Jake Davis
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  • 18 November 2016

    Amy Mino

    Great point, Jake, and one worth seriously considering to strengthen the idea of community policing.

  • 19 November 2016

    Larry Sorenson

    Jake I cannot imagine what prompted you to write about the idea of Police rather than the more mundane architecture but I offer the following: Do you have any idea at all regarding current police training? If so, what specifically needs to be "reformed"? This would be your project definition phase of the tsk. After that come all your other tools of methodology; without that fundamental knowledge further speculation runs the risk of being built on shifting sands which your engineers will tell you is to be avoided at all costs. You do not run the risk of getting folks killed with your designs (I hope). When we citizens ask a newlywed not yet 30 years old to walk alone (not enough money for two man teams anymore) into some difficult environments to apprehend a known murderer, we have the duty to provide the training necessary so that they survive and I believe that we do. I believe that the training addresses these .necessary skills; anything less would be a huge disservice to the recruit as well as the community at large. The training is very intensive, the vetting process is even more telling and weeds out those who may not represent the mind set necessary to Protect and Serve the public in this capacity. By way of example, I urge you to look at the simple process of the background check necessary to become an officer. All I can say is that you need to tell your sons and daughters to get off facebook because every kid-like memo factors in. The dynamics of community interaction have changed, certainly, but a large part of that change stems from a change in attitude by many members of society. The result is an escalated level of caution when initiating contact. The officer does not know if the kid in the baggy clothes is a gang banger who intends to kill him or just a kid who needs help. Put yourself in those shoes for a while. What trained strategies must you employ there? Are you prepared for any eventuality? Factor in that it is midnight and you can only see what is in the beam of your flashlight. Until a society society based on fundamental morality and ethics is reestablished not only will the police officer have uncertainty in his work but you and I will share that uncertainty when we go to the mall or find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time when reviewing a project site. These are only random thoughts but I hope that this gives you more food for thought and further contemplation in this area. Sincerely, Larry R. Sorenson Architect of Record for Arizona State University (Ret.) Senior Staff Architect Senior Project Manager ASU Capital Programs Management Group. lrsoren48@gmail.com 623-377-3634