Remembering “Smiles” – BBO Pays Tribute to NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen

On February 12th, 2019, NYPD Detective Brian Simonsen was killed in the line of duty while attempting to apprehend a robbery suspect. As evidenced by the amount of people who have personal stories to share about the man known as “Smiles”, you get a very real sense of how profound his loss is to his family, his department and his union, where he served as a delegate. In response to his passing, BBO Founder/President Michael Burke, along […]

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Baltimore Police Emerald Society Hosts ‘Blue Line Bash’

If you attend enough law enforcement sponsored events, you begin to realize that there is a recurring theme: honoring the heroes we’ve lost and recognizing the ones still walking amongst us. Having done my share of event planning, I can testify first hand that, regardless of what the event is, where it is, or what it is intended to celebrate, one of the first things checked off the list is, “Who can we honor?”. The […]

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Why You Should be Thankful…..Still

Unless you’ve lived under a rock, it’s hard to not notice how disenfranchised police officers have become. For those that wear a shield, it’s becoming impossible to tell whether the enemy is advancing from the front or the rear. It’s always been cool to ‘f*** the police’, long before NWA was singing it. However, with how political this profession has become, the enemy who wears the uniform is the threat you never see coming. This […]

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Member Highlight – “The Mayor” Broward County Sheriff’s Officer and BBO Trustee, Don Huneke

You’ll hear it said many times in regards to Brothers Before Others, but we are only able to do the things that we do because we are surrounded by some amazing people. Few within our walls are as infamously benevolent as BBO Trustee/Broward County Sheriff’s Officer Don Huneke. NYPD Detective Steven McDonald used to speak about ‘God-incidence’s’. Basically: there is no such thing as a coincidence. God has a plan and what we normally refer […]

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Police Week 2019 – 30 Year Anniversary

Police Week, to go or not to go? That often seems to be the question every cop has debated at least once in their career. Hopefully I can help you solve that riddle. First of all, as a police officer, you owe it to yourself to make the trip to OUR memorial at least once in your career. The National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington DC was established, in large part, off the backs of […]

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Policing, Promotion and Politics – The Burnout is Real

“On the level”. That’s a phrase you’ve likely heard thrown around as a punchline reaction to the posting of some promotional announcement. Even for a believer, trying to find any consistency or verifiable process in regards to promotions in the law enforcement world is akin to trying to find Big Foot. Thinking back to the days of taking police test after police test, all I ever wanted to be was a cop. I never gave […]

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1993 World Trade Center Bombing – 26 Years Later

On February 26th, 1993, in what was clearly the first attempt to crumble the World Trade Center towers, a group of terrorists, under the direct orders of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, detonated a 1,300 lb truck bomb in a parking garage below the towers. While the explosion failed to accomplish it’s mission, it caused massive destruction, opening up a 100ft wide hole through 4 levels of concrete. Six people were killed and over one thousand people […]

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History and Hypocrisy: The Thin Blue Line Debate

Trying to make heads or tails of pretty much any issue nowadays is virtually impossible. The internet has become more about the headlines and click-bait than about facts; and even when readers do take the time read a few paragraphs, the amount of unvetted opinion passed off as gospel is astounding. Hell, you can’t even go on WebMD without walking away thinking you have every form of cancer. And so it goes with the debate […]

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Are We There Yet?

As I sat discussing the sad state of affairs lately with a friend of mine, he sarcastically lamented, “Sometimes the threat of civil war floats into my head like a balloon at a carnival and I think ‘Let the games begin.’” Now, before you get all up in arms and start organizing sit-ins at your local Starbucks, calm down. His thought was loaded with sarcasm, but telling none the less. When you actually sit back […]

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Member Highlight: Retired Miami Police Sergeant Genevieve Jones

While it is common for a police officer to give more than 30 years of their life to this profession, it is not common for them to surpass the 40 year mark. Brothers Before Others Member and retired Miami Police Sergeant Genevieve Jones did just that, essentially splitting her time between the Miami Police Department and the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office, where she served as an investigator. She described her experiences in Denver as, essentially, […]

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