Police Dynamics Is Back! – Training Conference in Illinois

Police Dynamics Training

I’m going to have time for one Police Dynamics training conference while I am back in the states on leave. So if you want to attend a live conference, this will be your only chance for a while.

The 2-day conference is hosted by the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission in Springfield, IL and will be held at the State Police Academy. Training dates are July 7-8, 2010. Click here to view the flyer for the conference.

Tuition is free and open to any law enforcement officer, including those from out of state, but the space is limited. You can register online at the LETAC website. Hope to see you there…

Here is the description of the training by the LETAC Director:

Sheriff Nash gave this presentation several years ago at our annual Executive Development Workshop and received some of the best reviews we have ever seen. His presentation is powerful and the lessons learned can be used in both personal and professional situations. The instructor not only gives you tools to improve your leadership skills, but makes you THINK about everything. ALL law enforcement officers are LEADERS – no matter what your assignment or rank. This class is NOT to be missed – by anyone!

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Four Wheel Drive Policing – The Coactive Response

I used the opportunity of our jeep tour in Wadi Rum to illustrate the principle of Four Wheel Drive Policing.

Coactive Policing can be compared to a four wheel drive vehicle. When all the wheels are pulling together in the same direction, the vehicle can cover some difficult terrain. In the same way, a community that pulls together can overcome many community problems related to crime, fear of crime, and neighborhood decay and disorder.

One wheel represents law enforcement and local government. The other three represent the other components of the community – the business sector, the academic sector, the  faith-based sector, and the citizens themselves. That’s why I am so supportive of the Character Cities initiative because it brings all of these community sectors together to work toward common goals in a coactive manner.

Our Jeep Guide - Khalid

Our Jeep Guide - Khalid

Double Land Bridge

Mushroom Rock - Good thing I was there...

Our First Rock-Climbing Casualty

View from the Top

Cave Lizard

Life Within the Dash – the Mark of Character

My apologies to my faithful viewers (both of you) for not posting any training videos for a while. I’ve been real busy over here dealing with a number of issues in country (you may have read or heard about some of them) and getting ready for my End of Mission Leave in a few days…!

But here is another training video from our trip to the Holy Land. I hope you enjoy it…

The word character comes from a Latin word that means “engraved mark.” It also has the meaning of “symbol or imprint of the soul.” And if you think about it, it’s our character that leaves a lasting mark on others. It is our character that is our legacy.

On our tombstones will be an engraved mark that records our date of birth, followed by a dash, and our date of death. Our life is summed up by the life we live within the dash. Our character will determine what kind of mark we leave on the lives of others.

The engravers at Petra knew how to leave a mark that would last. Do you…?

Character Quality of the Month – Endurance v. Discouragement

The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best.

My former Chief of Staff, Barney Barnes (every sheriff needs a Barney…), added this insightful comment on endurance. I wanted to share it with you in the main body of this post…

Sheriff Ray


Endurance has always been a necessary quality for those who seek to serve with integrity. If we look at the word “endure,” a transitive verb, we get a clearer picture of this quality. Endure comes to us from the same root word that we get “durable” and it literally means “to harden.” From Webster’s 1828 Dictionary we get the real application principle…”To remain in the same state without perishing.”

I believe that is what we are ultimately called to do…we do not just merely survive, or barely survive, the many challenges we face…we maintain our integrity (our wholeness) throughout the crisis or episode of danger.

For many years I have found that having a “survival” attitude present with me at all times will assist in kicking in the endurance mode when necessary. They are like complementary concepts. As the old saying goes, we never really know what threat is around the next corner. It could be a bad guy or it could be a health, financial or relationship crisis.

Whatever it is we face we must have that inward quality of endurance so that we can be sure to “remain in the same state without perishing.”

We must also remember that it is essenial to

Keep your powder dry,

Barney