Statement on the President’s Remarks to Law Enforcement on July 28, 2017

Police officers are professionals. Professionals who take a sworn oath to uphold the law and to protect us all. While the President’s support for law enforcement is appreciated by many who have and continue to serve our communities, we cannot support any commentary – in sincerity or jest – that undermines the trust that our communities place in us to protect and serve. That is what separates us from evil as we follow the rule of law. The Law Enforcement Oath of Honor, and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics – that thousands have solemnly taken and many have made the ultimate sacrifice for – contain statements worthy of reminder:

On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve…
… I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence…

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.)


8 Comments to "Statement on the President’s Remarks to Law Enforcement on July 28, 2017"

  1. Reply Vincent Brennan,III July 29, 2017 at 10:07 am

    If so many believe in above credo, why was the vile comments by POTUS greeted w/cheers. The credo seems a bit hollow in that light.

  2. Reply Kimberly Stephens July 29, 2017 at 11:17 am

    The cheers heard from the officers after Trump’s remarks are why so many of us are afraid of the police, so this statement being issued so quickly makes a difference. I live on the South side of Indianapolis, where 2 days ago, an officer was shot & killed responding to an accident. It was heartbreaking. I know that not all officers are bad, but not everyone feels that way and those cheers reinforced that belief to some.

    So, again, thank you for this statement and for providing it so quickly. I just don’t want any citizen or officer harmed anymore.

  3. Reply James Creagan July 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    What Trump said did not surprise me as previous actions and words have clearly proven he is a reckless buffoon. Careless abandon of our civil rights is now commonplace in his agenda. What drew my attention was the round of applause given to him by the attendees. I only hope that it was merely a display of common courtesy and respect to the Office of the President and not to the man, his ideals or his request for violence directed at suspects not yet proven guilty.

  4. Reply Jyotiswaroop Pandey July 30, 2017 at 9:05 am

    This is how the police should react when people ask you to deliver results irrespective of the laws.

  5. Reply Maggie Mahar July 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I wish the Foundation had commented on the police in the audience
    who were cheering and grinning as they listened to Trump’s words.

    Will they be disciplined in any way?
    (Perhaps two weeks of unpaid leave and some counseling?)

  6. Reply Kevin July 31, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Perhaps Jim himself should stop using the term PADDY Wagon which is derogatory slang against the Irish.

    • Reply Raymond Dean Howard September 6, 2018 at 3:37 am

      Kevin, how is it derogatory anymore than Police being called Cop’s for Coppers? There is as well on file at one time in police stations for acronym in Great Britain, ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’ or ‘Fornication Under Consent of the King.’, being filed for prostitutes. Got more issues? It may be a stereotype for police on the police force being Irish, but it opted like those from the dust-bowl in the 1930s in gain of employment like those before that were Irish for Oakies to gain those jobs of employment. It beat, “No Irishman need apply!”

  7. Reply David Flory July 31, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Your Foundation President was spot on in his CNN interview. I very much appreciated his comments.

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