Major Accomplishment

Just Joyce
By Just Joyce Latest Reply 2015-02-05 04:58:24 -0600
Started 2015-02-01 17:47:03 -0600

Since October, another Community Relations Council President and I have been working on a project for the Police Department. It was something he came up with at a meeting with the Police Commissioner. He sent it to the other Community Relations Presidents and we had no idea what he was trying to accomplish. He got upset and the two of us butt heads. I took what he did and turned it into a questionnaire. He loved the concept and together we rewrote and did some editing.

In late October 8 of the 9 Community Relations Council Presidents had a dinner meeting with the Mayor. I told her what we were working on and she was very interested. The Police Commissioner came in just as I was telling her and he said he loved it. We then met with a Lt. Colonel who fell in love with our project. The Police Commissioner wanted us to finish the project.

Monday before last I along with 20 other community leaders were called into a meeting with the Mayor. She was selected to be a part of President Obama's Policing Task Force. At this meeting, I presented her with our completed project. She mentioned all of the ideas from the community at the Task Force meeting and the Task Force loved what she presented and how the community is working to reduce crime.

We presented our completed project to the Police Commissioner and we were given the green light. He wanted us to take it to all Police Districts but agreed that we could test it in a few. Our next step is a conference call with several Police Majors and Community Relations Council Presidents to bring them up to speed on the project. Once this is done we hope to implement the project later this week.

This is the first time any of us can remember citizens writing a program that will help police officers build relationships and trust with the community and to develop their own crime prevention/reduction plan in their patrol area. We are so excited with our accomplishment.

It was two months of hard work but worth every bit of it. All nine of us meet with the Police Commissioner, District Commanders and his Command staff monthly and we are now meeting with the Mayor every few months. None of us get paid to do what we do but we have a fantastic working relationship with the police and more and more people are willing to come on board in their communities.

Added to that, I went to have a photo taken for a Civilian ID at Police Headquarters. I was invited to stay for a press conference. for a major Dog Fighting Bust. I could not believe the items I saw used by people in the dog fighting business. There were treadmills, drugs, guns for shooting the losing dogs, medications for treating the dogs, and harnesses for building endurance. I was shocked and heartbroken. After leaving, I was outside waiting for an officer and turned to a news camera in my face. I was interviewed by the cameraman. I have been to three press conferences and was interviewed by a newspaper reporter. How I became the media darling is beyond me so now I am hiding from the press.

I keep telling people that diabetes does not have to be the major focus of your life. No matter what you choose to do in life as a diabetic, you can do it. Through all of this I have been trying to get my numbers back down to pre-surgery numbers. It was not easy because I did catch a cold and they started going up. I still have a partially paralyzed tongue and eating some things is a problem. My doctor understands this and we still strive to get my numbers back down. I am not the least bit worried because it will happen.

Please do all the things you want to do in life. I am not taking an online class through the Department of Justice and about to learn how to use a Laser Cutter to cut out copper metal for Jewelry making followed by a soldering class. Life is short so I am hoping each person can find a way to enjoy life to the fullest.

8 replies

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-05 04:58:24 -0600 Report

Hi Joyce
Good to see your doing what Only JoIce can do . Your a great inspiration to all of us with diabetes. Keep up the wonderful work. Hugs, VL
P.S. great to see you back

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 01:26:54 -0600 Report

Joyce, I think you know I kind of look up to you in a lot of areas, and one is that you do the things you want to do and need to do regardless of your diabetes. You do not let diabetes get in the way. That is one thing I have started doing I'm not letting diabetes (or my other diagnoses) stop me from doing the things I want to do. Yes, fibro and arthritis are stopping me from some physical things I would love to try, but not much at this point. I'm very proud of your accomplishments. Keep up the great work. Heidi

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-02 04:27:58 -0600 Report

Lili, one of the president's has rheumatoid arthritis.. She caught a cold and just before Christmas she caught a cold. She found out she had pneumonia. She still worked with the community's and police on their annual food drive. They gave out 100 food baskets.

