Monday, August 31, 2015

Policing Dangers Demand Community Collaboration

Once again, America's heart is wounded as a dedicated law enforcement official is contemptuously murdered.

The ongoing senseless killings of America’s ethical sentinels must ignite our ethical compass and inspire a unity of effort to stop the madness.

Deputy Darren H. Goforth, a 10-year-veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, was killed while in uniform on Friday, August 28.

Goforth’s life was taken in an “execution-style shooting” while he was fueling his patrol car near Houston, Texas, according to County Sheriff Ron Hickman.

Hickman referred to this killing as “senseless and cowardly” and that Goforth was targeted only “because he wore a uniform.”

Deputy Goforth leaves behind a wife and two children, ages 5 and 12.

Law Enforcement Dangers

Aside from the death of Deputy Goforth, other law enforcement heroes have also been reprehensibly murdered for wearing the police uniform, including 14 ambush killings in 2014.

These included NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos, 40, and his partner, Officer Wenjian Liu, 32, both killed as they sat inside their police cruiser in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, on December 20, 2014.

As expressed by Police Commissioner William J. Bratton at the time, “Today, two of New York’s Finest were shot and killed, with no warning, no provocation. They were, quite simply, assassinated—targeted for their uniform, and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe.”

On the day of his death, Officer Ramos was just one hour away from graduating from a volunteer chaplain program after 10 weeks of study. He had just celebrated his 40th birthday.

Officer Wenjian Liu was a seven-year veteran of the department and was married just two months prior to being killed.

Once, Officer Liu told a neighbor, “I know being a cop is dangerous but I must do it. If I don’t do it and you don’t do it, then who is going to do it?”

According to preliminary data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 64 law enforcement officials have already been killed in the line of duty during the first half of 2015.

Traffic-related incidents are the leading cause of officer fatalities with thirty officers killed so far this year.

Firearms-related fatalities are the second cause of death among law enforcement officials with 18 fatalities so far this year.

Vigilance must be the order of the day for all law enforcement officials. Every community member must also have eyes wide open to assist our police. America would quickly disintegrate into anarchy, chaos, and disorder and we must honor this profession.

The death of Deputy Goforth once again reminds us of the courage, sacrifice, and dangers facing all who protect and serve America’s communities and demands police community collaboration.

Police-Community: A Call for Unity

As detailed in my “Principles of American Policing” authored previously for the Epoch Times, the police-community unity is indispensable to American society.

Collaboration is the only solution as “being pro-police and pro-community are inseparable, indefatigable, and pre-eminent.”

These are challenging times of violence throughout America and every community, citizen, and law enforcement official is a potential victim.

America's culture of violence is continually victimizing schools, campuses, workplaces, communities, families, and law enforcement.

The police and community must be fully dedicated to violence prevention, community policing, and unity of effort initiatives.

The police and community must unite to take back America.

Our law enforcement officials have the sworn oath to protect and serve. Their ethical compass demands moral courage to protect community, build trust, and upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Every citizen must also be guided by an ethical compass. Citizens also have responsibilities, duties, and obligations to society. Citizens must respect those dedicated to protect and serve and to work closely with them for the common good.

Police Community Unity

These are challenging times in America that demands police-community cohesiveness.

When this unity of effort between our law enforcement and law-abiding citizens takes place, America’s commitment to reawakening the nation will be ignited.

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Photos
1. Deputy Sheriff Darren H. Goforth (Courtesy Harris County Sheriffs Office)
2. NYPD Tribute for Officers Ramos and Liu. (Courtesy NYPD)
3. NYPD presence in Times Square, NYC, April 30, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, August 24, 2015

America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy

The 2015 school year is upon us and the 21st century teacher must safeguard, inspire, and instruct students throughout America.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 50.1 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools in 2015.

The public school system will employ about 3.1 million full time teachers in nearly 98,500 schools.

An additional 4.9 million will attend private schools and 20.2 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities.

This educational system is the heart of America's future.

School Security Is Indispensable

One of many training initiatives for educators must include “Early Warning Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools” by the U.S. Department of Education. This classic document includes intervention for student warning signs including the following:

• Social withdrawal
• Excessive feelings of isolation or being alone
• Being a victim of violence
• Feelings of being picked on and persecuted
• Low school interest / poor academic performance
• Uncontrolled anger
• Patterns of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, and bullying
• Expression of violence in writings
• History of discipline problems
• Past history of violent aggressive behavior
• Drug and alcohol use
• Affiliation with gangs
• Intolerance for differences and prejudicial attitudes
• Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms
• Serious threats of violence

This document is compulsory because as we continually see with tragedies, warning signs were ignored and the violence was preventable.

