Tuesday, September 18, 2018

American Policing: Leadership, Trust, Community

Policing is critical to American society and must perpetually stand on the pillars of ethical leadership, trust, and community.

When these principles are honored, communities are safeguarded, and America’s way of life is protected from discord, lawlessness, and turmoil.

Yet, one would be naïve to miss the challenges policing in America is experiencing.

The spotlight on policing illuminates the critical need for improving police-community cohesiveness. Society will thrive when character, moral courage, and respect are catalysts for police-community partnerships.

Effective policing in America is mission critical for a harmonious society. Strengthening this noble profession through police-community unity must be a priority for the country.

Our nation deserves a commitment to police-community collaboration, underscored by principles of justice, accountability, and transparency. These qualities are essential not only to law enforcement professionals but to everyone privileged to call America home.

Restoring Trust, Building Community

In my article titled “America Policing: Restoring Trust, Building Community,” published in the Epoch Times on Oct. 20, 2016, police-community controversies are addressed.

The article underscores America’s need for a “clarion call to renew, restore, and rejuvenate police-community unity.”

The indisputable reality of negative repercussions of police-community controversies are also addressed.

The article highlights that “any breakdown of trust between community and police demands an urgent, unwavering, and complete dedication to remedy the problem.” Building trust and enhancing human contact with respect as its foundation is crystalized as mission critical.

Additionally, the article asserts that respect, the heart of policing, “must always be complemented by improving use of force standards, enhanced training and certification initiatives, transparency and accountability, and a renaissance of ethical values in policing and throughout all of society.”

NYPD Chief of Patrol: Leadership, Trust, Community

The importance of leadership, trust, and community was stressed by Chief Rodney Harrison of the NYPD at an event I attended on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 in lower Manhattan.

Chief Harrison was the featured speaker to a standing room only audience for the First Precinct Financial Area Security Council. The council is a partnership of law enforcement, private security professionals, and community leaders dedicated to safeguarding New York City.

Prior to his appointment as Chief of Patrol, Chief Harrison has worked in every borough of New York City in his well-decorated 27-year NYPD career.

As Chief of Patrol, Chief Harrison is responsible for over 17,000 members of the NYPD Patrol Bureau. This is the largest and most visible bureau in the NYPD. It is divided into eight borough commands comprised of 77 police precincts throughout the city.

These precincts are comprised of diverse populations, and the typical NYPD precinct is the size of a midsize American city, ranging from 70,000 to 150,000 people.

During his presentation, Chief Harrison stressed that the record crime reduction trends in New York City are only possible to police-community collaboration.

He also stressed that the heart of this collaboration is a shared responsibility and bridges of trust between the police and community.

Chief Harrison also stated that shared responsibility and trust is the pillar of the extraordinary Neighborhood Policing commitment.

Neighborhood Policing is a comprehensive crime-prevention, and crime-fighting philosophy. It is built on communication and collaboration between all members of the NYPD and the community.

Essential to Neighborhood Policing, as expressed by Chief Harrison, is the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs). These are police officers who serve as liaisons with the community, and also serve as crime-fighters and problem solvers.

The NCOs work closely not only with community residents and leaders, but with local detective squads. In their leadership roles for the NYPD,

NCO’s are able to effectively respond to incidents and issues due to their iron-clad community partnerships.

Belleville Police Department: A Shining Moment

The importance of leadership, trust, and community was also the focus of another law enforcement event I attended. The event was summarized in my Sept. 10, 2017 article for the Epoch Times titled Best Time to be a Cop in America.

On Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, I had the privilege of attending the Belleville Police Department promotion ceremony at their New Jersey headquarters.

During the ceremony, a newly promoted captain, Nicholas G. Breiner, as with Chief Rodney Harrison, also represented the ideals of law enforcement. This was expressed through the introduction of his well-decorated career and through his inspirational remarks.

In short, Captain Breiner’s illustrious career includes over twenty-five years of progressively responsible security, law enforcement, and military accomplishments.

Captain Breiner served as the Commander of the Professional Standards & Training Bureau for the Belleville Police. This role led to the Belleville Police Departments accreditation by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police on March 9, 2017. The accreditation involved his service as the subject matter expert on departmental policies and procedures, and working with officers and supervisors to increase the efficiency of their organization.

Aside from law enforcement, he is also serving as a Major as well as Director of Operations for the 204th Intelligence Squadron of the New Jersey Air National Guard.

After honestly addressing contemporary policing challenges of mistrust in communities, Captain Breiner inspired his audience stating that this was the “best time to be a cop in America.”

He first graciously acknowledged family, friends, and guests. Then, he called upon the future leaders of policing to understand the privilege of their profession. Captain Breiner urged them to lead by example, serve selflessly, and build bridges of trust with the people they serve.

As with Chief Harrison, his remarks to a standing room only audience, crystallized police professionalism, dignity, and respect. Captain Breiner stressed that this is a time for law enforcement to build on the pillars of courage, innovation, dedication, and building bridges of trust.

These pillars, according to Captain Breiner, stand as the hallmarks of effective policing.

Final Reflections

These are indisputably challenging times for policing in America. Yet, as articulated both Chief Harrison and Captain Breiner, it is the time for leadership, trust, and community.

In conclusion, I would humbly refer readers to my article titled “Principles of American Policing,” published in the May 1, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times.

The first principle states that “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.”

America will be on the path of a reawakening when this principle, so alive by NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing commitment, and at the Belleville Police Department’s promotion ceremony, is imitated nationwide. We must all be dedicated to ethical leadership, building trust, and a shared responsibility to safeguard communities across America.

