Twenty years and counting a sentiment that rings true as I write this on my twentieth anniversary, July 13, 2012.
Throughout the last two decades I have seen vast changes in the police department and to the community at large. One thing that remains constant is crime, and often times the people that commit them. I have been placed into situations where I have issued a lot of citations and arrested a lot of people often times, the same people over and over again. Much to my surprise, I have also begun arresting second generation folks throughout the last few years.
Another thing that has remained constant throughout all of those arrests and citations is that I try to treat others as I would want to be treated in a similar situation advice given to me by Sergeant Terry Mull early on in my career.
Boulder City Police Department has been and is home to some wonderful employees each seeking the opportunity to excel and do well for the community.
I have heard many times that officers are never there when you need them; however, always present amass when you don’t. This is a lose-lose proposition for us; however, a challenge we openly accept.
While many have asked when I may retire, I can simply say that my work at the police department is far from done. I envision a police department that works in connection with the community, and employees that enjoy the opportunity to provide professional police services and a community that welcomes them, even if that means being held accountable from time to time.
I envision a police department that serves as catalyst to the community and takes the lead in crime prevention, utilizing technology and working smarter, not harder. Sir Robert Peel in the 1820s said in part, “That the true test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible presence of police action in dealing with it.”
Thank you for allowing me to serve and openly welcome the privilege to continue serving this fine community!