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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspection Failures

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Congratulations and thank you both, K9 Loki Officer Schmidt-Quist! Stay safe!The Racine Police Department would like to officially welcome K9 Loki and his handler Officer Justin Schmidt-Quist. Officer Schmidt-Quist has served with the Racine Police Department for almost 13 years. Loki is a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois. We would also like to thank S.O.L.E for their donation to purchase Loki. ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations!! All the best to you both, Officer Glaum! Stay safe!The KPD would like to welcome the newest member to the Canine Unit. After two full days of extensive testing, this 14-month-old male Belgian Malinois was selected to join the team. Officer Glaum and this pup will begin their 10-week training at the end of March. Thanks to a sizable donation from a benefit held by the Starlite Club, their team has naming rights to this very handsome boy. If you are interested in donating to the canine unit, naming our next canine, or learning more about the canine unit please contact Lt. Jurgens. We look forward to watching this team develop and progress. ... See MoreSee Less

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#HeroRepresentatives from KidsMatter and the Collaborative Youth Team stopped by the PD earlier this week to present a Kindness Award to one of our officers! Officer Maulding was nominated by a coworker for his extraordinary acts of kindness towards an elderly resident who was struggling after her closest family moved out of state. We are so proud of the extra mile he's gone for this resident and are very grateful that his kindness has been recognized. #kindnesscounts2us
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Thank you for 23+ years of service!
#HeroMaster Patrol Officer Stanbery retired from the Stillwater Police Department on January 31, 2024. He served the citizens of Stillwater for 23+ years. He worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, Detective with our Special Projects Unit, Special Operations Teams, Honor Guard, and an investigator with the Drug Task Force. Thank you Master Patrol Officer Stanbery!

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Great picture!! Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe!PPPD is beaming with pride today for long time, former PPPD Cadet & new Orland Park Police Officer Jacquelyn Skender, who was sworn in alongside her mother.

Jackie we are so very very proud of you!!! PPPD's Cadet program is comprised of young people who learn about police-community partnership and provide auxiliary resources in support of policing activities. We often learn more from them, then they from us. It is truly inspiring to support and watch the future leaders of public service excel.
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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Law Enforcement community.The Boston Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Paul Elmstrand, and Officer Matthew Ruge of the Burnsville Police Department in Minnesota and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth of the Burnsville Fire Department in Minnesota, who were killed in the line of duty on Sunday, February 18, 2024, as well as another officer who was wounded during this incident and has a long recovery ahead. ... See MoreSee Less

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A Look in the Mirror

We have a cat.  His name is Catso.  Although he was named many years ago when our kids were much younger, his name still fits his personality.

He is a thin, striped tabby and, if you were to look at him, I am certain you would think he looks like an ordinary, standard house cat.

What you think, however, is not at all important to Catso because, when he looks in the mirror, he sees a lion.  He sees a confident, fearless, king capable of achieving anything he sets his mind to and he is the absolute ruler of his domain.

Whatever predicament he gets himself into, he always looks as though he is exactly where he expected to be and however many of his nine lives he uses, he never displays an ounce of fear or worry.  He has been at death’s door at least twice and, if not for my wife’s quick actions, would have walked through it, but you would never know any of that has bothered him or was even slightly on his mind if you met him today.

So, as I look at him lying in our dryer and at risk of going unnoticed as the next load of laundry gets piled on top of him eventually leading to the next catastrophe he will inevitably encounter, I wonder what our world would be like if each of us looked in the mirror and saw a lion.

As human beings, we face real issues.  We experience a wide spectrum of emotions.  We are clearly more complex than a simple house cat.  This also means that we are capable of logical thought and that we can reason.  We have effective tools to counter what can be daunting challenges.  We have effective tools, but do we use them effectively?

In my completely amateur opinion, I think we overemphasize the complexities we face while simultaneously underestimating our ability to handle them.  In other words, I believe that much of what keeps us from seeing a lion in the mirror is our own self-imposed limitations.

One of the reason Catso sees a lion staring back at him is because his mind is not capable of polluting itself with self-induced worry and unnecessary concerns.  He has a short memory when he needs to have one and is, therefore, fully capable of living in the moment without being weighed down by his past or unduly focused on his future.

The closest equivalent I can find in the human world is the mind of a youth.  The exact age and situation is obviously different for each kid or young adult.  If the circumstances are conducive, a feeling of invincibility is apt to set in sometime after middle school, but before that young adult has been working for a living for at least two years.

At that magic age, you are aware of your own abilities and not yet burdened with the cynicism that can accompany heartache or a feeling of failure.  You are aware of your surroundings, but your past is something that occurred when you were a little kid and you have no real idea of what the future holds for you, so you tend not to spend a lot of time thinking about it.  Your energy level reflects your enthusiasm and your optimism is untarnished.

I don’t think youth is wasted on the young.  I think wisdom is wasted on the elder.

The cynicism and worry that bounces off the young is often an onus to those of us who are old enough to know better.  Just as life brings some disappointment and difficulty, it also includes take-your-breath-away moments and pure joy.  While most of us have the tools to effectively cope with whatever comes our way and the ability to focus on the wonderful things that occur instead of just the tough times, rational thought often loses out to irrational fear.  The wisdom gained through the living of life is wasted.

As I get older, I am more aware of my tendency to think in contingencies, sometimes even before a contingency is even necessary.  I ask myself whether I am approaching a certain decision from a position of strength and wisdom or from a place of fear and worry.  If the answer is that I feel confident because I am utilizing my well-earned wisdom, yet I am still aware of what may go wrong, and I proceed forward as a result, I know I am making a decision from a position of strength.  If I were to look in the mirror at that moment, I may not see a lion, but I would very likely see a positive and competent version of myself.

If, however, I find myself choosing to sit out or to not engage, or in any way shrinking from that next challenge (or opportunity!) then I know that I am falling victim to my own self-imposed limitations.  Were I to look in the mirror at this point, I know I would not like what I saw.

What you see when you look in the mirror is your choice.  The lion within, or the most positive and capable version of you, exists.  Whether you see him or not relies on your willingness to identify your strengths and your unique traits and to use them to clear and push past your own self-imposed limitations.

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

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