Character Education

America’s teachers must also make character education paramount.

Our character crisis, expressed through continuous scandals throughout society, did not happen overnight. It will take generations to transform
America and we must begin now with full-force dedication through our schools.

Our youth must light the torch of character and keep the flame burning bright. Their energy, enthusiasm, and generosity will build a better world.

The youth of our nation are a priceless treasure and deserve encouragement. Their families, communities, educators, and nation are entrusting them with America’s future.

Our youth deserve good example, commitment, and guidance to ignite a renewal of character within the nation.

The Preventive System

In my opinion, there are essentially two basic forms of educational pedagogy in American schools.

There is the repressive system which makes rules known, watches for transgressions, and is quick to discipline a student by inflicting condescending correction and punishment.

The misguided zero tolerance policy in so many schools is an example of this bureaucratic, impersonal, and repressive rigid system.

An effective pedagogy is the preventive system of education. In this system, educators are vigilant in a caring manner and offer inspirational guidance from the heart consistent with kindness, character, and reasonableness.

The preventive system of education builds trust and connections with students, coworkers, and the community.

Opposed to zero tolerance, the preventive system is a measured intervention approach promoting reasonableness, dignity, and respect.

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

These are some of the principles of the preventive system of education, deserving cultivation in America’s schools:

• Teachers inspire admiration from youth entrusted to their care
• Teachers are respected as individuals with character and motivate the same in their students
• The edifice of the preventive system is character with pillars including respect, responsibility, fairness, and citizenship
• A vigilant, caring presence is exercised to prevent inappropriate behavior and reward proper behavior
• Improvements with behavior are motivated through kindness and respect rather than accentuating punishment
• A collaborative and speedy intervention to warning signs takes place due to the educators' presence and awareness
• Educators influence through positive attitudes, professionalism, and approachability
• Discipline can be as effective as an expression of disappointment or a reproachful look because the student admires the teacher and is loyal, respectful, and courteous
• Students are affirmed for their qualities and do not lose heart when mistakes are made
• Students are encouraged to do what is right through the teacher’s patience, guidance, and understanding

Final Reflections

The American school system is critical to the future of the nation.

America’s reawakening will take place when security, character education, and the preventive system of education are made paramount by our teachers throughout our schools, colleges, and universities.

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Photos
1. Cover- Teacher in early childhood setting, May 1, 2008. (Public Domain / woodleywonderworks)
2. Copies of "Early Warning Timely Response..." presented to all North Arlington Public Schools (New Jersey) professional development program attendees, Vincent J. Bove keynote, Sept. 3, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Students from the Union City Public Schools attend Vincent J. Bove presentation titled "Be a Person of Character: Change the World, February 27, 2009 (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, August 17, 2015

New York City Homeless Deserve Police Union Respect

It is no secret that there is a great rift between the NYPD Sergeant’s Benevolent Association (SBA) and the mayor.

Although the SBA is entitled to its opinion, encouraging members to take photos of the homeless and post them online to insult the mayor’s policies is disheartening, divisive, and dysfunctional.

There are countless acts of respect toward the homeless by the NYPD every day, but this SBA program is certainly not one of them.

This is a shameful menagerie with captions mocking the crestfallen rather than a collaboration designed to solve the homelessness crisis.

The SBA scheme reveals a juvenile maliciousness and demands outrage by the NYPD rank and file and all New Yorkers.

Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

The overwhelming majority of NYPD officers reflect qualities emblazoned on every one of their vehicles; courtesy, professionalism, respect.

As memorialized by my initiatives and published works, I have great appreciation for the NYPD.

But this SBA scheme is diametrically opposed to its sworn noble call to protect and serve.

Hopefully, there will be an overwhelming response from the NYPD rank and file for the SBA to cease exploiting the homeless as callous political weapons.

Awareness, Compassion, Dignity

On May 2, 2014 I addressed the heart-wrenching reality of homelessness in American society in my Epoch Times column titled “America’s Forgotten Homeless: Awareness, Compassion, Dignity.”

New York City, one of the most affluent societies ever known, and home of some of the world’s richest people, paints a sad picture of the homeless crisis.

