Wednesday, October 19, 2016

American Policing: Restoring Trust, Building Community

During the last few years, there have been incidents, controversies, and protests throughout America that must serve as a clarion call to renew, restore, and rejuvenate police-community unity.

A policing incident in any community can spark intense repercussions throughout the nation. Any breakdown of trust between community and police demands an urgent, unwavering, and complete dedication to remedy the problem.

Police-community collaboration will only be possible when leadership builds bridges of trust.

These ideals will become reality when human contact, with respect as the foundation, is enhanced between police and the community.

Respect is the heart of community policing. This virtue must be complemented by improving use of force standards, enhanced training and certification initiatives, transparency and accountability, and a renaissance of ethical values in policing but throughout all of society.

Community Policing: Cultivating Human Contact

Modern technology can be a great asset to life when properly utilized.

But this technology has a downside when it replaces human contact. Human contact is essential for a healthy person, family, and community. It is also irreplaceable for police-community relations, and must be continually cultivated on the pillars of respect, courtesy, professionalism, and ethical values.

In my presentations for police, educators, students, and community leaders, I often use a graphic slide to emphasize the dramatic technological progress over the last twenty-five years.

We are able to instantly communicate with messages, pictures, documents, and videos and share anywhere on the planet.

Yet, I argue during these presentations that human contact has not improved during this same time-frame.
Actually, it may have diminished as we have allowed technological communication to be a substitute for human contact.

This can be witnessed with the deterioration of family life, marriage, parenting, faith-based communities, civility, and community.

American policing has an opportunity to shine and enhance human contact, a critical component of community policing.

Human contact, built on the pillar of respect, must be the heart of policing. It is paramount for building trust and restoring community.

Pro-Police and Pro-Community

Trust and community is the heart of over two years of published works on issues critical to America for the Epoch Times.

Perhaps, these are best summarized by the first and second, of my nine principles, titled “Principles of American Policing.”

These principles, published in the May 1, 2015 edition are as follows:

1. Being pro-police and pro-community are inseparable, indefatigable, and pre-eminent. Police must at all times remain fully committed to protecting and serving the public through character, ethics, and leadership that is total and wholehearted. Police must be guided by a moral compass that honors the community, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.

2. Respect must be the heart of the police and it must be unwavering for the profession, colleagues, and community. Respect can only be earned through integrity, accountability, and transparency. These qualities build trust, legitimacy, and collaboration.

The True Heart of American Law Enforcement

On Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, James B. Comey, Director of the FBI, spoke at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

Since I hold a profound appreciation for the FBI, and admire the leadership of Director Comey, I recommend careful reading of this speech.

Since Director Comey compliments my dedication to police-community unity, memorialized in my articles and speeches, I would like to highlight parts of his speech. His thoughts, paraphrased for the sake of brevity, include the following:

• There is a riptide of challenges for American law enforcement that demands leadership and truth to calm the waters.
• Leadership in policing demands that we know the people we serve and that we are completely dedicated to all the people, all the time.
• Good policing is respectful, disciplined, firm, fair, lawful, and transparent. Good police leaders blend combinations of kindness with toughness, humility with confidence, and decency with determination to deliver results.
• Leaders know the hopes, dreams, disappointments, and pain of black America. They know law enforcement’s historical interaction with black America, and that African-Americans, like all Americans, want good policing, essential to safety and prosperity.
• Leaders understand that contemporary police challenges are being multiplied by a false narrative stating “Biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates.”
• True police leaders never give up because they care. They talk to their citizens, elected officials, media, and officers. They are respectful, moral, transparent, and support the mission of their officers who are making a difference, saving lives, and building bridges with community.
• There are bad cops … departments with troubled cultures … people are flawed. Law enforcement is in the spotlight, entrusted with power and authority, and we must accept the spotlight and demand higher standards for ourselves.
• Police officers are overwhelmingly good people … who took exhausting, dangerous jobs because they want to help people. They chose lives of service over self, lives of moral content, because that’s who they are.

Final Reflections

Although I normally conclude my articles with personal reflections, the final words for this article, from Director Comey’s IACP speech, are respectfully reserved for him:

“As we work to close the chasm, we need to show the young people of America what it is like to choose service over self. We need to show them what American law enforcement is really like. Because if they know what we know, they will want to be part of it. And we also need to show the people of America, especially people of color and especially the black community, what we are really like. Because if they see what we see, the chasm will start to close.

“I saw the true heart of American law enforcement in a church in Orlando in June. I went down to have a private meeting with the first responders to the attack at the Pulse nightclub. I wanted to thank them, in person, and privately.

“As I stood looking out at the sea of faces, a hand went up. A man in uniform stood up. He told me his name and then he said, “I’m Jewish.” That confused me, but he went on. “I was one of the first there that night, and as I ran toward the sound of gunfire, at my side was a Muslim officer. We were Jew and Muslim and Christian. We were white and black and Latino and Asian. We ran to help people we didn’t know and we didn’t care what they looked like. We ran toward the danger because that’s who we are, that’s what we do. I thought you should know that. I think people should know that.” And then he sat down.

“That is the true heart of law enforcement.”

Related Coverage:

Videos Are Transforming Police–Community Relations

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

Law Enforcement and Race: FBI Director’s Hard Truths

Building Police-Community Trust: Wake Up, America

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Police officers face off with protesters on the I-85 in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 21, 2016. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rape and Sexual Assault Highlighted in Presidential Campaigns

In my Feb. 24, 2016 article for the Epoch Times titled “Campus Sexual Predators: Issues and Response,” America’s nightmare of rape and sexual assaults on college campuses was addressed.

The article was a clarion call for all student’s attending college, and their parents to be aware of the magnitude of sexual crimes.

In the article, I stressed that “the college experience must not turn into heartbreak, tragedy, or a nightmare for anyone.”

The article also demanded that “American campuses must be havens of security, moral courage, and ethical behavior; not cauldrons of abuse igniting retaliation against victims, contempt for moral decency, or violation of the law.”

Staggering sexual assault statistics was presented in the article that highlighted a culture of enabling predators on campus.

A call to action for ending sexual crimes on campus was encouraged.

