Think of every encounter with a citizen as a fresh start. It’s a chance to reset the expectations that society has for him/her. By starting with the offering of respect, while demanding it be returned, puts most encounters on better ground than if they are simply a pissing-match of anger exchanged.
Does that mean we should be soft or slow to react to a threat? You bet not. Even Mrs. Hendricks had a very firm ruler within reach for those who needed “help” obeying her directives. We all knew it, too. I didn’t fear the ruler nearly as much as I would dread the thought of disappointing the teacher who respected and expected so much -from me.
I learned that in elementary school. It could save lives of cops today.
And, 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.