Although the city is the epicenter of wealth, education, entertainment, tourism, culture, and diversity, we are failing the homeless.

The homeless are encountered in every famed location of the city; Central Park, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Terminal, Lincoln Center, Bryant Park, Times Square, and Wall Street and in every borough.

Their suffering must serve as a wake-up call to our conscience and inspire the realignment of our moral compass.

Every human being must avoid the arrogance that ostracizes, belittles, or mocks anyone who is distressed, impoverished, or marginalized.

America must engrave into its soul that we are only great when there is dignity toward all persons.

Tragic NYC Homeless Statistics

According to the State of the Homeless 2015 Report of the Coalition for the Homeless, the New York City crisis continues with the number of homeless people sleeping in municipal shelters each night at 60,000. This includes 25,000 children.

The Coalition for the Homeless report also states that during the last City fiscal year, an “all-time-record 116,000 different New Yorkers, including 42,000 different children, slept at least one night in the New York City shelter system.”

Homelessness and Mental Health

Although more research must be done on the correlation between homelessness and mental health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that about 30% of the people who are chronically homeless have mental health conditions and about 50% have co-occuring substance abuse problems.

SAMHSA also reports that over 92% of mothers who are homeless have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse.

Also, about 50% of homeless mothers have experienced a major depression since becoming homeless.

Among homeless youth, SAMSHA reports higher rates of mood disorders, suicide attempts, conduct disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder compared to the general adolescent population.

These youth also are more likely to have histories of physical or sexual abuse or experience trauma prior to homelessness.

The Ethical High Ground

The SBA has the opportunity to take the ethical high ground once again. This union failed when its leadership motivated a copycat performance by a small group of police officers who turned their backs on the mayor at funerals of two its fallen heroes, Officer Raphael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu last year.

The overwhelming majority of police attendees, estimated to be over 20,000, honored these great men without turning their backs.

We must have the dignity to turn our backs on no one, especially the homeless. There is always a way to do the right thing even with disagreements between the SBA and the mayor.

The SBA, political leaders, and all members of society must collaborate on the homeless crisis as the destitute deserve compassion, dignity, and respect.

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Photos
1. NYPD Officer Larry De Primo gives pair of boots to homeless man in Times Square, Nov. 14, 2012. (Jennifer Foster/NYPD Facebook)
2. Times Square, July 27, 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Bethseda Terrace, Central Park, April 4, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)
4. Missionaries of Charity, assisting the homeless at Columbus Circle, NYC, Nov. 4. 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, August 10, 2015

America’s Next President Needs to Have Altruistic Leadership

The campaign for America’s next president is beginning to accelerate and will soon be firing on all cylinders.

Americans are interested, attentive, and concerned.

Recently, the GOP debate was watched by 24 million viewers, making it the highest-rated primary debate in American history.

America and the International Community

During the debate, American issues were expressed as inseparable from the international community.

Numerous countries mentioned throughout the debate by candidates and the moderators demonstrated the criticality of a president who has a world perspective.

Specifically, concerns over Iran, Israel, Russia, and China were addressed most during the debate. This was followed by concerns over Iraq, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.

America's leadership is essential to the international community with issues critical to all that include the following: economics, employment, poverty, environmental degradation, peaceful coexistence, human rights, healthcare, and hunger.

America’s Influence Begins at Home

America’s positive influence on the international community will only be efficacious if we remedy problems right here at home.

Our nation demands altruistic leadership that can inspire remedies to our problems including: immigration, civil rights, national security, violence prevention, veterans services, education, police-community relations, unemployment, and poverty.

America also needs leadership that can also address issues of ethical deterioration witnessed through a crisis of corruption and scandals, family brokenness, and a decline in patriotism.

Leadership will be the preeminent principle to the future of our nation and the world community. Altruism, a profound compassion for others, must be the heart of America and our next president.

An individual with an antagonistic, combative, or manipulative style of leadership will be a disservice to the nation. This is is not the leader that America needs.

Also, America will not benefit from a president who is arrogant, condescending, or apathetic. This individual will be aloof and unable to connect with the concerns, challenges, or difficulties of others.

The leader that America needs is authentically altruistic and unselfishly devoted to those entrusted to his care. The altruistic leader is passionately devoted to the greater good and maximizes achievements by inspiring positive influence.

Visionary Leadership Principles

America’s next president will have the responsibility to favorably influence not only the nation but the world community.

The president will need altruistic leadership principles with ethics, character, respect, and dignity as pillars.

