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The Tide Will Turn
The Tide Will Turn
November 17, 2021
As we enter the holiday season – the season of “giving”, I reflect on the last year as your Chief. It has been a challenging year, both professionally and personally, but because I am a man of faith, I have to believe that my Maker is ultimately in control.
As a Police Chief managing a small rural department, my biggest challenge has been recruiting and retaining quality personnel. Arnaudville suffers the same fate and the same struggles as almost every other law enforcement agency in the country. We must recognize those elements that are impacting our efforts, and fight against some of the negative attitudes and perceptions we get from some of our citizens, from municipal officials, and from within our own ranks. We must acknowledge that there exists leadership that does not have the best interest of our citizens in mind; leadership that often turns its back on the brave and committed men and women who carry the badge and wear the uniform. There are invisible forces behind the scenes who would change the fundamental direction and values we have fought for for generations.
My over two decades serving in law enforcement has obviously been met with moments of challenge – Hurricane Katrina, big city crime, facing the tragedy and sorrow of fallen officers, meeting families of victims, and more – all to be anticipated as a police officer. What I never anticipated was a national movement that vilifies, disregards, dismisses and destroys the lives and livelihoods of decent, honest and hard-working law enforcement officers. A top-to-bottom movement that ultimately results in more crime, more disorder, and more chaos in communities and trauma to innocent citizens. As in every such movement, we always see a course correction, and I am optimistic that we will see the tide turn.
As I reflect on a personal level, I count the many family and friends who have been touched by a global pandemic that left us nowhere to hide and no immunity from devastating loss. My own brother succumbed to Covid-19, as did many of his fellow nursing home residents. Otherwise healthy family members, young and old did not escape the clutches of Covid. Attempting to understand the rationale for restrictions, mandates, and closures left more confusion, division and distrust. Covid took lives, but also took much more from us – our compassion, tolerance, empathy and trust. We are left as cynical, suspicious and mistrustful citizens choosing sides, and isolating and ostracizing those who dare to contradict or question.
But, as we move through all of this, we are left with our faith. Faith that tells us that while we are all on borrowed time, the best is still ahead of us. Life is constantly renewing, evolving and transforming into something better. We only need to wait, because the course will be corrected. The pendulum will swing the other way.
For those who can never see beyond their own selfishness or greed, or who fail to believe life is about giving and not taking, I have pity for them. The misery and hurt they inflict on others will come back to rest on their own souls. For the majority of us, the holiday season - the season of “giving” is but a time when our challenges, our pain and our struggles are overshadowed by the good we can do for others.
Happy Holidays, Arnaudville!
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I spent about 3 hours visiting with the Arnaudville citizens today. With daylight savings time, I had an extra hour of daylight. But, at dusk, Ginger texted me, "Streetlights are coming on. It's time to come home!" So reminiscent of our house rules when I was a kid, and the rules we had for our kids. Guess that rule is multi-generational -- at least for as long as the world has street lights!
Had a couple of questions or concerns from folks. I was asked if it was legal for a cop to come into your house and search without a warrant. When a cop asks if he can come in, and you say yes, you have given permission. However, and this is important, he can only see what is visible, what he can see on the surface. He cannot dig around, going through drawers and closets. So, if you invite him in and he discovers illegal substances on your coffee table, he can seize it and arrest you. This also applies to your car -- which is an extension of your house. He can only search what is at arms length. The law is very clear and detailed. But, at the end of the day, a full and detailed report is critical.
I heard complaints about speeding on Hwy. 31. This issue is very personal to me. My grandmother, a resident of Arnaudville, was killed while walking on Hwy. 31 by a drunk driver, who was also speeding. Today, so many people have taken to walking for exercise or riding a bike. If I am elected, I will be paying close attention to the speeders, including the 18-wheelers who disregard speed limit signs.
Set some signs out today. If you are a fan of my blog or a supporter, and you would like to help by placing a sign on your property, please get in touch with me by going to the "Contact Me" page on this website.
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