Chief Redden's Thoughts
Click to see a message from Chief Redden regarding the events in Dallas on July 7, 2016.
I had the opportunity to visit with one of our local pastors recently. We were discussing current events and he said something that really struck a chord with me, he said, “It’s amazing how quick people are to jump up and demand their rights, but you never see anyone holding a sign saying what their responsibilities are.”
I found this statement very profound, and it led me back to thinking about an early principle of policing I learned as a young officer.
In 1829, A British statesman by the name of Sir Robert Peel was appointed to organize the first Metropolitan Police Force in London. Peel is considered by many to be the Father of Modern Policing and to this day, British officers are called “Bobbies” in his honor.
Among Peel’s legacy is a set of principles he developed to guide his new police force. There are nine Peelian principles, but one in particular seems to have the most striking impression especially in today’s times.
Principle number seven states the police “at all times maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”
The Carrollton Police Department has introduced a new opportunity for citizens to actively show encouragement for local law enforcement officers.
The “In It Together” campaign is based on the fact that both law enforcement and the public are responsible for keeping the peace in our community.
Public safety officers enforce the laws, but it’s up to residents to actively abide by them. Fortunately, Carrollton has one of the lowest crime rates in the area; even with steady increases in population growth, the City has seen a steady decrease in crimes since 2000 according to annual Department of Public Safety reports.
“The In It Together campaign will bring together members of Carrollton’s public safety team, and those we protect, the citizens,” Police Chief Rex Redden said. “We want to emphasize the responsibility both sides of the law have to one another through this campaign. From events and positive interactions with officers, to stickers and posters affirming police support, we hope Carrollton residents will continue to engage with us as a positive presence in the community.”