Beginning in 2016, a discussion among leaders in the field of policing began to how good officers had become at fighting crime; but still, the country seems at odds with so many incidents covered in the news media all the time. It seems that there is a need for increased trust, safety and cooperation between communities and law enforcement officers which has become critical in nature. Departments of all kinds throughout our country are finding themselves in a defensive position within communities they are sworn to protect and serve. But can instead become the “Guardians” of our society? We think the answer is yes. And the way to do this is for officers and departments to be able to communicate their values and to have that message translated properly so the listener understands what the intention is. So what are those “guardian” values? We think they consist of four things: 1) To prevent conflict; 2) If there is conflict, help resolve it; 3) Diffuse situations, and 4) Aid the defenseless.
And so we’re working hard with departments around the country who are interested in getting on board to be heard and seen differently. We’re helping to re-educate the community and also the police as to their identity as a Guardian, which is the same as a PEACE OFFICER. For these departments, they and their officers understand and appreciate that the positions they hold are to bring peace to their communities and they intend to live up to that image. Together with them, we are planting seeds that can grow huge and create real, lasting change. So why would we or anyone want to do this? Because we believe that the PEACE OFFICER identity program, along with other community policing and restorative justice approaches, can actually bring peace to our communities and our police, resulting in greater compassion for everyone.