Creating a Positive Public Image in Law Enforcement

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Creating a Positive Public Image in Law Enforcement

 

Gordon Graham
Category: Law Enforcement

Gordon Graham here with Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Today’s Tip is for all my law enforcement friends 

How would you feel if your conduct was displayed on a billboard for the world to see?

As a peace officer, you’re always in the spotlight. It’s vitally important that you conduct yourself in a manner that reflects positively. Not just on your agency, but on the profession. Think about it this way: How would you feel if your conduct was displayed on a billboard for the world to see? 

It’s important for each of us to act like we’re the agency’s poster child. Because let’s face it, we are. Much of what we do faces public scrutiny. So why not display a positive public image at every opportunity?  

There are many things you can do to be your agency’s poster child. Start with your driving habits. Don’t use your cell phone while driving a police vehicle. Don’t text while driving. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t drive recklessly or use your lights and siren just to avoid traffic.  

Ensure you’re not giving off a perception of special privilege. Don’t cut the line for personal matters just because you’re in uniform. Think carefully before you accept that free cup of coffee or sandwich. Using your position of authority to seek advantage is a surefire way to lose public respect. 

And that leads me to my last comment. Treat everyone with respect. Remain professional at all times. It’s not always the easiest thing to do. But it’s essential to maintaining public trust. And that in turn will help you build your reputation and allow you to better serve your community.  

So, the next time you don the uniform, picture yourself on a billboard for all to see. Ask yourself, how can I be the agency poster child today?  

And that’s Today’s Tip from Lexipol. Until next time, Gordon Graham signing off.

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