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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department
Integrity
Integrity is defined at dictionary.com as “adherence to
moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character;
honesty”. Integrity is at the core of policing. For police
departments to be efficient and effective, one’s community
must believe they are acting with integrity – even in the face
of adversity. Sir Robert Peel stated in the early 1800s that
the police must seek to preserve the public’s favor, not by
catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating
absolute impartial service to the law.
One of the interesting dynamics of working in the police
profession is that I believe there is an assumption by many
people that we agree with all of the laws. Nowhere has it
ever been written or said that we must agree; however, we
certainly must educate and enforce while demonstrating
absolute impartiality to the law.
Another one of Sir Robert Peel’s Principles that I find
extremely relevant in Boulder City is that the ability of the
police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public
approval of police actions. This trust is something that I have
treated as a fragile asset that must be handled very carefully.
We spend a lot of our time interacting proactively in the
community as well as a fair amount of time enforcing laws –
establishing a balance is critical. Remember, all of this while
demonstrating absolute impartiality to the law.
Law enforcement is continuously becoming a more
complex profession. As laws are expanded, court rulings
are rendered and technology and communication continue
to broaden, one thing is clear – the dynamics of the police
profession today will have very few similar characteristics to
the profession in 2020.
The police department’s strategic plan is nearing
completion, another Citizen’s Police Academy has graduated
and you are truly blessed to have some of the best public
safety professionals the profession has to offer. Take a few
moments to thank them for their service; after all, while you
are home enjoying your holiday they will be working the
streets to ensure you are safe. Clearly “Service Above Self”
says it all.
Have a safe and happy holiday.
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