Do we, as a nation (and as police professionals) have an understanding of that which police in our society are expected to BE and DO?
Here’s what Mike Scott and I came up with a couple of years ago. Mike is a former chief of police and director of the POP Center:
ON THIS WE STAND!
Qualities of Police in a Free and Democratic Society
- Accountable to those whom we serve.
- Collaborative with our communities.
- College educated and thoroughly trained.
- Effective in what we do and oriented toward preventing crime and other disorder.
- Honest to a fault.
- Model citizens and personally reflect the founding values of our democracy.
- Peacekeepers and protectors of those who cannot care for themselves.
- Racially representative of the communities we serve with a significant number of women in our ranks.
- Respectful to everyone with whom we contact.
- Restrained in our use of force and, whenever possible, opt for less-than-lethal force.
- Servant leaders in our contacts with others and the way in which we lead our organizations.
- Unbiased in our actions and deal with all people fairly.
If you are a current or retired police officer and in agreement with these qualities, please sign up and let your voice be heard.
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