It is never been more important to have those critical, civil conversations about police actions. There is only one path forward – together.
by Sean Rahe
Loveland Police Chief
Like all of you, I was horrified to hear about the attack on police officers in Dallas. Initial reports indicate these officers were murdered simply because they wore a uniform. Unfortunately, police officer ambushes are on the rise. The Officer Down Memorial Page reports officers killed by gunfire has increased 31% in 2016 alone. And we are only half way through the year.
These incidents can be incredibly demoralizing to police officers. They can feel like they are not valued. At these times, I remind myself the vast majority of our community, especially here in Loveland, supports us. We must never let a vocal minority break our resolve and partnership. It has never been more important to continue to maintain our relationship. It is never been more important for the community to understand the reality of the situations police officers face. It is never been more important to have those critical, civil conversations about police actions. There is only one path forward – together.
[pull_quote_left]Please join us in September and get a new perspective on the police officers in your community.[/pull_quote_left]The Loveland Police Department is hosting a joint citizen’s police academy beginning in September. This is a fantastic way to build upon our community partnership and continue our critical conversations about police operations. Have you ever wondered why police officers do certain things? Have you ever wondered what it feels like to face down an armed attacker? I can tell you, it is not as it appears on television.
Please join us in September and get a new perspective on the police officers in your community. You can contact Officer Chad Caudell or Sergeant Kevin Corbett at the Loveland Police Department to register for the Citizen’s Police Academy at 513-583-3000.