Angela: Can NOPD's Interim Chief makes us feel safer?
by Angela Hill,posted Aug 25 2014 3:46PM
Michael Harrison became an NOPD officer 23 years ago, and today he is interim Chief.
Why did he want to become a cop? What was it about the world of law enforcement that called him? And now equally importantly… why does he want to be Chief? I ask that not to be facetious - this is a tough job in very tough times.
A community is crying out for more; more officers in neighborhoods, more caring and committed officers and more money for cops who will stay.
Officers are crying out as they struggle to make enough money through the new office handling details… with pervasive morale issues and with their own frustrations from not enough police on the force.
In a city with so much going right, the number of people shooting others continues to haunt us. Children are killed and maimed, women are slaughtered, and our sense of security in every neighborhood is shattered.
Michael Harrison has been around a long time. He has worked from the ground up. Yet, he is a new set of eyes when it comes to leading us out of the complexity of this situation.
How can he make us feel safer? How can he make the men and women in blue feel better? And, what does he think can be done to stop the madness on the streets?