Amid LEO Assassinations, Leaders Asked to be More Vocal – Video Shows Do’s and Don’ts
REGIONAL – With the recent unjustified public executions of law enforcement officers around the country, agencies are taking steps to better protect the men and women who don the gun and badge and are sworn to serve and protect.
In response to the cowardice assassinations, The Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association is calling for all elected officials, business leaders, religious organizations, and citizens to become more vocal in supporting Law Enforcement Officers.
Officials provided the following in a statement last month: Law enforcement officers are the peacekeepers and protectors of our American homeland. The senseless killing of a police officer is devastating for their families, colleagues, and the communities in which they live and serve.
We stand in solidarity with the brave men and women in law enforcement who are charged with enforcing laws in a fair and impartial manner and who do so every day without regard to a person’s race, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, or creed. Law enforcement officers handle the vast majority of their responses to calls for service without the use of any physical force. Research proves that suspects are rarely injured or killed while in police custody. But there has been a false narrative propagated by some in the media and others who have self-serving interests that law enforcement officers across the nation have developed patterns of excessive use of force.
The Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association call on all elected officials and community leaders to end the negative rhetoric that drives a wedge between the police and citizens. The Sheriffs and Police Chiefs of Florida will work diligently to build strong relationships with our communities to ensure that all interactions are safe for both the citizens and law enforcement.
We ask Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis for his thoughts on the issue; he said “Fortunately, we have found widespread and deep support for law enforcement here in Hernando County. That being said, it is disappointing that some people and organizations in our country are encouraging the public to form opinions with limited or inaccurate information.
It is important, therefore, for everyone to strongly encourage others to support the people in law enforcement and their mission. This, of course, can be done at the polls, through advertisers, or via social media.”
Recently, the Sheriff’s Office agreed to participate in the production of a mock traffic stop video with RNRF, in an effort to provide tips on the do’s and don’ts of a routine traffic stop.
Sgt. Scott Reak heads the Sheriff’s Office’ Traffic Division and he agreed to participate in the making of our video. Sgt. Reak provides several tips to help make interacting with law enforcement officers during a traffic stop safe for everyone involved.
Follow this link to view video: HOW TO INTERACT WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT DURING A TRAFFIC STOP
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