Monday, June 29, 2015

NYPD Renaissance Cops: Safe and Fair Everywhere

A common understanding of a Renaissance person is a profoundly gifted individual whose expertise covers a wide range of subjects.

It is considered a great compliment when someone is referred to as a Renaissance person. This is a person who can solve issues by using knowledge, discretion, and extraordinary problem solving skills.

A Renaissance person is often used to describe great thinkers of the Renaissance, a period covering the 14th to the 17th century, commonly understood as a time when society was transformed through arts, philosophy, and science.

In 1528, Baldassare Castiglione authored “The Book of the Courtier”, immortalizing the characteristics of a perfect gentleman or lady of the Renaissance.

These included having a calm disposition, communication skills, respectful attitude, and intelligence. Yet, when necessary, this person also had a warrior spirit, ready to protect the vulnerable.

NYPD Expansion: Safe and Fair

Recently, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton unveiled his community policing plan for the city that will include almost 1,300 new cops.

This plan is critical as these are unprecedented times for American policing. The eyes of the world are upon police-community relations due to many controversies nationwide that have included the NYPD.

The NYPD being the nation’s largest department and the worlds most renowned has the opportunity to revolutionize policing.

Some are referring to the NYPD policing strategy to put more cops in positions to build trust in communities as Renaissance cops. Bratton presents his vision as a plan titled “One City: Safe and Fair Everywhere.”

The commissioner crystallizes the plan with four new realities requiring change in the way the NYPD does its job as the following:

1. We must continue to control and reduce crime, especially violent crime, throughout New York.
2. We must detect and deter terrorists, who are radically altering their strategies and recruitment techniques.
3. We must win back community support and build productive partnership with citizens, especially in communities of color where resentment and fear of old police practices are most prevalent.
4. We must secure the safety and fair treatment of the men and women of the NYPD, many of whom have felt ill-prepared and undervalued.

Commissioner Bratton punctuates the mission is urgent and the work is not easy. He states that collaboration between the police and community will allow New York to be safe and fair everywhere and for everyone.

NYPD: The Way Forward

According to the NYPD, the heart of this plan will be based on five strategic areas as follows:

• Tackling Crime-a neighborhood-policing plan that assigns cops to steady sectors to work with residents at reducing crime, fear, and disorder.
• Training-bringing front line officers—every year—current tactical and cutting-edge skills to keep them safe and make them even more effective.
• Trust-cops and community working as partners to make neighborhoods safe, disciplinary reforms ensuring fair treatment of all our officers, close cooperation with oversight agencies to build the public trust
• Technology-a nation-leading revolution giving every officer real-time information now available only at police headquarters.
• Terrorism Prevention-a reset of relationships with federal, state, and local partners to strengthen the investigative and enforcement web that protects us all.

Policing Principles: Classic and Contemporary

The NYPD through Bratton’s leadership is focused to break down police and community barriers.

This police-community collaboration was formulated by Sir Robert Peel in 1829.

Peel’s principles are classic, but tradition must be honored with current realities memorialized in my “Principles of American Policing”, authored for the Epoch Times, May 1, 2015, edition.

These principles not only complement NYPD Commissioner Bratton’s vision, but as noted in my first principle, serve as the clarion call for transforming American policing:

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

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1. NYPD montage (Courtesy NYPD)
2. NYPD presence, Times Square, May 21, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. NYPD discussing technology with community members. (Courtesy NYPD)




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Monday, June 22, 2015

Racism in America: Time for Unity

Although America discriminated against them because they were black, on March 29, 2007, over 300 Tuskegee Airmen received the Congressional Gold Medal.

This is the most prestigious medal Congress has to offer and it was presented to these World War II combat aviators for their courageous patriotism.

The Tuskegee Airmen were formed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who overruled his top generals in having black men trained to fly and combat the enemy.

These American heroes saw combat throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa with dozens dying in battle and others captured as prisoners of war.

During a time when these men could not eat, be educated, ride the bus, or use the same restrooms as white men, they valiantly served America.

In the face of danger abroad and racism at home, they fought to defend freedom though they had not fully achieved it for themselves.

The Tuskegee Airmen are champions of liberty, honorable patriots who are most deserving of the word hero.

Other black recipients of the Congressional Gold Medal have included Marian Andersen, athletes Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, and Jackie Robinson, civil rights activists Roy Wilkens, Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, the Little Rock Nine, Rosa Parks and Dorothy Height, and statesman Nelson Mandela of South Africa, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

American Racism Continues

Tragically, the racism experienced by the Tuskegee Airmen remains in America.

On Thursday, June 18, I delivered my monthly remarks on policing and violence prevention to about 100 police chiefs, law enforcement officials, and community leaders for the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association in New Jersey.

