Author Archives: David Bruce

About David Bruce

David Bruce is a Police Sergeant who also serves as lead pastor of The Vine in Providence Village, Tx. A Marine Corps veteran, David and his wife Jill have two sons, Chris, currently serving in the US Navy and Dan who is serving in the Army National Guard as well as being a working police officer.

Police Body Cameras Benefit the Public and the Police

June 3rd, 2015 by

No supervisor wants to get that call claiming one of their officers is being accused of misconduct. And, fortunately, those calls don’t come very often. But, when the accusation is made it has to be investigated. In 2005 our Sergeant (now Lieutenant) fielded one of those complaints and spent a significant amount of time clearing […]

Carolyn’s Story

February 4th, 2015 by

We all have childhood memories that are so indelibly embedded into our minds that it seems they have become part of our DNA. These are the events that mold us into who we become. I have a handful of such memories, one of which I am sure accounts for my passion for helping victims of […]

Measured By Character

Measured By Character – The Messengers

January 30th, 2015 by

The room stills slowly as Wade moves to the front. Still not completely comfortable with having the spotlight, he begins to speak, as a look of serious contemplation moves across his face. Having just watched a video collage of newsreels covering the fatal accident of his son Ryan, Wade now presents the question at the […]

Ryan White Roadside Memorial

When Tragedy Strikes: The Story of Measured by Character

January 12th, 2015 by

Being a police officer in a small town affords some great benefits in that it offers an opportunity to know the citizens you serve a bit more intimately. However, this familiarity can be a two-edged sword. In April of 2012 I was assigned to the Aubrey I.S.D. as a School Resource Officer. In addition to […]

Police Stop

A Moment Of Compassion

January 2nd, 2015 by

There was nothing unusual about this particular traffic stop on this particular day. A small car travelling 47 mph in a 30 mph posted speed zone, though unlawful, was not all that uncommon. Almost mechanically I turned my marked patrol vehicle around and turned on my overhead emergency lights signaling the driver to stop. Over […]


Let’s Talk About That Unarmed Suspect

December 29th, 2014 by

Much has been said about the shooting of unarmed suspects. And, understandably so. Any time a police officer is involved in a shooting it deserves scrutiny. Police officers know that, as guardians of peace, any officer involved use of force will be investigated. And, to many, it is a simple equation; armed police shoots unarmed […]

World News

Pakistan School Attacks – Military vs Police

December 16th, 2014 by

It’s hard to imagine the kind of pure, unadulterated evil that can target a school full of children for a bloody murderous attack. In fact, I can’t begin to imagine such an act. And yet, that appears to be exactly what happened Tuesday in Pakistan. As of this writing it is estimated there are over […]

A Walk In My Shoes

December 9th, 2014 by

In 1987 I was one of three officers in a small north Texas town with a whopping eight hours Field Training and six months police work under my belt. I was working deep nights, a shift which started at 5 pm and ended at 5 am the next morning. One warm summer night I was […]

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A Note to Police Officers Everywhere

December 8th, 2014 by

PTFD Yes, I know the acronym is not what you are used to seeing but it isn’t wrong. It’s Post Traumatic Ferguson Disorder and I want to address it with my fellow officers for just a moment. This time of year is known to be stressful enough without the added “stresser” of the media onslaught against […]