Chicago top cop to rookies: It's about integrity
CHICAGO — Dressed in uniform for the first time, newly appointed Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis warned police graduates Wednesday to maintain the integrity needed to build community trust.
"Never compromise your integrity. Without integrity, your training from the academy, the uniform you wear and the star you hold is meaningless. ... Honesty and respect give you the support of the community. This is one of your best crime-fighting tools."
Wednesday, Weis presided over his first graduation ceremony. He used the opportunity to send a message to the rookies: Fighting crime and building community trust go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other.
"No law enforcement agency can succeed without accurate and timely intelligence, and you will learn that the members of the community are your best source of information," Weis said.
He advised the rookies to treat the residents they serve the way they would want a member of their own family to be treated by a police officer.
"If you are guided by that principle, you will never go wrong," he said.
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