Once again, I find myself reaching out to you during unsure times. We are witnessing America in yet another time of crisis. As I watched the video from Minnesota, I was shocked and sickened. Feelings I would image most of you felt as well. The actions of those officers were inconceivable.
Rarely do we see violence in San Diego to the extent we have seen over the weekend. Despite that, I genuinely believe the collaboration of all of San Diego law enforcement agencies and more importantly the individual officers have proven to be one of the leaders in the nation when it comes to tactics and working together as a cohesive unit when protecting our community. One thing I’m certain of, I have a renewed appreciation for the hard-working officers and deputies on the front line.
Like many of you, I have been in law enforcement for over 30 years. I have learned when one of us fail to do our job correctly, new laws, rules and policies are brought forward. Some of these changes have made our job harder to accomplish, however some have had positive outcomes and made the job easier. There are changes coming out of this tragedy. Some will be welcome; some will not be favorable.
As I have stated before, I believe this profession is a calling. Not many of us came into this job thinking it was going to be smooth sailing till retirement. We work hard, we work with honor, and we work with good intentions in our hearts.
Always know your Board is here to support you and stand up for your rights through all challenges ahead. I have stated it before and I’ll emphasize it again, I am honored to serve all of you.
"Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!"
President Ronald Reagan