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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!

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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

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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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Be True to You

Questions, always so many questions. The questions that are on my mind today revolve around the importance of being yourself and how much of yourself you should make known to those who are counting on you to be there for them.

You have undoubtedly been advised to be yourself or to be true to yourself on multiple occasions throughout your life. Generally good advice to follow, but often also used as a panacea for all situations even though there may very well be valid reasons for you to conceal at least a part of who you are and what you might be thinking.

Being yourself isnโ€™t as easy as it may sound, especially if you are in a position of leadership. One reason is that when you allow people to see you for who you really are, you put yourself in a vulnerable position. When you reveal personal thoughts and share your experiences, you run the risk of being subject to additional criticism and disappointment, and of not living up to vaulted expectations or inflated opinions.

With these thoughts in mind, when you are in a situation where people are counting on you for insight, advice, and guidance; are you more credible if you reveal less of your personal nature and maintain more of the perception of your strength as a decision maker? I think it depends on how you can best relate to those people.

A big part of effective leadership, perhaps THE biggest, is that leaderโ€™s ability to relate to those he or she is called upon to lead. Relatability underscores every other action you take as a leader.

When you communicate, your message must be understood by and applicable to your audience if you are going to achieve the objective you set when you drafted your message. When you make a decision that impacts your team, you must be able to demonstrate that your decision incorporates their best interest. When it is time to listen, which is most of the time, you must be able to take action and/or respond in a way that lets your employee or team member know that you understood what they were telling you.

What about when it comes to parenting? While there isnโ€™t a business aspect to parenting, at least as it is defined in the traditional sense; relatability is still a core issue if you are going to be effective in your parental role. What is the best way to relate to your children? Are you more effective as the authority figure who creates distinct boundaries and consequences for actions that overstep those boundaries?

Relatability is key. How you best achieve it is the question. Do you emphasize the business and professional aspects of your experiences or the personal aspects of your decision making to illustrate that relatability?

In order to be relatable, you must first be able to effectively evaluate the needs of the people you need to relate to. Does this sound counterintuitive to you, if the theme is to be true to yourself? Letโ€™s see if we can tie it all together.

Everyone has their own perception of what a leader means to them and what it takes to be considered one. Your job, in your vocation or at home, is to figure out what your team or your child requires and then to provide them with exactly that in a way that is true to who you are and what you are capable of. Your job is not to be the leader they think you are or to live up to whatever perception your team or children have of you, even if you deflate a few opinions in the process.

I believe that most of us want to relate. We want to share experiences with others and develop meaningful relationships, but sometimes concerns over how we should act, what we should say, and what other people are going to think get in the way of those experiences being shared and those relationships developing to the fullest extent possible.

Being yourself does not mean that you must go around sharing every personal thought youโ€™ve had, or every embarrassing moment youโ€™ve experienced, or every secret you keep. It means being comfortable enough with who you are and understanding what your team, or your friends, or your children need from you and then being true enough to do what needs to be done or say what needs to be said.

Even if you are not naturally a funny person, your true self can deliver a funny line if your ability to relate to someone is counting on it and you donโ€™t spend time trying to guess if it will be funny enough or as funny as what someone else who is more humorous might have said.

Even if you donโ€™t consider yourself a strict parent, your true self can ensure that a consequence is in place to help govern the actions of your children.

If you are generally a rule follower, your true self can help you identify what rule might be okay to bend if the situation calls for it.

If you tend not to take the world too seriously, your true self can also give you the courage to be very serious and direct if someone you care about needs your undivided attention.

The point is that we are not built as absolutes. None of us are absolutely one way, or the other, every minute of our lives. We are flawed. We sometimes contradict ourselves. We are emotional. We can have the best intentions and get misled. We sometimes do the right thing for the wrong reason and the wrong thing for the right reason.

For all these reasons, we want to relate to each other. We want to understand others and what makes them tick. We want to know that we are not alone. We want to be reassured and comforted.

When relating to others becomes the focus, you see yourself in others and you allow your true self to take over. When you take the time to understand what your co-worker, your child, or your neighbor needs from you; your true self is capable of taking over and delivering in the clutch.

If you are a leader and/or a parent, your desire to relate is a mirror reflection of what your team member or child is seeking from you. By being who you are, you are giving them what they need.

Being someone else or constantly trying to live up to other peopleโ€™s perceptions of who you are is exhausting and it does not work in the long run. The only way to truly be unique in this world is to be you and then to allow that to be the case no matter what without exception.

Be vulnerable. Be caring. Be humane. Be intense. Be engaged.

Relate and be true to you.

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

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