I spoke about the senseless tragedy that took place the evening before at an historic South Carolina Church where a white supremacist targeted people because they were African-Americans.

Nine people were shot to death at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston while taking part in a bible study.

During my remarks, I stressed that law enforcement and community members must be fully dedicated to diversity and violence prevention, especially since even houses of worship are no longer treated as sanctuary. This concern was also addressed in my April 10, 2015 Epoch Times column titled “Sanctuary Profaned: Protecting America’s Houses of Worship.”

Confederate Flag Controversy

The Charleston tragedy has prompted South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to have the Confederate flag removed from the statehouse grounds, something that requires the Legislature to pass a law. She said, “For many people of our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble…at the same time, for many others in South Carolina, the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.”

After the Charleston church murders, the Confederate flag flew high at a memorial in front of the Statehouse, as South Carolina law requires, while even the U.S. and state flags were at half-staff.

Nothing is Sacred

Aside from the horrific Charleston attack, other incidents paint the picture of racism in America including the following:

• Dozens of University of Oklahoma fraternity members were disciplined and two expelled during March, 2015 for racist chants caught on film.
• An April 13, 2014, killing of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas City and murder later that day of a third person at a Jewish retirement community by the same killer.
• On June 8, 2014, two police officers were killed by a married white supremacist couple who previously spoke of killing law enforcement.
• On August 5, 2012, six people were shot dead and 4 others wounded at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The killer was a white supremacist with times to neo-Nazi groups.

Final Reflections

Civil rights are the heartbeat of America and essential to reawakening the nation, as they expresses a true reverence for the dignity of each human being.

As we pray for all effected by the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church tragedy in South Carolina, let us remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We must learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools.”

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1. 300 Tuskegee Airmen during a photo opportunity Thursday, March 29, 2007, in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol. (White House photo by Joyce Boghosian)
2. Pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, "Tuskegee Airmen," the elite, all-African American 332nd Fighter Group at Ramitelli, Italy., from left to right, Lt. Dempsey W. Morgran, Lt. Carroll S. Woods, Lt. Robert H. Nelron, Jr., Capt. Andrew D. Turner, and Lt. Clarence P. Lester, circa August, 1944. (U.S. Air Force photo)
3. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Dick DeMarsico, World Telegram staff photographer / public domain)

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Father’s Day Reflection: America’s Broken Families

Understanding broken families and its impact on youth, schools, workplaces, communities, and the criminal justice system is critical to America.

Due to the prevalence of divorce, America has essentially become a nation of one-parent families, usually the mother. There are too many children who tragically do not have any relationship whatsoever with their father. This heartbreaking reality is a national crisis.

Changes to the inner mechanism of the family has serious consequences on society.

In no way do I wish to judge any individual who has experienced divorce but only to shed light on the extraordinary volume of divorces. This has been learned from my own experiences with divorce and my presentations nationwide on issues critical to America.

Fatherless Homes: Alarming Concerns

Divorced or not, youth need the love and presence of both parents. According to various sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Disease Control, and the U.S. Department of Justice, fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 90% of homeless/runaway children, 85% of children with behavior problems, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youths in prison, and well over 50% of teen mothers. Over 24 million children, 34%, live apart from their fathers.

In too many cases, children are discouraged from developing a strong relationship with the non-custodial parent, usually the father. If the custodial parent suffers from a lack of emotional character, the child can be used as a weapon against the other parent, and it is the child who is torn apart by poisonous vindictiveness, deceit, and manipulation.

When unqualified family, friends, and acquaintances enable this dysfunctional parent rather than urging honesty, accountability, and character, the opportunity for healing is exacerbated.

This lack of a father’s influence in the family contributes to the deterioration of values in society and can lead to violence in the family, school, and community. This escalation must be understood not only in the context of major school violence tragedies, but in daily incidents of anger, harassment, aggression, crime, and bullying.

Children Need Both Parents

The best interest of the child must be the highest priority throughout any separation and divorce process. While the courts may pay lip service to this statement, in my personal experience, the reality is that the current legal system sets up a contentious environment between the litigants where the only winners are the lawyers.

Even more tragically, America has a crisis of character and too often, dishonesty is rewarded by the courts and incompetent therapists who rush to the next case without the wisdom to unravel the truth.

Each of us can make a profound contribution to our community by making sure that our children’s emotional well-being is first. America’s parents must always be respectful, honest, and dignified. When they fall from grace, they must seek forgiveness from all, especially the child.

Children need both parents. A good mother provides emotional strength, insight, encouragement, intercession, and guidance.

A good father provides discipline, understanding, counsel, fortitude, and direction. A child needs the qualities of each parent and the absence of either has an effect on the emotional life of the child.