The Hunting Ground, a must-watch film of a powerful, yet disturbing exposé on the crisis of sexual assaults taking place on U.S. college campuses is highly recommended.

Spotlight on Rape and Sexual Assault

Recently, the issue of sexual assault and rape was in the spotlight due to the presidential campaigns.

This avalanche of emotion was ignited by one presidential candidate, whose reprehensible comments from a hot mic were exposed.

It was a reminder that sooner or later, behavior is exposed and accountability must be the order of the day.

The shameful exploits of this candidate was further compounded by additional resurfaced media coverage exposing salacious, lewd, and obscene remarks during interviews.

It is important to note that not only were his comments extremely vulgar, offensive, and dishonorable, but also a glorification of adultery.

Although I condemn these abhorrent remarks, the purpose of this article is not to sink his candidacy or endorse his rival. It is the responsibility of each voter to follow their conscience regarding their choice on Election Day.

But it is undeniable, the American presidential campaign has now ignited a national firestorm demanding transparency to prevent callousness, sexual assault, and rape.

Across America, there was an eruption of media coverage and stories from women sharing painful memories of being victimized.

Women throughout America have expressed outrage and publicly responded, “This has happened to me!”

The issue has also effected the democratic candidate with resurfaced allegations of sexual misconduct of her husband.

The spotlighting of sexual abuse and rape must be opportunity for awareness, education, and prevention, not denial, avoidance, and dishonesty.

America must seize the moment and educate in all of our homes, schools, campuses, and workplaces so that sexual abuse and rape can be prevented.

Rape and Sexual Assault: Working Definitions

It is important to understand the distinction between rape and sexual assault.

Definitions from the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics are as follows:

Rape - Forced sexual intercourse including both psychological coercion as well as physical force. Forced sexual intercourse means penetration by the offender(s). Includes attempted rapes, male as well as female victims, and both heterosexual and same sex rape. Attempted rape includes verbal threats of rape.

Sexual assault - A wide range of victimizations, separate from rape or attempted rape. These crimes include attacks or attempted attacks generally involving unwanted sexual contact between victim and offender. Sexual assaults may or may not involve force and include such things as grabbing or fondling. It also includes verbal threats.

Scope of the Problem

Unfortunately, both presidential candidates lost a golden teachable opportunity by attacking one another during the Oct. 9 debate, rather than educating and offering solutions.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), calculated facts and statistics from a recent year in the United States include the following:

• Approximately 30% of sexual assault cases are reported to the authorities.
• 62,939 cases of child sexual abuse were reported.
• There were 346,830 reported rapes or sexual assaults of persons 12 or older.
• 25 percent of the female victims of rape and sexual assault were victimized by strangers.
• About 20 million of 112 million women (18.0 percent) have been raped in their lifetime.
• In one year alone, 300,000 college women (5.2 percent) were raped.
• 81 percent of women who experienced rape, stalking, or physical violence by an intimate partner reported significant short-or long-term impacts.
• About 1.8 million adolescents have been victims of sexual assault.
• 35.8 percent of sexual assaults occur when the victim is between the ages of 12 and 17.
• Teens 16 to 19 years of age were 3 ½ times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Perhaps additional data from the Rape Abuse Incest National Network (RAINN), a nonprofit that advocates for survivors of sexual abuse, crystallizes the sexual abuse and rape culture.

According to RAINN, an American is sexually assaulted every two minutes, with the majority of assaults occurring at or near the victim’s home.

Final Reflections

In my Sept. 29, 2016 Epoch Times article titled “21st Century America Requires Police-Community Unity,” I recommended, after the first presidential debate, that candidates, and their leadership teams, review my articles on police-community collaboration.

After viewing the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, and observing the outcry unleashed throughout the nation on rape and sexual assault, I encourage both candidates to also read my articles on the critical importance of the American presidency.

These articles emphasize virtue, a moral compass, and ethical courage as pillars for the dignity of the presidency.

The oval office is a critical platform for America’s future and it deserves unparalleled honesty, character, and unwavering ethical values.

Americans must pray that our leaders have moral leadership to reawaken the nation, by galvanizing healing, decency, and understanding.

We the people, must demand these ethical qualities from our leaders and tolerate nothing less.

Related Coverage:

Lincoln’s Leadership Principles for Presidential Candidates

America’s President Must Have Character, Ethics, Leadership

America’s Next President Demands an Ethical Protector

America’s Next President Needs to Have Altruistic Leadership

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1. The Hunting Ground, recommended film on the scope of campus rapes, sexual assaults, and cover-ups.

2. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) in Warren, Mich., on Aug. 11, 2016. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images); and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2016. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Policing Requires Ethical Protectors

America must rise to the occasion and remedy contemporary deficiencies with an unwavering patriotism that honors our democracy, Constitution, and freedoms.

The current issues that demand attention are police-community relations, compounded by our culture of violence and crisis of leadership.

These problems impact not only communities, corporations, agencies, schools, and families, but the very moral fabric of America.

Collaboration: Catalyst for Renewal

America must forge partnerships throughout every level of society as collaboration is critical for renewal.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4,2016, this collaboration was evident with a unique conference that focused on ethical leadership, violence prevention, and building bridges of trust with police and communities.

The event titled “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” was held at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute (BCLPSI) in Mahwah, New Jersey.

It was a collaboration of Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir Grewal, the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association (BCPCA),the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), and BCLPSI in partnership with Vincent J. Bove Speaker Services and Resolution Group International (RGI).

Over 100 law enforcement rank and file officials attended the event from agencies throughout the region.

These included large agencies such as the NYPD, Port Authority Police Department, New York State Police, New Jersey State Police, BCSO, Jersey City Police Department, and United States Marshalls Service.

Smaller agencies also were represented including the West Orange Police Department, Verona Police Department, Rutherford Police Department, Garfield Police Department, North Bergen Police Department, Emerson Police Department, Mansfield Police Department, Wyckoff Police Department, and Livingston Police Department.

The representation from local, city, county, state, and federal agencies, reflect the make-up of American policing nationwide.

21st Century Policing

As a member of the BCPCA for the past fifteen years, it was an honor for me to develop the program in collaboration with its president, Chief Frank Regino of Westwood, Sheriff Michael Saudino of the BCSO, and Chief Louis Ghione, (retired) from the North Arlington Police Department.

