By Chief Art Acevedo
Houston Police Department
I am a supporter of traditions. They serve an important role in keeping the positive parts of the past alive.
When it comes to policing, the heritage we celebrate, honor and maintain should be a tradition of excellence.
But tradition should not be about the evolution of an organization. Too often, policing agencies fall back on tradition as an excuse to prevent change. We must never allow our careers to become so calloused that we stop changing.
Here’s a good example. Most policing agencies in the United States require officers to keep all tattoos hidden from the public. That means officers with tattoos on their arms have to wear long sleeved shirts or cover sleeves if they are to have any interaction with people outside the department. Read More & Share