To the Editor:
For 25 years, my father served as a police officer. His dedication to public service is one of the reasons why I chose public service as well. My father didn’t talk much about his work, except to point out how difficult it was, and potentially dangerous. I suspect that his reticence was based in a sense that as civilians we could not fully grasp what being a police officer is really like. Maybe he didn’t talk about his experiences because he didn’t want us to worry about his safety.
Whenever I meet a police officer I remember my father and it makes me appreciate the work they do.
As this neighborhood examines the relationship between police and the community, I think that we must take into consideration that most police officers are motivated to serve the public and that the handful who violate that trust are the exception and not the rule.
I am grateful to the Chicago Police Department and the University of Chicago Police Department for responding to thousands of calls for service. Their responsiveness is critical to our public safety, and our community.
Ald. Will Burns (4th)