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Mind the Gap #NoJustice

July 8, 2016 5 Comments

There are gaps of understanding between the citizens and the police. This has always been the case.  Today we face an ever growing divide that makes everyone in the United States vulnerable to senseless violence and hate crimes of all kinds.

We have a new police chief in Tucson who has come to teach us neighborhood policing.  When he held up a hashtag sign in his former town of Richmond, California, he was criticized widely across the nation for betraying cops.  The Police Union in Tucson soundly rejected his bid to become chief over this sign.  Thank goodness they lost the battle and Chief Magnus has started the very serious task of bringing our cops together in unity not only with each other but, for the first time, with the community.  He has reorganized the department, focusing on more stable local assignments so the cops learn more about the same area all the time.  He has eliminated some of the “specialties”, as recommended by the DOJ’s 21st Century Guidelines for Policing, in order to make each cop more full service and user friendly.  He knew he was moving to a much bigger city, but I don’t think he could have imagined how much we needed him down here in Tucson. This will be a very big job for him, but I am glad he has started it.

Chris Magnus

Chris Magnus

Welcome to Tucson, Chief Chris,”357″,Magnus.  You are just what the doctor ordered.

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