Thursday, September 3, 2015

In This House...


Like some of you, my heart could burst with grief right now. I have plenty of words and thoughts about the craziness that is happening in our country and law enforcement right now, but cannot express them adequately enough at this time. If I've learned anything at all these last few years, it is that the media rarely gets it right. As a whole, they are not supporters of law enforcement. So turn it off. Don't listen to them! It will not help you. Focus all of your energy on the good things. If you are religious, pray for our law enforcement. If you are not religious, consider how to channel your positive thoughts towards law enforcement. Think of all the people that do support law enforcement. Take care of your families, teach them the truth about what is happening. Be kind to your neighbors and strangers, but always stand up for truth.

 When I was a little girl, I would sometimes tearfully ask my mom why there were so many bad people and sad things that happen in our world, and she would say something like this: This world is full of bad and it has been since the beginning of time and there always will be. There is nothing you can do about it. But what you can do is choose how you behave and how you react to it. Look for the good because there is a lot of good out there. I believe there is more good than evil and you will always find what you are looking for. Thanks to cynicism, I am not all that sure if I believe that there is more good than evil, but the sentiment is correct. I have found this to be comforting at many times throughout my life when things seems completely out of my control.

A friend of mine, made us this sign to hang in our home. I love seeing this hung up where I can see it everyday as a special reminder of this life we chose.

IN THIS HOSUE...
WE DO PROTECT AND SERVE
WE DO CALLOUTS
WE DO LOYALTY
WE DO HONOR
WE DO BADGES
WE DO LATE NIGHTS
WE DO STRONG, 
WE DO GOODNIGHT KISSES
WE DO LIMA OSCAR VICTOR ECHO
WE ARE THE THIN BLUE LINE

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fuzz Funnies: Cub Scouts tour the local PD

My son is in cub scouts. Recently he went with his little pack to do a police station visit. Just so happens that HF got to give them the grand tour. I got to tag along. It was a blast. They got to be policemen for the day. They learned how to pay attention to details They made fingerprints, and they got to assist in processing "evidence", by dusting for fingerprints. It was very exciting as you could imagine.

I kept note of the hilarious things my son and his friends were saying. Enjoy.

When HF said, "Now we are going to go the forensics room", Luke said, "Frederick's room? Who is Frederick?" HF surpressing a smile, "FORENSICS".

Luke's friend pointing to HF's pepper spray, "Is that your invisibility spray?"

Luke, asking if the evidence they were going to fingerprint was from a real-live case (it wasn't but they were told yes) said, "That gives me the Heebie Jeebies!"

They were showed a soft interview room and a hard interview room and HF asked the boys if they know what happens in here (the hard interview room) and Luke said, "Yes, I do!" and he leaned over the table and slammed both fists down and screamed, "I'm going to break you!"

On the way past the break room, one of the boys spotted a large open bag of Cheetos, and before we knew what was happening, each boy had a fistful of bright orange Cheetos. A pit stop at the bathrooms to wash hands was necessary before continuing our tour.

They visited the dispatch center and one of the dispatchers was able to talk to them about what they do in there. Luke raised his hand and asked her what her name was. When she told him, he said, "That's good to know because I will be talking to you REAL soon". Awkward silence ensued as we were all wondering why he would be talking to her "REAL" soon.

Finally, when HF asked each of them what they wanted to be when they grew up, one of the boys said, "An undercover cop". He then went on to explain how he watches NCIS with his mom all the time and started describing a horrific episode in great graphic detail. As mouths began to drop open, I said, "Cover your ears boys".

Note to self:
1.  Have more grownups accompany cub scout troop to the police station.
2.  Don't let your kids watch NCIS until they are an appropriate age.
3.  Make sure the break room is either closed or all food is put away.
4.  Next time do digital fingerprinting and not the old school ink. That stuff makes a mess and it doesn't wash all the way off.
5.  More grownups needed to help with hand washing station.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

More stories like this please


Friday, March 21, 2014

Stamped Police Wife Jewelry

Howdy! This deal is for today only. But even if you miss it, she has some awesome police wife hand stamped jewelry in her etsy shop worth looking at! https://www.facebook.com/StampedbyShaye?hc_location=timeline


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Calling all cops

I saw this news article today and thought I would put the word out if anyone wants to help!


Colorado Springs Police Officer Seeking PD Patches To Replace Sons Burned Collection

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Research Participants Needed

I have been in contact with a doctoral student, Andrea, for some time now, who has recently been approved to conduct a research study. As you may have guessed, it has to do with police wives. Andrea is looking for 10 police wives to complete a short interview with her over the phone or via Skype/Gchat Video. If you are interested in helping her, please read the following advertisement and contact Andrea for more information and to participate. Her email is included at the bottom of the post. Good luck with your research Andrea!


Are you the wife of a male police officer?

 
How have you addressed the challenges associated with a police marriage?

 
 I am a doctoral student conducting research about how police marriages address the challenges that come with police work.  The purpose of my research is to explore the strategies that female spouses of male police officers use to maintain their marriages and support their husbands as they face the stresses of police work.  Semi-structured interviews will be conducted in person, by telephone or over the Internet to identify what sorts of daily coping skills and strategies wives employ to support their marriages and their spouses.  The interviews should take no more than 30 – 60 minutes, are entirely voluntary, and your confidentiality is assured. To participate in this study, you must be female, at least 18 years of age, and be married to a police officer for at least one year.  In addition, you must be able to complete a written questionnaire in English, be able to participate in an individual interview in English, and have access to the Internet or a telephone.


Identifying the coping skills utilized by female spouses of male police officers may have positive implications for professional practice.  Future police officers and their spouses may be able to learn from the strategies you use to support your marriage and your spouse.    Also, it is my hope that police departments will review this study and place more emphasis on the role of family during police academy training and implement more supports for police families.

 
For more information about my study and to participate, please contact me at Andrea.Dinsmore@gmail.com.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge

This video is worth watching. It especially touched me because HF has dealt with a number of suicides/suicidal people and has even been called while at home to deal with someone that he had previous encounters with that would only speak to him. If you have 5 minutes or so, it will be worth your time. We can always use a positive LEO story, can't we?

Friday, November 2, 2012

new LEO blogs

I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween. We went to our children's school for a Halloween parade and celebrated a certain 4 year old's birthday. When our children went to bed, we ate their candy.
 
In other news, I just wanted to post some new to me LEO blogs. If you're not already reading, Go. Read. Report. I'm just kidding about the report part. Also, if you have a LEO-related blog or know of any other blogs or websites that you think we should be reading, and I haven't posted a link to it, please leave me a comment or send me an email and I will update my links.  apolicewife@gmail.com