Friday, October 19, 2018

21st Century Policing: Leadership, Vigilance, Collaboration

It has been an honor to have 275 published works, and to deliver presentations on issues, which in my opinion are critical to America.

It is also an honor to have these issues published in my newest book titled Reawakening America.

Along with the many topics that have been covered, policing, built on iron-clad partnerships with the community, has often been underscored.

These partnerships must be built on the pillars of leadership, vigilance, and collaboration, and are only productive when trust is the foundation.

American Policing: Reviewing Issues and Responses

Based on the extensive amount of material covered, a quick review to summarize some of these articles is now in order.

Here follows highlights from a select group of ten articles.

Hopefully, this summary will ensure that police-community partnerships have the encouragement needed to continue building bridges of trust.

NYPD Neighborhood Policing is a Shared Responsibility, Mar. 21, 2018

“A unity of effort between the police and community is the foundation for protecting America and critical for securing our neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.

“Protecting our communities and the morale of the nation demands unwavering shared responsibility, the lifeline of public safety.

“America must be fully committed, without reserve or excuse, to building bridges between the police and community as our way of life demands this collaboration.

“Failure to share responsibility is not an option as without cohesiveness the results will only be distrust, discord, and disorder.”

As a follow up to this article, just this past weekend, New York City experienced the first weekend without a murder in 25 years.

Based on this statistic, and the importance of Neighborhood Policing, I communicated information to the New Jersey Attorney General on October 16, 2018 which included the following:

“Neighborhood Policing, an outstanding step-up from community policing, deserves implementation in agencies and communities throughout New Jersey. We should enhance collaboration with the NYPD, fine-tune this model for New Jersey, and provide the necessary leadership.”

Empowering America’s Police to Serve as Ethical Protectors, Feb. 8, 2018

“America’s law enforcement professionals are in critical roles of protecting and serving our communities.

“We must recognize, appreciate, and support them in their challenging work. We must also realize our shared responsibility and do everything in our power to forge iron-clad police-community partnerships.

“These partnerships must be built on an ethical code, essential not only to law enforcement professionals, but on every community member privileged to call America home.”

Best Time to Be a Cop in America, Sept. 10, 2017

“Policing is critical to American society and must perpetually stand on the pillars of ethics, trust, collaboration, and moral courage.

“When these principles are honored, police-community unity is forged, and America’s way of life is protected from discord, lawlessness, and turmoil.

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

“The spotlight on policing illuminates the critical need for trust. Society will thrive when trust is the catalyst for police-community partnerships.”

America’s Drug Crisis Demands Police-Community Unity, Apr. 13, 2017

“America’s police and communities are being challenged to unify to remedy our drug crisis.

“An entire generation of America is suffering from the drug pandemic and we must unify to prevent continual heartbreak to families.

“As we rise to the occasion with moral courage, we must remember that the police and the people are one.

“We must forge iron-clad police-community partnerships to take back our communities from the drug pestilence.

“The reality of the drug crisis is a matter of family tragedies, heartbreak, and death. Our drug crisis also inflicts suffering on the morale our nation.

“We will be on the path to reawakening the nation when, as ethical protectors, we dedicate ourselves to unity.

“America is suffering, and we must all respond to take back the nation from the scourge of the drug crisis.”

American Policing: Restoring Trust, Building Community, Oct. 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians, June 23, 2016

“There has always been corruption in government, but this is no excuse for unethical behavior to continue.

“The dignity that represents America demands renewal, and our police, so vital to the integrity of government and security in our communities must rise to the occasion.

“Every law enforcement official who takes the sacred oath to protect and serve must be fully dedicated to society as an ethical guardian.

“There can be no compromise by law enforcement officials to ethical values. Law enforcement must be totally and wholeheartedly committed to their sacrosanct duty, never faltering with the responsibilities bestowed upon them.”

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline, Feb. 18, 2016

“Police-community collaboration is critical to renewing the values of America and the lifeline of public safety throughout the nation.

“America must rise to the occasion with an unwavering commitment to facilitate police-community collaboration, the lifeline of public safety.”

Police in Schools: Safeguarding America, Building Character, Nov. 5, 2015

“When our teachers and police collaborate to enhance security, character, and the preventive system of education, we will inspire our youth to carry the torch of America’s decency.

“The school resource officer (SRO) is a priceless component of violence prevention and character education for our schools. This initiative also promotes a positive image of law enforcement to our nation’s youth.

