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Policing is an honorable calling and I was blessed to be a part the law enforcement family for twenty-five years. Cops aren’t perfect, but to uphold the values of our profession we should always strive to be worthy of the badge. Today our ideals and principles are more important than ever. We’ll talk about issues relating to policing and the communities we serve. This is a no hate zone, but we may ruffle some feathers. I challenge all of us, cops and citizens, to listen to one another. Our individual experiences and truths may be difficult to understand, but we have to try.

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  1. As the granddaughter and niece of retired police officers, I for one am delighted to see someone willing to stand up and open a long overdue dialogue. Neither side is all right….or all wrong, and there is profiling and prejudices on both sides…but that is true in all walks of life. I look forward to seeing the dialogues develope.

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    • David, that sounds like a plan. We need to get momentum going to drive this message home to all. I’m ready to collaborate with anyone interested in really working on the profession we love. Thanks for reaching out. I’ll stop over and check out your site.

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  2. i saw a link that Equality Florida posted on Facebook concerning your comments and clicked over. I too am a retired police sergeant and lesbian. During my tenure I was presented with 2 incidents of what I felt was inappropriate behavior by another officer. One I witnessed and one was presented to me by one of the officers on my squad. The incident I witnessed I did report up the chain and not much was done, other than I now had a new reputation as a snitch. However, as time passed I learned it was only a small group. It was not an easy decision for the reasons you mention. The second incident was different. The officer who came to me was struggling with the scenario he witnessed and had been for several days. Having been through it myself I felt for him. I formally reported the incident and this time appropriate action was taken. Again, the reputation resurfaced. It too passed and interestingly enough, several years later the officer that was disciplined came and thanked me. He had been going through a tough time personally and unfortunately he brought it to work. It was an eye opener for him, the behavior never reoccurred and he served faithfully and retired with full benefits. The one thing I learned from the Chief who promoted me was “management courage”. It is often not easy to practice that philosophy but in my opinion, the more I hear from others, that’s what seems to be lacking. Good luck with your efforts.

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    • Hi Donna, Thanks for your service and courage. Early in my career, as a new FTO, my recruit told me about inappropriate behavior from a corporal. I spoke to my sergeant about it and, rather than speaking with him, the matter became an IA investigation. I was labeled “the snitch”. as you describe. Things are better, certainly than when I first began, but I still see pockets of behavior that I think can be addressed on a peer or first line supervisor level. But that standard, in my view, has to be purposely reinforced top down. it’s not enough to say there’s a policy. It’s a day to day culture of moral behavior that has to be continually nurtured. That way, the vast majority of good officers feel empowered. Thanks for your thoughts.

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