Photos

1. NYPD officers exemplifying Neighborhood Policing during a visit to a community store. (Courtesy NYPD)
2. NYPD Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison speaks to 75th Precinct officers during roll call, Apr.9, 2018, Brooklyn, New York. (Courtesy NYPD)
3. Captain Nick Breiner, Belleville PD promotion ceremony, Aug. 31, 2017, Belleville, New Jersey. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Related Coverage:

American Policing: Restoring Trust, Building Community


Best Time to Be a Cop in America

Principles of American Policing

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Monday, September 10, 2018

9/11 Eternally Summons Compassion, Character, Community

As one travels throughout American communities, we are reminded of the tragic loss of life on 9/11 through plaques, monuments, and memorials.

These tributes are set in bronze, marble, and stone throughout our train stations, shopping malls, workplaces, and community centers.

They are sacramental reminders of lives gone too soon, whose memories must be eternally engraved into our hearts and souls.
America will perpetually honor those who perished on 9/11, and we must be passionately dedicated to transforming our nation, as a fitting tribute to their memory.

Eternal Remembrance

America will pause again on Patriot Day, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 to reverently observe the anniversary of 9/11.

This sacrosanct anniversary reminds us of a day that changed the soul of America forever.

It is a day to honor the fallen, their loved ones, and all the heroes who served and protected, and who continue to serve our nation.

The lost lives of our beloved families, friends, community members, and colleagues will not be in vain.

These victims from the World Trade Center, Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77, Flight 93, and the Pentagon will continue to keep the eternal flame of patriotism alive in our hearts.

America will be stronger and renewed through the fire of devotion burning in our hearts, homes, communities, workplaces, schools, churches, synagogues, and mosques.

In each of these places, America will pray for the repose of the souls of all who were lost on 9/11, and we will stand tall to honor our nation.

As we solemnly honor the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that fateful day, let us remain vigilant with protecting our communities and strengthening our homeland. Our vigilance is a tribute to all who perished, so their lives may not be in vain.

Honoring 9/11 Heroes

Each 9/11 commemoration is a time to pause and honor countless heroes who protected others and served victims through inestimable acts of selflessness, compassion, and mercy.

These heroes, all who are known by the eyes of heaven, will certainly be rewarded there by their sacrifices, as they represent the heart of America. Those who served on 9/11 and afterwards with acts of kindness, sacrifice, and generosity represent the best of all of us.

Our nation will forever honor all who perished on 9/11, and all who served, as well as those who continue to serve including our military. Those tirelessly dedicated to serving our communities, colleagues, and country deserve our greatest respect.

Honoring the 9/11 fallen, we must dedicate ourselves to peace in communities across America.

Our efforts must be practical with developing violence prevention initiatives especially through enhancing police-community collaboration.

Yet, our efforts must also be profoundly spiritual, worshiping as community, and praying from our hearts.

We must stand above the anguish of hearts broken by violence, and fill our lives with deeds of faith, hope, and charity.

Emergency Workers on 9/11

Each person lost on 9/11 was a life gone too soon.

The 9/11 fallen includes over 400 emergency workers who were killed on the day of the attack.

These heroes include the following:

• 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) representing the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
• 37 police officers of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD)
• 23 police officers of New York City Police Department (NYPD)
• 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Although 9/11 changed our mindset with security, one thing will remain forever, our esteem for all who protect and serve, especially those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice in serving others.

One of these first responders was a Franciscan priest, Father Mychal F. Judge, killed by fallen debris while ministering to a fallen firefighter.

Father Judge, from St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in Manhattan, was a chaplain for the FDNY.

A photo of Father Judge, being carried away from the rubble on 9/11 by firefighters, police officers, and first responders, remains one of the tragedies most iconic photos.

NYPD Chief Honors the Fallen

On September 7, 2018, NYPD Chief of Department Terence A. Monahan, delivered an inspirational speech at the Emerald Society Pipes & Drums 9/11 Memorial. Chief Monahan’s remarks crystallize the bravery, sacrifice, and honor of those who answered the call on 9/11 and included the following:

“In the aftermath of 9/11, in the aftermath of such a profound loss, a memorial was formalized by the band (Emerald Pipes & Drums) in what we have today. It became a vital part of the NYPD’s solemn vow to never forget.

“Today, we honor the twenty-three New York City police officers, the thirty-seven members of the Port Authority Police Department, and a special agent of the FBI that we lost on September 11, 2001.

“These men and women, these cops did not flinch in spite of the clear danger. Only steps from here they bravely put the safety of others before their own, they answered the call. And while their oath compelled them to go, their heart made them want to go. It’s who they were.

“In the NYPD, we say fidelis ad mortem, faithful unto death. All of the officers we honor here today exemplify this. Their legacy will live on and inspire us in all we do.

“Sadly, our losses did not end on 9/11. In the aftermath of the attacks, first responders labored on the burning pile of toxic waste at ground zero and later at the land fill. In the 17 years since that date, the NYPD has lost 156 members from illnesses contracted during the rescue and recovery efforts, and that number continues to grow.

“Their sacrifice is part of an enduring legacy, a testament to the unwavering commitment of the men and women in blue, to get the job done no matter what the cost.”

Final Reflections

During the solemn remembrances of 9/11 in communities, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools throughout America, let us cling to hope as we honor the fallen.

America must have hope and continue to stand tall as a nation of character, compassion, and courage.

These virtues represent the heart of America, and will lead us to our rightful destiny as a light of goodness for the world.

Related Coverage:

Port Authority Police Department: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America

NYPD Leaders Exemplify Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect

Honoring Our Fallen Police, Firefighters, Military

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Photos

1. A white rose placed at at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, Sept. 15, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. A mortally injured Father Mychal F. Judge, O.F.M., is carried out of the World Trade Center by first responders, including Bill Cosgrove (in white shirt). Cosgrove says, "everybody you see in that picture was saved" from the North Tower's collapse, moments later. (Photo Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters /Landov)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Schools Open: Security, Character, Academics

As America begins a new school year, violence awareness and prevention are once again of paramount importance for the nation.

