Monday, August 25, 2014

Live Your Life

So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart.
Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and
demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life,
beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide.

Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a
friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all
people and grovel to none.

When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy
of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only
in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones
to fools and robs the spirit of its vision.

When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are
filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep
and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.

~ Chief Tecumseh of the Shawnee Tribe

Friday, August 15, 2014

And ONE Technique to Rule them All...


Who doesn't want ONE thing to answer all of their woes? In martial arts I hear it all the time, people looking for that ONE technique that will be The Answer to every threat they come across. However this quest is not only isolated to the martial arts world, oh no, this search has been capitalized on and exploited for as long as there has been someone around to believe it. 

The ONE may be called by other names, like The Best, The Only, The Greatest or (one of my favorites), The True!




No, I am not going to start a big debate about politics, religion, or martial arts. I just want to make a point on how we often seek simple, black and white answers to life's not so black and white, simple, but not easy reality.

People often look for that ONE absolute answer to their questions and when they think they found "IT" they believe that it is their and everyone else's only true answer as well. ...and then the real "fun" begins!  Or rather the conflict, the disrespect, the violence (be it emotional, psychological, verbal, physical), followed by the justification for that violence!

Understanding that there usually isn't just ONE way to see or do pretty much anything can be a hard pill to swallow. Simple, not easy.

To find Truth seek similarity, not difference. 
Look not at outward stylistic separateness, but at the inward principle sameness. 
Understand the Core... the Why... the principles that make the manifestation. 
 Recognize difference, but seek similarity. 
The embodiment of truth comes in many forms. 
The word of truth translates into many languages. 
 Although outer appearances may differ, look deeper and you shall see the Truth.

What is that deeper Truth? Is there something that is universal? Some would say LIFE. Does "IT" respect and protect LIFE? Your life - everyone's life? Most good, least harm? If "IT" does we might be on the right track.

Something for all of us to think about.

Keep going,

Friday, August 8, 2014

Two Wolves


An old Cherokee told his grandson, "My son, there is a battle between two wolves inside all of us. One is evil. It is anger, jealous, greed, resentment, inferiority, lies and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth."

The boy thought about it and asked, "Grandpa, which wolf will win?"

The old man quietly replied, "The one you feed."

~Author unknown

Friday, August 1, 2014

NYPD Mission: Develop 35,000 Ethical Protectors


Ethics is the law of right conduct and must be paramount in law enforcement’s mission to protect and serve society.

Ethical training initiatives must also be world class for police because of their moral responsibility to communities and the nation. American law enforcement deserves every tool necessary to stand countercultural to a society that at times holds ethical values in contempt.

NYPD Commissioner’s Mission

William J. Bratton was announced as the NYPD Commissioner on Dec. 5, 2013.
During his introduction, Bratton stressed the policing principles of Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), the father of modern policing. Peel’s principles include:
  • The basic mission of which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
  • The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of their actions.
  • Police must secure the willing cooperation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
  • The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
  • Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.
  • Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police.
Recently, Bratton announced a steering committee in response to a tragedy resulting in the death of a civilian in police custody. Bratton’s response to the tragedy expressed transparent honesty and the NYPD’s complete dedication to retraining all 35,000 officers.
Although policies, procedures, and protocols regarding the use of force will be an important facet of this retraining, Bratton wants the NYPD to also focus on ways of not having to use force. One such method is commonly referred to as verbal judo.

Training Initiatives

The NYPD has the resources to enhance training, yet, some initiatives I have experienced are worthy of consideration. These are based on lessons learned from my presentations to thousands of law enforcement officials nationwide over the last 16 years.
Along with these presentations, I served as a primary community policing instructor for a six-year U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services program. This program certified law enforcement as well as civilians on modules, such as the following:
  • Ethics
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Crime Prevention
  • Diversity
  • Problem Solving
Complementing this certification program was a recent Inaugural Character, Ethics, and Leadership Conference convened for law enforcement on May 12.
This pro bono collaboration of the Rodgers Group LLC, Resolution Group International, and Vincent Bove Speaker Services in partnership with the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and the United States Military Academy was quickly filled to capacity.
The conference focused on character, ethics, and leadership as indispensable law enforcement qualities.

The Ethical Protector

Another initiative that would benefit the NYPD is a customized Conflict Resolution Ethical Protector certification by Resolution Group International.
This three-day program based on ethical ideals of the U.S. Marine Corps includes the following topics:
  • Ethics and Personal Integrity
  • Communication Skills
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution 
  • Verbal Judo
  • Martial Arts and Self defense Tactics
The heart of this course is “Wherever I go, everyone is a little safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend…”

Dedication to Ethics

As the world’s most renowned law enforcement agency, the NYPD must rise to the occasion. Their development of enhanced training initiatives, including cultivating certified ethical protectors, community partnerships, public-private initiatives, and the timeless principles of Sir Robert Peel, are worthy of full-force dedication and will serve as a model to law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Ethical principles are critical to every member of the NYPD and all American law enforcement professionals. A complete dedication to ethics within law enforcement is critical to community enhancement and reawakening the nation.

Written by:

Vincent J. Bove Vincent J. Bove, CPP is a national speaker and author on issues critical to America.His newest book is “Listen To Their Cries.” View full author page

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