“Our 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.”

Principles of American Policing, May 5, 2015

The nine principles of American policing include the following:

• “Moral courage must be encouraged, as police must be empowered make decisions that are legal, ethical, and moral.
• “Patriotism is mission-critical. Honoring America, our flag, and our military personnel must be part and parcel of the police officer’s creed and take place at every police event.
• “Police interventions must always be proportional, constitutional, and uphold quality of life issues deserved by all communities.
• “Police require a discerning recruitment process, education credentials, and ongoing training/certifications, including constitutional policing, diversity, civil rights, race-relations, violence prevention, community policing, crisis management, ethics, leadership, gangs, private security, and use of force.”

Building Police-Community Trust: Wake Up, America, Dec. 5, 2014

“Community policing must be central to reawakening the nation. It deserves full dedication from every member of law enforcement (not just selected members assigned to a community policing unit) and from all members of every community.

“Endless rhetoric, political appointees, and self-serving commissions will only be a waste of time.

“America deserves action, leaders of character, and police–community cohesiveness so we may live the legacy of justice destined for our nation.’

Final Reflections

As expressed through this selection of articles, a unity of effort, or “mutual responsibility” as emphasized by the NYPD, is critical to safeguarding America.

It is my hope that our nation will have the unwavering commitment to police community collaboration, as this unity is essential to the health of our nation.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Spotlight on NYPD: Protecting, Serving, Saving Lives

Some recent headlines on life-saving activities by members of the NYPD deserve attention.

These incidents are a reminder of the importance of the policing profession. They are proof-positive that the words courtesy, professionalism, and respect emblazoned on every NYPD vehicle is alive and well in New York City.

Transit Officers Save 1-Year-Old

On October 9,2018, NYPD officers in Brooklyn saved a toddlers life. The officers rushed 1-year-old Amir Nieves to the hospital after he stopped breathing on a subway platform.

While waiting for a medical unit to arrive, Officers Damion Graham, 25 and Charles Edwards, 43 began giving chest compression's.

Realizing that time was of the essence, the officers decided to rush the child themselves to Interfaith Hospital while performing CPR along the way.

The heads-up response of the officers, supported by the CPR training they received, resulted in saving the child’s life.

NYPD Officers Save Chainsaw Accident Victim

Also on Oct. 9, two NYPD officers, this time in the Bronx, were credited with saving a man’s life who was profusely bleeding from a chainsaw accident.

While on patrol, Officers Amauris Rodriguez and Thomas Natoli were alerted by someone pleading, “I got someone in the car bleeding. I need help.”

The officers found construction worker Richard Tirado, 49, passed out due to blood loss from severing his arm while cutting trees with the chainsaw.

Officer Natoli immediately understood an artery was severed, and along with Officer Rodriguez began applying a tourniquet.

“We applied a tourniquet to a high part of the shoulder to stop the bleeding completely, and then rendered aid as much as we could until the ambulance arrived,” Officer Natoli said.

Due to their actions, the man was transported to the hospital and his life was saved.

NYPD Saves Suicidal Man

On Sept. 30, three NYPD officers risked their own safety to save a distraught man threatening to jump from the Williamsburg Bridge.

One of these officers, Detective Christopher Williams, was also involved with the July 4 rescue of a protester who climbed the Statue of Liberty.

The three Emergency Services Unit officers scaled the bridge to comfort the man before placing him in a harness to lower him to safety.

Detective Williams, along with Detective Thomas Longa and Officer Dan Dongvort saved the man’s life.

Detective Longa calmed the man by telling him “nothing that’s going on in your life is worth ending it.”

After the man was lowered from the bridge he was very grateful.

Detective Williams stated, “We saved a life today. I feel we did a good job. We saved somebody, and we’re all here and we’re all safe.”

Rookie NYPD Officer Saves Toddler

A toddler who suffered a seizure and stopped breathing in July is alive thanks to a rookie NYPD officer.

The incident began with the mother, Rebeca Alarcon running with Leah, her 20-month-old, to the 115th precinct in Queens pleading for help.

Officer Osvaldo Nunez, a 22-year-old rookie, who only recently graduated from the police academy was there.

“I immediately ran through the double door, placed the baby on a little stool we had there, and immediately began chest compressions,” Officer Nunez said, “Once I saw the baby was unresponsive, I just locked in, I got into the zone.”

