Documenting history & developing traditions

Nice story about efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas to document and pass along the police department’s history as well as establish some traditions to promote pride and identity. A new police chief found that the agency hadn’t done much of that — as he said, “when people join they should know what they’re joining … Whether the history is good or bad, it doesn’t matter. It’s who you are.”


2 Responses to “Documenting history & developing traditions”

  1. Gunther Says:

    It is sad that police officers don’t about the history of their department nor do they want to know about it. If they discover how corrupt, racist, sexist, violating people’s rights, and brutal their department was, it would shake them to core since many of them grew up watching to police shows like Adam 12, Dragnet, Hill Street Blues, Walker Texas Ranger, Hawaii Five O, and the Andy Griffith show and various American western movies and TV series where American police officers were view as non-corrupt, very professionalism and had respect for the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

    Many cops also grew up believing that America was a wonderful country and the rest of the world did not hold a candle to we believe our police departments were not so bad compare to ones in Central and South America, Africa, the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries, Nazi Germany and Asia countries like Japan, the two Koreas, the Philippines, etc.. It true is our departments were just as bad as some of the other countries or even worse. In many cases, we help the police in Central and South America become even more corrupt due to the drug wars and trying to kill people who wanted political, social, and economic reforms but they were viewed as a threat to American corporations like the United Fruit Company.

  2. Gunther Says:

    There is a saying that unless you know about your own background such as your ethnic, racial background, you don’t know who you are and where you are going. The same can be said for police departments, but as I have stated, many cops don’t want to know, don’t care to know about the history of their department or if they wanted to know, the information that they discover could shake them to the core, that they might wonder how could they be so naive about wanting to be a cop to help people when they discover that their department had a long, long history of were harassing, brutalizing, and even killing people plus being use as a strike breaking force for corporations and wealthy people,and helping to keep the Afro-American population during and after the elimination of slavery..

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