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A//Sgt. Wice   HUFFINGTON POST ON NYPD AUX
07-30-2013 2:03:16 PM EST
NYPD Blue -- What I Learned About Startups Patrolling the Streets of New York City by Jeff Wald During the last 10 years I have invested, advised and founded startups in New York City. I have also spent a significant amount of that time patrolling its streets as a member of the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. The Auxiliary Unit of the NYPD dates back to 1951 when New York State passed the Defense Emergency Act whereby citizens would be trained to help the police in case of an emergency or natural disaster. In 1967 these volunteers were put under the direct command of the NYPD and the division was named the Auxiliary Police. Auxiliary Police Officers increase the public's perception of police presence by patrolling in police cars, on foot and on bicycle. We act as a second set of eyes and ears on the streets, though we are not supposed to engage when a crime is in progress. Unfortunately that is not always a choice Auxiliary Officers have. Since becoming an official part of the NYPD, seven Auxiliary Officers have been killed in the line of duty. What the Auxiliary Units do each day, of course, pales in comparison to the work that regular NYPD Officers do in protecting and serving our great city. Watching the regular NYPD and being part of my unit for so long taught me several valuable lessons that I have had the opportunity to apply as I have worked with startups. Keep calm -- There is not much that can rattle an Officer of the NYPD. They have seen it all and they are prepared for most eventualities. Somehow, when you have had a gun in your face in an actual life or death situation, the site going down for a few minutes doesn't seem like that big a deal. Most situations are not life or death and they need to be approached calmly and thoughtfully. Startups hit road blocks all the time. As a founder you have to guide your team right through the obstacles you will inevitably face. You can't panic. You need to listen, get the facts, and chart the best course of action. If your site goes down, remain calm. If your first and only customer leaves, remain calm. If your investors won't support your next round, remain calm. You will figure out a better solution if you react calmly and methodically. After all, you don't have a gun to your head. Have a plan -- Do you know why you never see police officers run? Two reasons: First, when people see a cop run, they tend to follow and see what's going on. That creates a more dangerous situation as now the Officers have to worry about protecting more people from whatever dangerous situation they are moving towards. Second, the Officers are discussing what they just heard from central dispatch and what each will do when they arrive on scene. They are establishing a plan of action based on the information they have. The NYPD always has a plan, because if they don't, people die. Startups need to do the same. You need to allocate the scarce resources you have available. You need to prioritize your roadmap to ensure you are creating the most value possible. You need to budget and understand what your contingency plans are for different scenarios. Startups die because they run out of money and they haven't shown enough traction for someone to give them more. If you always have a plan you are less like to see your startup die. Call in backup -- "The NYPD never loses a fight because they have the biggest force on the streets." My commanding officer told me that once and it just makes sense. No matter how big the group of bad guys are, they can't get on a radio and have hundreds of well-trained people rushing to their aid in minutes. The NYPD can, and so can a startup ... well, minus the guns. Startups are hard and the challenges we face sometimes seem daunting. Too often founders try to solve these challenges on their own thinking no one else can understand. Founders that don't ask for help often fail. You should never be afraid to call in backup. This means your investors, your advisers, fellow founders - all stand ready to provide whatever aid you need. When an officer faces a threat of any kind, his first move is always to call into central, advise of location, the situation, and ask for help if needed. Founders should do the same. While we never literally have a gun to our heads, our lives on the line, or put in front of any real danger, startups are hard. Walking the beat in the 19th Precinct of the NYPD for nine years taught me to keep calm, have a plan and always call in backup when needed. While a startups' challenges are not as dangerous, we should be no less prepared for them as they come.

A/Sgt. Sterler   Tonight and Saturday
07-30-2013 1:52:36 PM EST
I'll be at the command at 1800 tonight to support A/Sgt. Wice's tour already in progress. I'll also be in for Saturday's tour.

A/PO Liu
07-30-2013 1:46:04 PM EST
P.O. Green sign me up for this Saturday Summer Streets.

A/SGT Siewert   SATURDAY
07-30-2013 1:07:42 PM EST
0800 see you there!

A/PO Ruiz   Re: Summer Streets
07-30-2013 1:04:19 PM EST

P.O. Green I'll be in for this Saturday Summer Streets.

A/PO De Boer
07-30-2013 12:19:53 PM EST
I'll be there saturday.

A/PO Cosme   THIS SATURDAY: 0800 TURNOUT TIME
07-30-2013 10:59:54 AM EST
P.O. Green, count me in this Saturday for Summer Streets.

P.O. GREEN   THIS SATURDAY!!!!
07-30-2013 10:41:15 AM EST

SUMMER STREETS!!!!! THE CITY OF NEW YORK SHUTS DOWN PARK AVE. FROM DOWNTOWN TO UPTOWN JUST FOR PEDESTRIANS!!!! WE NEED YOU. EARLY START, EARLY DISMISSAL. LET'S GO CTTF!!! WHO IS COMING IN? SATURDAY 0800.

APO Albergo
07-30-2013 9:32:02 AM EST
I will be in tomorrow, 7/31/13, for patrol.

A/PO ALAM
07-30-2013 4:13:16 AM EST
I will be in today(07/30/2013) for patrol.

A/PO Liu
07-30-2013 12:00:44 AM EST
Sign me in for next major detail!!!!

A/PO Cruz
07-29-2013 8:45:04 PM EST
I will be in at 1700 hours for patrol tomorrow 7/30/2013 A/Sgt.Wice

A/Ruiz
07-29-2013 7:39:51 PM EST

Sorry for the mistake,I meant to say A/Sgt.Wice and not A/Sgt.Wise.

A/PO Ruiz
07-29-2013 7:10:06 PM EST

A/Sgt.Wise I will be in to patrol tomorrow God willing.

A/PO Ruiz
07-29-2013 7:07:19 PM EST
I'll be in tomorrow A/Sgt.Wise.

A/Sgt. Wice   TUESDAY
07-29-2013 6:41:59 PM EST
Tuesday patrol to start 1600-1700. Please post if you will be in.

APO/Campbell
07-29-2013 6:14:50 PM EST
I'll be in for patrol 7/30/13. If there is a supervisor for tomorrow 's tour please let me know. Thank you

A/PO Cosme   Dominican Day Parade: August 11th
07-29-2013 12:00:27 PM EST
Count me in for the Dominican Day Parade.

A/PO Ruiz
07-29-2013 11:59:59 AM EST

Count me in for the Dominican Day Parade.

A/PO Torres
07-29-2013 11:35:55 AM EST
I'll be in today around 1400 hrs

A/PO James
07-29-2013 9:05:47 AM EST
I'll be in at 1400 for patrol. & count me in for the Dominican Parade

P.O. GREEN   AUGUST 11 1000HRS
07-29-2013 7:34:55 AM EST

GET READY FOR OUR NEXT ALL HANDS. THE 2013 DOMINICAN DAY PARADE!!! 1000 LEAVE TIME ON AUGUST 11TH!!!!!!

A/PO ALAM
07-29-2013 4:41:49 AM EST
I will be in today for patrol.

A/Sgt France   9178730338
07-29-2013 12:52:31 AM EST
I'll be in Monday 1200

A/PO Liu
07-28-2013 11:06:46 PM EST
I'll be in for tomorrow patrol

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