From Chief Bill Westenberger
Police encounters with the public have made frontline news throughout our nation over the past couple of years. Although Kennesaw Police enjoy a great relationship with our community, we realize that we can’t take it for granted. It’s easy to recognize that there are several variables that play a role in the relationships between law enforcement and its community. We must continue to work through the variables to maintain the trust we share in our community.
As I think through so many variables at hand, one of my biggest concerns is the role mental illness plays in many police encounters. Unfortunately, our society still struggles with how to best address this concern on a broad scale while many families work through their intimate challenges daily.
Like many agencies, KPD has taken a proactive approach to help us bridge the gaps with those suffering from mental illness. Our primary focus is for safe and calm encounters while reaching the best outcome for all involved. To help us reach that outcome, we committed over a year ago, to send our officers through Crisis Intervention Training. Those who have been have already benefited from using those skills.
Nationally, the International Association of Chiefs of Police just unveiled the “One Mind Campaign”. Kennesaw Police will join agencies across the nation in pledging to be a part of this proactive approach. The “One Mind Campaign” seeks to improve Police Response to Persons Affected by Mental Illness. Fortunately, we are well on the way to reaching the goal of this campaign.
We realize that our community relationships and partnerships go a long way in keeping our community safe. We work hard to maintain those ties with those we serve and are committed to embracing programs that makes our community safer.
Thank you for your continued support of our KPD team. Together we are keeping Kennesaw an awesome place to live, work, and play – a place to call HOME!!
-In Humble Service-
Thought for the month:
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar