“Blessed are the peacemakers so they shall be called the children of God.” -Matthew 5:9. Sometimes you just need to soak up the scenery and reflect on what God has prepared for you to enjoy on earth. It’s practice for the paradise that awaits you in heaven. Second. When have you ever seen me in a white shirt? I usually pass on white but this shirt from @americanfighter was too 🔥🔥🔥 to pass up. . . . 📸 @hisgracephotography
Wyatt Earp didn’t wear belt keepers... ok ok. The desert was freaking hot and I lost inches? We’ll go with that one. 📸 @hisgracephotography
For me it’s the same exercise at the end of every shift. Taker your gear off and take a moment to catch your breath. Leave it at work and prepare your mind for whatever you go home to. For me, it’s my family. When the uniform comes off it’s time for me to be a husband and dad. I remember my dad coming home from work and it was always tense. He ignored us on the way in and resigned himself to seclusion. Sometimes he’d come out and be a part of the family and other times I wouldn’t see him till the next day. It’s important to acknowledge your family when you come home. But before you get home. Take the time to decompress. Whether it’s listening to music on the way home or hitting the gym or prayer, find your way to decompress. I’ve often heard people identify themselves as cops 24/7. But here’s the thing. If you take that role Home with you, you start to address people in your every day life as contacts on the job. Learn to switch it off and be yourself. I love my job. But a police officer is not who I am. It’s what I do. Sure, I’ve got cop instincts and attitudes, but I know when to switch it on and off. Find your decompression tool and find your switch.
Why do I need a plate carrier and helmet? Your level IIIA vest offers protection. But say you’re thrust into an active shooter situation. Are you going to rely on what you have on? Is your soft armor going to stop rifle rounds? Well the short of it is no. Hard, rifle rated plates like the Durus 8000 from @premierbodyarmor that are in my plate carrier are designed for just that. They withstand .223, 5.56 and 7.62 and protect the vital areas on your torso (helmet is for the head). Having it ready to go for quick donning is essential. It’s no good to you at the station or in hard to get places in your trunk. I set mine up right where I can grab it and throw it in on the move. The magazines I have set up (3 across) are in @wildertactical pouches designed for low profile use which comes in handy if I have to prone out or crawl. Your mindset shouldn’t be “if it happens” but rather “when it happens.” Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. . If you like my set up, both @wildertactical and @premierbodyarmor we’re gracious enough to give you a discount using code “911strong” at checkout.
Volume Warning: she gets pretty loud. That’s “nuts.” Did she say “my lover?”
Wow! Been a fan of this guys art work and was surprised to wake up to this! Go show @lk.designz some love and check out his page! #Repost @lk.designz ・・・ Just finished this poster for the homie @911strong #911strong #thinbluelinefamily #thinbluelinesfinest #california #lawenforcementofficer #murica🇺🇸 @lk.designz #lkdesignz #bluelivesmatter #wegotyour6 #policeofficersunited
#flashbackfriday with @dispatcherkristen who eats a six pack of @krispykreme daily.
No need to add a caption. @la_5_o says it all. ・・・ This is the cover of my union’s magazine. It’s raw. It hits hard. Some have called it offensive. But it was also the reality for 140 police officers last year. More cops died of suicide in 2017 (140) than were murdered (46) or killed in the line of duty (129). Police pages (my own included) talk about tactics, self-defense and physical fitness. But hardly any discuss the most prolific danger of all to police: suicide. Why? Is it that uncomfortable to talk about? Believe me, as an attendee of many, it’s more uncomfortable to be at an officer’s funeral. Two personal stories: 1 - about 10 years ago I walked into a spot for lunch. Inside was a friend and fellow cop who worked SOE Division. We had been boots together, and although not terribly close since, we had seen each other at backups and “big” calls, etc. Although he seemed his usual upbeat, energetic self, it just seemed a little, idk, “forced”. After 10 mins, he paid his bill (I found out later, mine too) and left. He killed himself the next day. RIP RM, I miss you bro. 2 - I was Chris Dorner’s first TO. He was actually one of the better boots I ever trained. Humble, eager and physically capable. Later after I made Sergeant, I heard he was struggling. He reached out to me a cpl times, but as a new Sgt in a busy division, I prob didn’t give his inquiries the attention they deserved. In hindsight, his emails grew angrier each time, but I guess I just interpreted them as frustration instead. He eventually lost his mind and murdered 4 innocent ppl, injuring 3 others. Shocking and unacceptable by him. The similarity in each of these incidents is that I said nothing. Idk whether saying anything would’ve saved my friend or the ppl Dorner killed, but it could’ve? As cops, we’re trained observers. We’re adept at noticing when something isn’t right. Please, apply that to your personal contacts as well as your professional ones, and if something is off, SAY SOMETHING. You might just end up saving lives. I’m humbly asking you to tag another cop. Doing so doesn’t mean you think they’re suicidal, just that you’re spreading awareness.
You can’t make everyone happy 100% of the time... Especially on social media. To this day I don’t understand why any of you choose to support me, but I’m grateful for the support. I wish I could just be one thing on social media. Maybe just a funny guy? Or a guy that talks about community policing? It would make things so much easier I guess. I don’t know. That wouldn’t be me I though. The truth is there are so many sides to me. And this platform is a place for me to be me. Unapologetically me. Nobody is perfect. Including yours truly. So to the few of you who wish to express disappointment in me based on something you disagree with me about that’s ok! I don’t expect to be in 100% agreement with anyone I know. When you do that you set yourself up for disappointment. Keep it real and be yourself.