Monday, December 31, 2012

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who would love to be a philanthropist?

I have had the opportunity to talk to several people who have shared about what they would do IF they hit the lottery, won a million dollars, were blessed with a large financial winfall.

They would give to the poor or a noble cause.

It seemed to be an universal theme to use their new found wealth to bless others.

I generally follow up with this question :  who do you support (give donations to) now?

Sadly the answer is generally "No one" or "None"

It made me think of the biblical theory of never growing weary of doing good and doing the most with what you have to bless others.  It says if you are faithful with little things you will be blessed with big things because you have shown yourself faithful and trustworthy.

If you give to help other when it is a stretch for you, you will be blessed.

So I ask you as we end 2012.  Who do you support?  Have you donated money, time, resources (clothing etc.) to a local charity or service organization?  Have you done something to help someone outside of the scope of your job position and your familial obligations? 

This does not have to be done for the public to see.  It's about You and fulfilling a higher purpose.

Many of us are blessed.  We may not be millionaires yet we do have something to give.

Search your heart  and give as you feel lead.

Happy New Years Everyone.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Finish Strong

Overall I really enjoyed 2012 it was a very fun and productive year.

The blessings I enjoyed in 2012 are numerous I feel truly loved and highly favored.

I am looking forward to 2013 to see how I can be of use and make a difference in the lives of many people worldwide

My 2013 mission statement is to make a difference in the lives of many people worldwide.

I will monitor this by monthly and quarterly status checks to reevaluate how I can be of more use in the subsequent quarters of the year.

Join me in mapping out a strategic plan for life.

I started with a mission statement.

Now I will reflect on 2012 and see how I can improve on 2012s performance and results. Then set those outcomes as reachable goals for 2013.

My goal in 2013 is to Make the most of every encounter and every situation I find myself in this new year. I want to ensure I accomplish my mission statement daily.

What are your goals for 2013?

How are you finishing 2012?

I encourage you to finish strong.

If there is something left undone that you can accomplish in the next two days please Do It.

Look through your 2012 planner beginning with January and check for projects unfinished, things undone, people you forgot to contact.

Finish strong.

Do as much as you can Do before we bid farewell to 2012.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

To all those who have served, are serving and especially those who have lost their lives in military service Happy Veteran's Day. This weekend there was a celebration of the U. S. Marine Corps birthdayin Las Vegas with The Marine Corp Ball. I had the pleaseure of meeting many Marines in their uniforms and to personally thanking them for their service. When you see a service member in uniform please take a moment and thank them for their service. Happy Veteran's Day!!! Stay Safe.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

National Police Memorial Day

We started our 2012 IAWP conference (held in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador 9 -13 September ) with a memorial observance honoring the officers that died in the line of duty since we held our last conference in Lexington, Kentucky August 2011. The names of twenty-four female officers were read. A candle was lit to symbolize all the Fallen Officers. The candle remained lit throughout the conference and was present at every major gathering of the delegates. The candle symbolizes the light of each member of law enforcement lost; for the souls who lost their lives in the line of duty. For the women and men whose lives were taken "In service" to their towns, country, the world and most honorably their fellow human. Since our conference ended we have lost four woman warriors in the line of duty. Police Constable Katia Hadouchi ( Quebec Provincial Police. Quebec, Canada) Police Constable Fiona Bone (Greater Manchester Police, Manchester United Kingdom) Police Constable Nicola Hughes (Greater Manchester Police, Manchester United Kingdom) And Correction Sergeant Mary Ricard (Colorado Department of Corrections, United States) They will be greatly missed. The men and women of the IAWP send out prayers and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of these wonderful ladies. September 30, 2012 in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom a day of remembrance is taking place. They will be remembering, recognizing and honoring their fallen law enforcement heroes. Please join me in praying for all the loved ones these officers leave behind. I pray for peace and comfort for the survivors. Know today women and men worldwide are thinking of you and your hero on this day of remembrance. Most importantly to all currently serving Officers, Please Stay Alert. Stay Safe and focus on coming home thankfully to your loved ones at the end of your watch (duty day). I ask for blessing over all who are serving and have served in law enforcement throughout the world. We honor you and the fallen today.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

IAWP Awards Luncheon

Here at the 50th Annual IAWP Conference St Johns, Newfoundland Labrador is housing over 700 delegates from 54 countries. We have weathered the storm literarally. Tropical Storm Leslie threatened hurricane force winds yet thankfully only caused a two hour power outage in the middle of our awards ceremony day. The 2012 Conference committee had contingencies in place and the conference seemlessly flowed on with a fabulous ceremony and classes conducted by torch light. We gave thanks through prayer and honored our fallen colleagues who died in the line of duty since we last met.
I had the honor of sitting with fellow Ontario Woman in Law Enforcement (OWLE) members and IAWP award winners Constables Nicole-Anne Bailey (Toronto Police Service, Canada) and Geraldine "Geri" Defoe (Halton Regional Police Service, Canada). Nicole was awarded the IAWP Mentoring Award and Geri was awarded the Excellence in Performance Award.
Congratulations to all of our award winners.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Canandian Hospitality