These reflections assume that each parent is responsible and emotionally well grounded. Destructive influences, abuse, or inappropriate behavior by any parent is not acceptable, and every human effort must be made to remedy these harmful negative influences.

For some individuals, a transition to another family, especially when one escapes an environment of hostility, despair, or abuse can be an opportunity for a new life. Yet, for too many of our nation’s youth, shattered families can lead to discouragement, disillusionment, and even violent rage.

Family: Critical to Community

The family is first and foremost the primary source of education for all of society and is critical to a community’s health. Each and every human being enters the world through a family and every human being is communal by nature.

If a family setting is destructive, dishonest, abusive, manipulative, or shattered, a child can be prone to tension, anguish, hostility, substance abuse, and mental health issues.

Although there are different types of families deserving respect, the family, understood as a loving community of a father, mother, and children must never be trivialized.

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1. Father and daughter (Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
2. Father and child (Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
3. Marines with II Marine Expeditionary Force returned to Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dec. 6, 2014. HMLA-467 was part of the last Marines to be deployed to the Helmand province of Afghanistan in support of OEF with the purpose of providing close-air support to the Marines operating on the ground. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Olivia McDonald/ Released)

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Policing Demands Ethical Sentinels

These are defining moments for policing in America.

Conceivably, every police action can become viral through smart phones, dash-cams, body cameras, and surveillance CCTV’s.

Our technology documents meritorious police activities but can also expose concerns.

Protect and Serve Memorialized

Millions of commendable actions take place by over 900,000 law enforcement officials throughout America every day, and these examples paint a picture of the goodness displayed by police and the dangers they encounter.

Two New Jersey state troopers personally paid for pizza for 100 stranded travelers at Atlantic City airport on June 7.

Troopers Mark Adotta and Joseph Mercurio steeped up because it was the right thing to do. Unexpectedly, their generosity was posted by a witness on Facebook and soon went viral.

In another incident, on June 8, surveillance video was released of the fatal shooting of a Boston terrorist suspect. The man was suspected of plotting to kill law enforcement officials.

Police Commissioner William B. Evans stated that the video affirms law enforcement “made the right call” after the suspect failed to drop a military-style knife. Evans stated that the suspect was given “multiple chances” and being “well within striking distances” of officers who were clearly backing away.

District Attorney Daniel F. Conley stated that the video respects “transparency and accountability” and is being released to “help illuminate the facts” in a manner that will not “compromise the integrity of the investigation.”

Finally, in a May 13 incident, a man wanted for a string of hammer attacks in New York City was shot by an NYPD officer after he struck the officer’s partner three times. The entire confrontation lasted about 3 seconds and was captured on a surveillance camera in Midtown Manhattan.

Police Commissioner William J. Bratton commended the officers for acting “quickly and instinctively.” Bratton stated the officer “quite possibly saved his partners life by shooting the suspect.”

The NYPD wisely decided to quickly release the hammer shooting video to counter a reprehensible “gang-up-on police mentality at the moment” said Bratton.

Concerns Documented on Camera

The same technology that memorializes commendable police activities can also be a tool that raises concerns.

On June 8, a grand jury in South Carolina indicted a white former city police officer for murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man trying to flee after a traffic stop.

A bystander’s cellphone video shows former North Charleston Police Officer Michael Slager firing eight times at Walter Scott trying to run away on April 4. Slager was fired after the shooting.

In another incident, a white male police officer in a Dallas suburb was put on administrative leave after a YouTube video showed a disturbing incident involving his actions with a 15-year-old bikini clad black teenager on June 5 at a community pool. The video was viewed online by over 10 million people.

In the video, Corporal David Eric Casebolt, slings the girl to the ground, shoves her face into the ground, and immobilizes her with both knees into her back. He unholsters his firearm, chasing others away, and is screaming obscenities. The girl was not arrested and later released to her parents.

Former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes harshly criticized the officers action stating he was “running around escalating” a situation and there seemed to be “no justification” for responding, particularly toward the girl, as she was “clearly not armed.”

Fuentes stated “He’s out of control, He clearly has no self-discipline. He lost control of his temper…thankfully he didn’t shoot somebody.”

In a third example, Commissioner Bratton told over 800 NYPD executives on Oct. 2, 2014, during a retreat that abusive cops are “poisoning the well”.

Afterwards, the NYPD leadership were shown a video montage of abusive cop behavior. Bratton stated that “brutality, corruption, racism, and incompetence” does not belong in the department.

Police: Ethical Sentinels

The sentinels guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery live by the words, “My dedication to this sacred duty is total and wholehearted. In the responsibility bestowed upon me, never will I falter…”

America’s police must also live by these words as they are critical to reawakening the nation through their sacred duty to protect and serve.