In my leadership initiatives throughout the United States for law enforcement, community leaders, educators, families, and students, I have stressed altruism as the heart of the visionary leader.

It is my fervent hope that America’s next president will live by these principles, shared over the years as the following:

• Leadership is grounded in moral self-confidence developed by understanding, fortitude, and respect for others.
• Leadership always accepts the diversity, experiences, and insights of others and forges partnerships as essential to a noble cause.
• Leadership is acutely aware of the efficacy of truth, honor, and valor and the destructiveness of deception, selfishness, and arrogance.
• Leadership always opposes the immorality of injustice and any disrespect toward anyone.
• Leadership understands that influence is only possible when credibility is inflamed by character, the virtue necessary for persuasion.
• Leadership is service, responding to the needs of community through humility, dignity, and honesty.
• Leadership can overcome every trial, hardship, and obstacle to achieve its goal.
• Leadership is empowered by silence, solitude, and moral courage.
• Leadership possesses extraordinary compassion, empathy, and sensitivity that is always sincere and never superficial. It has wisdom forged through tribulation and is dedicated without compromise to alleviating human suffering.
• Leadership challenges the status quo, inspiring action by recognizing and appreciating the goodness of others.

Call to Action

America’s next president must be able to realign the nation, inspiring an ethical society devoted to social responsibility, moral courage, and patriotic values.

Our president must have a balcony mentality, understanding that the eyes of the nation will be looking up to him for inspiration, guidance, and example.

The president must be fervantly committed to reawakening the nation through acts of altruistic leadership.

America, the eyes of your people and the world are upon you.

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Photos

1. White House South Lawn, Washington, D.C., (Mar. 11, 2002) – More than 1,000 people gathered with President Bush on a chilly Monday morning for a six-month remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Members from 29 coalition nations in the worldwide fight against terrorism, more than 120 ambassadors, members of Congress, the Bush Cabinet, Supreme Court and armed forces also attended. (U.S. Navy Photo by Rudi Williams)

2. The U.S. Navy ceremonial guard march off the South Lawn of the White House at the conclusion of the arrival ceremony on June 7, 2011 welcoming Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Angela Merkel. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Musician Stephen Hassay)

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

National Night Out: Police-Community Unity

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 I was privileged to share some opening remarks at the request of the Livingston Police Department to kick-off National Night Out.

The initiative is an annual event designed to strengthen neighborhoods across America through police-community partnerships.

During these challenging times for law enforcement and community to forge greater partnerships, National Night Out represents a unity of effort so vital to the nation.

The Livingston Police Department,thanks to the leadership of Chief Craig M. Handschuch and Officer Gary Mankowitz, in unity with their community, has held six previous National Night Out events, all a resounding success.

As memorialized in previous blogs, it has been my pleasure to speak at these annual events and commend the outstanding police-community partnership evident in Livingston, New Jersey.

National Night Out - Livingston, New Jersey, 2014

At the request of the Livingston Police Department I delivered opening remarks on police-community collaboration at their National Night Out.

The event was held at Livingston High School and was an outstanding success with over 1,000 attendees from the community.

This was my 20th anniversary of participation in National Night Out as memorialized in previous posts.

National Night Out: Community Policing Par Excellence---August 6, 2013 blog

On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, America celebrated a community policing initiative par excellence, National Night Out. At the request of Police Officer Gary Mankowitz, President of the Essex County Crime Prevention Officers Association, I attended the event in his jurisdiction; Livingston, New Jersey.

This year marked my 19th National Night Out, which I have participated in at the request of different police departments, as memorialized in my August 5, 2009 post:

National Night Out: Police and Community Partnerships

On Tuesday, August 4, 2009, communities throughout America gathered to celebrate National Night Out a police & community partnership initiative. At the request of the Livingston, New Jersey Police Department, I was invited to share remarks during the opening ceremony with Essex County Prosecutor Paula Dowd, Police Chief Craig M. Handschuch, Township Manager Michele Meade, Mayor Charles August and Police Officer Gary Mankowitz. Officer Mankowitz of the Community Policing Unit, coordinated this first National Night Out for Livingston with true professionalism.


As a crime prevention specialist, I have been privileged to participate in and encourage involvement with National Night Out celebrations for the last 15 years. I first experienced this event at the invitation of Lt. Patrick Fay, rtd. from the Hackensack Police Department in New Jersey. For many years while managing a private security company, I would send a team of employees to meet the Hackensack Community and to fingerprint children so their parents could have these records as a safety measure.

