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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!
|Posted on April 17, 2014 at 10:01 AM|
Open letter to the town of Arnaudville:
I want to thank all who supported me through their votes and also through their words before the election and since the election. For those who did not support my run, I offer a commitment to serve you, protect you and respect you as I will all citizens of Arnaudville – without prejudice or bias. My door is open, and I invite anyone with concerns, ideas, or suggestions to come and express them to me.
In that vein, my detractors have engaged in name-calling, mockery and jeering. I’ve been called “old man”, along with several other names that cannot be repeated in mixed company. But, my favorite and most current name is Special Ed. And I want them to know that no better honor could I have than to be in the company of some of my favorite people. First, my daughter, who is deaf, and had her share of teasing, but now teaches “special ed” students in Breaux Bridge. She and her husband presented us with twins last year, and our grandson, Lucas is also deaf, and will go through years of “special ed” services. My wife Ginger and I were instrumental in keeping a private deaf school opened for almost 25 years in New Orleans, so we have been connected to the special children who came through that school – deaf, autistic, and developmentally delayed. So, for those who have bestowed this name upon me as a way to ridicule or mock me, I say go ahead.
In the days and weeks to come, Arnaudville will see professionalism and competency rising out of the Arnaudville Police Department. They will see response with compassion; patrolling with more purpose – monitoring our elderly and disabled, serving the needs of our business community; and applying our laws even-handedly. I will enforce zero tolerance for gossip and the leaking of confidential information. This is a very small town, and the gossip mongers among us may not ever be silenced, but they will have no willing partner in me, as a listener or as a participant.
I look forward to working with the Mayor and all members of this council. I welcome each of you to share your wisdom, your opinions and suggestions that will make the Police Department better and our services provided more professional. You are all seasoned -- as citizens and as elected officials, so I will be grateful for your assistance in the coming weeks, which most of you have already offered.
I close with the prayer that God be with me and with all of you as we work together to make our great little town a greater little town.
Eddy J. LeCompte
Chief of Police - Arnaudville, LA
Categories: The Working Chief