During the last five years, my weekly Epoch Times column has complimented over 20 years of my presentations and published works on school and campus violence. These works have crystallized principles of safeguarding educational communities.

Protecting our educational communities, along with sound security principles, must integrate the critical preventive pedagogy for educators, character education, academic achievement, community collaboration, and law enforcement partnerships.

As schools open, we must remain vigilant to ensure that our educational communities are not only safe havens, but the heart of developing the character and academic excellence of America.

To this end, here is a summary from a brief collection of my works addressing issues critical to American schools and campuses. Since the collection is voluminous, dating back to Columbine in 1999, this summary is only from Epoch Times works over the last two years.

America School Violence Demands Moral Courage, May 24, 2018

The comments of Paige Curry, a Santa Fe student, during a television interview memorialize a heart-wrenching commentary on our school violence pandemic.

Shortly after being escorted safely out of Santa Fe High School, she told reporters that she struggled to overcome her fear by staying calm.

Responding to the 22nd school shooting in 2018, Paige stated “It’s been happening everywhere, I’ve always kind of felt that eventually it would happen here, too.”

America, listen to the heartbreak throughout the nation, the on-going repercussions of our head-on crisis of leadership and culture of violence collision.

America, wake-up, it is time for moral courage, ethical leadership, and the reawakening of the nation.

Mass Attacks in Public Spaces Demand America’s Vigilance, Apr. 5, 2018

The report from the United States Secret Service titled “The Final Report And Findings Of The Safe School Initiative: Implications For Prevention Of School Attacks In The United States” is a timeless classic.

The document deserves to be studied in its entirety, but it highlights 10 key findings, which are as follows:

• Incidents of targeted violence at school rarely were sudden, impulsive acts.
• Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack.
• Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack.
• There is no accurate or useful “profile” of students who engaged in targeted school violence.
• Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help.
• Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide.
• Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted, or injured by others prior to the attack.
• Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack.
• In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity.
• Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention.

Opinion: Student Walkout Is America’s Lesson of a Lifetime, Mar. 15, 2018

America’s youth will no longer be silent in the face of glaciers of apathy that have frozen sensitivities, reason, and judgement.

The deafening silence of indifference after past tragedies that led to talk without action has now met a roaring response demanding resolve.

The voices of America’s youth are speaking out and their actions are inspiring the reawakening of the nation.

Five Preliminary Tips for Improving American School Security, Feb. 28, 2018

Schools must provide the leadership to instill a culture of character.

Developing students with hearts of character built on the pillars of honesty, respect, civility, and patriotism must be paramount throughout

America’s educational communities. Character is critical for transforming America and ending its culture of violence. Character education must be consistent, exemplified, and rewarded in our schools. Students must be inspired to realize that lives of character influence their schools, families, communities, and the very heart of the nation. A robust character education program is inseparable from the preventative system of education previously recommended.

American School Violence Requires a Response of Courage, Commitment, and Community, Feb. 2, 2018

The school resource officer (SRO) is a priceless component of violence prevention and character education for our schools. This community policing initiative affords the opportunity not only for violence prevention and education but also promotes a positive rapport between law enforcement and students. Schools should do everything possible to have an SRO program and law enforcement should be fully committed with the most qualified, trained, certified, and dedicated professionals available.

Other important elements for school security include board certified security directors, bullying prevention programs, crisis management teams, threat assessment teams, and updated emergency plans.

Carnage of Innocents in America Demands Moral Courage, Nov. 10, 2017

As the Columbine tragedy fades from the list of America’s most deadly mass shootings, it has become solemnly verified that these tragedies not only continue, but have become more deadly.

Four of the five deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the last five years, and we continue to witness America’s flag lowered to half-staff.

America, the land of the free and home of the brave must not allow these mass shootings to define us. We must also refuse to allow apathy to rule our times. America must never accept an attempt to banish these tragedies to back page news.

It is time for America to wake-up, to be reawakened, and to stop the carnage of the innocents by igniting the only force that will change the tide, our moral courage.

School Bullying: A Matter of Life and Death, Sept. 1, 2016

Educators must familiarize themselves with the preventive system, not the repressive system, of education.

In my presentations on school violence prevention throughout the nation, as well as in numerous published works, I emphasize the importance of implementing this pedagogical system which includes the following:

• Educators are admired in their dedication to the youth entrusted to their care
• Educators are respected as individuals with character
• Character is the edifice of the preventive system
• Vigilance is exercised to prevent inappropriate behavior
• Improvements in behavior are motivated
• Speedy measured intervention in response to warning signs takes place due to vigilance and awareness
• Educators earn the admiration of youth
• Discipline can be as effective as an expression of disappointment or a reproachful look because there is loyalty from the young people to the educator who cares for them

America’s Schools: Security, Character, Academics, Aug. 25, 2016

One essential document is “Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools” by the U. S. Department of Education.

This classic, masterfully developed document, includes intervention for student warning signs including the following:

• Social withdrawal
• Excessive feelings of isolation and 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

Final Reflections

As schools open throughout America for another school year, we must be fully dedicated to security principles, character education, and academic excellence.

When we reflect visionary leadership, work collaboratively, and exercise vigilance with security concerns, inspire character through personal example, and encourage academic excellence, we will be on the path to reawakening the nation.

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Photos:
1. Students walk to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the first day of school on Aug. 15, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of killing 17 students and faculty members at the school on Feb. 14, 2018 during the last school year. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

2. Vincent's cover story for The Chief of Police, Spring 2018.

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Reawakening America: Newest Book by Vincent J. Bove

Honored to have my newest book titled Reawakening America published. As with my previous book Listen To Their Cries, speaking engagements are now being scheduled with copies sponsored for all attendees including law enforcement, educators, security professionals, the military, students, and corporations.

