Police chief’s passionate response to Dallas shooting: ‘It’s not us vs. them’

The message has been shared hundreds of days on Facebook .

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A police chief in Kenyon, Minnesota has posted a potent response to Thursday night’s shootings in Dallas that left five officers dead and seven injured.

Writing on his neighbourhood force’s Facebook page, Lee Sjolander issued an appeal to his fellow officers to stay calm and manner following the events of this week and to remember that “it’s not’ us vs. them'” when it is necessary to policing.

His thoughts have reverberated well beyond the smaller municipality itself, with 2,800 reactions at the time of writing and virtually 1,000 shares on Facebook.

Sjolander begins the note by laying out the role of law enforcement and rostering some of the high expectations the public has of those that are employed to protect them.

“We expect you to leave parties better than you learnt them when you have been able, and never take away someone’s dignity.”

“We expect you to be kind, we expect you to be fair, we expect you to be professional, and we expect you to do best available you have been able on every call for service, ” he writes.

“We expect you to leave parties better than you learnt them when you have been able, and never take away someone’s dignity.”

He asks police officers to recollect why they chose their profession, encourages them to get out and engage with the communities they perform and to show they they are “better than these tragedies.”

He pleads them to remember that “it’s not’ us vs. them’.”

Equally importantly, he urges them to get help if they are struggling, adding that there is no shame in that. The issue of mental health among the police community has long been documented, peculiarly around harrowing occurrences.

Sjolander opens by saying: “I rightfully appreciate, and adore each and everyone of you.”

Here’s his message in full.

Thoughts from Chief Sjolander…

If I was your chief…

If I was your principal, and we worked for the same busines, serving the same huge parish, I would attend rollcall, and here is what I would say…

We have calls for service that we need to respond to. We have a grateful public that needs us, we have responsibilities … Yes, there are those out here who do not like us, or what we represent. It’s been that acces long before I or you became officers, and it lies in the fact that acces long after we’re gone.

I, as well as the public we perform have certain expectations, and we would all like them convened when you can.

Here are just a few…

We expect you to be kind, we expect you to be fair, we expect you to be professional, and we expect you to do best available you have been able on every call for service.

We expect you to know the difference between the word of the existing legislation, and the spirit of the existing legislation, and when to use your best discretion.

We expect you to leave parties better than you learnt them when you have been able, and never take away someone’s dignity.

We expect you to be well-trained, and to know when, and when not to exert your training.

We expect you to be human. That implies it’s ok to chuckle, howl, and be scared at times.

I want you to remember why you chose to answer this public service announcing. I hope it was to be part of something big than yourself, I hope it was to serve the public that we adore, and I hope it was to build relationships with coworkers, as well as our public.

I hope you chose this calling because you adore having a front sequence seat into the lives of parties, adore problem solving, and know that what the hell are you do stirs your family and pals proud.

Yes, we are all sharing in some dark days right now. But, we are continuing expect you to be gorgeou at the basics and do your job to the best of your abilities.

As your principal, I likewise wanted to add these hopes. I expect you to patrol your areas with a smile on your cheek, kindness in your feeling, calmness in your feeling, and a curve to those you see.

I expect you to get out of your police cruiser, and see. I want you to listen to the praises, the concerns, take them all in, and retain, it’s not “us vs. them”

I expect you to show others that we are better than these tragedies and we are striving to be better in so many ways.

I expect you to be safe at work, and at home. I hope you visit with your family honestly about the present state of our person, and how if we give into fear, brutality, hype, etc. we will not be part of the solution.

If you, or another member of our public service house is struggling, I expect you to get help, and I expect you to help others. I predict you, there is no shame in attempting assistance and being well.

I, as well as so many others are here for you. If you need me, I will be just telephone calls, or radio call away.

I rightfully appreciate, and adore each and everyone of you.

Stay safe,

Lee

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