The Unsung Heroes

police.badgeEach day walking among us are men and women who are armed and ready to lay down their lives to protect you and yours. I am not talking about the on-duty police officers. Of course, they have the same commitment to protect and serve, but I am talking about the off-duty police officers who go about their daily business, always ready to come to the defense of a fellow human being. For the most part, when an off duty police officer leaves their homes, whether it be to go to the corner grocery store or to take their family to church on Sunday, they go armed and ready to respond as necessary. They aren’t paid for this, they aren’t required to do this but they do so out of a sense of duty. They do it routinely and expect nothing in return, and typically they get nothing in return. My father frequently said that Police work was a thankless job, and for the most part it is. Rarely are the thousands of courageous acts, good deeds, and risks taken by a police officer acknowledged or rewarded. That is why they are the unsung heroes.

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City Manager Selection

Harry_BlackAs you may recall, last December almost immediately after being elected, Mayor John Cranley nominated Park Board Director Willie Carden for the position of City Manager to replace outgoing City Manager Milton Dohoney. Very soon after that, and prior to his confirmation by the council it came to light that an ethics complaint had been filed against Carden with the Ohio Ethics Commission. Apparently Carden, along with his Finance Director, Marijane Klug, had received “salary Enhancements” paid to them by the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. After an investigation by the Ethics Commission, a settlement was reached requiring both Carden and Klug pay back half of the monies received and the commission would not refer the matter to the prosecutor’s office. Both Carden and Klug continued their employment with the Cincinnati Park Board. That truly amazes me that not only did they keep their jobs, but were permitted to keep half of their illegal earnings.

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It’s All About Blackwell

jbIt was mentioned in a social media that Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell is basically invisible. He has not been heard from with regards to the high homicide rate or gang violence in the city. As a leader he should be in the front of his officers, providing leadership and encouragement. It is my understanding there is not too much of this going on. Do not worry. He is a very busy man. He is out there, posing for photo opportunities and getting his mug published on Twitter. As an experiment I pulled up the Cincinnati Police Twitter Feed. I was going to count the number of times “look at me” photos were published since the beginning of the year. I quit counting after only one months worth of feed. Here is what was released on Twitter between June 25th and July 25. The comments in parenthesis are mine.

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Cop Bashing

protect-and-serveRecently I have noticed a trend on social media sites such as Face Book and Twitter. This trend is disturbing and is distasteful. I am, of course, speaking of the latest fad, cop bashing. I, for one, am quite tired of it. I am tired of citizens who think they are experts on policing even though they have never spent one day on the street in uniform. I am tired of the nit-picking that is occurring, with regards to so-called police misconduct. I am tired of seeing heroic actions by police officers go unheeded while a single corrupt act by a single individual is newsworthy for days. I am most disturbed that members of my own extended family have jumped on this cop bashing bandwagon, disrespecting the honor of those family members who have served.

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Does Diversity Really Matter?

PWEM-diversity2-2Recently in a news release published on the City of Cincinnati Website, Chief Jeffrey Blackwell was quoted as saying “Having a workplace that resembles your communities’ demographics is critically important in your public service delivery efforts and we are proud of that in Cincinnati.” This made me wonder how important diversity is, and what efforts were made to achieve the results obtained in the makeup of the 104th Recruit Class. Did the results occur naturally, or was it necessary that some qualified individuals be passed over to achieve the balance desired. If candidates were passed over to achieve the balance, did the City actually hire the best qualified candidates?

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