Life Behind the Badge

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What is Wives Behind the Badge, Inc?

With 12,000 followers on our Facebook Page, many of you are new here and may not know exactly what WBTB is.  I can give you our canned response: Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. is an all-volunteer national non-profit organization, with 501c(3) status that is dedicated providing support and resources to the law enforcement community. Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: P.O.L.I.C.E.

Wives Behind the Badge, Inc. is proud to sponsor an amazing class for officers, spouses, and other family members. P.O.L.I.C.E. Families is a class that gives all law enforcement families, not just police officers, tools to use to incorporate family life with the LE lifestyle following an outline based on the acronym of P.O.L.I.C.E. and the motto Protect and Serve. Law enforcement of all kinds present challenges in family relationships that are unique form other occupations. Learning about each other and how to communicate with each other will strengthen the relationships (souses, parents, and friends) and offers a better chance the relationship will survive through those challenges. Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: Heroes in the Storm

Right now I sit here in my warm house on a sunny Nevada day thinking of those that are facing the biggest storm of their lives.  Do I feel guilty that I live in a place where the worst thing that can happen here are earthquakes and forest fires while all these innocent people are in the path of great destruction and mayhem? Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: To Be or Not to Be

When Shakespeare penned the timeless words “To, be or not to be, that is the question” he asked a multifaceted question, applicable in every aspect of life.
A much more modern writer got me thinking about these questions recently. After watching the movie “End of Watch” I walked out with the same feeling I’ve felt many times since I married my LEO. The feeling can’t be tied up with a pretty word like “love” or “happiness” but is so much more. Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: You Find Out Who Your Friends Are

September 9th, 2012 was a Sunday. The new football season was underway, children were back to school and my grandmother, at age 89, took her last breath in a nursing home in Alabama. It wasn’t anything dramatic; no great words of wisdom were shared before she passed. It was just a quiet peaceful passing on a Sunday afternoon. Read More

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Being a LEOW — Always Remember — Never Forget

As I am sitting at home today I remember (like most) where I was 11 years ago.  I was not a Law Enforcement Officer’s Wife (LEOW).  I was not near any of the sites where the tragedy hit.  I was working on a project and teaching a class regarding accounting in Lynchburg, VA.  All of a sudden everyone’s cell phones started beeping/ringing and we all were in shock.  How could something like this be happening? Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: The Little Things

It’s the little things that matter.  Life is full of big things, good and bad.  But when you concentrate on the little things, the big things looming in our lives seem to get smaller.
My husband has been working a lot lately due to being short handed but he goes in with a wonderfully open attitude.  He might be tired.  He might be grumpy.  He might be burnt out but he does his job with the right attitude because he knows that it is the little things that count. Read More

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LIFE BEHIND THE BADGE: Seven years ago today…

On July 19, 2005 I looked up as I heard someone asking for me by name. Gosh, the IT department is fast and they sent me two guys? I thought. “That’s me” I said as the receptionist told them that no one by that name worked there. It was my first day of work at that school so she couldn’t possibly know who I was. As the two guys turned around to face me, I realized I was dead wrong as I caught a glimpse of a badge at one of the Officer’s waistline. My legs went weak and my heart started to pound; no more words left my lips. The two plain clothed detectives came to my work to transport me to the hospital. “Your husband has been hit during a pursuit” the officer said. Read More

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Life Behind the Badge: Just Another Day

Can I tell you what an amazing man I think my husband is?  Am I allowed to be proud of him?  Am I allowed to tell everyone I know that my husband is a police officer and I am not going to hide?  Are people going to roll their eyes or get quiet when they hear what my husband does for a job?  Are they going to call him names behind his back just because he represents the law?  Or are they going to applaud him and tell him thank you whenever they see him? Read More

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Life Behind the Badge: Heroes Remembered June 30th

They were just putting on their vest for work that day.  They kissed their family goodbye and pulled off in their car to begin their shift.  The thought on their minds could have been that they wished that they had a little bit more time with their family.  The thoughts could have been on their plans the following weekend with family and friends.  They could have been thinking about how they were going to do on their next evaluation.  They could have been thinking about where to get dinner after shift with their partner.  How many others are like that day in and day out?  How many think about everything except for the fact that they could possibly not make it home that night? Read More

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