Why Do Others Sacrifice for Safety? Jennifer Stowell Tells the Untold Story of Modern-Day Policing

March 09 22:48 2021
Why Do Others Sacrifice for Safety? Jennifer Stowell Tells the Untold Story of Modern-Day Policing

“Americans deserve to have the best people in law enforcement roles and peace officers deserve only the best support in return.” ~ Jennifer Stowell

Law enforcement is among the noblest of professions: without it, a peaceful society is not likely to exist. Yet most people tend to take police officers for granted — until they need them. Jennifer Stowell’s life work is to change that perspective for the sake of members of this noble profession and for the safety of society.

In her recent #1 international best-selling book, “Driven to Serve – Public Service in Uncertain Times on the Front Lines of Law Enforcement, Jennifer Stowell paints a picture the public rarely sees of the everyday experience of the police officer. Through interviews and descriptions of ride-alongs, she shares stories about unsung heroes, lifesaving successes, personal triumphs, as well as more controversial interactions with the police. She also provides well-researched and considered perspectives on the complexities and layers of issues about the current state of policing and the justice system.

The author encourages citizens to recognize: “What is so disturbing in our current environment is how riots, police station takeovers and lootings are occurring without those taking the time to do complete research on how to have their own voices heard… Although, justice system reforms are still greatly needed — Still, we as a civil society can do better than overreacting and wrongfully assuming the worst about our dedicated public servants who are sacrificing their own lives for public safety.”

Jennifer highlights the ways the police have been under fire in recent years, facing relentless protests, threats of defunding and disarming, and even outright abolishment. If the withdrawal of support for law enforcement continues, she believes that America “may face a very real catastrophe.” Jennifer shares three key perspectives to help increase citizens’ and leaders’ understanding:

#1 – It is important to see each other as individuals, and give praise and credit to others. If only more people could see how their police officers are humans, just like they are, with their own stories, then we would not have the ongoing chaos and confusion every time the media attempts to influence our emotions. The stories shared in the Driven to Serve book provide a valuable window into the lives, struggles, triumphs, and dreams of those who serve on the front lines in law enforcement roles around the United States.

#2 – Law enforcement is losing good people; some of the best talent is leaving the profession and some exceptional talent is not attracted to the profession. Before states, counties, and municipalities thoughtlessly lose this country’s best safety advocates and protectors, it is essential they try to retain those who are still dedicated and willing to serve.

#3 – Remember that those who provide law and order separate American society from unbridled anarchy. It is the peace officers and firefighters who protect America within its boundaries, dedicating their own lives to “save lives and protect property,” as their oath states. Their sacrifice keeps citizens free.

Jennifer Stowell hopes these considerations will help increase understanding and inspire more people to support those driven to serve, and to create positive change in this vital segment of American society.

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