Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. [Psalm 82:3-4]
This little corner of Salem the Soldier's outpost is dedicated to
The Christian Law Enforcement Community.
From every American law enforcement agency, big or small, in existence....
(No, I'm not in Law Enforcement. This is a non-sworn authored site.)
Why This Site.
The mission of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is to generate increased public support for the law enforcement profession by permanently recording and appropriately commemorating the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers; and to provide information that will help promote law enforcement safety.
·Public family Thank-You To The Department and Community·
·Officer Michael C. Stephen, Eureka PD, Letter to Editor·
The American Rewakening project at Salem the Soldier's Homepage. Throwing gasoline on the fires of a Holy Spirit
revitalization in American Christian culture, in the wake of the War on Islamic terror.
05 January, 2005
Salem the Soldiers' Homepage comprehensive response from a Biblical perspective to the
Islamic extremist's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
·Why Many Police Officers Won't Enter the Doors of Your Church, Pastor ·
"Members of the law enforcement community see you, pastor, yell, "No Justice! No peace!" They were told once that Christian pastors are supposed to be ministers of reconciliation. They were told once that Christian pastors were men who, because they believe the Bible, also believe in law, order, justice, truth, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and hope. And then they read your blog, or see your tweet, or see your Facebook post, or see you in front of the camera and microphone. And they profile you. ... Members of the law enforcement community determine, based on years of training and experience, that you don't really care about them or their families."
·Ferguson Perspective from a Cop's Wife ·
"My husband is a cop. It was his dream from the time he was a little boy until the day he pinned the badge on. He wanted to help people....to serve his community. ... He went through the schooling he needed; trained to survive on the streets and keep the peace, took an oath to uphold the law, then slid behind the wheel of a patrol car. I'm sure the adrenaline rush was extreme. He was official, but the dream of saving the world quickly lost its gleam, and not because of his lack of heart, but because of the world's."
·Rise of the Warrior Cop - Is it time to reconsider the militarization of American policing?·
An interesting article by Radley Balko who is selling a book of the same name. I haven't read it but I'm curious if he talked to any active duty Police professionals through the writing. I'll have to pick it up. As for me and my experiences and the Police professionals I have kept company with over the years? Scott Mattison's article, "Cops...More Than Warriors," is an example of the true "warrior" ethos moderating American cop culture. In all cases? No. But the ideal is rarely acknowledged at the expense of the sensational and the extreme.
·Where Have All the Warriors Gone?·
"They seem to be lost somewhere in the abyss of Internet comments.... Law enforcement honor is earned or harmed collectively and each of you bears some responsibility for that honor. Yet public forums on law enforcement Internet sites are rife with profane, sullied comments posted by those claiming to be warriors. In my forays thus far I found one officer comment that asked for more professionalism."
·The Rain is Falling...·
"...It makes perfect sense to me. The cognitive dissonance of our stewing daily in a temporal advanced high-tech, Postmodernist, multicultural, morally relativistic, religiously plural, ecumenically inclusive (they call it "modernity" today) world where "god" is shaped by our own confused opinions, or all but become a mythological tale to be shelved on the dusty shelves of man's unenlightened history, Bible prophecyGod's warning of the futurebeing fulfilled in such a visible and unequivocal way has to have been much like that which Noah experienced as well. Yet he stayed faithful."
·4 Lakewood (WA) Officers Murdered: Why God?·
"...The four officers have been identified as Sergeant Mark Renninger, Ronald Owens, Tina Griswold, and Greg Richards. Their ages range from 37 to 42. They leave behind multiple children, spouses, parents, siblings and a community and country in mourning. It was the fourth multiple officer fatality by gunfire this year alone and the second ambush in the Seattle area in the last 30 days. ... It is unimaginable tragedy and it is in this tragedy that one may ask where was God? ... Why did it have to happen? ... Why does God permit suffering and tragedy?"