Last night's event—held at the spacious fields of Livingston High School—was remarkably successful and attended by over 1,000 Livingston residents as well as people from throughout Essex County and New Jersey. These included families, law enforcement agencies, first responders, and the generous businesses who donated time, foods, refreshments, and prizes for hundreds of children.

Reprinted from the National Night Out website

http://www.nationalnightout.org/nno/about.html

National Night Out is America's Night Out Against Crime designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Livingston Police department, especially Chief Craig M. Handschuch, Officer Gary Mankowitz, and the entire community policing unit is to be commended for their first National Night Out. The event enhanced police–community partnerships and gave Livingston families a night to remember.

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, I was honored to conduct a leadership presentation for the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD).

Attendees included the superintendent, commanding officers, inspectors, captains, lieutenants, and executive staff.

The Port Authority has a daunting task of protecting New York and New Jersey sites including the airports, bridges, tunnels, PATH, World Trade Center, and bus terminal.

Prior to my presentation, I reflected on the heroic sacrifices of this distinguished agency during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On that fateful day, a hijacked airliner struck One World Trade Center at 8:46am, igniting a blazing inferno on the side of the 110-story structure.

Seventeen minutes later, another hijacked jet slammed into Two World Trade Center causing a second inferno that would forever change the course of security in America.

The PAPD, who were the first law enforcement to respond to the terror attacks, quickly rushed into the burning buildings and heroically rescued thousands of people.

Some of these officers climbed high into the heart of the chaos to assist people seriously injured, trapped, or unable to escape.

Thirty-seven of these valiant officers were killed on 9/11, along with so many other heroic first responders and colleagues from the NYPD, FDNY, and the New York State Courts.

These individuals, who offered the ultimate sacrifice must be eternally appreciated.

End of Watch: Ongoing Dangers

The tragedy of the ultimate sacrifice has continued since 9/11.

There is no end in sight to the challenges police officers face as they serve America during a time of continuous violence and dangers.

Attacks against police officers throughout the nation, under various circumstances, have already led to 19 senseless deaths this year.

A recent killing was Officer Sean Bolton, 33, an Iraq veteran, shot multiple times on Saturday night, August 1 during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee.

Officer Bolton was killed over an altercation over two grams of marijuana, something amounting to a misdemeanor citation and fine.

Aside from Officer Bolton, there have already been 19 officers’ deaths violently killed by suspects in 2015.

There are other dangers-including traffic accidents for example-raising the fatalities this year to 64 according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Fallen Officers: Rest in Eternal Peace

All who have offered the ultimate sacrifice deserve our appreciation and heartfelt prayers.


Our country would immediately experience chaos, anarchy, and disorder without the vigilance, dedication, and sacrifices of police officers.

Here are just a few of the fallen officers who died at the hands of violent suspects in 2015.

San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson was killed by gunfire while responding to an incident involving a man threatening to commit suicide.
• Omaha Police Detective Kerrie Orozco, 29, a new mom and Girl Scout Leader, was fatally shot attempting to arrest a suspect wanted in a shooting.
• NYPD Officer Brain Moore, 25, died after being shot by a suspect who pulled a gun from his waistband.
Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson was killed while buying a video game for his son, when two men attempting to rob the store shot him.
• Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper, 21, was shot dead on his first solo assignment while confronting a murder and robbery suspect. He is the youngest law enforcement officer killed in Wisconsin state history.

Police Officers: Community and Family Members

America must always be grateful for our police officers who are the lifeline of security and safety for our communities.

We must be mindful that police officers are also community and beloved members of our familes.

We must also always have compassion, empathy, and sensitivity for their families as well.

Forever Remembered: Stone and Soul

Carved on the sacred walls of the National Law Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., are the names of over 20,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers, dating back to the first know fatality in 1791.

Each of these heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country deserves respect.

Aside from being carved names on stone, may each of these brave souls have their names eternally engraved in our hearts as they represent the courage, character, and decency of America.

