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Archive for August, 2011

FNG’S are not prepared

August 23rd, 2011

thumbnailcad3spfa1I have authored countless training articles in hopes that the information I provide will someday provide officers the ability to identify and prevent violence during their shift.  I have said many times that the initial education and annual training correctional agencies all across the country provide are not meeting the requirements that will give new officers the ability to remain safe and be able to effectively interact in a correctional environment.  It is always great when independent organizations support your education & beliefs and verify what you have been saying for years now.  For those of you that follow my training and informational articles this is nothing new for this is the whole reason I started writing in the first place.  Read more…

Leadership / Management, Mental Preperation

I’m Back!

August 1st, 2011

“Don’t tell your problems to people: eighty percent don’t care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them” 

Lou Holtz


It has been a while since I have posted some great training tips.  I have gone through some great trials and tribulations recently that have made me think about things in a new light.  As I pull myself up by my bootstraps and restore my own abilities to guide people down the right path, day by day its becomes clearer how easy it is to give up.  My definition of change is slow steady pressure applied over time, and I have been tested personally more than professionally placing myself in a position where I have asked myself, if what I do is really worth the time and energy I put into what I train.  


In these difficult times, our profession has seen prison closures, contract givebacks, mandatory overtime, sleep depravation and staffing shortages.  Even with all our professional issues, we sometimes forget about how our professional lives affect our personal lives as well.  That is where I have been, trying to situate a personal life that has gone bad.  However, I will be soon getting back onto the preverbal horse and getting back into my training schedule so you will see more articles and issues posted here in the near future.  


“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely the one who dropped it.”   “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.” “We have instant coffee, instant tea and instant restaurants. Everybody looks for a quick fix. There isn’t any. You build it day by day. You don’t panic. You don’t overreact. You don’t change your principles. If you preach the same thing over a period of time, and it doesn’t change, one of two things is going to happen. They are going to believe in you or they are going to leave.”

Lou Holtz