Posts related to educating the public in complexity of daily police operations.
Referenced by posts in Behind the Blue Line.
A series of posts educating the public on the behind the scene operations of day to day police work.
Police are better protected, and better protect, when better understood by a public that should want to support law enforcement, not harm them.
Stronger community support means safer streets, for both the public and the police. This is why it is imperative law enforcement engage in public communication, public education and public needs when a police involved crisis arises.
Although legalities restrict agencies from full disclosure of an incident, as well as the personnel involved, police must utilize opportunities that provide the public information that clearly relay a compassionate sincere effort that show police concern for the community.
Sometimes police become so formal and protective of an incident (investigative integrity) they tend to negate the basic human need of a concerned community’s fears, curiosity and premature conclusions.
Proactive agencies display a public ability to inform where they can, and articulate reasoning to preserve and protect aspects of an investigation they can’t further discuss. Sometimes simply explaining why there can’t be comment will suffice much much more than no comment about no comment.
Those are my comments….
This is a series of informative posts related to the behind the scenes operations of law enforcement. The better informed the public is about police tactics, operations and reasoning, the better understood police actions become to the public they serve…..with knowledge comes acceptance and support.
Bill (William) Arganda spent nearly two decades with the Westminster Police Department (Ca).
In that time he was privileged to work in varying fields and ranks in the agency, from SWAT officer-sergeant, detective in robbery homicide, to administration & training…ending his career as a field operations supervisor.
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Privileged with nearly two decades of law enforcement as a profession under my belt, i can safely say there are many unique dedicated efforts the men & women in blue make that are never seen or known by the general public. Certainly tv and movies have come a long way in improving their technical knowledge of the job, sometimes even accurately depicting the harsh reality. However, the real day to day stuff far too often miss the latest tv script. If it doesn’t have flash or an immediate outcome, it doesn’t make tv.
Through upcoming series of blogs, we will probe into the behind the scenes, the blue line so to speak, and better educate the public in just how much, how well and dedicated police do their job. We see a lot of fake Hollywood tv, and certainly a lot of biased news, but never enough good.
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Over the years, police data (statistics) on crime have shown a variety of patterns and trends, some of which fluctuate, but the one aspect that remains is the fact that victim awarness (or lack of) plays a significant role in crime potential and success.
Of course many crimes succeed due to opportunity, and at times no matter how well prepared and aware we are, crime still occurs. However, one of the biggest contributing factors in preventing crime or minimizing the affects of crime, is how well we implement awareness into our daily lives that factor in the opportunity for crime.
No one need alter their entire life in an anticipating cocoon of worry, but rather apply subtle changes to your activities that help prevent from appearing as a vulnerable unassuming target.
Drive thru ATMs are often concealed areas foolishly landscaped with pretty, yet dangerously concealing shrubbery, perfect for an awaiting assailant. Why not do a pass first, check the over all safety from a distance…how well lit the atm area is (or isn’t) , as well as the surrounding areas of approach and exit. Perhaps a nearby populated convenience store is a better option, even if you pay the extra fee. It’s a much cheaper price to pay than taking a dangerous chance.
If the ATM is an option and you pull up, get as close to the machine and wall as possible, even pull your side mirror in so there is no possibility of someone approaching your window. If that’s not an option because of safety poles around the ATM, then make sure to check your surroundings, point your tires in the safest quickest direction for a fast getaway, and if you feel capable enough, keep your car in drive with your foot firmly on the brake, especially when you maneuver to lean out for your transaction.
If you don’t feel that multi tasking capable, put the car in park, BUT immediately relock your doors. Pretty much all cars nowadays automatically unlock the doors when placed in park. Let’s not give anyone an open door to choose from. Another good idea is to have someone on speaker phone with you the entire time, let them know which ATM location you’re using. Simply knowing the city you’re in and cross streets will do, as long as they know what kind of car you’re driving.
So next time you want to use the convenience of a drive thru ATM, make it convenient only for you, not the bad guys.
Bill William Arganda