POLICE ON POLICING:
The Unsung Consensus
Candid Conversations on the State of Law Enforcement in America
“Never have so many demanded serious, systematic reform. What too few realize is that most of our country’s law enforcement leaders and professionals ... couldn’t agree more.”
Beginning with the civil rights riots of the 1960s, through Rodney King, Michael Brown, George Floyd, and scores of cases in between, the public perception of policing in America – especially from the perspective of the disenfranchised – has been on a long downhill slide. Despite the dedication to service of the vast majority of our nation’s men and women in blue, incidents of abuse and lives lost to police brutality have made headlines for well more than a generation, culminating in an apprehension and distrust of law enforcement now shared by an alarming number of Americans across constantly-expanding demographics. Never have so many demanded serious, systematic reform. What too few realize is that most of our country’s law enforcement leaders and professionals – those who truly consider their chosen field a calling – couldn’t agree more. In Police on Policing: The Unsung Consensus, Burke County, Georgia sheriff Alfonzo Williams – who in his 30-year career has also been a patrol officer, detective, police academy instructor, and police chief – reached out to similarly-seasoned law enforcement professionals across the country for a frank and revealing discussion of the issues and challenges facing police and sheriffs’ departments as they struggle with reform, accountability, and the uphill climb to regaining the trust and respect of those whom they are sworn “To Serve and Protect.” Covering topics including education, training, psychological screening of officers, use of force, body-cams, jurisdictional conflicts, unions, racism, and the often counter-intuitive influence of politics, these experts discuss not only what’s wrong with the system, but the ways they believe it can be fixed.