Over the last several years, I have witnessed so much irresponsibility from people we seek leadership from as well as voters who I believe had good intentions. We have chosen idealism over our safety. We have chosen to be test subjects in social experiments over common sense.
In 2001, I was a JuvenileInvestigator in South L.A. Many frustrated parents would bring their wayward daughters and sons to my two partners and I to council. The area I served at the time was a place of little hope for many youth in the area.
Racism, race baiting and the sensationalism of these issues has closed the door to common sense, sound reason, and objectivity...and even worse, it has led to the senseless murder of an officer. Efforts for peace and understanding to prevent these things have been replaced with pandering and exploitation.
In 2009, I was frustrated with the lack of cooperation between our police division and the probation department. Skid Row was being flooded with drug dealers who were on probation and who were not homeless, but were acting under the guise of it to push crack, weed, and heroin in and around drug programs in Skid Row.
As human beings, we must all admit to having biases in our heart at some point in our lives. As police officers, we are not exempt from these flaws. Yet in order to truly become an effective police officer, one must do the following: As soon as you don your uniform, you must leave your personal worldview at your locker so it won’t stymie you in being the best cop you can be for the sake of all.