Garner police reported fewer instances of officers having to use force. That’s a good thing for everyone.
All too often, police deal with people when matters are at their worst. It can be a difficult thing to help people resolve their problems and often times the people police are dealing with are involved in some kind of criminal activity that makes it clear they are not afraid to be violent themselves.
We expect a lot from our police. We expect them to keep us as safe as possible. We expect them to get bad people off the streets. We expect them to do their work with a calm, cusomer service-oriented approach. We expect them to work around the clock addressing our worst problems.
It’s no surprise then, that sometimes those circumstances require police to use force to resolve the problem.
Police, by the nature of their work, find themselves in situations that can quickly devolve into violent confrontations. Knowing how to de-escalate those situations without resorting to force is a safety win not only for the officer, but for the citizen involved in the incident.
And, when officers have to resort to force, we hope they examine those situations in a moment of clarity afterward and ask themselves if there was anything they could have done to avoid repeating their actions the next time a similar situation occurs. And it will.
Part of making a good police department great is taking that introspective approach to learning from past experiences. That applies not only to individual officers, but to he department as a whole.
Last week’s report was good news indeed. We hope that downward trend continues. That would be a win-win.