Hi Everyone. Robert Whiteside here.

This article caught my eye today.

It was published at http://www.campussafetymagazine.com and entitled: Police More Likely to Use Excessive Force with Body Cameras.

It immediately caught my attention, as I thought to myself: How are body cameras going to stop, or contribute to, for that matter, excessive use of force or any other kind of inappropriate, unethical, or illegal behavior by law enforcement officials?

As I read the article, it became clear that, at least for some people, there is the assumption that LEOs may be less likely to use excessive use of force out of fear of punishment and/or being exposed to community awareness. While this method of behavior management has a place, it is the lowest rung on the ladder. One cannot evolve a police force (a society too) with external controls alone.

The last paragraph of this article makes a notable observation:  Reducing conflict between police and communities will require something more than cameras – trust and collaboration. Toward this end, police departments in Los Angeles, San Francisco and elsewhere have launched mediation programs that put community members and officers face to face to discuss complaints. These programs may not always result in agreements or handshakes, but the human contact they encourage can contribute more to a solution than video surveillance.

Yes to trust and collaboration! And what is the pathway to get there? Let’s evolve ourselves in suca way that a deep service ethos is inculcated into every LEO who serves, this ethos being to treat all people with dignity by showing them respect. Let’s couple this with the universal Life Value taught by Jack Hoban, along with the breadth and depth of the Verbal Defense & Influence (VDI) program (which includes the teachings of Jack Hoban). Combine this with all tactical methods into
a single, cohesive training program, and one will end up with an amazing foundation for no longer needing to be concerned about the presence of cameras. Indeed, the only concern then is the value one may give to cameras to capture for everyone to see the dignity-driven behavior of LEOs, from their most mundane interactions with the community to the most serious UOF encounters.

The service ethos is the most important part of training, as it will drive all outcomes.

Be safe.

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