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Who Do You Trust? Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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Notice the title asks who DO you trust not who should you trust.

As law enforcement officers we consciously strive to earn the trust of two vastly different groups. Firstly we want the definitive and unquestioned trust of our comrades in arms, those with whom we share so much of our working lives and secondly we seek the undisputeded trust of those citizens whom we serve.

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Law Enforcement Summit East - Ridgecrest Print E-mail
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ImageNestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, just minutes from Asheville, North Carolina, rests the tranquil LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center. Natural stone buildings and thick mountain laurel create a restful charm throughout the campus. The sunrises are spectacular, with ambient colors reflecting off the mountain mist.

Ridgecrest's beautiful 1,300 acre campus climbs from valley to mountaintop, offering elegant comfort in guest lodging and meeting space for over 2,000 people.Since its founding almost one-hundred years ago, Ridgecrest, a Christ-centered ministry, has welcomed millions of guests. Its spacious facilities are the choice location for conferences and events from 10 to 2,000.

Ridgecrest's campus offers an abundance of recreational opportunities including tennis, volleyball, basketball, and miniature golf. Some of the most beautiful hiking trails wind through the mountainside campus offering spectacular views of the Carolina horizon. Fine dining and shopping can be found just minutes down the road in nearby Asheville, or conference attendees can stroll through the delightful arts and crafts community of neighboring Black Mountain.  

The 2008 Eastern regional Christian Law Enforcement Summit will be held at LifeWay's Ridgecrest Conference Center located it the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Black Mountain NC, just east of Asheville. The 2008 Conference dates are: October 7th through October 10th. LifeWay invites all men and women in law enforcement and their families to send time in a "safe place" where they can experience fellowship with God and other Christian law enforcement officers. To find out more about this what can be expected by an officer who decides to attend this event in the beautiful mountain environment of Western North Carolina keep reading.

Experience challenging, meaningful and relevant worship services that are led by officers, for officers and their spouses along with selected breakout sessions, which when added to the fellowship and free time will help to make your attendance an unforgettable and rewarding experience. Officers who bring their families will find sessions, which will appeal to their spouses and special sessions for their children from Preschool through the early teen years.  Nursery care is also provided during breakouts and Worship Services.

The Cost of this Conference is: $349.00 for a single officer and $449.00 for an officer and their spouse.

The price includes: Three nights lodging (room upgrades are available for an additional cost), all meals and refreshments beginning with the first nights evening meal and ending with lunch on the last day of the conference.. There is no additional charge for meals for children ages 0-5 years and for children 6-12 meals are $39.00 while teenagers pay adult meal prices.

 

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Are Those Blue Lights Or Pink Lights in Your Rear View Mirror? Print E-mail
Written by Ray Fairman   
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Pink lights, you gotta be kiddin me! Hey guys I’m not kidding. I have spent nearly my entire adult life driving with different color lights on the roof of my squad but never pink lights. When I started in the law enforcement profession, all our “bubblegum machines” were red. As the years progressed the bubblegum machines left the roof and became red and blue “twins” or lightbars. The next transition was all blue lights and lights either hidden in the grill, on the dash or low profile roof lights, but never “pink” lights.

There was, however, a time a couple of decades ago when the Pennsylvania State Police did run an “unofficial test with pink lights…” or so it seemed to some of us. I was working in Maryland at the time and traveling up through Pennsylvania on I-81 a great deal to visit my in-laws in northeast PA. The PA Troopers were just getting new roof lights that housed the newest and brightest “halogen strobe lights”. These truly bright lights when encased in the typical red plastic dome were so bright that when they were illuminated, they seemed to be “Hot pink”. I can’t remember how long that “test” lasted, but I am sure it did not last that long.

To find out where I seem to be heading as I run down my "rabbit trail" keep reading.

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Triaging Spiritual Wounds Print E-mail
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I just returned from a 10-day deployment to a Midwestern University that was the site of a recent campus tragedy. While I was “boots on the ground” as a part of a faith-based response team, I took some time during my daily assignments to just sit with God and observe and assess the impacted students, staff, faculty, nearby residents and first responders from the public safety sector.

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“Corpsman Up” Print E-mail
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That call goes out all too often in combat environments. And when it does, generally everyone but the victim knows what it means. That is because "Wounded Warriors" don't always recognize their own needs. This is just as true in spiritual combat as it is in the world of physical combat. How do I know the truth of this matter? Raad on and I'll tell you.
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