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Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Apollo! Stay safe!We said yesterday there was another birthday boi coming up!! Today is K9 Apollo’s 2nd Birthday!!

Not often that you have back-to-back birthdays of such good bois!!!! Everyone wish K9 Apollo the happiest of birthdays!

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Thank you!
#TelecommunicationsWeek!

Thank you!
#telecommunicationsweek!Big shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Cora Thorp has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Cora for your dedication.
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Happy, happy birthday, K9 Ace!! Stay safe!Image attachmentImage attachment

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National Police Credit Union is honored to welcome the Munster Police Department (Indiana) into our field of membership. We look forward to serving you and your families. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekWhile they won’t be saying “Aloha” when they answer the phone, they are dressed for island time! Sheriff Crawford is proud to honor our wonderful Communications Unit this week during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. We surely have the best!

#telecommunicationsweek #celebrate #dispatchers
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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekFrom all of us at Parkers Mill Fire to Pulaski County 911 Center and surrounding 911 centers, We appreciate all the hard work keeping all agencies, and the community safe! Wouldn’t be able to do it without you guys! #telecommunicationsweek
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Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you, Dispatchers!!!!
#telecommunicationsweekHappy Telecommunications Week! We here at the Itawamba County Sheriff's Department want to thank all the hardworking dispatchers out there! We want to take a moment to show our utmost respect, appreciation, and admiration for the vital role you play in emergency situations. Your calm voice and quick thinking bring peace in moments of chaos. Thank you for your dedication and selfless service, we couldn't do it without you!
#ThankYouDispatchers #TelecommunicationsWeek #RespectAndAdmiration
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Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#TelecommunicationsWeek

Thank you to all of the Dispatchers who live behind the scenes, but are always front and center!!
#telecommunicationsweekBig shoutout to all the amazing dispatchers keeping us safe and connected on #TelecommunicationsWeek! Your hard work does not go unnoticed 🚨📞💼

Dispatcher Denise Roberts has served this department for over 10 years. Thank you Denise for your dedication.
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Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!

Thank you for 40 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your many years of dedicated service. All the best and every success in your retirement. Stay safe!Last night at the board meeting, the Naperville Park District and its commissioners recognized Park Police Officer Arzania "Zook" Williams for his dedication and service to the community over the past decade as a Park Police Officer as he prepares to retire. Congratulations and best wishes for your retirement, Zook!

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Thank you for 44 (!!!!) years of service!! We truly appreciate your dedicated service and wish you all the best in your retirement. Stay safe.Image attachmentImage attachment+Image attachment

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#Superheroes

YES!!
#superheroes
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Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!

Happy birthday, K9 Luka 💙💙💙💙!!!!
Stay safe!Ok, 0k..we might’ve overloaded you with doggo cuteness lately, but today is a special occasion - K9 Luka is turning 2!!! 🥳

Happy birthday Luka!! Your endless happiness makes each day brighter but today is all about you. Enjoy your special day! 🎉

And we have another birthday boi celebration lined up for tomorrow….check back to see who it is!!!! 👀

#k9 #birthdayboi #celebrate
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Thank you!! Stay safe!

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Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.

Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe.We forgot to post this yesterday.

Today, we celebrated a promotion with Deputy Duggan and his family. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and sworn in with the Oath of Office. We expect great things from Sergeant Duggan, and we believe that Sergeants in our office hold the greatest responsibility to their squads, the communities they serve, and this office. Congratulations, Sgt. Duggan!

#Promotion #Sergeant #Congratulations #Leadeship #teamgreen💚
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Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!

Thank you for 34 years of service! Enjoy your retirement and stay safe!Congratulations to Billy Delgado on his 34 years of dedicated service to the City of Corpus Christi. We hope you enjoy your retirement. ... See MoreSee Less

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I Was Wrong

I was wrong. Last week, yesterday, and today, I was wrong. I guarantee I will be wrong again tomorrow too.
I have been wrong a lot and in a variety of ways. Sometimes I am wrong because I misunderstood what was being asked of me. Sometimes because I missed a key point. Sometimes I am wrong because I did not adapt my thinking instead of sticking with what I always thought. And sometimes I am wrong because I acquiesced when I should have stuck with my original position.

