- I will refer to you as a Black Person – if that’s the color of your skin. I am referred to as a white person and I am not offended.
- I will be somewhat limited with the trust I place in Muslim organizations. I understand that Muslims may not openly trust me as I go about my day.
- I will defend myself and my family. I fully expect you to do the same.
- I will not be ashamed of my faith in God or Christian practice of that faith. I trust that you will not be ashamed of your faith, will hold your faith in your chosen deity as close as I hold mine and I’ll agree not to push my religion on you. I expect the same courtesy in return.
- I will endeavor to remember that every day in life, sometimes I will win and other times, I will lose. You should remember that sometimes you will win and sometimes you will lose. It’s not MY fault (or anyone else’s) when YOU lose.
My mother taught me that I will be judged by the company I keep. So, will you. The world is watching its Peace Keepers and everything we do. The world yearns for heroes: Jeremy Lin seems to be the guy of the moment.
Tim Tebow isn’t far off the radar screens.
The good people of the world want to know that some in our midst succeed at being the kind of person our goodness calls us to be.
Let those of us in blue start doing a better job of leading the way. How we do so will determine how the public accepts and treats us. How the public accepts and treats us has a direct effect on the threats and risks we face every day. We need to do all we can to minimize those risks.
After all, it comes down to saving just one life.
About The Author:
Jim Donahue is a native of the Midwest, getting his education at Michigan State University. He is now training patrol officers on Technology & Tactics which translates for street cops into how to use patrol car computers -- safely.
Previously, Jim was part of the Wayne County (MI) Sheriff’s Department and detailed full-time to U.S. Customs & Immigration at the Detroit/Canada border in the year following the attacks of 9/11. He has also worked as a reserve patrolman on the streets of a suburban Detroit community.
Jim recently finished a three year term as an Ambassador for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C. He is now supporting the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP.org) and the Under-100 initiative.
Jim has worked with police departments across the country on process improvement at the patrol car level, focusing on technology to improve tactics, safety, and productivity. He instructs in a variety of police academies and having taught "Technology and Tactics" to thousands of cops in-service nationally. He is an accomplished grant writer.
Jim is married to Paula and they have two children. He has six bodybuilding contests to his credit. Jim is active in his community and his church.