I hope everyone in the great state of Kansas has a wonderful 2015.
I would like to hit on a low point in law enforcement during 2014. Law Enforcement training focuses on making critical decisions under stress within the law and policies. These decisions and actions are immediately put on trial in the court of public opinion.
We live in a society in which violence can occur without notice. Deputies face making split-second decisions when encountering an aggressive offender. Those encounters in most situations only last a few seconds, but those seconds are filled with extreme terror and violence and in some cases they change lives forever.
I think that it is important for Law Enforcement to know that the majority of Americans understand what we are there for, and support us trying to make our communities a safer place to live.
I would like to use a paragraph from U.S. Attorney Barry Grissoms letter dated January 9th, 2015, it reads; “Each day, police officers in your department and across Kansas put on a uniform and a badge and report for duty. They do so with a commitment to serve and protect the community, regardless of the dangers they may face. We all rely upon these officers to be consistently vigilant, responsive and to keep our neighborhoods safe.” However true and fitting.
I believe in today’s world it is imperative that each of us work with our community so we can live peacefully, and be able to raise our families in a safe environment. To achieve that goal we must keep our conduct open and honest, continue to support each other and remember we are here for the community we serve.
Be safe, happy, healthy, and maintain a positive belief that we will overcome any obstacles that may face us in the future.
I am honored to serve as your President of the Kansas Sheriff’s Association and look forward to 2015. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity.
Sheriff Jeff Herrig