Law Enforcement Share Their Stories Through #WhyIWearTheBadge
Unfortunately, many it take for granted that every day, thousands of sworn officers put on their badge and go to work – ready to protect and serve. The reason why so many are willing to sacrifice so much of themselves each day of their lives is often unknown.
Because of this, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) wanted a way to not only share why with the public, but also show the human-side of the industry. This is especially critical in today’s society with the constant commentary on social media regarding local and national incidents. #WhyIWearTheBadge is a campaign headed by IACP to bring to light personal motives behind the badge. IACP is asking officers to share through photos, videos, blog posts and other testimonials what motivates them each day, why they chose to go into law enforcement, and what about their job is the most enjoyable for them.
So far, hundreds of agencies have shared their story via social media, email, and a weekly blog series hosted on the IACP #WhyIWearTheBadge website. Personnel from policing agencies are invited to address questions, such as, “Why did you choose to join the law enforcement profession?,” “What motivates you each day?,” and “What is it about your job as a law enforcement officer that you enjoy the most?”
The campaign is gaining traction with agencies all around the country and the hashtag can be seen across social media platforms. As an example, Officer Whitfield of Savannah-Chatham Metro posted a picture on Twitter with a sign stating that she wears the badge so she can have a positive influence on her community. People are also getting involved on IACP’s website directly. In one of the recent blog posts on the campaign website, Sergeant Khalil Abdallah El-Halabi of Woodway, Texas PD said he wears the badge as an “illustration of [his] honor and duty” to the country that has given him so much.
During his own video stating why he wears the badge, First Vice President of IACP, Chief Terry Cunningham, said often times law enforcement assumes the community understands what they do and why they do it; unfortunately, that is not always the case. He said it’s important to community members and leaders, as well as future officers, that law enforcement officials are not afraid to share why they’re proud to wear the badge. His video, along with countless other stories can be found here or by using the link below. Join the discussion and share why you wear the badge.http://www.theiacp.org/whyiwearthebadge