It was also a privilege to serve the event as one of the two featured speakers.

My presentation titled “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” used my signature metaphor of a train wreck caused by a head-on collision.

This metaphor dramatized the crisis of leadership and culture of violence throughout America.

During my presentation, highlighted with graphic slides, I also addressed America’s broken family crisis, the gang culture, substance and alcohol abuse, principles of visionary leadership, and current police-community controversies.

Numerous reports including the “Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing,” the “Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department,” and the “Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department,” were identified and summarized.

Attendees were encouraged to carefully study these documents, as well as my published articles in the Epoch Times over the last few years, as they punctuate police-community issues.

The article titled “Transforming the NYPD: Terminating Toxic Police Officers,” published in the Oct. 14, 2014 edition of the Epoch Times was also shared and reviewed.

In this article, I expressed appreciation for former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton’s remarks to 800 of his police brass during an Oct. 2014 retreat.

In his customary transparency, Bratton addressed the small percentage of NYPD officers who are “poisoning the well” and needed to be weeded out.

Bratton said, “My intention going forward is to insure that we will aggressively seek to get those out of the department who should not be there-the brutal, the corrupt, the racist, the incompetent … they are poisoning the well, and the trust we deserve and the trust we need is eroded by some of their actions.”

I stressed that the moral courage exemplified by Bratton has lessons to be learned for law enforcement agencies throughout America.

My presentation concluded with a call to action, reminding all that law enforcement is critical to America, and as ethical protector’s, they must remain committed to the ideals of their noble profession.

The Ethical Protector

Jack Hoban, President of RGI, and coauthor of “The Ethical Protector: Police Ethics, Tactics, Techniques,” also delivered a presentation. It was inspirational, educational, and focused on ethical values that are critical to law enforcement.

These values as dramatized during his presentation, include honor, courage, commitment, integrity, respect, justice, charity, freedom, dependability, and knowledge.

A subject matter expert on martial arts and ethics for the U.S. Marines, Hoban has trained military and police internationally. He emphasized protecting life as the virtue that distinguishes an authentic ethical protector from others who would desecrate moral values in the name of a cause.

Hoban stated the ethical protector upholds moral values because of his unwavering dedication to protecting the life of self and others, all others including a wounded enemy on the battlefield.

The moral compass of the ethical protector, crystallized by Hoban, is the value of each and every human life and the commitment to protecting life, even in the face of personal danger.

He also emphasized that the foundation of the ethical protector must be complemented by physical and mental health, communication skills, conflict resolution techniques, respect for the diversity of every human being, and moral courage.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was also addressed during Hoban’s presentation. He stated that research shows three factors cause PTSD. These are either trauma, betrayal, or the guilt that comes from dehumanizing the enemy.

Jack emphasized that law enforcement are called to be “ethical protectors” with a responsibility to serve and protect all, because everyone deserves dignity, respect, and protection.

The heart of Jack’s presentation can be summarized through a creed by Robert L. Humphrey, a U.S. Marine who served on Iwo Jima and was his mentor, friend, and inspiration:

Wherever I go
everyone is a little safer because I am there.
Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.
Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there.
It’s a better life.

Final Reflections

America must address the contemporary crisis of leadership, violence, and police-community mistrust with courage, honesty, and transparency.

When we address these issues with the character, ethics, and leadership, we are on the path of being ethical protectors and reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage:

21st Century America Requires Police–Community Unity

The Cop: America’s Ethical Guardian

Videos Are Transforming Police–Community Relations

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

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“Vincent ... On behalf of all the members of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, I would like to extend a sincere thank you for your presentation on October 4, 2016. Those of us who were in attendance truly appreciated the information we were given and the exceptional manner in which it was presented.”
Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, President


1. Jack Hoban, President of RGI, delivering his presentation at the “21st Century Policing: America’s Ethical Guardians” conference, BCLPSI, Mahwah, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. Left to Right, NYPD Detective James T. Shanahan, Vincent J. Bove, NYPD Sgt. Supervisor Daren DeMarco, and Jack Hoban at the “21st Century Policing America’s Ethical Guardians” conference, BCLPSI, Mahwah, NJ, Oct. 4, 2016. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Publishing)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

21st Century America Requires Police-Community Unity

The recent fatal police shootings that occurred in Tulsa and Charlotte are sobering reminders of the critical importance of building trust to enhance police-community unity in America.

Police-community collaboration is one of the hot buttons of the presidential campaign trail, with both candidates continually arguing their proposals.

The issue took center stage on Sept. 26 at the first presidential debate.

During the night, candidates focused on race relations, building trust, justifiable force, police reform, violence prevention, law and order, stop and frisk, gangs, and fallen officers.

Democratic Candidate: A Recap

The Democratic nominee stressed that race relations remains “a significant challenge” in America and is influenced by where individuals reside, the public-school education available, and their treatment by the criminal justice system.

The candidate also stated that “we have to make sure our police are using the best training, the best techniques, that they’re well prepared to use deadly force only when necessary … and that everyone should be respected by law and everyone should respect the law.”

The Democratic candidate also argued that since "the first day" of her campaign, she's called for criminal justice reform-a two-step process she believes would help to solve existing issues.

"We have to recognize...there are so many good, brave, police officers who equally want reform," she said. "So we have to bring communities together in order to begin working on that, as a mutual goal."

She also stated that it is necessary “to tackle the plague of gun violence” as it is a “big contributor” to contemporary problems and it’s the “leading cause of death of young African-American men.”

Republican Candidate: A Recap

The Republican nominee presented a rebuttal by stressing that his adversary failed to use the term “law and order,” a major theme of his campaign.

He stressed, “If we don’t have it, we’re not gonna have a country.”

The candidate stated that in inner cities, African-Americans and Hispanics are “living in hell because it’s so dangerous.” He continued that “You walk down the street, you get shot.”

He said, “You take the guns away from criminals that shouldn't be having it.”

“We have gangs roaming the street, and they have guns, and they shoot people, and we have to be strong.”

He said, “We have to protect our inner cities, because African-American communities are being decimated by crime.”

