The following is an open letter from Robert Cutler, MSc., a commissioned Missouri State law enforcement officer, on ways in which real police reform can be achieved.
Rather than dance around the head of a needle with heated debates on current models of policing and the need for urgent reforms, we must exercise common sense to improve America’s public safety.
Fundamentally, without real leadership change and the courage to innovate from within law enforcement organizations, we allow ourselves as officers to suffer worthless initiatives promoted by biased victim advocates, uninformed media pundits and naïve political leaders. Without hiring empathetic police officers, we continue to see an endless deterioration of that thin blue line between chaos and order—ending with the public paying the ultimate price.
Law enforcement authority is a right granted by the state. All law enforcement hiring and training practices are direct responsibilities of U.S. state governments. It is the responsibility of each state to determine criteria to hire and train continuously for every officer of the law.
State legislatures fail to evolve hiring and retention options to meet the changes in our states and cities. Put bluntly, your elected officials have neglected to lead law enforcement into the present and for the future.
Disappointingly, most states fail to require police psychological testing for emotional intelligence and empathy to hire and retain police professionals—to serve the public with the best outcomes possible.
As a police officer, I urge four learning opportunities to strive for—to result in outcomes that truly make a difference for all.
Four Real Educational Opportunities
Without seriously considering reforms and changes to hold citizens and police officers accountable, we drive away the best from our profession. As an entrepreneur, I built a successful nationally recognized business based on adapting and adopting the best and most practical business practices I could identify. As a law enforcement officer, I urge we do no less.
Robert Cutler, MSc. (Criminal Justice) is a commissioned Missouri State law enforcement officer. At 62 he graduated from the police academy to realize his dream of becoming an officer. Cutler experiences many on-the-job challenges faced by dedicated, tireless professionals committed to upholding public safety. He is working on a book project sharing insights from his “CEO to LEO” experiences.
Source: Robert Cutler