National Police Week: Reflecting on our vulnerabilities

It’s National Police Week. Thousands of officers in our nation’s Capitol are joined, at least in spirit, by countless law enforcers around the country as respects are paid to those who have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Those who know the honorable men and women who live the oath that the badge represents take a moment to pay our respects to those who have fallen.

As someone who manages a police academy, I remind our folks that this is also a time to cement our resolve to improve our knowledge to maximize our chance of keeping our names off of the wall by tackling our vulnerabilities head on. We must reflect and make an honest assessment of our individual strengths and weaknesses as law enforcement professionals. Everything from our diet and exercise to shooting and legal knowledge should be fair game for scrutiny.

While varying degrees and luck of destiny can claim even the most proficient of officers and deputy sheriffs, the quest for performance excellence does help to tip the scales in our favor. During this somber time frame, ponder the enhancements that you can make to keep you and your colleagues safe. The bad guys are lifting weights, comparing legal notes, and studying law enforcement’s methods and tactics. We all need to cement our resolve to do the same if we are to keep new names from being added to that wall.

About the author

Richard B. Weinblatt has a vast background in media relations and in law enforcement. His column will help you understand how to deal with the media, how to communicate with them so they feel comfortable dealing you and your agency, and how to tell your story so it plays well on TV or in your local newspaper.

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