Monday, July 11, 2016

Today Is A Beautiful Day

Today, Sunday, July 10th, 2016 is a beautiful day here in South Florida. It is bright, sunny and hot. When I woke up this morning I did not put on a vest, I did not pin on my badge and I did not holster my weapon. That routine ended for me years ago. Today, many of my friends, brothers and sisters in law enforcement carried on that routine with heavy hearts. Despite the somber days we are experiencing I slept very well last night knowing that my brothers and sisters are standing strong and keeping us safe. I promise you this dark, seemingly doom filled storm will pass and you will be stronger.

Over the past couple days I have read lots of stories from officers and civilians around the nation and the world expressing their emotions. An officer from California who is concerned about the feelings he is having and how to channel them. A mother in Miami who is worried about her newly sworn son, a retired officer herself that knows all too well the dangers her boy will face. A police officer in Russia who is outraged someone would actually target police officers. Police officers no doubt have a lot of support. I want to tell each one of them that they will be ok, that we will all be ok.

Since the beginning of policing in America our brothers and sisters have died in the line of duty. Each and every time it is difficult to accept, we mourn, we react, yet police officers continue to report for duty. This time is different, very different. Our emotions are stronger, wider ranging and potentially self-consuming. Police officers are a fraternal bunch, we rely on each other to survive the job and stay alive. This is a time when we will need to lean on one another heavily for some time to come.

Very humbly I offer my advice, not based upon any special knowledge, statistics, or psychological analysis but as a brother. Be self aware, think about your emotions and how you are reacting. Reach out to your brothers and sisters for support. Find a way to channel your energy into positive outlets. Be kind to yourself, talk to your self with compassion and maintain your humanity. On the tactical side, trust your instincts and rely on your training. Have confidence that when the time comes to act you will do the right thing. Make sure your battle rattle is up to par, wear your vest every day and be proficient with your patrol rifle. Seek out all the training you can, even if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket. If you have not already, buy a set of rifle plates and a carrier. They are cheap and offer significantly more protection than your Kevlar vest. But most of all, go home to your family at the end of your tour.

Patrick J. McGeehan, Esq. is a criminal defense and family law attorney in Miami, Florida. He has over 20 years of law enforcement experience in the South Florida region. Mr. McGeehan was a police instructor in several areas as well as a court certified expert witness in D.U.I., speed measurement, accident reconstruction and other law enforcement fields. Mr. McGeehan has been featured on numerous national news networks, radio and print media regarding his legal work. He can be reached at the Law Offices of Patrick J. McGeehan, P.A., One Biscayne Tower, 2 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3760, Miami, Florida 33131, 305-577-4933,;

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