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Photos
1. PAPD Officers (Courtesy PAPD)
2. NYPD Officer Brian Moore (Courtesy NYPD)
3. Officer Michael Johnson (Courtesy San Jose PD)
4. Trooper Trevor Casper (Courtesy Wisconsin State Patrol)
5. Officer Robert Wilson (Courtesy Philadelphia PD)
6. Detective Kerrie Orozco (Courtesy Omaha PD)

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Port Authority Police Department: Honor, Leadership, America

As requested by the Port Authority Police Department, I delivered a leadership presentation titled “Port Authority Police Department: Honor, Leadership, America” on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

The presentation was attended by their superintendent of police, assistant superintendent, commanding officers, inspectors, chiefs, captains, lieutenants, and executive staff. It was designed to express appreciation for their dedication to protect and serve and held at their police academy in Jersey City, New Jersey.

The Port Authority Police Department (PAPD), is a police department in New York and New Jersey. It protects all the property owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and it enforces state and city laws. It is one of the largest police departments in the United States, with 1,700 members. The PAPD is owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a two-state agency that runs the bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports along the New York - New Jersey border.

Responsibilities of the PAPD include the following:

• Port Authority Bus Terminal
• PATH System
• Newark Liberty International Airport
• John F. Kennedy International Airport
• LaGuardia Airport
• Port Authority Marine Terminal
• Holland and Lincoln Tunnels
• George Washington Bridge
• Bayonne, Goethals Bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing

The professionalism of the PAPD demands admiration as just the major airports alone; Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International, and LaGuardia, handle more than 110 million air passengers, over 1.3 million aircraft movements, and over 2.6 million tons of air cargo annually.

The PAPD provides a wide array of services in their dedication to protect and serve the millions of people that use Port Authority facilities and services with capabilities including the following:

* Emergency Services
* K-9 Patrol
* Motorcycle Unit
* Aricraft Rescue and Firefighting
* Commercial Vehicle Inspection
* Defibrillator Program

During this PAPD presentation, I used my signature metaphor of a head-on train collision causing catastrophic chaos, painting the picture of America’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence and the reason why members of this department are true American patriots.

America's Crisis of Leadership

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

• Massive and pervasive arrests, indictments, convictions, and imprisonments of public officials on the federal, state, county, city, and local levels including recent cases of New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver and ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife.
• Continuous corporate fraud cases including Enron, WorldCom, Purdue Pharma L.P., Schering Plough, the narcissistic arrogance of Lehman’s Brothers Richard Fuld, and the long tentacles of Bernard Madoff’s $50 billion swindle that wreaked havoc on so many lives
• Scandals within the world of sports including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, indictments of high-ranking officials and corporate executives associated with FIFA, and the fall from grace of Olympic champions
• Crimes in religious communities, including the sexual abuse of children in the Roman Catholic Church compounded by disgraceful cover-ups from bishops who failed to protect society from contemptuous crimes that screamed to heaven for justice
• Scandals against our veterans who have borne the battle yet suffer from deplorable healthcare deficiencies, unemployment, and homelessness
• The entertainment world’s crisis of stars involved with substance abuse, domestic violence, and shootings

America's Culture of Violence

The crisis of violence was depicted with events including the following:

• Sexual assaults of teenagers by their peers with reprehensible postings of the attacks posted on-line that led to heart-breaking suicides of numerous victims
• Horrific incidents of school and campus violence including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, and Yale University where a murdered student’s missing body was found on what would have been her wedding day
• Senseless workplace violence massacres the include the killing of 14 at a Binghamton, New York Immigration Office, the killing of 12 people during a Batman movie in Colorado, the beheading of a person in a Oklahoma food procession plant by a terminated employee, and the Navy Yard mass shooting that left 13 dead
• On-going violence at houses of worship, once considered sanctuary, that include people shot dead during worship services, the killing of pastors and priests, and the horrific killing of nine people at an historic Charleston, South Carolina church
• Senseless acts of terrorism including the Boston Marathon attack, 9/11, the lone wolf attack of NYPD officers, and the killing of 4 Marines and a Sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee
• An uptick of police officer fatalities who died while faithfully protecting and serving our communities

Final Reflections

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a hijacked airliner struck One World Trade Center, igniting a blazing inferno in the side of the 110-story structure. Seventeen minutes later, another hijacked jet slammed into Two World Trade Center causing a second inferno.

The Port Authority Police Department, who were the first law enforcement personnel to respond to the terrorist attacks, quickly rushed into the burning buildings and heroically helped rescue thousands of employees. Some of these officers climbed high up into the burning towers to assist those who were seriously injured or trapped.

Thirty-seven of these heroic men and women were killed on that fateful day and their heroism deserves to be eternally honored.

The 1,700 members of the PAPD and their tireless dedication to protect and serve our country are deserving of admiration and emulation.