As detailed on the book cover:

"In this timely and essential work, nationally acclaimed speaker and author Vincent J. Bove anthologizes his Sentinel Digest articles that examine the leadership crisis and culture of violence in America. From mass shootings and police-community tensions to racial discrimination and the immigration crisis, Bove chronicles our country’s afflictions and champions the unsung community heroes who model moral character and integrity needed in a time of apathy.

"Reawakening America is an inspiring social and political commentary that speaks to the American spirit and encourages citizens to stand up to the corruption, deceit, violence and divisiveness that is plaguing the United States."

Testimonials

“Vincent Bove dedicates his life to making his fellow citizens and communities safer and more secure. I ask my colleagues to join me in honoring Vincent Bove for his sense of duty, determination, and dedication in making our country a safer and more secure place to live.”
Congressional Record, 108th Congress

“I would like to congratulate you for being selected as the recipient for the 2007 FBI Newark Director’s Community Leadership Award. This prestigious award will be presented to you in honor of your stellar achievements in leadership and security education by assisting educational, corporate, government, and law enforcement institutions achieve an increase in productivity, leadership enhancement, and security management.”
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Special Agent in Charge, Newark Field Office

“Vincent Bove is considered one of the foremost national experts on school and workplace violence prevention, specializing in facility protection, evacuations, terrorism prevention, and leadership training for law enforcement personnel, bringing him the support, respect, and energy of his peers in the law enforcement community.”
United States Senate Citation

“Your dedication and sacrifice has laid the foundation for the ethical success of our Nation's young leaders for years to come. You are the perfect role model for this next generation of leaders of character in our great country.”
Superintendent, U.S. Military Academy

“On behalf of Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshman Honor, we would like to thank you very much for your eloquent keynote speech to our new honor society members and their guests for a total audience of 800 people … The theme of your address ‘Be a Person of Character’ is pivotal in maintaining academic excellence in their future career at Monmouth and beyond. I am sure the new members will take advantage of the advice given in your book.
Monmouth University, Associate Dean School of Humanities and Social Sciences

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Monday, May 21, 2018

American School Violence Crisis Demands Moral Courage

After the April 20, 1999 Columbine High School tragedy, I was privileged to speak at venues throughout America to address school violence.

Nearly twenty years ago, I told audiences the same message I am sharing now. Unless we respond with full-force moral courage against our culture of violence, the tragedies will continue.

In one of my graphic slides, it was demonstrated that America is experiencing a crisis of leadership. This crisis has made a head-on collision with a culture of violence.

The head-on collision is compounded by societal dysfunctions. These include the brokenness of American families, our get-high society, superficiality, and the gang mentality.

During my presentations, I also argued that we can only change the course by transforming our educational communities. This can take place through a pedagogy which I refer to as the preventive system. This pedagogy enhances community through moral courage, building trust with students and all community members, and ethical leadership.

The Crisis Continues

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown, Parkland, and now with Santa Fe, the school violence crisis has no end in sight.

Tragically, the ink may not dry on this new article before another school massacre takes place.

America must turn the tide from this scourge of school violence.

We must build on the pillars of courage, commitment, and community to secure our schools.

America must be fully dedicated to this mission and inspire our youth with a bright future, full of hope, security, and character.

In Memoriam: Santa Fe High School Tragedy

Let all of America solemnly pause to honor the victims of the May 18, 2018 Santa Fe tragedy.

Angelique Ramirez, 15, who was remembered on Facebook by her aunt:
"All I know is you will forever be our rainbow baby girl! Every rainbow will represent you, just the same way you lived life and affected everyone who was blessed to be a part of your souls journey.

"You touched each and everyone one of us in so many ways, ways you didn't even know. Rest easy my angel, forever the rainbow in our lives, a reflection of what love truly is!!"

Kimberly Vaughan, another student whose mother posted on Facebook that she was in art class during the shooting. Her death was confirmed by the Galveston County District Attorney.

Cynthia Tisdale, a substitute teacher remembered by her son Recie as someone who started teaching “because she love to help children.”

Sabika Sheikh, a 17-year-old exchange student whose body will return to Pakistan. Her father, Aziz Sheikh responded to her death stating “There is a general impression that the life is safe and secure in America. But this is not the case.”

Chris Stone, a 17-year-old student remembered by his sister as the protector of his sisters and “always there if someone needed someone to listen or some cheering-up.”

Jared Black, a 17-year-old student who was killed just days before his scheduled birthday party.

Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old student whose mother told a reporter that she keeps expecting her daughter to come through the front door. She added, “But she’s never going to walk through the front door again.”

Glenda Ann Perkins, a teacher whose daughter Ashely stated, “I would like the world to remember her as a hero, or course, a hero that gave herself to get other people out and safe in time.”

Aaron Kyle McLeon, a 15-year-old student remembered by his friend Kali Reeves, “He was just outgoing and super sweet. He definitely didn’t deserve this.”

Christian Riley Garcia, a 15-year-old student whose picture is posted on Facebook next to a verse from a psalm. The verse was going to be on the threshold to his new bedroom and read, “He said, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.”

Final Reflections

The comments of Paige Curry, a Santa Fe student, during a television interview memorialize a heart-wrenching commentary on our school violence pandemic.

Shortly after being escorted safely out of Santa Fe High School, she told reporters that she struggled to overcome her fear by staying calm.

Responding to the 22nd school shooting in 2018, Paige stated “It’s been happening everywhere, I’ve always kind of felt that eventually it would happen here, too.”

America, listen to the heartbreak throughout the nation, the on-going repercussions of our head-on crisis of leadership and culture of violence collision.

America, wake-up, it is time for moral courage, ethical leadership, and the reawakening of the nation.

