Policing matters have historically been of significant public interest. If you look at many of the top television shows over the last several decades shows involving police are often at the top of the charts. Often times these TV shows influence public opinion. I vividly recall a police call I was on in 1996 where a mother of a troubled boy yelled at officer Jim Hansen and I that she knew “how you cops are; I watch TV.” I often think of that comment and how far from reality it was.
Strengthening public trust with police is an important element of my job, so I frequently promote the good work our officers do. Reading about serious and dangerous calls from this weekend make me grateful for the high caliber of officers and supervisors we have at the Duluth PD. If the anti-police crowd knew the good work done by Duluth officers every minute of every day their paradigm would shift…..