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FIRST LOOK WHAT I KNOW


by


FRANK STRAUB, JR. Department Chief of Police photo by Green Gables Photography


Do your job 100 percent every day and you will succeed. I’ve had the opportunity to experience excellent training throughout my career in law enforcement. During my time as a federal agent, I participated in a yearlong executive development program. During the program, we were tasked with interviewing senior executives inside and outside of government to gain insights regarding career development. One of those executives gave me a piece of advice that has stayed with me: Always do your job 100 percent. Not some days. Not most days, but every day and you will succeed. He said not to worry about titles and promotions. As long as you do your job to the best of your ability, people will notice and you will succeed. I would add that doing your best also means helping others to succeed both personally and professionally along the way.


My life-changing moment. We all have times in our lives that shape who we are. For me that day was September 11, 2001. I responded to the World Trade Center moments after the second tower was hit and assisted in the rescue operations that were taking place. I witnessed the horrors of that day and knew I wanted to do something to ensure that an incident such as this never happened again. A few weeks later, I became the Deputy Commissioner of Training for the New York City Police Department. In addition to graduating a class of 1,600 recruits, I was charged with developing and implementing counter-terrorism training for all civilian and uniformed members of the Department. Additionally, I committed myself to doing everything possible to ensure communities are prepared to prevent and/or respond to manmade or natural disasters.


My definition of success. My definition of success is simple. It’s about other people. I believe that success is not achieved through personal gratification, but rather one’s ability to serve the greater good. What good is work if it doesn’t benefit others?


My greatest successes. My greatest personal successes are, without a doubt, having my children, Adam and Emma, and marrying my wife, Amber. They’re all incredible individuals. In addition to my family, I have been blessed with a very interesting and challenging


professional career. Through my work, I’ve been able to travel the world. I have met exceptional leaders: ambassadors, presidents, kings and even the Pope. I have testified before the United States Congress about community policing, reducing youth violence, assisting persons with mental health issues and prisoner re-entry into society. My greatest successes stem from the privilege and great responsibility I have been given to serve and protect our nation and the communities where I have led public safety agencies. I am proud to be serving the Spokane community today.


The role of faith in my life. Faith is important to me and has been a guiding force in my life. During my high school and college years, I seriously considered becoming a priest. I came to realize that although my beliefs remained a vital part of my life, my true passion was public service. I deeply believe that police play a critical role in the health and safety of a community. As I see it, the role of a police department has vastly expanded over the years to include not only enforcement of the law but also a multitude of other issues. Police officers deal with complex societal problems associated with poverty, joblessness, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health and physical disabilities – many of the same issues confronted by members of the clergy.


Words to live by. One of my favorite historical figures is Bobby Kennedy. Whether you agree with his political views or not, he made an impact on American politics and public service. Among his many well-known quotes is one that resonates with me: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be the written history of this generation.”


We all have the ability. I believe that we all have the ability, in our own way to make a difference. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to spend my days leading a group of men and women who are dedicated to serving the Spokane community with integrity, compassion and professionalism.


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