I was recently blessed to spend an evening with a good man and sergeant at the Ann Arbor Police Department. He provided me with a tour, showing me how individuals are brought in, processed, restrained – when necessary – forensics lab and the holding cells. The doors closing to cells is always a sound that reminds me not to get in a position to hear that on the other side! It is a sound that makes me cringe. He took time to talk to me in depth about all of the community outreach the AAPD does and I spent time talking with him about what I’d learned and how my passion for policing led to the writing of Discussions Matter. We talked for hours – about policing, training, family, history and exchanged perspectives on the current state. When I left, he presented me with a Challenge Coin because he was thankful for the work I’m doing and could see the genuine passion I have in bridging gaps. I was so humbled by that gesture, I had to fight tears. I am truly thankful for law enforcement officers such as him, who protect and serve, upholding the oath and demonstrating commitment and dedication.
I am looking forward to more visits, ride-alongs and continuing to support positive change through Discussions Matter. Hopefully I’ll collect more coins in the process! I may be in your neighborhood in the near future! 🙂 #DiscussionsMatter