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Finding the heroic in us all
Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D.
Policy reform in policing means creating new policy or changing the current one so agencies can protect the ones who ultimately protect us. A step-by-step guide can help!
Police administration and reform go beyond just boots on the ground.
The police are no strangers to social conflict, but are they poised to face anarchy amid COVID-19?
Use of force works; the court of public opinion and sentiment does not. History and law goes a long way to help explain difficult situations that the phone videos can't capture.
From the rolling billboards of bumper stickers and car decals to the walking billboards of apparel, the pseudo-cultural use of symbols greatly impacts human sensibility.
Swiss psychiatrist Jean Piaget's examination of schema can help us to understand categories of knowledge to interpret our children's world and development.
Amidst the daily chaos of the law enforcement, fire, and EMS world lies the 911 operator and dispatcher. They are literally the lifeline heroes of a flat-line occupation.
The conflict model of criminal justice informs us that the system is not harmonious. A big problem requires attention to the little things that matter and are within our reach.
Convictions give meaning to lives and enable us to find a place for ourselves in the larger universe. Pop culture superheroes often put that into perspective, breathing new life!
"A glorious age ... A very neon Renaissance and myths that actually touched you. Not Hercules, Orpheus, and Ulysses, but Superman, Captain Marvel, and Batman" —Tom Wolfe
Where social institutions and its rituals support the development of morality, their cultural hero systems can help to sustain it.
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.
"We are not thriving. Our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each year a little more of us is worn away." ---The Lost Empire
Cops are destined to bear a lifetime of suffering--an inescapable paradox--but nobody tells them it will be okay.
What's happened to our country? A few common denominators may help you understand that what is old is new again.
Why do cops stand in the gap between good and evil?
Superheroes are the most potent, mythological translators of heroism in the modern age. They serve as anchors of moral worthiness for our men and women in blue.
The Star Wars character of Darth Vader is a mythic “traveler,” as we each make choices we regret and must bear the consequences.
Although officers have a love-hate relationship with their jobs, it’s often more difficult to leave. Moving forward requires a healthy path.
The spirit that boils from our sacrifices cannot and must not be extinguished during our dark times, yet we are reminded every day that darkness is at our doorstep.
Filmmaker John Hughes' movies remain staples of teenage angst and adolescent transition still relevant today. When looking for nostalgia, you don't have to go far.
Predatory social dynamics often keep us in our shell despite the gut checks and intuitive instincts that tell us to stand up, speak out, and do "something."
The label of hero or villain is fleshed out by moral choices made under pressure. Using familiar archetypes will go far in helping you find a symbol and anchor of worthiness.
Often, our cultural impulse to attach ourselves to a family tree of symbolism. In doing so, the Bible (and comics) offer a unique treatise on the rise of heroes.
Casualties go beyond death and physical destruction. Our heroic "charge" is to pool resources for those who have become a cheap commodity in an apathetic society.
"No police force can safeguard the ideals of civility and decency from a public determined to destroy them." --Edwin Delattre Someone must step in---Enter: Law Enforcement
From the baseball grandstands to political forums, the use of the TASER continues to gain momentum in the media where armchair quarterbacks watch game film on Monday morning.
The crisis of modern society could very well be our younger generation who no longer feel heroic in the call-to-duty we have set up for them. Who do we turn to?
Embracing a responsibility to seek out answers to suffering and injustice requires a heroic transformation. Wherever you are in life, your phone booth is waiting!
Predatory social dynamics place all of us into the spotlight of survivor or victim. In growing numbers today, children provide our shelter.
Brian A. Kinnaird, Ph.D., is an author and professor in the fields of social psychology and criminal justice. He is a former Kansas law enforcement officer and current police chaplain.