Photos
1. NYPD swearing in ceremony, July 16, 2005. (Courtesy Fordmadoxfraud)
2. NYPD, Times Square, May 21, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Thursday, June 04, 2015

D-Day: Eternally Honoring America's Courage

America, and all dedicated to freedom throughout the world, must reverently pause on Saturday, June 6, the 71st anniversary of D-Day. On D-Day, good triumphed over evil and the end of World War II began.

D-Day’s anniversary recalls the Western Allies beginning the Invasion of Normandy to free mainland Europe from Nazi occupation. Despite suffering heavy casualties, the United States and Allied Forces were victorious. America and its allies liberated millions of innocent people being oppressed and murdered by Hitler and the Nazis.

Just prior to the D-Day offensive, the immortal words of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, ignited inspiration:

“Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! … The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you … you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world. … The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory! I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!…”


D-Day reminds us of the true meaning of character—individuals who laid down their lives for others and in doing so saved the world.

These heroes must be eternally honored.

D-Day Highlights

*The largest seaborne invasion in history
*13,000 Allied paratroopers flown in from nine British airfields in over 800 planes
*A military armada with over 156,000 troops, 5,000 vessels, and nearly 30,000 vehicles
*More than 11,000 aircraft
*More than 300 planes dropping over 13,000 bombs over coastal Normandy prior to D-Day
*Over 9,000 Allied soldiers dead or wounded by the end of the day of June 6
*The beginning of Europe’s liberation and the end of World War II—the deadliest military conflict in history that resulted in the loss of 60 million–80 million lives

Leadership Lessons for Today
It is not enough to commemorate D-Day by reverently pausing. We must ignite transforming action and rehabilitate the nation.

Here are some timeless leadership lessons of this epic historical event so critical for America today.

Appreciate Industrial Capacity

D-Day gives us appreciation of America’s industrial capacity and can give us the courage to transform it.

According to historian Stephen E. Ambrose, during the D-Day invasion and in the days afterward, American GI’s were better equipped than their foe because our vehicles were superior. Germany could not compete with America’s two-and-a-half-ton truck or the jeep.

American factories were across the ocean from Normandy while German factories were close at hand. Yet, America received more vehicles and better designed ones to the battlefield in less time.

The General Motors scandal—delaying a recall of defective ignition switches for years, resulting in injuries and deaths—dishonors America. The company was fined $35 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation. GM failed the nation because they failed to fix a preventable and inexpensive problem.

Our nation must again represent the highest standards of manufacturing that proudly proclaims “Made in America.”

World Is a Family

The world is a family with each person of every nation deserving of dignity, respect, and protection.

America must forever remain faithful to its legacy of compassion for the vulnerable and oppressed. Whenever there is human suffering at home or abroad, America must respond with moral authority in both word and action.

Character Counters Violence

America must reclaim its communities from the appalling culture of violence.

Headlines of horrific acts of violence continue in schools, campuses, movie theaters, malls, communities, and homes. Violence brings heartbreak nationwide: Camden, Flint, St. Louis, Cleveland, Gary, Bridgeport, Birmingham, Newark, Chicago, Detroit, New York, and Oakland. Even sacred places of worship once thought to be sanctuaries of peace are experiencing incidents becoming all too common.

America’s character led to the reclaiming of the tranquility for countless millions on distant shores through the heroic events that began on D-Day.

Our nation can and must also bring security to communities throughout our homeland by rehabilitating the character exemplified on D-Day and, in doing so, reawaken the nation.

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Photos
1. D-Day tribute. (Courtesy U.S. Army)
2. General Dwight D. Eisenhower with U.S. troops (Courtesy National Archives)
3. American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, a tiny Normandy village. (Courtesy White House)

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Monday, June 01, 2015

The FBI: Combating America’s Head-On Collision


Safeguarding our homeland and protecting the nation is the responsibility of everyone. Each person has a role to play and must have their eyes wide open to dangers that threaten freedom, democracy, and our way of life.

The world is a much different place since the tragedy of 9/11. The order of the day is an abundance of caution and the clarion call to do something immediately if we suspect something.

America’s security and morale can change in a heartbeat but terrorism and violence is preventable.

America’s Head-On Collision

As requested by the FBI, I delivered a presentation titled “The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America” on May 28, 2015 for their New York Field Office leadership development series.

This is a follow up to numerous presentations for the bureau highlighting leadership, vigilance, and collaboration between law enforcement, private security, and all law-abiding people as critical to America’s security.

During this FBI presentation, I used my signature metaphor of a head-on train collision causing catastrophic chaos, painting the picture of America’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence.