Related Coverage:

Opinion: Student Walkout Is America’s Lesson of a Lifetime

American Teachers: Inspire the Heart and Transform the Country

Five Preliminary Tips for Improving American School Security

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Photo:

A photo of Christian Garcia hangs on a cross at a memorial in front of Santa Fe High School on May 22, 2018 in Santa Fe, Texas. The makeshift memorial honors the victims of last Friday's shooting when 17-year-old student entered the school with a shotgun and a pistol and opened fire, killing 10 people. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Protecting NYC Houses of Worship: A National Model

Although houses of worship in New York City, and throughout America must have a welcoming and serene environment, this must always be balanced with sound security measures.

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

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

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

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

Houses of Worship: Security Practices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recommended Best Practices: ASIS International

The collaboration of our houses of worship, law enforcement, and private security should include learning implementing “Recommended Best Practices for Securing Houses of Worship” by ASIS International including the following:

• Report suspicious packages to police, and do not touch any suspicious package. Develop a suspicious package protocol with instructions on reporting to police as well as not touching or moving the item. Address this issue in emergency evacuation procedures

• Request local law enforcement presence during high volume worship times and holiday celebrations.

• Include law enforcement in your security planning process.

• Consider hiring off-duty police officers as part of your security program.

Simply stated, a word to the wise urging vigilance: “To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

Security Countermeasures: Some Additional Tips

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

Approaches to security in houses of worship, as well as in workplaces, schools, campuses, and facilities, must include the following:

Security Vulnerability Assessments: These are best when conducted by board-certified, reputable, and experienced public safety professionals in order to identify and evaluate areas of risk. The board certification of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by ASIS International is a statement of professionalism, competence, and credibility.

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

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

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

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

Physical Security: This involves countermeasures preventing unauthorized access. Countermeasures include fencing, bollards, barrier arms, card access systems, ID cards, lighting, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), defense in depth programs, locks, alarms, fire extinguishers, Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), mass communication systems, and metal detectors.

Personnel Security: Certified, well-trained, and licensed security officer programs involving reputable contract or in-house professionals with either armed or unarmed personnel. It is essential that training exceed the status quo criteria, and is on-going. Training must also be motivational and customized according to the needs of the sites being served.

Procedural Security: Drills deserve planning and evaluation with table-top exercises. It is also essential to conduct partial and full-scale drills based on numerous possible scenarios. These must be complemented by the expertise and involvement of law enforcement, private security professionals, and first-responders.

Essential to training and drills is the Active Shooter program detailed on the FBI website titled RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.

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

Informational security must be effective and continually updated with ongoing training for personnel that empowers them with preventive techniques. This protects companies from breaches of information through the Internet, Ransomware, dumpster diving, and social engineering and can prevent unnecessary turmoil to companies, agencies, and employees.

Final Reflections

The NYPD, in collaboration with private security professionals and houses or worship, deserves praise for its Neighborhood Policing model.

This extraordinary model builds bridges with communities through the concept of shared responsibility.

But, we must remain vigilant as these are challenging times. We must rise to the occasion to secure our city. The principles of security implemented here can serve as a national model for houses of worship nationwide.

The houses of worship in New York City and throughout the nation deserve our dedication, and our unity of effort will be the pillar of security for our sacred sites, and our city.

Related Coverage:

America’s Houses of Worship Require Enhanced Security

Sanctuary Profaned: Protecting America’s Houses of Worship

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets

Note Well:

This article was also published in the Security Director Magazine, ASIS International NYC Chapter, Spring Conference 2018 Edition.

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


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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Never Forget America’s Fallen Officers

On Saturday, May 5, I visited the stunning 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey.

This memorial plaza, with a majestic view of the New York City skyline, honors all who lost their lives on 9/11, and all who served.

The names of all who perished at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and on the planes are engraved here. It is a sacred place that inspires the soul to reverently pause, reflect, and remember a day that changed America.

A Gathering Place

The plaza has a special meaning for thousands who made their way here on September 11, 2001 to witness the shocking events unfolding at the World Trade Center.

From this vantage point in Essex County, the fiery towers and their collapse were clearly viewed.

Since 9/11 the plaza has become a gathering place to grieve, reflect, and honor the fallen. It is also a place to remember the countless acts of heroism who responded to the tragedy.

Memorial Elements

The Wall of Remembrance, with 3,000 engraved names of those who perished, is the largest element of the plaza.

Yet, there are also other elements including the Book of Remembrance monument. This monument honors the 58 people from Essex County who lost their lives.

There is also an 8-foot bronze freedom eagle, and a bronze sculpture of a young child called Gabriella. This sculpture of Gabriella holding her teddy-bear represents more than 1,000 children who lost a parent or family member.

There is also a bronzed firefighter helmet honoring 343 fallen New York City firefighters.

In addition, a bronze plaque pays tribute to the emergency medical services personnel who responded to the tragedy.

The plaza also has a simple granite pedestal with a bronzed pilot hat listing the names of the 33 flight crew members from the four planes who perished.

9/11 NYPD Cap

Along with these various memorial elements, there is a bronzed NYPD cap. This bronze cap on a granite pedestal honors the 37 NYPD officers, 37 Port Authority Police Department officers, and emergency services personnel who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty on 9/11.

The NYPD cap caught my attention since I was aware of the upcoming National Police Week.

During National Police Week fallen police officers are honored and this year would be the 30th Annual Candlelight Vigil. The event will take place on May 13 at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall (NLEOMW) in Washington, DC.

25,541 Fallen Officers

This year, the names of 360 officers will be added to the NLEOMW. This includes 129 who made the ultimate sacrifice in 2017, in addition to 231 law enforcement personnel who died earlier, but whose sacrifices were not previously documented.

With the additional engraved names, there are now 25,541 names on the memorial. These represent the fallen from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military agencies.

The NLEOMW features two curving 304-foot-long marble walls with names dating back to the first known death in 1791.

Yet, unlike many other Washington DC memorials, this one is constantly changing. The names of additional fallen officers are engraved each spring, prior to National Police Week.

At the pathway entrance to the memorial are bronze statues of adult lions protecting their cubs.

