Orlando Speaks-The Orlando Times
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 6 City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings, City Commissioners & Police Chief John Mina Presents "Orlando Speaks"
BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
ORLANDO - It's always a pleasure to see Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orlando Chief of Police John Mina and my commissioners involved with the community. I think that the "Orlando Speaks" series is a great way to hear the citizens and the police departments discuss changes for the greater good. The citizens must first know their rights. We as citizens also need to provide accountability and cooperation. Law enforcement officers’ roles should include being more caring, showing leadership, respecting boundaries, being supportive, showing compassion and respect. As I looked around the room I said to myself, "Wow! Just look at all the different nationalities in this room." This event was really different. It had life like a spiritual movement about it. People from all types of communities and backgrounds were there. They spoke out about things that were concerns in their community and how law enforcement could be a little bit more caring and have some kind of compassion. We as citizens understand that they have a very dangerous job but at the same time you signed up for the job knowing the dangers involved. So we as community leaders and citizens ask that you would work on some of these things that we have discussed that concerns us. We as citizens and community leaders should encourage our communities to get to know their rights, be cooperative and accountable. If you feel an official has acted improperly call 321.235.5300 and ask for a supervisor or watch commander. If you feel the complaint is too serious for them to handle, call Internal Affairs at 407.246.2352. The City of Orlando Police Department Community Relations Unit, Sgt. Jacqueline Howard sat at the table with my group. One of the citizens at my table was business owner of Showtyme Hair, Ms. Lisa. She was very outspoken and had a lot of good things to say. Five Stars ***** goes to Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute Ms. Rachel Allen and City Commissioner Samuel B. Ings for having me to be a part of the Orlando Speaks series. See you at the next one! Don't Meet Me There, Beat Me There!