“– a resentment and suspicion of the life of the mind and of those who are considered to represent it, and a disposition constantly to minimize the value of that life.”
This definition causes me to wonder and think about those police with whom I have worked with and led over the years; those who had a “resentment and suspicion of the life of the mind;” who constantly minimized the value of an education or intellectual life.
Those who held these beliefs were obstacles to the great vision of police a free society and defending the “inalienable” rights of its people.
It is very important for police leaders today to select the “best and brightest” in their communities to serve as police — and for them to be actively engaged in growing both the intellectual and emotional life of their officers.
This is important because today’s police need to be thinkers — now more than ever — thinkers who are able to creatively solve the problems of community support and trust which confront them today.
- When police are able to creatively think and solve the problems which confront them, they will not only improve their work, their relationships within the community, but also themselves.