Presidential Candidates: Some Recommendations

While observing the presidential candidates, I reflected on the many articles authored for the Epoch Times for the last few years.

These articles address issues critical to America, and police-community unity, as detailed throughout the articles, is paramount for our nations healing, security, and renewal.

I respectfully recommend that America’s presidential candidates, as well as their leadership teams, take time to review these articles. It is my humble opinion that they crystallize concepts on police-community unity, an issue demanding unwavering leadership from our next president.

Many of the articles in my Reawakening the Nation column, stress police-community collaboration, leadership principles, ethical guardian development, violence prevention, law enforcement and race, transforming policing, policing principles, gangs, community policing, enhancing police-community trust, and security insights on protecting our communities and homeland.

These issues demand American leadership.

Final Reflections

As an American, I am privileged to serve the nation by addressing issues of leadership, vigilance, and collaboration. These are critical issues of our time and demand a sense of urgency, determination, and resolve.

I am confident that America’s finest hours are ahead of us. But, I am realistic that police-community controversies, violence, and our crisis of leadership may intensify before our renewal takes place.

Presidential nominees, I implore you, for the best interests of America, to reflect on the police-community issues memorialized in the Reawakening the Nation column over the last two years in the Epoch Times.

Reviewing the insights documented in these articles, will be time well spent. I am confident our presidential nominees will find them enlightening and beneficial.

Implementing the lessons in these articles will benefit America with the healing, renewal, and rejuvenation our destiny deserves.

May our next president have the wisdom, leadership, and character our nation requires to enhance our police-community partnerships, and set us on the path of unity.

Related Coverage:

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline

America’s Mission: Eradicating Discrimination, Prejudice, Racism

The 21st Century Cop: Vigilance, Community, Protecting America

Transforming American Policing: A Defining Moment

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1. Mourners attend a candlelight vigil honoring Officer Matthew Gerald in Baton Rouge, La., on July 18, 2016. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

2. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton answers a question during the presidential debate with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

3. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Sept. 26. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

4. Protesters block I-277 during a third night of unrest following Tuesday’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Terrorism Prevention Requires Police-Community Collaboration

The recent terror attacks in New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota are a chilling reminder to America of the contemptuous realities that some are referring to as “the new normal.”

After three attacks in just 12 hours, with explosions in New York City and New Jersey communities, and a bloody stabbing rampage in a Minnesota mall, America was under siege.

These incidents occurred in the shadows of the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11, once again demanding our courage, resolve, and perseverance.

The Terror Attacks: A Recap

Seaside Park, N.J.—Around 9:30 am, one of three wired together pipe-bomb-type devices explodes in a garbage bin. Although the detonation was nefariously planted to wreck devastation at a U.S. Marine Corps charity run, no one was injured since a registration technicality delayed the race. This chilling intention was likely influenced by the Boston Marathon attack.

Chelsea, New York City—An explosion from a device planted in or near a dumpster injured 29 people in the normally idyllic Manhattan neighborhood. Law enforcement found an intact pressure cooker blocks away from this 23rd Street and 6th Avenue location, and said this device and the exploded one were similar. Cell phones were programed as the apparent timers.

St. Cloud, Minnesota—A man garbed in a security uniform, stabbed nine people at the Crossroads Mall, before an off-duty police officer shot him dead.

People stand near the entrance on the north side of Crossroads Center mall as officials investigate a reported multiple stabbing incident in St. Cloud, Minn., on Sept. 17, 2016. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Police-Community Unity Limited Attacks

Minnesota—Officer Jason Falconer heroically prevented additional carnage after fatally shooting the individual who stabbed nine people at the Minnesota Mall. He was the right man at the right time who protected his community as an ethical guardian of society.

New York / New Jersey—The terrorism mantra, “If you see something, say something,” became a reality that led to the arrest of the suspect in the Sept. 17 bombings in New York and New Jersey. Harinder Bains, owner of a tavern in Linden, New Jersey, noticed a man sleeping in the doorway of his establishment.

Since Bains recognized the suspect due to extensive media coverage, he called the police which led to the suspect arrest.

“I did what I think every American would have done,” Bains said. “My neighbor would have done the same thing. Any Jewish, Christian, Sikh, Muslim. We would be more stronger if we do everything together… I’m from Sikh faith,” he added. “I’ve been taught always stand up against the atrocities, any kind of persecution.”

“Anybody would have done the same thing… Cops are the real hero, law enforcement is the real hero… when you see something, say something.”

Law enforcement certainly deserves our most profound appreciation for apprehending the bombing suspect, after a dangerous gunfight with two officers injured, in just under four hours after he was publicly identified.

FBI Director’s Remarks on Unity

Prior to these attacks, a foreshadowing audio by FBI Director James Comey was posted on the Bureau’s website.

Although unaware of any plans of the aforementioned attacks, Comey emphasized the agencies strategy to combating the evolving terror threat.

“Our focus now is on a much more desperate threat that’s hard to see, unpredictable, motivated, and driven by people who are just disturbed. Although we have different responsibilities, different authorities, different focuses to be effective, the circles have to not just touch, they have to overlap.”

As someone privileged to meet Director Comey, and attend his presentations, I am confident that his concept of different responsibilities needed to prevent terrorism, refers not only on interagency law enforcement unity, but an iron-clad collaboration between police and the community.

Tips for Preventing Terrorism

Based on these recent attacks, and the eventuality of additional incidents, these tips from the FBI are worth reviewing:

Surveillance: Are you aware of anyone video recording or monitoring activities, taking notes, using cameras, maps, binoculars, and so on, near key facilities/events?

Suspicious Questioning: Are you aware of anyone attempting to gain information in person, by phone, mail, email, etc., regarding a key facility or people who work there?

Tests of Security: Are you aware of any attempts to penetrate or test physical security or procedures at a key facility/event?

Acquiring Supplies: Are you aware of anyone attempting to improperly acquire explosives, weapons, ammunition, dangerous chemicals, uniforms, badges, flight manuals, access cards or identification for a key facility/event or to legally obtain items under suspicious circumstances that could be used in a terrorist attack?

Suspicious Persons: Are you aware of anyone who does not appear to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment, or near a key facility/event?

