To Whom it May Concern…

I realize that most open letters usually have a specific target. Maybe the target of this is you, the civilian population of the United States. Maybe the target of this is you, the American police officer, both active and retired. Maybe the target of this is you, the elected officials entrusted with actually caring about the well being of those they represent. Or perhaps, just perhaps, the target of this is all of the above […]

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Fair Lawn, New Jersey. Woke or Sleepwalking?

After serving the town of Fair Lawn, NJ, for 18 years as their first female police officer, Police Officer Mary Ann Collura, was killed in the line of duty on April 17th, 2003. Officer Collura was assisting Clifton Police Department in a vehicle pursuit which came to an end in her jurisdiction when she was shot four times by one of the suspects involved. Not only was Officer Collura Fair Lawn’s first female officer, she […]

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You Can’t Handle the Truth!

Most adults remember that pointed speech given by the fictional Colonel Jessup, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, in ‘A Few Good Men’. While, in that specific fictional scenario, one could clearly argue that the Colonel’s moral compass may have been slightly off, there were a lot of truths spoken during his lecture; many, as he pointed out, the unsworn and unenlisted could never comprehend nor relate to. More than that, these are truths that the American […]

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BJJ, BBO and Benevolence

*Submitted by BBO member and active police officer, ‘The Sarge’* It goes without saying that 2020 was a bad year for everyone; but this is arguably more true for those of us in law enforcement than just about anyone.  Unlike Covid and all the problems that came with it though, there is no vaccine or stimulus that we can look forward to.  Veteran cops seem to uniformly agree that these are some of the worst […]

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Disorder in the Court

For anyone that’s ever seen the inside of a courtroom or, more importantly, been involved in a trial, inevitably you’ve seen an attorney go after the credibility of a witness. Often times, the attorney will call into question the witness’s qualifications and the quality of their character. This is done solely to diminish the effectiveness of the witness’s testimony in the eyes of the judge and jury; discredit them, if you will. This has been […]

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Philadelphia Freedom – To Commit Crime, That Is.

*Submitted by BBO member and retired Police Officer ‘Joltin Joe’ *   By now you may have seen the viral photo coming out of Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s Office. The Wall of Remembrance, featuring the photos of the 23 Philadelphia Police Officers killed in the line of duty during the term of former DA Lynne Abraham, was covered by a backdrop bearing the repeated logo of the DA’s office. It sparked outrage on social media for […]

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“…to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America…”

As I sit and write this, the clock is about to bring us into a new day…January 6th…a day that will likely be filled with nonsense drama leading to nowhere other than more division. While people of all walks of life are preparing to cheer or scream (or both), the American police officer is preparing to do the same thing that he/she has done every day since having their shield pinned on their chest: do […]

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The Grinch who SAVED Christmas

When we all think of the Grinch, we immediately go to the image of the green malcontent spending the majority of his life up on a mountain, isolated, misunderstood and determined on ruining Christmas for the rest of humanity. Yet, at the end of the story, it’s that very same Grinch who actually saves Christmas when he reconciles his own misguided frustration and puts aside differences in the interest of the spirit of the holiday […]

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America – One Big Happy Family

Taking a page from Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s playbook, we’re attempting to keep our sense of humor during these times. Sometimes, when things seem and feel so ridiculously out of control, laughing is all that is left. Military members and civil servants alike are often accused of having warped senses of humor because of some of the things/stories they find funny. It’s simply coping; because, like Jimmy Buffet says, “If we couldn’t laugh, we […]

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When Choosing Your Battles, Choose ALL of Them

Memorial Day. A day when we reflect on the selfless sacrifices of the countless men and women who gave it all on behalf of an ideal…on behalf of a belief…on behalf of those they’d never met and the generations that would follow them. I always wonder how soldiers, often not even old enough to legally have a beer, found themselves so passionate about our core values and the need to defend them at any price. […]

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