Members of the IAWP were welcomed to the 50th Annual Training Conference being held in St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador over the past few days. Opening ceremony was conducted yesterday at the The Grower Street United Church. The venue was blessed by First Nation member Angela Christmas with a prayer and recognition of the officers that have had their lives taken in the line of duty since we last assembled. Featured speakers included the Premier of Newfoundland The Honorable Kathy Dunderdale, City of St. Johns Mayor Dennis O'Keefe, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Chief Robert Johnston, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer Tracy Hardy, Atlantic Women in Law Enforcement President Paula Raymond and President Jane Townsley. Opening ceremony was followed by a Parade of Nations where uniformed officers from around the world marched through the crowd filled streets of St. Johns greeted by applause, cheers and well-wishes.

Friday, September 07, 2012

IAWP Board Members meeting

The Board of IAWP is in the first of their two day Board meetings. The members have travelled from around the world to St. Johns to handle the business of the International Association of Women Police.

The BOD meet with Lieutenant Governor Crosbie

Many members of the IAWP Board attended a reception hosted by Lieutenant Governor & Mrs. Crosbie held at The Government House for St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Lt. Governor welcomed us to St. Johns and spoke very highly of the role of women as leaders and people of influence in all aspects of life. He recognized the accomplishment of police women and wished us a successful conference. He and his wife were very pleasant host. They were very friendly and visited with each board member showing a genuine interest in each member personal. The house and the grounds were beautiful. It was a enjoyable event.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

IAWP Board of Directors Arriving

Members of the Board were greeted by officers of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary at the airport in St Johns and transported to The Delta St. Johns Hotel and Conference Center. Our hosts, the officers and the staff of the Delta Hotel have been very accomodating. The Board will prepare for two days of Board Meetings where we will handle the business of the IAWP. For those of you still enroute to St Johns, safe Journey. See you at opening ceremonies.

Your Board of Directors are enroute

Greetings Everyone, The 50th annual International Association Of Women Police Conference is starting on Sunday September 9, 2012. The Board of Directors meeting is starting on Friday September 7, 2012 and your Board of Directors are making their way to St. John's over the next two days. We look forward to greeting everyone on Sunday at opening ceremonies and to meeting everyone throughout the week. Please feel free to contact any board member (we will be wearing name tags to enable easy recognition). I ask for traveling mercies for everyone who is coming to attend the conference. We also want to pray for those who are unable to attend whether for sickness, work or other related issues. I pray for the safety of the officers worldwide as they continue to protect and keep our neighborhoods. Safe journey. See you in St. Johns.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This summer has flown by. It is time for the holiday makers to head back to work and school. London had all eyes on it for the Olympics and they put on a very good show. Worldwide the most watched Olympics. It was a joy to be in London during the festivities. Eyes will soon turn back to London as the Paralympics are due to start very soon. If you get a chance make sure to watch some of the events. Kudos to IAWP President Jane Townsley and her team at the British Transport Police for helping make the Olympics flow smoothly. I only dealt with one train delay and it was on my way to Southampton (away from the London area). I also want to recognize Julia Jaeger whose team of volunteers made the Olympics experience a joy. Even up until the last day they were all smiles and eager to help. I found everyone I talked to in the service industry to be pleasant and extremely helpful when it came to giving directions and assistance. Now our eyes should be turning to the 50th Annual IAWP Training Conference that is taking place in St. Johns, Newfoundland in just a few weeks. There is still time to join the celebration. There will be outstanding international training and many new friends (and old) eager to see you. Start planning now. Head to the IAWP website ( I look forward to seeing you there.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are You Who You Want To Be?

Are you living the life you feel your Higher Power had designed for you? If not, why not? • “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” • Marrianne Williamson

Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Summer!!!

