Police Reform – From Warriors to Guardians
More than 900 people have been fatally shot in the U.S. by police officers this year. As in the 1960s and 1970s when police brutally broke up peaceful protests and were labeled “Pigs”, our police force have, once again, come to be seen as thugs. The added feature of cameras on cell phones have cemented into our minds the brutal treatment the more aggressive officers administer on the streets. As a result of this breakdown of public trust for our law enforcement, the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has implemented a program that takes trainees back to the roots of law enforcement – the role of guardians of society, not enforcers.