This past Monday evening, I had an evening that caused me to do something I was a bit apprehensive to do. It started before I entered City Hall. I saw the Captain and one of the Lieutenants standing watching a Protest. They asked me where I came from. I said the bus stop. They asked why I was going in City Hall. I said the Community Relations Council Presidents are having dinner with the Mayor. They fussed at me for catching the bus and made an order that if I have to travel for the business of the Police Department to call the station and I will be transported by an officer.
During dinner I was explaining to my counterparts and the Mayor about a questionnaire started by two of us. I explained the purpose. It will help police officers build a crime prevention plan in the areas they patrol, and increase their interaction with the community in a positive manner. The Police Commissioner came in and was listening. He loved our idea.
On Wednesday morning I had breakfast with our District Commander who is a Major and he read it. He was amazed at what we did. I will admit the other person came up with the idea and had written what started as a survey. I rewrote it and turned it into a questionnaire. The Major wanted our district to be the testing ground. I said we have to present it to the Commissioner. I said i don't think he will approve it or let us at least give it a try. Was I ever wrong.
I sent it to him, he approved it immediately and ordered Command Staff to review and send it to Community Partnership. division to help us implement it in two police districts. I was on a Conference Call with him, the Mayor and other community leaders and we talked about it.
This just goes to show you that you never know what will happen until you try something. We took an idea and if we are successful, all of the officers will be doing this. I just read a statement that said living with diabetes can be a challenge in itself. If you believe that then it will be a challenge. It is not a challenge for me and never will be. That statement went in one eye and out the other.
You can do many things in life. I never thought that what the two of us had done would become a teaching tool. Had I not taken that first step and gotten rid of the apprehension I had, we would never have known where we would go with this. We are doing something no civilian has ever done when it comes to better training a police force.
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