I received this comment to my very first post, appropriately titled, “Why?” I thought it summed up the field nicely, so I am pasting it here. Thanks, 406…hope to see you again soon!
Experience will change anybody’s perspective. Period. Sometimes when we realize the change that has taken place over time, it surprises us. Often the change is so gradual it isn’t realized for a while. Then, all of a sudden, you look at where you are now, realize where you were then, and say, “Shit! I’ve come way further than I thought I had!” Continue Reading
Not really. But check out this mention in a Canadian online mag. Very well-written, and quite accurate. The editor sent me an email with some questions, and created this look at our little community. I hope to post to the newsletter as a “guest” columnist from time to time.
Will keep you posted!
As you all may have seen in this prior post, I decided to host a blog carnival. I confess I had never heard of the idea until that week, but it immediately sounded like a great idea. Essentially, I advertised my “carnival” at the blog carnival website. By doing so, interested bloggers in the law enforcement / police arena were invited to submit entries for posting in a central location. That location will be on this special page within The Philosophical Cop!
I have already received half a dozen or so pieces, and I hope to make this a semi-annual or even monthly event, where the best cop bloggers can submit interesting and enlightening work. Hope you will come visit on January 15th, when the inaugural Cops and Lawmen Blog Carnival kicks off!
The British public is simply enamored with police blogs. I have a few listed on my blogroll to the right. Being the natural investigator that I am, I started reading them. It turns out the reason is quite simple:
Their blogs are outstanding! Cop Blogs fall into one of two categories. A few are “official,” such as this LAPD blog and this one by the Chicago Police. The rest are “unofficial.” That is usually a nice way of saying that they exist to bitch and moan about their jobs. Believe me, if police officers didn’t have something to complain about, we would complain about that.
The problem in this country has been that police management is often so overbearing that the author knows their career is in danger if they speak up (this New York cop lost his job.) Hence my efforts to remain anonymous.
Anyhow, I found this outstanding British blog. It gets thousands of hits, and it is easy to see why. The British service is a bit different than ours, however to some degree cops are cops. I spoke to a few civilians who agreed that the key to a police blog is that it should open the window to a world the reader doesn’t completely understand. Many people are interested or fascinated with police work, but few ever get to hear the real deal. I commend inspector gadget for making this possible for his British public.
I hope as the Philosophical Cop develops, I can offer you the type of access that the Inspector’s readers enjoy.