“Dry Runs”: Have you observed any behavior that appears to be preparation for a terrorist act, such as mapping out routes, playing out scenarios with other people, monitoring key facilities/events, timing traffic lights or traffic flow, or other suspicious activities?

Deploying Assets: Have you observed abandoned vehicles, stockpiling of suspicious materials, or persons being deployed near a key facility/event?

If you answered yes to any of the above … if you have observed any suspicious activity that may relate to terrorism, please contact the Joint Terrorist Task Force or law enforcement/counterterrorism agency closest to you immediately. Your tip could save the lives of innocent people, just like you and yours.

Complementing these FBI tips, I strongly recommend security countermeasures noted in my article titled “Mass Shootings: America’s Public Health Crisis,” for the Dec. 10, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times.

Final Reflections

Despite recent controversies of police-community relations, citizen support and the commendable swift response of law enforcement is worthy of admiration. Unity of effort is critical to safeguarding our communities and nation is clear and must continue.

As detailed in my published work titled “Terrorism Demands Police-Community Unity” for the July 28, 2016 edition of the Epoch Times, terrorism is a reality of our times. America must enhance its leadership, vigilance, and collaboration to protect our homeland.

Terrorism incidents are accelerating throughout the nation, and the next attack can take place anywhere, anytime, and by any means.

America will be on the path to reawakening the nation when our police-community unity is fortified, as to be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Related Coverage:

Terrorism Attacks Demand America’s Leadership

America, Wake Up: Harden Your Soft Targets

Terrorism Concerns Accelerate: Protecting America

Police-Community Collaboration: America’s Public Safety Lifeline

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1. Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) carry on investigations at the scene of Saturday's explosion on West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, in New York, on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

2. People stand near the entrance on the north side of Crossroads Center mall as officials investigate a reported multiple stabbing incident in St. Cloud, Minn., on Sept. 17, 2016. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

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Monday, September 12, 2016

America’s Flag Deserves Honor, Respect, Reverence

As America commemorated the sacred fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy this past Sunday, expressions of respect for our flag were profoundly inspirational.

America’s flag is the sacrosanct symbol of our beloved nation, and always deserves the greatest honor, respect, and reverence.

Respect for our flag was immortalized by the iconic flag-raising by U.S. Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima, and again at Ground Zero by New York City firefighters.

America’s Flag: Our Rallying Point

The America flag is, and will forever be, the rallying point for our dedication, devotion, and duty to country.

Each of us must do everything according to our vocation in life, to respect what our flag represents.

These are challenging times throughout the nation, especially with police-community relations, political polarization, escalating violence, and a crisis of leadership.

But we have always had challenging times, as with the war to earn our independence, world wars, and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s.

Throughout our history, and in the aftermath of 9/11, America’s flag must always be raised high, as at Iwo Jima. Our flag is our rallying point of hope, unity, and patriotism.

America’s Flag: Our Current Scandal

Currently, there is an intensifying scandal toward our flag on America’s athletic fields. This contempt for our sacred symbol during the National Anthem deserves condemnation without reserve.

This scandal began with one National Football League (NFL) player, and has senselessly escalated to numerous players, teams, and even a high school football team in Camden, New Jersey.

Over the past few years, there have been numerous sports scandals including extensive arrests of NFL players for crimes including aggravated assault, unlawfully possession of weapons, disorderly conduct, drunken driving, resisting arrest, drug possession, and domestic violence.

Aside from the NFL, there have also been other sports scandals including Major League Baseball’s steroid abuse, and disgraceful behavior by an Olympic swimmer at the recent games in Brazil.

As shameful as these acts are, any purposeful disrespect for America’s flag, which has draped coffins of countless armed forces heroes throughout our history, is also contemptuous.

One can only wonder if any of those involved with this reprehensible dishonoring of our sacred symbol, would have the courage to endure the sacrifices made at Iwo Jima.

Furthermore, would any of them have the courage to serve America on the shores of Normandy, in the jungles of Vietnam, or in the blistering heat of Afghanistan or Iraq.

One can only surmise where the lack of wisdom, family guidance, understanding, fortitude, reverence, or character education was so lost in such contempt for our flag.

Perhaps a deficiency took place somewhere during formative years in the family, community, or school, or was planted by a manipulative media.

More tragically, this outrageous contempt for America’ flag is receiving no condemnation from NFL leadership. Yet, this should come as no surprise, as this is the same leadership that tried to cover-up an outrageous domestic violence crime by one of its players.

The current NFL leadership only responded to this barbaric domestic incident after their ineptitude, superficiality, and complicity was brought to light by an elevator video.

The NFL needs to send a clear message, not only to current players, but also to all aspiring athletes at colleges and high schools throughout America.

The message must be clear, strong, and immediate, that the NFL will not ever tolerate criminal behavior by its athletes, nor will it accept dishonoring the flag as an acceptable expression of players rights.

Players, who are privileged to play the game, and reap extraordinary financial rewards, must be held to the highest standards of professional ethics, and reflect responsibility to our nation.

Final Reflections

Respect for America through our flag is a sacred privilege, responsibility, and duty.

This respect is solemnly proclaimed in our Star Spangled Banner, Pledge of Allegiance, prayers for our beloved nation, and honoring our flag.

The next time anyone in the NFL, or anywhere considers dishonoring our flag, let them be mindful that this same flag is draped over countless coffins of armed forces and law enforcement heroes.

It is the same flag over the coffins of all who have offered the ultimate sacrifice serving our nation on foreign soil and here at home, and this flag deserves eternal honor without compromise.

May honor for America’s flag forever live in the hearts of all who are truly sons and daughters of our nation.

Let the words of Nathan Hale (June 6, 1755 – September 22, 1776), a true patriot, who served to gain America’s freedom and offered the ultimate sacrifice, forever be engraved in our souls:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

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America’s Flag, Patriotism: Resuscitating Our Destiny

America’s Leadership Crisis: Reigniting Our Character

NFL Domestic Violence Scandal: Time for Action

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1. American flags, Rockefeller Center, NYC. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. The Iwo Jima Memorial is silhouetted in Arlington, Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., on April 27, 2005. (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

3. Nathan Hale by Frederick William MacMonnies, model 1889-1890, cast 1890, bronze - National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (Public Domain / Wikimedia)

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Honoring 9/11: Compassion, Character, Community

As one travels throughout American communities, we are reminded of the tragic loss of life on 9/11 through plaques, monuments, and memorials.

