Police Policy Questionnaire
The Committee for Professional Policing (CFPP) mailed candidates a questionnaire focused on police officer accountability. Click the thumbnail to read their questions and my responses.
Although the Police Officers Federation may not like what I wrote, I consider myself a friend and ally of the police. I appreciate more than many the difficulties that come with the job. I understand that policing implies sometimes using force.
Instead of seeing the police as an enemy or as a lesser evil, I want the public to come to trust the police to help keep us all safer. In order to build trust, the people will have to feel that they have some leverage against the worst cops. And even sometimes against good cops who make tough—but wrong—decisions.
I want the public and police to be in partnership and cooperation. Being partners means being more equal, with everyone having a say in decisions that affect their lives. Policing shouldn’t be something we do to each each other, but something we do with each other.
And that’s the spirit in which I answered these questions.