"...The task I enjoy least as a command officer is the death notification. I've been the harbinger of this dark, terrible news to parents and spouses enough times I know how to deliver the blow: with the appropriate level of empathy, but clearly and directly. One doesn't obfuscate in situations like this. ... It gets worse. There is nothing more wrenching in this realm than driving a marked car with a chaplain at your side, pulling up in front of a police officer's house, taking a catatonic wife by the hand and driving her to the trauma unit where her husband lay critically injured and clinging precariously to life." [Sgt. Jeff Baker]
"...In the final analysis, the role of peacemaker is more than zero tolerance enforcement, fire teams, vehicle pursuits, and kicking ass, so I challenge you to search within yourself to identify those opportunities to be more than a rigid, protocol-driven uniform in your dealings with the public. Please pray for our vocation, and that all law enforcement professionals throughout the world be emboldened to know, love and honor God." [Sgt. Jeff Baker]
·"Tribute to an ordinary street cop."·
...I never met him, and before the funeral service, I never heard of Randal "Randy" Simmons. But, in watching his eulogy, I had a real sense of loss. I felt what the LA community felt. If someone who never knew him can feel the loss for a man they never met, I can imagine the sense of loss felt by the citizens of Los Angeles. Particularly in a day when cops everywhere are increasingly branded with images of gestopism. While Randy Simmons has been gleefully welcomed home in Heaven, he will be sadly missed by those who knew and cared for him on Earth. [Jon Christian Ryter]
·"Police Chief rips San Francisco press and Judge."·
Now THIS is how the Administration of a national Police Department should be responding publicly to the unwarranted and biased attacks on the men and women of law enforcement as they are unjustly attacked for their service in our streets! This is great! In relation to fallen Police Officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, San Francisco Police Department - California - End of Watch: Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
·"Jim R. Schwiesow -- Sheriffs Need to Take The Lead"·
"It has come to my attention that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has set up a militia to help deal with the increasing crime problems in his jurisdiction wrought by an ever increasing flood of illegal aliens. Sheriff Arpaio ought to be commended for his on going efforts in behalf of the law-abiding citizens of Maricopa County. Maybe in Arizona this will be the case, and he will receive the support of the local politicians and that of those whom he has sworn to protect. But the chances are much more likely that if he has not already undergone an all out serious assault on his character and integrity by a cadre of political hacks, jealous professional rivals and bleeding hearts he most probably will. To be successful and effective is to invite censure and reproach from political cretins and apostate associates. Let me tell you how I know this."
·"Law Enforcement Ministry - A New Paradigm"·
"The wheel that has represented the philosophy of law enforcement ministry, for the last thirty years, looks something like this. The center or hub of the wheel represents the individual law enforcement ministry or fellowship. The spokes of the wheel represent members of the organization and/or chapters. The outer rim of the wheel represents the law enforcement community. "
"A biblical wheel design is this. Jesus Christ is the center or hub of the wheel. The spokes of the wheel represent law enforcement ministries or fellowships. The outer rim of the wheel represents the law enforcement community." [10-4 Ministries]
·"Doctrines of the Chaplaincy
Ecumenism, Pluralism & Pragmatism"·
"As a law enforcement chaplain and reserve deputy sheriff, I serve and work with men and women who are cut from many different spiritual cloths. I likewise serve and work with men and women who profess no faith in God whatsoever. I have not, nor will I ever, turn away one of my brothers or sisters behind the badge in their emotional, physical, or spiritual time of need because they may not share my faith in Christ. "Back-up" is only a call away no matter who they are or what they believe. I love my law enforcement family. "[10-4 Ministries]
"However, I love Jesus Christ more. I cannot, in good conscience, provide my brothers and sisters behind the badge with band-aids for mortal wounds. It is because of my love for Jesus Christ and my love for my fellow officers (cf. Mark 12:28-31) that I must proclaim the gospel to those who are bound for hell apart from His saving grace. "
·"Standing Up for the LAPD"·
"If local police don't receive the community's support in such circumstances the whole enterprise of law enforcement and public safety in that community is a lost cause, due not to police misconduct, but rather to the public's inexcusable failure to rightly assign moral culpability...."
·"IDENTITY THIEVES LOOKING FOR INTERNET SUCKERS"·
This article is by friend and mentor, Jon Christian Ryter. I strongly suggest you read it if you have not been a victim of identity theft--yet. I have, and can vouch personally for Jon's observations and conclusions. This article mirrors in content one letter I sent in regard to my personal scenario to my Congressman, the FTC, the Credit Reporting Agencies, the Ca. State Attn. General's office, and local media groups.
For those of you in law enforcement and working the electronic crimes divisions of your respective agencies, draw your own conclusions as to who is responsible for the absurdity of this situation. The FBI has said, "Identity Theft is the fastest growing crime in America." That is so because the environment is conducive to this crime. If these financial institutions were held liable for the costs and damages of their reckless lending practices, you would see a lot of this dry up real quick!
·"Take Up The Shield" A Book Review·
"From time to time, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) Chaplain Tony Miano tells the famously funny "dog bite" story friends and supporters of 10-4 Ministries are familiar with. It is one of a few in this Deputy's life that reveals the heart of this down to earth and amicable Police Chaplain as he traverses the hazardous road of a Christian in law enforcement. As director of 10-4 Ministries, Chaplain Tony has now crafted another outstanding spiritual resource to add to the war bag of the Christian community in the field."
