That’s What I’m Talking About!

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One of the goals of my blog is to share stories, ideas, information and concepts that I hope will edify my readers.  Bearing this in mind, I decided to share a story that I read on CNN.com about a police officer who engaged in a bit of goodwill by shooting hoops with some young men.  Believe it or not, the officer was present because someone had reported these kids for playing a noisy game of “street” basketball.

Say what?
Yeah, you read it right!
Anyway, the unexpected response from the officer, which was captured on this video, went viral.
Now, if you have any knowledge of law enforcement, you already know that this so called “basketball cop” was engaging in a bit of “community policing.”  If you are new to the concept, think of it this way, to get respect, you need to give respect.  Cops who practice this style of policing invest in the community by taking time to get to know the people that they are sworn to serve.
In essence, mutual respect between the officer and the community makes for a safer environment for all!
Listen, I have no misgivings about the dangers that law enforcement officers face.  I say this with confidence because both my father and my brother have worked in this capacity. Trust me when I tell you, it is no fun worrying that something tragic might happen to your loved one while he or she attempts to “protect and serve.”  By the same token, I am also acutely aware of the dangers that many individuals face when they are approached by a hot headed law enforcement officer.
Y’all, all I’m saying is that  law enforcement agencies would do well to drop adversarial approaches and pick up “community policing” techniques.
I think that this video helps to prove that point 🙂

7 thoughts on “That’s What I’m Talking About!

  1. In the words of the great law man and philosopher Barney Fife; “You asked me if Andy runs a tight ship, Mr. Milton. Well, no he don’t. But that’s because of something that he’s been trying to teach me ever since I started working for him. And that is, when you’re a law man and you’re dealing with people, you do a whole lot better if you go not so much by the book, but by the heart. I guess maybe that’s kinda hard for some of you to understand… I don’t know… its all I got to say.”
    ―Barney (about Andy)[src]

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  2. I agree with you 101% about community policing. That would be the foundation of the bridge necessary to diminish some of the violent outcomes of Police/African American interactions. You are bringing major knowledge with this post.

    It’s required reading as far as I’m concerned. A jewel!

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