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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspection Failures

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None! 
To hear the episode, please visit: https://policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspection Failures

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!
To hear the episode, please visit: policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

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Thank you for 26 years of service!! Enjoy your retirement!!
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Thank you for 26 years of service!! Enjoy your retirement!!
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Congratulations and thank you both, K9 Loki Officer Schmidt-Quist! Stay safe!

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!

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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The Credit Union is honored to welcome the Whiting 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 for 23+ years of service!
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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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Division President Jim Bedinger and Vice President Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the National FOP’s Leadership Matters, which is being held in Nashville, TN, from February 22 - 24, 2024.

Division President Jim Bedinger and Vice President Jorge Mendoza are honored to be attending the National FOP’s Leadership Matters, which is being held in Nashville, TN, from February 22 - 24, 2024. ... See MoreSee Less

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Great picture!! Congratulations and thank you! Stay safe!

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

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NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None! 

To hear the episode, please visit: https://policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

#PoliceMortgage #Mortgage #FirstResponders #LawEnforcement #EverybodyGoesHomeLetsGetHomeTogether

NEW EPISODE: Home Inspections

The Mortgage Beat is live with an all-new episode featuring John Aretos, CEO, Police Mortgage, created For First Responders Who Are Second to None!

To hear the episode, please visit: policemortgage.com/mortgage-beat-episodes/.

#PoliceMortgage #mortgage #firstresponders #lawenforcement #everybodygoeshomeletsgethometogether
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We will Never Forget.

We will Never Forget.Members of our OCSO Honor Guard were on hand today to pay our agency’s final respects to 26 year old Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Zachary Fink. He lost his life February 2nd in Port St Lucie during pursuit of a fleeing felon on Interstate 95. Rest in Peace Trooper Fink. 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the Law Enforcement community.

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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Easy or Natural?

What is the difference between taking the easy way or following what comes naturally?

If measured by the amount of work you do or thought you put in, the difference is likely to be subtle and possibly indistinguishable.  If measured by the level of accomplishment and quality of decision making, the difference is huge.  Let me explain.

If you are determined and fortunate enough to identify skills that come naturally to you, you might confuse your use of those skills as taking the easy way.  By definition, your natural skill set should be readily available to you and not require much effort or thought on your part to activate it.

Finding your strengths and utilizing your natural skills are extensions of your development as a person.  In fact, the more you focus on these strengths and skills and develop them, the more likely you will be to reach your best potential, whether you are striving to be the best person you can be or simply trying to move forward in your career.

There is a direct correlation between the pursuit of your best self and the quality of life you will enjoy on this pursuit.  How, then, would it ever be a negative for you to work on things that come easy to you and to be rewarded for achieving those related goals?

The answer is that you may confuse what comes naturally to you with taking the easy route.  You may have been made to feel, at one point or another, that if you are not  working long hours, you must not be working hard or expending enough effort.  Maybe you didn’t need to study as much for a certain subject as a teacher thought, or your classmates needed to put more time in to get the same grade as you.

If you have a natural feel for math, you probably won’t need to spend a bunch of time studying for that math test to do well on it.  If you have the ability to construct spreadsheets and input data without giving either task much thought, you will probably get that next project done in no time.

In no way does this mean that you are taking the easy route.  You’ve simply identified some skills and then put yourself in a position to play to your strengths.  If you do well in those pursuits, the reward for your achievements should in no way be lessened because it didn’t take you a massive number of hours and labor to earn those results.

If you are someone who has undervalued your own achievements simply because those achievements seemed to come more easily to you than they may have to others pursuing those same goals, please take a moment to reconsider your own valuation process.  If you do, I suggest that you give yourself credit for being a sound decision maker and for thinking enough of yourself to identify your strengths and develop them for a positive purpose.

Leverage is a very difficult thing to earn in this world.  Most of the time, you will find that you are on the proverbial shorter end of the stick.  When you are fortunate enough to have found something you are good at and are in position to take advantage of that skillset, DO IT!  And don’t second guess it!

So, if finding a more productive path through life using your skills and talents is not the easy way, what is?

If you find that all you are doing is staying within a certain comfort zone and only relying on what you already know are your natural skills, you are dangerously close to taking the easy way.

If you never challenge yourself to find and develop new skills, you are taking the easy way.

Routines can be very constructive and efficient, but if you are following the same routine every day, you are taking the easy way.

If you are not building on previous accomplishments and learning from past mistakes, you are taking the easy way.

You can discover your natural skills, develop them, and achieve an excellent result  without necessarily feeling like you were toiling away and stretched to your limit.  If you haven’t pushed yourself to keep doing that and to give purposeful thought about how you can continue to improve yourself, then you are taking the easy way.

The path of least resistance is often, but not always, the easy way.

Life is often difficult, especially if you care about others, who you are as a person, and what value you can provide to the world around you.  On the occasion when it feels easy, especially when you’ve applied one of your natural skills to achieve something good, appreciate that time.  Appreciate that you have that skill.  Appreciate that accomplishment isn’t always measured by how much time it took or how much you sweated to earn it.  Appreciate that you have put your natural talent to good use.

Then, learn something new and repeat the process all over again.  If you do that often enough, you will never have to worry about taking the easy way.

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

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