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

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

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

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

FBI: Critical to America’s Security

As an organization whose priorities include protecting America from a terrorist attack, combating public corruption at all levels, and combating significant violent crime, the FBI is critical to turning the tide from this head-on collision.

The FBI mission is summarized in its motto of fidelity, bravery, and integrity as well as in its core values:

• Rigorous obedience to the Constitution of the United States
• Respect for the dignity of all those we protect
• Compassion
• Fairness
• Uncompromising personal integrity and institutional integrity
• Accountability by accepting responsibility for our actions and decisions and the consequences of our actions and decisions
• Leadership, both personal and professional; and
• Diversity

Final Reflections

The nearly 35, 000 employees of the FBI and their tireless dedication to protect and defend our country are deserving of admiration and emulation of every American.

Our appreciation for their efforts and personal dedication to complement their mission, motto, and values is the heart of America’s security and reawakening the nation.

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Photos

1. FBI Director James Comey joins other federal officials, including Attorney General Loretta Lynch (left) at a press conference in New York regarding the indictments of nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives on corruption and racketeering charges. (Courtesy FBI)
2. FBI Hostage Rescue Team Rappelling from helicopter. (Courtesy FBI)
3. FBI Evidence Response Team (Courtesy FBI)

Vincent J. Bove presentations for the FBI:

* FBI Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) graduation keynote at Princeton University titled "American Leadership's Call in an Age of Crisis"
* FBI Counterintelligence Squad keynote at Fort Dix Military Base titled "America's Transforming Leadership Principles"
* FBI Supervisors keynote at Fort Monmouth Military Base titled "American Leadership Principles in an Age of Corruption"
* FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force keynote titled "America's Call to Leadership in an Age of Scandal"
* FBI Newark Field Office Annual Professional Development Conference keynote titled "Everyday Heroes Serving the Nation"
* FBI Citizens Academy Graduation keynote titled "Ambassadors of Community Transformation"
* FBI Newark Field Office Leadership Retreat keynote titled "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America"
* FBI New York Office Leadership Development Series presentation titled "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America"
* FBI Director's Community Leadership Award recipient remarks titled "Leadership: Critical to Transforming America"

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

FBI New York Office: Leadership, Honor, Protecting America

As requested by the FBI, on Thursday, May 28, 2015, I conducted a presentation titled "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America" for their New York Field Office Leadership Development Series.

This presentation was a continuation of years of presentations for the FBI including the following:

The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America / September 17, 2014 Management Leadership Retreat Keynote

As the United States of America—with allies against militant extremists—strikes targets in Iraq and Syria, all in America must remain vigilant here in our homeland.

Vigilance is critical to protecting America as the current state of affairs includes extremists calling for attacks against civilians and soft targets. Security concerns are intensified and all who love America, freedom, democracy, and liberty must collaborate to safeguard the nation.

Citizens and law enforcement all must have our eyes wide open to potential dangers that threaten innocent people and our way of life. We must never take for granted the privileges of a dinner out, a trip to visit loved ones, or a day with coworkers—life can change in a heartbeat. An abundance of caution is the order of the day—suspicious activities must immediately be reported to authorities. We must expect the unexpected and remain vigilant.

Apathy, indifference, or negligence with respect to current events is not acceptable. Acts of terror are preventable. Innocent lives, as well as the morale of America are at stake. There is no room for failure, for even one act of terror can be catastrophic and every life is sacred. The world has changed and all of us must have a terrorism awareness and prevention mindset.

As the darkness of evil intentions unfolds, America must remain vigilant, collaborative, and courageous.

The FBI: Protecting America
The top priority of the FBI is protecting America from terrorist attacks. This mission is only possible through collaboration with law enforcement partners nationally and worldwide.

Extremist networks, lone wolfs, and terrorist sympathizers can be neutralized and dismantled through the investigative and intelligence resources of the FBI. But this is only possible with public-private collaboration.

As documented on the FBI website, the scope of FBI operations and collaborative efforts includes:

•Joint Terrorism Task Forces
•National Counterterrorism Center
•Public Internet Tip Line
•Terrorist Explosives Device Analytical Center
•Terrorist Screening Center
•Weapons of Mass Destruction
•Strategic Command Center
•Terrorist Financing Operations Section
•Terrorism Fly Team

FBI Model: Leadership Retreat
In my travels throughout America since 1999, I have highlighted leadership, vigilance, and collaboration as central to my mission of character development, violence prevention, and crisis planning.

These principles have been shared at hundreds of presentations and with many published works and FBI initiatives.

But in my opinion, the seriousness of what these principles signify has never been so important as at this very moment in America’s history.

On Sept. 17, I was privileged to conduct a keynote for the FBI Newark Division Management Retreat. This retreat was made possible through the leadership of the division’s Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford.

