A New Beginning

Greetings one and all:
 
Since being appointed as your City Marshal/Chief of Police, I, along with all police department personnel, have been feverishly working toward getting our feet back on the ground. Many of you are well aware of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the loss of multiple officers in our department. I appreciate your patience and kind words as I have taken charge and begun forging a path into the future.
 
I have been approached with many concerns about the trustworthiness of this department. A general distrust of police, more specifically this department, has developed over the past decade or more. Recent events have only served to solidify that belief. I believe most of that distrust is manufactured by the lack of communication between the police and the public. Whether on Facebook or YouTube, our operations are constantly scrutinized and most often taken out of context. I hope to provide you with the information you need which will enable you to trust your law enforcement as well as to keep us accountable for our actions.
 
I started playing with the idea of beginning a blog to convey the department’s message and keep you informed of department activity. I will also use the forum to educate the public on police practices.
 
This being my “pilot episode”, I want to start by introducing myself and giving you a glimpse into our state of affairs here at the police department. My name is Daniel Lee Allen. I have served with the Cordell Police Department since 2006. I began serving as a leader in 2007 when I was promoted to the position of sergeant.  In May of 2010, I was promoted to serve as the Assistant Chief of Police. My path to leadership was swift, but it was earned. I always attempt to better myself so I can become more effective. I believe you can never stop learning. I have attended several hundred hours of training to include: management, computer crimes investigation, property room management, and more. I am a state certified instructor for the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. I am also a field training officer. I have pride in my duty and intend to continually develop as a leader.
 
I could fill pages with the amount of training I have attended, cases I have investigated, and so on, but none are more important to me than the basic fundamentals of my character. I adhere to the same honor code as is placed upon cadets of the United States Military Academy: "A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do." I believe it should read, “An honorable man will not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.” I strive to be an honorable man.
 
In seeking to be that honorable man, let me tell you what has been happening around here the past couple of months. Since taking office in early February, I have been working hard to recruit the best quality officers to fill empty positions. The first thing I reviewed of each prospective candidate was their character. I made sure that each of them valued integrity as much as I do. After many long hours of reviews and interviews, I have filled a number of empty positions.
 
I have been working closely with other personnel to give a facelift to our physical work environment. We will be painting and reorganizing some areas of our building to become more productive and comfortable. We are also digitizing thirty (30) years worth of records. This work is being conducted by office personnel during normal hours. These digital records will be searchable through a server hosted database and produce instantaneous results. My goal is to reduce the amount of physical paper and other assets to the minimal amount possible. This will save both time and money.
 
I have reviewed our current uniform contract and am working to develop a more cost effective solution. During the transition period of uniforms, you may notice a few officers in different uniforms. They will maintain a professional appearance, but may not be the normal uniform to which you’ve become accustomed.
 
There is much work to be done as budget season approaches. Not only are there many administrative functions that require attention, but the warmer weather draws out criminals and tornadoes. All of us here at the Cordell Police Department are working to better serve you! We will constantly be making improvements as we progress into the future. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or gripes please do not hesitate to contact me. We are here to serve you!
 
Best regards,
Daniel L. Allen, Chief of Police