National Police Officers’ Memorial Day is May 15th. It’s the day we formally remember the officers who’ve paid the ultimate price. We remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
We know how dangerous the job is when we begin…but do we really?
Unfortunately many of the greatest risks are hidden, unknown, or just flat out ignored. According to CopsAlive.com, a website aimed at protecting cops from the hidden dangers of the job, 73 officers are murdered in the line of duty each year in the United States. But more frightening is that 400 – 450 officers take their own lives each year through suicide
I can see their eyes glaze over when I warn them. The “kids,” as we refer to them, don’t want to hear about the hidden dangers of being a cop. I remember having similar thoughts years ago when I heard the same warnings.
“Maybe it will be a problem for someone else, not me.”
At 21 years old, all I wanted to hear about were guns and car chases; the same things young police recruits are intrigued by today. Nothing has changed.
They said, somewhat in jest, “Boos, Broads, and Bills” is what will get you. It’s the same three B’s that have been passed down from generations of cops.
It wasn’t until many years later that I realized just how true that really was. When I take inventory of the law enforcement friends I’ve lost to death, disability, stress, or being fired, statistically those three B’s are very high on the list of causes.
There are certainly those who pay the price to shootings and other violence, but the numbers are small when compared to stress, injury, alcohol, drugs, sex, marriage, and financial issues.
The data is hard to find, but I suspect the percentage of cops who start and finish a 30 year career is very, very small. It’s those hidden dangers that get to most cops, yet the percentage of time, money, and training devoted to those risks is almost nothing.
Now that I’m retired, I teach one class at the police academy. It’s my way of giving back and I enjoy watching their wild-eyed enthusiasm. I can only hope that a small amount of the life lessons I share will sink in, but if they’re anything like I was at their age, they probably don’t want to hear it.
Of the three B’s, one has become my second career. I wrote the book “How to be Rich: The Couple’s Guide to a Rich Life Without Worrying About Money” and it’s Free to Cops during National Police week.
By a cop—for cops. It’s a fast, entertaining book that will show you a perspective about you and your relationship with money that you’ve never seen before in print.
The 5‑star book has been rated #1 in the introduction to investing category at Amazon and has received over 50 rave reviews.
You can order the book at full price at Amazon
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During the National Police Week, I’ve partnered with Cops Alive to give 100 copies away Free to Cops. If you’re interested, just help me out with the shipping and handling and I will ship you a free copy.
Here is what only one of the over 50 reviewers at Amazon said about the book:
“It’s not often I pick up a book and have a hard time putting it down…but that’s exactly what happened with How to be Rich.
What’s brilliant about the book is how Chuck Rylant tells a great story that keeps you interested in the topic. It’s a very clever way to use a story to get a point across. If he had just started out saying save, invest, mutual funds, blah-blah-blah, I would not have been able to finish.
But instead…he uses a great, interesting story to get the point across. So I was being entertained and learning at the same time.
In the story, you notice the financial mistakes that the characters are making and then you realize that YOU are making the same financial mistakes. It’s the kind of thing that you reject if someone tells you but you accept when you realize it for yourself.
If you are having any financial difficulties whatsoever as a couple, I recommend the both of you read this book and follow the recommendations. If you tell your partner to change, they probably won’t — but if your partner realizes things for themselves, the change stands a much better chance of happening.
This book will have a positive impact on your finances and more importantly, on your relationship.” S. Cartwright.
To get the book shipped to your house, fill in the form below to get started. You will need to provide your shipping details and then just help me out with the shipping and handling and I will ship it off to you. Stay safe!
** The free offer has expired May 19, 2012, however, you can order it at Amazon by clicking HERE **