These tributes are set in bronze, marble, and stone throughout our train stations, shopping malls, workplaces, and community centers.

They are sacramental reminders of lives gone too soon, whose memories must be eternally engraved into our hearts and souls.

America will perpetually honor those who perished on 9/11, and we must be passionately dedicated to transforming our nation, as a fitting tribute to their memory.

Eternal Remembrance

America will pause again on Patriot Day, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 to reverently observe the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

This sacrosanct anniversary reminds us of a day that changed the soul of America forever.

It is a day to honor the fallen, their loved ones, and all the heroes who served and protected, and who continue to serve our nation.

The lost lives of our beloved families, friends, community members, and colleagues will not be in vain.

These victims from the World Trade Center, Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77, Flight 93, and the Pentagon will continue to keep the eternal flame of patriotism alive in our hearts.

America will be stronger and renewed through the fire of devotion burning in our hearts, homes, communities, workplaces, schools, churches, synagogues, and mosques.

In each of these places, America will pray for the repose of the souls of all who were lost on 9/11, and we will stand tall to honor our nation.

As we solemnly honor the nearly 3,000 lost lives of that fateful day, let us remain vigilant with protecting our communities and strengthening our homeland. Our vigilance is a tribute to all who perished, so their lives may not be in vain.

Honoring 9/11 Heroes

Each 9/11 commemoration is a time to pause and honor countless heroes who protected others and served victims through inestimable acts of selflessness, compassion, and mercy.

These heroes, all who are known by the eyes of heaven, will certainly be rewarded there by their sacrifices, as they represent the heart of America. Those who served on 9/11 and afterwards with acts of kindness, sacrifice, and generosity represent the best of all of us.

Our nation will forever honor all who perished on 9/11, and all who served, as well as those who continue to serve including our military. Those tirelessly dedicated to serving our communities, colleagues, and country deserve our greatest respect.

Honoring the 9/11 fallen, we must dedicate ourselves to peace in communities across America.

Our efforts must be practical with developing violence prevention initiatives especially through enhancing police-community collaboration.

Yet, our efforts must also be profoundly spiritual, worshiping as community, and praying from our hearts.

We must stand above the anguish of hearts broken by violence, and fill our lives with deeds of faith, hope, and charity.

Fallen Emergency Workers on 9/11

Each person lost on 9/11 was a life gone too soon.

The 9/11 fallen includes over 400 emergency workers who were killed on the day of the attack.

These heroes include the following:

• 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) representing the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
• 37 police officers of the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD)
• 23 police officers of New York City Police Department (NYPD)
• 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics

Although 9/11 changed our mindset with security, one thing will remain forever, our esteem for all who protect and serve, especially those who have offered the ultimate sacrifice in serving others.

One of these first responder’s was a Franciscan priest, Father Mychal F.Judge, killed by fallen debris while ministering to a fallen firefighter.

Father Judge, from St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in Manhattan, was a chaplain for the FDNY.

A photo of Father Judge, being carried away from the rubble on 9/11 by firefighters, police officers, and first responders, remains one of the tragedies most iconic photos.

Final Reflections

During the solemn remembrances of 9/11 in communities, workplaces, houses of worship, and schools throughout America, let us cling to hope as we honor the fallen.

America must have hope and continue to stand tall as a nation of character, compassion, and courage.

These virtues represent the heart of America, and will lead us to our rightful destiny as a light of goodness for the world.


1. A white rose placed at at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, Sept. 15, 2015. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. “World Trade Center Tribute in Light,” in New York City, on Sept. 11, 2010. (Dennis Leung/Wikimedia Commons)

3. FDNY honoring the 343 fallen New York City Firefighters during the Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 12, 2011. The event commemorated the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, 2011. (Vincent J. Bove)

4. A mortally injured Father Mychal F. Judge, O.F.M., is carried out of the World Trade Center by first responders, including Bill Cosgrove (in white shirt). Cosgrove says, "everybody you see in that picture was saved" from the North Tower's collapse, moments later. (Photo Credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters /Landov)

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Monday, August 29, 2016

School Bullying: A Matter of Life and Death

As the 2016-2017 school year begins, I am reminded of many tragic suicides of students, including 15-year-old Phoebe Prince from South Hadley High School in Massachusetts.

Phoebe was mercilessly bullied for months before taking her own life, a reminder to all, that bullying can have deadly consequences.

Bullying is cruel, destructive, and as tragically realized with Phoebe Prince, it can be lethal.

The tragedy of Phoebe must not be in vain, but serve as a clarion call to educators, parents, students, and law enforcement to intensify bullying awareness and prevention.

Aside from Phoebe, other youngsters have committed suicide as a result of the torment caused by bullying, including the following:

Jessica Logan - 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior who sent nude photo of herself to her boyfriend. According to a published report, the photo was sent to hundreds of teenagers in at least seven Cincinnati-area high schools after the couple broke up. Jessica hanged herself after attending the funeral of another boy who had committed suicide.

Jon Carmichael Loflin – 13-year-old from Loflin Middle School in Joshua, Texas. As an eighth grader, Jon deserved to be excited about his upcoming high school days. Instead, acts of bullying by students who tormented him for being short led to his suicide.

Eric Mohat – 17-years-old from Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio. The excruciating bullying was so explicit that a bully in class dared him, "Why don't you go home and shoot yourself, no one will ever miss you." Tragically, Eric did just that.

Megan Meir - 13-year-old from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Dardienne Prairie, Missouri.
Megan committed suicide by hanging herself, three weeks before her 14th birthday. The suicide was attributed to a cyber-bullying hoax.

Bullying: A Communal Failure

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center estimates that nearly 30 percent of American youth are either a bully or a target of bullying.

Bullying takes place not only in face-to-face encounters, but through cell phones, social media websites, and other online methods that are contributing to an alarming number of cyberbullying cases leading to suicide.

All elements of the community; including educators, counselors, parents, students, law enforcement, and community leaders, must rise to the occasion and dedicate themselves to full force to bullying awareness and prevention initiatives.

