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Thank you for your service, Congratulations and God Bless

Congratulations, Stay Safe

God Bless all First Responders and Military personnel.

Congratulations and stay safe

Congratulations!! Stay safe!

Congratulations!! Stay safe!The Williamsburg Police Department would like to introduce the three newest members of our police department along with the new Williamsburg Chief of police, Chief M. Timmers! Congratulations and welcome to the team! (From Left to Right - Officer Reynolds, Officer Dearing, and Officer Hamiel) ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations!! Stay safe!Welcome to SPD, Class 853!

If you like helping people, and would like to be a part of the fabulous work we do, here's information on how to apply to become a Seattle Police Officer: fal.cn/3wC2A
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Congratulations and stay safe

Thank you NO!

Congratulations lord PLZ keep them safe as they do their jobs ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™

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Congratulations!! Praying ๐Ÿ™ for your safety and security

Congratulations to all of you on supporting your community. It is a very demanding and important career. Stay safe and make sure to express your love for your family as they wait for you to return home safely. I will keep you in my prayers.

Congratulations, Thank you for your service and God Bless

Congratulations. God Bless you and your family's

Congratulations and stay safe

Congratulations!! Stay Safe out there.

Congratulations besafe out there

Congratulations but be aware, wolves. Police walking out quitting for a reason.. Stay close to God, lawlessness.

Congratulations ๐ŸŽ‰ and Blessings ๐Ÿ™

๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Congratulations may yall b safe as you do ur jobs ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘

THANKS HEROES

Good bless each and every law enforcement officer

GOOD LUCK. HOPE YOU MAKE IT TO RETIREMENT !!!!

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#Heroes

#heroesWhen three LAPD K9 officers were shot last week, LA County Sheriffโ€™s Department did not hesitate to offer their services, by providing their own K-9 unit to help with LAPD K9 callouts.

Two agencies. One county. One goal. Protecting and serving the community.

Thank you Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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Go Blue!! Thank you for all you do!!!

Deepest Sympathy to LAPD K9 Officers ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ with eternal thanks to LA County Sheriff Dept โฃ๏ธ praise and prayers to all of our Law Enforcement Warriors ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

This should not be happening and the criminals getting away with it .Pray for our police,Pity these politicians dont show as much respect for these officers as they did george floyd Back The Blue

Sorta hoping for some perps... Eliminated ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ

Ty

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Rest in Peace. Thank you for seven years of service, K-9 Indi!

Rest in Peace. Thank you for seven years of service, K-9 Indi!The DeKalb County Police Department is mourning the loss of one of our canines. Retired K-9 Indi served for 7 years, 2013-2020. He served his entire career with his handler, Sgt. N.R. Larsen. During their time together, they gave outstanding service to the police department, the citizens of DeKalb County, and the Metro Atlanta area. #WeAreDKPD ... See MoreSee Less

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Rest In Peace and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš“๐Ÿš“

Rip big beautiful boy. Thanks for your service. Go run free. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™

So sorry for your loss. RIP

Rest in Peace.Thanks for your service.

Thank you K9 Indi for your service. Fly with the angels sweet pup. Back the Blue ๐Ÿ’™

Sorry to hear. Thank you for your service. RIP. prayers to handler and family

Prayers always ๐Ÿ™ โค

K9 Indi ๐Ÿ’™ RIP and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป prayers for your loved ones left behind

So sorry for your loss. Thank K9 Indi for his service to his community. Condolences to the family and friends

Our condolences ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’

God bless him

Rest in Peace buddy

God bless

Rest In Peace

Rest in Peace K-9 Indi ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ–ค

So very sorry! RIP HERO!

Rip K9 Indi

Awwwhh, RIP.

INDI, A HERO THAT WAS LOVED๐Ÿ’™

RIP

RIP

Rip

RIP ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ’™

You are beautiful so sorry for his loss

Prayers for him!๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน

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Happy birthday

Happy Birthday ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

Happy Birthday K-9 Archie

Happy Birthday LEO ๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ‰n many more ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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AWESOME HAVE A GREAT LIFE OF LEISURE

Awesome! Enjoy your retirement and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’™

Beautiful. Happy Retirement. Thank you for your service and God bless you and watch over you

Thank you Officer Jacque stay safe ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ•

Happy retirement

Thank you for your service K-9 Jacquo. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

Enjoy your retirement

♥๏ธ♥๏ธ♥๏ธ

Enjoy ur retirement n thank you for ur service ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก๐Ÿซก

K9 Officer Jacquo ๐Ÿ’™ happy retirement and thank you for your service ๐Ÿ’™โฃ๏ธ

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Congrats God plz keep her safe as she does her job ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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Welcome and thank you! Stay safe!Chris Schiller joined the Argonia Police Department as its newest part-time officer! He will serve as the interim Police Chief. Chris currently works as a federal officer in Wichita. Prior to this, he was a Special Agent with the Union Pacific Railroad Police and a law enforcement officer in Oregon. Chris is in the National Guard, serving as a combat medic in Afghanistan in 2014. If you see him, feel free to stop for a conversation! Welcome to Argonia Chris! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats Sir b safe out there as so many thugs don’t respect ur badge ๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿ’”๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

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Congratulations now go and enjoy you deserve your retirement

Thank you for 24 years of service! Enjoy retirement!

Thank you for 24 years of service! Enjoy retirement!Last Thursday we said goodbye and good luck to Lt. Ryan Kwitkin who served for 24 years as he retired. Ryan worked in Patrol for most of his career, but also worked the tactical patrol team. I say retire, but Ryan is heading to another department out west where he will serve as their Deputy Chief. Ryan we thank you for your service and wish you well as you start your new journey. Keep in touch and check in every now and then. Be safe. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for your service.