It was an honor to serve these men and women who protect and serve America as their sacrifices are essential to our liberty, freedom, and democracy.

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Port Authority Police Department Testimonial
"I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for taking time out of our busy schedule to speak with the Port Authority Police Command Staff on July 29th.

"You are a true Patriot, and your presentation was well received and appreciated by all of the Staff in attendance..."
Commanding Officer Port Authority Police Academy

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1. Port Authority Police Department attendees at the Command and Staff event, July 29, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. Port Authority Police Department personnel at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC. (Photo Courtesy PAPD)
3. Port Authority Police Department providing security for the PATH. (Photo Courtesy PAPD)
4. Port Authority Police Department. (Photo Courtesy PAPD)

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Warning Signs Are Critical to Violence Prevention

On July 23, 2015 a senseless shooting took place at the Grand 16 Theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.

A deranged gunman opened fire killing two people and injuring nine others before committing suicide.

Despite decades of mental health warning signs-including a judge’s order sending him to a psychiatric treatment center as a danger to himself and others-the killer was able to legally purchase his handgun because he was never involuntarily committed.

FBI Director’s Transparency

As a response to another tragedy with warning signs, FBI Director James B. Comey met with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC regarding the June 17, 2015 killings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Comey honestly presented a mistake in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), and stated the killer “should not have been able to legally buy the gun…”

The killers previous admission during an arrest for drug possession should have disqualified his gun purchase.

However, an agent for the FBI background check system who was performing the review failed to contact the Columbia, South Carolina police department, who was responsible for the arrest, because of a clerical records error listing the wrong police agency.

Workplace Violence: Warning Signs

Aside from incidents from outsiders, the U.S. Department of Labor addresses workplace violence warning signs from frequently encountered situations among co-workers as follows:

• Concealing or using a weapon
• Physical assault upon oneself or another person
• Actions which endanger, destroy, or sabotage property
• Intimidating or frightening others
• Harassing, stalking, or showing undue focus on another person
• Physically aggressive acts, such as shaking fists at another person, kicking, pounding on desks, punching a wall, angrily jumping up and down, screaming at others
• Verbal abuse including offensive, profane, or vulgar language
• Threats (direct or indirect) whether made in person or through letters, phone calls, or electronic mail

Warning Signs Failure: Virginia Tech

The Virginia Tech tragedy provides lessons to be learned as American schools soon open for a new year.


On April 16, 2007, a student shot and killed two students on the fourth floor of the West Ambler Johnston residence hall at 7:15 a.m. Although police responded to this incident, the killings were treated as an isolated incident by the college president with no common sense precautions implemented that other shootings may occur.

It was more than two hours later, at approximately 9:26 a.m., when an email alert was sent to the entire campus without implementing any emergency actions or a lockdown. The email did not emphasize the killings of two students, nor that the shooter was at large.

At 9:45 a.m., there was a 911 call from Norris Hall on the other side of the campus. In this building, the shooter continued his rampage killing 30 more people—25 students and 5 faculty members, and injuring many others.

Approximately a year and a half prior to this rampage, an English professor, Nikki Giovanni, found the violence in the killer’s writings very disturbing. She wrote a letter to English Department Chair, Lucinda Roy, advising her of the problem.

During a nationally televised interview shortly after the tragedy, Roy expressed being so concerned with Cho’s writings, that she had him removed from the class so as to not disturb other students. During one-on-one tutoring sessions, Roy found Cho to be the most emotionally troubled and at-risk personality in her 22 years of teaching.

Roy had presented her concerns to university officials who did nothing, stating, among other things, that as a matter of free speech, Cho had the right to write whatever he wished and that his writings did not contain enough explicit information to do anything. In the interview Dr. Roy states:

“I think that they [concerns] should have been taken more seriously but I’m not someone who would give up easily so I went back repeatedly with my concerns and in the end I felt I was so uncomfortable that I could not leave him in the classroom because some of the other students seemed to be uncomfortable.”

The warning signs of a very dark and troubling persona of the future killer were clearly uncovered by Dr. Roy, but her requests for intervention continually fell upon deaf ears.

Also, although a judge declared the killer mentally ill a year before the massacre, he was permitted to purchase guns from a federally licensed dealer since Virginia failed to notify the federal database for gun background checks.

America must open its eyes to recognize warning signs and provide the intervention, training, healthcare, and security measures necessary to prevent additional tragedies.

