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.
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