When you ask any average police officer what their role is most will say to enforce the law. yet that is a very narrow part of what we do as police.
To understand troubled relations between police and many communities today, we must first understand the national and global history of policing and acknowledge that law enforcement has not always stood on the right side of justice. In this candid talk informed by his 48-year career in law enforcement, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says law enforcement needs to shift its perceived mission from one of enforcing the law to one of protecting the rights of all. When the latter becomes the priority, communities experience not just safer and more secure neighborhoods but the presence of justice. And the thin blue line that allegedly separates good from evil instead becomes a strong thread woven throughout the community, helping to hold together the very fabric of democracy.