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SEP 2018

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58 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 avoided or the ones needed to guide the younger officers beyond the "101 Stuff of Life" and learn from our life experi- ences. A few years ago, I transitioned to the league, so to speak. We all should still wear uniforms or suits when we need to due to regulations and stations of life. But I realized that when you attend an event or training conference where you can be yourself, you should try to loosen up when Monikers like "Joe P" or "Wild Bill." In the grand scheme of things, they are great persons and you need to know them. We are willing to share life experiences and don't want the younger generation to re- live our mistakes. You just might be able to find us based on our nifty shirts. LEARNING FROM THE LEAGUE Remember, we have already experienced our career's challenges, so learn from us. Some of us are the reasons for lessons learned. Not every one of us is the officer for which certain regulations were written because of past sins, but I will admit there is a "Harvey Rule" at my old department. e old guys knew the "state of the art" from years ago and it gives a foundation to compare to today's "state of the art." We must know where we came from if we want to go into the future. is old guy league is a collection of dis- tinguished and often colorful characters; take time to get to know a few. e warn- ing here is that if you join, you will be ap- proached by the younger officers. If you are bold enough to wear the telltale shirt, you've got to have stories to tell along with worldly advice. All of us had that old of- ficer who sat down with a coffee and told us "how it is to survive here" and "what you need to do." anks goodness for that. We operate in a world of black-and- white rules but work in a world of grays. It is very important for the older generations to pass on the institutional knowledge and share the hard lessons learned for this profession to progress. We are operat- ing in litigious and perilous times; for an officer to truly survive, the older and wiser group can help. If you're an oldtimer, get a cheap Ha- waiian shirt, brighten up the conversation and relax, and be the old guy who gives back and shares. It is our way of help- ing carry on the profession. And for the younger officers, take a look around you. We are easy to spot, easy to talk to, and we want to make you successful. William L. "Bill" Harvey is the chief of the Ephrata (PA) Police Department. He re- tired from the Savannah (GA) Police De- partment where he worked assignments in training, patrol, and CID. Harvey has more than 25 years of experience working with recruits, rookies, and FTOs. www.AssistedPatrol.com 937-369-0080 ARREST MORE THIEVES Visit us at IACP Booth 3038 to learn more it comes to your attire to enjoy the mo- ment. May I suggest a Hawaiian shirt? I know most of the younger officers will reject this idea because it's not their style. For those of you who are in the gray hair or no hair era, get a shirt and try it. ere is a maxim in general usage that goes something like "Beware of an old man in a profession where men usually die young." Most of us have the code names already. The Old Guy League

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