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Coffee with TheSarge: PoliceLink Turns Three!

Coffee with TheSarge: PoliceLink Turns Three!

TheSarge

Happy 3rd Anniversary PoliceLink! Established way back in 2007, it’s time to congratulate Chris Cosgriff (Senior Editor), Kevin Powers (Assistant Editor), the PL Forum Moderator Team….and especially you, the Members!

PoliceLink has traversed unique ground as this site has grown. We’ve been able to move forward even in difficult times. This is a real testament to the manifested strength and motivation of the LEO community. The transition to a strengthened partnership with Monster.com has been completed.

During the last three years, our membership has become global. New people have found PoliceLink to be a place of respite, learning and social interaction. For some, PoliceLink has been the very first social networking website with whom they’ve belonged.

From me to you, Welcome! Coffee is on me.

So, where are we going? Forward! Forward!! Forward!!!

There are many members on the site who have substantially added to the positive content on the site. Certainly, it would be impossible to name them all, but here are a few who are invited to center stage for their ’15 minutes of fame!"

First, a thank you to dolphinblue for her discussion titled The Listening Ears of Children, a survivor story that has garnered the interest of thousands of people on the site. Next, to ehil, JJ1 and others who persistently track down new members for a friendly greeting. And to the Officer Down Group leadership team for providing honor and respect to Our Fallen.  One unique group is our Cops to Contractors team. They have opened communications amongst their fellow LEO members and assisted with cops transitioning to the work of contractors overseas.

To kick off our 4th year, here are some new things you can do.

First, to all you law enforcement professionals: If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and get verified so you can have access to the LEO Only areas. It is a short and secure process.

Next, to all Members: Take some time and really explore the site. Start clicking on all those tabs and links to visit other areas. There is a plethora of information and interesting training materials, become a cop resources and other fun stuff that you may be missing. I started snooping around myself and found some areas that I hadn’t seen. “Hmmm, I didn’t know that was on our site.” So, yeah, check it out. Navigate outside your normal surfing routine and discover new stuff on PoliceLink.

To our LEO’s: Let’s continue participating throughout PoliceLink to make this a productive place to advance your career. I am talking about being already on the job and past the Academy. Whether you desire a promotion, are looking to be assigned to a specialized unit, are seeking direction in your agency or improving what you got going on right now—locate the areas on the site where you can get involved. There are special forums for special LEO sworn vocations like Airport Police, College Police and Transit & Rail Police. If you are a subject matter expert in an area, locate a place in these less traveled forums where you can compare notes, network with other LEO pros or be the voice of authority on some subjects.

Most of all, we are people connecting with people. I have found our ardent LEO supporters adopting the same “Can-Do” and “Git-R-Done” attitude that cops and deputies need to have on the streets. Yes, most of us (LEO and non-LEO alike) are trying to do more with less. On our website, our collective experience will play into our immediate and future success and career-building goals.

In closing, our world has changed and is consistently evolving. Despite politics, difficulties and a whole gamut of challenges we all face, we on PoliceLink are here for each other. Thank you for your continued hand of friendship on the site and let’s continue to move our PoliceLink community forward.

Be safe out there. 10-8….

TheSarge is a long-time member of PoliceLink and serves as the forums administrator.


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