The lions symbolize strength, courage, and valor. These are hallmarks of those who take the solemn oath to protect and serve their communities.

Recently Fallen Officers

Each and every fallen officer deserves eternal honor. To remind us of the dangers of their vocation, here are some of the most recent as memorialized by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Deputy Sheriff William J. Gentry, Jr., Highlands County (FL) Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: May 7, 2018


Deputy Sheriff Gentry was shot on May 6, 2018, as he responded to an animal abuse case. As Deputy Gentry stood at the front door, the suspect opened fire and Deputy Gentry succumbed to his injuries the following day.

Agent Joel Alexis Pantojas-Fuente, San Juan (PR) Police Department
End of Watch: May 6, 2018


Agent Joel Alexis Pantojas-Fuente was struck and killed as he assisted a disabled motorist.

Police Officer Rob Pitts, Terre Haute (IN) Police Department
End of Watch: May 4, 2018


Police Officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed while conducting a homicide investigation. Officer Pitts and several other officers were fired upon when they approached an apartment complex to confront a suspect believed to be involved in the homicide.

Police Officer Jesus Cordova, Nogales (AZ) Police Department
End of Watch: April 27, 2018


Police Officer Jesus Cordova was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a carjacking suspect.

Corporal Eugene Cole, Somerset County (ME) Sheriff's Office
End of Watch: April 25, 2018


Corporal Eugene Cole was shot and killed while in Norridgewock, Maine. The suspect stole Corporal Cole's marked police cruiser and committed a robbery at a Maine convenience store.

Police Officer Rogelio Santander, Dallas (TX) Police Department
End of Watch: April 25, 2018


Police Officer Rogelio Santander and Police Officer Crystal Almeida, along with a civilian Home Depot employee, were shot at a local Home Depot store in Dallas, Texas.

Police Officer Sean Gannon, Yarmouth (MA) Police Department
End of Watch: April 12, 2018


Police Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while assisting with serving a warrant. Officer Gannon and his canine partner were searching the home and located the suspect when he was struck by gunfire.

Police Officer Keith Earle, Huntsville (AL) Police Department
End of Watch: April 9, 2018


Veteran Officer Keith Earle died as a result of injuries sustained in an on-duty crash that occurred on March 26, 2018.
Police Officer Greggory Casillas, Pomona (CA) Police Department
End of Watch: March 9, 2018

Police Officer Greggory Casillas was shot and killed as he attempted to arrest a man following a vehicle pursuit.

Final Reflection

All of our fallen officers who made the ultimate sacrifice protecting our communities deserve perpetual respect, honor, and dignity.

Yet, their memory must be engraved not only on stone.

Each of these brave souls must have their names eternally engraved in our hearts as they represent the courage, character, and decency of America.

Related Coverage:

America’s Fallen Police Deserve Eternal Honor

Honoring Our Fallen Police, Firefighters, Military

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

NYPD Heartbreak: Compassion, Healing, Unity

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Essex County Eagle Rock Reservation Memorial Park, West Orange, Essex County, NJ. (Courtesy Township of West Orange, NJ)

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

American Government Requires Leaders of Character

For the past twenty years I have addressed a crisis of character in American society through my presentations and published works.

This crisis is witnessed in the public sector at the highest levels of government with scandals, arrests, indictments, and prison sentences.

Yet, the crisis is also evident in the private sector with blistering violations of moral decency.

America’s crisis of character has also lacerated the reputation of the entertainment industry, professional sports, and even religious institutions thought to be sacrosanct.

Our nation must respond the crisis with a commitment to an ethical renaissance. The heartbeat of character is our nation’s destiny and it needs to be resuscitated.

A Warning from Lincoln

In my opinion, lessons of character from Abraham Lincoln are critical to the reawakening of America.

Abraham Lincoln is admired as an ethical leader, who possessed masterful communication skills built on the pillars of honesty, ethics, and character.

With character as Lincoln’s foundation, his timeless words are a new clarion call for America. They serve as a prophetic warning for a nation whose character has been diminished:

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.”

If only the character of Abraham Lincoln were truly taken to heart, America would be transformed.

Character: America’s Wakeup Call

All who truly love America must stand on the pillar of moral indignation against the crisis of character in our society.

We must be dedicated to the ideals of character in order to expedite our transformation from a culture that is often callous, crass, and corrupt.

America must reflect retrospectively on events from our past that exemplified character, courage, and compassion.

We must rise up against the moral deficiencies of the day. The immortal words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) are applicable to us once again, “this generation has a rendezvous with destiny.”

If the call to America by FDR during the ominous days of World War II were now reignited, our reawakening would be resuscitated.

FDR stated that America have a “toughness of moral and physical fiber which is precisely the characteristic of a free people, a people dedicated to the institutions they have built.”

Complementing the leadership of FDR was General Dwight Eisenhower. General Eisenhower had a reputation of never yelling, shouting, or losing his temper. He was a dedicated father and grandfather figure to those entrusted to his care.

Eisenhower’s temperament helped foster collaboration without ever undermining his authority. He cultivated a mentality of patriotism among the special young men and women who will be eternally honored for saving democracy and civilization.

General Eisenhower made America proud of its call to be liberators. He kept his troops focused by his reminder that “the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and the security for us in a free world is our mission.

Truth: A Pillar of Character

As detailed in my article for the March 21, 2017 Epoch Times titled “America’s Culture of Deception: The Art of the Con,” I argued that “truth is the indispensable moral sanction for a healthy society.”

The article also stated that America is “experiencing a massive and pervasive pandemic of deception.” It argued that “wherever there is deception, or the misrepresentation of truth, the moral order required by society is wounded.”

America must respond to our crisis of character and dedicate itself to truthfulness. Truth must be reflected in our words, both verbal and written, and in our actions. Truth must be the light that emanates from our souls and inspires all the activities of our lives.

