Vehicular Fires: Be Prepared to Intervene

[Ed: And now for something not completely different. Going armed is fundamentally simply being prepared for dangerous emergencies; so is being equipped to fight fires. I’ve put out a couple of auto fires, and our author has stopped three or four. This is a more common hazard than most think, and deserves attention by all […]

Rules for Sheepdogs

1. Don’t stand out, but rather blend in.  I can easily spot wolves, but on the other hand I don’t want them to identify me as a sheep dog.  While I have a long history of wearing pro-2A t-shirts and hats, I am beginning to rethink this.  It is a fact that most of us […]

Police Social Workers: An Insider’s View (Part 3)

There are two more ways that social workers and other mental health professionals can assist police officers and their departments:  Community Mental Health Liaisons “The Community Mental Health Liaison (CMHL) program is part of the Strengthening Mental Health Initiative. Thirty-one CMHLs work across the state [Missouri] to assist law enforcement and courts.  The goal is to […]

Police Social Work: An Insider’s View (Part 2)

There are four ways that social workers and other mental health professionals have been helping police officers/departments for a long time.  [Ed: Part 1 can be found here.] This article will explore two methods. Crisis Intervention Training (CIT)  Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, developed in Memphis TN, provides a model of specialized law enforcement expertise. […]

Police Social Work: An Insider’s View (Part 1)

[Ed: Given the talk about replacing some functions of police with social work interventions, DRGO turned to our expert on the subject, Warren Lind, LCSW.] One of the many suggestions (or demands) coming out of the current political upheaval is to put more social workers in police departments.  In my long career in social work […]

The Violent Spirit of St. Louis

On Friday, December 13 (how ironic), the mayor of St. Louis signed a bill into law which bans all firearms in the 110 city-owned parks, athletic fields and recreation facilities.  I am certain that felons-with-guns are shaking in their boots.  “It’s another tool to help police keep our playground and recreation facilities safe,” said Jacob […]

Murder by Fire

[Ed: The little reported deaths of 8 children in a knife attack in China this week recall the horrendous 2016 Sagamahira stabbings in Japan that left 19 dead & 26 wounded. Both remind us that guns are not the (only) issue. Warren Lind shares another gruesome narrative.] “KYOTO, Japan, July 19 — A man screaming […]

Does the Secret Service Know Something We Should?

On this July 9th the U.S. Secret Service released a report on mass attacks.  Here are the key findings, followed by my analysis: One-third of the attackers who terrorized schools, houses of worship or businesses nationwide last year had a history of serious domestic violence, two-thirds had mental health issues, and nearly all had made […]