In many ways, I think that being wrong so often has contributed more to my development as a person than when I have been right. I’ll try to explain.

Because I have been wrong so often, I have gotten better at identifying my mistakes and limiting the damage they can cause. As an example, when I was young, I tended to be wrong more often because I didn’t listen to more experienced people and I didn’t value outside opinions as much as my own. Now, when I am wrong, it is very rarely because I didn’t listen to others or failed to collaborate.

Because I have been wrong so often, I have accelerated my self-improving tendencies. I am more aware of my flaws and shortcomings because of the number of times I had to acknowledge that I was wrong. This increased awareness has helped me to address those flaws and shortcomings more directly and over a shorter amount of time.

Because I have been wrong so often, I have found that I work even harder to make good decisions. I don’t like being wrong. It is only natural for me to try harder to avoid a situation that does not suit me. Additionally, when I am progressing through key aspects of a decision, I know what mistakes to avoid because of my awareness of what I have previously done wrong.

At this point, you may be asking how I could possibly continue to be wrong so much when I am concentrating so heavily on limiting my mistakes and learning from previous shortcomings. Fair question. Simple answer.

I continue to be wrong everyday because being wrong is a byproduct of making things happen. I know that I cannot possibly be right about anything of any import if I have not been wrong before, without, of course, an extreme amount of luck.

Don’t get me wrong, I consider myself an extremely fortunate person. I do not, however, take my good fortune for granted and I certainly don’t build luck into any of my decision making. On the contrary, I make my decisions with as much purpose as I can muster and I typically do so counting on the fact that luck, to the extent it is present at all, is not going to favor me in that particular outcome. Doing so makes my decisions sharper and more focused on the things that I can control and influence.

Over time, I have also realized that my awareness of how often I am wrong has contributed greatly in my effort to be empathetic and considerate of others. Acknowledging that I am wrong requires a certain amount of introspection and reflection on my part. It invariably includes an exercise on what I might have missed or what I can do better the next time. If I am in that mindset, I am better prepared for my interaction with others.

If I already know that I have been wrong before, I am less likely to jump to conclusions about other people and their opinions and decisions. This leads to higher quality discussions and interactions with others because I am more open minded before, during, and after. I often learn something of value, and I gain appreciation for alternative viewpoints and perspectives.

Another benefit of being wrong is that I…wait, I just realized that I am two thirds into this stream of consciousness, and I haven’t stopped talking about myself. Here I am discussing the importance of self-improvement, empathy, and collaboration and I have solely focused on me. Please forgive me.

Now, about you. You’ve been wrong too, a lot. The better question is what have you done about it? Have you acknowledged it all along? Have you made it a point to learn from being wrong, to use what you’ve learned to implement improvements in your decision making?

Or, have you been spending your time throwing up smoke screens and defending your thoughts and actions without regard to how fair or correct they were?

If you’ve been wrong and continue to be wrong on a regular basis, good for you. Let’s talk. I am certain I will learn something from you and we’ll probably have a great conversation.

If you truly want to make your mark as a friend, as a parent, in a career of your choosing, and as a responsible decision maker, you are going to have to make things happen. When you make things happen, you are often going to have to effect change and, when you effect change, you will almost always meet with resistance and skepticism.

If you already know that the change you seek always begins within yourself, you will be well prepared to listen, to collaborate, and to absorb alternative views on your way to making things happen.

In this context, don’t you think that we would make much more meaningful progress as a society trying to move forward if we all took the time to talk about when we’ve been wrong and what we are doing about it instead of spending so much time trying to convince everybody how right we are and how wrong they are?

 

Scott Arney
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Patrolmen’s Federal Credit Union

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