Aside from the remarkable motivational and educational aspects of the event, this retreat is a model not only for other FBI divisions but also for all law enforcement agencies as it builds leadership, morale, and partnerships.

During my keynote speech, “The FBI: Honor, Leadership, America,” I used the metaphor of a catastrophic head-on collision train wreck to punctuate the nation’s crisis of leadership and culture of violence. As highlighted with a graphic slide presentation, this violence includes not only domestic, school, and workplace violence, but also acts of terror as demonstrated by the 9/11 and Boston Marathon attacks.

My keynote followed a patriotic leadership presentation by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of West Point. Caslen highlighted that the “Duty, Honor, Country” motto of the United States Military Academy was applicable to all because throughout the nation, even in the military, there is a crisis of leadership. I complemented Caslen’s thoughts by encouraging the FBI to live the principles of “Honor, Leadership, America.”

The FBI and all dedicated to protecting America must be appreciated and their efforts supported. Each of us must work collaboratively and continually enhance our own level of vigilance to protect our homeland and reawaken the nation.

Testimonial
Dear Vincent, It is with the warmest regards that I express my thanks for your support of the Newark Division's Management Conference. Your participation in the Management Conference on September 17, 2014 was a true pleasure. You provided insights to help Newark Division supervisors to develop and challenge themselves as employees and as leaders within the FBI. Your observations were particularly insightful due to your highly decorated career and your intimate knowledge of our staff.
Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge

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As originally published in Vincent's weekly column titled "Reawaken the Nation" for the Epoch Times on Friday, Sept. 26, 2014.

Vincent J. Bove presentations for the FBI have included the following:

* FBI Academy Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) graduation keynote at Princeton University titled American Leadership's Call in an Age of Crisis
* FBI Counterintelligence Squad keynote at Fort Dix Military Base titled America's Transforming Leadership Principles
* FBI Supervisors keynote at Fort Monmouth Military Base titled American Leadership Principles in an Age of Corruption
* FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force keynote titled America's Call to Leadership in an Age of Scandal
* FBI Newark Field Office Annual Professional Development Conference keynote titled Everyday Heroes Serving the Nation
* FBI Citizens Academy Graduation keynote titled Ambassadors of Community Transformation
* FBI Newark Field Office Leadership Retreat keynote titled The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America
* FBI New York Office Leadership Development Series presentation titled The FBI: Honor, Leadership, Protecting America /
* FBI Director's Community Leadership Award recipient remarks titled Leadership: Critical to Transforming America

Photos
1. FBI SWAT team member (Courtesy FBI)
2. FBI Evidence Response Team Vehicle (Courtesy FBI)
3. FBI weapons training (Courtesy FBI)
4. Vincent J. Bove receiving award from Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford of the Newark Division on Sept. 17, 2014. Bove was the keynote speaker at the division’s leadership retreat. (Photo Courtesy FBI)
5. Vincent J. Bove receiving the FBI Community Leadership Award for his violence prevention initiatives on Oct. 30, 2007. Afterwards, Bove addressed over 200 FBI and law enforcement officials. Bove is accompanied by his guests-local, county, and federal law enforcement officials. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Publishing)
6.Vincent J. Bove delivering his keynote "The FBI: Honor, Leadership, America" during the Sept. 17 FBI Management Conference. (Courtesy FBI)

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Police-Community Crisis: Rise to the Occasion

On May 20, 2015, Officer Kerrie Orozco, a beloved member of the Omaha Police Department, was shot and killed while trying to serve a felony warrant.

Every fallen officer’s death is tragic, but Officer Orozco's is particularly heartbreaking. She was scheduled to begin maternity leave the following day to care for her daughter Olivia Ruth, born prematurely in February.

“Officer Kerrie Orozco gave her life for all of us in her service to the Omaha Police Department. She will be missed and remembered as a loving wife, mother, daughter, and dedicated police officer,” said the Omaha mayor in a statement.

Officer Kerrie Orozco reminds us of the courage, sacrifice, and the facing of danger of all who protect and serve our communities. As of May 26, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports a 6% increase in total fatalities over the same time last year.

Polishing the Shield

Over 900,000 dedicated law enforcement officials perform countless acts of respect, courtesy, and bravery each day throughout America, and these dedicated professionals deserve honor. Yet, there are issues emerging that crystalize necessary police reforms.

On October 2, 2014, Commissioner Bill Bratton was crystal clear to over 800 NYPD executives that abusive cops are “poisoning the well” during a one-day retreat.

These remarks were shared with the NYPD leadership before they were shown a disturbing video montage of violence by cops against suspects and innocent community members.

