American Citizens in all neighborhoods appreciate the work of good police officers
Many American citizens teach their children to stay away from police officers. Some fear the sight of a police car behind them on the roadway and some cross the street when they see a police officer on the beat. Even these people agree that it is terrifying to hear that loud crash of a broken window or a kicked in door, in the middle of the night, or in the solitude of the day. Sounds created by an intruder, someone who means you harm or who perhaps is interested in taking your property. The fear, the uncertainty, the anxiety we feel, only to be allayed by the sounds of the police sirens. Some of us know the feeling of a loved one being violated or murdered, horrible events that happen thousands of times each year in the US and around the world, while we wait on the police for intervention, for relief, for their work which begins the process of justice. Even though many groups of citizens are more likely than others to be arrested, assaulted or killed by police, very few have made the case that they prefer to live without police services in their communities.
Citizens and police want the same thing. Safe neighborhoods for their children and a work and play environment that allows them to return home to their families at night. But good policing and safe neighborhoods take work. Citizens and police must work together to get to know and understand each other and make communities safer for everyone. Even as groups of citizens march and protest and remind the world that BLACK LIVES REALLY DO MATTER, it is important to understand that they too want the same things; safe communities for their children, good police officers and good community relations that serve to preserve life and reduce crime.
The Five-O community will do our part to contribute to these goals by maintaining an independent repository of police conduct data which will be made available to community stakeholder groups. Our team seeks your help to make our efforts successful. We ask you to make a donation, purchase a tshirt and download the Five-O app today and do your part to improve the safety of our neighborhoods for both police and citizens.