Welcome to Badge 145—my identification number while on the department in Orange County, California. I am happy you found me. I am a retired cop who has written two books, The Spirit behind Badge 145 (WestBow Press, 2013), and Justice Revealed (CrossLink Publishing, 2016). Each one is suitable as a devotional.
In addition to the books, I have written many articles for online publications. Moreover, I am the former managing editor of Law Enforcement Today.
I also write devotionals and post them in the blog section of this website and on the Facebook page, Badge 145 – Trending Truth.
I hope you find something helpful as you journey in faith. I am always thrilled to hear from readers. Please do not hesitate to drop me a message at [email protected] with comments or questions.
Spiritual warfare is rampant. Lucifer was the fallen angel who became Satan and is duplicitous in his tactics. Justice Revealed will engage in the battle. It is a series of instructive vignettes, illustrations, and allegories that combine my professional experience in criminal justice with a personal proclamation of God’s impartial fairness—his perfect justice. Since many peace officers have a latent sense of humor, you will find some satire, parody, paradox, symbolism, and a soliloquy as well. Cops are typically thick-skinned, but secretly softhearted, so there is a prose or two for good measure.
The small bites of insight from each chapter are designed to take less time then it would require to connect during a coffee break. Plus the dialogue will be rich and meaningful as we journey between the laws of the land and the laws of God.
Most young police officers are generous servants when they begin their careers. But over time, reality breeds a growing skepticism. A police career requires shift work to cover a twenty-four hour, seven day per week operation, not to mention holidays. It is easy to become detached from one’s support network and church. The people we deal with each day during the course of our duty are typically having a bad day by the time they come under our jurisdiction. We take crime reports from citizens who have been victimized; we arrest others who have done the victimizing. By the time the badge arrives on scene, turmoil reigns. People are not excited to see us. We see bodies mutilated by severe auto collisions, homicides, and natural disasters. Others are battered and bruised in less severe ways, but still with damaging results. We see emotions torn and tattered. We are required to be polite and professional while dealing with a victim in need one moment and a hardened career criminal the next.
The balancing act is tough and creates new challenges every day. It is easy to become cynical and worn out. Those who wear a badge know these are traits that sometimes assist in the performance of our duty, but they are traits that handicap and damage personal relationships. As a result it becomes increasingly difficult to communicate with those outside law enforcement.
Some figure it out over time. Some do not. Either way, there is a price to be paid. This is the relationship challenge that has led me to write this book. There is a need for a Christian devotional specifically written for police officers and their families by someone who wore a badge. But the value of this book can be discovered by anyone who wishes to yield to God and find the purpose for his or her existence.