Boulder City Magazine® February, 2011 Issue
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department
Keeping a Level Head
Police related calls for service are often a product of one’s environment. I write this thinking about the President’s words as he mourned those that lost their lives in Tucson, Arizona a short time ago. The dialog since his speech seems centered with the lack of civility present in society today. Incivility resonates with many of our calls for service involving neighborhood disputes, road rage and domestic disputes.
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|Emmylou Harris said, “As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back, we’re in trouble.”
Unfortunately, if I ask you when the last time you witnessed acts of incivility, you would likely have a plethora of recent examples. That being said, what can we do to ensure we do not become infected with incivility?
First and foremost, as discussed in a previous column, a good dose of levity is a great way to ensure you maintain a level head in most situations. This can be achieved simply by not taking things too seriously and looking for the situation’s lighter side.
When you do find yourself in a serious or heated conversation, excuse yourself for a few minutes while you obtain a breath of fresh air. A good walk is not only good for your health; it provides a nice break, allowing you to clear your head.
Second, proper planning for situations that are likely to induce stress will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Given our recent traffic congestion, one should not become too enraged when you find traffic backed up and your speed reduced to a mere crawl. You should expect slow moving traffic, take your time and relax being stressed or getting angry will likely not yield the end result you desire.
Lastly, let us not forget the Golden Rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” I am hopeful this finds everyone well this New Year.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.
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