Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 7

Last week’s class was about discrimination, but not in the manner that the word is typically used. We learned to discriminate between various types of guns. Some guns were easy to hold and fire, while others felt clumsy and uncomfortable. And while that was an interesting and informative experience, I found the class to be […]

Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 6

In recent years, a gap has developed between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. In some communities, police officers are perceived as brutal villains who are above the law. Last week’s class focused on some of the causes for this gap.

While there are numerous causes for this gap, the two most essential […]

Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 5

Week 5 of the Citizen’s Police Academy was “scenario night.” We spent the evening role playing police officers and were faced with a wide variety of situations. To call it interesting would be a gross understatement.

The class was divided into three groups, which gave each of us ample time to practice various skills and […]

Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 4

Week 4 of the Citizen’s Police Academy featured the K9 unit. We witnessed three different dogs demonstrate their skills. Two were trained to detect drugs, and the third was a multi-purpose dog that specializes in biting. The third dog was the most interesting to watch.

An officer wearing heavily padded clothing stood at one end […]

The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 3

After a class dealing with context and a class dealing with awareness, the third class applied some of these ideas to actual events that police handle. The third class dealt primarily with DWI, traffic stops, and the proper procedures that officers (and to a lesser extent civilians) should follow.

The first half of the class […]

The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 2

My first class at the Citizen’s Police Academy was about judgement. While the instructor did not use the term, he was talking about the importance of context in judging events and people. My second class dealt primarily with officer safety, which is largely an issue of awareness.

Being aware is a choice, and it is […]

The Citizen’s Police Academy, Part 1

Last week, I attended the first class of the Citizen’s Police Academy. It is a 10-week course put on by the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable. For the duration of the course, I will occasionally share my thoughts and experiences as I progress through the course.

The first class was largely introductory. We were introduced […]

Prognosticators and Proselytizers, Part 3

We have previously examined two predictions made by environmentalists: mass starvation and a new ice age. Neither came true, but environmentalists have been undeterred from issuing further claims that catastrophe awaits mankind if immediate and drastic actions aren’t taken. In this post we will examine another prediction made by environmentalists.

Within a few years of […]

Prognosticators and Proselytizers, Part 2

In my last post, we examined one of the first predictions made by environmentalists. That was only the beginning of a string of prognostications that catastrophe awaited mankind unless immediate and drastic actions were taken. In this post, we will examine another prediction made nearly fifty years ago.

At the first Earth Day in 1970, […]

Prognosticators and Proselytizers, Part 1

In 1968, biologist Paul Ehrlich wrote that “the battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate….”

To […]