PoliceOne Special Edition: Independence Day 2008

Editor's Note:

PoliceOne today celebrates the birth of our nation, and while friends and families gather for the festivities we want to share the thoughts, tips, and stories on the Independence Day holiday sent in by P1 members and columnists. Betsy Brantner Smith provides tips on unique situations you may encounter this holiday weekend while Gary Klugiewicz talks about keeping the faith and balancing rights, freedoms, and laws. Dave Smith sends a salute to those who live lives of traditional values, Randy Sutton offers a selection from his book, "True Blue: to Protect and Serve," and NLEOMF Chairman and CEO Craig Floyd has a special message for us all to remember this holiday.

— Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Senior Editor

Career Survival
Are You on Patrol This Weekend?
When I was a kid, Independence Day was one of my favorite holidays. It meant a fun-filled party at someone’s house followed by the big fireworks show in town, and the exhilarating knowledge that it was only mid-summer, still weeks before school started. Now, after 28 years on the street, I have a very different, some might say cynical, view of the Fourth of July. If you, like me, will be working this holiday weekend, here are a few things to be mindful of ... Full Story
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Thoughts on July 4th

Take a moment to remember why we celebrate the Fourth of July. Remember that history records that republics invariably fall when their citizens no longer love them enough to risk, to fight, to preserve them.

To you who wear the badge or uniform that protects us, I give thanks ... Full Story

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Many departments cracking down on firework sales

Customers purchase fireworks at a stand in San Bruno, Calif., Tuesday, July 1, 2008. Some officials have asked cities to halt firework sales in the wake of the recent wildfires in California. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

DENVER, Colo. — Denver police seized between 1,200 and 1,500 pounds of fireworks on the final Sunday in June. Possessing fireworks is illegal within the city of Denver and is punishable by fines and jail time.

Police responded to an alert from a home security system, arrived at the property, and found the garage to packed with fireworks. Officers alerted the arson unit, which seized the fireworks and carted them off. The Denver bomb squad will destroy the fireworks at an undisclosed location ... Full Story

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In Memoriam
Remembering All Defenders of Freedom this Independence Day
This Independence Day, as we take time to celebrate our freedom and remember those who make it possible, let us not forget the brave men and women of law enforcement – those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety and freedom, as well as those who continue to serve and protect our communities and staunchly defend the rights we, as Americans, will always cherish ... Full Story
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Book Excerpt
True Blue by Lt. Randy Sutton

Some walk a beat in the inner city, others patrol rural highways or small towns. Some wear blue uniforms, others wear khaki. Their patches are as different as their badges, but what they have in common is that every time one of them puts on his uniform, straps on his gun, and pins on his badge, he knows that he will be facing the unknown.

The hours of his shift may crawl along with nothing more than checking out a broken burglar alarm to break the monotony ... Full Story

Klugie's Corner
Keeping the faith: Balancing rights, freedoms, and laws

It’s amazing to me that the Fourth of July has once again sneaked up on us. As a resident of Wisconsin, Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays.

It is sometimes hard to remember that over the centuries, a lot of hard work, sweat, and blood have been spent securing these freedoms for us. There is a reason that our citizens can do whatever they choose to do on our Independence Day. ... Full Story

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