For educators and counselors, who have a uniquely critical role with bullying awareness and prevention. I would encourage their enhanced understanding and implementing of bullying awareness and prevention initiatives.

This enhanced understanding is also critical for educational leadership, in order to be better able to cultivate a bullying prevention culture in classrooms, schools, and districts.

One excellent source to begin with is the website, which includes the following tips for educators:

• Learn what bullying is and what it is not. Many behaviors that look like bullying may be just as serious, but may require different response strategies. You can also learn about what to look for as warning signs that some of your students might be involved in bullying and who might be at more risk for being involved. Know about special considerations for specific groups.
• Establish a safe school climate. Often the first step to preventing bullying is making sure the students, teachers, and administrators alike are educated about bullying. Tools like the School Bus Drivers Training and Classroom Teacher Training can help. For kids, tools like these webisodes can help them learn about bullying.
• Learn how to engage parents and youth in the building a positive school climate. Learning how to talk about bullying with youth is a critical step.
• Know about your obligations under your state’s anti-bullying law. Learn also about federal laws that require schools to address harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, and disabilities. Work to establish rules and policies to help let the entire school community know the expectations around bullying and procedures to report and investigate when something happens.
• Assess bullying in your school and understand how your school compares to national rates of bullying.
• Respond when bullying happens. Learn how to stop it on the spot, find out what happened, and support all students involved.
• Avoid misdirections in bullying prevention and response strategies.
• Utilize free Federal and Non-Federal Resources on bullying.

The Preventive System of Education

Finally, educators must familiarize themselves with the preventive system of education.

In my presentation school violence preventions throughout the nation, as well as in numerous published works, I emphasize the importance of implementing this pedagogical system which includes the following:

• Educators are admired in their dedication to the youth entrusted to their care
• Educators are respected as individuals with character
• Character is the edifice of the preventive system
• Vigilance is exercised to prevent inappropriate behavior
• Improvements with behavior are motivated
• Speedy measured intervention to warning signs take place due to vigilance and awareness
• Educators earn the admiration of youth
• Discipline can be as effective as an expression of disappointment or a reproachful look because there is loyalty from the young people for the educator who cares for them

Final Reflections

In essence, the preventive system of education is a natural complement to character education which is a matter of the heart from an educator who truly cares.

Character education and bulling prevention are inseparable and must be inspired by America’s educators.

This culture in American schools will only be authentic and bring results if the students know that educators are sincerely concerned for them.

America’s youth must experience this genuine care, concern, and compassion from their teachers.

If the students experience a caring community, they will be inspired to attain great heights of character, and deficiencies of character, including bullying, will be prevented.

Related Coverage:

America’s Schools: Security, Character, Academics

America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy

Sayreville High School Scandal: America’s Wake-Up Call

American Teachers: Inspire the Heart and Transform the Country

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A view of South Hadley High School where prosecutors have charged nine students with bullying an Irish immigrant girl who later committed suicide, in South Hadley, Mass., on March 31, 2010. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

America’s Schools: Security, Character, Academics

The 2016-2017 school year has begun and America must focus on security, character education, and academic achievements in our educational communities.

The U.S. Department of Education estimates 50.1 million students will attend public elementary and secondary schools.

About 3.1 million full time teachers will be employed in nearly 98,500 schools in our public school system.

There will be an additional 20.2 million students in the nation’s colleges and universities and an additional 4.9 million attending private schools.

The American educational system is critical to the future of the nation, as memorialized in my published works and presentations nationwide over the last 20 years.

Our educators, students, families, and community leaders must be dedicated to making each district, campus, classroom, and student a priority for security, character development, and academic initiatives.

America's educational system is the heart and soul of the nation’s future and every effort must be made to insure success.

School Security: An Indisputable Priority

The tragic headlines on school violence during the last 20 years, must motivate unwavering dedication to enhance security in every educational community.

A critical element of school security is security vulnerability assessments, training initiatives, and protocols at all schools.

Training for all personnel, students, and families must include warning signs. This is mandatory since we have continually witnessed school and campus tragedies where warning signs were recognized but ignored.

One essential document for training is “Early Warning, Timely Response: A Guide to Safe Schools” by the U. S. Department of Education.

This classic, masterfully developed document, includes intervention for student warning signs including the following:

• Social withdrawal
• Excessive feelings of isolation and being alone
• Being a victim of violence
• Feelings of being picked on and persecuted
• Low school interest/poor academic performance
• Uncontrolled anger
• Patterns of impulsive and chronic hitting, intimidating, and bullying
• Expression of violence in writings
• History of discipline problems
• Past history of violent aggressive behavior
• Drug and alcohol use
• Affiliation with gangs
• Intolerance for differences and prejudicial attitudes
• Inappropriate access to, possession of, and use of firearms
• Serious threats of violence

Other important elements for school security include board certified security directors, bullying prevention programs, crisis management teams, and training that encompasses the document titled “Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities.”

This timeless document, from the U.S. Department of Education provides information on preparing for a crisis, and details on the principles of crisis management: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Character Education

Developing students with hearts of character built on the pillars of honesty, respect, civility, and patriotism must be paramount throughout America’s educational communities.

We are continually witnessing scandals and violations of character throughout every element of American society.

These include corruption at the highest levels of government, corporate greed, faith-based scandals, and character deficiencies within professional sports and Olympic athletes.

America’s youth deserve inspiration from our educators, as they must carry the torch of character and cultivate a renaissance of ethical behavior.

A reality of our educational system is that millions of students spend exorbitant time hearing lectures, writing papers, memorizing facts, and pushing themselves with extracurricular activities. This would be a tragic waste of time if instilling character is not the heartbeat of the educational community.

Our educators, through the power of good example, kindness, concern, respect, affirmation, and encouragement, must inspire character into the heart of America through our schools.

Character and Academics: Inseparable Principles

Although character is essential to the welfare of our educational communities, and the future of the nation, academic achievement is also a priority.

When an educator inspires character, the foundation is set for academic excellence since students are inspired to responsible, loyal, and industrious .

As detailed in my article titled “America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy” for the August 28, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times, I argued that the preventive educational system is transformational.