The illumination of truth is a light that penetrates the darkness. We are reminded of its power through the words of Winston Churchill who stated that “the truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.”

West Point: Developing Leaders of Character

The United States Military Academy (USMA) has lessons on character for all of America.

Their mission statement includes “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character to the values of Duty, Honor, Country.”

The USMA leadership development system is designed to define outcomes. The demands including to “live honorably and build trust” and to “pursue excellence and continue to grow” are applicable not only to the Corps of Cadets, but to all truly dedicated to America.

As Lt. General L. Caslen, Jr., Superintendent of the USMA states, “As the Army looks to the future, our officers’ need for competence and character has never been greater.”

Character is critical to the future of the U.S. Army. Yet, the wisdom of the USMA and Lt. General Caslen, Jr. on character for the Corps of Cadets is also critical to all of America. Character must be the heartbeat of the duties, responsibilities, and circumstances of life for all privileged to call America home.

Final Reflections

The heart of America demands character which will be the only antidote to our current crisis of moral decency.

Character is the virtue which animated the great leaders in our history.

The resuscitation of our character is our responsibility and our destiny. Character must be alive in our homes, schools, workplaces, courts, communities, social media activities, and government.

Character must especially be alive, and continually beating, in the heart of every person privileged to call America home.

Related Coverage:

We the People Demand Character in American Government

American Government Requires Ethical Leadership

America’s Critical Ethical Issues Demand Resolution

American Teachers: Inspire the Heart and Transform the Country

Photos:

1. The Cadet Honor Code memorial at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, Jan. 1, 2006. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. Abraham Lincoln portrait, seated and holding his spectacles and a pencil, Feb. 5, 1865, about 2 months before his death. (Alexander Gardner / public domain)

3. General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers prior to D-Day. His order of the Day. 'Full victory-nothing less' to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe. Eisenhower is meeting with US Co. E, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment (Strike) of the 101st Airborne Division, photo taken at Greenham Common Airfield in England about 8:30 p.m. on June 5, 1944. The General was talking about fly fishing with his men as he always did before a stressful operation. (Unknown U.S. Army photographer / public domain)

4. Cadets changing class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Monday, April 23, 2018

America’s Fallen Police Deserve Eternal Honor

Once again, the heart of America is wounded with the senseless murder of two Florida sheriff’s deputies.

The tragedy illuminates the ongoing dangers faced by all who take the sacred oath to protect and serve our communities.

This contemptuous attack demands that we pause to reverently honor these fine men.

We must also fully dedicate ourselves to a national commitment to foster iron-clad police-community unity.

Honoring the Gilchrist County Fallen

On April 19, 2018, two Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Deputies were shot and killed on duty while eating in a Florida restaurant.

Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsay, 25, were shot without warning through a window from outside the restaurant.

Ramirez was a seven-year veteran of law enforcement who had a wife and two young children.

Lindsay, a three-year veteran, was not married but left behind a girlfriend.

Sheriff Bobby Schultz referred to the two deputies as “the best of the best.” He also stated that “they’re men of integrity, they’re men of loyalty. They’re God-fearing, and they loved what they did. And we’re very proud of them.”

The sheriff added “the only thing these men were guilty of was wanting to protect you and me. They just wanted to go get something to eat. And they just wanted to do their job.”

According to a Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, Sgt. Noel Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsay were the first line of duty deaths in Gilchrist County since 1956.

Tragically, throughout America we are witnessing attacks against those who deserve our respect, honor, and gratitude.

Preliminary 2018 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) memorializes law enforcement fatalities. The preliminary fatalities from January 1, 2018 – April 23, 2018 reflect a 64 percent increase in firearms-related fatalities compared to the same time-span last year.

The public is immediately informed when an officer is killed in the line of duty. This takes place through a Fallen Hero Alerts program, along with posting details on their website.

Besides the tragic loss of Sgt. Ramirez and Deputy Sheriff Lindsay, here are some additional officers who have offered the ultimate sacrifice this year as detailed by the NLEOMF.

Police Officer Tamby Yagan, Paterson (NJ) Police Department
End of Watch: April 22, 2018


Police Officer Tamby Yagan was killed in an automobile crash when his patrol car collided with a parked vehicle. Officer Tamby is the 14th law enforcement officer to be killed in a traffic-related incident this year and the second officer fatality from the state of New Jersey in 2018.

Police Officer Sean Gannon, Yarmouth (MA) Police Department
End of Watch: April 12, 2018


Police Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while assisting with serving a warrant. Officer Gannon and his canine partner were searching the home and located the suspect when he was struck by gunfire. Officer Gannon is the 21st officer to be shot and killed this year and the first officer fatality from the state of Massachusetts in 2018.

Police Officer Phillip Meacham, Hopkinsville (KY) Police Department
End of Watch: March 29, 2018


Officer Phillip Meacham of the Hopkinsville Police Department was shot and killed by a man impersonating a police officer. The man had attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Officer Meacham, who was off-duty, driving his personal car. Officer Meacham is the 20th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in 2018 and the second from the state of Kentucky.

Special Agent Melissa Morrow, U.S. Department of Justice-Federal Bureau of Investigation
End of Watch: March 22, 2018


Special Agent Melissa Morrow succumbed to her illness on March 22, 2018, stemming from her assignment to aid in the search and recovery efforts at the Pentagon following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Special Agent Morrow is the second officer fatality from a U.S. Federal Agency in 2018.

Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton, Clinton (MO) Police Department
End of Watch: March 6, 2018


Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton was shot and killed when he and two other officers responded to a scene involving a disturbance. Officer Morton succumbed to his injuries and the other two officers were wounded. Officer Morton is the 16th law enforcement officer to be shot and killed in 2018 and the first officer fatality from the state of Missouri in 2018.

Final Reflections

America must eternally honor all who protect and serve our nation.