Happy Summer Everyone! I am sending a quick greeting to all. Whether you are celebrating Summer or another season (as our members are from all over the world)I am wishing you a happy, safe and fun Mid-year season. I hope you will be spending time with family and friends and making the most of the nice weather in the majority of the world. Take Care and enjoy.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Thank you all who have served in the Armed Forces, are serving in the Armed Forces and who have given their lives while protecting our freedoms in the Armed Forces. Today in the United States we honor our fallen military personnel. The men and women who chose to serve their fellow man through service and the ultimate sacrifice (their life) for our country. If you know a veteran thank them for their service. If you are a veteran (as I am USArmy) thank you for choosing to serve. If you have a photo of the veteran please post it on face book atleast for today. Thank you all US Service members (and military service members through out the world). Have a safe day and I hope you had a nice weekend celebrating with your friends and family. (PICTURED HERE is IAWP member Birgit Farrier and her husband Victor who is a military recruiter. Thanks for your service Vic.)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Behind The Scenes of the London Olympics

(Pictured in this photo are IAWP President - BTP Chief Inspector Jane Townsley and IAWP member - BTP Chief Inspector Theresa Ferguson) Back to my April post about Six Degrees of separation and how close we all are/can be to internationally recognized events occuring around the world. We (IAWP members) have the distinct honor of having in our midst, amongst our members and in our leadership many women who make the command decisions that keep event goers safe on the grand scale of things throughout the world. Our IAWP president Jane Townsley is the British Transport Police (BTP) Chief Inspector in charge of the Olympics planning and operations. I had the opportunity to visit her at BTP's Force Headquarters and to see the inner workings of Major Events planning. Chief Inspector Townsley's team has the Olympic focus yet while I was there I met members of the teams in charge of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, The Para Olympic and other major events like Futbol. These teams plan for ever contingency and work like a well oiled machine. They do not reinvent the wheel. They use knowledge from all interested Law Enforcement Agencies and first responders to plan for a safe experience for the attendees. I cannot share all that I saw yet I will assure you if you are coming to the 2012 London Olympics (or any other events this summer) you are in good hands because conscientious eyes have ensured your safety.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Toured the Tottenham Police Station

As an American Law Enforcer I was quite curious to see how the LVMPD style of policing differed from the London "Metropolitan" Police force. I walked into the Tottenham Police Station and joined the queue to see if I could get a tour of the police station. I brought my retirement credentials. I was in line for 20 minutes as a person in front of me was clearing up his warrants. The line behind me grew longer as more and more people entered and the lone officer working reception continued to work with this guy at the counter. There was a sign posted that said it appreciated our patience as we wait to be assisted. After about 30 minutes I caught the officer's attention and asked him who I needed to speak to inorder to get a tour of the substation. He had me wait as he went back to talk to his sergeant then he buzzed me through so that I could come into the back area. I was given a tour of the substation, it's booking area and interview rooms. They can house up to eight detainees at their facilty others can be milled out to other substation on a space available basis. Individual squads with their sergeants and officers rotation from correction duty (working bookings at the station) to foot patrol, riot control and mobile (vehicle) patrol. The constables can and do perform all police/corrections duties. At LVMPD we have police officer who work the streets and corrections officers who handle the jail. It was very interesting to see how it is done in Europe.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Streets of London

What's a retired copper to do while living in a local London neighborhood than to journey into the culture, into the daily life, into the daily workings of local Londoners. I walked the bus route I had previously travelled by bus to see what happens on the sidewalks in the neighborhood. We all know what is happening on the streets can be missed when just driving by; the dialogues, the interactions, the arguments and the everyday activity that make the streets come alive. I travelled in the light of day and in the darkness. The faces changed very little as darkness fell. And as it got deeper into the night (I went out about 10pm) more men could be counted than women. They stood outside the few businesses that were still opened; the pizza parlors and mini grocery stores smoking cigarettes and telling tales. Many languages were being spoken. Some I recognized, others I did not. They were not phased much by people's comings and goings as long as they kept moving. They give you a look and size you up. A quick once over as if to read "do you belong or are you an outsider?" The conversation stopped if you were preceived as an outsider. It continued on without a second thought if they saw you as another local daily commuter. As long as I was not talking I was seen as the latter. I blended in with the London culture. Just another Londoner on their daily commute.

