Part of the problem or part of the solution?
There are going to be some people who like this post and others that don’t. To put this in context, I have been in law enforcement for 30 years. I have been called a cop’s cop and a peacemaker; both of which I am extremely proud. My son is in the military and so was my father and brothers. I have friends who were killed in the line of duty and I am proudly a man of God. I can say that I have had failures in many aspects of my life but I do know that reconciliation happens when we care more about those we have relationships with than our own self preservation.
I don’t understand why we, as law enforcement leaders, are so vocally outraged by protests at national anthems and sporting events but so silent when we see police violence. Too many are operating in fear, both in leadership and on the streets. We need to stop adding to the ever widening gap of trust between law enforcement and our community.
What I know is, as a police officer and a police leader, I have been called to a higher purpose; a profession of nobility and service. I was entrusted with authority and guided by love for all human beings. Jesus is the example to follow if you are looking for a strong leader who walked among those who did not trust him or believe him. We are not going to solve this growing problem of distrust toward law enforcement by holding fast, when we truly demonstrate love and compassion for all people, we will see the lives of those around change. Yes, we all have responsibility to stop the violence. Who is going to lead? The culture of policing is in need of a transformation across the country lest we have no country to protect.