The only limits a person has are those we put on ourselves. Once the limits start, there is no stopping them. I refuse to put limitations on what I want to do. There are people with all kinds of disabilities who do all kinds of amazing things.

It is good you are not letting your medical pro less be the main focus in your life. I think each person has to find their niche and make it work for them. You have to move out of your comfort zone. I think people spend too much time trying to please others, trying to be accepted and trying to get approval. At the end of the day nothing they have done has gotten them anywhere. I don't need people's approval, I don't care if I am not accepted and the only person I please is myself. Do what you feel is right for you. Don't limit yourself and always stand strong.

RebDee 2015-02-01 20:32:58 -0600 Report

Joyce: where do you live? What kinds of questions are on the questionaire? Who gets the questionaire? I think it is great that you are working as a civilian with the police department.

I wish we had that opportunity to do that because two years ago I was computer hacked and the person had my Social Security check which was EFT to my bank, transferred to another bank. Luckily the hacker could not get the money out because it was in my name. But it took me 7 months of weekly going to the SS office, to find out where my money was and in the meantime, I was short my entire SS check each month so that now I no longer have a savings account.

The reason that I am telling you this is because only 4 police people work on hacking cases in the entire county of Los Angeles and it sure would be great if some of us could volunteer to help them find these hackers. Each time I went to the police department, the pile of hacker files had gotten bigger.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-01 21:36:23 -0600 Report

Hi Reb I am in Maryland. We have the only city in the Country with a Police Community Relations Council. We have 9 police Districts and each District has a council. I am the President of one of the 9 Districts. Our Commissioner came from CA.

The questionnaire is for police officers. The first part deals with them in the community. They have to find out if there is a community association, who the President is, meet and talk to the general public. The second part is looking at the crime in their post and the last part has them developing a plan to reduce/prevent crime.

The caveat is that none of the 9 presidents work for the City or the police department. We do not answer to the Police Department, the Mayor or the City Council. We are all volunteers but we do have a few perks. When we are at headquarters we can park in the garage. We are finally getting ID badges to make entering easier for us. If we need a ride, an officer will come and get us. All but 2 of us have been doing this for more than 10 years. We work to make changes in the department and bring the community and the police officers together. We participate in training. We have been to the shooting range and used their Shooting Simulator and learned about all of the weapons they use. All but 2 attended and graduated from the Civilian Police Academy. We constantly ask for training. The Commissioner listens to us and values our opinions.

Each month each district has a district wide meeting where we share information with the community. We have guest speakers and the community has the opportunity to ask questions of the District Commanders. We cannot share all of the information we get. We don't have information on investigations. We know an investigation is occurring but not the details until after the case is closed. I get text messages from the police department of a Major crime within minutes of it happening.

We are now working on designing a class for the Police Academy. If our project is a success it will become part of training at the police academy. I just filmed my segment of the police departments video of our 70k twitter followers which will be on You Tube. We have a serious task but we also have fun.

The thing about hackers is that they can be on your street or halfway around the world. There are some things volunteers cannot do and to make a case you would have to be a sworn officer. My sister had someone buy games on her Pogo Account. They immediately found the person and the bank fixed the problem. They will not tell you who the person is because the banks and the Feds will prosecute the hacker if he/she is in the U.S.

I went to the Government Printing Office and ordered 80 brochures on Identity Theft for the community. They were free thankfully. If you want to help, why not join a community association where you live and if you don't have one, start one. This is how we solve so many problems in our city. We have a lot of community and neighborhood associations. Their focus is community improvement, housing problems, crime, grime, education, and other things.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-02 01:23:46 -0600 Report

I'm curious Joyce, since this program has been in place, has crime been reduced in the communities that have you and the other 8 volunteers? This is incredible and why isn't this program being spread throughout the country? Heidi

jayabee52 2015-02-01 18:31:45 -0600 Report

Howdy JJ
Good for you with all your activities. May they accomplish what you set out fof them to accomplish

God's best to you


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2015-02-01 18:39:45 -0600 Report

Thanks James. We have two Majors who love our idea and project. We all are going to make it succeed. We can make a change in this world if we just take a chance. Nothing beats failure but trying.

Bless you too.

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