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1. Charleston Shooting Memorial Service, June 18, 2015. (Public Domain by Nomader)
2. Virginia Tech candlelight vigil, April 17, 2007. (Public Domain, anonymous contributor)

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

America’s Violent Rampages: Time for Prevention

During a recent walk through Times Square to Penn Station in New York City, the heavily armed presence of the NYPD in the crossroads of the world, as well as the armed National Guard at the station, was a sobering reminder of violence throughout America.

The NYPD presence at the U.S Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square was a preventative measure influenced by the reprehensible shooting rampage on July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This tragedy took the lives of four Marines and a Sailor.

Our flag flies at half-staff in the heart of every American patriot.

Aside from this incident, depraved rampages continue nationwide with headlines including the following:

• 9 Killed in Mass Shooting at Historic Black Church in South Carolina
• Five Family Members Murdered in Modesto, CA
• 12 Killed, 59 Wounded in Shooting at Colorado Theater
• 20 “Beautiful Little Kids” Shot Dead in Connecticut School
• Boston Marathon Attack Kills 3, Injures 264
• Washington Navy Yard Shooting Leaves 12 Dead

Preventing Violence: Practical Steps

During my violence prevention initiatives, I often ask attendees representing schools, colleges, houses of worship, and corporation’s questions including the following:

• Is there a violence prevention policy in place and is it continually updated and followed?
• Do you have an active threat assessment team that includes a law enforcement liaison?
• Have you conducted violence response training including table-top, partial scale, and full scale scenarios?
• Has your facility had a recent board certified security vulnerability assessment?
• Are your security personnel trained and certified according to state requirements with additional initiatives that exceed the status quo?
• What type of training have your implemented for those entrusted to your care on issues including domestic violence, warning signs, security protocols, terrorism, crisis management, harassment, bullying, and active shooter?

Active Shooter Tips

The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.”

The quick reference guide of the agency highlights these points:

• Victims are selected at random
• Event is unpredictable and evolves quickly
• Knowing what to do can save lives

The guide also accentuates that when an active shooter in in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation with three options of run, hide, or fight.

It is imperative that those responsible for security continually initiate assessments, training, and countermeasures that cover physical, personnel, procedural, and informational security.

Violence is Preventable

The continuous rampages throughout America must inspire action that prevents empowerment of those seeking to inflict harm.

The attack against military personnel in Tennessee demands military facility security enhancements including policy review of arming military personnel at recruitment centers and military sites.

The media also has an ethical responsibility. They must never expose information during an incident that can endanger the public and emergency responders. The media must also avoid empowering a shooter and copycat scenario’s by publishing propaganda and photo’s that immortalizes violent fantasies, ideologies, and actions.

As a spokesperson for a coalition of Virginia Tech families, I found it appalling that the shooter’s self-serving depravity was served by publishing photos and ramblings that served his ambition for the spotlight.

This irresponsible sensationalism, compounded by incompetent investigative reporting, lacked compassion, empathy, and sensitivity for the victims and their families.

My concerns were validated by Michael Welner, a renowned forensic psychiatrist who stated on national television that broadcasting the Virginia Tech killers “public relations tape” was a “social catastrophe.”

Final Reflections

Our First Amendment, upholding the sacrosanct principle of freedom of the press, is a heartbeat of American democracy.

But this freedom is not without responsibility.

Irresponsible media coverage can flame the fires of dysfunction for demented minds seeking the spotlight.

Just as responsible media would protect the privacy of minors involved with a crime, or sexual assault victims, glorifying violent incidents is also irresponsible.

America must establish a renewed moral compass that empowers prevention, compassion, and empathy rather than sensationalism, glorification, and insensitivity.

When moral principles are complemented by sound security measures, our nation is on the path to violence prevention and reawakening the nation.

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1. NYPD presence at U.S. Armed Forces Recruiting Station, Times Square, January 31, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. FBI Active Shooter Guide (Courtesy FBI)
3. Officers with the NYPD anti-terrorism unit guard a military recruiting station in Times Square, New York, on July 17, 2015. Security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Tennessee. (Bebeto Matthews/AP)

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Monday, July 13, 2015

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, 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, who was born in 1875 and who died from Spanish Influenza in 1918 at the age of 43.

Both of my great-grandparents 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 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 deserves 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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Photos
1. Statue of Liberty, (William Warby)
2. My great grandparents Joseph and Gaetiena Cirrito, circa 1890's. 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.
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. 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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