Wednesday, December 3, 2014
TIME FOR HEALING
BUILDING MORE TRUST BETWEEN THE POLICE AND THE COMMUNITIES
The recent verdicts of the Ferguson and Garner jury have bought turmoil to our great nation,While we must respect the law and the findings of the grand juries one thing is clear. Policing in the United States needs a major overhaul. Young men of color as well young people of all races face danger when confronted by police officers while driving, walking or just hanging out., Urgent reforms are needed now to ensure the process of fair justice and to protect the lives of innocent persons, and to ensure that police officers deal with fairness in their actions
Need For Reforms
We need changes that provide on going anti bias and increase funding which will provide for continued training on a continued basis and on a annual basis , at the same time.. Texas has used such a system over the past decade to develop personnel expertise while satisfying the interests of specialized interest groups and legislated training mandates. Chiefs, academy directors, and POST commissions can and should provide recommendations regarding line personnel training issues as well as a supervisory curriculum that reflects a step-by-step, progressive education program. There has been considerable discussion in several states regarding “cafeteria”-style training programs. Such programs offer both mandated training topics as well as discretionary training preferences within defined timelines. Both limit impact on staffing and agency training costs. Such a system could provide the framework in which special interest, legislated, and profession-preferred training programs would be limited without adversely affecting basic training academy timelines.
The police and all officers of the justice system must continue rebuilding the trust in our communities thru more outreach and community partnerships which are the key to rebuilding that trust.Issues of proper policing is not a minority problem it is a problem for all of all our diverse communities.
let us begin the process of healing by ensuring that our police and our communities continue to work together to make our city a better and safer place for all of us