Arnaundville Police Department
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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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Today I had some time to do some visiting, but mostly had appointments to go to for my brother, Randy. I decided not to order any more signs, so will rely on the impact of my personal meetings with the citizens. I figure that by now, most folks who will be voting know who they will support. If it's me, I am like a bull waiting for the gates to open. Week one will be setting the stage and beginning the transition from a broken department to a standard bearer for small town police departments.
Last night, Ginger and I attended the Opelousas St. Landry Chamber of Commerce banquet. I was so impressed with the event, and one of our own, The Little Big Cup received the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award. Kevin Robin and Sanjay Maharaj have really shown what can happen when you believe in a dream and work hard. Their dream has a residual effect on the town of Arnaudville. The Little Big Cup gives us all pride; its location has revitalized the area; the quality of its food and service has attracted hundreds from around the region, state, and country. These two entrepreneurs show us all what we must do to bring Arnaudville up to a higher level. It is simple: we need to first, want improvements, and then do our part to make it happen.
When it comes to your safety and protection, and that of your family's, of your property and of your business, it is critical that you choose the person with the most qualifications and experience to serve. Being a Police Chief is not one of those OTJ (on-the-job training) options. Lives are on the line. At the end of the day, it's about protection, not popularity; it's about safety, not who you went to high school with; it's about never putting your office, department or town in positions of potential litigation, not flying by the seat of your pants, and hoping for the best.
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