His first round of compressions didn’t work, but when he started up a second time, Leah opened her eyes.

“After that, the baby was just there with us. I lifted her up,” he said. “I made sure she had nothing in her mouth ... After that, I brought her over to my shoulder, she seemed brand new.”

Leah was then rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was treated and released.

NYPD Officers Administer Narcan, Save Life

In June, a team of four NYPD officers in Lower Manhattan administered Narcan and used their medical training to save a woman’s life after responding to a possible drug overdose call.

The woman was found unresponsive by her boyfriend, who immediately called 911. After responding to the scene, 1st Precinct Officers Gut and Horan administered Narcan, while Officers Hernandez and Durante performed CPR.

Their efforts saved the woman’s life, and she was transported to New York Downtown Hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

Final Reflections

These life-saving incidents are a reminder that being a NYPD police officer is a sacred profession, and that at any moment lives can be saved.

These officers reflect the best of all of us. Each and every New Yorker must be eternally grateful that men and women are responding to the call to serve their communities.

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Related Coverage:

Best Time to Be a Cop in America

Policing Requires Ethical Protectors

21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians

Photos:

1. Officers Charles Edwards and Damion Graham. (Courtesy NYPD)
2. New York City police keep guard during the annual Columbus Day parade in New York City on Oct. 8, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
3. 1. 1st Precinct Police Officers, (L-R) PO Gut, PO Horan, PO Hernandez, PO Durante. (Courtesy NYPD)

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

America’s Active Shooter Tragedies: Protecting Our Schools

As I write this article, it is Oct. 1, 2018, the first anniversary of the deadliest single mass shooting in modern US history in Las Vegas.

On this solemn memorial, we must pause to remember all gone too soon.

The heartbreaking loss of these innocent people, so cherished by family, friends, and communities, reminds us of the sacredness of human life.

As we honor all lost on that fateful day, let us reawaken compassion in the heart of America.

Let us also be fully dedicated to their memory with the leadership, vigilance, and collaboration necessary to safeguard our schools and communities.

FBI Report: Alarming Statistics

A published FBI report titled Quick Look: 250 Active Shooter Incidents in the United States from 2000 to 2017, presents sobering insights of violence in America.

The report cites that 250 incidents occurred during this time-frame with 2,217 casualties.

Specifically, there were 799 individuals killed, and 1,418 wounded.

During the last eight years, there have been at least 20 incidents in six of years. The 30 active shooter incidents in 2017 is the worst during this time span.

The staggering 729 casualties in 2017, was more than 500 than in any of the previous sixteen years.

There were also 138 people killed by active shooters in 2017, and 591 were wounded.

Active Shooter Locations

Locations of commerce during these eighteen years were highest on the list with 42%, 105 incidents. Commerce was followed by location categories as follows:

• Education, 20.8%, 52 incidents
• Open Space, 14%, 35 incidents
• Government including military, 10%, 50 incidents
• Residences, 4.8%, 12 incidents
• Houses of Worship, 4%, 10 incidents
• Health Care Facilities, 4%, 10 incidents
• Other Locations, 0.4%, 1 incident

Bergen County: Proactively Addressing the Issue

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, I was privileged to address active shooter issues through an educational event hosted by the Bergen County Education Association (BCEA).

The event took place at the Stony Hill Inn in Hackensack, New Jersey and was attended by over 100 school superintendents and education leaders from throughout Bergen County.

For the past 20 years, I have been honored to conduct extensive educational, violence prevention, and crisis planning initiatives for schools, workplaces, and law enforcement agencies throughout Bergen.

These have included security vulnerability assessments, keynotes for teachers and staff, and character education sessions for students.

It has also been my privilege to serve the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association (BCPCA) during the last sixteen years as Chairperson of Community Policing and School Security. In this capacity, I have presented monthly remarks to chiefs and law enforcement officials from over 70 agencies.

At the Sept. 25 event, I was the co-speaker with the Bergen County Regional SWAT team. Together, we addressed active shooter issues and concerns.

Members of the Bergen County Regional SWAT team shared detailed information on tactical issues related to their commitment to protecting Bergen County.