Bratton remarked there are “some officers in the department, unfortunately, who should not be here.” His demand for zero tolerance deserves the support of every dedicated police officer against anyone who would tarnish the noble police shield by, as he forthrightly stated, “brutality, corruption, racism, and incompetence.”

Complementing Bratton’s honest appraisal, another poison to any law enforcement official or agency is apathy. This is why I stress altruism in my training initiatives as an antidote and something critical to be held in the heart of every healthy police officer and agency.

In Baltimore, Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts said in an interview, “we are part of the problem, the community needs to hear that. The community needs to hear us that we haven’t been part of the solution, and now we have to evolve. Now we have to change.”

Cleveland Settlement: Unbiased Policing

On May 26, Cleveland reached a settlement with the Department of Justice based on police abuses including shooting people who posed no threat, punching and kicking unarmed people, and excessive and retaliatory use of Tasers.

The official settlement requires improvements of the Cleveland Police Department that includes the following training and development issues:

•community engagement and building trust
•community and problem-oriented policing
•bias-free policing
•use of force
•crisis intervention
•searches and seizure
•accountability
•officer assistance and support
•supervision and police body camera’s

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio said this agreement, “will not only serve as a roadmap for reform in Cleveland but as a national model for any police department ready to escort a great city to the forefront of the 21st Century.”

Rise to the Occasion

This is a defining moment for police reform in America and the training of ethical protectors.

As addressed in my previous column titled “NYPD Mission: Cultivating 35,000 Ethical Protectors,” I stressed that ethics was the principle critical to all law enforcement. Specifically, ethics is the law of right conduct and must be paramount in law enforcement’s mission to protect and serve.

Ethical training initiatives must be world class for police because of their moral responsibility to our communities. Our police deserve every tool necessary to uphold the Constitution in a society that at times holds ethical values in contempt.

Final Reflections

America, the eyes of the world are upon us. The clarion call is for police-community collaboration with moral courage, character, and compassion as our heartbeats.

The police and the community must be fully committed to a unity of effort as this is the pathway to reawakening the nation.

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Photos

1. Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozo tribute. (Courtesy Omaha Police Department)
2. Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. (Courtesy Baltimore Police Department)
3. Cleveland Police recruits. (Courtesy Cleveland Police Department)

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

American policing is now at a defining moment and the eyes of the world are upon us.

It would be naïve, irresponsible, and disingenuous to portray policing in America as infallable especially due to recent police-community division in places including Staten Island, Baltimore, Ferguson, Cleveland, and North Charleston.

But while these issues demand transparency, dialogue, and resolve, we must take time to appreciate dedicated police officers. Our police are community members, and in collaboration with law-abiding citizens, critical to security and safety.

Amtrak Derailment Disaster

The heroic response of police along with first responders to the Amtrak disaster is an inspiring testimony of courage, compassion, and character.

As people screamed for help from the chaotic train derailment that claimed eight lives and injured over 200 in Philadelphia on May 12, the bravery of police and first responders was inspirational.

They cut through fences in the dark of night, entered decimated train cars to assist hundreds of passengers with first-aid, evacuations, and administering tourniquets.

It’s My Job

One heroic response included Lyndhurst, New Jersey off-duty Officer Michael Keane who was a passenger. Ironically, Keane was heading home from the 300-mile bicycle Police Unity Tour during National Police Week in Washington, D.C., honoring fallen officers.

Steven Pissamano, the father of another Lyndhurst cop, also on the train returning from the same event stated “I want to tell [Keane] thank you. He saved our lives and he saved many other people’s lives, disregarding his own, because he went back into that train and started helping people.”

Humbly evading praise, Officer Keane simply stated, “It’s my job, that’s what I was put on this planet to do.”

Although the derailment will be a flashpoint on America’s need for enhancing infrastructure, one issue is irrefutable, appreciating those who protect and serve, individuals who risk their lives for us.

Camden Progress: Community Policing Model

On Monday, May 18, President Obama praised positive developments taken place in Camden, New Jersey through community policing initiatives.

Although just a few years ago, Camden was considered dangerous beyond redemption according to the President, yet now it is a model of transformation due to the courage, compassion, and caring of their police.

Community policing initiatives in Camden have included doubling the size of its police force and cutting desk jobs. This allows officers to be more involved with the community, especially with students that includes basketball games, volunteering and reading programs.

Although, the city is a work in progress and issues beyond policing such as poverty, unemployment, broken families, race, drug abuse, health, and education need attention, community policing has had positive results including the following:

•Violent crime is down 24%
•Murders are down 47%
•Open-air drug markets are down 65%
•911 response calls have been reduced from 1 hour to 5 minutes

Final Reflections

It is the defining moment for policing in America.

Changes are rapidly taking place and community policing is the heart of this transformation.

