Posts filed under: Leadership

WARNING- The following article contains adult language!-WARNING “Officer Meraz, have you ever read Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink?” A woman asked me that in response to some story I posted...
Two years after leaving the Marine Corps, I find myself sitting on a used couch in a tiny sweaty apartment in North Hollywood… AC is expensive.  The year is 2014...
I once had a radio call of a child with “oppositional defiance disorder.”  After her mom explained to me what a “monster” her child had turned out to be, I...
In an otherwise quiet residential neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mr. Winston, 62, sat handcuffed in his wheelchair on the sidewalk in front of his home. It was 4 a.m. when...
“Know yourself and seek self-improvement.”- Marine Corps leadership principles Want to be better at life? How about just trying to get hired as a police officer, or you if you are...
Too many people focus on preparing for the academy, believing it to be the ultimate achievement.  It’s an achievement alright, but the real challenge begins when you hit the streets...
I often get asked how I like being a cop. More specifically I also get asked if being a cop is hard. Since I love it, my answer is always...
Our current U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis has enough motivation to fire up an entire fleet Marine Corps without even saying a single Oorah!  When the man speaks,...
Every time we don our uniform, we are at war with a force more evil than crime itself.  I don’t know what it is,  but we all feel it.  There...
A college kid came up to me at a coffee shop once (I didn’t have my bullet proof coffee that day) and said “Hey, Officer Meraz, I recognize you from...