I along with many, many Law Enforcement brothers and sisters have struggled with what we have seen recently. I have struggled trying to come up with the right words for my feelings. The action of a few individuals who wore the uniform left me disgusted and appalled. The death of George Floyd was sickening and heart breaking to watch. There should be justice for Mr. Floyd, although I know nothing will ever make up for the actions of a few and I feel for Mr. Floyd's family and friends and pray they may someday find peace.
After 26 years of Law Enforcement service, I am well aware that some people do not like the police, and I'm ok with that. I along with thousands and thousands of my brothers and sisters did not enter this profession to be liked. We wanted to give back to our communities and make a difference. We want to help those who may not be able to help themselves. My brothers and sisters live for those times when we are able to help someone and truly make a difference. It is those times that get us through the death and despair we see in society.
On those very rare occasions, (but very amplified through media) where a rogue individual wearing a uniform violates the publics' trust, no one is more upset or angry than myself and my brothers and sisters who swore to the Oath of 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 uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.
We will be the first to say the very, very few rogue individuals need to be stripped of the Badge and the uniform as they are not fit to serve.
Please know that the high majority of my brothers and sisters, including your Officers with the Bridgeport Township Police Department are heartbroken over these recent events and we are here to help you and the members of our community. We share in your pain and your disgust. Please do not group all law enforcement Officers in with the very small number of rogue individuals who need to be and will be removed from our profession. As always, please reach out to myself or any of your Officers with any questions or concerns. Only together can we heal and move forward.
Sincerely and respectfully,
Chief David Duffett