The preventive system, as opposed to a rigid, negative, and dictatorial repressive system of education, has the capability to transform a student, school, or campus; and in time, the very heart of America.

The advantages of this educational pedagogy is that character is inspired, warning signs receive measured intervention, and academic achievement is encouraged.

Final Reflections

As schools open throughout America for another school year, we must be fully dedicated to security principles, character education, and academic excellence.

When our educators are vigilant with security concerns, inspire character through personal example, and encourage academic excellence, we will be on the path to reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage:

School Violence Crisis: America, Wake Up

America’s 21st Century Parent: Interested, Informed, Involved

America’s 21st Century Student: Character, Courage, Community

American Teachers: Inspire the Heart and Transform the Country

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1. Students with teacher at Vincent Bove character education presentation, Union City Public Schools, NJ, Feb. 27, 2009. (Vincent J. Bove)

2. North Arlington Public Schools professional development program on security, character education, and academics, conducted by Vincent J. Bove, N. Arlington, NJ, Sept. 3, 2013. (Vincent J. Bove)

3. Students attend "Be a Person of Character: Change the World" presentation as hosted by the Rebecca Verea Foundation, Cliffside Park, NJ, Oct. 15, 2014. (Courtesy Vincent J. Bove Publishing)

4. Union City Public Schools, NJ students attend Vincent Bove presentation, ""Be a Person of Character: Change the World," May 29, 2008. (Vincent J. Bove)

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Precision Policing: Respecting Our Citizens' Dignity

Prior to his forthcoming retirement from the NYPD, Commissioner Bill Bratton deserves a commendation for enhancing community policing.

This enhancement includes improved training for officers, better patrol strategies emphasizing a positive interaction with the public, and sharpening officer’s problem-solving skills.

Bratton recently memorialized his philosophy with these words, “We want to develop well-rounded, highly skilled police officers, not arrest machines.”

The NYPD commissioner also emphasizes the positive results of “precision policing,” a contradiction to the stop, question, and frisk controversy.

The heart of the stop, question, and frisk controversy, according to Bratton, was a period of 700,000 stops with an arrest rate less than one-in-ten.

Police, according to Bratton, became imprecise with exercising their powers with stop, question, and frisk, and cast a net that was too wide.

Policing Principles: Peel’s, America’s

On May 23, 2016, Bratton stressed the principles of policing by Sir Robert Peel, to the New York City Council Public Safety and Finance Committee.

Peel’s policing principles, are completed by my “Principles of American Policing,” authored for the May 1, 2015 edition of the Epoch Times.

The timeless principles of Peel are the foundation for these contemporary American policing principles, highlighting police-community collaboration; built on trust, training, ethics, and leadership.

Department of Justice Report: Baltimore Police

The “precision policing” improvements being made with the NYPD provides lessons for police departments nationwide.

On August 10, 2016 the Department of Justice (DOJ) released its report titled “Investigation of the Baltimore Police Department.”

The DOJ report concludes that there is reasonable cause to believe that the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) engages in a pattern or practice of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal law.

The pattern or practice includes:

1. making unconstitutional stops, searches, and arrests
2. using enforcement strategies that produce severe and unjustified disparities in the rates of stops, searches and arrests of African Americans
3. using excessive force
4. retaliating against people engaging in constitutionally-protected expression.

The DOJ report also identifies concerns regarding the BPD’s transport of individuals and investigation of sexual assaults. BPD’s failings result from deficiencies with policies, training, oversight, accountability, and policing strategies that do not engage effectively with the community the Department serves.

This report also details systemic violations of constitutional policing with the BPD routinely stopping, searching, and even arresting the city’s black residents without provocation. These practices destroy trust, critical to the bond between the police and the people.

One example in this scathing report on the BPD clearly highlights systemic deficiencies. In a recent four year period, roughly 44 percent of 111,500 police stops occurred in two small predominately African-American communities that account for about 11 percent of the city’s population.

But these stops are diametrically opposed to the philosophy of “precision policing” as only 3.7 percent of these stops led to a citation or arrest.

Another example in the report on the BPD details that interviews of police involved with shootings tend to be “conclusory and superficial, often lasting no longer than ten or fifteen minutes, with some ending after only five minutes.”

Also, the report punctuates incompetence, unprofessionalism, and despicable interview tactics of BPD detectives handling women reporting sexual abuse. They respond to the victims with questions such as “Why are you messing that guy’s life up?”

NYPD: The Five T’s

The pillars of the NYPD “precision policing” philosophy fully complements the policing principles of Sir Robert Peel as well as the “Principles of American Policing.”

These five T’s are cited on the NYPD website as trust, training, technology, taking on terror, and tackling crime, which are understood as follows:

Trust – focusing on collaborative policing which involves partnering with other city agencies, non-profits, community-based organizations, the faith-based community, and others on public safety issues.

Training – includes numerous educational initiatives to develop a more service-oriented mindset and give officers tactical tools to deescalate tense situations.

Technology – igniting a major transformative technological change to make the NYPD the most advanced in the United States.

Terrorism – includes the Strategic Response Group (SRG), comprised of over 800 personnel with missions including disorder response, crime suppression, and mobilizations.

Tackling Crime – last year alone, NYPD Field Intelligence took 998 guns off the streets by debriefing arrestees and obtaining court-approved search warrants.

Final Reflections

As witnessed with controversies, tensions, and problems throughout America, there is a clarion call to enhance police-community relations.

America must rise to the occasion and ignite a 21st Century Policing mindset that is built on the pillars of trust, ethics, transparency, and accountability.

When our nation dedicates itself to enhancing police-community partnerships, inspired by the qualities of leadership, vigilance, and collaboration, we will be on the path to reawakening the nation.

Related Coverage

The Cop: America’s Ethical Guardian

Ethical Guardians: Repudiating the Ferguson Effect

Policing Demands Ethical Sentinels

Police-Community Crisis: Rise to the Occasion

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1. NYPD graduates, July 2, 2015. (Courtesy NYPD)
2. NYPD officer assists Times Square visitor. (Vincent J. Bove)
3. The Chief of Police magazine, "Principles of American Policing," cover story authored by Vincent J. Bove.

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