PEACE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION
OF THE COUNTY OF MONTEREY
[DBA MONTEREY COUNTY PEACE OFFICERS ASSN]
PO BOX 1823
MONTEREY, CA 93942-1823
MCPOA Presidents Message
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, once said, hatred is rooted in darkness and darkness begets darkness. Only light can drive out the darkness and shed the truth.
We are in a difficult time with all the disinformation across the country attacking our law enforcement profession. Information that is painting us with a broad brush and telling our communities; "all police are bad". We want our MCPOA members not to be discouraged by this disinformation. We know that a majority of police officers, and deputies, are good, honorable, and dedicated. They are trying to protect our great nation during a difficult time, at best.
The disinformation used to inspire the recent and ongoing criminal activities during the darkness of night nationwide, is the epitome of the darkness that has taken away the voices of all of those that needed an opportunity to be heard. Peaceful protesting is a right, and one that we protect. Peaceful protestors need to be heard and their voices not hijacked by those who would manipulate the circumstances we all have to embrace and work through.
In our Procedural Justice training, we teach and share the philosophy of; "we judge ourselves by our intentions, but others judge us by their perceptions of our actions." To gain legitimacy with our communities we must first establish trust by embracing and grounding our profession in the four principles of Procedural Justice.
For the past several years I have had the honor to work with Cal State Long Beach, California POST, California STC, and Southbay Regional Training Consortium teaching Procedural Justice/Implicit Bias train-the-trainer classes to my brother and sister officers who so proudly serve with honor around our great state. Many people are unaware of what we teach, what we do in our job assignments, how we perform our jobs and how the law is enforced.
Right this moment, we as a professional law enforcement family are hurting with our communities. Our families, and those who support us, are hurting. Those of us who do not have physical injuries certainly have emotional injuries as do our loved ones. They are scared and traumatized by the actions of a few, who disproportionately seem to be the majority.
In our profession, we teach the principles of procedural justice; 1) Give Voice 2) Be Neutral, 3) Show/Demonstrate Respect, and 4) Create\Give Trust. I truly believe that a majority of our profession has and is embracing these important principles. We are an honorable profession and there's no one more who has more distaste for a bad cop than a good cop.
As a profession we must be steadfast in our oath, our integrity and in the light that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of; and within that light is the power of truth. The truth of the matter is that 99.9% of the Law Enforcement officers that serve our great nation are using and continue to use the four principles of Procedural Justice.
Many of these values are rooted deeply within the principles we have studied from the era of Sir Robert Peel. We as a profession must exercise the four principles internally, from top to bottom through use of communicative intelligence and emotional intelligence skill sets. By mindfully using the principles within our organizations we encourage our officers to exercise them externally. Using the principals faithfully and continually, we can help in building bridges with our community members.
As a profession, we must stand by what we have learned as servant leaders, and provide love leadership to our communities, that we love and serve. We must exercise patience and provide guidance in this time of turmoil and confusion. We must share the truth and embrace our communities, while teaching and clarifying with them on how the law works and is enforced.
Law enforcement is an essential component of freedom. Disinformation is the enemy that will divide us, tear apart our profession and our communities, as we have witnessed this past week. "What we tolerate, we condone" (Rich Miraz) and we cannot condone or appear to condone the disinformation. As we consider how we will counter the disinformation, we have to be mindful and remember that "we cannot be persuasive if we are abrasive". Dr. Terrance Roberts of the Little Rock 9 teaches us that "if we let anger rule our lives then we are choosing to be self-destructive. When dealing with turmoil, be as human as you can be, monitor your emotions and own your thoughts and your feelings so you can consciously manage them."
We must continue to counter the disinformation with the truth, fueled by our peace officer code of ethics, honor and integrity. We must be present and mindful in what we say and what we do beginning with our law enforcement family and their families.
We applaud you for all your hard work. We honor you and cherish you, our brave brothers and sisters. Be well, be safe and be Ever Vigilant as we move forward and march towards the light of truth.
Let us not forget to take the time to get rest, nurse ourselves and our loved ones who love and support us.
Let us also remember that the majority of our communities love and support us and they too are injured, and in fear. It is up to us to use love leadership to reduce fear and bring back the light. It's not what happens to you that determines your attitude, it's your attitude that determines your outlook on what happens to you. Our attitudes will certainly be our barometers for our success and our safety.
Michael C. Kimball