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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 June 8, 2014 at 12:36 AM|
I'm coming up two months in this position. There have been several "surprises", but nothing that can't be handled or resolved. But, on the other hand, I think others have been surprised at the progress we are seeing so soon.
Procedures and protocols have been established that will result in better record keeping, and better service to the community. Senior Services will provide extra monitoring for our senior citizens living alone or with medical conditions. Neighborhood assessments are conducted by our officers while on patrol to note any irregularities such as signs down, trash or debris, pot holes, malfunctioning street or traffic lights, etc. Several other initiatives have begun.
I am pleased that I was able to suggest to the Town Council that we convert the unused tennis courts next to the police station into basketball courts. I have had cameras mounted at the neighboring fire station, and the courts will be up and ready in the next few days for the children of Arnaudville. The kids passing in front of my house are very excited to begin playing on a big court.
While some may argue that it is not the role of a Police Chief to cater to the needs of the old and the young, I see it differently. "To Serve and Protect" means more than patrolling, writing tickets, and making arrests. Security is sometimes just a feeling you have when you trust someone to check up on you. Safety means that there is a safe environment for people to live in and children to play in. When children are provided a safe, enjoyable place to play, they are less likely to be in trouble because of boredom or bad environments.
It is our duty to facilitate a safe and secure town; a town where the citizens trust their police, and where police interact and become part of the community, a friend to the elderly and to the young.
I stand by my philosophy and will continue in this direction.
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