A lone Pub Adventure

I am living in the Wood Green area of London and have been exploring my neighborhood to see what it has to offer. There are many stores, shops, eateries, bars and pubs. I went with my boyfriend last weekend to my closest Pub to experience a tradition British Pub. It was an Irish Pub. People were very friendly and greeted us as soon as we walked in. There was live entertainment and the singer was signing American and British songs. The atmosphere was lively. Everyone seemed to know the words and got up to dance and sign along to many of the songs. They even sung "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Almost Heaven, West Virginia". I was amazed to know they knew those songs by heart. They also have a better grasp of US geography than most Americans do and definitely they know more geographically about the US than we know about the UK. Last night on my way back from town I decide to stop into my local pub again. I was alone so I wanted to see how that experience and reception would be. One gentleman held the door and welcomed me in and an elderly black man who had been there the last time we were in greeted me immediately with a hearty handshake and ask me "Are you well?" The owner of the bar smiled at me as I came near the bar. There were quite a few people in there for a Thursday night (which is a work night). I ordered a drink and was not sitting alone too long before Adam, a young Physical Education teacher, and Chris had joined me and a silent dark haired fellow who just listened in and nodded (never got his name). The topics were varied as we discussed "where I was from?", "what brings me to London?", "how long will you be here?", "how do you find London?" and "do you live around here?" These are the question I hear on the bus or the tube or at the store anytime someone hears my American accent. The topic of discussion turned to local politics (it was the day of a Mayoral election)and who had or hadn't voted. Sadly not many of the pub goers had voted. Then we went on to discuss the anti-social attitude of Londoners on the tube (underground train) and other public modes of transportation. One of the patrons described the time on the tube as a time of solice when they could take time for themselves. Not interact, just disconnect and move along in the commute. He said most people avoid conflict and idol chit chat because Londoners are reserved and do not want to have to yell over the sound of the train moving from station to station to converse with someone. They find this a very annoying habit when seen in foriegners like Americans, Canadians and Australians. We tend to engage our fellow travellers and inqure about directions, things of interest or just how their day is going. If it has to be conducted in a loud voice, Londoners will not do it. It's amazing how one can sit or stand inches away from another human being (picture a packed train) and not talk to them or oft time even look at them. I find commuters interesting. One person mentioned that most Londoners are miserable, hate their jobs, dislike the fact they have to commute and just want to get home to the telly (tv) to get some rest and to look forward to the weekend. On the weekend it's time for the friends, family and the pub. Yet that leads to the question; "Then why are all you lot in the pub on a Thursday?" It was a very insightful evening indeed.

Monday, April 30, 2012

I love your accent

So often we take for granted the way we sound, our style of speech and the words we choose. It has a lot to do with where you come from. Your country, city, region of origin. The way your mom, dad, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends talk you tend to mimic. Often even when you leave home the minute you return within a few conversations you are using terms, phrases and the accent that matches the region you are in. When a new person from another country or area is introduced in and they bring a different style of speaking with a unique accent it tends to draw attention. I am here in London visiting friends and exploring the city while they work. The minute I open my mouth (because we know I am quite friendly and talkative) during my explorations, I tend to draw a mini audience. Generally with questions like "where are you from?" and "what brings you here?" I never get tired of hearing Londoners tell me, "I love your accent". I remember saying it to British visitors to the US many times. It's actually quite interesting and allows me to talk to many locals and make more friends. I am enjoying my time in London.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation IAWP Style

(Six Degrees of separation is a phrase used to show just how closely related in this world we all are) Here I stand in a London neighborhood. My boyfriend is taking the picture. My boyfriend whom I met while visiting an IAWP friend on Christmas break last year. My boyfriend whom lives in London, is from Eastern Europe and whom I may soon spend the rest of my life with. Talk about international. If it were not for the IAWP, a friendship established through the IAWP and a follow up on a gracious invitation to visit, I would not be in London, attending the London Sundance Film Festival (remember from my profile "about me" I love film festivals) enjoying the company of good friends (and a bit of rain). Make the most of the situation you are placed in and the people you are blessed to meet. You never know the purpose for the encounter and you never know if that encounter may prove to be one that will change your life forever.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How do You deal with it

When presented with potentially life altering news, how do you deal with it? A relationship break up, an illness,a loss of a friend or family member, a job loss. How do you choose to deal with it? It is your choice. You decide how you will deal with it. It is said life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we handle it. Will you let it defeat you or will you put it under your feet and use it as a stepping stone to your next accomplishment or great adventure. It is said everything happens for a reason. Take a moment and reflect. Ask why me? why now? Journal about it if you need to yet do not dwell to long. We lose a lot of productivity lamenting about what "might have been". You only have control over one person's reactions and behaviors and that is yours. Choose to be. Choose to be positive. Choose to be happy and if you are not happy then help other people be happy (because this does bring happiness). There will always be someone in need of your experience and advise or just simply your love and care. When you are focused on your plight and your plight only. You deprive the world of the blessings you have to offer. So today choose to be a BLESSING. Do not be too long distracted. Many people are watching you.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happily Into Spring


Here in the US we are happy to greet spring with its rain, fresh blossoms and hay fever. We are happy to greet a season of the year that allows us to take off the winter coat put on a nice sweater and a thin top and take to the parks and streets of our neighborhood to explore the great outdoors.

Enjoy this season whatever the season in your country may be. The bundling up of winter is done on this end.

I hope everyone had a happy holiday weekend last weekend as many had the days off and celebrated Passover and/or Easter with their family, freinds and loved ones.