This sacred law enforcement call to serve America represents the character of the nation.

May each of our fallen be eternally remembered and may we be forever mindful of the immortal verse that “there is no greater love than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Related Coverage:

Fallen Police Officers: Honoring American Sentinels

Fallen Officers Demand America’s Reawakening

Dallas Police Tragedy: Healing, Unity, Renewal

Honoring America’s Fallen Police Officer Heroes

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Reawakening America: Issues and Response

For the last five years it has been my privilege to address issues critical to America in my weekly Epoch Times column.

These articles have complemented my presentations and a lifetime of dedication to principles which I believe are vital to America.

In my opinion, these principles include leadership, vigilance, collaboration, courage, compassion, community, character, and patriotism.

In an effort to crystalize these principles, I would like to summarize some salient points from the collection of my articles.

In doing so, it is my hope that these issues, so critical to America, will inspire the audience to action.

America’s Breath of Life, Mar. 7, 2014

In my first article I covered a heart pounding life-or-death drama from a Florida expressway.

The incident of a child being resuscitated illustrated all that is great about America. Yet, it was also used as a metaphor for our crisis of character which demands resuscitation.

Diversity: America’s Heartbeat, Apr. 18, 2014

The article addresses various violations of human rights. I argued that diversity “expresses a true appreciation of the inestimable value of each human being and a respect for their beliefs.”

In numerous follow up articles including “Racism in America: Time for Unity,” I stated that the racism experience by the Tuskegee Airmen continues.

The article concluded with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.”

Principles of American Policing, May 1, 2015

The police-community tensions erupting nationwide, and the importance of building trust were addressed in an extensive collection of articles.

Respecting current realities in America, I developed nine principles of American policing to enhance dialogue, communication, and unity between police and communities.

The principles stress that being pro-police and pro-community is inseparable. One of the principles also notes that “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.”

Since being pro-police and pro-community is inseparable, this respect must also be alive in the heart of every civilian privileged to call America home.

Honoring American Immigrants: Family, Neighbors, Heroes, Jul. 16, 2015

Due to the ongoing controversy of immigration, this article took a positive approach. It was a reminder that “America is a land of immigrants who enrich our nation with their talents, sacrifices, and character.”

By addressing immigration, it was my hope that the frenzy of emotions over immigration can be resolved. But, in my opinion, this is only possible when we integrate sensible security measures with honoring human dignity and American values. Reasonable minds must prevail and we must remember that “America is a great land because of the values, vision, and service of countless immigrants.”

America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy, Aug. 28, 2015

Many of my articles addressed school and campus violence. In formulating a response, an integration of sound security measures, character education, and the preventative system of education was presented. All of these principles are essential and inseparable from addressing
America’s culture of violence. Unfortunately, this understanding is often missed in a barrage of reactive training initiatives.

This article encouraged the cultivation of the preventive system of education whereby “educators are vigilant in a caring manner and offer inspirational guidance from the heart consistent with kindness, character, and reasonableness.

Along with sound security measures and character education, this system is essential to school security and setting the right culture in educational communities.

As I have done for 20 years and again this week, through a partnership of the Bergen County Education Association and the Bergen County Regional SWAT team, I encouraged educators from throughout the county to adhere to this pedagogy.

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets, Jan. 7, 2016

The continuous violent rampages throughout America were addressed in this article. It sounded the clarion call for police, private security, and citizens to prevent violence with an unwavering commitment to collaboration.

Basic security measures to harden soft targets were stressed which includes security vulnerability assessments, background checks, investigations, training, warning signs, physical/personnel/procedural security, and cybersecurity.

Visionary American Leadership: Champion for the Poor, Dec. 29, 2016

This article addressed the universal message from the masterpiece novel “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

By illustrating alarming issues of poverty in America, a moral call to visionary leadership to alleviate poverty was made.

America must forever remain the champion of the poor as we have an “ordained mission of justice, dignity, and moral responsibility toward every member of society.”

American Government Requires Ethical Leadership, Jan. 5, 2017

America is at a crossroads and ethical behavior must be the foundation of the nation.

Specifically, the article stated that “government officials are called to uphold a high standard of ethical behavior. Ethics is the moral foundation that animates their protecting the integrity of the government.”

America’s Opioid Crisis: The Heart of the Solution, Apr. 7, 2017

This article was one of numerous addressing the scourge of the drug crisis wrecking devastation on individuals, families, and communities.

As in many articles calling America’s youth to rise to the occasion, I stressed that they deserve educational empowerment. Our youth must be inspired to serve as ethical protectors in their families, schools, and communities. They youth are essential to turning the tide of our drug crisis and we will only be successful with this pandemic with their involvement.

Portraits of American Character Help Reawaken the Nation, Jan. 22, 2018

This article depicted individuals who personify lives of character.

Character must be the heartbeat of America and must be resuscitated when necessary throughout the nation. This virtue represents the ideals of our country, the “better angels of our nature,” and the goodness of humanity.

Each person that is honored to call America home must continually reflect on living a life of character.

We must also have our eyes wide open and appreciate all who reflect the ideals of character in our society.

Final Reflections

Despite the challenges facing America, we are destined to be a beacon of character to the nations.

May all of us be faithful to the ideals of our nation and continually enhance our commitment to reawakening the nation.

Let us renew America’s ideals by living lives built on the pillars of character, courage, and community.

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Photos

1. American flags in Rockefeller Center, New York. (Vincent J. Bove)
2. NYPD Times Square, NYC, Mar. 25, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. Students with their teacher at a character education presentation by Vincent J. Bove titled Be a Person of Character: Change the World at Union City Public Schools, N.J., on Feb. 27, 2009. (Vincent J. Bove)
4. 2d Lt. Alix Schoelcher Idrache cries during the United States Military Academy West Point Graduation, May 23, 2016. (U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Vito T. Bryant)

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