All Pro Dads Presents P.O.W.E.R (Police, Our Working Enforcement Resource)
A discussion with our community leaders on keeping respect and order in our city.
P.O.W.E.R. was held at Renaissance Elementary. The moderator was Tony Freeman. The Cub Scouts Pack #7250 led the pledge of allegiance. The panel consisted of Councilwoman Gilyard, Dr. Crosslin, Lt. Massey, Officer Bates, and Mr. Chuck.
The panel discussion was very informative. Discussion topics included police brutality, home invasions, knowing your rights, 911 response times, and traffic concerns.
During the discussion the officers provided the following tips for situations that citizens may encounter:
2 things officers should say when pulling someone over
1. Introduce- The officers should always introduce themselves
2. Reason- The officer should always give a reason as to why you were stopped.
If you witness police brutality you should:
- Document (pictures/videos)
- Stay at a safe distance
- Have respect for each other (other witnesses and officers)
If you feel that you are a victim of police brutality you should:
- Always know your rights
- Ask for a supervisor/watch commander
- Get the officers information
- Document the situation
Every household should have a plan of what to do if they are a victim of a home invasion, do not answer you door for strangers, have a safe room in your house that everyone can go to and make sure the room locks from the inside, and always call 911 FIRST (not your significant other, neighbor, or etc.)
Also if you have a weapon to protect yourself/family please familiarize yourself with the weapon by visiting a gun range.