I'd like to wish a Happy Easter to our Russian and Eastern Orthodox members who will be beginning their celebration this week and weekend.

Take Care of yourselves and bless as many people as you can as often as you can.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Yes Sir. You are welcome

We have been greeted throughout our journey with the phrase "You are welcome." In Abu Dhabi the women and men greeted us with smiles and this greeting. "We are happy to have you here". The International Association of Women Police is living out is mission and working on the "I" in IAWP. International.

In the past few days members of the board of IAWP have been to Abu Dhabi, UAE and participated in the First Emirati Women Police Conference. We have moved on to Dhaka, Bangladesh where we are conducting our Early Board Meeting. Tomorrow we will be a part of the First Asian Women Police Training Conference which is being held here in Dhaka.

The IAWP has welcomed two new Affiliates for these two locations; The Emirati Women Police Association and the Bangladesh Women Police Association.

We are truly enjoying experiencing the International component of the IAWP.

Monday, March 05, 2012

The IAWP Board at the Early Board Meeting

The IAWP Board is at The Police Staff College in Dhaka Bangladesh. We are conducting our 2012 Early Board Member handling the business of the IAWP.

The college facilities have been set aside specifically for our board meeting and the upcoming First Asia Region Women Police Conference.

The Conference will be March 7 & 8. All members of the board will be attending in support of this historical Regional Training.

I am looking forward to teaching in regards to "Best Practices in the area Family and Domestic Violence".

We were taken on a tour of Ahsan Manzil Palace Museum, through the city and to the Parliament Building. We are being warmly greeted and very well looked after by the women and men of the Bangladesh Police Service.

Saturday, March 03, 2012

A Night in the Arabian Desert

Last Night members of the IAWP Board embarked on a journey into the desert on modern day horses (Toyota Land cruisers) to experience the beautiful brown sands of the Phoenix Safari Compound. We enjoyed Riding the sand dunes like roller coaster as our tour took us up, down and sliding sideways through the desert. It was very exciting especially for me because I love roller coasters, fun rides and speed.

We enjoyed some time with the local animal mode of transportation, the camels. There were ATV rides, Sand boarding, and opportunity to dress in traditional clothing (which the women of our group experienced at the mosque), Henna drawings (temporary tattoo) and a chance to smoke from a traditional pipe.

The highlight sunset. Followed by a moment when it was quite dark and they turned off the music and the lights so we could experience DARKNESS IN THE DESERT. That was very surreal. We do not often turn off our minds, music, activities and stop; then listen to the sounds of silence.

I thanked God for the experience of being at that place, at that time, with the people I was with and with my health; blessings that are beyond measure.

Friday, March 02, 2012

On Twitter

Greetings everyone from Abu Dhabi. Please follow me and the IAWP Board Experience on Twitter.

I can be found @Chaplain Dow on Twitter.

Stay Safe,

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Day in the life

This morining women and men from the Emirati Women Police Association and the members of the IAWP Board went on a tour of Abu Dhabi. The members of the EWPA shared stories with us and took us to locations that allowed us to expereince their culture and to participate in "A Day In The Life" of a Emirati women.

This was by experiencing their culture and walking around in their world for a day.

We started our day at the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Where we donned our abayas and sheylas (head scarves) which were provided by the mosque and entered into the mosque where the procedure, purpose and process of a day of worship was explained to us. We had to remove our shoes as we entered the mosque. We were shown the area that prayer takes place and the ritual washing area to cleanse oneself before going to prayer.

It was a truly enligthening experience. The women and men of the EWPA were very willing to ensure we enjoyed our time exploring Abu Dhabi.

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Conference is well attended

The Welcome Dinner

Pictured here with the women from Qatar.

The Emirates Palace

The First Women Police Conference 2012

With Great appreciation to His Highness Lt. General Sheikk Saif Bin Layed Al Nahyan,
It is with great pleasure I write this blog from my room at the Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi on the second evening of The First Women Police Conference 2012 in Abu Dhabi. The theme of this conference is "Women Policing ... New Horizns for the Future." This conference is the first to be conducted in the Gulf States.

The IAWP welcomes its new affiliate The Emirati Women Police Association whose president is 1st Lieutenant Amnah Mohamed. Amnah's determination and strong drive towards helping her fellow officers in being well trained and well educated in all aspects of policing inspired her to seek out the help and follow through with building the foundation to raise The Emirates Women Police Association.

Out of this foundation came this Women Policing Conference which is a historical event with women and men from all over the United Arab Emirates in attendance.

We started with a welcome dinner on Saturday evening where conference attendees were able to meet and greet their colleagues and network.

Sunday Morning we went to the Emirates Palace for our Opening ceremony and a nice luncheon.

Here are some pictures from the first two days.

