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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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With National Police Week coming to an end, I realized that most people didn’t know about this week set aside to pay honor to all law enforcement who have fallen in the line of duty, and all who remain ever vigil, protecting and serving their communities. Our Arnaudville Police Department is part of this group of individuals who chose to serve – not for the money -- but for the opportunity. I respect anyone who puts on the uniform and goes out to literally put their life on the line for strangers. It is often a thank-less job.
I recently came across an article that provided “tips” on how one can demonstrate their appreciation for their police, and would like to share it with you.
1. Write a letter of commendation. Send it to the chief of police. Write about your general appreciation of policemen and their commitment to the community. Write about a specific incident where you observed service “above and beyond” the call of duty.
2. Write a letter to the editor.
3. Wave when you see an officer, giving him or her a friendly greeting.
4. Speak uplifting words of appreciation. Watch for occasions to say thanks when it will not distract the officer from his performance of duty.
5. Do not permit unjust criticism in your presence. When someone starts to put down a police officer, speak up and turn the conversation into a positive appreciation for all the good police men and women.
6. Sponsor appreciation days at your church, club or service organization. Some churches conduct special prayer services for police officers and firemen.
7. If you see police or firemen eating in the same restaurant as you, pay their bill anonymously!
While citizens can play a role in recognizing and acknowledging our police, there is much that I can do as Chief to honor my officers and employees. Beginning this month, I will name an Employee of the Month to be announced at the Town Council meeting each month. This public recognition will serve to place in the minutes a permanent record of each’s honor, and send a message to all in attendance that the APD has committed and dedicated employees serving our community.
Another way I can honor my officers is to be the kind of leader they can rely on, the kind of man they can look up to, and the kind of mentor who will make sure they are well trained and prepared for anything. I honor them, too when I treat them like part of a team, and utilize their strengths, listen to their input, and respect them as individuals.
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