By Trey Rusk
I'm a firm believer in building morale in a law enforcement agency. The previous Presidential administration appeared to do all it could to belittle and prosecute our nations police officers to the point that they stopped being pro-active. If your police department is not pro-active in fighting crime, then your community will be awash in criminal activity.
Lately, I've been seeing law enforcement agencies enter into competition with each other in lip syncing songs. Some of them are really good. Some are just O.K., but it looks like every cop that participates in this endeavor is having a good time. I posted a YouTube video from the Beaumont, Texas Police Department on the home page. It was entertaining to say the least! There was nothing distasteful about it and it displayed the human side of cops. I was really impressed that it included most divisions.
Now I hear that some departmental brass is starting to complain about these morale boosting videos. I hate to break your pompous ass bubbles, but the Beaumont PD lip sync already has over 106,000 views. Most of the comments compliment the video. O.K., Brass Hats, I ask you, Where can you get that kind of positive publicity and morale boosting camaraderie for your department for little expense? The answer is, you can't.
This is the first time in years I have seen police officers from so many agencies really enjoying themselves and showing pride for what they do. Guess what? I'll bet community relations improve and recruitment numbers will go up.
That's the way I see it.