Enjoy...more to come.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Tamia Dow Day in the State Of Nevada

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval proclaimed February 1, 2012 as Tamia Dow Day in the state of Nevada. The day was so named in recognition of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Detective Tamia Dow's retirement after twenty-three years of serving the Las Vegas community, the county of Clark and the state of Nevavda.

The proclamation was presented to Tamia at her retirement ceremony at LVMPD Headquarters on February 1, 2012 by Terri Janison.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Why 2/1/12

I have been asked why I chose the date February 1, 2012. 2/1/12. 2112.

If you follow my blog and my personal Facebook page you will notice I am big on the numbers of the days. 1/1/11, 1/11/11, 11/1/11, 11/11/11, 1/2/12.

Now 2/1/12.

February 1, 2012 is listed on my calendar as National Freedom Day. I joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on February 28, 1989 ( the last day of the month). I retire from the LVMPD on February 1, 2012. The first day of the month in a month that is recognized nationally as Black History Month.

I am only the second Black female police officer in the history of LVMPD to continue their career past 20 years and retire. I am grateful to the first one to do it Officer Beatrice Dyess. She encouraged me along my career. It is so important to reach back to help and encourage each other to success.

For the next couple of days as I enter into my last week as a active police officer I am going to share reflection on my career in law enforcement.

I have been truly blessed and believe God's grace has kept me safe and sane throughout the years I have served.

Twenty-three years of watching policing grow and change. Amazing.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year. Yes again I am wishing you a happy new year. If you follow the Lunar Calendar last evening marked the new moon and the beginning of a fresh new year.

In the US we recogize and call it the Chineses New Year because many Asian culture adhere to the Lunar calendar.

Either way you celebrate whether this is the first day of this new year or the 23rd or 11th day of this new year we have all been blessed with a new year. A clean slate.

I challenge you to make the most of this new year. Do your best. Do your best in all you do and in all your dealings. Make people priority. Make family priority. All other things in life are worthless.

One Hundred Years From Now

Author: (excerpt from "Within My Power" by Forest Witcraft)

One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money I had in the bank
Nor what my cloths looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, I was important
In the life of a child. (or anyone who loves you)

To the world you are one person but to one person you are the world.

Please make people and your relationships with the people who love you your goal.

I pray for many blessings in your life in the new year.

Stay Safe.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10 - Joy

Joy {BIG SMILE} Brings a smile to your face.

What brings you joy?

Lunch with my niece and sister today brought me joy.
Meeting a new friend brings me joy.
Seeing my little nephew rush towards me to say hello brings me joy.
Unexpected phone calls from old friends brings me joy.
A long warm moonlit night with clear skies brings me joy.
The sound of the waves crashing against the shore brings me joy.
A report of a clean bill of health for someone I have prayed for brings me joy.
Travel adventures bring me joy.
An upgrade to first class brings me joy.
Arriving home safely brings me joy.
Preparing for retirement brings me joy.
Being loved brings me joy.
Loving others brings me joy.

Knowing you read my blog brings me joy.

This list is by no means complete and I encourage you to make your own list because while thinking of the things that bring my joy, that brought me joy.

Stay Safe

Monday, January 09, 2012

Day 9 Love in Action

Thanks to everyone who shared what love looks like to you.

By a landslide love had a face. It was the face of a child, a lover, a mother, a friend and it had a smile on its face and/or it made you smile. Love was/is people.
Love was shown and communicated through actions. Some people described a kiss, a phone call, a greeting card, a loving note, a random text. These were offered up from mothers and fathers to children, from lovers to lovers, from friends to long lost friends and from siblings to siblings or aunts and uncles.

No one described a passive love. Everyone described an ACTIVE love. Love in action. Love is an action word. Love is an active choice. Falling in love, being loved and loving all verbs, all about action.

The famous adage "it is better to have love and lost than to never have loved at all" came to my mind. Coaches tell you "You miss 100% of the shots you do not take". In this description action is required. You choose to get in the game or to sit on the curb.

So in the game of love; loving your family, children, spouse, friends, parents are you active or passive? You make the choice. You decide. I encourage you all of us to actively show love because from all the responses I got Action is required.

Share your love : )

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Day 8 - Love continues

The question I left you with yesterday was "What does love look like to you?"

The answers I have had so far are:

Love is God's grace
Love Is mercy
Love is favor
Love is our children
Love is our significant others
Love is our familes

Keep it coming I want to spend three days (today being the second day) on Love.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Day 7 - Love

God created the world in six days and on the seventh day He rested. (Today being the seventh day of 2012 I focus on Love). If one believes this statement (from the bible) they would find this a loving act. The act of creation. Creating a world, the world, the world we live in is an awesome act of Love and the new testament says in 1 Corinthians 13 :

Love is patient,
love is kind.
It does not envy,
it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects,
always trusts,
always hopes,
always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corintians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

What does love look like to you?