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Thank you for your service!! Enjoy retirement!

Thank you for your service!! Enjoy retirement!Today is the last day of the shift rotation and It is also the last time Sergeant Burkhalter will work an entire rotation. He will be retiring in a few months and moving with his family out of state. We are excited for him but also bitter sweet to see my former partner retire. His shift came together today and presented him with a gift to show their appreciation. Iโ€™m honored to work with a good group of people. Donโ€™t miss your opportunity to be part of something special. Join our family www.joinmonroviapd.org. Link is also on our profile. We got your six Sergeant Burkhalter ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฝ ... See MoreSee Less

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Many MANY thanks to each of you and especially Sergeant Burkhalter ๐Ÿ’™ enjoy your retirement Sir ๐Ÿ’™

Happy Retirement!!

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The Serial Decision Maker:ย The Back Story

For me, everything starts with a question.ย 

Every day โ€“ and all day long for that matter – I ask questions of myself and those around me.

I believe that every question has an answer. And, for me, itโ€™s all about the answer.

I believe that questions, particularly those piqued by curiosity form the starting point of every great journey.ย  A leading question or series of inquiries will always help outline what a journey will be about and if it will be worth taking.

Speaking of questions, how about this one?ย  If a question begins every great journey, what fills in the path along the way?ย  The answer is your experiences.

Every experience you have has the power to be great, if not for any other reason than your experiences are uniquely yours.ย  You have the full ability to characterize and categorize them any way you see fit. You alone can decide whether to think of an experience as good, bad or somewhere in between.ย 

You can build momentum and confidence from good experiences.ย  You can create a new strategy or know what you should avoid from bad experiences.ย  You can draw up a whole new list of questions from experiences that are somewhere in between.

You can derive all of this power from your own experiences as long as you are an active participant in them.ย  The power of your experiences is only realized when you are paying attention to what is happening in your life and, to the largest extent possible, you are controlling and directing your life.

You realize this power and you gain control through the decisions that you make.

If you are like me and are an active participant in your own life, or aspire to be as such, you have probably already come to understand from where my moniker, The Serial Decision Maker, came: ย In order to realize and hold onto my own power and take control of my life, I made the conscious decision early on to ask questions, provide answers, pay attention, weigh options and make decisions on a day-to-day basis.

When you are actively making the decisions that lead to your experiences, you will always learn from them.ย  When you achieve the result you set out to achieve, you will better understand your strengths and put yourself in a position to succeed in the future by understanding the steps that you took to develop them.

When you inevitably make a mistake or your experience doesnโ€™t turn out the way you drew it up, you will be in a better position to avoid those mistakes the next time you are deciding a similar course of action.

In this sense, your decisions provide you with direction and they define your purpose for taking the actions that you take, thereby deeming you ย a โ€œSerial Decision Maker.โ€

Your ability to ask questions of yourself that will lead you toward the answers that you seek, and most importantly the type of life that you would like to live, will help you to set your own course.ย  The extent to which you can make decisions that are consistent with this course will have a meaningful and positive influence on how close you get to reaching your goals and fulfilling your potential.

I am no better at predicting the future than anyone else you know.ย  I certainly do not pretend to know all of the answers and I am not naรฏve enough to think that one guide or one set of instructions will suit everyone.

Despite many attempts, I have not been able to slow time down.ย  I have not set any world records.ย  I am not the strongest person that I know.ย  I am not the fastest, and I am certainly not the smartest.

What I can tell you, first hand, is that I can attribute any success that I have attained in my life to my own purposeful decision making.ย  I have always approached my life as if it were up to me to make sure that I lived it to the fullest and I was fortunate enough to realize, at an early age, that my own decision making was the best tool I have to make sure that I achieve my goals and that I fulfill my potential.

When considering a title for my series of articles, I thought about a lot of different possibilities. I settled on The Serial Decision Maker because it is the most inclusive.ย  Thoughts can be idle. Questions can be pointless. But, when you make a decision, you have incorporated your thoughts and questions, you have deliberated and prepared, and you have reached a conclusion that involves taking action.

My serial decision making has helped me to thoroughly enjoy the totality of my own lifeโ€™s journey.ย  There have been steps along the way that I did not enjoy as they were happening, but I was later able to derive some benefit from them so as to ensure that I at least continued my forward progress even during times of pain and adversity.ย  As I inevitably will encounter difficult times again, I will be a little stronger and a little more prepared from having had these experiences.

My serial decision making has helped me to fully appreciate the good times.ย  Playing an active role in my achievements has given me a better appreciation for what it took to get there and the reward for the effort that I put forth.ย 

My serial decision making reminds me of how much I can control and influence, which has been particularly helpful during the times that it felt as though my circumstances were out of my reach and happening regardless of what I was doing or not doing.

My serial decision making has been central to every plan I have drawn up, every goal I have ever set, and every positive result I have ever achieved.

Those decisions also form the basis for every great friendship I have ever enjoyed.ย  They have been part of every career move I have ever made (or did not make), and they certainly have contributed greatly to the tremendous joy and happiness that I enjoy with my family on a daily basis.

I understand and appreciate that my decision making, especially my priorities and my points of emphasis, are going to be different than yours.

I believe, however, that my own journey and my active participation in it has helped me to identify the key components and common threads that are present in and amongst all purposeful ย decision making.

Your own purposeful decision making is uniquely powerful.

For that purpose, I share some of my questions, experiences, decisions, and reflections with the goal that you may also become a Serial Decision Maker.

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmenโ€™s Federal Credit Union

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