During my presentation, I took the approach of prevention. My focus included the importance of effectively responding to warning signs, security vulnerability assessments as more comprehensive than surveys, school resource officers, police-community partnerships, situational awareness, student empowerment, academic excellence, teacher and staff training, and the preventive pedagogy of education. This pedagogy is critical for American schools as it enhances trust, builds bridges with all members of the school community, and fosters a vigilant, active, and respected presence by staff in the school community.

Active Shooter: Practical Tips

Some excerpts from the document titled Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan Development Guide and Template by the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security Preparedness deserve attention.

In the emergency action section details related to the RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT concepts and are as follows:

RUN – Evacuate

Whatever you do, do not freeze. If you are at a distance where you can run away from the shooter in a reasonable amount of time, start running in the opposite direction, preferably in a zigzag pattern since a moving target is almost impossible to hit, no matter how good a shot the shooter is.

If you have time, grab a fire extinguisher to leave a path of smoke behind you to make it harder for the shooter to see you, as a way of covering your tracks.

Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow. Have an escape route and a plan in mind to get to identified assembly locations. Avoid using elevators or escalators.

Go to one of the assembly areas or rally points established for personnel to respond to if they run and evacuate the building.

Leave your belongings behind. Help others escape if possible. Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be.

HIDE (or Lockdown in Place)

It should only take a few seconds to determine if your best course of action should be to run or to hide. If the shooter is rapidly approaching the room you are in, then you should prepare to hide as soon as possible. If you have more time, but not enough time to run, then you should immediately secure doors by locking or barricading them with furniture or heavy objects.

Turn off lights and any source of noise, including your cellphone ringer and vibrate mode. Stay out of sight and away from windows. Remain completely still and quiet. If multiple people are in the room, you should delegate tasks. One person or group of people should lock and barricade the door. One person or group of people should call 9-1-1, and one person or group of people should grab all the weapons they can find.

Wait for responding law enforcement to advise you when it is safe to come out.

FIGHT

Attacking the shooter is your final option. You should not jump out of your hiding place and attack the shooter if he is approaching. You should only attack if you are so close, you cannot run, or exposed and sure, that you will be shot if you do nothing. This is a fight for your life!

If the shooter is approaching, the doorway of the room you are will be a choke point he has to move through and a good place from which to attack. This is where you want to engage him, because it will be easier knowing he has to come through that door looking for targets.

If there are multiple people in the room and the shooter can see all of you, then everyone should attack at once, hurting the shooter, throwing objects and doing everything possible to incapacitate the shooter. You may not want to fight the shooter if you see that someone else is doing it, but strength in numbers will make it more likely that you will survive.

Attack the shooter’s face, eyes, shoulders, or neck, or arms, so that the shooter is more likely to let go of the weapon. You should stab the shooter in the neck, gouge out his eyes, or stab him in the arm … even a sharp ballpoint pen or pencil could be a good weapon for gouging out the shooter's eyes. If you cannot go for his face or weapon, kick him/her in the crotch. This will be an effective way to slow him/her and to cause a large amount of pain. Be aware of possible second weapons such as a knife, even if the attacker is severely injured. You must do anything you can to rid the shooter of his/her weapon, or to hurt them so they can be disarmed or neutralized.

Final Reflections

The BCEA deserves praise for their dedication to building bridges between law enforcement and school leaders to safeguard the county schools.

Also, the Bergen County Regional SWAT team deserves appreciation for their vigilance with protecting communities throughout the county, and for their dedication to educating community leaders.

When law enforcement and educational communities work collaboratively, there can only be positive results, and we are on the right path of preventing violence and reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage

America’s Active Shooter Crisis: Issues and Response

America’s Active Shooter Crisis Demands Leadership

American School Violence Requires a Response of Courage, Commitment, and Community

America’s Schools: Security, Character, Academics

Photos

1. Ashley Schuck of Nevada places a medal she got for running for shooting victim Neysa Tonks in Saturday's Vegas Strong 5K on a cross set up for Tonks in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1, 2018. On Oct. 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas killing 58 people and injuring more than 800 in the deadliest mass shooting event in U.S. history. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
2. Bergen County Regional SWAT team answering questions from Bergen County School Superintendents on Active Shooter Issues, Sept. 25, 2018. (Vincent J. Bove)

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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

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Vincent is author of 275 articles, including his weekly column titled “Reawakening the Nation” for the Epoch Times; 35 countries, 21 languages, and growing. As a national speaker, he has addressed audiences nationwide on issues critical to America including ethical leadership, violence prevention, and crisis planning.

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