We will explore LOVE over the next couple of days because I do believe in Love. I believe it is the greatest gift we can give to someone. Love is very complex and works on many levels. There was a book written called "Love Languages" it talked about how we as human beings Love (the act of love) and how we can improve our relationships with others by knowing their love language.

The different types of love are interesting even within a family dynamics. Parents love different from how siblings love or how husbands and wives love. Friendships and love within them are distinctive. Love for your fellow man is different still when compare to familial love.

"Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends". John 15:13. We hear this read at police, fire and military memorial ceremonies.

Serving your fellow man is an act of love. Let's get the dialogue flowing. What does love look like to you? Contact me on Facebook, email or blog comment. Share your thoughts.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Day 6 - Be positive

You, your presence, your attitude can change everything. When you enter a room, begin a conversation, during any interaction you and your attitude make the difference.

We must set the tone. There are enough negative people in this world who look at the bad things going on as opposed to the good things. They complain about the old car they drive that’s paint is fading and does not drive as fast as it used to. They do not looking at the fact it’s paid off, is economical on gas and gets them to work and around town every day.

They complain their job does not pay enough, the hours are too long, and the work is too demanding instead of looking at the fact they are employed. There are many people who are not employed.

You would be amazed how good things continue to happen to you when you see the positives not the negatives. One of the main reasons is because positive attracts positive. How do you view things?

When you get up in the morning do you immediately focus on the thing you are dreading having to do or do you eagerly look forward to the things you really want to do? This first thing in the morning activity shapes your day.

If you do not begin with a positive focus it is hard (not impossible) to make it a great day. Focus is key.

F.O.C.U.S – Focus on one course until successful.

You choose your focus and you choose how you view the opportunities presented along the journey.

Choose to be positive : )

Have a great day.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Day 5 - Motivation

What gets you out of bed every day? What drives you? What's the most important thing to you?

These are probably your motivators.

Everyone has something that motivsates them. Something they are striving for. Something they consider their ultimate goal.

Today my family had a bit of a scare. We happily welcomed a brand new bouncing baby boy to our numbers. I was excited to hear the news and eager to meet my new godbaby. I contacted his mommy to see how she was doing and she informed me he was being taken to the Intensive Care Unit.

Immediately what was important, plans I had made for the day, everything became UNIMPORTANT. I began to pray for him and for the doctors treating him. I made my way to the hospital so I could lay my hands on him and pray for him.

For all of us HE was our motivation. His safe arrival and good health was our focused. Through Facebook and text we had numerous people praying for him. We were motivated. We had a common goal and a singular focus. This precious baby boy.

We are optimistic he will be given a clean bill of health and return home to join his family soon.

I asked at the beginning what's your motivation? What gets you out of bed? What are you excited to come home to (or to do)? This is your motivation.

I encourage you to focus on your motivation. Those people (children/family) or things that make you happy and take/make time for them.

Life is too short to spend the majority of it not pursuing your motivation.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Day 4 - Take Time To Be Kind

Have you ever had a door just slam in your face? Not because it is unmanned or automated yet because someone who was walking in front of you just did not take the time to look over their shoulder and see if someone was behind them.

Ever pass people on the street, in the hallway, in a store, while riding the bus or even walking around your office or work station without looking at them, acknowledging them, smiling or even saying hello?

Why is this so difficult?

Why is being kind and courteous a fleeting practice?

Do we really not want to interact with our fellow human beings?

Being that I am a very social person, people who walk around with their heads lowered or who look pass people so as not to have to acknowledge them give me pause. I pray for them. I wonder what has happened in their lives to make them so bitter and uncaring of the condition or existence of their fellow man.

We all have our own issues and problems. It is very dangerous to linger on them and bring them to work or take them out on others. Our co-workers (especially in law enforcement) are our lifelines. We should be able to share a smile, hold a door, ask a sincere "how are you?" and take a minute to listen. These same people are the people that will come running when you call for back up (assistance),even more so if they believe you care about them and you take the time to show them. You and your simple act of kindness can go a long way.

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care. And how will they know? By your actions, positive or negative. You set the tone.

Please take the time to hold the door for a colleague or a stranger, to engage a person in converation in a bank or grocery line, to actually greet people in the morning (or beginning of shift) with a smile and sincere "how are you?".

Kindness goes a long way and is a way of blessing people. Your kind words can change a life. They've worked to encourage me along the way.