Along with numerous policing changes, the White House by executive order, will also ban local police departments from acquiring some types of military-style equipment from federal agencies. These include tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft, grenade launchers, certain high-caliber weapons, bayonets, and ammunition of .50 caliber, or higher.

The concern, as witnessed in Ferguson, is the potentially negative impact on police-community relations, if such equipment is used without proper training, arbitrarily, or inappropriately.

In my opinion, the equipment issue needs discerning dialogue, as these are violent times. Law enforcement needs not only community policing, but every tool and unit necessary to protect themselves and society.

Also, the “Final Report Of The President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing” was released on May 18. It highlights pillars of building trust, fostering collaboration, technology-based community engagement, community policing, leadership training, as well as officer wellness and safety.

The report is a must read for all concerned with police-community relations as it is filled with recommendations to make America safer.

Although, these are challenging times for American policing, it is the opportunity for community policing to be the catalyst that inspires our reawakening the nation.

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Photos
1. Community Policing Officer Jackelyn Burgos with Cleveland Public School children at conclusion of G.R.E.A.T. program (Photo Credit Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Police Department)
2. Camden County, New Jersey Police Officer with youth. (Courtesy COPS / USDOJ)
3. Cover Photo “Final Report Of The President’s Task Force On 21st Century Policing”

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Police-Community Division: America Unite

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as National Police Week.

This week, between 25,000-40,000 law enforcement officers and supporters from throughout the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in events honoring colleagues who have offered the ultimate sacrifice.

Events will include a candlelight vigil and The National Peace Officer Memorial Service on the West Front of the United States Capital. These are sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors to help families and co-workers deal with grief, coping, and rebuilding lives.

The May 15 Memorial Service began with about 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Now, it attracts tens of thousands from police departments nationwide and internationally as well.

National Police Week is an outstanding police-community alliance, symbolizing a unity needed for America now more than ever.

FBI Releases Preliminary Statistics

Coinciding with National Police Week, the FBI released “2014 Preliminary Statistics for Law Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty” on May 11, 2015.

These statistics paint an alarming picture of the dangers law enforcement officers encounter as they protect and serve our communities.

The report shows that 51 law enforcement officers were feloniously killed in the line of duty in 2014. This is a staggering increase of almost 89 percent when compared to the 27 officers killed in 2013.

Additional details of the FBI statistics include the following:

•Eleven officers died from injuries inflicted as a result of answering disturbance calls, of which is included domestic disturbance
•Ten officers were killed while conducting traffic stops
•Eight were killed as a result of ambushes of which six fatalities were due to entrapment or premeditated situations and two due to unprovoked attacks
•Six officers were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances
•Five officers sustained fatal injuries while performing investigations
•Four were involved with tactical situations
•Three were involved with mental illness incidents
•One was killed on a drug-related matter and three others were killed attempting to make arrests

America’s law enforcement officers are in a dangerous and often thankless profession and the fatalities continue as witnessed with the recent reprehensible killings of NYPD Officer Brian Moore, 25, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi Officers Benjamin Deen, 34, and Liquori Tate, 24.

Building Police-Community Bridges

Tragically, America is experiencing a time of intense distrust between citizens and police due to incidents that have included Staten Island, in Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, and North Charleston.

But we are all in this together. As outlined in my “Principles of American Policing,” a unity of effort is the only way as “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. Police must be guided by a moral compass that honors the community, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.”

Yet, the word community must also be interchanged with the word police. Every community member also has responsibilities, duties, and obligations. Citizens must also live by a moral compass, code of ethics, and be law-abiding, respectful, and responsible.

Final Reflections

Community members have the right to expect police officers to be models of courtesy, professionalism, and respect. But police officers have the right to also expect citizens to be the same.

America is experiencing a culture of violence with both police officers and citizens experiencing senseless fatalities. Our police and citizens must build bridges as we are mission-critical partners in safeguarding the nation and protecting our communities.

American police officers: Stand tall and proud, and honor your noble profession with a heart of respect and unwavering dedication to protect and serve your communities.

American citizens: Build bridges with your police. Appreciate their efforts to protect your communities. Be fully dedicated to a unity of effort so that our neighborhoods have the security and safety they deserve.

Finally, only when law enforcement and citizens unite will we inspire our youth through school initiatives and truly ignite the fire of reawakening the nation.

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Photos
1. NYPD Community Affairs with youth, June 25, 2014. (Courtesy NYPD)
2. NYPD Officer Brian Moore tribute. (Courtesy NYPD)
3. Bureau of Portland Police Sgt. with citizen. (Photo Credit Johnny Huu Nguyen/Associated Press)
4. NYPD Officers in Times Square, Dec. 10, 2014. (Vincent J. Bove)

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