·"Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs"·
"...But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? What do you have then? A sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero's path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed."
·Busting the Myth of "Racist Killer Cops"·
"...The public believes this myth because liberal journalists - most of whom are inveterate cop-haters - circulate it. Yet the reality about who is shot by cops is very different than is reported by the civil libertarians and their mainstream media puppets."
·"They Finally Got It!"·
Deputy Chief Rick Concepcion of the Winthrop Harbor Police Department, Winthrop Harbor, IL., details the experience of attending a Memorial Service for two fallen officers with a neighboring agency. This is not the typical community response cop's receive when honoring their fallen warriors. Good for them! Hopefully the start of a good trend.
"No, they were modeling something much more; the Lord clearly exhibiting something much more substantial and important. Character traits of the human spiritual experience that are in rare representation these days. I believe the Lord was dramatizing: Valor...."
With The Bogeyman"·
The former Chaplain of the Second Amendment PD and Attorney Jess B. Guy (BATF Ret.) sit down for a heart to heart on gun ownership, the Second Amendment and U.S. Constitution, and all things law enforcement.
"Deputy Perry hits the switch for our own lights, then digs the spurs in. We roar down the street and in seconds are on Gibsonís six. The two RSO units pull in tandem onto the dirt shoulder behind the yielding gray mini-truck...."
Code Of The Warrior"·
Come spend some time in the presence of a few great men.... Addressing the future of professional law enforcement with a small contingent of bonafide members of the Old Guard.
Biblical Response To Gun Control"·
The text of a gun ownership/control debate that took place on the email list of a very well respected Conservative/Christian law enforcement organization. †An overseas officer challenges the American Christian LE and civilian community on the Second Amendment!
New Jacks, Gave A Perp 41 Whacks."·
A pointed, graphic, no nonsense commentary by a qualified cop, Ranger Mike, on the Amadou Diallo shooting by the NYPD. This isn't for the faint of heart or timid!
Paul And The 'Feds'"·
Some personal observations concerning how the early Church Founders operated while dealing with the Imperial Roman authorities, the "Federal" LE community of that time, and the comparisons to our own times.
Who protects the protectors, the cops on the streets? † " ...Your loved one is also protected by another Guardian, an invisible individual who boasts the membership within an unseen society of warriors. And as a warrior, he knows his weapons.... "
Christians, And The "Badge"·
Parallels between the sworn Police officer in society and the Born Again Christian in the spiritual realm.
Accountability, "Civilian Review Boards,"
And Metaphors For The Church.·
Is a secular organization qualified to police or deal with Christian philosophy based fringe groups and cults? Or is this an area exclusively the responsibility of the Church itself; an area the leadership of the Church has been lacking in? Let's draw some parallels off of a recent "civilian review boards" document crafted by a qualified Christian Police Officer.
Groups, 'Racism,' And The Riverside PD·
Is there a problem with "racism" in professional law enforcement? Or is it a much wider social problem, inherent to the fallen heart of man, that only the Church and the Bible has the ability and resources to handle?
When the pressure's on and the enemy is closing in,
then just keep on fighting!
He stood motionless at the edge of the building and
observed the street for about five minutes, looking up and down to see
if anyone had heard the glass breaking and if they were investigating. I was.
Bless the Cops·
"From my position, I then saw what seemed like
a half dozen officers pile in the front door...."
Little Cop Humor. . . .·
An aside from all this serious stuff. Some of these cops
I have met online have a real nutty sense of humor!
Truth About Cops.·
This is how it really is to be a COP.
Are You A Dummy?·
Some basic rules to follow and the right way to handle yourself
around the Police. It seems more and more people have forgotten how to do that.
Some Of The Locals. . . .
·Welcome to the Corona Police
Some special friends to
As a private citizen who comments on
Police/Private citizen relations, I believe a lot of the conflict in our society
between law enforcement and the citizenry they are sworn to protect is the
lack of communication and understanding between the two camps. Law enforcement
is an exclusive, isolated field, a mysterious, dangerous career choice that
many civilians don't fully understand. That mystery leaves a vacuum of
understanding in the minds of many people when law enforcement is thrust
into the national media spotlight during controversial times and events,
a vacuum that exploiters and special interest groups are more than willing
to fill up with lies.
Badge of Hope Ministries
Chaplain Ray R. Fairman
Ten Four Ministries Homepage
Iron Sharpens Iron
Officers For Christ
Don't beat on the cops for enforcing the lawsthey
didn't make them. Go beat on the goofy politicians
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