Take Time to Be Kind :)

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Day 3 of the first 12 days of 2012 - GiveThanks

I know most of us officially returned to work today (for those of us who are paper pushers, detectives, administrators and the likes). Our colleagues worked the weekend. They worked the weekend keeping our streets, cities, towns, countries and world safe while we enjoyed our leisure. We had our time when we worked the holidays, late (over) nights and weekends. We are just in a different realm of the law enforcement machine. Every person’s role is important. Without the dispatchers screening and relaying calls and the maintenance staff who service our cars to ensure we make it safely to our calls or the administrators who ensure our paperwork is in order and the corrections officers that help us safely detain and house people for their court hearings. Without all these people who make law enforcement work we would not be successful.

So as you return to work take a moment to sincerely give thanks to your colleagues that assist you in serving your community.

I remember as a young patrol officer working the streets of Las Vegas on the graveyard shift (2200-0800 hours). Monitoring the streets checking the businesses, the homes and the pedestrians walking about to ensure they were in order. That no one was breaking into businesses or homes or out looking to do crimes under cover of darkness. At the time I knew my role as the graveyard officer was very important. My role - I ensured our citizens were safe 24 hours a day and had a police officer available to respond to assist them.

After I did my time on the graveyard shift I moved to swing shift (1500-0100 hours) and to day shift (0600-1600 hours) each with their own unique experiences and crimes. During my time in the field the thank you(s) I received from the citizens I served were few and far in between. It did not stop me from doing my job to the best of my ability yet it did make me even more determined to give thanks to those who helped make my job easier. I wanted to show them some honest and sincere appreciation for their help.

You will be surprised how far a thank you goes towards making a person feel appreciated.

Give Thanks. Thank a colleague for how they make a difference in your life and the life of others.

Be Safe.

Monday, January 02, 2012

2012 Day Two - Count Your Blessings

We began 2012 on a Sunday often called and believed to be the first day of the week for most. Monday is the day we return to work. Sunday is to be a day for worship, family, friends and reflection. On Sunday you look at the previous week and account for what you have done and look forward planning for what needs to be done in the coming week. What a perfect way to start the New Year, starting the New Year on a Sunday, day one of the week, a fresh slate and a new beginning.

I hope you spent yesterday in worship of your higher power and seeking guidance and direction for the new year. During the day I hope you spent time with family or friends or both and that you all shared what you were thankful for and looking forward to in the new year.

I love to hear and read on Facebook how other IAWP members spent their holidays and New Year Eve/Day. As your chaplain I started 2012 praying for the members of the IAWP and the women and men of law enforcement around the world.

Many members of my church and our Law Enforcement Prayer team gathered to bring in the new year in with prayer and worship. Thankful that we are here to see another year and optimistic for what 2012 will be.

The opportunities for 2012 are endless. The sky is the limit. Think about it, what would you do if you had no limits and could do ANYTHING? Seriously, what would you do?

Now I ask, why haven’t you started? Life is limitless. You can achieve the things of your dreams. You have to believe it.

I challenge you today to write down your successes of 2011. Write them out. It is important to remember. These accomplishment serve to show you, you can do anything you put your mind and heart into.

Write down the blessings you received in 2011. The unexpected gifts, visits from friends, job opportunities, great assignments, retirements, milestone birthdays, and good health reports after a scare. Write them down to encourage yourself. Often times we only reflect on what we DO NOT HAVE as opposed to what we do have. How we have been blessed.

Please look at what you have and make the most of it. Build on your strengths. Use your blessings to bless others. The more you give away the more you will receive.

Zig Ziglar said it best, “"You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want."

Make 2012 you best year.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Out with the old, In with the new

Happy 2012

For many 2011 was a trying year. There were tragedies, loss of loved ones, loss of property, natural disasters and countless other misfortunes I do not want to re-cap them all. I do not want to re-cap them because I took them to the curb. The heartache, trials an tribulations of 2011 I have place in the garbage. The rubbish has been given to the trash collector.

Carry it away. Remove it from my life. I do not want to see it any more as that will cause reflection. Time to wallow and comiserate. The things I keep are my victories. The positive thing I have learned from these experience. The positive things I accomplished in 2011.

To the evil things that attempted to undermine us in 2011 I command you go. Flee. Plague us no more. Bag up the ugliness and get rid of it. It is unnecessary luggage. Weighing you down, slowing you down and it does not need to follow you into 2012.

The choice is yours.

We all have trials and tribulations they come with being alive. How you choose to deal with them and view them will make or break you. Do you see them as opportunites to reach out to others in similiar situations to help them through? One Asian character reads crisis or opportunity it's the same graphic for the words it just depends on how you see it and interpret it.

In this new year I encourage you to throw away the old negative, carry over the positive and make the most of what you have.

Happy New Year.