“A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial and uniformed.” Nelson Mandela
When I launched The Police Insider on April 1, 2013 whatever expectations I had were self-imposed. Write the truth, write things you are qualified to talk about and be humble in your approach and interactions with your readers.
After reflecting on the past year and reviewing my year-end statistics I ‘m left with a strong sense of gratitude and appreciation.
Grateful for a dedicated readership who offered support and insightful comments that frequently enhanced my stories. Grateful for the people who challenged me and expressed their contempt and scepticism towards me and the Law Enforcement Community. You helped me capture the spirit and intent of Mr Mandela’s thought-provoking quote and made me a better writer.
In nine (9) brief months The Police Insider recorded over 133,048 views from over one hundred and forty-one (141) Countries. Most visitors came from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. These numbers were unexpected and encouraging.
The Police Insiders top story was “Policing – A Career Full of Nightmares,” an intimate look at the extraordinary challenges experienced during a career in Law Enforcement. The story went viral on social media and recorded over 35,000 views.
Other top stories were;
- Canadian Justice Perversion
- Joy to the World – Maybe Not So Much for Police, Fire and EMS Workers
- Just Another Dead Indian – The Racial Divide
- Plot Thickens in Child Murders
Most visitors to The Police Insider site came after entering the following key words in a variety of search engines; The Police Insider, Police Insider, thepoliceinsider.com, Natasha Jeffrey & Sammy Yatim.
The most commented story was “The Shooting of Sammy Yatim – Justified or Not,” a story that analyzed the use of force in the tragic shooting of an eighteen (18) year old Toronto man.
The top five (5) most active commenters were:
- Phil Friesen
- Joe Kerr
- Darrell Horn
- Nola Bogie
The Police Insider web site also generated considerable interest from local media outlets such as the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, CJOB – Mike on Crime, CJOB – Charles Adler, The Winnipeg Free Press, The Winnipeg Sun, CTV and others.
A total of fifteen (15) Police Insider stories were published in The Winnipeg Free Press.
The Police Insider would like to express our appreciation to our dedicated readership who continues to support the cause and express appreciation for our commitment to bring you news from behind the badge.
The Police Insider would also like to express our appreciation to Dave Connors – WFP, Mike McIntyre – WFP, Charles Adler – CJOB and James Turner – WFP for your continuing support and exposure to a wider audience.
The success of The Police Insider in 2013 has encouraged me to make a commitment to continue the journey in 2014.
In 2014, The Police Insider hopes to grow our readership base and share that base with up and coming crime reporters, students and journalist contributors.
The Police Insider appreciates your support and looks forward to continuing our relationship in 2014.
Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours in 2014.