Today, we find ourselves needing the vote of the public to over turn legislation targeting us and I fear we may have severed any semblance of a relationship we once had. I remember being in military police school and the instructor told us the unofficial motto of the U.S. Army Military Police Corp; "Of the Troops and for the Troops, Don't Screw the Troops". We need to get our head straight and understand who we work for; the citizens. Most of the people we encounter daily are not criminals but average, everyday, people who made a mistake. We should treat them like that instead of criminalizing their errors. Revenue generation through ticketing writing? It's the politicians forcing that upon us and in many cases the same politicians who are interested in our pension. They’ve declared their loyalty. Who are you loyal to?
About the Author:
Keith R. Lavery, M.A., CMAS, is a full-time criminal justice educator teaching at a public Career Center, University System of Ohio. He has facilitated and designed criminal justice, security, and law enforcement courses of instruction at the post-secondary level. Keith had a very diverse police career spanning nearly 20 years, working in urban and rural law enforcement settings with assignments ranging from patrol to specialized functions, to include HIDTA Drug Unit, CLANLAB Enforcement Team, SRT and Supervision. In 2008, Keith was awarded the Certified Master Anti-Terrorism designation from the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board. Academically, he has completed post-graduate course work dedicated toward a Doctorate in Education. Keith is currently the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Cleveland, Ohio, Chapter of ASIS International.