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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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Starting with the basics, I will methodically evaluate how each employee adheres to expectations and requirements. Some of my goals include making internal processes more efficient and more effective, reducing turnover and improving morale. It will also include making our police department known in the community for its professionalism on the streets, as well as a welcoming and helpful “front desk”.
Now, I know that there will be criticism from the forces that sow the seeds of doubt and cynicism. We will learn to focus on our steady march to checking off one goal at a time – from wearing uniforms with pride, to achieving all the necessary training to maintain certifications. We will tackle one item at a time, from exercising sound logic, applying knowledge of the law to our most mundane stops to the most complex. Change won’t always come easy, but it will come nonetheless because that is what the citizens want, and what they deserve.
At the end of the day, we will live the mission that is articulated on the official Arnaudville Police Department facebook page:
The mission of the Arnaudville Police Department is to provide a safe, secure atmosphere, and enhance the quality of life in the Town of Arnaudville by working cooperatively with the Mayor, the Town Council, and the public, and within the framework of the U.S. Constitution. Our mission is to strengthen public confidence in the organization, develop and maintain positive relations with the community and to promote a safe and friendly community through enforcement and education.
Each employee will have decide whether they want to work as a member of a cohesive team and promote this mission in all aspects of the job. It is the very nature of our profession to eat, drink, think and act as a member of a team. I look forward to working with those who say “yes”.
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