Samoan Shark Tale

Often times when you are given a job to do, there can be an attached benefit. Such was the case when I was told I was to teach a class in Pago Pago. The director approached me to teach this class and my reaction at first was a bit confused as I was not aware…

Dinner with Marie or a Song

A good friend of mine, Joseph VanOosterhout who is a retired lieutenant from Michigan State Police, and I traveled to Donaldson, Tennessee on one of our more memorable training classes. We taught for the University of North Florida’s Institute of Police Technology and Management as adjunct instructors. On this trip we were teaching a Police…

Gator Bites

In Florida we have a variety of problems with unusual animals. Oh, it’s not saying that other states don’t have their unique animal problems. This post is about one that I encountered as an officer with Largo PD. I received a call to a complaint of an alligator on the front porch of a residence….

Seize the Moment

To be a good police officer you need to have a good sense of humor. I have always enjoyed a good practical joke. Whether it is played on you or on others it can build camaraderie. The Largo Police Department had started a program which I dubbed “Operation Skyhawk”. This was an airborne speed enforcement…