, educational, and focused on ethical values that are critical to law enforcement.

These values as dramatized during his presentation, include honor, courage, commitment, integrity, respect, justice, charity, freedom, dependability, and knowledge.

A subject matter expert on martial arts and ethics for the U.S. Marines, Hoban has trained military and police internationally. He emphasized protecting life as the virtue that distinguishes an authentic ethical protector from others who would desecrate moral values in the name of a cause.

Hoban stated the ethical protector upholds moral values because of his unwavering dedication to protecting the life of self and others, all others including a wounded enemy on the battlefield.

The moral compass of the ethical protector, crystallized by Hoban, is the value of each and every human life and the commitment to protecting life, even in the face of personal danger.

He also emphasized that the foundation of the ethical protector must be complemented by physical and mental health, communication skills, conflict resolution techniques, respect for the diversity of every human being, and moral courage.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was also addressed during Hoban’s presentation. He stated that research shows three factors cause PTSD. These are either trauma, betrayal, or the guilt that comes from dehumanizing the enemy.

Jack emphasized that law enforcement are called to be “ethical protectors” with a responsibility to serve and protect all, because everyone deserves dignity, respect, and protection.

The heart of Jack’s presentation can be summarized through a creed by Robert L. Humphrey, a U.S. Marine who served on Iwo Jima and was his mentor, friend, and inspiration:

Wherever I go
everyone is a little safer because I am there.
Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.
Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there.
It’s a better life.


Final Reflections

America must address the contemporary crisis of leadership, violence, and police-community mistrust with courage, honesty, and transparency.

When we address these issues with the character, ethics, and leadership, we are on the path of being ethical protectors and reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage:

21st Century America Requires Police–Community Unity

The Cop: America’s Ethical Guardian

Videos Are Transforming Police–Community Relations

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

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Testimonial

“Vincent ... On behalf of all the members of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your presentation on October 4, 2016. Those of us who were in attendance truly appreciated the information we were given and the exceptional manner in which it was presented.”
Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, President

Photos

1. Jack Hoban, President of RGI, delivering his presentation at the “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” conference, BCLPSI, Mahwah, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. Left to Right, NYPD Detective James T. Shanahan, Vincent J. Bove, NYPD Sgt. Supervisor Daren DeMarco, and Jack Hoban at the “21st Century Policing America’s Ethical Guardians” conference, BCLPSI, Mahwah, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Publishing)



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